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
|Item||Flash 1.0||Flash 2.0|
|USB-C||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||150W shared||210W shared|
|USB-A 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
OPPO Super VOOC
Or if using both ports 18W each Qualcomm QC 3.0 compatible
Apple fast charge Samsung fast charge
|Qi wireless (Certified) Passthrough||
10W for iPhone, Samsung and Airpods|
2.5W for Apple watch
|Battery capacity||20,000mAh 74Wh||same|
|Three segments LED||Indicates battery capacity||same|
|Size||14.5 x 8.2 x 2.7cm x 470g||same|
|Approx recharge time|| 1hr 10 minutes to 100% 35 minutes to 80%||same|
|Recommended charger|| 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.
|Colours||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.