+ Monday December 9th, 2019

With the increasing proliferation of USB-C as a charging standard on mobile devices, it’s high time that we see some major USB-C batteries. Australian accessories manufacturer Cygnett has today announced a big 20,000 mAh battery with USB-C output that can keep everything charged.

Cygnett’s ChargeUp pro features 2 USB-A outputs, and a USB-C port that can be used for both charging the battery and charging devices. That USB-C port supports Power Delivery, meaning that the battery can charge the latest laptops (like a MacBook Pro, Dell XPS, HP Spectre, etc) or even a Nintendo Switch – as well as modern smartphones, of course.

The battery can automatically detect which device it’s plugged into and deliver the fatest and safest charge possible. The 20,000 mAh capacity is good for multiple charges for your smartphone or tablet, and support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 should help older devices.

It’s all wrapped up in a 171 x 102mm that’s 1.5cm deep – a good, compact size for such a high capacity battery – with LEDs to show capacity so you can tell when (eventually) you need to recharge. There’s also a soft-touch finish, in blue or black. It’s a little bit taller, but shorter than a Nintendo Switch:

The high capacity would certainly make the battery useful for keeping devices charged during air travel or camping. While it’s especially useful for long periods away from AC power, it’s also going to be very useful for those of us with laptops AND phones with USB-C charging.

The Cygnett ChargeUp runs $169.95 and is available from a few retailers such as JB Hi-Fi and Kogan, direct from Cygnett (and more).

What’s your USB battery of choice? Does the Cygnett ChargeUp Pro serve your needs? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Cygnett.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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