If you navigate over to Tesla’s website in the lifestyle section, you’ll notice that they sell a branded power bank for $45. Considering that they’re one of the leading car battery producers globally, it would really make sense for them to produce portable chargers as well. Maybe not as a business income stream, because the power bank market is infinitely smaller than that of EVs but more as a statement. To prove that their battery technology is unsurpassed, regardless of what they put out.
But is the Tesla power bank as good as their awesome cars?
First, here are the main features of the Tesla power bank:
- Price: $45
- Capacity: 3350mAh
- Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 0.9in (108 x 30.5 x 23.3mm)
- Output: 5V/1.5A max
- Two connector plugs: Apple lightning and micro USB
First of all, the capacity is pretty small compared to the average consumer needs of today. Most recent smartphone models have higher battery capacities. So it doesn’t really make sense for anyone to get a power bank that doesn’t deliver even a full charge.
But even if someone would be OK with a smaller capacity power bank, when you take the price into consideration, then the discrepancy becomes even more obvious. Calculating just how much capacity you get per dollar spent (mAh/$ ratio), you get a value of just 74.4mAh/$. This is a very low value. There are numerous power banks from reputable brands that have a much better mAh/$ ratios. For example:
- RAVPower 26800mAh – 536.11 mAh/$
- ZeroLemon SolarJouce – 297.81 mAh/$
- Anker PowerCore+ mini 3350mAh – 167.58 mAh/$
Then, the Tesla portable charger seems to be pretty bulky for the amount of power it delivers. Considering, it’s size 4.2 x 1.2 x 0.9in, you can easily find other smaller power banks that have higher capacities:
- Poweradd Slim 2 5000mAh – 3.93 x 1.26 x 1.18in
- Anker Astro E1 5200mAh – 3.8 x 1.7 x 0.9 in
- AINOPE 10000mAh – 3.7 x 2.5 x 0.9 in
Next, it has a very average output of just 5V/1.5A, without any quick charge features. Nowadays, almost all power banks come with some sort of quick charging technology such as Qualcomm Quick Charge or PowerIQ. You may want to check out our list of the best Quick Charge power banks if charging speed is something important for you.
Furthermore, besides the Apple lightning port, the Tesla power bank also comes with a micro USB. Unfortunately, this is a depreciating port. The new standard is quickly becoming the much more convenient USB Type C port. Here’s a list of the best power banks with USB C ports.
So overall, it seems that the Tesla power bank does not excel in any chapter, unfortunately. We really wished to see the type of innovation they have demonstrated in their electric vehicles, but it seems that this power bank was produced solely as a novelty item and not much thought has gone into designing it.
For $45 we can’t really recommend the Tesla power bank considering its current features. There are numerous products out there that can provide much more value for this amount of money. However, if you’re a Tesla fan and just want to get all the company apparel and lifestyle products, paying the $45 might just be worth it for completing your Tesla collection.
In the end, what we really hope for, is to see a focused effort form Tesla to produce a ground-breaking power bank. They are known to have pet projects that take a common product and take it to new grounds, such as they did with the flamethrower via the Boring Company.
How cool would it be to have a tiny power bank that delivers massive amounts of power? Or one that can charge your smartphone within minutes? Or a solar power bank that actually uses solar power to charge within hours, not days or weeks? These may seem like impossible feats right now, but Tesla has proven time and time again, that what seems impossible is actually pretty doable.
So yeah, maybe sometime in the future, Tesla will decide to show the world how power banks should really be done. But until then, their current product is unfortunately just a collector’s item and not something to be bought for its performance.