How to choose the best Power Bank
When looking for the best portable charger / Power Banks to buy there are a number of things to take into consideration: –
1. High speed charging
The Capacity is measured in mAh’s (milliampere-hour) which means the amount of storage your power bank has. So the higher the capacity the faster your devices will charge. Although this is just a guide, it can be anywhere from 70%-85% depending on the batteries efficiency. I would always look for a Power Bank with at least 20000mAh capacity, however these usually are a little bit heavier than the lower capacity lighter and more compact Power Banks.
2. Multiple inputs
If you have multiple devices you want to charge on your travels it’s best to get a Power can with 2 or 4 USB ports, this means you can easily charge multiple devices on the go where ever you may be at lightening quick speeds.
3. Lightweight & Portable
When traveling you don’t want to be weighed down, so you might opt for a Power Bank that has a slightly lower capacity but you get the compactness of it. Usually the 20000mAh power banks can be a little bulkier and heavier. Just remember to check and read the specifications.
4. Charging indicator
It’s always handy to know when your power bank is running low, it’s easy to forget as on full charge they can last for 10 days or so. Having an LED digital display you can easily see how much battery is left.
5. Battery quality
The battery quality is something you need to consider. You should look for power banks that have a Lithium-Ion battery inside. Generally if your power bank is unbelievably cheap, it’s probably because it’s a poor quality battery. I would always recommend paying just that little bit more and going with a trusted name and getting quality over a cheaper alternative that may stop working after a few weeks.
Check that you power bank meets all the recommended safety features which supports over-charged, over-discharged, over-voltage, over-current and short circuit protection.
If you are hiking or on an adventure holiday I would recommend looking for a power bank with hard durable casing to protect it, you can also get fire and UV resistant casing.
Again if you are camping, some of the power banks come with a handy flashlight, which will enable you to see where all your sockets and gadgets are.