Dear Natalie: Try Outxes Rugged Power Bank

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Word on the street is that Outxe sent you another product. What did you think?

Signed,

Someone whose phone is at 2% battery

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Dear Someone – wait a second. Who lets their phone get to 2%? Seriously, man. That’s just negligent.

Anyway, yes, Outxe kindly sent me their rugged power bank – actually, the 9,622nd rugged power bank they’ve shipped this year (a cute little thank you card came inside the box informing me of this fun fact!). Maybe you should receive number 9,623, since you seem to treat your phone’s charge with such brazen disregard.

 

Outxes Rugged Power Bank 1

 

But seriously – if you’re as hypervigilant about maintaining a charge as I am, you will adore this power bank. Given how rugged and useful Outxe’s line is, I’m not surprised so many of these bad boys have been shipped across the world. They’re popular – and photogenic! Okay, maybe they haven’t made the cover of Vogue just yet, but they are huge on Instagram! Outxe sponsors a monthly photo contest. Folks snap a pic of their Outxe product in the great outdoors and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #RealPowerSurvives. Once a month, one lucky winner scores a prize worth $100, and twice a year, a super-lucky person draws a $500 prize.

 

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One of the contest photos

 

I’m excited to enter the contest. I just need to find the perfect outdoorsy scene….

The Outxe Rugged Solar Power Bank arrived in a sleek black box with an instruction manual in several languages (more proof that keeping your phone charged appeals to people of all linguistic backgrounds!). Given my confusion with Outxe’s last product about water resistance, my eye immediately noticed that the Rugged Solar Power Bank is – get this – waterproof! I have evidence. Are you ready?

 

 

Yes, that’s my Outxes Rugged Power Bank in my bathroom sink. As you can see, an indicator light was still on after I pulled it out of the water. (Also – I didn’t get electrocuted!)

If you’re a spec person, allow me to offer you this:

  • 20,000mAH/74Wh capacity
  • Lithium-Polymer battery type
  • IP67 waterproof level
  • Input: Micro-USB at DC 5V/2A (max); Type-C at DC 5V/3A (max); Solar charging at 5V/400mA/2W (max). You can double-charge via Micro-USB and Type-C at the same time, shortening the recharge time to under 7 hours.
  • Output: One is DC 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A (max), and compatible with QC2.0, 3.0, and other quick charge protocols with 9V output. The other is DC 5V/2.4A (max). The power bank self-regulates to 24W when you use both outputs simultaneously to charge two devices; this avoids overheating.
  • 170 x 86 x 30 mm in size and 525 grams in weight

So what do I think? In a nutshell, it’s awesome.

Drawbacks

  • It is a bit heavy. It’s worth noting that “heavy” is relative; in the hiking and backpacking world, where weight is carried directly on one’s back, just a gram or two can make the difference between “heavy” and “not that heavy at all.” For car camping, kayaking or boating, or any other activity where space and weight aren’t so pressing an issue, I think this unit will be perfect.

Benefits

  • It can charge two devices at once! Seriously!
  • This power bank can be reloaded a few ways: Micro-USB, Type-C, or via solar panel! The Micro-USB and Type-C inputs take about half a day to fully restock the power bank, which is really reasonable in terms of charge time. The solar panel, of course, takes longer – about 70 hours under ideal conditions. Still, not too shabby, particularly when you consider…
  • …you will not deplete the Outxes Rugged Power Bank right away! I charged two devices off it simultaneously for about two hours, and they barely made a dent in the bank’s reserves. It’s been well over a week and my bank is just now indicating that it needs to be repowered.
  • It’s waterproof! The outlets are perfectly covered by little rubber caps. I wouldn’t recommend randomly throwing electrical devices into the ocean (or your sink) for fun, of course. Still, it’s nice to have the peace of mind that a splash or some rain won’t ruin your power source.

If you’d like to check out this or other Outxe products, head on over to Outxe’s website.

See you again soon,

Natalie

 

Resident Columnist and Reviewer at | Website

“Ask Natalie” host, Natalie McCarthy was born and raised in the urban American rust belts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, in a not-particularly-outdoorsy family. She discovered the outdoors in her early 30s and now seeks out new ways to adventure.

Natalie earned her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. She works as a licensed supervisory clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of co-occurring substance use, general mental health, and trauma-related disorders. While her professional practice is where Natalie spends most of her time helping people with their problems, she was an online advice columnist in the past.

In the early 2000s, she was the go-to answer girl on a now-defunct website called New Girl Order. Her column there led her to research a diversity of topics, from May-December romances to why on Earth plucking our eyebrows makes us sneeze.

40 thoughts on “Dear Natalie: Try Outxes Rugged Power Bank

  • November 12, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    So cool 🙂 Thanks! I have a Solar Charger that can be attached to the backpack. It will be great if you do a review on similar one 🙂

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  • August 18, 2018 at 8:29 am
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    What? This is like perfect. The most important for me is the solar charging, but wait no, both are Important ??. Can’t believe it has both features and never heard of it before. Will have to test it out!

