Overall, when we think of charging we think of a USB wall charger because that’s what we’ve been using most of the time and it makes sense; as USB wall chargers have many USB charging ports and they also have powerful charging speeds. With that said, those types of charging electronics that are stationary are still a hassle to use. The reason for that is because our devices have to stay in a single place for charging and that can be an annoyance if we have things to do and places to go.
Which is why power banks are becoming so popular. With the increasing popularity of power banks, there are now lots of companies that sell them. This increased competition between brands has caused there to be lots of innovation and that has resulted in there being many types of power banks on the market. With so many types, it can be difficult to know what types are good for you and what to avoid.
Which is why in this article I’ll be going over the most useful types of power banks on the market and how they’re able to assist your portable charging experience no matter which one you choose.
Power banks are not tough electronics, and just like smartphones if you drop them or get too much water exposed to them then the portable charger will most likely get damaged. With that said, the bright side is that there are power banks that are built to withstand circumstances that normal ones cannot and they’re called Rugged power banks.
Rugged power banks are just like any other normal one, however, these ones are built to be a lot tougher. That’s because they have structural protections on the outside that allow them to take shock damage if the charger falls. Another thing is that they’re waterproof; what it’s important to know about waterproofing though, is that a Rugged power bank is only waterproof is when it’s not in use and its USB charging ports are covered by the Waterproof covers.
These types of tough chargers are marketed towards people that are in the outdoors and hiking and even though that makes sense; Rugged power banks can be as useful in an everyday setting because dropping it or getting water exposed to it are still prevalent threats.
Power banks that have built-in cables are the most reliable to have. That’s because a portable charger is something that you can take with you while you’re on the go, and if you forget to grab charging cable when you’re headed out, then the power bank is basically useless.
Built-in cables allow a power bank to always stay reliable as you’ll always have a usable power bank with you. Another thing to know is that there are different types of these chargers. As some have two built-in cables to charge either an Android or Apple smartphone. Some of them even have a USB charging port that you can use with any charging cable and also a built-in way to recharge the power bank.
Built-in methods of recharging usually include an AC Adapter or a USB cable.
High Power Capacity
A power bank that has a high power capacity is going to be very useful, however, these ones are not nearly as used as ones that have low power capacities. The reason for that is because a power capacity of 20,000mAh to 30,000mAh means that they use multiple large batteries and that results in a large and heavy charger. These ones are still very much portable, it’s just fitting them into your pocket isn’t going to be the best option and you’ll find that placing them down and charging your devices is the best course of action.
What makes these chargers so useful is that they have enough power to charge many types of devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and many others to their full power; and they can still have power left over. Another powerful mechanism that they have is the use of more USB charging ports, and so if a power bank has 3 USB charging ports, you can potentially charge 3 devices at the same time.
Low Power Capacity
Power banks that have low power capacities are the ones that used the most often because a low power capacity of 3,000mAh to 5,000mAh enables the use of just a single battery which results in a small and lightweight power bank. The two most useful form factors that they come in are cylindrical and also Slim sizes. Slim power banks are the best to use because they’re basically the same size as your smartphone and can slide right into your pocket along with your smartphone as it charges.
As portable as these types of power banks are, the main flaw that they have is what makes them so great, which is their power capacity. A low power capacity that these have is really meant for charging smartphones only.
Power banks that are with Charging Cables
There are indeed power banks that are able to be installed onto charging cables and these ones are very tiny. Even smaller than Mini power banks. With that said, even though they have power capacities within the range of 450mAh and are mostly meant for emergencies, they still have great uses because the charging cable can just be plugged into your device and charging begins as long as the power bank has a power capacity. This way, you’ll always have a charging cable on you and also a portable charger.
To recharge these types of power bank, all you need to do is plug it into a USB wall charger or another type of USB charging electronic. What’s even better is that charging cables like these can be used to just as any other charging cable by plugging them into a USB wall charger and using your device with the cable too.
Author: My name is Usman Haq. I’m the creator and owner of ChargerHarbor.com. It’s a website that is dedicated to providing reviews, tips, and news about everything charging electronics related.