With so many options to choose from, how do you know which power bank is right for you? Read on for the most important points to consider.
Capacity: Go for one that has almost the double the battery capacity of your phone
One of the main features that should be kept in mind while buying Power banks is the capacity. It is measured in terms of Milliamp Hours (mAh). The more the mAh, the bigger is the charging capacity of the device. At the time of buying a Power bank, ensure that its output voltage matches with your device. If output voltage of the charger is less than the device being charged, it won’t work.
and safety options: Look for build quality
Another important attribute of a Power bank is build quality. Overall quality of the Power bank not only determines its performance, but also how fast and accurate the energy-transfer from it to the device being charged will be.
A low quality Power bank will not only charge your device improperly but could also damage it.
Connectivity options and USB charging: The more the better
Flexibility is a key feature of Power banks – it should be able to charge multiple devices at a time. There are many Power banks available in the market and these come with various types of connectors. These are important to connect Power banks to multiple mobile gadgets, such as smartphones, tablets and cameras.
With multiple connectors, you can charge more than one gadget from the Power bank at a time. Along with multiple plugs, some Power banks also come with built in USB charging cables which can be folded and stored with the Power banks themselves. With these, you don’t have to worry about losing charging cables.
LED indicators: Go for them5 / 9LED indicators: Go for them
LED indicator lights in a Power bank can help in finding out many things, such as battery level and charging status. So whenever possible, you should purchase a Power bank with clear LED indicator lights.
Brand name: Better to go for established brands
At the time of purchasing a Power bank, you should go for one from established brands. That’s because these are more likely to include internal components like batteries and charging circuits.
There are many brands which provide Power banks with high capacities at low prices, but do remember that you will be connecting your expensive gadgets to these devices.
Can you afford the risk of damaging those gadgets because of poor connectors or bad batteries? Make an informed choice.
Safety: Go for power bank with a high grade Lithium-Polymer battery
Safety is a major concern when it comes to mobile devices. Many users charge their smartphones at night while sleeping, which could potentially lead to problems. Low quality power cells fitted inside some Power banks can explode due to overcharging. This could damage not just your device(s), but also have more serious consequences.
Thus, it is advisable to go for a Power bank with a high grade Lithium-Polymer battery due to stable elements and safety assurance. A good Power bank reduces the chances of any explosion(s) and also keeps devices safe. Many Power banks also come with built-in protection against short circuits, over charging and heating. They might cost a bit extra, but we think that they are worth investing in.
Ampere count: Get it right
It is important to understand the ampere count before purchasing a Power bank. It’s the current that is supplied from the charger to the product being charged.
The device generally takes only as much current as is needed for it. So if a gadget requires 2.1 amps, then the power source should be able to supply 2.1 amps (or more). If the power source can supply more than 2.1 amps, it won’t matter as the product will only draw 2.1 amps current.
On the other side, if the source can only supply 1 amp current, then either the product will fail to charge or charge slowly as it cannot get enough current. Therefore, it is important to match the ampere count between the charger and the device to be charged.
It doesn’t matter if the charger can provide more current then the device requires. Providing less current will slow down the process of charging the device and can damage it as well.
The quality of cable also matters a lot as it determines the amount of time your power bank takes to get charged. Along with this a good quality cable also protects your device from sudden power surges and overheating
So, make sure that your power bank comes with a cable and you only use that to charge your device and the battery pack.