Today we’re looking at the Blitzwolf P6, a promising power bank which dispenses a substantial 10,000mAh of power at high speeds, thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility and dual USB ports. If you’ve got a modern Android phone from Samsung, LG, Sony or Nokia, chances are good that this power bank will be one of the fastest options available. Let’s take a look in our quick review!
Specs & Features
|Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0||Polycarbonate and ABS design|
|Dual USB ports provide up to 3.6A||139 x 68 x 16mm and 203 grams|
|High capacity 10,000mAh battery||RRP £21|
The Blitzwolf P6 is long and slim for a 10,000mAh charger, made from black plastics with curved edges. This shape is intelligent, as it allows the P6 to be placed into a long pocket that wouldn’t suit more ordinary squarer designs.
The major features are clustered around the bottom end, with a regular USB port, a Micro USB input and a Quick Charge port from left to right. The Quick Charge port is rendered in a lime green, making it easy to spot. There’s also a button to begin charging or check the battery level on the right side, and four blue LEDs to display the charge level on the front.
Unfortunately, the charger doesn’t feel great in the hand. The smooth plastic feels cheap and the unit creaks and cracks worryingly when even a little bit of torsion or pressure is applied. Given how roughly most portable chargers are treated, that’s a worrying sign.
We used the P6 to charge our Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones over a four day period. Each day, we recharged the unit at home overnight, then used the P6 throughout the day to keep our phones topped up.
Generally, we found the P6 performed well. The Quick Charge port provided extremely rapid charging for our Samsung Galaxy smartphone, minimising the amount of time you need to awkwardly use the phone with the power bank attached. Generally, we only needed to keep our phone attached for about 90 minutes to go from less than 10% back to full charge. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, took about two hours, as it doesn’t have access to any fast charging technology.
The dual USB ports were also helpful, allowing us to recharge two phones at once instead of needing to carefully juggle charge levels to keep both phones turned on.
There’s no built-in cable here, so you’ll need to bring a charging cable or two with you each time you want to use the charger. (It’s worth getting very short Micro USB, Lightning or USB-C cables for this reason.) It’s also worth noting that there is no USB-C port, so convenient USB-C to USB-C cables can’t be used and there’s no support for USB Power Delivery either (which matters to owners of Pixel phones and a few others).
While the Blitzwolf P6 has great reviews on Amazon and worked fine in our testing, there are question marks over its strength and durability. For a product that will be handled roughly and used on the go, that’s not ideal. For that reason, we recommend you look elsewhere when considering a power bank to top up your smartphone.