The Outdoor Gear Review: Why This is World’s Most Compact and Lightest Power Bank

2 years ago I reviewed the original NB10000 from NiteCore and I loved it!  It was and still is one of the lightest weight power banks out on the market; while my review was very positive I did have a few suggestions to improve the product.

Two years have passed and NiteCore has a new Generation 2 version and I’ve been testing it out for the last couple of weeks and in this episode, I’ll be sharing my thoughts.

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NITECORE NB10000 Gen 2 – Lightest Powerbank on the Market : 

Price : $60

All Carbon fiber frame and panels 

Capacity : 10000mAh with 6900 being usable. 

– There is also a 5000MAH version

Features :

– IPX5 rated water resistant, and comes with a slew of safeguards against short-circuit, overcharge, over discharge, or overheat.

– Fast Charge from both ports at the same time 

USB-A port supports up to 18W out

USB-C port supports up to 20W out and will charge at 18W.

– When quick charge is not needed, the NB10000 has a one-touch low current mode for delicate devices such as Bluetooth headphones and smart watches.

– It can charge and discharge at the same time

– Features a low current charging mode for Bluetooth headphones and smartwatches – Hold mode button until white light turns on. Hold mode button again to turn off and a 4th LED will turn on

Has a LED indicator which shows power level :

*** 100% Remaining

** 70%

* 30%

* flashing means it is depleted

– Blinking LED indicator lets you know when it is charging

Materials : Carbon Fiber Case and a Carbon Fiber Frame

Weight : 5.3oz

Dimensions : L-4.8″ x W-2.32″ x H-0.42″

Includes : NB10000 Gen ii (Gen 2) power bank, USB-C charging cable

Features all of the typical built-in protections : Overcurrent, Short-Circut, Over-discharge, Overcharge, Thermal and so on.

Accepts Quick Charge 3.0 

Versions : There is a 20,000mAh version that features 4 ports, it costs $100 and I may take a look at it in the future.


Review Pros :

– Extremely lightweight – one of the lightest on the market

– Very small power bank – takes up no space in my pack

– Excellent quality

– No issues with charging : no glitches experienced

– Excellent waterproofing : IPX5 rated water resistant – there are other channels completely submerging these are they keep working

– Looks great, feels great, feels very sturdy even though it is so lightweight

– I like the yellow rings that surround the ports

– It recharges quickly too; from one bar flashing to full charge in around 3.5 hrs with a good wall charger.

– Can dual charge – charge two devices or charge a single device while charging the power bank –

– Good capacity – With my average overnight trip, I can charge my phone and run a led light at camp for hours with energy left over.

Reliable : My experiences with the Gen 1 have been perfect – I’ve used it one every single trip that I’ve been on over the last 2 years; that’s at least one trip per week and I’ve never had a single problem.  All of the ports work, I haven’t noticed any battery degradation, no swellings, etc and I expect no issues with this Gen 2 model.  Nothing so far with almost a month of use. 

Review Cons :

Dual Charing is nice but when charging two devices at the same time, neither is at fast charging speeds because both channels are being used. 


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