You’ve got questions? Wondering what’s the most economical method of buying a durable power bank? What power to even consider buying? How to choose a power bank? Hold on, we’ve got you covered.
Many times, while online shopping for electronic products like power banks, most people are deceived by merchants.
I’ve often seen with my own eyes that when people buy a power bank of 10,000 MAh and open it, the small battery of an early Nokia phone comes out. This is how traders fool people. So, that’s why a Power bank buying guide is more than necessary!
Why Should You Consider Buying a Power Bank?
Mobile phones are extremely important in every person’s life. Nowadays, most people use smartphones and other heavy electronic gadgets. The device is useful since it reduces your dependency on the availability of an electrical outlet to charge your phone and helps you stay connected at all points in time. On the weekend most people use their phones the whole day, and they often get notifications of battery low, but with the help of a power bank, they can keep their phone fully charged.
Power banks are more important for travelers. You can charge your phone anywhere on public transport or in your own vehicle. A person who works on night duty also should buy a power bank for charging safety reasons. Moreover, the power bank is compact and small, so you can use it anywhere at any time.[/su_note]
Here, in this power banks buying guide, I will guide you step by step to buying a power bank for your personal use and answer questions like, “How to buy a power bank?”. Also, In another article, I have suggested some best power banks at a low budget. To check out these power bank reviews, click here. For more buying guides on other products, check out our site’s home page.
Factors Worth Considering When Buying a Power Bank
These are some features you should definitely be on the lookout for when buying a power bank. Some of these are crucial while others, pleasant bonuses. Let’s get started!
1) Decide A Budget For Power Banks
Before we buy any product, we should decide our budget invest in that product. According to me, instead of doing a long time and more investment like a refrigerator and Ac, you should invest less money for 2 to 3 years because most small electronic devices work properly for 2 to 3 years after buying them. So, invest less money according to your requirement and change the product after using 3 to 4 years. Therefore you can use the latest and new product from the best power bank brands.
Below, I’ve given the price range according to the capacity of power banks.
|Power Bank Capacity||Price Range|
|Below 3,000 mAh||250 to 400 INR|
|3,000 to 6,000 mAh||350 to 700 INR|
|6,000 to 9,000 mAh||500 to 800 INR|
|9,000 to 12,000 mAh||800 to 1000 INR|
|12,000 to 14,000 mAh||900 to 1200 INR|
|14,000 to 19,000 mAh||1000 to 1300 INR|
|19,000 mAh & above||1300 to 1800 INR|
2) Decide Charge Capacity
This is the most important factor in the power bank’s buying guides. Do you have to ask the question; which device you want to charge through your new power bank? Then open your device’s setting menu, go inside the battery area and check the battery capacity of your device. Also, ask yourself another question: where and when you want to use your new device? That means during travel, at your office, at home, or night duty job.
Now, I hope you have found the answer to your question. Don’t tell me the answers to these questions but keep it in your mind, it will help you decide the capacity of the power bank which you need. Here in the following section, I have categorized the power banks according to their capacity which will help you in getting a perfect power bank according to your answers to my questions.
Small Power Banks ( Below 6000 mAh )
Nowadays, we all are using smartphones and the battery capacity of each smartphone is between 3000 mAh to 6000 mAh. If you want to use a power bank only on weekends to keep fully charged your phone when you are at home, then this capacity power bank is best for you. This product is not perfect for people who want to use it daily. Normally, We can use 70% to 80% power of the power bank due to transmission loss means the usable charge on a 6000 mAh power bank would be only 4500 mAh to 4800 mAh.
|✅Cheaper||❌ Single Charge|
|✅Small size and Compact||❌ Not for Tablet Charging|
Medium Power Banks (6000 mAh to 14000 mAh)
The medium size power bank is best for people who have to charge their phone twice after leaving the home in the morning and before returning home in the evening and they remain far from the electric plug. In short, a better option for those who want to use it daily. With a 14,000 mAh power bank, you can charge your 4000 mAh smartphone battery 2.5 to 3 times. Also, you can use this on any long trip.
|✅More Economical||❌ Not Good Enough for Multiple Device Charging|
|✅Best in General||❌ Single Charge|
Large Power Banks ( 14000 mAh to 20000 mAh)
A large power bank is a better option for a person who has to charge multiple devices like smartphones, tablets, speakers, etc. You can charge your phone 4 to 5 times or even more and your tablet 3 to 4 times from this power bank. This power bank is specially designed for people who frequently go on long trips.
