Guide to Choosing a Power Bank
Is there a difference between power banks? What are the specifications you need to check before buying one?
The stores are filled with different brands and types of power banks, and they are becoming more popular as the use of smartphones is increasing and we need to provide ourselves with a charging power at all times which is easy to use and carry. Before purchasing a power bank, you must know some information and specifications. We have prepared you this guide to help you make the best decision.
There are many names for power banks like portable chargers and external batteries. This will help you read more information and specifications before making a purchase.
You need to check some specifications about your phone and your main charger before buying a power bank to avoid ruining your battery.
Below is the information you need to check about these two factors:
- Smartphone Battery Capacity: One of the first things you need to check before getting a power bank. For example, iPhone 6’s battery capacity is 1810 mAh and Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is 3000 mAh. You can check your phone’s battery capacity on the device manual, box, or online, it will only take a minute to find it.
- Main Charger Capacity: This is the second thing you need to check, and the information is usually written on the charger itself under Output, and it is measured in Volts.
After checking this information, write it down to compare it with the information on the power bank you want to purchase.
Check the Specification and Information of the Power Bank
Just like we stated above, our advice to you is to make sure you check the capacity of your phone’s battery and charger. Afterwards, you can follow the simple steps below to make the correct decision:
- Choose a power bank with the same capacity as your phone’s battery or higher. This will guarantee at least one full charge. Example, for the iPhone 6, you need a portable charger with at least 1810 mAh.
- Choose a power bank that matches the Output Voltage of your charger. Example: if you have a V – 1.5 A 0 output, you need a power bank with the same or higher voltage.
Common Mistakes When Buying a Power Bank, Be Smart and Avoid Them!
Below you will find some common mistakes people usually make when purchasing a power bank:
- Choosing a cheap power bank; if you want to maintain your phone’s battery, do not buy fake power banks which will cause damage to your battery. This does not imply you should buy a certain brand, but to make sure you are choosing a good type within your budget. Not all power banks are expensive, and not all cheap ones are bad.
- Choosing a power bank without checking its specifications; the most important factor when buying a power bank is to check the two points discussed before: the voltage and power capacity.
- Choosing a large or heavy power bank; the portable charger should be small to medium sized one, and should not be heavy and easy to carry anytime, anyplace.
- Choosing a power bank without an original cable; Labeb advices you to make sure the cable connecting your phone to the power bank is original. This is to make sure you get an excellent quality since most fake cables damage the phone’s battery and power bank.
Summary: Pay Attention to All Specifications
For a smart decision, you should pay attention to the specifications and factors listed above, as well as other features like: heat protection, protection from extra heat on the battery, electric shortage protection, etc…
In addition to the factors we listed, the output voltage and battery capacity, Labeb advices you to buy a power bank with multiple outputs if you have more than one device to charge. Make sure you buy a power bank with a large capacity to match the devices you are charging.
It is also important to check the cells used in power banks: lithium ion or lithium polymer, note that lithium ion is cheaper since lithium polymer is more efficient while charging.
Sometimes, many of us turn to cheaper products, but you need to make sure the power bank you are purchasing will not damage your battery.
Finally, we advise you to think about getting a power bank with an additional feature which is protection against extra charging. The power bank here will automatically disconnect the smartphone when it is fully charged, thus maintaining your phone’s battery.
It is true that power banks are widespread in the market, especially the Jordanian one; therefore, Labeb advises you to consider these tips and information when making a purchase to ensure making a smart decision. Do not forget to stay tuned with Labeb.com for all the new information and tips to guide you in the Tech World.