Have you ever had the unpleasant feeling of running out of battery life on your mobile device? Usually, your device dies at the exact moment you need it the most. While this problem has been solved with the invention of portable battery packs, a bigger challenge is figuring out which one of these life savers is right for you. With so many different brands on the market, how do you make a wise decision?
Here are five tips to help you pick out the best portable power bank charger for your mobile devices.
1. Typical Charging Speed
Depending on how much you use your mobile device, one of the most important factors to consider is how long the portable battery pack takes to recharge your mobile device. A good portable battery charger will recharge your mobile device just as fast as most power outlets. A tablet will probably take longer to recharge than a basic cell phone, but typical charging times should be between one to two hours.
A second factor you may want to consider before you making a purchase are the weight and dimensions of the portable battery pack. There are some that will fit into a woman’s purse or a man’s coat pocket easily. There are also heavy duty chargers that are bulkier and more cumbersome to carry around.
3. Adequate Number of Ports
How many devices will you generally need to charge at once? For instance, let’s say you go on a family trip and have a variety of phones, tablets, cameras and gaming devices. Most portable battery packs will have at least 2 ports to charge a couple of devices at one time. If you only need one port to charge a smartphone, there are portable battery packs strictly for that purpose as well.
4. Brand Name
While there are some off-brand battery packs on the market, you would be safer sticking with a trusted name brand. A company that specializes in electronics, especially mobile devices, would probably be your best bet. A well known company will typically give you the reliability needed if you are ever in a tight situation.
Once of the biggest features to look for is capacity. There are some portable battery packs that can charge two phones simultaneously, but will not work well with tablets. The best way to identify the capacity is the look for the mAh rating of the portable battery pack. A decent capacity rating is 5000 mAh. Again, it all depends on your individual needs and your budget.