Review: BoostCharge 3-Port Compact Power Bank 20K

Pack Some Power: Never Get Caught with a Dead Battery

It seems everyone has been obsessed with the acquisition of Power since year one. Comic book heroes & villains, business tycoons, international despots, even you and me. We all have this in common, albeit in varying guises!

In today’s hyper-connected world, our devices are lifelines, in some cases “literally”! But what happens when those lifelines inevitably start to sputter with a low battery notification? We’ve all done it. We start each day with a full battery charged and slowly but surely witness the battery indicator deplete, because of our incessant need to remain online and connected.

Enter the Belkin BoostCharge 3-Port Compact Power Bank 20K with PD 20W, a portable charger aiming to be your pocket-sized guardian against digital darkness.

First Impressions: Compact Powerhouse

The Belkin BoostCharge 20K lives up to its “compact” moniker. It’s about the size of a mobile phone although somewhat chunkier. The sleek matt black design feels sturdy and professional, and a shiny, debossed Belkin logo adds a touch of brand recognition to the aesthetic.

Port Parade: Charging Options for All

Versatility is key with a power bank, and Belkin does deliver. It includes a trio of ports:

  • One USB-C port with Power Delivery (PD) 20W: This is the star of the show. PD allows for fast charging on compatible devices, potentially giving you hours of juice in just minutes.
  • Two USB-A ports: These standard USB ports provide 12W output each, perfect for topping up less power-hungry devices or those without PD capabilities.

With three ports, you can simultaneously charge a phone, tablet, and another device, making it ideal for group outings or for families with multiple gadgets.

Power Performance: Does it Deliver?

The Belkin’s 20,000mAh capacity translates to real-world charging power. During testing, it fully charged an iPhone 13 Pro twice and still had enough juice left for a top-up on a Nintendo Switch.  The PD 20W port provided noticeably faster charging compared to the standard USB-A ports.

However, it’s important to remember that the battery range may vary. The actual number of charges you get, will depend on the battery size of your devices.

Travel Ready: Pocket-Sized Power

The Belkin Power Bank comes pre charged and ready to use. Its compact size and sleek design make it perfect for tossing in your bag. It’s also compliant with TSA airline safety standards, so you can take it on your travels without worry.

My Verdict: A Reliable Powerhouse for Your Mobile Arsenal

The Belkin BoostCharge 3-Port Compact Power Bank 20K with PD 20W is a solid choice for users who need a reliable and portable way to keep their devices topped up. Its compact size, versatile ports, and fast charging capabilities make it a great companion for everyday use or travel. While it might lack some fancy features, its focus on functionality and safety makes it a dependable option for those who prioritise performance over bells and whistles.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons to help you decide:

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 20,000mAh capacity provides multiple charges for most devices
  • Three ports for versatile charging options
  • PD 20W port offers fast charging
  • Built-in safety features
  • Complies with airline safety standards

Cons:

  • No LED display for remaining battery life
  • Does not support pass-through charging

Overall, the Belkin BoostCharge 3-Port Compact Power Bank 20K with PD 20W is a great choice for users looking for a reliable and portable power bank. It offers a good balance of features, performance, and it retails for $59.99, making it a valuable addition to your mobile arsenal.

About Author
Chetan is a London-based designer by profession. He is passionate about the role design plays in everyday life whether it's graphic, digital, fashion, product or environmental design. Motivated by aesthetic design, function and the User Experience of emerging and new technologies, products and platforms, he is ever keen to learn, discover and innovate. Although he doesn't consider himself a nerd or a geek, he is a big movie fan and lists Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, The Shawshank Redemption and… Brewsters Millions among his favourites! Chetan is also an aspiring author and is currently working on his first novel.
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