Convenient power on-the-go in a sleek package
It seems like there can never be enough options for portable power these days. I love power banks that provide multiple options to charge multiple devices since I am almost always using 2-3 mobile devices consistently throughout the day. There are many options out there for chargers like this, but they don’t all come from trustworthy companies. One of my favorite technology designers is Satechi and they happen to have a multi-use power back — the Quatro Wireless Power Bank. It gets its name from the fact that it can charge up to four devices at one time.
The Quatro Wireless Power Bank is a 10,000 mAh battery that combines wireless charging with connected cable charging through USB-A and USB-C connections. The wireless portion of the power bank is compatible with Qi wireless charging standards and there is also a built-in Apple Watch charger. This power bank has the ability to provide fast charging to iPhones with the USB-C PD charging port. It provides up to 18W of power. There are LED indicator lights, too, that inform the user about the power bank’s battery level and whether or not devices are charging. Even though there are four opportunities to charge devices, there is a note on the product’s webpage that states, “We recommend charging only up to three devices at a time.” There is no additional information on this note available.
|COMPATIBLE DEVICES||2020/2018 iPad Pro|
iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11
Apple Watch Series 6/SE/5/4/3/2/1
AirPods Pro/AirPods with wireless charging case (not included)
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT||6.4 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches , 0.58 lbs|
|MODEL NO / UPC||ST-UC10WPBM / 879961008796|
|SPEED||Qi Wireless – max 5W|
Apple Watch – 2.5W
USB-C PD – max 18W input/output
USB-A – max 12W
|GUARANTEE||1 Year Manufacturer Warranty|
The Quatro Wireless Power Bank comes in a Satechi-branded box. There is an image of the product on the front and the main details written out on the back. Inside the box, you’ll find a user manual along with the power bank itself. There is no charging cable provided with the power bank. While I have no shortage of cables, I did find this an odd omission from the package.
The first impression of this power bank is very good. It is designed with a very sleek, luxurious look. The sides have a mirrored silver finish and the top and back are matte black. It’s a very nice look for a device like this. I’ve seen a lot of power banks that end up looking generic. This definitely has a design to it.
The Apple Watch charger lays flat against the top of the charger. While this makes the power bank more portable, it’s not entirely practical. I have a watch band on my Apple Watch that makes it hard for the body of the watch to lay 100% flat. I was able to make a connection with the back of the watch and the charger, but it took a little wiggling to get it to start charging.
Along those lines, it’s important to note that devices on the wireless charging areas do not automatically start charging when they are placed on the dedicated surfaces. Users must press the power button twice in order to enable those charging areas. If you just plug the devices in directly using a cable, they will immediately start charging. The LED indicator will glow orange when something is charging wirelessly.
To test the efficiency of the battery, I charged my Apple Watch and iPhone 12 Pro on the wireless charging areas. When I started charging them, the Apple Watch had a charge of 48% while the phone had a charge of 41%. After 30 minutes, the watch had gained 38% power for a charging rate of 1.2% per minute. That was actually a very impressive charging rate. The phone averaged a charging rate of 0.4% per minute, which isn’t as good as the watch, but it’s not the worst wireless charging rate I’ve seen either.
While there are a lot of options out there for portable wireless charging, not all of them give you the same service the Satechi Quatro Wireless Power Bank does. It’s proven to be an efficient charger — even for wireless devices — and it’s got a great design to it. It’s retail price (at the time of publishing this review) is just under $100. There is a competitor that offers a similar product and it’s $40 more than the Quatro. If you are looking for a mobile wireless charger, give the Quatro a try. It’s well-worth the investment.