The MultiProtect technology offers good protection against overvoltage, short circuits, overheating and current surges. Moreover, the appliance features a high-speed 60 W USB-C wall charger for lightning-quick charging of the battery pack.
This power bank has an enormous battery capacity, which combined with multiple USB outputs makes it a great option for charging several gadgets at the same time. Owing to the PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies it also makes the charging fast, regardless of what you are powering up.
Output: 1 x 45W USB-C port, 1 x 15W USB-A port
Input: 1 x micro USB
LED power wheel
180 x 80 x 24 mm
60W USB-C wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, Travel pouch, Welcome guide
iPhone 7 - 9 charges
iPhone X - 6.2 charges
Galaxy S7 - 6 charges
MacBook Pro 13 - 1.2 charge
Dell XPS - 1.1 charge
This new PowerCore model has a wireless Qi-certified charging mode that makes charging new mobile phones effortless and without the need of connecting any USB cables.
The travel pouch is a tad bit short.
The Anker Wireless PowerCore III is a compact and nimble solution for your modern mobile phone. Thanks to the exclusive PowerIQ 3.0 system it is possible to charge every modern gadget without utilizing the USB port. Alternatively, if you happen to use it, the USB output has a power rating of 18 W, which beats any other power pack out of the water in terms of charging speed.
Output: 1 x 18W USB-C port
Input: 1 x micro USB
4 LED power status indicators
149 x 68.5 x 19.5 mm
USB-C to USB-C cable, Travel pouch, Welcome guide
iPhone 11 or Pixel 4 - 2 charges
Galaxy S20 - over 1.5 charges
The gadget features a built-in flashlight working in different modes: SOS mode, highlight mode, average light mode. On top of that, the LED indicator will show you the current charging status of the power pack.
Thanks to 5 inbuilt types of protection, the B30-MET22400BR can be safely and effectively used with all USB-enabled gadgets without worrying about damage. While thanks to the triple USB port array, the device will let you charge several gadgets simultaneously, making it a great little companion on the road.
Output: 1x USB 1A, 1х USB 2.1A, 1x USB 2.4A;
Input: 1x micro USB 5V/2A
4 LED power status indicators
160 x 80 x 22 mm
Power Bank EC Technology adapter, USB to micro USB cable, User manual
iPhone 5S, 6S - 10 times
iPhone 6S plus - 7 times
The Advanced Technology Auto Detection for Output Current optimises the output current without your involvement, which makes charging multiple devices with this battery pack a real breeze.
Charging the internal battery pack can be slow.
This affordable power bank will satisfy the needs of even the most sophisticated gadget experts. By combining a competitive battery capacity and high-speed charging mode it is possible to quick-charge two devices at the same time without sacrificing your mobility.
Output Ports: 2 x USB 5V/3.4 A
Input Ports : 1 x micro USB 5V/2A
4 LED power status indicators
154 x 80 x 21 mm
Micro USB Cable, Storage pouch, User guide
iPhone 6 - 8.5 charges
iPhone 7 - 6 charges
iPhone 8 - 6.8 charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 - 3 charges
Samsung Galaxy S9 - 4 charges
iPad Air - 1.6 charges
iPad Air 2 - 1 charge
This portable charger features an LCD screen that enables to track the current battery status in the range from 1% to 100%. The indicator starts working right after you connect the USB cable or by pressing the power button.
The housing tends to get uncomfortably hot.
Incredibly light and small, this power pack from JONKUU will be ideal both for travelling and for daily use. It might look pretty basic, but its budget-friednly design in no way affects its performance, ensuring you can charge all your mobile gadgets quickly and safely.
Output Ports: 2 x USB 5V-2.4A
Input Ports : 1 x micro USB 5V-2.4A
LCD power display
90 x 62 x 22 mm
Micro USB cable, User manual
Galaxy S8 - 2.5 charges
iPhone 7 - 3 charges
Capacity That Matters
The Anker PowerCOre+ is an upgraded version of the popular PowerCore series. Weighing almost twice as much as the standard PowerCore, it provides almost a 3-fold increase in battery capacity.
