ElecJet Apollo Ultra hands-on: The world's fastest and nearly perfect power bank
Although there are a lot of many good power banks available on the market, there are limits to the regular lithium batteries used in most of them. The ElecJet Apollo Ultra uses graphene composite cells, which provide better performance in all areas, including durability. Before moving on, I will advise those interested in finding out more about this technology and ElecJet's approach to find a few minutes to spare and read this article.
Those who just want to know the basics should keep in mind that graphene is an almost perfect conductor of electricity that is also six times lighter and no less than 200 times stronger than steel. Since graphene is also a perfect conductor of heat, it becomes obvious that the ElecJet Apollo Ultra power bank which uses graphene power cells is lighter, faster, and cooler when under heavy load when compared to power banks that use traditional lithium cells. For now, it also looks like it is the fastest 10,000 mAh power bank, with less than 30 minutes needed for a full load.
Box contents, design, build quality
Since what I received is not exactly the final product and the name on the box says PowerPie_P10X, I will not say anything about the information provided on the packaging. Obviously, those who order the ElecJet Apollo Ultra will receive a retail box with the correct name and accurate technical information. Alongside the power pack, the package that I received also includes a black carrying bag and a single USB-C to USB-C cable that supports the impressive charge speed of 100 W.
In addition to the above, some retail packages might also include a 100 W PD power adapter. The one I got is quite heavy with a weight of 210 grams (0.46 pounds), while the power bank weighs around 255 grams (0.56 pounds).
There is nothing special to say about the design, as you can see in the pictures above, but those who want their accessories colorful can probably use stickers to bring some life into the mix (obviously there are none included in the package). On the other hand, the cable, the carrying bag, and the power bank have the look and feel of premium products. The same can be said about the power adapter that I received, but those who will buy the ElecJet Apollo Ultra without it (or go somewhere and forget to pick it) should know that any such accessory capable of 100 W PD will do. Obviously, slower chargers will also work, but the charging time will increase according to their capabilities.
Specs, features, real-life usage
The essential specs of the ElecJet Apollo Ultra look great, if we leave aside the rather limited capacity (we'll have a few more words about that a bit later): no less than 2,500 life cycles, so if you charge the battery daily, it should last for roughly 7 years; one USB-A port and one USB-C; roughly the size of a smartphone (130X66X17 mm or 5.12X2.6X0.67 in). The charging time at 100 W, in my tests, was around 28 minutes. When using slower chargers, the time needed for a full load can easily exceed one hour, but the heat generated also decreases noticeably.
While the power efficiency of at least 85 percent (compared to the average 70 percent of other power banks) is excellent, this still means that the 10,000 mAh capacity of the ElecJet Apollo Ultra is not enough to fully charge a 5,000 mAh battery more than once. In my experience, charging the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro used almost 80 percent of the power bank's capacity. However, being able to deliver 87 W charging current via USB-C is a great feature, so the user can easily charge a MacBook Pro using the ElecJet Apollo Ultra. Unfortunately, a fully loaded power bank (37 Wh) can only deliver a 50 percent charge to the battery of Apple's laptop (60 Wh).
Getting back to the temperature, I must say that both the charger and power bank get pretty hot after a 100 W charging session that took just 28 minutes. However, handling and even holding them for a while is never a problem. While I don't have the means to measure the temperature at my disposal, I can guarantee that both accessories do not exceed 45°C (113°F).
Unsurprisingly, the ElecJet Apollo Ultra can charge two devices simultaneously. In this case, the maximum output power is divided between the two ports (18 W on USB-A and up to 87 W via USB-C). In most cases, users will charge a smartphone or a tablet and accessories like a TWS charging case or a smartwatch, so the 10,000 mAh capacity of this power bank is more than enough to get that job done once, maybe even twice if the phone has a battery with a rather low capacity.
Considering all the above, the ElecJet Apollo Ultra is nearly perfect the way it is, so now the time has come to conclude this article.
The good, the bad, and the truth
Those being always in a hurry will surely love the world's fastest-charging 10,000 mAh power bank, although a higher capacity would often help. However, the ElecJet Apollo Ultra looks good, is very easy to carry around, doesn't overheat, and also promises a very long lifespan compared to many of the power banks currently on the market.
The only weak part that one can spot in the ElecJet Apollo Ultra, at first sight, is the capacity that makes it less attractive to those who use phones with large batteries or would like their power bank to hold a full charge for their laptop's battery. This power bank can provide at least two full charges to most iPhone models released so far, so Apple fans will surely love it. While testing, I noticed that once the battery level goes down to 5 percent, even when charging a wearable or a TWS charging case, the ElecJet Apollo Ultra drops to zero in less than a minute.
With a VIP special price for our readers of just US$69, the ElecJet Ultra Apollo is one of the best presents for this holiday season one could think of. The deal also includes a USB-C-to-USB-C cable and one extra year of warranty. Those who want to get power banks for their family or friends can also take advantage of the 5X deal available on the aforementioned Indiegogo page. This deal takes the price down by 37 percent, all the way to US$315. While the USB-C cable is included, there is no additional warranty.
Since I am always looking for the best deals in many tech areas, power banks are no exception. If you think there's anything better than the ElecJet Apollo Ultra that I should check out this winter, feel free to share your finding with the rest of us in the comments section.
Disclaimer: The author of this review received the ElectJet Apollo Ultra power bank from ElecJet free of charge for the purpose of testing.