Cygnett ChargeUp Outback Gen2 20000mAh Powerbank $58 (Was $99.95) + Delivery ($0 to Metro/ OnePass/ C&C/ In-Store) @ Officeworks


Keep your devices and your powerbank charged while you're exploring the great outdoors with the Cygnett ChargeUp Outback Gen2 Powerbank. Boasting a huge, 20000 mAh battery, it's powerful enough to fully charge your phone 5 times, as well as offering 15 W fast-charging, solar recharge capabilities and dual USB-A ports. This powerbank is also equipped with an in-built flashlight and emergency SOS light and has an IP54 dust and waterproof rating, making it the ultimate companion for any explorer.

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  • Any reviews for this powerbank please?

    • +7

      Don’t buy this the solar thing never works

        • +4

          That’s what I did. I get refunded.

          • -5

            @Jugg.Judy: If your unit was faulty does that mean they are all faulty?

    • +12

      Tiny solar panel like these wont work nearly well enough. Plus the fact that the battery need to be under sunlight (heat), longevity would be an issue.

      It other words its junk.

        • +9

          It's junk. Don't take it so personally. No need to get so defensive.

          This thing would take weeks, if not months to fully charge if unused and exposed to direct full sunlight. I hike thousands of KMs a year, I did my research with these powerbanks with solar charging capabilities. I even have a few. It's a gimmick.

          • -5

            @Lucille Bluth: It's a camping product for emergency

            • +5

              @TimWalker88: If you are going camping, get proper, foldable potable solar panels. My 65W ones would take 3 days of full sunlight (not overcast) charging to get enough juice into a powerbank to charge my phone fully once.

              This thing would be lucky to charge 2% per day, based on the ones I have.

              • -4

                @Lucille Bluth: It also has a wired charging input, the solar panel is for emergency!

                • +1


                  It also has a wired charging input

                  So do my foldable solar panels? They have a powerbank attached and have 5 times as much solar panel surface, and it's useless. 10% charge on a good day for a mobile phone to put it into perspective and real world use.

                  • -4

                    @Lucille Bluth: This is a portable device in a small form factor. It might come in handy one day, and at this price, you are not paying more than you would for a normal one.

          • @Lucille Bluth: Any recommendations on a product to charge a power bank and electronic devices that can hang off my back pack while hiking ? I’m planning to do a serious mountain hike soon and would will be using a go pro for the duration of the hike.

            • +2


              Any recommendations on a product to charge a power bank and electronic devices that can hang off my back pack while hiking

              I bought ones for that very purpose when I first started out serious hiking, BigBlue is a reputable brand for serious hikers, 28W is good enough, portable and can hang off your backpack comfortably.

              However, I would in all honesty pickup NITECORE NB10000 powerbanks, they are considered ultralight when it comes to a powerbank - in form factor and weight. Or just bring extra batteries for your GoPro, it would take forever to fully recharge those batteries from a portable solar panels that hangs from your bag. Solar panels would need to be pointing at direction of sun always, shade and overcast days would seriously impact their efficiency.

              Check out r/ultralight on Reddit for tips and suggestions

              • +1

                @Lucille Bluth: If your nb10000 is the 1st gen model, be careful not to accidentally hold the power button for longer than ~15seconds.
                It’ll go into lockout mode and nothing you do will get it working, unless you recharge it.

                Don’t ask me how i know.

                • @Nivlac: Gen 2 - have two of them.

                  That's a strange flaw(?) for the Gen 1s.

                  • +1

                    @Lucille Bluth: Nice, 2 of em actually weights less than the nb20000 alone.

                    Safe to assume you’re a fellow ultralighter yourself 👍

                    • +1


                      Safe to assume you’re a fellow ultralighter yourself

                      Oh, I live in r/ultralight and probably just followed the crowd in terms of what I read there. Have spent more than I'm comfortable disclosing on hiking gear. Even went to USA for sole purpose of getting more gear.

                      It's a nice, expensive hobby, but always on the lookout to replace something for a few extra grams in weight savings 😅

                      Here is my gear list

                      A lot of the stuff mentioned there is quite stupid though and not what I would actually take with me (umbrella and solar panels??? You learn from mistakes) but helps me plan for my next trip.

                      • +1

                        @Lucille Bluth: This makes me smile 😃

                        I haven’t the chance to organise my lighterpack list yet, I’ve got too much junk and experimental gears that I’m almost too embarrass to list.

                        Yeah, it’s pretty expensive hobby for sure. Spending about $2 to save per gram. At the moment, I’m trying to organise a Katabatic quilt from the US. The Shipping fee alone is slaying me. Their UL gears there are a generation ahead of ours for sure.

