Here are my personal reasons why I have chosen the OmniCharge 20 for my own use case.
Please don’t read it if you are not interested!
I also don’t need or ask for any approval or confirmation here.
It is my choice and I feel confident about it.
You want to do something different – feel free!
For me the Omnicharge 20 is the most versatile and secure power bank out there at the moment.
Yes I know it doesn’t carry a USB PD (Power Delivery) standard label but I don’t care about that label.
When I say secure I talk about secure against an exploding battery pack and not secure that it can’t possibly damage a device connected to it! Actually I am quite sure that I could find a way to damage pretty much any consumer electronics device out there with the Omnicharge 20 or for that matter with any other battery pack.
It might include a home made cable to do that to some devices but it can be done – I mean you can do it with a simple USB stick.
Yes basically any battery used today by electronic gadgets have the potential to explode when over-charged; connected to over-current or over-voltage or over-heated.
You can Google for exploding iPhones and other devices not to mention the well known Samsung Note cases but they are out there for many different devices.
The Omnicharge 20 has some of the most safeguards against over-voltage, over-current, over-heating and short circuit I have seen in a power bank. This is true for the input and output.
It also has pretty much the most options to charge devices from it that you could find in a power bank.
AC-Outlet (110V-240V 50-60Hz output depending if you get the US or Europe model)
Which can be used with pretty much any delivered power supply of any gadget without any risk to void any warranty since it is the same as plugging it into the power outlet at home.
HVDC-Outlet (150V or 300V DC depending if you get the US or Europe model)
I know this sound scary to many people but this should work with all switching power supplies made for 110V-240V. Which are most power supplies delivered today (or for many years) with electronics.
Direct-DC-Out-Port (adjustable from 1V – 24V with 0.1V accuracy and up to 3.5A / 70W max)
This can replace most power supplies out there and would charge a laptop, tablet or phone directly. This port has maybe the highest potential to blow up you devices if you for example set it to 20V when the device can only take 9V and the device has no build in safe guards itself against over-voltage.
USB-Port 1 (standard 5V USB port with up to 3A / 15W)
This will charge anything USB.
USB-Port 2 (Qualcomm Quick Charge 3 Port 3.6V-20V in 200mV increments; 5V/3A; 9V/2A; 12V/1.5A)
This will charge any QC compatible device and also many standard USB devices since QC falls back to 5V/3A if it doesn’t get the answer it expects from the device which makes it another standard USB port. Yes yes this can also potentially damage some devices if they actually are ‘smart’ and give a non compatible answer back which might cause the port to step up to potentially 20V.
Qi Wireless charging (5V/1A Qi Standard)
This charges any Qi wireless device like many wireless charging phones.
Power Input through 5.5mm Barrel-Port (4.5V – 36V and up to 3A and 45W max)
This means the Onmicharge does charge from nearly any power source out there as long as you can connect it to the barrel port which is a very common port for small power supplies or via USB to barrel port cable, Solar panels mostly have that barrel port you can get car chargers with barrel port, laptop chargers with barrel port, …
My use cases:
Lenovo Yoga 2 laptop: charging through AC-Port or HVDC-Port with the Lenovo power supply; charging through the DC-Port with a barrel Port to Lenovo Square cable; charging the Onmicharge with the Lenovo power supply with a Lenovo Square to Barrel port adapter; charging the Onmicharge via a USB port on the Yoga 2.
Surface 3 Pro: charging through AC-Port or HVDC-Port; charging through DC-Port; charging the Omnicharge through the Microsoft power supply USB-Port or through the Surface USB Port.
Eve V: charging via AC-Port or HVDC-Port; charging through DC port with a barrel to USB C cable which Omnicharge is working on right now and will be available later this year; via standard USB port; charging the Omnicharge via USB C or USB A port; charging the Omnicharge via the power supply via USB C to barrel port adapter.
Motorola X Pure Phone: charging through either USB Port with Quickcharge or not; charging through the DC Port with a barrel to micro USB cable.
Lumia 950 Phone: charging through the standard USB port; charging with Qi wireless
Several Bluetooth headphones (Bose, Plantronics, No-Name): charging through either USB port.
Charging the Omnicharge: with the Omnicharge charger; with a solar panel when traveling on my motorbike; with diverse laptop or electronic chargers that I have flying around or find with anybody at the office or their homes; through a car charger; through USB ports from any device.
It could also run my desktop power supply if needed or power to a lamp or any other device that is below 100W that you otherwise would plug into the wall outlet. I am not sure if I ever will use it but it could be used if the need comes up in a power outage for example.
I am sure I will not use all the possibilities but in the end settle for one or two per device depending on how to optimize the selection of cables and adapters and power supplies to carry.
The Omnicharge does all this at the same time – meaning you can use all ports at the same time and even charge it at the same time. This will obviously reduce the power output across the ports since it can’t deliver above the maximum power it is design for across all ports but it is intelligent enough to adjust the port usage and charge devices while it itself is charged. All that is displayed on it’s display so you can see the inflow and outflow of energy and the temperature of the pack beside of the remaining capacity and the use time left with the current in/outflow.
They are also working on a save DC-USB C cable which will be available later this year to charge USB C devices.
So to summarize, yes it is an expensive power bank but it delivers a ton of features with safety build in and with all these features build in it is quite safe to say that the people that designed and build the Omnicharge really understand their shit and came up with the most versatile power bank out there.
As I said in the beginning I am not interested if you come to the same conclusion or not and if you think that some of these options work or not.
This is my decision and reasons why I came to this decision do with it what you want.