Powertraveller Mini-G Power Pack
The Mini-G of Powertraveller is a compact but versatile power pack. With a battery capacity of 44 Wh, an ultra-slim design and a weight of only 323 grams, the Mini-G is ideal for charging USB devices, netbooks, SLR cameras or other devices up to 19 volts. Read more.
The Mini-G of Powertraveller is a compact but versatile power pack. With a battery capacity of 44 Wh, an ultra-slim design and a weight of only 323 grams, the Mini-G is ideal for charging USB devices, netbooks, SLR cameras or other devices up to 19 volts. The Mini-G is robust and handy for any outdoor situation but also for camping or at home.
With this versatile power bank, a smartphone with an average battery capacity (2000 mAh) can be charged up to five times. Also other USB devices, such as action cameras, GPS systems can be recharged several times. Even tablets can be fully charged by the Mini-G. Use the 12 V mode to charge for example SLR cameras. Netbooks up to 19 volts can be provided for two additional hours with energy.
The Mini-G can be fully recharged in 5 hours via a wall socket, a special Power Traveller car-charger in the car or via the Solargorilla (within 10 hours). With this you can create your ideal outdoor combination.
The Mini-G is suitable for charging devices of 5 V (USB) to 19 V (DC). You can set the proper voltage manually so your devices are optimally charged. The Minigorilla has several safety features, including a short circuit and overcharge protection. The Mini-G has a sleek, beautifully designed casing made of rubber. This gives you an optimal grip on the power bank.
With its compact size (19 x 11 cm) and weighing just 323 grams, the Mini-G a space-saving device, which can be very easily transported during outdoor activities, expeditions etc.
Output voltage:12V, 16V, 19V
|190 x 110 x 18 mm
|Plastic (Rugged outer casing)
|8880 mAh (= 12000 mAh at 3.7 V)
|2x USB (2100 mA / 1000 mA)
|12V, 16V, 19V
|12-19V Max (1.5. 4A)
Motorola Moto G Power (2022) Review
The 2022 edition of the Moto G Power offers smooth performance and impressive battery life for 200.
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- Ships with Android 11
- Noticeable pixelation on 720p display
- Underwhelming audio
Motorola Moto G Power (2022) Specs
For years, Motorola’s G-series handsets topped our list of the best affordable phones, but its 2021 lineup fell short of expectations, while competing models from Samsung and TCL caught up. The first entry in the company’s 2022 lineup, the Moto G Power sets Motorola back on track. The fast and affordable Moto G Power easily lasts for two days between charges and sports a display with a 90Hz refresh rate starting at 199.99. That said, if you can stretch your budget a bit more, the 279.99 Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is a more future-proof alternative that offers 5G connectivity and will get more software updates.
A High Refresh Rate and Low Resolution
The Moto G Power is a handful at 6.6 by 3.0 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and 7.2 ounces. It distributes its weight well across its plastic chassis, however. Additionally, the phone’s textured matte black back feels good in the hand, helps with grip, and doesn’t show off fingerprints or scratches.
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A flat, 6.5-inch LCD offers the same 1,600-by-720 resolution (269ppi) as the 2021 Moto G Power, albeit with a faster 90Hz refresh rate. A small cutout for the 8MP selfie camera sits near the top of the display, in the center.
720p resolution is the biggest letdown here. Although the screen displays accurate colors, you can notice some pixelation when you look closely. And while viewing angles are good, we wish the panel was a little brighter because it’s hard to see in direct sunlight.
Apple iPhone SE (2022)
A headphone jack sits on the top edge of the phone, while the bottom edge houses a USB-C charging port and speaker. A combo SIM and microSD slot is the only port on the left, while a volume rocker and textured power button are on the right. The buttons are easy to identify by touch, but you might have trouble reaching them if you have small hands.
On the back of the G Power, a thin module for the camera sensors sits in the upper left corner. And while the power button on last year’s G Power doubled as a fingerprint sensor, that has been moved to the back of the phone here; it works quickly and accurately, and doesn’t require as precise of a touch as in-display or side-mounted sensors.
The phone’s durability is on par with other similarly priced models. Its plastic back and chassis are likely to handle a drop without much damage, but we can’t say the same for its strengthened glass panel. An IP52 rating means it should handle rain, splashes, and sweat without a problem, but likely won’t survive a drop in the pool or sink.
