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It is a fact that smart phones get quicker with each year that goes by, although it seems that battery life isn’t getting any better at all. Now we know that if we need to keep any device using a USB or a smart phone or tablet on all day, we require a power bank or portable battery packs, as they are also called. There are all kinds of power banks, with different capacities and weights – from the emergency devices as small as a credit card such as for example the Onaji Pawa which gives a super quick charge to your device, to the LimeFuel Blast Pro L240X with hyper high capacity that may boost your smart phone more than 10 times (something which is ideal for camping or even if you have more than one device for charging). In fact, they are not just becoming more sophisticated and with state of the art features, but they are also becoming quicker to charge (thus, quick charging battery pack are the most recent development). In the age of Pokemon Go, this is all good to know!

FIVE MINUTES

Can any power bank actually charge a phone in five minutes?

The answer to this is affirmative, as there are power banks which can in point of fact recharge their very own batteries adequately within 5 minutes so that they are able to then fill up your phone in full. The speed of their supplying that power to the phone can depend first on the amount of power they can produce, and second, the amount of power a phone is able to accept.


So how do we choose an external battery charger, also called a power bank?

POWER BANKThere are a few factors which are quite important upon selecting a portable charger. The first one is what is called size or portability: a number of of the power banks on the market are light and small enough to put in a pocket, and yet others are huge and unwieldy. Obviously, what you will choose depends on your needs. The second factor is capability or capacity. It should be noted that the power bank you choose to purchase will not match the advertised capacity on the device, as some energy can be lost by means of heat generated voltage change. Unless stated differently by the manufacturer, some 70% efficiency should be expected. Therefore, a power bank advertised for 10000 mAh may deliver only 7000 mAh power. Hence, some of the top power banks render about 90% efficiency. What is also important here is to check the phone’s specification or the battery of the tablet in order to make an estimate of the amount of full charges which can be expected.

Also, the top power banks have the functions of auto-on and auto-off, even though a number of phones support only auto-on. The auto-on function enables the power bank to start with the charging of the devices as soon as they are plugged in, while the auto-off functionality enables the power bank to be turned off them the charge is finished, which means that power is not needlessly wasted.

power banks that have a LCD displaySome more advice about selecting the best power bank for you: there is in most power banks a sequence of LED lights which are used to indicate the amount of capacity which is left. This works well with power banks that have a smaller capacity, although not so well with those with a larger capacity, as the great leap in power between every LED renders the system pointless. Our advice is to select power banks that have a LCD display which can indicate to you the accurate capacity which is remaining – in this way you are always ready.

What is also featured in power banks are LED flashlights that are built in. This is useful for camping trips, although you should note that you won’t be able to use this device as a torch unless it is fairly portable and it has a design which is ergonomic.

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What is the most optimal portable battery pack?

We can say that the ultimate portable charger will maintain an equilibrium between its practical capacity and portability, as well as value, and functions such as fast charging and recharging, including multiple outputs as well as high-end features (for example, LCD displays and passthrough charging).

With all these factors in mind, here are some best categories of power banks:

The Best iPhone Power Banks

With the advent of smartphones, one of the major concerns for all of us is charging them. When we are not at home, for example, when we are traveling or camping, we really need a portable charger for our iPhone (or any smartphone). There are thousands of them, but here are some, along with their specs.

Best iPhone Power Banks

Note: It should be noted that the prices quoted are those on the Amazon site, which tend to change often. Here we mention the price which is valid at the time of compiling this collection. Also, these charges match all the iPhone models, from iPhone 4 all the way up to iPhone 6s Plus. They are set out in alphabetical order.

ALLPOWERS 3400mAh Mini Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank

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This power bank is the most basic of versions, with a battery of no more than 3400mAh capacity. Not only that, but it is miniature when it comes to size and it can he held easily or carried around everywhere. An iPhone can be charged 1.5 times with this power bank and it supports over-charge safety, ensuring protection from short circuits. One of the bonuses is that it is quite cheap.

