Several months ago, we received two products from the Australian consumer electronics startup Chargeasap that can be extremely useful for both photographers and videographers and help power and charge many products and accessories.
Chargeasap has successfully funded and released 9 products using crowdfunding platforms since 2016, raising millions of dollars. Both the Flash and the Omega devices that we shall be testing today have been fully funded in this way.
Chargeasap Flash 2.0 power bank and Omega wall charger
The Flash 2.0 Power bank build and design
We shall start with the Flash Powerbank which is now in its 2.0 version and more powerful and capable than the initial release by the company which we played with earlier this year. The Flash 2.0 can power/charge up to 4 different USB devices at the same time using its 4 top ports. Two of these are USB-C PD ports, the one on the left can supply up to 60W, and the one on the right up to 100W (and is also used for charging the power bank).
The power bank that we have is made of darkened aluminum and has a small screen that shows the battery charge status when pressing the small button on the right. It uses 4 quality Airline safe Panasonic 21700 Lithium polymer batteries (20,000mAh / 74 Whr) made using 15% graphene composite (which the company claims is the ideal amount for best conductivity) which should extend the battery life of the power bank considerably (Chargeasap claims up to 2000 charge cycles compared to about 500 of regular Li-Ion batteries).
The unit measures 8.5cm (just over 3″) wide and 15cm (6″) tall with a thickness of 2.5cm (1″) and has a built-in wireless charge pad in the center if you have any supporting devices (we don’t).
The Flash 2.0 power bank and Omega charger – ideal for quick charging electronics and photo/video gear
While the Flash 2.0 should be able to charge most modern USB-C charging laptops including Macbooks and of course all smartphones on the market. As a photo and video site, we were naturally more interested in seeing how well it can be used in our daily workflow with the huge variety of products and accessories that we have in the studio and as you can see in the video the power bank seems to handle more or less anything that we could throw at it including some strange products that were very picky when it comes to other quality power banks.
Fully charging the Flash 2.0 took 84 minus hours using the new Chargeasap Omega wall charger (about 238mAh per minute if you do the math) which is a good chance to say a few words about this interesting product.
The Omega wall charger
Much like the Flash 2.0, the Omega is a super-powerful yet very compact charging/power delivery device. Both units support 100W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 but the Omega has dual 100W ports while the Flash 2.0 has a single 100W and another 60W port. Other than that, both are very similar with dual USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 ports (also supporting AFC, VOOC, SCP, and FCP fast charge protocols for most major brands including Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Oneplus up to 22.5W).
The Omega wall charger is extremely compact for what it is at 8.5cm (3.5″) long over 5cm (2″) wide and 4cm (1.5″) deep and includes an indicator light.
One small note for all our non-US readers. Our unit came with a US plug only and we needed to find an adapter that will be able to hold the weight of the unit. It does seem however that the version that will ship to customers will include all 3 travel adapters for different countries which should make using the device outside the U.S. much easier.
The Omega compact and powerful 200W USB-C PD / USB-A QC 3.0 wall charger
After using them for a couple of months we are very pleased with their performance and although we have yet to use them with the Sony A7S III (which is one of the first cameras to include USB-C Power Delivery support) everything that we have tried so far seemed to work very well and very fast and we can certainly recommend both products.
Chargeasap Flash 2.0 & Omega Pricing
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