Earlier this week, mobile accessory manufacturer ibattz turned a few heads at the Consumer Electronics Show with a new external battery charger called the ASAP Fast Charge Power Bank that the company claims can fully charge an iPhone 6 from 0 to 100 percent in just 15 minutes. (See update at bottom of this article for correction.)

Available in two sizes of 5,600 mAh and 11,200 mAh, the new charging banks are the company's fastest to date. By using lithium polymer batteries and replacing the traditional 5V 1A input with a 20V 2A upgrade, the company says the ASAP charging banks can reach a recharge speed of up to four times faster than traditional external battery packs.

Screenshot (98)
No specifications have been given on the charge time for any device besides the iPhone 6, and no pricing or tentative launch date has been announced by the company.

Though the company has a decent track record with its existing lineup of other power bank and battery case devices, hands-on time with the device will be needed to test the company's latest claims. Users will also want to weigh potential long-term negative effects from charging their phone batteries so quickly in deciding whether ibattz's new power banks will be a worthwhile investment.

Update: ibattz has clarified to MacRumors that the power bank itself can charge in 15 minutes, with charging of an iPhone from the bank taking about an hour. The company has not yet updated its press release to correct the error.

Top Rated Comments

oneMadRssn Avatar
96 months ago
Imagine I give you an 8oz glass, and keep a 24oz glass for myself. We pour 8oz into both glasses at the same rate.

Are you better off for being "full" while I still have room for 200% more ... ?

We both reached 8oz ... at the same time.

I like the visual analogy, but that is not analogous to how batteries work.

For simplicity and to borrow your numbers, let's say we have two batteries with capacities of 8 and 24. The closer each battery gets to full, the slower it charges (exponentially slower, it has to do with potential and resistance).

The 24 battery will get to 8 much faster than the 8 battery will get to 8. The 8 battery starting at 0 might take 5 minutes to get to 2, 10 more minutes to get to 4, 20 more minutes to get to 6, and 40 more minutes to get to full 8. Meanwhile, the 24 battery starting at 0 might take 5 minutes to get to 6, 10 minutes to get to 12, and so on; it will reach 8 much quicker because at 8 it is only 33% full and there is still a lot of potential with little resistance.

A better water analogy is this: picture two tubes of the same diameter, sealed at the top, one is 8ft tall and one is 24ft tall, both being filled from the bottom with same input nozzles of same flow rates. As the tubes fill, the air at the top gets compressed and pushes back on the water and slows the rate of filling. Because the 24ft tall tube has more air at the top, the rate will slow down less over the first 8ft. When the 8ft tube is nearly full, it has nearly 8ft of air compressed into a tiny bubble at the top. When the 24ft tube has 8ft, it has 24ft of air compressed into a 16ft space.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZildjianLudwig Avatar
96 months ago
oneMadRssn: Sounds like the initial "at least a smaller battery charges faster" comment is even more wrong that I realized!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZildjianLudwig Avatar
96 months ago
One often overlooked feature of a smaller battery is the ability to charge the small battery fast.
Imagine I give you an 8oz glass, and keep a 24oz glass for myself. We pour 8oz into both glasses at the same rate.

Are you better off for being "full" while I still have room for 200% more ... ?

We both reached 8oz ... at the same time.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mateytate Avatar
96 months ago
I never knew there were so many Ph.Ds specialising in battery engineering on these forums.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sockatume Avatar
96 months ago
If they're talking about a 5V 1A input, aren't they referring to how quickly the power bank charges up from the mains?

Mind you this is coming straight out of the press release. Presumably ibattz will want to shop for a better PR agency next year.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclardy Avatar
96 months ago
Am I missing something? Wouldn't the rate be limited by the iPhone? Last I checked I don't get 100% in 15 minutes even using the iPad 12W 2A adapter...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

RIP iPod Feature

RIP iPod: A Look Back at Apple's Iconic Music Player Over the Years

Friday May 13, 2022 2:25 pm PDT by
Apple earlier this week announced the discontinuation of the iPod touch, and because it was the last iPod still available for purchase, its sunsetting effectively marks the end of the entire iPod lineup. To send the iPod on its way, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most notable iPod releases over the last 21 years. Original iPod (2001) Introduced in October...
iOS 16 mock for article

Gurman: iOS 16 to Include New Ways of System Interaction and 'Fresh Apple Apps'

Sunday May 15, 2022 6:14 am PDT by
iOS 16 will include new ways of interacting with the system and some "fresh Apple apps," Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said, offering some more detail on what Apple has in store for the upcoming release of iOS and iPadOS set to be announced in a few weeks at WWDC. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman wrote that while iOS 16 is not likely to introduce a major face-lift to...
maxresdefault

Unbox Therapy Shares Hands-On Look at iPhone 14 Pro Max Replica

Monday May 16, 2022 4:40 am PDT by
YouTuber Unbox Therapy has shared a hands-on look at the iPhone 14 Pro Max using what he claims is a one-to-one replica created by third-party case makers with access to detailed schematics and dimensions for Apple's new upcoming flagship smartphone. As with the iPhone 13 Pro lineup, in 2022, we are expecting a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, but this time the Pro...
iOS 15

Apple Releases iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 With Wallet and Podcast Updates

Monday May 16, 2022 10:00 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, the fifth major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems that were initially released in September 2021. iOS and iPadOS 15.5 come a little over two months after the launch of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. The iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in...
14 16 inch 2021 mbps back to back feature orange

Five Things You Still Can't Do With a MacBook Pro

Wednesday May 11, 2022 11:16 am PDT by
It's been over 200 days since Apple debuted its redesigned MacBook Pro lineup. Offered in 14-inch and 16-inch display sizes, the new-look MacBooks wowed Apple fans and creative pros alike with their powerful custom Apple silicon, mini-LED screen, and multiple connectivity options. But there are still some things you can't do with a MacBook Pro. Here are five features some Mac users are still...
apple mac ipad watch trade in

Apple Launches Limited-Time Bonus Trade-In Credit for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch in Many Countries

Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:14 am PDT by
Apple has launched a special limited-time offer for iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad trade-in that offers customers additional credit when trading in their only device for a new one. The offer is being run in several countries including the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, and France. In the UK, Apple is offering up to £50 of extra trade-in credit...
airpodsprodesign

Kuo: AirPods, MagSafe Battery Pack, and Other Apple Accessories Also to Switch to USB-C in Future

Sunday May 15, 2022 5:59 am PDT by
Earlier this week, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple plans to release at least one iPhone 15 model with a USB-C port in 2023. Now, in a follow-up tweet, he has claimed that accessories like AirPods, the MagSafe Battery Pack, and the Magic Keyboard/Mouse/Trackpad trio would also switch to USB-C in the "foreseeable future." Both the iPhone and all of the aforementioned...