ALLPOWERS specs:

  • 3400mAh battery capacity
  • One USB charging port
  • Output: 5V1A
  • Advantage: cheap and cheerful

Anker PowerCore 10400 Portable Charger – Compact 10400mAh 2-Port Ultra Portable Phone Charger Power Bank

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This iPhone power bank’s battery has the capacity of 10400mAh, compact enough to fit in the hand, charging iGadgets as many as 4 times. It has a facility for rapid charging at 2.4 amps (note that this is far more than other portable chargers). Also, this power bank contains safety measures features.

Anker specs:

  • 10400mAh capacity
  • 2 USB charging slots
  • Output: to 3 amps
  • Advantage: very rapid charging

 EasyAcc Classic 15000mAh Solar Panel Power Bank with Flashlight External Battery Portable Charger

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If you’re seeking a power bank that is eco-friendly, this one is perfect for you. The EasyAcc charger can be charged anywhere where there is some sun, as it has solar panels. Also, it has quite a sturdy 15000mAh battery which can power up iDevices many times.

EasyAcc specs:

  • 15000mAh capacity (by means of solar panels)
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • Output: Port 1: 5V 2.1A. Port 2: 5V 1A
  • Advantage: eco friendly

ExpertPower 20000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Pack

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The battery capacity on this power bank is quite massive, and it also has a rapid charging feature. It’s noted for its design (with two colors available) and a sexy slim look, and another perk is that it’s easy to take along with you.

ExpertPower specs:

  • 20000mAh capacity
  • 2 USB charge slots
  • Output: DC 3A
  • Advantage: massive battery

Infinie Power Bank 10400mAh, Infinie External Battery

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This power bank looks like a book with a 10400mAh battery capacity, with 4 LED indicators and a battery status under each one. Also, it includes 9 layers of protection from over charging and short-circuits. And last but not the least, there are 4 splendid color alternatives.

Infinie specs:

  • 10400mAh capacity
  • Two USB chare slots
  • Output: 1AMPS max.
  • Advantage: a book look

 

Innogie JA Portable Charger Alien 10000 – High Capacity Power Bank with 2.4A Output

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This power bank is quite impressive, as it has what is called an alien type pattern on the cover, with 4 LED lights which indicates the juice remaining. Its battery is 10400mAh, along with 9 levels of protections for safeguarding the power bank, which can juice up an iPhone 4.5 times (it can charge the Plus series twice).

Innogie specs:

  • 10400mAh capacity
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • Output: 2.4A fast charge
  • Advantage: alien type pattern

iXCC 3400mAH Power Bank – Mini Portable External Battery Charger

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This is one of the most compact power banks for carrying around everywhere, as it light and small with the capacity of 3400mAh. It may seem somewhat low but it is sufficient for a full charge of your phone. Also, there are 3 cool colors to choose from.

iXCC specs:

  • 3400mAh basic battery capacity
  • One USB charging slot
  • 4 LED power indicators
  • Advantage: very light and compact

 

Jackery Bar Premium 6000 mAh External Battery Charger – Portable Charger and Power Bank with Panasonic Battery Cells

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The capacity of this power bank is not huge, but it is rather effective. There is one USB charging slot, with full protection due to any possible malfunctions while charging. The colors featured are gold, silver, orange and black.

Jackery specs:

  • 6000mAh holding capacity
  • One USB charging port
  • Output: 2.1A
  • Advantage: awesome colors

Kans Ultra Compact 4000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank

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The Kans battery bank has a 4000mAh battery, along with being Rohs & FCC Certified. Not only that, but this power bank features four LED indicators which indicate the remaining power left in the battery pack. The power bank is known for its stylish design as well as its compact size. The battery is a high-quality li-Polymer battery (which is more stable in comparison with a li-ion battery). For now, the only color available is simple white.

Kans specs:

  • 4000mAh battery
  • One USB charging slot
  • Protection from overcharging and overloading
  • Advantage: strong battery

 

Lankoo 5000mah Power Bank,Credit Card Size External Battery

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This power bank with a 5000mAh capacity is what is called a designer series battery pack, and there are as many as 16 diverse designs to opt from. Also, this is a funky power bank, with wonderfully odd designs! Not only is it beautiful but it also protects our iPhones or iPads from high temperatures when charging as well as possible short circuits. When at full capacity, it can charge an iPhone twice.

