Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000 – An ultra-compact power bank with several fast charging options
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- Ports: USB-C x1, USB-A x1
- USB-C Output:
- 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/2A*, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Huawei FCP
- Apple 2.4A
- USB-A Output:
- 10.5W USB (5V/2.1A)
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Apple 2.4A
- Capacity: 5000mAh | 18.153Wh
- Size: 3 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches | 76 x 35 x 27 mm
- Weight: 3.5 oz | 98 grams
Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.
Included In Box:
- Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000
- USB-C to USB-A cable, 14 inches (56k Ohm resistor)
- Fast charging:
- Newer iPhones, 8/X/XR/XS
- Older iPhones, 4/5/6/7
- Google Pixel
- Samsung Galaxy
- LG phones
- Motorola phones
- Nintendo Switch (handheld)
- Charges Switch while you play
- Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
- Fits in most Switch carrying cases
- Fits in your pocket
- Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge devices
- Charge two devices at once, but limited to 15W total output (no fast charging)
- Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights
- Limited capacity, especially for tablets
- Doesn’t included a USB-C to USB-C cable
The Xcentz (pronounced “accents”) xWingMan Dual 5000 is a pocket sized USB-C PD and Quick Charge power bank. It’ll fit in a pair of men’s jeans. But it’ll be more comfortable in cargo shorts or a jacket pocket. Compared to similar “lipstick” power banks it is more square. And heavier. But it also offers better output options for newer phones.
Xcentz offers this power bank in a number of colors: black, neon blue, neon pink, dark gray, and sandstone gray. The one pictured in this review is black.
Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.
USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones
- Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
- Essential Phone
- Google Pixel
- LG ThinQ series
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 8/9
Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, also not included.
For iPhones the USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using USB-A. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes faster using USB-C.
Quick Charge 3.0 Phones
- Motorola (TurboPower mimics QC 3.0)
- Samsung (AFC mimics QC 3.0)
- Xiaomi Mi 5/6
Using a Moto G6 for testing we see Quick Charge will fast charge over the USB-A port. Any QC supporting Android phone with USB-C can use the included USB-C to USB-A cable.
Quick Charge 3.0 is also supported on the USB-C port, but the Moto G6 won’t initiate fast charging. This is an issue specific to Motorola phones. Samsung and QC supporting Android phones can also fast charge over USB-C. But it isn’t any faster than over USB-A. And requires a USB-C to USB-C cable.
The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected rate with a 12V charger. It’ll draw up to 12W, shy of its 18W max draw. This is due to a shortcoming with the Switch itself. But it is more than enough to charge while you play. Learn more about charging the Switch.
Compared To Similar Power Banks
|Charger||Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000||AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C|
|Novoo PowerCube Mini 5000|
|Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000|
|Output||18W USB-C PD|
Quick Charge 3.0
|18W USB-C PD|
Quick Charge 3.0
|Features||Pocket Sized||Pass Through Charging||Pocket Sized|
|Cable||USB-C to USB-A cable||USB-C to USB-A cable||USB-C to USB-A cable||USB-C to USB-A cable|
|Dimensions||3 x 1.4 x 1.1 in|
|5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in|
|3 x 1.4 x 1.1 in|
|2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 in|
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Quick Charge 3.0 Over USB-C
The presence of Quick Charge over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. That said such chargers have been around for years without issue.
Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Quick Charge operates at higher than default voltages. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.
There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer anyway. A few USB-C focused engineers warn against using any USB-C product against specs. Their concern is unforeseen consequences. And we have seen bad USB-C products in the past. But since the first QC over USB-C charger came out in 2016 we haven’t seen any systemic issues emerge.
I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.
The Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000 offers fast charging in a pocket sized portable charger. Aimed at those who want to travel light, but also want to charge in a hurry.
For most model iPhone and Android phones it’ll provide a fast charge. And has enough capacity for at least 1 full recharge. It can be shared between two phones at once. But with slower charge and having to share limited capacity.
For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode while you play. Due to the 12V power profile being used it is slower than some other USB-C PD chargers. But still enough to charge the Switch with the most demanding games. It is smaller than I would usual recommend as a strictly Switch charger. I only got 55% charge (1.6-2 hours play time) out of this power bank. But it works well as a phone charger that can sometimes top off your Switch.
I did find a discrepancy between the published specs and my testing. The USB-C output is listed as 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. My USB Power Delivery PD sniffer reported 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. During testing I didn’t see more than 2A @ 5V, backing the PD sniffer’s report. I’ve come across this before, and it is a difference of USB-C power vs USB-C Power Delivery. Under Power Delivery (what my sniffer reads) it is limited to 5V/2A. But almost every device that uses PD will charge at 9V or 12V. Under regular USB-C the output it 5V/3A. It will go into that mode if both ports are in use.
Xcentz (pronounced “accents”) has U.S. based support (web, email, chat, phone) and an 18 month warranty.
The Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000 is a rare pocket sized fast charger. For your phone or Switch. Keep in mind its capacity is more for topping off than running all day long. Check out the color options on Amazon. And if you like the design but want more uptime check out the Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000.Buy on Amazon
You’ll want a USB-C wall charger to quickly recharge this USB-C power bank. I recommend the AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD.