October 7, 2019 1 min to read
What to look for in a portable charger
Category : Shopping
While mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets are great for outdoor and travel enabling you to undertake numerous task such as reading email, watching your favorite TV shows and play an endless selection of mindless games right at the palm of your hands, a major downside is that they quickly run out of power leading to massive inconveniences.
Nevertheless, portable chargers also known as power bank eliminate such inconveniences by recharging your mobile device anywhere at any time without the need of an AC outlet.
Shopping for a good power bank can be a daunting experience attributed to various sizes, technology, capacity and prices. What do you look for in a portable charger? Below are some suggestions:
1. Capacity over Portability
Capacity is arguably the most important spec to consider when shopping for a portable charger and it’s usually measured in milliampere-hours (mAh) as your phone battery.
So, for instance, your phone battery is 3,000 mAh, a 3,000 mAh power bank is able to recharge in one charge fully. However, this is not usually the case since some power is lost due to conversion, circuit resistance and the poor quality of the charging cable.
Therefore, if you have multiple devices including smartphone, tablet, music device among others, you should look for a power bank with a higher capacity preferably 20,000 mAh to effectively recharge all your devices.
Higher capacity also means an increase in size, weight and overall price.
2. The Portable Charger’s Input Current
While the capacity may seem everything in a power bank, the input current is also an important factor to consider when looking for an ideal power bank.
A portable charger with a high capacity takes a longer period to recharge itself. A capacity of 20,000mAh would recharge overnight to full capacity.
The input current also determines the time taken to recharge. Most power banks’ input current range between 0.8A to 1.5A with high capacity power banks being on a high.
In essence, if you are time conscious, you should look for a portable charger with a high input current as it…
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