                        I too sometimes carry my euroschirm umbrella on open trails. A gust of wind then carries my skinny frame away, lol.

                        Had a look at your pad, paddypallin is currently having a sale on their insulated tensor for around $160 if you’re looking for a warmer pad

                        Happy trails, friend 👍

                        • @Nivlac: The weight saved helps alot especially on the downhill part of the trek.

                          • @SpeedRunnerLink: It betcha it does, lol. Helps me with the climb too.

                            I need more muscles.

                            • +1

                              @Nivlac: When i went to Taiwan for month i did a bit of hiking there and the gold fellas ( i would say 50-60) would go for hiking for hours come back down and there would be small towns full of restaurants and they would start smashing down plates of meat.

                              I tell you they got legs and calfs like tree trunks.

                              thats why after i big hike i always try to get some form of protein down or carry bars/drinks with me after I'm done.

                              Problem is its hard to digest protein at high altitudes so once you finish you gotta replenish asap before your body starts utilizing muscles as energy as you will burn a crap log of calorie's if you're hiking for a whole day or more.

        • How waterproof, rather splashproof rating means sunlight and heat resistance?

          • -7

            @Ozzster: This product designed to withstand the sun, if you tear it down you will see the batteries has been product with special materials.

            • +2

              @TimWalker88: What makes you say so? Did you open up the batteries and paid for lab tests?

            • +2


              That's not 25W it's 20W. And it's not solar. Stop giving people wrong information!

              I never said they were solar? Nor was I comparing to your deal. The person I replied to was after general advice on hiking gear.

              Are you okay?

        • +2

          “is specifically made to withstand sunlight heat.”

          Tim no matter how you spin it, Lithium-ion and heat does not get along. Worst yet, cygnett chose to built in the solar panel directly onto the body of the device itself instead of separately.

          There’s folks in here with product experience and background knowledge trying to warn you and other of this very fact.

    • +2

      plenty if you search “Cygnett chargeup outback” google.

      Cygnett page ones are all suspiciously 5 stars.

      more reviews at anaconda harvey norman.

      most say solar slow to charge. one said took 3 days for 1 bar of charge.

      one says it was sitting unused and became swollen. ymmv

  • +1
  • +6

    Common sense tells me do not place the Lithium battery directly in the sunlight. I am guessing the solar recharge more or less works against the battery lifespan.

      • +7

        IP rating relates to dust and water ingress. It has nothing to do with heat. What makes you so certain they protected the batteries from overheating?

        You posted a deal, OK. People pointed out issues with it, also OK because others now know the risks. Your reactions to those posts? Over sensitive. Stop reacting like they're criticising you, they're not, they're criticising the product.

        • -5

          I aso said it's specifically made

          • +1

            @TimWalker88: And? Products are made for specific purposes all the time that fail to live up to those specific purposes. Unless you have reasonably long term experience of the product, you're only assuming it is fit for purpose based on their marketing claims.

            Thanks for giving further evidence that you're being over-sensitive though.

  • +1

    No USB-C and only 15w.

    • -3

      It has a USB-C port! Did you read the specifications, or do you just want to give false information to people?

      • +1

        They are correct about the 15w, which is a joke for the price

        • -6

          Find me a the same quality or as you said a better 20000mah solar power bank for $58. Then i shut my mouth!

          • +4

            @TimWalker88: Example: Baseus 20,000mAh 65W Powerbank $52.25 regularly in stock for $50-60. The solar on Cygnett is complete junk before you complain. It's also not a good idea to leave lithium batteries in the sun (the heat up), I work with chemicals for a living.

            • -3

              @Froot Loops: That's not solar 🤦‍♂️

              • @TimWalker88: There are other benefits too.

              • +6

                @TimWalker88: I give up. You cannot be reasoned with. Good luck with your crappy battery pack.

                and again IP ratings do not take sunlight or heat exposure into account

                "IP rating is a two-digit grading system that measures protection against dust, dirt and vermin, and its resistance to moisture

  • +10

    Tim do you work for cygnett?
    You seem very defensive about the product

    • -7

      I'm not working for them.
      These people make no sense at all 🤦‍♂️
      They just haters 🤷

      • +4

        You are replying to everything like its a person attack. People are trying to express the quality concerns and the fact the price isn't great. It's not personal, buying something and returning it takes time and costs money.

        • -4

          You think that way! I just gave them correct information.

          • +1

            @TimWalker88: Just? No, you're also giving a fair amount of opinion and uninformed assertions.