Lankoo specs:

  • 5000mAh battery capacity
  • A wide variety of extraordinary designs
  • One USB charge slot
  • Advantage: very funky design!

 

Levin Ultra Compact 5000mAh USB External Battery

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The power bank featured here has the identical capacity as well as features as the Poweradd power bank. However, this power bank is a little more intelligent in regards to charging; in fact, it has protection from overcharging, over-voltage, over-discharging, and short circuits. And just in case you may need a flashlight, the Levin power bank has one! It comes in two diverse colors at the moment.

Levin specs:

  • 5000mAh capacity
  • Output: 2.1A
  • One USB charge
  • Advantage: intelligent charging

Polanfo 12000mAh Power Bank for Smartphones and Tablets

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This is a slim but mighty power bank with a 12000mAh capacity of battery, for a complete fill up of your iGadgets. It is a super safe power bank, as it is designed to protect your devices from overcharging, over-discharging, over-voltage, as well as short circuits. Also, there is a variety of colors to choose from.

Polanfo specs:

  • 12000mAh capacity
  • 2 USB ports
  • Output: 5V/2.1A 5v/1.0A
  • Advantage: super safe

 

Poweradd Slim2 Most Compact 5000mAh Portable Charger Power Bank

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Even though this power bank is half Polanfo’s capacity, its great advantage is that it is more portable. The capacity of the battery is 5000mAh battery, charging an iPhone about 1.5 times. Its convenience is a big bonus as it is very handy for pockets or small bags. The Poweradd has one USB port, which will enable you to power up 2 devices at the same time.

Poweradd specs:

  • 5000mAh capacity
  • One USB charging slot
  • Output: 1A
  • Advantage: very convenient and practical

RAVPower 26800mAh (Total 5.5A Output,3-Port,2A Input) Portable Charger Power Bank External Battery Pack

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RAVPower, with its huge 26800mAh battery, can juice up an iPhone nearly ten times. Also, another bonus is that this power bank has as many as 3 USB ports that can be used to power up a variety of devices at the same time. And not only that, it also acts in accordance with safety measures, ensuring full protection for the charging gadget in the eventuality of short circuits.

RAVPower specs:

  • 26800mAh capacity
  • Bonus: 3 USB charging slots
  • 5A output
  • Advantage: huge battery capacity

Viivant 5,000 mAh – 2.1A Dual USB Port Slim Aluminum Power Bank

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This power bank is perhaps one of the sleekest and most elegant ever! It contains a 5000mAh capacity which has the ability of charging an iPhone many times over. Of course, it is in compliance with all security measures for safeguarding our iDevices from damage. It also has 2 USB ports to juice up diverse devices at the same time. And last but not least, there are 3 different variations of this power bank.

Viivant specs:

  • 5000mAh capacity
  • Two USB charging ports
  • Output: 2A
  • Advantage: sleek and elegant

iDaye 14000 mAh Quick & Portable External Battery Pack Charger with Smart Tech(Dual USB, 5 V/3.5 A)

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This power bank is a must if you need a battery pack which can power up an iPhone and an iPad quickly. The output is 3.5A, while the capacity of the battery is 14000mAh, which means the iDevices can be charged numerous times, which is great. Also, this power bank comes in 3 colors to match any given mood.

ExpertPower specs:

  • 14000mAh capacity
  • 2 USB charging slots
  • Output: to 3.5A
  • Advantage: speedy charging

Vinsic Tulip 3200mAh Power Bank, 5V 1A External Mobile Battery Charger Pack

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This is a very sleek power bank for all smartphones, as well as an iPhone. It has the distinctive design which most power banks have take on over time. It is quite small (about 4 inches in length) so it can fit almost anywhere with a great deal of comfort. The holding capacity of the battery is 3200mAh, so the iPhone can be charged about one and a half times. There is also one USB slot, while the output is 5V.

