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Apollo Max Power Bank review: The fastest power bank for the Note 10+ (and pretty much everything else)

Keep a neat cable around
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Our Verdict

Bottom line: With the ability to recharge itself at up to 100W with Power Delivery charging and support for PPS for fast charging the Note 10+, the Apollo Max is a portable battery that truly is fast.

For

  • Charges Note 10+ at 45W
  • Can charge laptops at 60W
  • Recharges really fast

Against

  • Heavy for its size
  • Thick for its capacity
  • Expensive

When the Note 10+ was first announced back in August, its claims of 45W charging made me sit up and cheer, especially because on launch day, all we thought you needed to use it was Power Delivery, an open and widely supported standard. Alas, Samsung had to be Samsung and utilized a substandard of USB Power Delivery charging called PPS, which kicked users back down to lower speeds when using most wall chargers and all power banks.

That changes with the Apollo Max, which wraps up its Indiegogo campaign this weekend. This 10,000mAh power bank not only supports Power Delivery speeds up to 60W for output — and a staggering 100W input for recharging itself — but it also supports PPS to charge the Note 10+ at its full 45 watt speed. I've been testing the Apollo Max for the last month, and it's held up really well.

Apollo Max Power Bank Super fast

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The Apollo Max's charging speeds are ridiculous at face value, but they do hold up. It charged my Note 10+ at 45W, bringing it back from the dead in less than an hour. I never ran the bank completely dead — I tend to only need 3-5,000mAh to keep my phone alive for the rest of the evening at the Magic Kingdom — but it recharged quickly on the 45W and 60W wall chargers I keep around the house.

Outside the 45W charging on the Note 10+, this is a great power bank for laptop users who don't want to lug around some hulking beast like the Sherpa 100 PD (opens in new tab) but still want a power bank they can count on in a pinch. The Apollo Max supports 60W PD output, not top speed for a MacBook but enough to keep it from dying while you race to finish your Final Cut editing.

Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

Perhaps the best part of this power bank, though, is the fact that you can recharge it in 20 minutes when used with a 100W Power Delivery charger. Elecjet uses a dual battery configuration and graphene cooling layer to keep the bank from overheating at those speeds.

Apollo Max Power Bank The price of being first

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Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central Apollo Max with Pixel 3a (Image credit: Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

This is indeed the first power bank to charge the Note 10+ at top speed, but that quicker charging tech takes space, which makes the Apollo Max a thicker and stouter portable battery than most new 10,000mAh models that launched in 2019. If you didn't look at the numbers on the back, you'd probably guess it's double the capacity when you pick up this hefty specimen, but it's still easy enough to slip in a purse or backpack.

And even if it fits in your pants pocket, I wouldn't slip it in there unless you really trust your belt.

Speaking of heavy, that 100W charger that the Apollo Max review unit came with is also a chonker, but 100W chargers can only shrink so small at the moment, so there's not too much Elecjet can do there. I've done most of my recharging of the Apollo Max with a 45W charger instead for this reason, and 45W still recharges the bank quickly enough.

Apollo Max Power Bank

Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

This is an Indiegogo campaign that is projected to ship in February — and yes, there's always a fair chance of delays for a crowdfunded product like this, but it's Elecjet's fourth campaign so I'm not overly worried there. The Apollo Max is a lightning-fast charger and being the first PPS power bank means it will only become more useful in the coming year as more devices start implementing it.

4 out of 5

If you're looking for a power bank that can recharge your phone or laptop in a hurry and will recharge itself in even more of a hurry, the Apollo Max could be a great fit for you. I know it's going to serve me well in my gear bag on those dawn-to-close days at Walt Disney World.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

5 Comments
  • Finally! Nice looking unit too. I was expecting it to be 15,000mAh though. I have three 10,000mAh power banks, on one of them is easily half this size. Why on earth did Samsung not use the standard? I had standard PD AND Quickcharge 4.0 on the U11 almost three years ago.
  • What an INCREDIBLY poor review.
    You used the product for a month and “never ran it down” for a charge test when charging speeds are one of the selling points.
    There are no pictures of the bundled 100W charger.
    You tell us it recharges the Galaxy Note 10 in “less than an hour” without specifying if it was to 100% and fail to test compatibility with other fast charge enabled devices like the iPhone, Huawei and Oneplus. Poor work all round.
  • I hope you have a Merry Christmas. It was enough info for us to make a choice of purchase and the review was tailored to the fact that it does the fast charging on Samsung and the device itself.... It was enough that if the price wasn't so high it would consider it. There is nothing for to compare it to in the market not sure what else is needed.
  • I would get that if the power bank was a Samsung-made accessory.
    Perhaps I was a tad harsh in my criticism, but I first thought this was just a random post about an interesting discovery. But it was a full fledged review with stars awarded at the end.
    If it’s a review then it should be judged at the standard of other reviews on the website which are usually pretty comprehensive for the category.
  • Ive been using the Elecjet's 20,0000mAh powerpie- it supports 45w PPS charging of the Note 10+. Would be nice to see a full review of it.