Power banks are astonishingly handy, but most support only Micro-USB connections. The Maximas XTRON is a super-fast USB-C power bank that is ideal for charging your new Nexus phone, OnePlus 2 or other USB-C devices on the go. The XTRON is the first power bank to support a USB-C connection for charging mobile devices on the go. It has a fast maximum output of 4.2A, and it does not just use the same high-class TI chips as the new Apple MacBook but it can charge it too.
- USB-C power bank
- maximum total output 4.2A (21W)
- 1x 2A 10W Micro-USB input
- 13,400mAh capacity
- 1x USB-A output
- 1x USB-C output
The announcement will come new USB-C compatible devices by including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and, potentially, Google Pixel C tablet. These new devices join a growing pool of USB-C phones, tablets and laptops, including the OnePlus 2, Xiaomi Mi 4C, Chromebook Pixel, Nokia N1 and 2015 MacBook.
A new type of connection for data transfer and charging demands new accessories. The OnePlus 2 ships with a standard USB to USB-C cable for charging, but progressively cables will be seen with USB-C at each end.
Even if you do not have a USB-C device now, buying a power bank such as the XTRON means you are covered today and also future-proofed for when your next purchase comes with USB-C. The XTRON feels incredibly well made, a reassuringly solid block with rounded edges and a compact, splash-proof design. It measures just 77 x 21 x 93-mm and weights 247-g. In spite of its large 13,400mAh capacity the Maximas power bank fits comfortably in your hand.
The power bank we tested is a matte black plastic but a gold band at the device’s top, gold accents and a shiny gold logo make it feel like a premium product. Even the supplied USB-C to USB-C cable looks the part, with its gold-coloured connectors. A white and silver version of the Maximas XTRON is also available.
Maximas XTRON is easily one of the best power banks it has been seen for the simple fact that it’ll be good for years to come.