With smartphones coming with more features and apps, keeping your device turned on continues to be a challenge to heavy users of mobile devices.
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Buying a powerbank is as easy as getting to the next shop but buying a better powerbank requires some knowledge of what to look out for.
Getting a good powerbank: Things to consider
1. Type of battery inside
The type of battery used also determines the price. Few manufacturers use premium Li-Ion batteries that increase the lifespan and number of charge cycles. Premium batteries increase the price slightly. Other battery types like Nickel Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride cost lesser in comparison to Lithium Ion batteries.
2. Brand Name
Powerbanks from well established brand name last longer as they pay more attention to the quality of their product but also, they are the most targeted by fake manufacturers so but from trusted dealers.
3. Power capacity
A battery backup bank's price primarily depends on the number of mAh capacity it holds. The price of a portable charger increases as the capacity of the unit increases. Higher capacity portable chargers of 12000 mAh or more are capable to charging tablets as well, apart from charging mobile phones multiple times. Portable power banks of capacity between 3200 mAh to 6000 mAh cost lesser, up to #5,000 per unit, and are smaller in size
4. AC Adapter charging power
You may need to buy the charger separately as most battery banks do not come with an AC Adapter in the kit. Manufacturers exclude the adapter to make the power bank prices more competitive. Look for chargers that have an output of 5.0V – 1000mA (at least)
5. Number of charging port
The lower capacity battery banks have a single port. All portable chargers with 10000 mAh or more have at the least 2 output ports which allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously. The numerous ports also increase the price of a portable charger. You will notice that the price of a power bank with a single USB port is lesser than a power bank with 2 USB ports.
6. Casing body type
The pricing of portable chargers increases as the quality of the frame improves. Aluminum cases are light and easy to carry and cost more than plastic cases. Durable and industry grade frames increase manufacturing cost which in turn reflects on the MSRP of the power bank
7. Additional features
Additional features like current charge LCD display, LED flashlights, built in hotspot, stickiness that allows the power bank to stick to the mobile device while you are talking, etc. are good to have, but these add to the price of the portable power bank.
Generally, accessories like charging cable, Apple lightning adapters and travel pouches come along with the battery banks and you will not need to spend more on these accessories.
Research and compare the prices with respect to the features before buying the long lasting powerbank.
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