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Review: OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank

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Review: OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank

As someone who enjoys consuming their media outdoors and on-the-go, I am always keeping my eye out for peripherals that enhance or help maintain that enjoyment. Portable power is especially a product type for which I keep my ear on the ground. Last Pax West, OtterBox showcased a collection of mobile gaming peripherals geared towards both mobile and Xbox Cloud Gaming via Xbox Game Pass. Out of the products shown, the one that had a universal use case was OtterBox’s Folding Wireless Power Bank.

Looking for a means of charging your mobile device on the go without missing out on your favorite media? Well, let’s take a look at the OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank to see if it is the answer you are looking for.

OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank Specs
Capacity10,000 mAh
Dimensions:6.5-in x 2.76-in x 0.97-in 16.50-cm x 7-cm x 2.47-cm
Weight:0.71-lb | 320.00-g
Input:USB-C: 15W (5V/3A)
Output:USB-C: 18W (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A) USB-A: 18W (5V/2.4A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A) Qi Wireless: 10W
Specs taken from product page.
Build and Features

OtterBox’s Folding Wireless Power Bank is designed to deliver high speed charging of your mobile devices while doubling as a phone stand while you charge. This portable power bank keeps up with the device-charging trends of today, support both wireless charging and wired charging via USB-A and USB-C ports.  The Folding Wireless Power Bank features Qi Wireless charging up at to 10W and USB Power Delivery 2.0/3.0 and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 support at up to 18W in both USB Ports.

When unfolded into stand mode, the Folding Wireless Power Bank’s dual coils allow for the wireless charging of devices that are rested in either portrait or landscape orientations. If you want the fastest charge rates that the power bank has to offer, you can use the included USB-C to USB-A cable to enjoy those speedy Qualcomm Quick Charge rates.

The face of the Folding Wireless Power Bank employs a rubber-like anti-slip surface, which allows your device to rest securely when charging. The bottom of the power bank houses rubberized feet that keeps the unit as a whole secure while it charges your devices. Along the side, the power bank features four LED lights which indicate both charging status and battery status. When you need to charge the bank itself, just plug in a USB-C cable connected to a power source and the power bank will begin to recharge its own battery. When you are ready to take the OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank outside, it folds flat and slips easily into any jacket pocket.

The stand of the Folding Wireless Power Bank can be arranged in a wide variety of viewing angles, topping off at a fully-upright 90 degrees. The lower lip at the base of the charging surface snaps into the folding panel. This forms a nice and secure cradle for your device to rest on. The hinge on the stand is considerably sturdy.  Thanks to that, the Folding Wireless Power Bank can hold some pretty hefty devices in place, regardless of the view angle you set.

Performance

I spent a couple of weeks with OtterBox’s Folding Wireless Power Bank, using it to charge my Samsung Galaxy S22 here and there. For reference, my Samsung Galaxy S22 sports a 3,700 mAh battery and is protected by the Galaxy S22 Protective Standing Cover.

The wireless coils in the OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank did a good job at establishing wireless charging connections with my S22. In portrait mode, my phone lined up perfectly with the power bank’s coils, beginning a wireless charge almost instantly. In landscape mode, which is how I consume the bulk of my media, it took just a pinch of finessing to get my phone lined up properly. When placed properly, it took about two full seconds for my device to detect the wireless charge. Once the wireless charging began, the connection remained solid throughout the process.

While my device recharged, the power bank’s rubberized feet and charging surfaces kept my device neatly in place as I enjoyed my gaming and YouTube videos.

As for the main feature, the actual charging from the OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank, the results were pretty good. If you are using a product like this, then you are most likely charging your device as you are actively using it. Whether it be to watch videos or play games, the level of effort from your mobile device affects the overall charge results that you get from mobile power sources like these.

For one scenario, I let my phone drain down to 13% before I set it to wirelessly charge. The phone was powered on, with the screen off, simply being idle as it charged. The S22 took about 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to a full charge. As I am sure there was plenty of background activity happening, even with my device just being idle, I feel that this was a respectable charging rate. This also left the Folding Wireless Power Bank with less than 25% of charge remaining.

In a similar “idle charge” scenario, I let the S22 drain down to 20%. This time, I went with a wired charge using a USB-A to USB-C cable between my device and the power bank. As expected, the charge rate was considerably faster, charging my device to 100% in about 1 hour and 12 minutes. This manner of charging was especially efficient, leaving the Folding Wireless Power Bank with somewhere from 50% to 75% of remaining charge. As such, I was able to repeat this scenario again the next day, without having to recharge the power bank at all. This was really good since you should expect two good full phone charges when you are using a 10,000 mAh power bank on a device with a only a 3,700 mAh battery.

Then I decided to do a more stressful test. Out of all the games and retro console emulators I run from my mobile device, the King of Fighters ALLSTAR still is one of most battery-consuming apps that I use. I always play KOF ALLSTAR with both the game’s graphics quality and frame rate speed set to their highest settings. So, I already know that I am not doing my S22’s battery any favors whenever I play the game. Luckily, a recent in-game collaboration event allowed me to set my fighters to auto-replay stages for hours on end.

I left the game running on auto-play as the power bank wirelessly charged my S22. It took about 2 hours and 40 minutes to deplete the power bank. Because of the high rate at which the S22‘s battery was being drained, my phone’s battery only rose up by 5%. While a 5% raise in battery charge may not seem like much, it is the amount of additional play time that is impressive here. If the Folding Wireless Power Bank can give you at least an additional 2 hours and 40 minutes of process-demaning mobile gaming, that factors into considerably more time of streaming or movie watching. After all, streaming and movie watching is not as processor intensive as rendering 3D graphics and textures.

Final Thoughts

At $59.95, OtterBox’s Folding Wireless Power Bank a practical, affordable, and convenient accessory for powering your media consumption on the go. Whether you are gaming or streaming media, you can bet that you will get at least 2 hours and 40 minutes of additional fun time with your mobile device. If you are not a fan of wires, the Folding Wireless Power Bank puts you at ease. Here, you get a sturdy and highly adjustable stand that charges your device wirelessly. However, you can choose to bring the included USB-C to USB-A wire with you. If you do, your device’s charge rates increase significantly, giving you even more time to enjoy your media. The fact that the OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank is as portable as it is simply adds to the product’s overall value.

If you are looking for both a mobile device stand and portable charging solution, but you hate wires, OtterBox’s Folding Wireless Power Bank is definitely a product you should check out. You can check out the OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank for yourself by clicking here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a OtterBox Folding Wireless Power Bank for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.