I used a lot of power banks over the days and weeks travelling both to events and to see Customers. In my car on my travels I can use a charger or my Qi charger, but away from my car I’m usually carrying something big and bulky like a 30000 mAh battery around with me with a number of cables to make sure that I’m covered. The reason the QDOS Airbank stood out for me and the reason I wanted to give it a run as an everyday carry device, is that it is small, portable, has built-in Qi charging, and it also has a little stabilisation device for my phone to avoid dropping it off a table when charging wirelessly. Let’s see whether it managed to earn a spot in my bag after the review period.
- Small and portable
- Wired and Wireless options
- Suctions cups do help
- Small capacity
- No QC technology
Features & Specifications
- 5000 mAh Qi Wireless Powerbank
- Includes 1x 2.4A USB port to charge up two devices simultaneously
- PowerBank LED battery status light
- LED power indicator light distinguishes between wireless and wired charging
- Plug into power source for Qi certified 5W Qi charger, output 5V-1A
- Wireless charging distance: 6mm
- Suction cups for ease of transport and continuously perfect alignment
- Charges smartphone first, refills powerbank battery second
- Case friendly with cases up to 3mm thickness and do not contain a battery/other metal
The QDOS Airbank has a rubberised silicone surround and feels a bit taller than an iPhone SE, and around twice as wide. The top portion of the device is covered with plastic suction cups, 12 to be exact, that, well, cup the device it’s attempting to wirelessly charge via the centrally positioned Qi charging pad. Testing it with a number of devices, those with flat, glass backs fair better with those suction cups with more rounded devices. Luckily the Qi charging does work through cases, and during my testing, the rather thick Olixar case for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro caused no issue for the QDOS Airbank when it came to charging, and it still managed to use some of the suction cups for stability. Also, in the box, along with the charger, you get a quick start guide and a microUSB cable. It’s a strange design choice and it’s not aesthetically pleasing at all, but it does serve a functional purpose so I’m kind of okay with it.
Moving around the device there’s a microUSB charging input port, USB Type A port with a maximum 2.4A output for wired charging, as well as an array of LED notifications to show how charged the internal 5000 mAh battery is, and whether or not the device is currently Qi wireless charging a device. The notification LEDs are actually some of the best I’ve seen. Clear callouts show what each light means and the addition of connection LEDs is a nice touch.
Performance & Use
In terms of performance and use, the QDOS Airbank is all about portability and functionality. The integrated 5000 mAh battery is good for a charge and a half of most smartphones, on paper, and in my testing, I managed to calculate an 86% efficiency based on charging the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, as well as a number of other devices, via the wired 2.4A output. Would it have been nice to see Quick Charge technology in play here? Of course, but sadly where devices are attempting to do a jack-of-all-trades play like with this product, it’s often a step they are not willing to take in terms of cost. More on that later.
When we use the Qi charging method however, things slow down considerably as you would expect. Utilising a 5W charging coil, the QDOS Airbank can deliver a 1A charge. It’s not fast, but if you’re not in a hurry, or in a pinch which is my specific use case, it’s fine. I often have my device sitting on my desk when I’m working where I have a built-in 10W charger and it just sits sipping juice from that, so this is fine for me.
I was really quite worried that the devices I wanted to charge with the QDOS Airbank, would struggle simply because they all have cases on, but thanks to the 6mm charging distance being larger than the distance between the base of the suction cups and where the devices sit, this wasn’t an issue with any Qi-compatible device I tested.
Rounding out this short review, it’s easy for me to be blaise about these sorts of devices now, but I’m still shocked when a good power bank comes along with a good Qi wireless charging solution too. I really shouldn’t be as there are many on the market as I stated before.
One point I wanted to save until the end is that there is a lovely piece of marketing in which QDOS clearly suggest it makes taking calls on the device easier due to the suction cups. I see what they’re going for, but it really doesn’t. Nice try though!
The QDOS Airbank does exactly what it says in its marketing material; no more, no less. It’s small, portable, and delivers in efficiency, charging speed (wired, not wireless obviously) and the suction cups aren’t just a gimmick; they actually add something to the product. The sad fact is however that there are larger capacity devices available, with the same core functionality, and more, for less outlay. A quick Amazon search will turn up 10000 – 20000 mAh power banks, with Qi Wireless charging, multiple wired charging ports and some form of Quick charge technology to boot, all for £30-£40. With the QDOS Airbank weighing in at £49.99 it’s a tough sell for a 5000 mAh capacity model.
A good product, at a price that’s a little too high to recommend; that about sums the QDOS Airbank up.