Like every year, we’re expecting to see some impressive deals in 2020 too! As usual, almost all of the largest power bank manufacturers will have Black Friday deals: Anker, RAVPower, Aukey, Ugreen, ZeroLemon, etc. Depending on the portable charger model, the discounts can go up to 60-70% on the upper limit. However, the average range you’d be more likely to see is around 20-30%.
How to get a good power bank deal during Black Friday
Most likely, you’ll get to see a lot of discounts on power banks during the 2020 Black Friday season. But that does not mean that all of them are equal in value. Moreso, if you’re not really experienced with power banks you might even end up with a lemon. And there’s nothing worse than getting disappointed after getting all psyched-up that you found a great deal. That’s when a reality check hurts the most.
So here are some quick tips in order to avoid any potential upsets:
Make a list of power bank models you’d be interested in
A wise shopper prepares its strategy well ahead of Black Friday. And ideally, you should to it too! Start with a few weeks before the actual date and do some research. See which are the better brands and models and try to find some that better fit your needs. You see, there are portable chargers for basically any type of need: for backpacking, for CPAP machines, for music festivals, for laptops, for the Nintendo Switch, etc.
As long as you’re clear on what you’re looking for, it’s easier for you to settle down on a few models that you’d be interested in. In case you’re looking for some inspiration check out our curated list of 10 of the best portable chargers.
Keep an eye on the price before the Black Friday discounts
For the portable chargers on your shortlist, make sure to jot down their price from a few weeks before Black Friday. Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon practice for companies to artificially increase their pricing just before Black Friday so that the discount might look more appealing. Generally speaking, if you’re buying from reputable brands such as RAVPower or Anker, it’s unlikely to see this misleading practice.
However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. By making sure you know the historical pricing of the power banks and by choosing to buy from reputable brands, you’ll most likely get a very good deal this Black Friday.
Too good to be true? It might actually be
Sometimes, you might run across deals that seem unbelievable and you might be tempted to snatch them right away. In the end, who’d pass up and offer for a 50000mAh power bank with Quick Charge for only $10 or $20? It’s a steal, right? Well, in many cases you can actually get scammed, especially if you buy from no-name brands and vendors.
For more details on this real possibility, check out our article on 100000mAh power banks and how they’re not really what they seem. So our advice is to try to stay away from deals that seem too good to be true unless you did your homework and really know what you’re getting.
Avoid buying old tech
Another thing to consider is the fact that many vendors will try to get rid of their older stock which does not sell that good anymore. The fact is that battery technology is evolving pretty fast, so you should avoid getting a power bank manufactured 4-5 years ago, even if it has a lot of positive reviews.
For example, older generation ports such as USB type A and Micro USB are slowly getting replaced by newer generation ports such as the USB type C. Although they still work fine, it will be a bit cumbersome if you’d want to charge new generation devices. Maybe you’d need to carry an extra pair of charging cables for example. Of course, it would be a first world problem, but why have it if you can avoid it in the first place?
Keep an eye on the new tech
If you can find a deal on a new generation power bank, even if the discount is not that great, then you should most probably go for it. The advantage is that such a portable charger will not get obsolete too soon, so you have a few good years to get the most out of it.
For example, some of the developing technologies when it comes to external batteries are GaN (Gallium Nitride) and Graphene. Although not fully adopted yet, they are poised to change the way we think about batteries in general by greatly increasing their capacity, their lifespan and overall charging speed.
What to look for in a power bank when fishing for deals and discounts
As you already know, not all power banks are the same. So it might really make a big difference which one you settle down for in the end. Here are some features to look for when picking a good portable charger:
- Capacity: make sure you know exactly how big of a capacity you really need, depending on what you’ll most often use the external battery for. And keep in mind that in most cases the actual capacity is smaller than the one advertised on the product.
- Ports: unless you have an iPhone and you’re set on getting a power bank with a Lightning port, you should buy one with a USB type C port. This is going to be the standard port for the next years until something else might come up.
- Fast charging: almost all new generation power banks come with some sort of fast charging technology such as Power Delivery, Quick Charger, or PowerIQ. These are greatly improving the experience of owning a power bank since they help save loads of time.
- Portability: everyone is looking to get a light and small power bank. However, you should know that the more compact a power bank is, the smaller its capacity. Depending on your actual needs, it’s up to you to decide which is be the best balance between size and capacity. Just don’t forget this aspect when deciding which one to buy.
- Recharging time: if you don’t want to wait for hours upon hours for your power bank to get recharged, then take this factor into consideration. Anything under 3-4 hours is generally considered to be OK. Anything around 1h is amazing! Try to avoid power banks that take 8 or more hours to recharge.
Those are the most important features to look for in a power bank. Of course, there are more details you can look into and that it greatly depends on your context and circumstances. But by having the above points in mind, you should be able to get a decent power bank this Black Friday.
But when exactly is Black Friday 2020?
It turns out that the official Black Friday is on November 27, 2020. Less than one month away from Christmas. However, like in previous years, some vendors might try to steal the start and offer discounts a few days to one week earlier than the official date. This can only benefit the consumers though, who have more time to decide which deal they actually want to get.