Charging is something that almost all of us do every day and that’s because we own lots of devices that require recharging. For the most part, lots of use USB wall chargers and it makes sense as most USB chargers have lots of charging ports and they also have powerful charging. With that said, the main flaw with USB chargers is that you have to stay near them and charge your devices and that can be frustrating if you have things to do and places to be. That is why power banks exist.
Power banks are portable chargers that you’re able to take with you anywhere and they’re the fastest growing type of charging electronic that’s currently being used. Power banks are growing not only because you can take them anywhere that you want; it’s also because power banks have many types. The reason for this is because there are lots of charging electronics companies that sell power banks and that leads to a lot of innovation to what portable chargers are able to provide.
So as useful as just any power bank can be, it’s important to know the types that there are so you’re able to better understand what types of portable charger to purchase.
Mini Power banks
Power banks are among the most used types of portable chargers and that’s because of their extremely small sizes and lightweight. The reasons that Mini power banks are so small and light in weight are because they have low power capacities. These low power capacities are able to range from 3,000mAh to 5,000mAh. As a result, they’re so small that they’re able to fit into your pocket or you can hold them in a single hand while you’re charging your smartphone.
With that said, as popular as Mini power banks are, the main flaw that they have is that they lack a lot of power. Since they have low power capacities, it means that they can only charge a smartphone once or twice before it’s fully recharged. Also, these types of chargers only have a single charging port, so you can only charge a single device at a time. However, with newer Mini power banks, the charging speeds of the port that these power banks have is actually quite fast.
High Capacity Power Bank
On the other side of the spectrum of portable chargers, there are high capacity power banks. These type of power banks aren’t used as much as smaller ones, with the main reason being that they have larger sizes and heavier weights. So this type of charger isn’t going to be fitting into your pocket and neither are you able to hold it in a single hand for very long because it’s quite heavy. Instead, for what these high capacity power banks lack with their portability, they’re able to make up for it with the amount of power that they’re able to provide.
Since they have high power capacities, it means that they’re able to charge devices like smartphones, tablets and even laptops many times over. In addition to that, these power bank also have lots of charging ports, and this gives them the ability to charge lots of devices at once. However, the main thing to watch out for with power banks that have lots of ports is that you must know the charging speed of each port before you go ahead and purchase it. The main reason is that you want each of the devices that you’re charging to charge at a good speed.
Rugged Power banks
Just like many electronics, power banks are quite fragile as most of them are not able to survive falls onto the hard ground and neither they waterproof. However, Rugged power banks are the type of chargers that are a lot tougher. That’s because Rugged portable chargers are ones that have lots of reinforcements, and that makes them able to withstand things like drops onto the hard ground; as well as being water resistant.
Power banks that are waterproof have charging port covering and that makes them able to go over ports and make the power bank waterproof. With that said, just because a power bank is waterproof does not mean that it’s able to be immersed into water. The reason for this is because Rugged power banks have Enclosure levels and depending on what the Enclosure levels of power banks are, the charger is able to take jets of water or it can be immersed.
For the most part, Rugged power banks have been marketed towards people that are in the outdoors a lot and it makes sense. With that said, Rugged power banks are just as useful if you’re using them as everyday portable chargers. The main reason for that is because threats such as dropping the power bank or getting water on it are just as prevalent.
Built-in Cable Power Banks
Charging cables are needed for every charging electronic that we use. Even Wireless chargers require charging cables for being powered on. However, a power bank is one of the most important charging electronics to always have a charging cable with and that’s because there are times when you can forget your charging cable at home. If that happens, then you’re stuck with a useless piece of portable power.
That is why there are power banks have had their own charging cables built right into the power bank. The benefit of this is that the power bank is always reliable and ready to use because the cable installed directly into the power bank. Another reason that these type of power banks are reliable is because there are lots of different types of them.
Power banks with built-in cables are able to have just a single built-in cable, all the way to having two built-in cables, a USB port and also a way to recharge the power bank such as an AC Adapter or a USB cable.
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