Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD Review

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD
Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD

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Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD – A high output and input power bank with Quick Charge

Model: OMPB20PW40GYCJNL

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD ports and specs

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • USB-C Output:
    • 45W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    •  Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 45W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh | 72 Wh
  • Size: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 180 x 80 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 19.8 oz | 562 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD box and contents

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3.3 feet/1 meter
  • micro-USB cable w/USB-C adapter, 8.7 inches/0.2 meter (56k Ohm resistor)

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • Quick Charge Android phones
    • iPad Pro
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld & docked)
  • 12-inch laptop
  • 13-inch/14-inch laptop

Pros:

  • LCD battery indicator display (0-100)
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge devices (56k Ohm resistor)
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • As big and heavy as a 26,800mAh power bank, but with less capacity
  • May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly
Top: Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD. Bottom: ZMI QB820.

Top: Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD. Bottom: ZMI QB820.

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: 20,000mAh
  • Actual Capacity:
    • Phone Charging: 13,200mAh
    • Switch Charging: 12,500mAh
    • Laptop Charging: 9,300mAh

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

45W+

First Impression

The Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD has a metal exterior, except for the sides and LCD display. That’s always nice to see for durability and heat dispersion. But it also makes the power bank heavier. And this one is heavy enough, having nearly the same size and weight of an Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. But 25% less power capacity. The display shows the remaining charge of the power bank, from 0-100. Much better than 4 LED lights, but treat it as more of an estimate. The USB-C and Quick Charge ports are on opposite sides, making it easy to deal with two cables at once.

Power Meter Readings

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

If you connect to the USB-A port it’ll charge ~30% slower.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power negotiation

Moto G6 power negotiation

The Moto G6 fast charges using the Quick Charge port (orange USB-A). This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. If connected to the USB-C port it’ll charge ~40% slower. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. 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. This charger can also power the Switch’s dock. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

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

MacBook Pro, 13-inch
MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

As a 45W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. As well as 13-inch models running office, Internet, and entertainment apps. If playing video games or using CPU intense apps it may only extend battery life. But either way you get a lot more uptime. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerOmars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PDdodocool 20100 45W Type-C PD

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RAVPower 45W Super-C 20100ZMI QB820

Review
Pricefrom $43.99$99.99$59.99$68.99
Output45W USB-C PD
Quick Charge 3.0
45W USB-C PD45W USB-C PD40W USB-C PD
Quick Charge 3.0
Capacity20,000mAh20,100mAh20,100mAh20,000mAh
PortsUSB-C
USB-A x2
USB-C
USB-A x2
USB-C
USB-A
micro-USB
USB-C
USB-A x2
FeaturesLCD shows remaining charge
Pass Through Charging
Pass Through Charging
USB Hub
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
19.8 oz
7.4 x 2.6 x 0.9 in
17.1 oz
6.3 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
14.1 oz
6.3 × 3.2 × 0.8 in
14.3 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-10-14.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD with Moto G6

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD with Moto G6

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD with Nintendo Switch

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD with Nintendo Switch

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Using the Included USB-C to micro-USB Adapter

Top: Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD. Bottom: dodocool 20100 45W Type-C PD.

Top: Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD. Bottom: dodocool 20100 45W Type-C PD.

As a general rule it is safe to use a USB-C to micro-USB adapter. Such as the one Omars included. It is an adapter that connects to a micro-USB cable, giving it a USB-C end. It is not safe to use the opposite, turning a USB-C connection into any kind of other connection. That would allow for connections against USB standards, and dangerous to devices. Again, the adapter Omars included is the good kind.

My USB tester showed the micro-USB cable with USB-C adapter has a 56k Ohm resistor. That resistor is required under USB-IF rules for all USB-C to USB-A connecting cables.

The cable fast charged my Moto G6 at the same rate as a regular USB-C to USB-A cable. Both allowed the Moto G6 to draw 16W from the USB-A Quick Charge port.

Pass Through Charging

Pass through charging allows a power bank to both recharge and charge a connected device. Some of the energy flows from the wall output, through the power bank, to the device. The remaining energy recharges the power bank itself.

The Omars PowerSurge 20000 supports pass through charging:

  • Input: USB-C, Output: USB-A

You can use either USB-A port to charge while the power bank re-charges. The Quick Charge port continued to offer high output during pass through.

Pass through charging is useful for overnight stays with limited wall chargers. It is not recommended to do so on a regular basis. It puts more heat and stress on the power bank, which can affect its lifespan. Doing it when traveling is fine. But don’t set this up next to your bed at home every night.

Summary

The Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD is a high output and high input power bank. Great for larger USB-C devices up to a 13-inch laptop. Its LCD shows the remaining charge percentage. That is way more informative than 4 LED lights. But it has the same inaccuracies more power banks do, especially below 50%. During a capacity test it dropped faster than before below 50% and again below 20%. Be aware it is more of an estimate.

Top: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Bottom: Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD.

Top: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Bottom: Omars PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD.

Its 45W USB-C output works well for small to medium sized USB-C devices. Especially phones and tablets that support USB Power Delivery, the Nintendo Switch, and up to 13-inch laptops. The Quick Charge port fast charges Samsung, Motorola, and QC supporting Android phones.

Unlike some of its peers, it also supports 45W input via USB-C. This is rarer than it should be, given 45W output power banks have larger capacities. By offering 45W input (and assuming you use a 45W USB-C PD wall charger) this power bank will recharge up to 33% faster.

The 20,000mAh capacity doesn’t do much for the size and weight. It is as wide as some 26,800mAh power banks, and almost as heavy. With less up time for your devices. It is enough to double the run time of most small laptops. But after that you’ll need to find a wall outlet.

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 PowerSurge 20000 45W USB-C PD provides high output, and re-charges fast with high input. Good for keeping your small to mid-sized laptop running for a few more hours on the go. While also fast charging most phones. But bigger and heavier than it needs to be.

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