IonBank is the name of the range of portable battery packs from Moshi. Right now, there are 3 products in the category, the IonBank 10k, IonBank 5k with Lightning Connector and IonBank 5k with Micro USB Connector.
The IonBank 5k has a battery capacity of 5,000mAh and has two integrated cables, one of them is either the Lightning or Micro USB cable and the other is a normal USB cable to charge the battery pack. It also has a spare USB port to charge another USB device.
The IonBank 10k on the other hand has a battery capacity of 10,000mAh but only has one integrated cable which is the normal USB cable used to charge the battery pack. Because of this, instead of having one USB port, the IonBank 10k has two.
The Moshi IonBank 10k is retailing for S$150.90 and weighs 319g which is lighter than Panasonic’s USB Portable Power 10,260mAh (QE-QL301) which weighs 490g.
The total output for both USB ports is 18W/3.6A but it is enough to charge two iPads simultaneously. Apple recommends at least 2A to properly charge an iPad. However, as long as the power source is able to output more than 1A, the iPad will still charge, but just at a much slower rate.
Moshi has something called DPS (dynamic power sharing) built into the IonBank, it will intelligently detects and delivers the optimal charge rate to each connected device. I am guessing that the DPS will overwrite what the connected device request from the power souce.
If you are charging two iPads simultaneously, technically it will draw a total of 4.2A but since the IonBank only output a maximum of 3.6A, depending on which iPad ypu plugged in first, normally the first iPad will charge at 2.1A while the second iPad will charge at 1.5A. But with DPS, I think both iPads will get the power evenly distrubted between them which is 1.8A.
Most portable battery packs are using Lithium-Ion batteries, but for IonBank, it is using Lithium-Polymer batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries have high energy-densities and cost less to manufacture but it does not hold charges well, whereas for Lithium-Polymer batteries, it is lightweight, safer to use and hold charges well but have lower energy-densities and cost more to manufacture (read more: Lithium Ion vs. Lithium Polymer).
The Moshi IonBank 10k is encased in aluminium and comes with a carrying pouch with a front pocket to carry cables.
- Stylish aluminium casing with push-button battery level indicator.
- Dynamic Power Sharing technology (DPS) for optimised charging efficiency of 18 watts across two outputs.
- Two USB ports for charging for 2 devices (i.e. 2 iPads) simultaneously.
- High-endurance 10,000 mAh lithium-polymer cells.
- Includes travel pouch for easy storage and portability.
Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi IonBank 10k, Moshi IonBank 5k with Lightning Connector or Moshi IonBank 5k with Micro USB Connector from physical stores such as EpiCentre or online from Ban Leong’s eStore.