Qi Wireless Charging: Kenu Bingebank Review

In the overcrowded world of external battery chargers, designers have to make their product stand out from the competition with innovative approaches or dramatic increases in battery charge capacity. It appears that Kenu baked those two important aspects into its latest all-in-one powerbank, the BingeBank ($59.95). Read on to see how it compares to the multitutde of other portable battery chargers on the market.

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Kenu's BingeBank combines the capacity of beefy 10,000 mAh rechargeable battery encased in a  Qi Certified wireless charging case with support for QuickCharge version 2.0 and 3.0 technologies. The black case that contains the battery also includes an adjustable kickstand and what Kenu calls a "nanosuction mount" to hold an iPhone in place. The nanosuction mount works like a sticky surface that leaves no residue behind, and it forms a very tight seal on both bare iPhone backs as well as those with smooth-back cases. The BingeBank also includes a USB-C port for both recharging its battery as well as supplying battery output to USB-C style devices like the iPad Pro. It also has the older USB-A port for charging legacy USB devices.

I particularly like that the BingeBank's modern and practical design uses a USB-C port for recharging the battery instead of relying on the old, more frustrating microUSB port often found on portable battery chargers. The fact that the same port can also be used to charge USB-C devices is ingenious and helps to maintain the BingeBank's minimalist aesthetic. At the same time, its inclusion of the legacy USB-A port makes the BingeBank instantly useable with nearly every portable device that uses a standard USB cable to recharge its batteries. The Qi charger and QuickCharge support further extend the BingeBank's Swiss army knife capabilities by charging the latest iPhones without physical power cables.

 

In fact, the BingeBank can simultaneously charge an iPhone (via the Qi charging pad), an iPad Pro (via the USB-C port) and an iPod (via the USB-A port), making it one of the most versatile powerbanks I have tested. The built-in kickstand is a bonus that transforms it from a battery that sits in your gadget bag into a desktop accessory that recharges your iPhone while ready to go mobile at any moment. The only minor lack is that I would have preferred a cloth slip bag to protect the BingeBank's smooth black case. Nevertheless, it seems to hold up well against a few minor scratches and surface dings.

Pros

  • 10,000 mAh battery capacity in an elegant, minimalist case
  • Simultaneous Qi, USB-C and USB-A charging options
  • Kickstand and nanosuction mount offer recharging at the desktop and on-the-go

Cons

  • No carrying case
  • Slightly more expensive than traditional powerbanks

The BingeBank has become my default portable battery charger due to its remarkable charging flexibility and support for multiple use case scenarios. It has also become my default desktop Qi charger on my bed stand, reminding me to take it along on my long commutes so I don't have to worry about arriving at my destination with my iPhone or MacBook battery depleted. If you're looking for a modern powerbank that does it all, the Kenu BingeBank should be on the top of your list.

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Mike Riley is a frequent contributor to several technical publications and specializes in emerging technologies and new development trends. Mike was previously employed by RR Donnelley as the company’s Chief Scientist, responsible for determining innovative technical approaches to improve the company’s internal and external content services. Mike also co-hosted Computer Connection, a technology enthusiast show broadcast on Tribune Media's CLTV.