|✅Good for Office Use||❌ More Weight|
|✅Multiple Device Charging||❌ More Expensive|
|✅Best for College Students||❌ Not Portable|
Very Large Power Banks (More Than 20000 mAh )
People who are using big electronic devices like laptops should buy very large power banks. In the market 50,000 mAh special power bank available for laptop charging. You can charge your smartphone 10 to 12 times from this power bank. A normal person can use this power bank for 10 days without charging. When you go on the trip with your whole family, and you carry this type of power bank in your bag then it can provide charging to all the smartphones of your family member.
|✅Good for Laptop Charging||❌ Weight Problem|
|✅A better Option for a Long Trip||❌ Very Expensive|
|✅Multiple Output Current Sockets||❌ Not Portable|
3) Li-ion Vs Li-polymer Battery
In general, there is no more differences between both batteries in the power supply but there are some specifications for both batteries which I will explain here.
Commonly known as LiPo batteries, these batteries are generally robust and versatile, especially when it involves the dimensions and shape of their build. They’re also lightweight, have a particularly low profile, and have a lower chance of getting affected by leaking. On the other hand, when compared to Li-ion batteries, Li-Po batteries are more costly to the manufacturer and they have lower energy densities (a lesser amount of power can be stored).
This type of battery does not lose its actual charging capacity after overtime charging. There is no need to worry about explosions. It’s totally safe from explosions. But Li-po batteries are more expensive and take more time to charge compared to Li-ion batteries. Moreover, the power transfer rate is also low compared to Li-ion batteries.
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These batteries are well known for their high energy densities (more power can be stored), they are cheaper when compared to Lithium Polymer batteries. Lithium-ion batteries lack the memory effect (when batteries become harder to change over time) and suffer aging when not in use. Li-ion batteries also have a history of explosions.
The good thing with lithium-ion batteries is that they don’t self-discharge quickly. This means that you can put a charged battery away for a long and even after months, it would have a large percentage of its charge left for your use.
Even though it isn’t all good with these lithium-ion batteries. They tend to age and it continues to happen even if the battery is not being used. So it decreases its capacity to retain charge over a periodof your timeeven when left unused.
|Fact||Li-ion Battery||Li po Battery|
|Weight||More than Li po battery||Lightweight|
|Chance of Explosion||When its overcharged||Not at all|
|Aging||Lose actual capacity on overtime charging||Does not lose actual capacity|
4) Number Of Ports In power banks
Ask yourself: has there ever been a situation where you have to charge multiple devices at once? If your answer is positive, then you must buy a power bank with multiple ports. So you can charge your smartphone and Bluetooth headphones at a single time. I have seen that most business people have two phones. One for personal use and another for business purposes. They should also buy a power bank with multiple ports.
There is one single port available in every small power bank but In medium and large power banks there are multiple ports available. If you want fast charging from both ports, then the output voltage and current from each port must be 5v and 2A or 9v and 1.67A. Otherwise, you can also buy a power bank whose output from one port is 2A and the output from another port is 1A.
With this power bank, you can charge your smartphone from a 2A port and other devices like headphones, gaming devices, and speakers from a 1A port.
Furthermore, check the charging port. You should buy a power bank with the same charging port as your mobile phone charging port. So, you don’t have to carry extra cable in your bag wherever you go.
5) Size And Weight
If you need to carry a power bank in your pocket then you should buy a small and medium-size power bank. Also, a small and medium power bank is not heavier so it’s easily portable in the pocket. For charging your laptop from the power bank, you have to buy a very large and heavy power bank but don’t worry you can carry it with your laptop in a laptop bag.
It all concludes that for regular use, you should buy a small and medium power bank. Only when traveling, you should buy a large power bank, and for your laptop, you should buy a huge power bank.
Since the size also depends on the power capacity, the most powerful power bank will have the largest size, in most cases as discussed above.
6) LED Indicator
Some power banks feature LED lights that let you see how much charge is left in the bank. Usually, four or five lights that glow when the bank is full and go out as the power is drained. This is particularly useful if you’ve got a larger bank and need to know how much charge is left inside. The problem of overcharging also vanishes with the help of aLED indicator.
7) Solar Panel In Power Banks
These days, this product is new to the market. Each solar energy bank is supplemented by the embedded solar array. This provides solar support and emergency power cop because it recharges the facility bank on exposure to the sun. We can charge any electronic device up to 5 volts from these solar power banks. It saves electricity.
8) Wireless Power Bank
Nowadays, you find wireless charging hardly in the Indian market because it is totally new technology. Wireless chargers transfer energy through the inductor coil. This product is very expensive. The power loss occurs the most during energy transfer from this product to the charging product. Still wondering what is the power bank to buy? or if you want more buying guides on wireless power banks then you can check another article on it.