Vinsic Tulip specs:

  • 3200mAh capacity
  • 1 USB slot
  • Output: 1A, 5V
  • Advantage: small and elegant

Vinsic PB206 20000mAh Alien 20000mAh Ultra-Slim Dual USB Power Bank

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This power bank is another mobile iPhone or iPad supercharger, charging your Apple devices nearly seven times with that amount of battery capacity. Additionally, the body of this particular power charger has a fireproof PG V0 finish which guarantees the power bank’s safety.

Vinsic specs:

  • 20000mAh capacity
  • Two USB charging ports
  • Output: DC 5V 2.1A and 2.1A
  • Advantage: sleep fire-proof finish

The Best Pokemon Go Power Banks

Pokemon Go is the latest craze which has made all of us gamers forever hunting for something (as well as bumping into)! This seems to be not just a technology trend, but also a game people are going nuts about. In fact, there have been a number of accidents which have taken place in several countries, one of them involving a traffic accident whereupon the driver was busy seeking for Pikachu (which we hope he never found). However, a very important advantage of the game (except, of course, for the fun side) is the fact that the game is helping the police with their fight against crimes of all sorts.

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There is one problem, however, and it involves the battery life of people’s smart phones as it seems that Pokemon Go is a heavy spender of the phone battery. What then could the solution for this be? Power banks! There is talk about a special battery pack for the game, called Pokedex, but it is not ready for the market yet. Here we give some power banks for iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, as well as the LG smart phone.

iPhones 5, 5S and 5SE: Lenmar Meridian

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Capacity: 3,500 mAh (1 full charge with hours of use)

Color: Black

Size (Length, Width, Height): 8.3 inches, 4 inches, 0.8 inches

Weight: 5.6 oz.

Battery Type: Lithium Polymer

Score: 3.9/5

This is the best battery pack for the iPhone 5. This series cannot boast of too many worthy battery packs, so this one is stands out. Its score is about 3.9 stars from 5 on Amazon, so it is obviously a better battery case which is accessible online.

All in all, the capacity of this battery case permits it for a full recharge of the iPhone 5 no less than two times (in fact, it speeds up the recharge of the phone), and the result is a double amount of little Pokémons trapped.

iPhone 6 ANKER ULTRA SLIM EXTENDED BATTERY CASE

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Capacity: 2,850 mAh (1 full charging, many hours of use)

Color: deluxe matt exterior

Size (Length, Width, Height): 6.02 inches, 2.74 inches, 0.53 inches

Weight: 3.04 oz.

Battery Type: Lithium Polymer

Score: 4.3/5

Now, this battery case for an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6s is another story altogether. It has made number one in several reviews (such as Time Magazine as well as The Wall Street Journal). Its battery life is as much as 120% longer, as its large capacity provides an additional 60 hours of audio, 13 hours of video, 17 hours of 3G talktime, 3 hours of 3D gaming and 12 hours of web browsing. Its special feature is that it is amazingly slim, and it provides more than twice the battery life of the iPhone but not doubling the size is noticeably smaller than the other battery packs). There is also a luxurious matte external finish, which gives a safe grip. Another great perk is that data can be transferred or the phone charged with no need of removing the battery pack, and it can be done just by using the Micro USB cable, which is included. The case includes the following: a battery case, an audio jack extender, a Micro USB cable, an instruction guide, a warranty which is valid for 18 months as well as customer service for any worries or quandaries. In fact, one reviewer called this product an appealing combination of durability, battery size and portability!

SAMSUNG GALAXY S6: MOPHIE JUICE BANK

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Capacity: 3,300 mAh

Color: black

Size (Length, Width, Height): 2.97 inches, 0.69 inches, 5.91 inches

Weight: 3.2 oz.

Battery Type: Lithium-ion Polymer

Score: 3.9/5 (Amazon)

The mighty Korean company Samsung also makes superior battery packs, and the mophie juice pack Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge not only has an exclusive design of the case which keeps to the curved screen of the phone, but it also maintains a trim profile. This battery pack is so strong that it makes sure you can keep up what’s going on with your life by just flipping a switch and thus gaining as much as 100% additional juice for the news, your favorite apps, your music and other perks. It has a hard-wearing but light-weight and sleek design (using the Impact-Isolation System), and thus ensuring your Samsung protection as well as connection. Of course, the Galaxy S6 Edge is the first to recharge, after which the battery case can begin to recharge itself. Also, an added integrated indicator for the LED status helps you keep track of the charging level in order to be vigilant of the amount of juice in the pack.

