With the increasing use of smartphones, India stands at 11th position with (ref:Wikipedia). However no matter what smartphone you use its battery won’t last more than 12 hours with continuous WiFi, Bluetooth usage. Game lover’s smartophone would be loaded with some interesting games and you will see these creature carrying extra battery as playing games on smartphones drains out smartphone battery pretty fast including watching movies on smartphones.
Such an energy eating creature requires a frequent energy feeding and power source many not always be available in a situation like travelling or boring social functions where you would continually play with your smartphone realising its running out of battery with no power charging station available nearby. Portable power banks are the perfect solutions to this problem. These power bank depending on the mAH power are easy to carry and can charge your smartphone, tablet for 1-5 times depending on capacity and its charging level. However, make sure that these powerbanks are fully charged before you carry them with you.
Buying such nice gadget like power bank is not an easy tasks as there are lot of options available with confusing technical specification names. This comprehensive buying cum review guide will help you out to buy the best power banks available in Indian market be it online or offline.
What is Power Bank
Power bank is nothing but a portable (generally) palm sized (size varies!) rechargeable battery which can be charged overnight and then can be used recharge your mobile or tablet using micro USB cable by connecting it to power bank. Power banks are also popularly known as travel charger, portable mobile charger, external battery etc. In addition to charge the Smartphone or tablet power banks can be used to charge any device which has micro USB power charging port.
Top 5 Power Banks in India
How to choose best Power Bank
You should measure power banks on below criteria before buying power banks.
Capacity: Power bank capacity is measured in mAh (milli-Ampere-hour). Higher the mAh higher the capacity means it will charge your smartphone or tablet more number of times. Below 10,000 mAh means your portable charger (Power Bank) will charge smartphone less number of times. Moderate capacity is 10,000-15,000mAh. More than 20,000 mAh power banks are considered as high capacity and they are expensive and not more choices are available in India. We have found COOLNUT 20000mah Power Bank and Samsung Ti Power Bank available in India with 20k mAh capacity.
No. of Output USB Ports: Number of USB ports is another deciding factor. More number of ports means we can charge multiple devices at a time.
Output Current Rating: Higher rating means it can charge your device fast. Right now 2A and 1A are generally available choices in power banks. Having multiple ports which can charge at multiple current rating is better as you will charge multiple devices based on their supported current rating.
Time required to charge: Input current rating determines how fast power bank can charged back. Look for a portable power bank which charge itself fast. Generally power banks take 5-12 hours to charge depending on its capacity.
Safety Protection Features: This is the most neglected feature while power banks buying but you should consider safety over all other features. Having over voltage protection, over heat protection, over charge protection, short circuit protection features should be your first choice as it will protect you & your device from any damage.
Other Top 5 best selling Power Banks in India
|Mi 20000mAH||20000 mAh||2|
|Ambrane P-1111||10000 mAh||2|
|Lenovo PA13000||13000 mAh||2|
|OnePlus Power Bank||10000 mAh||2|
|Lenovo PA10400||10400 mAh||2|
Frequenty Asked Questions about Power Banks
How many phones/tablets will a Power Bank be able to charge?
This depends on how many ports does power bank possesses and its capacity. Multiple USB ports and high capacity (measured mAh) means you will be able to charge multiple smartphones/tablets at a time.
Will it work with iPhone and Andrioid phones?
Power bank does not have any components hardware or software which distinguishes the Android or iPhone. So it will be able to charge the both.
How do i extend the life of my power bank or portable charger?
Make sure your power bank is at least charged to some extent may be 30% all the time. Do not drain out power bank completely for longer period of time. Do not keep our power bank in extreme temperature like high cold or heat. Do not drop or try to open the power bank by yourself. Always take experts help to repair the power bank in case of any fault. Last but not least keep it out of reach from kids.
What is Lithium Ion & Lithium Polymer batteries?
Lithium ion’s are the battery types we have been using in our laptop/camera’s which are rechargeable and better than normal AAA batteries.They have been in existence for very long period now and have been used in most of the rechargeable electronic devices. They are cheap to manufacture and most importantly they do not self discharge the energy when not in use which is its most important point for being so popular.
Lithium polymer is a newer technology than lithium ion however its been used for quite a bit time in high end electronic devices. Li-po batteries can be made in any shape, can made very slim and still it does not looses its life which makes it popular in high end devices. Since it can be made in any shape, it popular amongst devices which are very slip in design and needs very sleek battery.
What is mAH?
mAH stands for miliampere hour and is used as a unit to measure the energy charge the battery hold and how long the device will run on using the battery before discharging. Power banks mAH capacity give you an idea of how much the battery capacity is and how many times it will charge your device in one full charge.
How do I charge a Power Bank?
Generally power bank have a input socket port (mostly microUSB) which can be used to charge the power bank. You can use your mobile charge which has microUSB port to charge powerbank or you can use the power cable came along with power bank (recommended!). Time required to charge the power bank depends on its capacity higher capacity power banks take lot of time however they do last for longer time charging your smartphone more number of time. Mostly power bank will have overcharge protection however check manual for this and to be on safe side always remove power bank from power source once it’s fully charged.
Important points about power banks
- Do not leave your power bank in car, always take back it to home/office. As if car is parked outside in parking lot extreme cold/hot weather may damage your power bank.
- Do not charge the smartphone on powerbank when power bank itself is recharging. It reduces the life of powerbank.
- To improve the life of powerbank do not let it discharge completely. Always recharge it once charge is below say 10-20%.
- Use only manufacturer provided charger or cable or search for recommended one.
- If powerbank is heated, do not charge it. Let it cool down first.
- Know your powerbanks actual capacity after deducting the loss of energy. The advertised capacity might high as compared to actual charge cycle you get after loss which may happens due to heat or other factors.
Power banks are becoming must have/carry things now days because of increasing use of smartphones/tablets. However while buying, make sure you have read all above points and decided a power bank model based on your need and not merely based on reviews and its advertised capacity.