Pixy Mini – impressive power bank for its size

When you’re going on a long trip, it’s imperative to take along all your power chargers, adapters and power banks. However, for short runs or if you have to run out of the house without fully charged gadgets, it’s nice to know you have a little extra battery power just in case. This is where the innovative Pixy Mini by Futurizta comes in. It keeps your smartphone and tablet alive, but also a number of laptops without having to lug around a plethora of chargers or taking up valuable space in your pocket, purse or backpack.

Pixy Mini is an impressive little power bank for its size. Weighing in at only 98g (3.45 oz.), it supports QC 3.0 Quick-Charge, so it can fast-charge compatible Android and iOS devices and depending battery size from empty to 60% capacity in about 1/2 hour. It also has the capacity to charge a typical phone up to 1.5 times and up to three times faster than a typical power bank.

Dual Output Ports

Most chargers and power banks typically have one output for charging and one input for replenishing the unit’s battery. Pixy Mini has two port 2 ports a standard USB-A and a USB-C and can simultaneously recharge two phone or other device, but the USB-C is smart enough and also double as a recharge port. This allows Pixy Mini to be doubly useful and maintain its small form factor.

Pixy Mini also features pass-through charging, so you can recharge the internal battery via it’s USB-C input while at the same time also charging an attached phone or other device via the USB-A output. To do so, just make sure you plug in the USB-C input first to charge the power bank, then plug in your phone via the USB-A port to activate pass-through charging.

Pixy Mini is also powerful for its size, featuring a 20-watt output. This means it can recharge or power any smartphone or tablet – smartphones typically require 5 watts and tablets, 10 watts, but also power some USB-C enabled laptops. For example, it’s capable of powering my 2019 13-inch MacBook Air. Now it won’t however charge it as that would require 30 watts but it’s absolutely fantastic in a pinch where you need a little extra juice to keep you going just a little bit longer.

It’s advertised as having a credit card form factor. This is true with respect to length and width, but of course it’s not as flat as one as it does house a 5000 mAh battery. Still, at a mere 7.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm or 2.9 x 1.18 x 1 inches it packs a powerful punch for its size. 

It also has a number of safety features for your protection including short-circuit, over-current, over-voltage and extreme temperature protraction to prevent it for overheating.

This little impressive power bank is housed in a sturdy body adorned with a four LED power indicator to display remaining capacity. When depleted it can be fully recharged in about 90 minutes

Pixy Mini comes with a USB-charging cable and retails for $49.99 CAD with free global shipping and with discounts available on multiple units. They make for great stocking stuffers.  It’s available from the official Futurizta site as well as via Indiegogo InDemand. (InDemand is the bridge between crowdfunding and commerce and available to all campaigners after the original campaign goal is met.)

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Greg Gazin, also known as the Gadget Guy and Gadget Greg, is a syndicated veteran tech columnist, communication, leadership and technology speaker, facilitator, blogger, podcaster and author. Reach him @gadgetgreg or at GadgetGuy.ca.

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