Moreover, the additional special feature is one called a pass-through attribute, which means the phone and the battery pack can be charged at the same time.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S5: ZeroLemon ZeroShock

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Capacity: 8,500 mAh (as many as 3 recharges)

Color: black

Size (Length, Width, Height): 10 inches, 4.5 inches, 2.3 inches

Weight: 2.1 oz.

Battery Type: Lithium-ion Polymer

Score: 4.1/5 (Amazon)

Note: the battery is NOT included

This is definitely the best and most powerful juice pack for Galaxy S5. In fact, it has over three times the size of an original Galaxy S5 battery pack. It is the best reviewed Samsung juice pack, with a very high score – 4.1/5 stars on Amazon as well as on others reviewers. Also, it contains pass-through as well as Quick Charge, which means that users can charge their phones at exceptionally high speeds. Its state-of-the-art case design has been created to bear all manner of heavy shocks as well as hard drops. The new design is called TPU/PC Rugged Case (made from soft plastic) and includes so called double corner technology. There is a Japan PET screen protector as well as a belt clip included. Moreover, this product has the greatest warranty period, as well as technical support whenever necessary.

There are a few disadvantages, however: because of its massive capacity, the phone shows a 3% charge of the battery for a longer period. Also, the battery life can differ, depending on the software and hardware configurations as well as network conditions. And third, it should be noted that it is necessary to remove the back cover of the pack. Also, this battery pack is NOT compatible with the following Galaxy S5 Sport and S5 Active.

LG G4: Power Bear

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Capacity: 6,500 mAh (replaceable, will charge nearly 2 times)

Color: black

Size (Length, Width, Height): 6.4 inches, 3.5 inches, 0.7 inches

Weight: 4.8 oz.

Battery Type: Li-ion

Score: 4/5 (Amazon)

Even though the LG smart phone is quite popular, there are not too many juice packs on the market, for some unknown reason. One of the best is this one, which can increase the battery power of your LG phone more than double, thus lasting twice the length! In fact, it contains a battery with a high capacity (as much as 220%) in regards to the standard battery. Another great advantage is that this juice pack is very easy to use as well as to install. How is this done? When you turn off the phone, you need to remove the phone cover and the current battery. Then just insert the LG G4 Extended Battery and reinstate the existing back cover along with the extended back cover. This battery pack uses the best battery cells (which have ROHS and CE certification), and each battery has a special chip which protects the smart phone from a short circuit, from over-heating, as well as overcharging and even excessive discharging. There is even a one-year warranty period for this product.

RAVPower Xtreme Portable Charger

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Capacity: 23,000 mAh (charging 12 times)

Color: black

Size (Length, Width, Height): 0.71 inches, 4.84 inches, 7.2 inches.

Weight: 1.24 lb.

Battery Type: Lithium Polymer

Score: 4/5 (Amazon)

Input:DC12-24V/2A

USB Output: DC 5V/3.5A (2.5A+1A) 

This amazing battery pack with an ultra-powerful 23,000 mAh capacity has the ability to charge an iPhone as many as 12 times, as well as a phone with a great capacity such as the Galaxy S4 seven times and an Ipad Air 1.5 times, as well as several tablets. It has two USB Smart Ports (at 3.5 amps maximum) for charging all the devices and at maximum speed. There is also an added multi-voltage (9 Volts, 12 Volts, 16 Volts, 19 Volts and 20 Volts) port to use for Acer and Asus tablets as well as others (it has the capacity of charging three devices at the same time (with a 4.5 amps maximum output). The case is elegant and slender with an excellent aluminum body which allows for dissipation of heat, while the LCD screen is able to precisely display the charging level and the power status. The entire package includes the following: a 110 – 240V charger, a RAVPower Xtreme 23000mAh External Battery, as well as an instruction handbook and some tips for charging tips.

