Portable power banks and phone chargers have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past few years, turning into one of the most popular electronic gadgets money can buy. As we are becoming increasingly addicted to our electronic, online lifestyle – batteries running flat is a problem we can probably all relate to. So maybe you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying your first ever portable power bank?
Read our useful guide below and discover why you should buy a portable power bank.
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#1 For travellers
Long gone are the days of travelling with nothing but a change of clothes, toiletries and accessories. We love to travel here at Power Bank Expert – my backpack right now contains the following electronic goodies: MacBook Pro, Kindle Paperwhite, Olympus 4/3 digital camera, JBL portable travel speaker, iPod Touch, Nexus 5 and an iPad Air.
Travelling is all about the journey, and that often means spending a long time on a train/plane/bus/car. Not to mention waiting around at airports, bus stations and train stations. More often than not you might not have any access to a power point to recharge your devices. A portable power bank will solve your flat battery blues.
Luckily today’s portable power banks come in some truly travel-friendly sizes. Take the Anker PowerCore+ mini 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger. Weighing in at a measly 3oz, and measuring only 3.7 × 0.9 × 0.9in, it really is lipstick-sized. Small enough to slip in your pocket, this portable charger will not put a big dent in your backpack or suitcase.
#2 For gamers
In 2016 mobile gaming revenue is set to overtake that of PC and console for the first time. There are so many great titles to choose including Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds or Temple Run. And unless you’ve been living underneath a rock of late, you can’t have missed the Pokemon Go craze which is storming the world! The game has surged in popularity, and has resulted in some really strange stories coming out from people playing the game. From Pokemon Go helping police catch a murder suspect, to a cheating boyfriend getting caught out. Check out some more crazy stories here.
One thing all these mobile games have in common – is their capacity to kill your cell phone’s battery! As Pokemon Go encourages players to get out and about in some pretty random and interesting places, running out of batteries has turned into a really big problem for millions of people the world over. So to ensure you don’t miss out on catching those elusive Pokemon, buying a portable power bank could be a really good investment.
The Jackery Bar Premium 6000 mAh External Battery Charger is a good pocket-sized option. At 6000 mAh this will recharge an iPhone 6 roughly 2.2 times. Or if you’re really dedicated to catching them all – maybe it’s wise to consider something like the EasyAcc Monster 20000mAh Power Bank. Whilst it’s a little larger and heavier than the Jackery, it is still small enough to comfortably sit in a back pack. And at 20,000 mAh it will recharge an iPhone 6 a whopping 7.1 times!
#3 For portability
Many people do not realise how small portable power banks and phone chargers are. Many are small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. With pretty much all but the most industrial strength devices being portable enough to fit in a backpack or shoulder bag.
- The Poweradd Slim2 Most Compact 5000mAh Portable Charger weighs just 4.40oz, and measures 3.93 x 1.27 x1.20 inches. This will slip into your pocket with ease.
- A slight step up in size – the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger is an excellent choice. They weren’t lying when they named it ‘candy bar sized’ – it weighs in at 4.2oz, and measures just 5 x 3.4 x 1.7 inches.
- The slim footprint of the Polanfo 12000mAh External Battery Power Bank allows it to slip easily into a laptop case. It’s a bit heavier than the previous two at 7.2oz, and measures 4.5 inches, 2.6 inches, 0.5 inches. But this is still a gadget you can easily take with you whilst you’re out and about.
#4 For commuters
I used to have a 1.25 hour train ride to and from work every day, and boy do I wish I’d owned a portable power bank back then! When you’re packed onto a train or a bus, your options are pretty limited in how to kill the time. But having your smart phone / tablet / laptop with you can make that journey absolutely fly by. Owning a portable power bank means you can catch up on Game of Thrones, browse Facebook or read the latest news – and NEVER run out of battery.
#5 For camping / hiking / fishing
There’s nothing better than escaping into the great outdoors, but what if you want to stay connected to the digital world whilst you’re enjoying all that nature has to offer? You might want to upload your pictures to Instagram, keep your portable speaker playing tunes, or recharge your camera’s batteries. Here’s where a portable power bank can come into its own.
Any portable power bank or phone charger would fit the bill for a trip into the great outdoors, but there are some portable power banks that are purpose built for the task. The FosPower PowerActive 10200 mAh Power Bank is snow proof, dirt proof, drop proof and water proof. Its rugged construction makes it an ideal buy if you often head outdoors.
Or why not keep your electronics charged, and be environmentally friendly at once and buy a solar portable charger? The Nekteck 20W Solar Charger folds out and can be hooked to your backpack as you hike to recharge its batteries straight from the sun. It’s extremely durable, weighs 20oz, and when folded down it measures 11.8 x 6.5in.
FOMO, or Fear of missing out is an emotion you’ve probably experienced before. And FOMO can quickly turn from fear to reality if you’ve run out of battery! If your cell phone is flat you could miss a call about that important job you just applied for. Or maybe a cute cute guy/girl just sent you a message on Tinder – how to reply if you have no batteries? Eliminate electronic FOMO and buy a portable power bank!
#7 For your hip pocket
In this post we’ve listed all kinds of reasons and benefits why you should buy a portable power bank. But a really, truly fantastic reason is because they are so affordable! You can buy a high-quality portable power bank from a reputable brand from as little as $10 US. That’s cheaper than:
- Getting a haircut
- Going out to dinner
- Buying a bottle of wine
So no excuses really – check out our guide to the most affordable portable power banks.
#8 For music festivals
There’s nothing much more fun than a multi-day music festival, camping with your friends and watching your favourite bands play. Keeping your batteries charged means you can find your friends when you inevitably lose each other, keep playing music back at your tent once the bands are finished for the night, and keep posting pictures and videos to make all your friends jealous. Make a portable power bank an essential travel companion for this summer festival season!
#9 For your job
Apart from being super-handy in your personal life, portable power banks may well be incredibly helpful for your working life as well. Here’s a few careers that will really benefit from the purchase of a portable power bank:
- Photographers can keep their cameras batteries juiced up when they’re out on a shoot.
- Real estate agents are constantly driving all over their home towns, showing clients properties, and are always on their phone.
- A job in sales often involves significant amounts of travel, as well heavy use of laptops/phones/tablets.
- People working in trades such as plumbers, electricians and plumbers need to drive from job site to job site, and are often away from sources of power for long stretches of time.
- Small business owners need their cell phone to keep their business running. Being the owner often necessitates significant amounts of travel.
- Students also need their electronic devices for their study. Having your laptop go flat whilst taking notes in a university lecture could really set you back. A portable power bank will make that a problem of the past!
#10 For safety
Cell phones have become indispensable in today’s world. A benefit of your cell phone you might not have taken into consideration is for your own personal safety. Your phone is your link to the outside world. Consider you’re walking home alone at night and you’re being followed by an unsavoury looking person. This can be a scary situation, and could potentially be very dangerous. All it takes is one call to the police, or to a friend or family member and they can come to help you.
Now consider that scenario again, and imagine your cell phone’s battery is dead! There’s no way for you to contact anyone for help, and that’s a situation I know i would not like to be in. With a portable power bank or phone charger you can make sure your cell phone’s battery is ALWAYS topped up. Check out this handy article about ways to stay safe when you’re travelling.
Time to go shopping?
So there you have – 10 great reasons why you should buy a portable power bank or phone charger. If you’re thinking about buying one, a great place to start is to check out our top 10 recommended power banks.