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What are the Best Types of Power Banks

Published on 16 February 17
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Since there are a lot of power banks on the market today, this also means that there are quite a lot categories as well. It can be hard to choose one kind of power bank is best for you because there's just so much. With that said, this post is going to make it easier to differentiate between what certain portable chargers are capable and what they feature.
High Capacity power Banks

A power bank that has a very high power capacity isn't too popular among the mainstream crowd in society and for good reasons too. This is because when a power bank has a high power capacity, it also means that it's going to be quite large. So the power capacity and size of a portable charger are going to be directly related. However, it's also important to know that even though these power banks with high capacities are generally heavier and larger, the portability aspect is still there and you can take them anywhere you want. It's just that they're not really meant to carry in your hand for long periods of time.

Additionally. these types of power banks are very helpful with the power that they provide because a high power capacity of, say, 20,000mAh or beyond is going to be able to charge lots of devices multiple times; so you can use the power bank numerous times before it needs to recharge.

Speaking of charging, there are multiple charging ports that these kind portable chargers have, which allows you to charge many devices at once. With lots of charging ports, also comes more responsibility because you then have to take a look at the charging speeds that a power bank has. I recommend looking for high capacity power banks that have each of their charging ports rated at 5V/2.0A charging speeds or higher.
Small Capacity Power Banks

On the other end of the spectrum, low power capacity power banks are among the most used types of portable chargers. This is because they're very portable since they come in small 4-5 inch cylindrical or flat/thin designs that make it easy to place the power bank into your pocket. Or you can just hold the charger.

With that said, a small power bank also means that it's going to have a low power capacity and these usually have just a single charging port. The usual power capacities of these power banks are 3,000mAh - 5,000mAh of power to use. That's enough power capacity to charge most smartphones only once and possibly twice depending on what smartphone that you have; multiple uses isn't a promise here.

Also, there's usually a single charging port and the charging speed of that port is quite slow at just a single amp. However, more modern mini power banks are becoming powerful with their charging speeds and are now offering 2 Amps of charging speeds, so be sure to look out for those.
Built-In Charging Cables

Nearly every charging electronic on the market requires a cable, even if a device is wireless, it's most likely going to need to be recharged eventually. With that said, this can be a hassle because you're always going to need to have a charging cable on hand at all times. There is a solution for this when it comes to charging electronics and the most useful solution happens when it's used with power banks.

This is because there are power banks that use built-in Lighting, Micro-USB and even USB-C charging cables; all you have to do is just choose what cable you use the most often, and then you'll always have a cable to use. In addition, to having a charging cable to charge your device with, there are also power banks that have built-In USB cables that can be used to recharge the power bank AND also share files when devices are charging with their built-in charging cables.

When a power bank has built-in charging cables for both charging your devices and recharging itself, that means you won't even need a cable with it. Just a USB wall charger will do.
Rugged Portable Chargers

Most electronics on the market are fragile and aren't able to withstand the ruggedness of falling onto hard flooring or getting water on them. We're just now stepping into a generation when smartphones are able to be water resistant with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 and other smartphones as well. Although the safety of those smartphones are quite negligible because they can't be immersed in water or drop without getting damaged.

At least there are power banks that are built to certain specifications to withstand things that would normally destroy power banks that aren't built to a certain standard. These Rugged power banks have a built strength that can take falls onto the hard ground and some them can be immersed into the water without getting damaged. Most of the time, these portable chargers are thought to be useful only in a wilderness setting such as when you're hiking, camping or biking since there's more of a chance of an electronic device getting damaged. That makes sense.

However, it also makes sense for a Rugged power bank to be used as an everyday device because the threat of falling and water are still prevalent.
Since there are a lot of power banks on the market today, this also means that there are quite a lot categories as well. It can be hard to choose one kind of power bank is best for you because there's just so much. With that said, this post is going to make it easier to differentiate between what certain portable chargers are capable and what they feature.

High Capacity power Banks

A power bank that has a very high power capacity isn't too popular among the mainstream crowd in society and for good reasons too. This is because when a power bank has a high power capacity, it also means that it's going to be quite large. So the power capacity and size of a portable charger are going to be directly related. However, it's also important to know that even though these power banks with high capacities are generally heavier and larger, the portability aspect is still there and you can take them anywhere you want. It's just that they're not really meant to carry in your hand for long periods of time.

Additionally. these types of power banks are very helpful with the power that they provide because a high power capacity of, say, 20,000mAh or beyond is going to be able to charge lots of devices multiple times; so you can use the power bank numerous times before it needs to recharge.

Speaking of charging, there are multiple charging ports that these kind portable chargers have, which allows you to charge many devices at once. With lots of charging ports, also comes more responsibility because you then have to take a look at the charging speeds that a power bank has. I recommend looking for high capacity power banks that have each of their charging ports rated at 5V/2.0A charging speeds or higher.

Small Capacity Power Banks

On the other end of the spectrum, low power capacity power banks are among the most used types of portable chargers. This is because they're very portable since they come in small 4-5 inch cylindrical or flat/thin designs that make it easy to place the power bank into your pocket. Or you can just hold the charger.

With that said, a small power bank also means that it's going to have a low power capacity and these usually have just a single charging port. The usual power capacities of these power banks are 3,000mAh - 5,000mAh of power to use. That's enough power capacity to charge most smartphones only once and possibly twice depending on what smartphone that you have; multiple uses isn't a promise here.

Also, there's usually a single charging port and the charging speed of that port is quite slow at just a single amp. However, more modern mini power banks are becoming powerful with their charging speeds and are now offering 2 Amps of charging speeds, so be sure to look out for those.

Built-In Charging Cables

Nearly every charging electronic on the market requires a cable, even if a device is wireless, it's most likely going to need to be recharged eventually. With that said, this can be a hassle because you're always going to need to have a charging cable on hand at all times. There is a solution for this when it comes to charging electronics and the most useful solution happens when it's used with power banks.

This is because there are power banks that use built-in Lighting, Micro-USB and even USB-C charging cables; all you have to do is just choose what cable you use the most often, and then you'll always have a cable to use. In addition, to having a charging cable to charge your device with, there are also power banks that have built-In USB cables that can be used to recharge the power bank AND also share files when devices are charging with their built-in charging cables.

When a power bank has built-in charging cables for both charging your devices and recharging itself, that means you won't even need a cable with it. Just a USB wall charger will do.

Rugged Portable Chargers

Most electronics on the market are fragile and aren't able to withstand the ruggedness of falling onto hard flooring or getting water on them. We're just now stepping into a generation when smartphones are able to be water resistant with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 and other smartphones as well. Although the safety of those smartphones are quite negligible because they can't be immersed in water or drop without getting damaged.

At least there are power banks that are built to certain specifications to withstand things that would normally destroy power banks that aren't built to a certain standard. These Rugged power banks have a built strength that can take falls onto the hard ground and some them can be immersed into the water without getting damaged. Most of the time, these portable chargers are thought to be useful only in a wilderness setting such as when you're hiking, camping or biking since there's more of a chance of an electronic device getting damaged. That makes sense.

However, it also makes sense for a Rugged power bank to be used as an everyday device because the threat of falling and water are still prevalent. Source: Charger Harbor

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