The Best Laptop Power Banks

There are not only battery packs for smart phones, there also exist fast chargers for laptops as well as notebooks. The reason for this is that devices, regardless of their sort, are currently consuming more and more power. One of the best features of power banks for laptops is that not only does it power up the laptop or notebook, but it can also charge other devices such as tablets, Kindles, smart phones, iPads, and so on, simultaneously with charging the laptop, and nobody can deny that this is a great perk!

Best Laptop Power Banks

However, there is something quite different when buying a portable charger for a laptop than for the other devices. Namely, it is the output of the DC voltage that is relevant, as this function is relevant and needs to be checked carefully with the adapter of the laptop charges. Thus, the socket which is made available by the external power charger is vital, as it needs to match the one charging the laptop. Should there be no match, it would not be possible to charge the phone with a portable external charger due to output sockets which do not match.

These are some of the best choices for power charges:

Anker Second Generation Astro Pro 2 20,000 m Ah Power Bank

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The Anker company has produced fine 1st generation brands of power banks (in the series Anker Pro), so it may seem that the second generation is just as good. This is a power charger made of aluminum and in the color of silver, with three USB ports for all devices and with DC 0/12 V. The weight of this item is 1.2 lbs, and its dimensions are the following: the length is 4.92 inches, the width is 7.28 inches, and the height is 0.61 inches. The voltage is 19 volts, and it requires one lithium ion battery.

Coosh 20,000 mAh Power Bank for Laptops

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This is on the list of top portable chargers which are available online, as it has an enormous 20000 mAh capacity as well as an amazing finish made of glam black metal with a hard-wearing look, and also with an LED indicator attached. There is but one drawback, and that is that, in spite of the size of this power charger, there is a lack of a unit on the display which indicates the power left in the charger. However, an amazing feature of this charger is that there is accessibility of both USB as well as universal ports which can easily power up all your other devices, as well as the the laptop or the notebook.

The specs of this power charger are as follows:

The weight is 2 pounds.
The dimensions are the following: it is 9 inches in length, 6 inches in width and 3 inches in height.

The XTPower 10000 MAh External Power Bank

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The XTPower brand is the envy of all with its external battery pack at 10000 mAh, which has the capability of charging a notebook or a laptop more than once. It contains as many as two 2 USB ports, so that several devices can be powered up at once. The best feature of this so called power monster is its range of power outputs, as it supports 9V and 12V, as well as 16V and 19V but also 20V and all at the maximal rate of 80 watts. Also, there is an excellent display unit which enables making out the residual charge in an easier way.

The specs of the battery are the following: it is a lithium-ion one, with 10000 mAh capacity, 115,4 Wh power, and a life expectancy of up to 500 cycles of charging. The input is from 15 to 24 Volts a A, with a round plug of the size 5.5 by 2.1 millimeters. The USB output – one USB is 5 volts 2.1A, the other one is 5 volts 1 A. If both USBs are used simultaneously, up to 3.1 A maximum will be used. The output DC is switchable for 9, 12, 16, 19 and 20 volts maximum 4 A. the maximal power output is 80 watts. As for the working temperature, while charging the battery pack, it is from 10 to 45 degrees, and while in operation, it is from minus 20 to plus 60 degrees. The dimensions of the unit are as follows: the length is 215 millimeters, the width is 80 millimeters, and the height is 38.4 millimeters. The weight of the charger is 822 grams.

The Best Wireless Power Banks

The popularity of wireless power banks has not been as high as it may have been expected, and one of the reasons for this is that there is no accord regarding the wireless technology standards used in the power chargers. The two key standards which are adhered to by a number of manufacturers of wireless power banks are PMA-compliant power banks as well as Qi-supported portable chargers. This, however, does not mean that people are not making use of wireless technology, but what should be kept in mind is that there is a vital issue of compatibility, which means that you need to ensure the compatibility of the external battery pack standard with the smart phone model which you need to charge.

Best Wireless Power Banks

So, which are the best wireless portable power banks? This is what we suggest:

The Choetech Iron Stand Wireless Charger

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This catchy and cute device is something which can be shown off to friends, as it is quite admirable to look at. There is a solid aluminum wireless power bank which can also support a smart phone from an adequate position. There are three coils and a cable, as well as an AC adaptor. Also, it has a rubber fitting on its bottom and therefore, there is no danger of slipping, and moreover, it is compatible with all Qi-compliant smart phones. There is an LED display on its side which turns into the color of blue when it is powering up and it can flash to indicate a problem of any kind. All in all, this is a quality product for those who are seeking something not very expensive.

