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The Omni 20+ battery is designed for a specific user (who you probably are not)



Rating:
4/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot garbage
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm garbage
  • 3 – Heavily defective design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptable imperfectly
  • 6 – Good enough for that Sale
  • 7 – Great, but not the best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with a few footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money [19659004] 10 ̵
    1; Absolut Design Nirvana

Price: $ 199

  The Omni 20+ can be charged via USB, USB-C, a power outlet, a DC power cable and wireless charging.
Michael Crider

When I was offered the OmniCharge Omni 20+ for review, I wondered, "Is it worth $ 200 to charge anything you can ask for anytime?" And the answer is: Yes, but you do not necessarily have to spend so much.

Here's what we like.

  • Compact and slim for capacity.
  • OLED screen.
  • Wireless charging included.

And we do not.

  • No fast charger included. Menu system is confusing
  • Much more expensive than other options

The Omni 20+ offers three advantages over its competitors in the growing niche "large battery with wall socket" (excuse the use of technical terms). First, it is very compact. Second, it offers wireless charging for phones and other devices. Third, it has a direct charging port for non-standard equipment such as DSLRs or specialized industrial equipment. The latter is extremely important to a small proportion of users and makes this battery worthwhile for them. But the rest of us are better served with bigger, cheaper batteries.

A beautiful building block

The Omni 20+ is a building block, but a beautiful building block. The sleek, tapered edges and thoughtful layout mean a little more design effort than the usual battery and are shockingly compact for a 20,400 mAh device. All controls and ports are located on the smaller edges: two USB A ports on the front (maximum 18 watts on both), USB-C (maximum 60 watts on output, maximum 40 watts on input), and a DC barrel Connection (100 watts) maximum) on one side and a standard American socket (120 watts peak power) on the other side. The top, bottom and one edge are empty. So you need to know in advance that there is a 10 watt Qi charger under the upper plastic.

  The screen of the Omni 20+ is handy, but the menu system is very dull.
The screen of the Omni 20+ is handy, but the menu system is very dull. Michael Crider

There is also a rare sight on a battery, and one of the features that make this model a premium tool instead of a practical device: an OLED screen. Although it has only three buttons, this control system allows the user to disable or enable various ports and functions. It's more necessary than you think: the DC barrel port can charge almost anything, from 12 to 20 volts at five amps.

  The Omni 20+'s DC barrel port is different from other batteries, but redundant over the AC outlet.
The Omni 20+'s DC housing connector distinguishes it from other batteries, but is redundant across the wall outlet. Michael Crider

It's a pity that navigating this screen is so tedious. The package contains almost no documentation, so I had to go online on the OmniCharge website to find out how the various buttons open the menu system and turn the various ports on and off. When I did that, the real work was easy … but anything but intuitive.

Where is the Dang charger?

This brings me to another omission in the package: Any means to actually charge this huge battery on time. The box contains a USB C to C and a USB C to A cable. Technically, you can charge it with a telephone connection or a computer. However, depending on your setup, this may take a full day (or more). To recharge and dump this thing several times, I was lucky enough to have an anchor 60-watt USB-C charger for my laptop. For a $ 200 battery, lack of efficient charging is a big disappointment.

  The package includes an A to C and C to C cable, but there is no way to recharge the battery yourself. What?
The package includes an A to C and C to C cable, but there is no way to recharge the battery quickly. What? Michael Crider

In terms of actual performance, I have no complaints. After checking the on-screen menu a few times, I was able to charge some of the highest charged mobile devices, even without using the power outlet. These include my Galaxy Note 8, the HP Chromebook X2, the Nintendo Switch and the Galaxy Buds via the USB-C port, with the phone and headset also charging via the Wi-Fi port. For my less universal devices, I used the USB-A ports, and my chunky old ThinkPad happily sipped juice from the wall outlet. I managed to use each port of the device except for the DC case at the same time. Apart from a little body heat, it has performed well.

What problems does it solve?

But therein lies the problem of value. If you look closely at this battery, we say that this very similar RAVpower model for $ 120 less is the DC case connector you're probably most interested in. I could not find any use for it. For everything I charge via these cables, a power adapter is used, and the $ 50 accessory package (which does not yet have the ability to quickly charge the battery itself) was not included. Wireless charging is also a niche: taking the trouble of carrying a portable battery that weighs in at 1.3 pounds means half an ounce of USB cable and much faster charging is not an issue.

  The charging port for the DC case is highly adjustable and convenient for enterprise devices.
The charging port for the DC case is highly adjustable and convenient for enterprise devices. Michael Crider

The Omni 20+ seems to solve the problem of DC input, but it's already solved with a full-size socket. I think even the professionals who could benefit from the DC power connection already have so much stuff with them that they have no problem using the charger instead and using a much cheaper device. Enterprise customers who outsource out-of-service sales representatives might find a use for it, but consumers have cheaper options that can do anything they need.

We like that.

  • Compact and slim for capacity.
  • OLED screen
  • Wireless store included

And what we do not

  • No quick charger included
  • Menu system is confusing
  • Much more expensive than other options


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