In need of some power? Here’s a handy guide to choosing the best power bank sorted by capacity to keep your phone juiced up when there’s no socket in sight.
The Flyweight Division: Mary Kom
Most phones have battery capacities of 3000mAh or less. What you need is a power bank that delivers just as much. Most power banks in this range are sleek and compact so you could slip one in your pocket without creating any uncomfortable bulges.
We love these pound for pound candidates.
The Middleweight Division: Vijender Singh
Many power banks in this range can charge your phone at least twice and are the perfect accessory for your tablet. These power banks might not be as compact as our basic picks (yes that’s a power bank in my pocket, but that doesn’t mean I’m not happy to see you!) but they’ll strive to be your phone’s best friend in multiple times of need.
Here’s our favourite pound for pound candidates.
The Heavyweight Division: Hawa Singh
Maybe you’re looking for a power bank that’ll keep your phone alive for at least a couple of days or more till a rescue boat finds your stranded butt. Maybe you just need a power bank that doesn’t have to be recharged every single day. Or maybe you are on a Clash of Clans gaming marathon and can’t bother to recharge anytime soon (ain’t nobody got time for that!). Whether you need a Wilson 2.0 on a deserted island or if it’s a long journey or you just need a massive power bank you can rely on, take a look at power banks that are 10,000mAh and above. Size matters, and how!
We love the following pound for pound candidates and know that you will as well.
What Else Matters
Bear in mind that many older phones don’t draw more than 1 Amphere to charge their batteries while many newer phones and tables charge best and as quickly as they can at a 2.1 Amphere input current. So check your original mobile charger for the current draw. Prefer a power bank with two USB ports — 1A and 2.1A.
There are two types of cells that are used in power banks. Lithium-ion cells are cheaper and commonly used. Lithium-polymer cells are more expensive but provide twice as much charge density per unit weight.
Many cheap power banks sold by street hawkers and online stores may not list the correct mAh capacity or the current draw. This can not only effect your phone’s battery but are a potential hazard if they explode due to heating from over charging. Unless you come across a fire extinguisher combo deal, in which case, go crazy! But seriously, for your safety and performance, buy from a reputed brand that you can count on your brightest day and your darkest night. And here at Tata Cliq, we only stock the most reliable power banks that are worth every rupee. Now that’s a #surething.
Illustration: Aditi Sharma