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Top 3 Portable Power Banks of April, 2019 – Don’t Lose Charge

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With our increasing use of battery powered equipment and a need for charging on the move, power banks, or portable chargers, are becoming commonplace. Everything from mobile phones to battery powered headphones, portable speakers, and tablets can be charged via a power bank. Power banks are charged up using a USB charger when power is available, and then used to charge your battery powered devices.

Power banks come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your requirements, including solar powered. These have photovoltaic panels, and are really only able to trickle-charge the internal battery when placed in sunlight because the solar cells are relatively small, but nevertheless this can be a very useful function. The solar charging is a good back-up, especially if you are travelling away from mains power.

Power banks generally come with Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po) and Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries:

Lithium-Ion batteries have a higher energy density, and are cheaper to manufacture, but can have issues with ageing.

Lithium-Polymer do not suffer from ageing to the same extent so are a better choice. However, due to their higher manufacturing costs they may not suit all budgets.

It’s looking increasingly likely that soon we’ll all need our own power bank, so here’s our take on the best-selling ones.

1) Anker PowerCore Portable Power Bank

Overview

This neat little power bank from Anker packs a real punch – 26800mAh of power from 3 ports, which is enough to fully charge most phones over 6 times. It’s nicely durable, scuff resistant, and comes with two USB cables.

What We Like

Charging at an impressive speed, we could simultaneously power up our devices, and the power bank itself holds a charge for over a week, depending on usage. It’s neat and very user friendly.

What Needs Improving

Some may consider it a bit pricey, but for us it’s worth it.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a rapid charging, ultra powerful power bank that has the ability to charge up to three devices at once, this is one we’d recommend.

Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger, 26800mAh External Battery with Dual Input Port and Double-Speed Recharging, 3 USB Ports for iPhone,...

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Last update was on: April 23, 2019 12:45 pm
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$55.99 $65.99

 

2) BONAI Portable Charger


Overview

With four USB ports, this deceptively small power bank is a well thought out accessory. The smart circuitry provides protection against overcharging, short-circuiting, and voltage instabilities, so any device is safe. It also has a built-in flashlight for when you’re scrabbling in the dark for USB cables, which are handily included.

What We Like

Ergonomically designed, and with in-built polymer to protect against dust particles, rusting, knocks, and being dropped, Bonai have really thought this one out. The flashlight is an awesome inclusion and it comes in a range of colors. Even charging four phones at once didn’t stop its battery lasting nearly a week.

What Needs Improving

Whilst still small, it’s a little larger than some of the packs we tested.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Bonai have designed a good looking, efficient, and very useable battery pack. Definitely one for the gift list.

BONAI Portable Charger 30000mAh, (Huge Capacity)(Flashlight)(Outdoor) 5.6A Output External Battery Pack, 4A Input High-Speed Charging Technology, Power Bank Compatible with...

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Last update was on: April 23, 2019 12:45 pm
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$39.99 $99.99

 

3) Hobest Solar Charger

Overview

With pleasingly rounded corners, and neon blue LEDs, this stylish solar power bank holds a pretty decent 10000mAh of power. It has two USB ports enabling a couple of devices to be charged simultaneously, a 3 mode flashlight, whistle and compass which make it ideal for those weekend trips off the beaten track.

What We Like

This eco-friendly power bank from Hobest has two means of charging up – via a power outlet or by using solar technology. This means it’s great for camping trips or long distance travelling, especially with the compass, emergency whistle and hanging hook. It’s also water and dustproof and, being incredibly robust, designed to survive being dropped.

What Needs Improving

For some reason our Samsung Note 4 took longer to charge than other models, not excessively so, but longer nonetheless.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Hobest’s addition to the power bank market is hard wearing, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound. It does the job perfectly.

Hobest Solar Charger 10000mAh,Waterproof Outdoor Solar Power Bank with LED Flashlight,Dual USB Portable Charger Solar for Smartphones,GoPro Camera,GPS and Emergency...

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Last update was on: April 23, 2019 12:45 pm
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