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ELECJET claims that its new graphene-enhanced power bank can charge to full capacity in just 19 minutes

The new Apollo Max power bank. (Source: ELECJET)
The new Apollo Max power bank. (Source: ELECJET)
The Apollo Max is a new 10000mAh power bank that, according to its maker ELECJET, integrates the emerging graphene standard as a battery material. This, it is claimed, gives it an "unbeatable charging efficiency of 96%". This new product is currently available as a reward on its Indiegogo campaign page.

ELECJET has introduced the Apollo Max, a new 10000mAh power bank with a lithium-graphene battery rather than a conventional lithium-ion power pack. This revolutionary technology is rated to boost the device's charging efficiency to 96%, or 10% more compared to Qualcomm's or Texas Instruments' (TI) charging standards.

The Apollo Max can charge devices that can handle USB type C to USB type C Power Delivery (PD) charging at up to 60 watts (W); examples include the Apple MacBook Pro and iPad Pro 2018, as well as the Nintendo Switch. For those electronics without this advanced charging standard, there is also 18W Quick Charge 3.0.

Apollo Max' new kind of battery is also rated to charge at 100W, which it does via its USB type C PD port. This allows it to reach full capacity in as little as 19 minutes. ELECJET also asserts that its new battery formulation also preserves the bank's longevity, which is good if it is to charge at this rate with any regularity.

ELECJET also claims that it can handle 1000+ charging cycles, compared to about 300 in the average power bank. It also supports the PPS proprietary fast charging standard devised by Samsung and currently found in the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.

These impressive stats are apparently enabled by the addition of graphene composite to the power bank's battery, at the cell's positive terminal. The emerging power-storage material is laid down in 2D sheets, rather than integrated in the graphene-ball form in the manner reportedly developed at (again) Samsung.

The Apollo Max is available as a reward on Indiegogo, and starts at US$129, at the time of writing. To date, this campaign has attracted just over $24500 in backing, or 2.45 times its original goal. Currently, ELECJET estimates that it will start shipping in February 2020; however, it will not be sent to all locations worldwide. Interested potential backers will have to check the campaign to make sure it can reach their doors.

In addition, it should be noted that an adapter that enables the Apollo Max to charge at its max rate does not come included in its backing price: it is an add-on worth $39 at present.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-10-27 (Update: 2019-10-27)