BatPower PD6 ProE Portable Charger Has Confusing USB Power Delivery Charging Specs
After being asked by a user to find a portable power bank that is able to charge the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016) at 87W similar to the Apple 87W USB-C Power Adapter, we looked at the BatPower PD6 which claims to support 90W of charging on Amazon.
The BatPower PD6 supports 24000mAh of charging capacity while its larger sibling BatPower PD9 supports 36000mAh.
On the Amazon product page, the first thing you see is that the BatPower PD6 claims to deliver 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, or 20V(Max 90W) based on what your device needs.
If you look further at the product description, it clarifies that the BatPower PD6's power bank supports only 65W while the AC adapter supports 90W.
Not only is this misleading but in later posts when we look at the power source capabilities of the BatPower PD6, only a max of 60W is supported. 90W is not supported at all by the BatPower PD6.
After purchasing the BatPower PD6 from Amazon, we removed the cheap quality plastic material that wrapped it.
The design of the BatPower PD6 box was designed to be very functional without attempting to create a premium feel or add any styling elements.
The top of the box does helpfully tell the user that its 92Wh capacity means that it can be carried on flights since it's below the 100Wh limit for US flights.
The BatPower PD6 box uses a magnetic clasp to stay closed.
Just like products of old, there is a red round quality control stamp visible inside the lid when you first open it.
The BatPower PD6 comes with a lot of accessories which can be quite confusing to the average user looking for a simple power bank. The reason for so many accessories is that the BatPower PD6's power bank can be used to charge a variety of new or proprietary power interfaces as long as you have the right adapter from BatPower.
The BatPower PD6's ProE’s EAD Slim Adapter Multi-functional charger adapter can be used to charge the BatPower PD6's power bank, as well as directly charge USB Type-C and non Type-C devices.
This AC charger is able to connect to the BatPower PD6's Power Bank through a special rectangle connector.
On the BatPower PD6 Power Bank, again we see that it incorrectly claims to supports 90W from the PD USB-C Converter.
The BatPower PD6 also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (up to 15W) through its orange USB Type-A connector. However, we have observed that for certain Quick Charge phones, this port can actually deliver over 16W since the Quick Charge 3.0 spec allows charging up to 18W.
There are three additional blue USB Type-A ports which the BatPower PD claims to support 5V(20W). This is probably the total wattage of the three USB ports combined since a single USB Type-A port can't support 20W.
To connect the BatPower PD Power Bank to the USB Type-C phone, you need to connect the USB Type-C adapter to the Power Bank's round output port. The BatPower PD also comes with a USB Type-C cable to connect between the USB Type-C adapter to the phone.
You can also connect the USB Type-C adapter to the BatPower round to rectangle connector adapter which can then connect to the BatPower PD6's ProE’s EAD Slim Adapter Multi-functional charger adapter. This configuration allows you to directly charge your USB Type-C device from an AC outlet rather than the Power Bank.
If you just want to charge the Power Bank, you can use the same BatPower round to rectangle connector adapter to connect to the AC charger adapter.
If you are missing the BatPower round to rectangle connector adapter, there is also a micro-B connector to connect to some micro-B to Type-A cable and USB Type-A power adapter although this setup won't charge as quickly.
Given the large number of connectors needed to be daisy-chained depending on the configuration, this can be very confusing for the average user. While the BatPower PD6 is able to charge many smaller USB Power Delivery devices, other than not supporting its 90W charging claim, the Power Bank unfortunately also has other problems charging the Apple 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016) and MacBook (Early 2015) where it would stop charging after less than 40 minutes perhaps due to overheating since the Power Bank was getting quite warm. We will see more detailed posts on how the BatPower PD6 charges with various USB Type-C devices in upcoming reviews.