The main selling point of this portable battery pack is, of course, its capacity. With almost 27000 mAh under its belt (26800 mAh, to be precise), the power bank is capable of charging all modern mobile gadgets and most of the commercially available laptops that you can find.
Moving on, the plastic body of the appliance firmly protects the battery pack from damage while the internal MultiProtect safety system offers decent temperature control to the capacitors inside. On top of that, the portable battery boasts high-voltage protection, regulation of current as well as protection against undervoltage and overcharge.
Furthermore, to make the charging process of the actual power pack faster, the kit comes equipped with a 60 W adapter that is capable of charging the power bank to 100% in just a few hours. Like many modern models, this one uses a micro USB input for charging, however, for the fastest charging we recommend using the cable that comes equipped with the unit.
Although the package doesn’t come equipped with a Lightning cable, the power bank is compatible with Apple products, thanks to its high output USB port. This enables charging a recent iPhone model up to 6.2 times from full battery and the iPhone 7 and 8 up to 8-9 times. Likewise, you can charge a MacBook Pro 13 (and above) up to 1.2 times with this little battery pack, which is quite nice, considering that it weighs only 580 g. Being quite bulky for a portable model, it definitely shines as a convenient means of charging when your access to the power outlet is limited. Similarly, the appliance can handle other laptop models as well as Android-based products.
When it comes to the convenience aspects, this power bank model features a handy LED power wheel indicator that will show you the current battery charge status. Other things that come together with the battery are a travel pouch, a welcome guide that will help you understand how to operate the pack, and a wall charger with a USB-C to USB-C cable.
In the end, if you are looking for a great combination of quick charging and huge capacity, there is little doubt about it - the Anker PowerCore+ is the best power bank for the role, thanks to its combination of portability and extra battery capacity.
|Last updated price||£69.99|
Anker PowerCore III
The Anker PowerCore III is the third iteration of the company’s most popular power bank model simply because it combines a compact size, decent capacity of the battery and relatively low weight in one single package.
First off, let’s take a look at the actual ergonomics that make this particular power bank great and which ultimately separates it from the rest of the models in the same price range. With a size of 149 x 68.5 x 19.5 mm, it fits inside pretty much any bag or backpack with relative ease as well as some medium-sized clothing pockets. Combined with a weight of 240 g, you are getting a highly portable battery pack that can handle a few full charges for your phone or tablet. To make your life simpler and to prevent the battery from potential scratches, the kit comes with a standard-size carry pouch.
As for capacity, there are no real improvements over the previous products of the same line. Rated at 10000 mAh, it offers the same punch for the buck as the second and first-generation PowerCores but this time around you can charge your mobile and other USB-powered devices almost twice as fast. The improvements we have noticed are related to the charging time, which is slightly faster than the previous iterations of the PowerCore.
Power Gadgets Wirelessly or Via Cable
The other things that have been improved from previous models are the housing and the wireless charging technology. As for the first one, the top side of the body features a texturized panel that won’t let the mobile appliances slip if you put them on top of the battery. The second, on the other hand, can be used with all compatible mobile phones to charge them without the need of carrying a set of cables, which is quite handy for a portable charger. The wireless mode delivers up to 10 W of power and that should be enough to keep the gadgets running but don’t expect it to be lightning-fast in terms of charging speed.
Alternatively, if you need to revert to regular means of charging like using cables, don’t worry, the kit is equipped with a standard USB-C to USB-C cable that will serve that purpose just fine. Moreover, the 18 W USB-C port of the power pack enables quicker charging of any connected device, in contrast to the wireless charging mode.
Wrapping things up, the PowerCore III from Anker will be a decent option for users looking for a reliable, decently capacious and easy to use power bank. The wireless charging is definitely a welcome change, however, the charging rates are still not that impressive to use it as the main charging method.
|Last updated price||£39.99|
EC Technology (B30-MET22400BR)
For Extended Trips
Each of us is passionate about something. For someone, activities such as cycling or camping are a part of their life. Others are crazy about fishing or hiking trips. Despite the beauty of nature and fresh air, all outdoor recreation enthusiasts certainly need a power source to charge their electronic devices like a GPS, cell phone, tablet, whatever. The solution to this issue has been already found - it's a power bank and not just any model.
