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These days, Power banks are already a staple in just about everyone’s bag. From the one who casually roams around the city to take photos, to the gamer who’s glued to the screen for hours on end. It has become an intangible tool for a digital lifestyle.

As such, companies are still trying to innovate with these things. Making them slimmer, packing more juice, and carrying more features than ever before.

The ASUS ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 is a perfect example of such. As the name implies, the new version now has a USB Type-C port, and features Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which means compatible devices should charge significantly faster than before.

Packaging

zenpower 10050cASUS sticks to a minimal packaging here. With only a small box which contains the unit, a Warranty Card, a User Manual, and a Type-C cable. Unlike the previous version, it doesn’t come with a sleeve. Not exactly a deal breaker, but would’ve been nice.

Design and Build Quality

zenpower 10050cThe Type-C/QC 3.0 version isn’t really different from the previous one in terms of design. You get a bar shaped power bank with rounded edges, wrapped in a metal case. It’s also just as thick as the previous version, which means it should fit most pockets.

zenpower 10050cIn terms of ports, you still get two of them, only now, one is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible. You still have the button which, in a single press, can be used to check the amount of charge remaining on the power bank, there are also the familiar indicator lights, and an extra light for needed illumination.

The standard microUSB port has now been replaced by a reversible Type-C port. Since it’s reversible, you don’t have to worry about breaking the end of that cable when trying to connect it. It also provides future-proofing, as more and more companies are transitioning to the standard. If there’s anything I can complain about, it’s probably the supplied Type-C cable, which I find to be a bit too short.

Performance

zenpower 10050cOf course, you don’t buy a power bank just because it’s compact. You buy it because it’s supposed to charge as many devices, as fast as possible, and as many times as possible.

On that regard, the ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 doesn’t disappoint. Using the Quick Charge 3.0 port, Charging the Zenfone 5 from zero to full took slightly less than 2 hours. On the other hand, charging the power bank from almost empty to full takes around 4 hours.

After a full charge, there’s still 2 dots lit on the power bank, which means, you can probably charge the Zenfone 5 to full at least twice before it runs out of juice.

 

 

 

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ASUS ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 Quick Review
Packaging
Design and Build Quality
Performance
What's Good
Pocket-friendly design
QC 3.0 port works well for compatible devices
Type-C port adds flexibility and future-proofing
Good price
What's Not
Supplied USB Type-C cable is a bit too short
No sleeve included
4.7
Our Verdict
The ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 offers a number of improvements over the previous version, without any compromise to its pocket-friendly design. The new Quick Charge 3.0 port works well for compatible devices, and the Type-C port is a step forward offering more flexibility with the devices that you can charge. It also provides a sort of future-proofing, as more and more devices continue to adopt the standard. For its PhP1,795 price tag, this is a power bank that offers good value, especially if you have a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible device.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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