In this booming era of smart phones and accessories, everyone is striving to stay online and connected with their social network. However, with more apps and on-screen time, smartphone’s battery drains in no time. Hence, many tech companies have started offering their own iterations of Portable chargers aka power banks.
Companies like Xiaomi, Anker and RavPower are some of the leading manufacturers of power banks. These companies have also managed to make other battery powered accessories like Bluetooth speakers, headphones, stabilization gimbals etc.
Skeptics argue that the market for portable chargers has been saturated and going to decline soon. With the plethora of choices, it gets really hard to choose the right power bank that suits your needs. Your Tech Dose is going to make it easier.
What to consider before buying a Power Bank?
To start with, one should always consider their phone size and its battery life. Smartphones with bigger screens tend to have bigger batteries and therefore need a higher capacity power bank. In case your smartphone constantly dies halfway through the day, then you would need something portable to carry around every day.
The following pointers cover many important things to consider for opting a power bank.
- Usage Frequency: The more it is, the more you would have to carry around. Hence, choose the one which is less bulky with a decent Battery Power like Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh.
- Number of Devices: If you carry multiple phones that needs to be charged often, then it’s better to go for something with at least 2 USB Ports with a minimum capacity 20,000mAh.
- Portability: If you’re always on-the-go and need something light and small for your handbag. Choose the portable chargers that has a capacity of around 5000mAh. They usually take longer to charge and you would have to re-charge them more frequently.
- Bulkiness: Although it might not sound that important, but it could be a deal breaker for many. Essentially, weight of the power bank is dependent on a number of factors like its internal components, battery capacity and built materials.
Best Performing Power Banks
In order to rate the performance of a power bank, it’s important to see it’s rated capacity (MAH), physical size and number of charging ports. Having a fast charging capability is a big plus point as well. Without further ado, let’s have a look at our best-rated portable chargers.
- Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro 10,000mAh Rating: ★★★★★
It offers a perfect balance of Portability and Productivity. Capable of charging iPhone 7 up to 4 times. Equipped with a USB-C for fast re-charging (only input though).
- Anker PowerCore 26800mAh Rating: ★★★★★
Apart from its bulky design, this power bank has no short-comings. It features 3x USB-A and 2x Micro-USB ports. Needless to say, PowerCore is capable of fast charging 3 devices simultaneously! It’s not only capable of charging smart phones but also small laptops like the latest MacBook! Interestingly, this beast can be recharged by plugging in two Micro-USB cables together, making it reach 100% battery from 0 in just 7-hours!
- Xiaomi Power Bank 20,000mAh Rating: ★★★★
Despite being 20,000 mAh, it has a very minimal footprint as compared to other chargers from its league. It’s equipped with 2 USB-A ports, capable of charging 2 devices simultaneously. It doesn’t support either fast charging or fast recharging.
- RAVPower 26800mAH Power Bank Rating: ★★★
RAVPower has been around for a long time. They have been known for making multi-purpose power banks. However, this one is the heavy-duty beast capable of charging 3 devices simultaneously. It is also less bulky than most of its competitors, however, it doesn’t support fast charging!
- Anker PowerCore 5000mAh Rating: ★★★
This is ideal for anyone who has to carry their portable chargers every day. Its capable of charging iPhone 7 twice through its high-power 2A charging output. The only downside is its scratch prone surface.
Despite all these recommendations, it all boils down to your needs and overall use. If you find your phone running out of power often, then portability should be your prime concern. However, if you want something for occasional travelling then a mix between portability and higher capacity would be ideal. In essence, 10,000mAh power banks suit most of the people considering their slimmer bodies and decent charging capacity.