You are just about to take that photo or make that important phone call and guess what? Yes, that’s right, the battery on your device dies. Never have this happen to you again with a Powerbank (aka portable charger). Never heard of one? Neither had I until recently. But my research has shown me there are 5 things to know about a Powerbank if you intend to buy one.
What is a Powerbank?
A Powerbank is a very handy device that enables you to charge your devices wherever you are. Then you will never be caught without a charged device again as this portable device can go everywhere with you. This could be to work, at home or travelling around. So when you are choosing a Powerbank what do you look for? Here are 5 things to know about a Powerbank.
Size does matter when considering buying a Powerbank. There are two sizings to consider – portability and charging capacity.
The first thing to know about a powerbank is its portability. Powerbanks are mostly about the size of your current phone. They are being designed so they are small enough to fit in to your bag or pocket. Very convenient!
The second thing to know about a powerbank is its charging capacity. The more capacity the powerbank has the more times your device/s can be charged.
So when it comes to size, capacity size that is, size can matter. Powerbank capacity is measured in “milli ampere hours” mAH. Basically the more mAH you have in your Powerbank the more times you can charge your devices. Powerbanks currently can range from 2,000mAH to 30,000mAH.
To give you an example for charging purposes, an iPone 5 needs a capacity of about 1,600mAH to charge once. The minimum Powerbank you would therefore purchase is one with 1,600mAH. However, most people purchase a Powerbank of about 10,000mAH as this would let you charge your iPhone 5 about 5 times. So you need to consider what you are charging and how many times you might need to charge it. For example, will you be travelling for days on end without access to power, therefore a Powerbank with more mAH would suit you.
Charge multiple devices
Being able to charge multiple devices will be very useful. It is extremely handy if your Powerbank has 2 x USB ports. This will let you charge your phone and/or a small device at the same time. Some models come with more than 2 USB ports and are for people who travel with a number of devices. Think about how many devices you might be travelling with so you have enough USB ports.
Powerbanks need charging themselves and can be charged using either built-in USBs or cables. Most charge quicker through a cable in a powerpoint but can also be charged through another device. Check how the Powerbank will be charged before you purchase one.
Ensure your Powerbank will provide at least one full charge – refer to point 1. Charge time will depend on the Powerbank’s capacity. The more capacity the quicker and more charges you will get.
So you need to think about the devices you want to charge and potentially how many charges you might need, ie. if you are travelling through Europe with no access to power for a few days the more capacity and the more USBs ports the better.
The final thing to know about powerbanks is what extras they might come with such as an inbuilt flashlight/torch and/or LED indicators to indicate the battery level. These are not necessities but do come in handy.
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