      • +2

        haters back off! 🙅‍♀️

        • Thanks, Don't worry 😉

    • +9

      It has a USB Type-C port - I never said it didn't
      Again, I work with chemicals for a living and you have no clue what your on about. A quick google shows "IP rating is a two-digit grading system that measures protection against dust, dirt and vermin, and its resistance to moisture.". It clearly shows the sunlight or heat from sun is not a factor in the rating. Lithium should never be left in the sun.
      Solar panel is junk and a gimmick. Are you really going to leave this outdoors for a week to get 30-50% of a phone battery charge
      It's extremely slow (as my 65w example for cheaper shows)
      It costs time and money to buy and return an item

      • -4

        Someone else said that 🤦‍♂️

        • +7

          They made an error. The thing is you are making BS claims yourself surrounding the safety of keeping this in the sun and the fact IP states this makes it fine (IP doesn't even test for sunlight or heat). The Aussie sun is hot, especially in a black case.

  • +9

    Anyone want some Popcorn 🍿🍿? 😬

    • 😅

    • +3

      I've got some here, just waiting on my solar powered popcorn maker to finish. Not sure why it's taking so long…

  • +3……

    overall opinion on these seems to be the solar panel is way too small to meaningfully charge the powerbank.

    one comment said even one with fold out panels was way too slow to charge.

    I mean I kinda understand OP’s opinion why would they design a product like this if it would explode and cause a fire?
    the reviews aren’t terrible.

    I’ve seen them before btw fold out solar models made by companies like sharge and anker. think the anker one was sold in another country they do that with their products australia gets all their old crappier models.
    can’t find it right now but swear they had this with the power bank in a bundle.…

    also I used to think Cygnett was a good brand until I browsed their page and noticed so many completely different looking powerbanks. almost as if they weren’t making them themselves and just slapping their brand logo on them (but I could be wrong). usually brands have like a recurring theme in their design.

    I noticed a few older Cygnett models going for dirt cheap in that Schoollocker eBay clearance sale. and one time I walked into JB HiFi while they were reorganising the aisles and the first USB chargers they put up on the new aisle were Cygnett chargers. not trying to say anything but that mafe me think they didn’t sell.

    • -3

      You don't understand the purpose of this. It takes too long, yes, but it can also be charged with a wire. The solar panel is an option for emergency situations. It also has a built-in SOS flashlight. Let's say you are stuck somewhere and you have no access to power, and your phone has no juice left. You can place this power bank under the sunlight and get your phone charged to, let's say, 10% so you can make an emergency contact and also use the solar power bank's SOS flashlight. This is the whole purpose of it, this device hasn't been designed to get free energy at home. You can but bigger devices that specifically made for that.

      • +1

        yeah I get that it’s more useful for back up/emergency and not meant for constant solar charge only.

        I just think first thing many consumer will think when they see the solar feature is they will want to try put it under the sun for free energy and then charge their phone.

        I didn’t know much about Solar panels myself but was researching buying one with usb-c output and found out you won’t get 45w constant from 45w panel in most cases. need to spend more to buy larger 60-80w panel to get a constant 45w charge to my power bank like you would plugging into wall charger.

        anyway prices were getting too high so I abandoned the idea of self charging small solar battery system.

  • +1

    I bought the anaconda one for $59 2 weeks ago. The anaconda version has a usb C included in the box, while the officeworks has no wire included. Checked the model numbers they are different, even though both are Gen2.

  • +1

    Is this a troll post?

      • +2

        Sounds like you work for Cygnett seeing how hard you are defending this product

        • Even employees wouldn’t stretch this far. He’s going to be honorary employee of the month or something.

      • You must be the troll then

  • +2

    Now let's forget our troubles with a big bowl of strawberry ice cream

  • -3

    You guys had a blast last night, i hope you feel better today.

    • Why are you guys so mad at me? Because i told the guy his common sense was wrong?
      I just can't believe you 🤡

  • Does anyone know why we never see the Anker A1340 listed here. Anker Prime Power Bank, 27,650mAh 3-Port 250W Portable Charger (99.54Wh)
    MrWhostheboss has 1 of these in his EDC…

  • +1

    Have had this for almost a year now.

    1. I've been camping 3x with it and literally left this the whole day under the sun and the "solar charger" did squat all.

    2. It's bulky as. Can't tell you how many times I've received a "Whoa. What the heck is that?" (Thats what she said) comment when I pull it out.

    3. It fully charges 2 phones from empty to full- but you'd struggle to get another in (from a fully charged unit).

    Would I have bought this for $20? Probably.

    But for $58 or more? Never again. It's junk. You're better off spending more and buying a makita/ryobi battery and getting the usb adapter add-on. (Which I eventually did). Or buy a smaller portable charger!!

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