Imagine you are out on a tour or a hike in a relatively unknown destination with unfamiliar roads, so you depend on the GPS on your phone and when you are in the middle of nowhere, your phone’s battery drains.
How harrowing can that be?
This is just one of the countless situations where most of the handheld electronic devices conk out on us.
To save you from such nightmares as mentioned above, it is advisable to carry a good quality external battery pack which is popularly known as ‘Power Bank’.
This is just a lay man’s definition of a power bank. So what does a power bank mean in its real sense?
It is a charger that stores electrical energy for your portable electronic devices that lets you charge your device on the go.
For someone who is frequently on the move, getting a power bank can be life altering as it not only assists you when you probably have a deadline to meet, but also helps in emergency situations.
Table of Contents
- Best 20000mAh power banks available in India
- Best 10000mAH Power banks
- Power Bank Buying Guide
- Power Bank Maintenance
Best 20000mAh power banks available in India
1. Mi power bank 2i
This is one of the most popular brands in India at the moment and its popularity is justified given its amazing performance.
2. Ambrane P-2000 20800mAH
Missing out on Ambrane while talking about power banks, is a faux pas in itself. This product gives a massive capacity of 20800mAh, which makes it an undisputed winner in the area of power.
3. Intex IT-PBA 20K Poly 20000mAH Lithium Polymer Power Bank
Power banks made by Intex have made a mark in the market by being one of the most light weight and handy power banks. This power bank’s battery is made of Lithium Polymer which makes it safer to use compared to its counter parts.
Best 10000mAH Power banks
1. Mi 10000mAH Li-Polymer Power Bank 2i
Mi is said to produce some of the most innovative and high yielding Power banks in India.
2. Lenovo 13000mAH Lithium Ion Power Bank
Lenovo does not need any introduction as it is one of the top brands not only among power bank companies but electronics in general. This power bank is dependable due to the following features:
3. Intex IT-PB11K 11000mAH Power Bank
Intex is one of the oldest producers of power banks in India. With its satisfactory performance, now it has become a very popular power bank among the mass.
4. Ambrane P-1111 10000mAH Power Bank
Unlike any of the power banks, Ambrane P-1111 is has an octagonal shape and has a quite brawny exterior. Other than that, it has the following features:
Power Bank Buying Guide
What all gadgets does a power bank charge?
- Smart phones
- Small cameras
- MP3 players
- Tablets (not all)
- Small speakers
When a small hand held device that has a lot of importance and much more gadgets with which it can be used, it becomes crucial to understand the nuances of the device to make a smart purchase.
Capacity of the Power bank
To calculate a near accurate capacity of the power bank, you can use the following formula-
(Mentioned capacity of Power bank)*3.7/4.2
Pro tip: Ensure that the device’s cell quality is up to the mark as that checks the discharge rate of the device.
Ampere (A) is the unit of measuring electric current. This shows the amount of time it will take the power bank to charge the device in question.
Generally, a standard power bank has amperage of up to 3.5A. Therefore anything below 3.5A will take longer time for your device to charge.
Size of the battery pack
We can find various scales of power bank capacity in the market today. Due to marketing techniques and relevant forces, the prices of different scales of the power bank may have little difference.
In such a case, a customer may be inclined to purchase a power bank with the highest battery pack. But it is important to know that higher the bigger the battery pack, longer the time it takes to charge the bank.
Now you don’t want to end up in a situation where you just keep charging both, your device and your power bank, thinking of putting the power bank to use at some point of time.
Since a power bank is a high capacity battery that is being carried around, the companies manufacturing the power banks provide the customers with the following basic protection:
Pro tip: Opt for a high quality Lithium-Polymer battery for safety and assurance
Back in the day when power banks were new, it used to come with a separate cable to connect the phone or other device to the power bank.
But now, most of the power banks have a built in USB port. Power banks also come with multiple USB ports for simultaneously charging more than 1 device.
But the buyer should understand that when multiple ports are used at the same time, the total output falls at both the output points.
As the number ports and the ampere increases in a power bank, so does its price.
We often find an inbuilt USB cable or a lightening cable. But in case if you do not want to use a cable, check that the power bank provides with an in built micro USB.
As the name suggests, quick charging means that the power bank can charge your device at a pace as high as that your device gets charged by the time you to take a shower and finish your meal, in short it.
What fast charging does is that it utilizes the maximum wattage in the internal circuitry by adjusting the amperage and/or voltage to the extent the technology supports.
However if the whole process is not well thought out, then the battery life may get shortened due to production of excess heat. It is most useful when the battery is almost dead and you need to charge a portion of it to keep you floating for a little longer.
There are many companies that manufacture quick charging power banks, to name a few:
Mobile device’s input current
Always opt for a well known and established brand as it comes with standard quality of built material and technology. The devices being charged are important and expensive, to ensure its maintenance and longevity its always good to chose a power bank manufactured by a known brand whose price ranges from mid to high.
Power Bank Maintenance
Here are some pro tips for your power bank’s maintenance to ensure that you make the best of your power bank.
Aporna is the numbers girl. A chartered accountant by profession, her real love lies in tech. Read her for some great insights into the world of gizmos and gadgets.