This graphene battery pack charges incredibly fast.

Elecjet’s new Apollo Ultra battery pack uses graphene to dramatically speed up charging. Yes, graphene, the miraculous material that has long promised to change the world, allows this 10,000mAh portable battery to be fully charged from zero in less than 30 minutes, with the same capacity. About five to six times faster than a traditional power bank. Apply it when you are awake and the Apollo Ultra should be fully charged by the time you leave home.

Graphene is a highly transmitted lattice of just one atom thick carbon. Pure graphene batteries are still too expensive to produce on a large scale, but when applied to electrodes in composite form, this material can already accelerate the charging properties of conventional batteries. That’s the way Elecjet is taking with its new 10,000mAh (40Wh) battery that launches today on Indiegogo for $ 65.

In addition to faster charging rates, Elecjet says the Apollo Ultra will run more than 2,500 charging cycles before the battery falls below 80% health. This is about four to five times longer than a traditional lithium ion battery pack, which will be good for both your wallet and the environment.

I can’t possibly verify the age claim, but Electjet has sent me a review sample of Apollo Ultra to confirm better charging speed.

In short, Apollo Ultra charges fast. Incredibly Fast, as Electjet claims.

The Elecjet Apollo Ultra is a lithium polymer battery enhanced with real Graphene USA proprietary battery technology. It is equipped with two USB ports: a full-size USB-A and a USB-C PD 3.0. USB-C port accepts input of up to 100W for fast charging of battery packs. It is then capable of charging port 65W, making it powerful enough to charge many USB-C laptops. It supports Samsung’s PPS Fast Charging Tech and has enough energy to charge a normal phone two or three times. USB-A port is capable of 18W maximum output.

Okay, but that’s the battery charging speed we’re all here for, and Elecjet says that the Apollo Ultra will be fully charged from zero in an impressive 27 minutes when connected to a powerful 100W wall charger. ۔

Electjet Apollo Ultra took time to compare charging speeds with conventional power banks of the same capacity.

My review unit repeatedly charged from zero to 99.9% in 27 minutes, using a 100W GaN charger (sold separately for about $ 50) provided by Elecjet. It then took another 90 seconds to report 100% on the battery display. Elecjet says it’s a minor bug, and the battery charges “99.999%” in 27 minutes. The Elecjet Apollo Ultra otherwise charges linearly, reaching 25% in 6.5 minutes, 50% in 13 minutes, and 80% in about 21 minutes.

For comparison, I paired the same 100W charger with a 10,000mAh lithium ion battery that I recently bought on AliExpress for about $ 20. It took three hours to fully charge from zero. This supports Elecjet’s claim that the graphene-enabled Apollo Ultra charges five times faster than conventional battery packs.

I also charged the Apollo Ultra battery with my MacBook’s less powerful 29W charger. The power bank was fully charged from zero in 74 minutes. It’s slower, as you’d expect from a weaker charger, but still twice as fast as the AliExpress battery attached to a 100W charger.

Things got a little weird trying to charge two devices at the same time with the Apollo Ultra. My MacBook reports that it is being charged at 65W when connected to a USB-C port. After charging the iPhone X or Oppp Find X3 Pro for simultaneous charging from the USB-A port, it dropped to just 5W. The FAQ of the Indiegogo campaign claims that Apollo Ultra’s “87W output power will be split between the two devices” so something seems wrong.

The Apollo Ultra I am testing has been fully charged and discharged 20 or more times, while the slow charging lithium ion reference battery has been completely cool. “Hot” is commendable because the Apollo Ultra is gaining more than five times the power, and demonstrates the performance of graphene in dissipating heat. Elecjet tells me that the Apollo Ultra is equipped with eight safety features and that the UL temperature test never exceeded 42C (107.6F).

The Elecjet Apollo Ultra is slightly thicker than the traditional power banks of the same capacity.
Photo by Thomas Ricker / The Verge

The Elecjet Apollo Ultra also has the same number of electrons but is thicker than my reference battery. This is due to the large power module required to handle high input and output wattage. Although the unit size won’t change for the product that Indiegogo’s proponents send, Elecjet tells me that the next-generation power module should allow its future hybrids to match the size of its slow-charging predecessor.

Chinese phone makers are currently in the race for high-speed charging. Xiaomi’s new 11T Pro has a 5,000mAh battery with its bundled 120W charger that charges from zero to 100% in just 17 minutes. But that battery has a double cell design, which allows both parts to be charged simultaneously. This is fine for $ 500 + phones with sophisticated chipsets that are not limited to USB-C PD barriers. Even so, the Elecjet matches its other Graphene-rich battery pack, the 5,000mAh Apollo Traveler with a 17-minute charge.

That’s right- the Apollo Ultra isn’t the first Graphene hybrid battery pack available to buy. In addition to Elecjet’s offerings, Chargeasap builds several hybrid battery packs, including a Monster $ 299 20,000mAh battery pack that includes Graphene, with just more ports, wireless charging levels, and a high 100W output. The company says it will fully charge from zero in 70 minutes, which seems reasonable because it contains twice as much juice.

These hybrid batteries are an impressive first step for manufacturers to produce small, high-capacity and environmentally friendly batteries. Pure graphene batteries as promised.

At the moment, the Elecjet Apollo Ultra is priced at ie 65 on Indiegogo. now. Elecjet says anyone who supports the campaign until December 2 is “guaranteed” to receive a battery pack by Christmas.

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