Since the advent of smartphones, power banks have become a part of everyday life. They’re basically a rechargeable battery with the right connections to enable you to keep your phone going throughout the day.
The BioLite Charge 80 PD is a 20,000mAh Li-ion power bank with one USB-C and two USB-A ports. The USB-C port is the power delivery type to enable the unit to be recharged and to charge connected devices. The two USB-A ports can also be used for charging devices.
The BioLite Charge 80 PD uses Quick Charge 3.0 protocols which means that it can charge at up to 18W using the USB-C port and up to 15w using a USB-A port. A standard USB port only delivers 5W so the Charge 80 charges devices at around three times the usual speed.
BioLite claims that the Charge 80 PD can store enough juice to recharge a 13-inch laptop once, or a smartphone 5 times. I’m more interested in what it can do for a camera, but the ability to charge a laptop or a phone is obviously useful too.
BioLite has given the Charge 80 PD a battery life indicator with four lights. It’s activated by pressing the adjacent button.