Over the past 5-6 years, I’ve used plenty of external battery packs when I travel, but none like the Renogy Phoenix. Built with virtually every option that you can imagine, No matter where you are, there’s never a worry of what, or how the portable power bank will charge your device.
Coming complete with a 27000mAh (yes you heard me correct, 27 THOUSAND mAh), the Renogy Phoenix 100 Mini Power Station is a do-all travel charger that will make everyone at the airport envy, and make camping, a day a pool, or even charging a device in the event the power goes out, go without a hitch. While it’s not solar powered like many of Renogy’s other devices, the Phoenix 100 is the ideal solution to making sure all of your essentials have a charge.
For someone who almost always carries their MacBook, iPad Pro & iPhone, the Phoenix 100 is roughly the size of a can of soda, and it comes complete with multiple inputs. Here are some specs:
- Capacity: 27000mAh / 97.2 Wh
- Dimension: 2.7 x 2.7 x 6.1 inch
- Weight: 17.8 oz
- Micro USB: DC 5V /2A Max
- USB-C: DC 5V / 3A Max
- Micro USB+USB-C: DC 5V / 5A, 25W Max
- USB-A: DC 5V / 2.4A Max
- USB-C: DC 5V / 3A Max
- AC Output: AC 110V/ 60Hz, 85W Rated / 100W Max
Coming complete with rapid heat dissipation, the built-in fan at the base of the Phoenix 100 will not run hot on you, or collect dust over time which ends up getting caught in the battery pack and eventually causing it to die out. It’s ability to charge for more than 1000 cycles, the Phoenix 100 will last you a very long time before you would need to replace it. Keep in mind the fact that at 27000mAh, your iPhone or Pixel would be able to be charged easily over ten times. There are an additional FIVE LED lights to the front of the device that you would assume are in 20% increments in terms of overall battery life. However, in this small case, I think they should’ve opted for a LED screen that just shows you the physical number in percentages.
At the business end of the Phoenix 100 is where you’ll find a USB port that claims to charge your iPhone from 0 to 100% in 100 minutes or an Android in up to 190 minutes. It’s also said that the iPad will charge completely in 4-5 hours with a standard MacBook Pro (assuming this is not a 15-inch model like the one I have) charging in 2-3 hours. In my testing with my MacBook at our local Coffee Shop, I allowed my MacBook to drain to 50% before using he Phoenix 100 and it seemed to work, albeit slow charging as it is no comparison to charging through a wall outlet. Also for what it’s worth, the Phoenix 100 comes with a USB Type C port if you somehow forgot to bring your MacBook charger, you can in turn use this method of charging your USB-C enabled devices and leaving the power brick at home.
I wouldn’t advise this to be your only way of charging your devices when you travel — For example charging all of the things through the Phoenix 100 as the device doesn’t have selective methods of charging and tends to charge the battery pack before it charges the devices when plugged into the wall. But when out on the go, or even just as a backup battery source, it’s fantastic.
There’s really not much to dislike about the Phoenix 100 aside from its size, as you wouldn’t be caught at a bar with this as your method of charging up your device, but in my case, I would certainly carry this in my gadget bag for travel instead of just a traditional one, especially for CES. While those 10,000 mAh batteries are what I typically prefer, this would EASILY get you, and your necessary tech items through a convention, a day of hiking with this in your bag, or even just a backup of power int he event there’s an outage.
At $99 on Amazon, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a battery pack that’s as practical, packs this much juice, on top of having virtually every port that you could imagine.
If you’d like any more information on the Phoenix 100 by Renogy you can head over to Amazon [affiliate link] and check it out.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: About the size of a can of code but packs a LOT of juice; USB-C AND USB ports for output, and 2A outlet
What Needs Improvements: Should have USB Type C output