Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station Review

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with base stand
Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station

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Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station – A USB-C & AC outlet power station

Model: OMESS099WBK

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station specs

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, AC Output, DC Input
  • USB-C Output:
    • 29W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 12V/2A, 14.5V/2A, 20V/1.45A)
  • USB-A Output
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • 90W AC Outlet, 110V only
  • Input:
    • 36W DC (using included AC/DC adapter)
    • 29W USB-C PD
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh | 96.48Wh
  • Size: 7.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches | 186 x 162 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs | 1.09 kg

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station box and contents

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station
  • AC/DC power adapter
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3.3 feet

Good For:

  • Portable charging station anywhere
  • Quick Charge Android phones
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • Most any gadget with its own AC power plug

Pros:

  • AC output acts like a wall outlet, good for most laptop wall chargers
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge up to three devices at once, but only with specific port combinations
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • Power profiles don’t meet USB-IF standards
  • Cannot use AC outlet and USB-C port at the same time

Actual Capacity

All power banks list their capacity (mAh) based on the nominal voltage of the battery cells. It does not accurately represent how many recharges you’ll get with the power bank. Actual capacity shows how much power you’ll actually get from a power bank.

You can divide the actual capacity below by your device’s battery capacity. That will give you a realistic estimate on the number of charges it will provide.

  • Listed Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • Actual Capacity:
    • Phone Charging: 18,800mAh
    • Switch Charging: 14,400mAh
    • Laptop Charging: ~10,400mAh, varying from laptop and AC adapter models

Using the AC outlet adds more variables, so actual capacity will vary from user to user. Best to test its limits with your own devices before depending on it away from a real wall outlet.

Actual capacities are estimates are based on capacity testing and calculation.

First Impression

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station LED indicators

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station LED indicators

The Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station, also known as the Omars Beast, is a medium sized power station. Power stations offer an AC outlet, while power banks are USB output only. The AC outlet is like the wall outlets in your home. Though with output limits. The inclusion of a base stand makes it at home on a desk or a workstation. It isn’t what I would call a travel friendly design, given its size and weight. But at 26,800mAh it would be allowed on any USA flight. While in a standing position I had a hard time seeing the four, tiny LED indicators on the top/front side. Looking at them from most angles I couldn’t see anything. When looking straight on they were visible.

Power Meter Readings

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter (USB-C)

iPhone 8 power meter (USB-C)

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power meter (USB-A)

iPhone 8 power meter (USB-A)

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. Normally iPhone fast charging using 9V, but this power station doesn’t support 9V. So the iPhone jumps up to 12V. This is a rare occurrence, but it within the specs of the iPhone. Otherwise we see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V.

The USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A, so it too can fast charge the iPhone. From 0-30% USB-C PD is faster. But by 50% either port will charge the iPhone at the same rate. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter (Quick Charge/USB-A)

Moto G6 power meter (Quick Charge/USB-A)

Moto G6 power negotiation

Moto G6 power negotiation

The Moto G6 fast charges using the Quick Charge port. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. If connected to the USB-C port it’ll charge ~50% slower. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery may not fast charge on the USB-C port. As it doesn’t support the usual 9V. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. The USB-C port will not support a docked Switch. But the AC power using the Switch’s AC adapter or most any 45-60W USB-C charger will work. Learn more about charging the Switch.

You can read my review of this power bank specifically for the Nintendo Switch at Switch Chargers.

MacBook Pro, 13-inch
MacBook Pro power meter (USB-C)

MacBook Pro power meter (USB-C)

MacBook Pro power negotiation

MacBook Pro power negotiation

As a 29W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. The MacBook Pro 13-inch comes with a 60W charger, so this 30W charger is not a great option for it. But we can see it provides as much power as it can. And power negotiation is normal. It would extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

MacBook Pro power meter (AC outlet)

MacBook Pro power meter (AC outlet)

The AC outlet is your best option when charging any mid to large sized laptop. It’ll support up to 90W chargers. It’ll work equally well for older laptops without USB-C.

Compared To Similar Power Stations

ChargerOmars 26800 Portable Energy Storage StationAnker PowerHouse 200Jackery PowerBar 20800 ACNovoo 85W AC Portable Power Station

Review
Price$99.99$349.99$129.99from $79.99
Output90W AC Outlet
29W USB-C PD
Quick Charge 3.0
100W AC Outlet
60W DC Outlet
30W USB-C PD
85W AC Outlet
15W USB-C
Quick Charge 3.0
85W AC Outlet
15W USB-C
Quick Charge 3.0
Capacity26,800mAh57,600mAh20,800mAh22,500mAh
PortsUSB-C
USB-A x2
AC outlet
DC outlet
USB-C
USB-A x2
AC outlet
DC outlet
USB-C
USB-A x2
AC outlet
USB-C
USB-A
AC outlet
FeaturesUSB ports auto shut offUSB-C or solar power inputUSB ports auto shut off
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo USB-C cable
Dimensions7.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 in
2.4 pounds
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 in
6 pounds
6.3 x 2.6 x 2.6 in
1.5 pounds
5.9 x 3.2 x 3.2 in
1.7 pounds

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-07-15.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with Moto G6

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with Moto G6

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with Nintendo Switch

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with Nintendo Switch

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with MacBook Pro, 13-inch

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with MacBook Pro, 13-inch

AC Output

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station ports and AC outlet

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station ports and AC outlet

The AC outlet is the center piece of any power station. It allows a wider range of devices to take advantage of portable battery power. For this review I used the same devices I always use when testing USB-C power sources. But any device you own with its own power adapter and which uses 90W or less of power will work with this power station.