Competitive Battery Life, Middling Speakers
The Moto G Power has a 5,000mAh battery that Motorola claims will last three days between charges. Unless you’re a very conservative user, we think you’re more likely to get about two days, but that’s nothing to sneeze at.
In our battery rundown test, which streams HD video over Wi-Fi at full brightness, the G Power lasted for 16 hours and 7 minutes before shutting down. That’s just over three hours longer than the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy A32 5G. Unfortunately, recharging is a slow affair at 10W; the Galaxy A32 5G supports 18W charging by comparison. And as with most phones in this price range, the Moto G Power doesn’t support wireless charging.
The Moto G Power is one of the few smartphones that still has a headphone jack (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
The phone has a peak volume of 88dB and is easy to hear in a crowded room. Our test calls sounded clear and noise cancellation worked well. Speaker quality, on the other hand, is disappointing. The phone’s single, bottom-firing speaker maxes out at a respectable 92dB, but you should steer clear of high volumes. The soundstage is boxy and unbalanced, and we noticed some distortion at volumes beyond 70dB. It’s fine for quick calls or scrolling through TikTok, but it’s not enjoyable for long Netflix binges.
For better audio, turn to the G Power’s Bluetooth 5.0 support or the aforementioned headphone jack.
Motorola offers two versions of the G Power: one that’s optimized for ATT’s network and an unlocked model that works on all the major US and Canadian carriers. Neither version offers 5G connectivity, but we’ve yet to test a US phone at this price that does. If you’re willing to spend a little more, the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G has excellent sub-6GHz 5G connectivity.
We tested the phone on T-Mobile’s network in Chicago and recorded admirable results. On average, we hit speeds of 68.2Mbps and 41.6Mbps for download and uploads respectively.
Dual-Band Wi-Fi is onboard as well, but the phone lacks NFC capabilities.
A Better Budget Shooter
The primary sensor on the Moto G Power’s rear camera module comes in at 50MP and has an f/1.8 aperture. Quad-binning is on by default; the camera produces crisp, 12.5MP shots with a 1.3μm pixel pitch. The camera module also houses the same 2MP macro and depth lenses with f/2.4 aperture as last year’s model.
The 50MP primary lens works well in good light. Test photos look crisp, with solid color accuracy and natural depth of field. When viewed at full size, however, we noticed some minor noise at the edges.
Low-light photos are on par with those from other phones in this price range. Many of our test shots lack depth and show muted colors. We noticed inconsistent blurring in the foreground, some edge noise, and lens flare in most of our test shots. Motorola’s Night Vision mode improves their overall vibrancy and reduces the noise levels, but the photos still lack a natural depth of field.
Unsurprisingly, the 2MP macro lens is a letdown. Test photos looked flat and we noticed significant fringing around the edges of objects. With a good light source and a steady hand, you might see better results.
The front-facing 8MP sensor performs well in good light. Our test selfies show natural depth and crisp foreground details. Color tones appear slightly warm, however, and some fine details are lost. It also struggled in low light, with lots of noise and soft details.
The G Power’s Portrait mode works decently. The depth sensor on the rear helps create natural-looking bokeh, but we still see object mapping problems around hats and ears.
It’s difficult to find budget-friendly phones with excellent cameras. The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G fares better in low light compared with the Moto G Power, but it still won’t impress smartphone shutterbugs. If you enjoy mobile photography, your best bet is to save up for the 449 Google Pixel 5a With 5G.
Enough Power for Most
The Moto G Power ships with a MediaTek Helio G37 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The base model comes with 64GB of storage, but there’s also a 128GB variant available for an extra 50. Both support up to 512GB of external storage via the microSD card slot.
The G Power boots up quickly and we didn’t encounter any lag when swiping between screens or opening apps. The 90Hz refresh rate is a useful addition as well; we didn’t notice many slowdowns when scrolling through Instagram and feeds.
The buttons are easy to distinguish by touch, but might be hard to reach for people with small hands. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
While the G Power is great for basic tasks, it’s not a gaming phone. Playing Genshin Impact was a frustrating experience punctuated by lag and unexpected shutdowns. The less resource-intensive Alto’s Odyssey performed much better, though we still noticed a few skipped frames.