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  • July 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    The Outxe Rugged Solar Power Bank sounds like a great travel companion. I am sold on the waterproof facilities and also the two devices charging at the same time. I don’t mind carrying an extra little heavy power bank like this if it solves my problems. Thanks for introducing me.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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    You certainly put this power bank through its paces! As a travel blogger who uses their phone for ALL their pictures when out exploring, I could really do with one of these! x

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  • June 29, 2018 at 8:32 am
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    This powerbank is so cool! I want to have one and for my boyfriend 😀
    Do they ship all the way to Asia?

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  • June 28, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    Solar powered and waterproof?! Count me in! I’ve been in the market for a power bank and this might just be the one for me.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 1:22 am
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    i like that it is waterproof 🙂 but i have never heard of this brand before 🙂 thank you for the tips

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  • June 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm
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    Powerbank is one of the essentials I always carry on all my trips. This rugged powerbank from Outxe looks beautiful and has cool features including its water resistance. I’m planning to buy this one now. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  • June 27, 2018 at 12:49 am
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    Thanks for reviewing! My boyfriend and I are going on our first kayaking/camping trip and were talking about getting something like this. Love that it’s waterproof!

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    • June 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm
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      Yes!! ?? Lake Erie has nothin’ on this!

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  • June 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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    Oh I love camping! But, a power bank like this is useful anywhere!

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    • June 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm
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      For sure. I used mine in the car and around the house, as well as on adventures.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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    Heck I would use this for everyday! It’s perfect for the beach or camping!

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  • June 26, 2018 at 3:16 pm
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    Wow this is perfect for outdoor charging. I would like to purchase one. It’s as if I can be at ease even if I drop this on waters. And what caught my attention is that it can be charged through solar panel, how cool is that?

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    • June 27, 2018 at 12:39 pm
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      Me too! It’s so cool.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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    Wow this power bank looks strong and sturdy. This is very much useful in adverse weathers like heavy snow or rain as it is waterproof. It can charge 2 devices at a time which is also very helpful. Though it is on heavier side but it can be neglected as it has lot of advantages.

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    • June 27, 2018 at 12:40 pm
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      I love that it can be used in adverse weather without worry!

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  • June 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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    This rugged power bank seems awesome and I want one! It looks like it would be perfect to travel with, and may survive the wrath of my kids lol

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    • June 27, 2018 at 12:40 pm
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      Hahahahaha yes, the kids won’t even put a dent in it! (Or maybe they will, but it will survive!)

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  • June 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm
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    Powerbanks are the best! I love taking mine on outdoor adventures so that my phone always stays charged!

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    • June 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm
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      “Never Below 20%” — my personal motto ?

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  • June 26, 2018 at 8:16 am
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    This is great that it is water resistant. I went to a trip to Jamaica and ruined my charging bank with water so this was a good feature.

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    • June 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm
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      Oh no to a frizzed out power bank! Oh yay to replacing it with this!

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  • June 26, 2018 at 7:13 am
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    What a great piece of technology. For travellers these days there is nothing more important then the smart phone and the constant requirements of keeping that charge on a day out. It’s heavy but gives you that extra boost. Thanks for sharing a good post.

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    • June 26, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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      Thank you for reading along! Yes, the extra weight provides extra peace of mind ?

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  • June 26, 2018 at 6:02 am
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    This sounds like a total must have. I love that it’s solar powered & rechargers w/o a usb. Where has this been all my life? Thank you for this! ??

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    • June 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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      Evelyn, my thoughts when I received it too!

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    • June 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm
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      Me too! Honestly, I’m more likely to spill half my water bottle on it accidentally than to get it wet by some other reasonable means, which is why the waterproof feature comforts me!

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  • June 26, 2018 at 2:23 am
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    I’ve never heard of this brand but it’s definitely something I need to check out!

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    • June 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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      They offer some other neat products, too.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm
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    What a great product. I am constantly carrying things that need charging. Between our phones, cameras and go pro, we need something that can power as much as possible. Shooting video sucks so much power. The 2 outlets is a real bonus!

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  • June 25, 2018 at 11:15 pm
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    I have never heard of this brand of power bank before, but it seems really good. I love that it is waterproof, so a little wetness would not damage it.

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    • June 26, 2018 at 3:13 am
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      I can’t tell you the thrill I got from dropping it in the sink ?

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  • June 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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    This looks awesome! I’m also paranoid about letting the battery run out of my phone.

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    • June 26, 2018 at 3:13 am
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      Marcie, yes! We speak the same phone battery language!

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  • June 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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    I have never heard of this brand but I need this! Waterproof and shockproof is what I need. I see that they are on sale so the price isn’t that bad for what you get! Thanks for this tip!

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    • June 26, 2018 at 3:14 am
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      Marlies, I think you’ll love it!

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