Alternative to Flashlight
There is also no need to charge devices one by one as the portable charger features 3 USB ports. Each of the ports provides its own amperage from 1A to 2.4A, so some gadgets will get energy faster, especially the newer mobile phones and tablets. The process is quite straightforward, however, the markings on the USB outputs could be more visible. Upon connecting the provided power cable, just choose the device which requires power more than other ones and you will be ready to go.
As for the protection means, this power bank has quite a few systems on board. Just to name a few, we have an anti-overload, over-discharge, over-voltage, over-current, and short circuit protective systems that will make using the battery pack with newer mobile gadgets a tad bit safer.
As a neat little addition to an already impressive list of features, the power pack features a strong LED light indicator array that will conveniently show you the current battery charge status. Alternatively, in the darkness, you'll also be able to benefit from the charger as it has a built-in flashlight. By the way, it can work in three different modes: SOS mode, highlight mode, average light mode.
All things considered, despite its modest price tag, this EC Technology portable charger will be an excellent pick for users that need a relatively light and highly capacious power bank that will keep the mobile gadgets up and running no matter what.
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Poweradd Pilot X7
Charge Gadgets Faster Than Ever
The Poweradd Pilot X7 is yet another portable charger model that well exceeds the cap of 10000 mAh. To be more precise, the X7 has almost 20000 mAh on board, which coupled with its relatively affordable price makes it a desirable gadget to have on you at all times.
What sets this particular appliance apart from similar devices is its weight. With only 397 g (excluding the weight of the cables), it is by far one of the lightest models in its class. Weight and ergonomics aside, though, it is time to take a quick glance at the specifications. Another distinctive feature of this brightly-coloured battery pack is its high-speed charging mode, which is achieved thanks to the enormously potent 3.4 A USB ports. With two of these on board, you will be able to charge an iPhone 8 up to 7 times, which is simply remarkable. The newer models like the iPhone X, 11 and 12 can be charged up to 4-5 times, depending on the specifications of their battery, which should be more than enough for a vacation or up to a week of regular use. On the other side of the spectrum, the Samsung Galaxy S9, Pixel 4, and similar Android counterparts can be charged up to 4 times with ease. Surely this makes the charger a decent option for fans of both Apple and Android products, but how safe is it to actually use?
A Great Travel Option
Luckily, the manufacturer has ensured that your mobile gadgets will be just as safe as, if not safer than, using a standard wall outlet, owing to several protection means. Aside from the standard surge and short circuit protection, the charger also defends your phones and tablets against over-current and over-voltage, and in case it runs out of juice or something else happens, it will swiftly turn itself off, so no harm will be done to your electronics.
To make carrying the appliance a real breeze, the kit is equipped with a convenient travel pouch that fits both the power bank and the cables inside nicely, leaving you to only put it in your pocket, your bag or backpack. Fortunately, the size of 154 x 80 x 21 mm makes this particular Poweradd power pack a decent alternative to bulkier counterparts and ultimately a better option for long-term travel.
Finally, this budget-friendly portable charger from Poweradd will definitely add more flexibility to your daily life since it allows for using the power outlet less often. Although it takes some time to fully charge, it also makes charging your mobile gadgets on the go a preferable method of charging, thanks to its high-wattage USB ports.
|Last updated price||£19.99|
Quicker Than a Plug
JONKUU JPP-49 is one of those portable chargers that might look cheap at first but don’t let the appearance trick you, this power bank is still a formidable contender for the role of your favourite charging option, especially when it comes to charging mobile gadgets. So, what makes it special in the first place, you might ask? The answer is quite simple - compatibility with most of the modern mobile devices.
