10 tips for buying a power bank

Tip 1: Determine the capacity of the power bank

How often do you want to charge your electronic devices without charging the power bank itself? This question is about the capacity of the power bank you intend to use. Another important aspect is which electronic device you will use the power bank for. Want to charge your smartphone with a power bank? Then a power bank with 3,350 mAh is enough. For larger consumers like a tablet, you can use power banks starting at 10,000 mAh. For laptops, you can use power banks of 30,000 mAh of deliverable energy.

Tip 2: Determine your entrance and exit

Today’s powerbanks are so advanced that there is no choice here. With some models, however, it is still necessary to look at the input and output of the power bank. Namely, not every input and output is suitable for every device. For example, an iPhone has a different input than a Samsung. So read the description that comes with the power bank carefully to see if the right cables are included for your device.

Tip 3: Price and quality

A photo can look great but of course says nothing about the quality of an article. So even with a power bank, it is necessary to look at the specifications in addition to the picture and read them thoroughly. It is not always smart to look for the cheapest power bank because it might show defects or flaws such as overcharging. All products on this website have been thoroughly tested and meet all European safety requirements. In addition, the prices are fair versus the quality delivered. So enjoy!

Tip 4: Size

A power bank, of course, is meant to take with you and charge your mobile devices where there is no outlet nearby. So it is very important to look at the size and weight of the power bank you want to purchase. For charging your smartphone or tablet, you do not need to purchase a large size and you can forget about powerbanks from 30,000 mAh and up for a while. For charging a laptop, a 30,000 mAh power bank is indeed recommended.

Tip 5: Amps

In addition to the capacity of a power bank, of course, what the amperage of a power bank is also incredibly important. The current rating is expressed in Amps, or A. Most powerbanks feature a current rating between 1 and 3.5 A. The higher the number of Amps, the faster the powerbank will charge your smartphone or tablet.

Tip 6: What battery does my smartphone contain?

The capacity of a smartphone battery varies from model to model. Here you can see an overview of the capacity of the most sold smartphones. Some models may vary slightly.

iPhone 6s – 1,715 mAh
iPhone 6s Plus – 2,750 mAh
iPhone 6 – 1,810 mAh
iPhone 6 Plus – 2,915 mAh
iPhone 5s – 1,570 mAh
iPhone 5 – 1,440 mAh
iPad Air 2 – 7,340 mAh
iPad Air – 8,827 mAh
iPad mini 4 – 5,124 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus – 3,000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – 2,600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6 – 2,550 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S5 – 2,800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7 inch) – 5,870 mAh
OnePlus 2 – 3,300 mAh
OnePlus One – 3,100 mAh
LG G5 – 2,800 mAh
LG G4 – 3,000 mAh
LG G3 – 3,000 mAh
Google Nexus 6 – 3,220 mAh
Huawei Mate 6 – 2,700 mAh

By dividing the capacity of the power bank by the capacity of your smartphone or tablet, you can calculate how many times your device can be charged with a fully charged power bank. Also, protect your phone from scratches and damage with smartphone cases.

Tip 7: Purpose for using the power bank

A power bank can be used for multiple purposes. For example, a school student can use the power bank when there is no electrical outlet on the bus or a mountain climber can power his smartphone with an emergency battery. For the adventurous, we can recommend specific outdoor powerbanks where they are impact resistant and waterproof. Similarly, you can charge a rearview camera from Van Zwitserland with a power bank.

Tip 8: Use the power bank for multiple devices

A power bank is incredibly useful for charging a smartphone or tablet at times when an outlet is momentarily unavailable. In addition, a power bank can be used for many more devices such as a GoPro action camera or portable LED light. All devices with a USB-C or USB input can be charged with a power bank.

Tip 9: Get the most out of your power bank

Even a power bank can lose its energy when not charged. So don’t make sure you end up with a dead battery in the middle of the day and charge your power bank early. Haven’t used the power bank in a while and want to start using it again? Then fully charge it beforehand to avoid discharging the power bank too deeply.

Tip 10: Combine a power bank with a mobile solar panel

Fully sustainable charging your mobile devices? With a power bank and mobile solar panel, you can use and charge your mobile devices day and night. Connect the mobile solar panel to the power bank to charge it and recharge your mobile devices with the charged power bank. You can even charge your electrical devices directly with a mobile solar panel when the sun is doing its job properly. So ideal!

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