Pineng is a little-known Malaysian company that specializes in the manufacturing of power banks and related accessories. In the crowded market of power banks dominated by tech giants such as Xiaomi, the brand obviously struggles to get noticed but that hasn’t stopped it from producing a wide range of quality products that match and sometimes exceed the quality offered by more established players. In fact, Pineng power banks such as the PN-988 featured in this review actually offer a little bit more value than what you’d get from more branded stuff.
The PN-988 is a 10,000mAh dual-USB output power bank that features a built-in LED light and is priced at less than $40 with shipping. Being a 10,000mAh model puts it in the same segment as the Xiaomi 10,000mAh Power Bank. Although priced slightly more than the Xiaomi, the PN-988 actually has much better features.
For one, there’s the dual-USB output — 5V 1.0A (for smartphones) and 5V 2.1A (for tablets). This means you can charge two devices simultaneously with the PN-988 at a charge rate of 1A per device. The PN-988 can also be charged while charging other devices.
Pineng PN-988 Specifications
- Input: DC 5V 2A
- Output: 5V 1A,5V 2.1A ≥30wh
- Built-in battery capacities: 3.7V/10000mAh 37wh
- Battery Type: Lithium Battery
- Charge retention: >5000hrs
- Cycle life of charging: 500 times (1 time = from 0% to 100%)
- Net Weight: 266g
- Size: 99 x 77.5 x 22mm
- Dual USB output.
- Built in LED flashlight.
- Charge time: approximately 10 hours (from 10%)
- LED display (display battery percentage, in / out charging status)
- Intelligent voltage recognition chip.
- Built in battery protection IC to prevent over charging, over discharging and short circuit.
A key feature of the PN-988 is of course the LCD display which gives you a detailed reading of how much charge is left (in percentage) and various charge status. For example, if you’re charging your smartphone using the 1A output, the display will indicate “5V 1.0A OUT”. When charging the PN-988, the “IN” message appears. The LCD screen puts the PN-988 a level above the Xiaomi 10,000mAh which only features a series of small LED status lights that to tell you how much power you have left.
And to add even more value, there’s the built-in white LED flashlight which can be turned on by pressing the power button twice. Although the light works quite well, I wished it could be brighter. After all, 10,000mAh is a lot of juice for a small flashlight.
The casing seems very similar to what you see on many Xiaomi power banks, featuring a brushed aluminum surface. It even has the same power button design and location. Since the brushed aluminum surface is vulnerable to scratches, some sellers ship the PN-988 with a silicone case which I believe is sold separately.
I’ve used the PN-088 to charge various devices dozens of times and I must say it has never let me down. Charging performance does not seem any different from the more branded power banks in the market. The excellent LCD screen is also great to have if you want to know exactly how much charge you have left and the LED light also comes in handy whenever you needed to search for stuff late at night. Despite lacking brand power and new features such as Quick Charge 3.0, the Pineng PN-988 still delivers plenty of value and the quality is just plain superb.