To start off, the internal battery pack offers up to 10000 mAh capacity, which enables charging even the most demanding phones up to 2-3 times with relative ease. To show up some numbers, the charger can fully juice up a Galaxy S8 up to 3 times, while the iPhone 7 can be charged from flat to a 100 up to 3 times. As for the newer 11 and 12 models, you should expect a full charge or two, the same goes for Galaxy S20 and similar Android devices like Pixel 4.
Certainly, 10000 mAh is simply not the biggest capacity that you can find for the price, that said, capacity is not the only thing that makes JPP-49 stand out. On top of the decent battery, we have a high-speed charging mode that puts slow charging rates of a standard power plug to shame. Using the dual 2.4 A USB output ports you should expect a 1.5 boost in charging speed while having two USB ports instead of just a single one enables charging two devices simultaneously. The only caveat to using two USBs at the same time being the tendency of the charger to get quite hot.
Small Yet Capable
To negate both overheating and unwanted risks, the A+ lithium-ion battery has a few built-in protection systems that will defend it and your gadgets against over-current and short circuits. Likewise, similarly to other devices in the same category, it will turn itself off if any overloads occur. As another convenience mean, the front panel of the appliance features a handy LCD indicator that will show you the current battery charge status from 0 to 100.
Size-wise, the charger is extremely small, compared to its counterparts with the same capacity. Measuring only 90 x 62 x 22 mm, it is one of the best options to have if you are looking for a portable charger. Although it doesn’t come with any carry or travel pouches, it is small enough to fit a pocket of a coat or jacket and will definitely fit any bag or backpack.
To sum things up, JONKUU JPP-49 proved to be a decent option for travels and daily use by combining compact size and good charging rates it is definitely one of the top picks in the budget price range.
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What Is a Power Bank?
If you are a person who uses various electronic gadgets a lot, you probably noticed that the built-in battery capacity is often not enough for work, travel or even daily use. So what to do? The best solution to this, in our opinion, is to get an additional power pack or simply a power bank. This little yet convenient device allows you to effectively charge your smartphone, tablet, or even laptop wherever you are. You do not need a socket anymore! A standard portable charger consists of multiple batteries, coupled in various enclosures, which are combined into a power pack (or a battery pack) and this pack surely has enough power to charge one or even multiple devices simultaneously. There are USB and micro USB ports, so you can plug in and start charging. While some models only allow one-way charging, the more modern devices allow for charging both your gadgets and the battery pack at the same time. In this review, we offer you a compilation of the best power banks availabl for sale along with the tips on how to choose the right one to suit all your needs.
You may also be interested in our review of the latest models of Android smartphones that have become immensely popular with users this year. And if you've already got one, you're welcome to read about tablets.
What Features to Compare
The first thing you need to think about when choosing a power bank is its power and capacity. They are measured in mAh and show the number of times your device can be charged. However, it is worth noting that the bigger the power bank capacity is, the heavier the device would be. The current mostly hints on the speed of charging and is measured in A (ampere). Usually, you will need 1A to charge a smartphone and 2A for a tablet. As for the capacity, to charge a smartphone, the power bank should have not less than 3000 mAh, but if your device is a tablet, you will need a capacity of 6000 mAh or more. Of course, if you have lots of devices and want to charge them all at the same time, you will need a much bigger capacity and more ports where you can plug in all your gadgets.
Compatibility and Functionality
Pay attention to compatibility and functionality. In the case you need to charge more than one device, you would wish to have extra ports. The availability of additional features like a flashlight will make the device exploitation more diverse, and various LED indicators will show you the remaining power capacity. Also, some power banks have additional adapters that can be used to charge a laptop. These features can be necessary, especially if you travel a lot.
The design is really important as well. You will use the power bank a lot, so it should look good and be made of high-quality materials. Aluminium power banks look great and they are really nice to the touch. Needless to say that aluminium devices are more durable. You can even drop it and it will be safe. Plastic power banks, at the same time, are cheaper and lighter. As we mentioned before, the power banks become bulkier and heavier when they have more capacity, so if you need a power bank you can put into a pocket, you will probably have the capacity of 15000 mAh at most.
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