Aussie company Chargeasap uses a new high-capacity, high-resilience graphene-based battery to power its new Flash 100W PD power bank.
Yes, it is exciting – the Tesla designed 21700 battery cells made by Panasonic offer 20% higher energy density and longer sustained use than Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries.
The result is an Indiegogo project that at this time has raised over A$1.35 million or 16132% of its funding goal – so we will see it come to market.
Flash comes in two sizes – Flash 1.0 and Flash 2.0 – all figures are company claims
1 x PD 3.0 to 100W
Input (charge) and output
5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/5A
1 x PD 3.0 to 100W 1 x PD 3.0 to 60W 3.3V-21V PPS support Use one to charge and the other 60W for passthrough power
Total power output
Passthrough power – can be used while charging
2 x 18W (or 1 x 40W) 5V/4.5A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A, 10V/4A If using the original smartphone manufacturer’s cable, it is compatible with 2x 5V/4A (20W) charging or 5V/3A 9V/2A Huawei SuperCharge OPPO Super VOOC Vivo C+VOOC OnePlus Dash Or if using both ports 18W each Qualcomm QC 3.0 compatible Apple fast charge Samsung fast charge
Qi wireless (Certified)
10W for iPhone, Samsung and Airpods
2.5W for Apple watch
Three segments LED
Indicates battery capacity
14.5 x 8.2 x 2.7cm x 470g
Approx recharge time
1hr 10 minutes to 100% 35 minutes to 80%
100W+ PD 3.0 Use of lower wattage chargers will exponentially increase charging time and reduce pass though power ability. Note a 60W charger will take about 5 hours.
Midnight Black, Space Grey
Midnight Black, Space Grey, Black and Blue & Black and Gold
GadgetGuy’s take – Graphene power banks will abound
I first wrote about Graphene in February 2013, and it was a top rating story. I wrote: “While we do not expect commercialisation until 2050, it is relatively exciting to think that electronics as we know it could be turned on its head in such a relatively short time.” That it has made it to power banks in 30 years less shows Elon Musk and Tesla’s versatility.
5% Graphene coats the positive and negative poles of the Lithium-Polymer cells. It makes them much cooler and gives a lifespan of 2000 cycles – Lithium-Ion is typically 300-500 cycles. It also means a faster charge and no runaway heating issues.
Chargeasap is not the first to use Graphene – so it is a proven tech. You can see a range here, but this is one of the largest you can fly with – I am waiting to review Flash 2.0.