Power banks are the most reliable and fastest growing charging electronics on the market and the reason for that is because they’re portable. No matter how you put it, power banks that even has high power capacities and are bigger and heavier are still portable. With power banks, there’s no worrying about your devices like smartphone, tablet or even laptops running out of power.
With that said, there are lots of power banks on the market, because there are lots of companies that sell them. It can be difficult to know what types of power banks are best to get and that is why in this post I’ll be explaining the best power banks to get for the low and high capacity types of portable chargers.
Best Mini Power banks
Anker Power Core Slim 5000
Slim power banks are among the most useful types of Mini power banks and that’s because they’re basically the size of a smartphone. The size of this PowerCore Slim 5000 is 5 inches in length, a width of 2.5 inches and a thickness of 0.4 inches of thickness. So it can easily slide right into your pocket and it’s also very easy to hold because it’s only 4.2 ounces.
However, as small and light weight as this power bank is, it’s the form factor details that really make it great. That’s because it has one side that is curved which makes it very easy to hold. Then the other side is where there are ridges where you’re able to stack your smartphone. So with the easy to hold curved side and the other side that stacks your smartphone and keeps it in place, this power bank is awesome to have if you want to charge your smartphone and use it at the same time.
Then there’s the power capacity of 5,000mAh that’s higher than most Mini power banks and it’s able to charge most smartphones to full power and even some smartphones are able to charge to full power twice. The Output charging speed of 5V/2.0A is quite fast for smartphones and the Input is also 5V/2.0A so you’re able to use the power bank again in a timely manner.
Aukey USB-C Power bank
For the most part, USB-C is still a growing charging technology and it’s quite rare to see a Mini power bank to use USB-C for charging. However, this is a Mini power bank that uses USB-C for Output and Input charging.
It’s called the PB-Y8 power bank from Aukey. It’s compatible to use with USB-C smartphones and the only way to charge your devices with it is to use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable. When that’s done, you’re able to charge your USB-C smartphones at max charging speed of 5V/3.0A. Input charging is 5V/2.0A and you need to use a USB-C to USB-A charging cable.
With all that said, it’s quite amazing that this power bank exists because USB-C is still quite new but this allows for the few USB-C smartphone users to charge their devices quickly while they’re on the go.
It has a 5,000mAh power capacity that’s able to charge most USB-C compatible smartphones to their full power at least once or twice. The size of it is really small as it has a length of 4.2 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches. It’ll fit into your pocket or you can hold it while you charging your smartphone.
The Jackery Bolt is a Mini power bank that goes a bit further and beyond and that’s because it has two built-in cables and a USB charging port. The two built-in cables are a Micro-USB for Android devices and a Lightning cable for iPhones and iPads. The USB port is able to be used by any charging cable.
The power capacity of the power bank is 6,000mAh and that’s able to charge most smartphones at least twice. The best part about this power bank is that you can charge 3 devices at once with all 3 of the charging methods that it has; the only flaw it really has is its Max Output of 5V/2.4A. So it’s best to charge 2 devices at once. For a number of capabilities that it has, this Jackery Bolt has a small size of just 4.3 inches, a width of 1.9 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of it is 5.3 ounces.
In addition to everything, it also has a flashlight that can be turned on by a power button.
Best High Capacity Power Banks
Anker PowerCore II
The PowerCore II is among the best of high capacity power banks, not only because of its 20,000mAh power capacity that can charge smartphones and tablets multiple times over to full power. The charging power is also really good.
It has 3 charging ports and each of those ports are capable of charging speeds 5V/3.0A. Most high capacity power banks have charging speeds of 5V/2.4A. In addition to individual charging speeds, the Max Output of the PowerCore II is 6A. Which means that you can charge 3 devices at once and still have each of the ports Output 2A.
The recharging is great as well because it uses 2 Micro-USB Input ports. Each Input port is capable of charging speeds of 5V/2.0A and that means that if you use both at the same time, then the max recharge rate is 4A, which is able to offer a very fast recharging speed.
RAVPower 20100mAh Quick Charge and USB-C Power bank
This 20,100mAh RAVPower power bank has enough power to charge many types of devices to full power lots of times. With that said, the thing that makes this power bank great are the charging ports. It has 2 USB Ports. One USB port has a 2.4A charging speed which is able to charge most standard charging devices at max charging speeds. Then there’s the Quick Charge port that is able to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at max charging speeds, which is very fast.
There’s also an additional Output port and it’s the USB-C port. By using a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, you’re able to use the USB-C port as an Output port. However, just remember that it’s compatible only with USB-C devices.
Also, the USB-C is an Input port as well as the Micro-USB port on the power bank. With that said, the two Input ports can only be used once at a time and it’s best to use the USB-C Input port to recharge the power bank because it’s able to have a recharge speed of 3 Amps.
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