Please note the AC output supports 110V. That’s the same as US wall outlets. Most modern electronics support 100-240V. But if you aren’t sure look at your device’s AC adapter to make sure it includes 110V support.

To use the AC outlet you need to slide the power button next to it to on. A green light will appear. Otherwise the outlet remains turned off, just plugging in will not turn it on. The USB ports work as soon as they are connected.

MacBook Pro Run Time
Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with Apple 61W USB-C power adapter

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with Apple 61W USB-C power adapter

How long the power station will last while using the AC outlet is impossible to say for every case. I recommend you test your own use case before depending on it away from any wall outlets. That said, I did test it using my MacBook Pro (13-inch) and Apple 61W USB-C power adapter. The Mac was under a normal workload. Most of the time was working on this review and other Internet apps. An hour of the time the Mac was on, but idle. Both Mac and power station where at 100% charge. Having the Mac at 100% reduces its power draw and maximizes the uptime the power station can offer.

  • Power station duration: 4 hours
  • Power draw ranged from 15-30W

Going by this test I would expect most 13-inch laptops on light/normal workloads would gain an extra 3+ hours of runtime. A 12-inch laptop would do as well or better. Larger laptops would see less time. Plugging in with the laptop below 80% will reduce runtime. As will playing video games or using resource intense apps.

USB Ports & AC Outlet

Both USB-A ports continue to offer power, even Quick Charge rates, while using the AC outlet. But USB-C port will not power up if the AC outlet is in use. Likewise the AC outlet won’t turn on (no green light, no power) if the USB-C port is already in use.

On the bright side you aren’t going to block the working USB-A ports with a power brick plugged into the AC outlet. It is on the side of the power station and at most you might cover a bit of the USB-C port. Which won’t work at the same time anyway.

DC & USB-C Input

Left: Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station. Right: Novoo 85W AC Portable Power Station.

Left: Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station. Right: Novoo 85W AC Portable Power Station.

You can recharge the Omars power station using either the included AC/DC adapter. Or the included USB-C cable and a USB-C PD charger. The AC/DC adapter will work faster, but either will get the job overnight.

You cannot use the power station to charge another device while it is being charged. You also connect connect both input devices to charge faster.

The power adapter is a basic wall wart design. The prongs don’t fold and it has a built-in cable. The kind you don’t mind plugged in behind the furniture, but not the best design for travel. For that you may want to use a USB-C PD wall charger if one is available.

The power adapter offers up to 36W, while USB-C only offers up to 29W. A 30W USB-C PD power banks of equal capacity would recharge at the same or slower rate. For most use cases you should plan to have the full capacity of the power station once a day. With an overnight recharge required.

Power Profiles Go Against USB Specifications

The power profiles on the USB-C port go against USB standards for Power Delivery. As such this power station wouldn’t receive USB-IF certification.

Top: Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

Top: Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

Over USB-C it offers 5V/3A, 12V/2A, 14.5V/2A, and 20V/1.45A via USB Power Delivery 2.0. There are two violations present.

  1. It is missing 9V/3A. Under USB PD standards it is required if 15V/2A is present. Which it kinda is, but is its own issue.
  2. The use of 14.5V rather than 15V is against Power Delivery 2.0 specs. Under Power Delivery 1.0 you could have 14.5V. But it was removed from PD 2.0 and 3.0 specs. It was only included with PD 1.0 because Apple and others had 14.5V USB-C chargers already on the market.

In real world use these power profiles can be problematic, but not dangerous.

The lack of 9V support limits fast charging USB PD phones. The iPhone 8 I tested supports 12V, so it could still fast charge. But not all Android USB PD phones will. Certain models may only receive a normal charge rate.

The use of 14.5V over 15V means some Chromebooks won’t charge using the USB-C port. Chromebooks are among the more picky USB-C laptops. And they have had issues with 14.5V chargers. If you own one you can still use the AC outlet and the Chromebook’s own charger. Other USB-C laptops will opt to use 20V, by passing any 14.5V shenanigans.

If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. At leas the USB-C port isn’t. I do wish it supported 9V and 15V. But if you don’t own a device that would miss those voltages it works well enough.

Summary

The Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station offers charge flexibility. More so than a regular power bank. USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge. And the AC outlet handles larger devices, even if they don’t use USB-C. But I wish it had more standard power profiles on the USB-C port.

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with base stand

Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station with base stand

The USB-C port supports 29W output. That’s enough for 12-inch laptops and most smaller USB-C devices. Lack of 9V output means it won’t fast charge every USB PD using phone. And using 14.5V over 15V means you should only connect a Chromebook to the AC outlet. Otherwise it charges the Nintendo Switch as you play. And it can fast charge newer iPhones.

The USB-A port supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0. It provided over 16W to a Moto G6. And would perform the same for Samsung and Quick Charge supporting Android phones. Other small devices connecting to USB-A would see their normal charge rate.

The USB-C and USB-A ports can charge at the same time. And both will turn off once the device stops drawing current.

With the AC outlet any device with a power plug that draws 90W or less can get power. If using a non-US power adapter be sure it supports 110V. You can use the AC outlet and USB-A ports together. But you can’t use the AC outlet and USB-C port together. And of course the more devices connected, the sooner the power station will run out of juice.

The power station falls within the FAA’s limits for flights within the United States. Many other power stations are well over those limits.

About Omars

Omars has U.S. based support (web, email) and a 12 month warranty on both Omars and Novoo branded products.

Bottom Line

The Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station offers a wider range of charge options compared to a power bank. The AC outlet covers devices without USB-C. At 26,800mAh it is portable and can even fly. But it is too big to be your go to phone charger. Rather a portable battery that doubles as a phone charger.

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