The ARK Wireless Portable Charger

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This is a wireless power hotspot which includes support from the Kickstarter brand. The most interesting feature of this portable battery pack is that it has a minimalistic appearance and weighs no more than 170 g. Also, another very useful feature is that two smart phones can be charged at the same time with this power bank. It also includes a LED screen which shows the remaining power which is left in the power charger.

The Nokia Portable Wireless Charging Plate Power Bank DC-50

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For those who use Windows phones, great news! What others have failed at, Nokia has not, as it has harmonized the Qi standards with compatible Lumia series smart phones, as the convenient DC-50 charging plate complies with this standard. Not only that, but also, the plate comes in a variety of colors! And, it is extremely lightweight – a mere 150 g!

The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

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This Samsung device has a charging pad in the shape of an oval and it has the amazing power to charge your phone super quickly. This means that it can charge at 2A, nothing like the 1A charging supplied by some other portable chargers. An additional perk is that the charging pad is coated with rubber in order to prevent any cracking.

The Best Solar Power Banks

This is not a new idea, although it can be said that it is somewhat underused (a solar portable charger is a unit for power storage which obtains energy from the sun). Their use is quite specific, as they are mostly used for camping trips (as obviously, there is a lack of power sockets), but these special power banks can also be used for charging in the case of emergencies. Thus, it can be said that this is an emergency selection and not really meant to be the main power source. After all, there are situations whereupon we may spend time away from an electrical power point and may need and be able to use solar power for charging devices.

Best Solar Power Banks

The best three solar portable changes to date are the following:

The Universal 10000 mAh Portable Dual USB External Solar Power Bank

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This portable charger is an excellent investment for those who have a number of devices – also, for those who need the choice of switching devices when they wish to do so, without any anxiety regarding matching with their existing products. There are several heads which are incorporated for the USB line which is included, and which enables swapping between devices in a very simple way – by altering the adaptor which is located at its end. The dimensions of this power bank are: 7.6 inches in length, 4.4 in. in width and 1.4 inches in height, making this power pack quite easy to carry and compact. To operate it is quite easy as well: the button needs to be pressed and the charging will begin, which is shown by the lighting up of the LED light). Of course, the light will be turned off when the button is pressed to end the work of the device.

It is very important to note this about this power bank: the first 3 recharges need to be carried out not via solar power, but while the device is connected to wall charging. Also, it is necessary to ensure charging for a minimum of 6 hours every time so that the battery continues to perform well. It contains protection from over charging, so there is no need to worry about this possibility.

The Levin™ Solstar Solar Panel Charger 6000 mAh

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This charger is a bit special and slightly different from the others, as it can be used exclusively to charge by the sun in cases of emergencies (although it is not recommended to use just solar power for charging but also main power socket charging). Not only that, but also, this charger is the only one which is rain resistant, so it cannot be damaged by rain in the case that natural charging is necessary. Also, amazingly, it is also shock proof, and cannot easily be dented by a fall! However, even thought it has the feature of being anti-explosion as well, what is not recommended is leaving the power bank on a surface that can easily be over heated. What’s more, it has a hook located at the top which helps to attach it with a belt loop or a backpack and this transport it easily. In fact, this is a perfect battery pack for a camping or any other such trip.

Cobra CPP 300

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Again, this power bank also has compact convenience for the outdoors and may be a perfect source of solar power. It has a 6,000 mAh battery pack (lithium polymer), it can be folded and has the capacity of charging a number of devices at the same time without any problem at all. It has 2 USB ports, 1 micro USB connector for alleviating the stack of wires which need to be carried around if the battery is to come to good use.

As regarding charging, this power bank can be charged equally by the two solar panels which it has when it is unfolded, or from the wall. The dimensions are the following: the length is 5.52 inches, the width is 2.92 inches and the height is 0.64 inches when it is folded.

This power pack is more expensive than most of the others.