Picture this. You’re at a festival with your friends and you decide you want to eat/drink something so you walk off and quickly find that you’ve lost them! You look at your phone and you’ve only got 3% charge left. Or you’re in a cafe doing some work and you need 15 more minutes to finish off for the day and send your boss that deliverable. But your laptop/tablet is about to die. Gaarrr! Why are our devices low on juice when we most need them to keep going?!
So you’ve decided to buy a portable charger. Good move, you don’t want to end up in a sticky situation. But wtf are you going to buy? Here are the absolute basics you need to have. We cover the latest extra features in another article.
- Capacity – this refers to how much extra juice you’re going to get from the battery. This is shown as mAh or milliamp hours. The bigger then number the bigger the capacity. If you already know the capacity of the battery in your smartphone or tablet or laptop, choosing a suitable portable charger is easy. If not, use our awesome calculator that will tell you both!
- Physical Size – have a huge bag or big pockets to carry a powerbank around? Or are you looking for something small and unassuming? The bigger the capacity usually (but not always) means the powerbank will be bigger. While you may want to buy a charger with the highest number and be done with it, you should also consider the size.
- Weight – you can’t consider size without weight. Typically you want something light. This shouldn’t weigh you down!
- Outputs – be sure you get the right connectors and cables so you can connect the portable charger to your phone!
- Price – you can get great chargers from as little as $20 all the way up to $120 and even more in some cases. For just the standard ‘must haves’ though, $20-$50 is a good range to look at.
- Quality – this is a no-brainer. You want to buy a product that won’t fall apart after a couple of uses. You want the battery to last a long time and not die, or reduce its output, after a few charge/discharge cycles.
Hopefully you now understand what you must think about, as a minimum, before purchasing your new powerbank.