Yaobao Q12 vs Honor AP08Q –  Recharge Rivals

Hey ho folks. Today, we have the first entry for new Shootout Sunday segment, where we’ll pit two comparable pieces of tech against each other. For this edition,  we have two Huawei Fast Charge capable powerbanks lined up for you – handy as it’s currently not quite easy to find powerbanks that support this particular fast charging protocol.

INTRODUCTION

With the rise of sealed-in smartphone batteries, powerbanks have become an increasingly important add-on to the tech-nomad’s loadout. Additionally, faster, more power hungry components in today’s smartphones mean that larger and larger batteries are becoming commonplace, and fast charging has evolved from being merely convenient to something essential.
Therefore, fast charging powerbanks have fast become the norm, though the many varieties of incompatible fast charge protocols do mean that most manufacturers could only really cater to the most prevalent one, namely Qualcomm’s QC tech.

Unfortunately for Huawei smartphone users, their smartphones come with HFCP, which isn’t fully compatible with Qualcomm QC, thus it isn’t surprising that there’s not many third-party charging accessories that exist for Huawei phones.

Until now.

BUILD QUALITY / DESIGN

Both the devices start out as similar devices, being fast charge capable li-polymer powerbanks of similar weight and size. But here is where the similarities end.

The Q12 is the slightly bigger one of the two, with a 12000mAh capacity, 2x USB-A output ports (1x fast charge, 1x normal) and 1x microUSB input. It also has a row of indicator LEDs on one side to indicate the remaining battery capacity.

On the other hand, the AP08Q is the smaller one, with a 10000mAh capacity, 1x USB-A output port and 2x input ports (1x microUSB, 1x Type-C). There’s also capacity indicator LED similar to the ones on the Q12, though on the AP08Q, one of these LEDs turn green to indicate fast-charging, which is quite useful.

As such terms of design, it’s a clear toss up between the smaller size and twin inputs on the AP08Q and the bigger capacity and twin-outputs of the Q12, depending on your needs. However, the FC LED indicator on the AP08Q does edge it slightly ahead design-wise.

Next up, we move on to the build quality part of the equation, and here we find clear differences between the two devices as well.

For the Q12, it’s primarily made out of thin glossy polycarbonate panels, with an eye catching embossed pattern on the front and back plates. While the choice of materials does mean that the Q12 is almost as light as the AP08Q even with the extra output ports and capacity, it also means that the Q12 might not be as sturdy in use.

And unfortunately, the fact that my Q12 has already developed hairline cracks around the frame even after less than a month of use is clear proof of this.
The AP08Q however, while also made mostly out of plastic, benefitted from the use of sturdier, thicker materials – at least from how the casing feels in my hands. The matte, nearly rubbery plastic used on the AP08Q is clearly superior to the one used on the Q12.

With that, it’s probably safe to say that the AP08Q wins against the Q12 in terms of build quality, though it’s still not up to the absolute sturdiness of full metal casing powerbanks like the Xiaomi QC3.0 PB.

Design / Build Quality Score:

Yaobao Q12     : 7/10
Honor AP08Q : 8/10

PERFORMANCE

Moving on to performance testing, its good to see that while the Q12 loses in terms of build quality, its neck to neck with the AP08Q when it comes to actual charging performance.

True to Yaobao’s claims, the Q12 does do HFCP charging, as it effortlessly fast-charges my HFCP enabled Honor 8. It also hits 2000mA in the Ampere app, which is clearly indicative of its FC capability.
The second, non-quickcharge USB-A output port also does a respectable 1200mA as measured by Ampere, though output can be expected to drop if both ports are used.

This is comparable to the performance of the AP08Q, which does HFCP on the Honor 8 as well, and hit the same 2000mA in the Ampere app.
Charging the Q12 itself takes the normal 6-7 hours you would take to charge a typical 12000mAh power bank, as it’s unfortunately incapable of being fast-charged.

The AP08Q however, IS fast charge capable (which the packaging and the casing itself made no mention of), and with the proper HFCP or QC charger, should be capable of being fully charged a lot faster than the Q12, adding considerably to the performance score of the AP08Q.

Performance Score:

Yaobao Q12     : 7/10
Honor AP08Q : 9/10

VALUE 

At MRSP, both the Q12 and the AP08Q are available online for roughly about what other brands are asking for a FC 10k mAh powerbank (like the Xiaomi QC3.0 Powerbank), which is right around the $30-40 mark.
Which means that they’re both pretty good value, everything considered. Plus both come with fast-charge compatible and data-capable cables out of the box, though they’re both just microUSB rather then Type-C.

Unfortunately, like many other “specialized” powerbanks like this, the AP08Q in particular is available for European or American buyers from Chinese online gadget specialist e-retailers like BangGood or GearBest. Which means the end price is completely dependant on the shipping chosen.

The situation is even worse for the Q12, as I have been unable to find it being sold outside Asia at all, even from the beforementioned e-retailers.

With that, while they’re both well priced, the availability of both can be a slight issue if you’re from outside Asia.

For locals though, you can easily find both powerbanks for about that price from Lazada or Shopee, which is good. Both also come with decent warranties for powerbanks.

However, we’ll have to give extra points for the AP08Q, as its price sometimes drops closer to $20 (import unit – sans warranty), at which point it’s pretty much an instantly even without warranty.

Value Score:

Yaobao Q12     : 7/10
Honor AP08Q : 8.5/10

CONCLUSION

With all things considered, we can initially see that both powerbanks are evenly matched spec-wise. However, with the inferior plastics used on the Yaobao Q12,  the fact that it could not be fast-charged and its scarce availability puts the Q12 in an unfavourable position against the Honor AP08Q overall.

With that, the winner of today’s Sunday Shootout is pretty clear, with the Honor AP08Q taking the podium as the best HFCP-capable powerbank between these two with an 8.5/10 overall score – which also nets it the Technomadica Highly Recommended label.

Overall Score:

Yaobao Q12     : 7/10
Honor AP08Q : 8.5/10

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