On Geekbench 5, a test that measures raw processing power, the G Power earned scores of 181 single-core (SC) and 975 multi-core (MC). Oddly, that’s a far cry from the scores of last year’s model (313 SC and 1,435 MC), while the Galaxy A32 5G scored even better (571 SC and 1678 MC). That said, benchmarks aren’t indicative of everyday performance, and the Helio G35’s architecture lacks the performance cores common on Qualcomm chips, so it’s not an exact comparison. In our experience, the G Power performed slightly better than its predecessor and about the same as the Galaxy A32 5G for real-life tasks.
Android 12 Is the End of the Road
While Samsung has extended its OS upgrade period to three years on nearly all of its affordable phones, Motorola has yet to follow suit. Instead, you get one OS upgrade with the Moto G Power, along with two years of security updates.
That wouldn’t be too disappointing if the Moto G Power shipped with Android 12 and all of its exciting new features, but it doesn’t. Instead, you get Android 11 with an upgrade to Android 12 at some point in the future.
Although the G Power ships with otherwise stock Android, Motorola adds its My UX to the mix. Motorola’s lightweight My UX simply brings a few useful new features and allows you to customize your phone’s Quick Settings and home screen. Moto Gestures, the marquee feature of My UX, allows you to quickly access common features with different movements of the phone. For example, you can make a chopping motion with your wrist to quickly turn on the flashlight, or flip the phone over to enable do not disturb mode.
A Good Phone for 200
The 2022 Moto G Power is a good no-frills phone that won’t break the bank. It handles basic tasks with ease, doesn’t have bloatware, and can easily get you through a day between charges. That said, we would have liked to see a 1080p screen (even at the expense of the 90Hz refresh rate) and wish Motorola had either shipped the phone with Android 12 or committed to two future OS updates. Still, it’s a good value for the price, offering longer battery life than the 159.99 Moto G Pure and stronger camera quality than the 169.99 Moto G Play. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, however, the 279.99 Samsung Galaxy A32 5G offers the best bang for your buck, with even better camera quality, stronger software support, and 5G connectivity, making it our Editors’ Choice.
The best power banks 2022
Choosing a power bank can be a minefield. There are cheap ones, pricey ones, and sometimes you’re paying simply for a name – but there’s a lot more to finding the perfect portable charger than looking at price alone.
Some other things you might consider include speed, both in charging your connected device and recharging the bank when it empties. Capacity is important, too: it needs to be high enough to get your through the day with juice to spare – even share – without weighing down your or bag.
Ports and connections matter, too. What are you charging? A phone, a laptop, a watch? The number and range of ports is important, and if you want to avoid carrying multiple cables then you could look for a version with built-in cables or wireless charging.
While we care about design, it’s actually much lower on our priority list than the things we mention above – unless, of course, we have need for a particularly rugged model or something that supports solar charging because we’re going to be away from mains power for an extended period. That’s not to say we won’t appreciate added extras such as an LCD screen and waterproofing – don’t you want the coolest and most convenient power bank you can get for your money?
These days, it’s even possible to rent power banks as and when you need them (check out ChargedUp). Mind blown. To ensure you get the very best power bank for your needs, whatever that looks like, read on for more detailed buying advice below our chart.
Best power bank reviews
Zendure SuperMini X3 – Best 10000mAh Power Bank
The Zendure SuperMini X3 certainly isn’t the cheapest 10000mAh power bank around, but it makes up for that in specs.
The headline is the 45W USB-C PD charging – for both input and output. That means you can re-charge the power bank itself in just an hour or so, but also that this is fast enough to meet the max charging speeds on most Apple and Samsung phones, and can even keep many laptops running.
The same port also supports the PPS standard at up to 33W speeds.
There are also two USB-A ports, one at 18W and another at 15W, and you can use all three ports simultaneously with 15W speeds from each.
Throw in the small LCD display to report battery life and the light and compact design (in a range of four colours, no less) and it’s easy to see why you might want to spend a little extra for the SuperMini X3.
Charmast 10,400mAh Power Bank – Best Value Power Bank with LCD
There was a time when power banks with LCD displays were rather expensive, but have now come down as the screens filter through to even affordable models like this.
The power bank also has three outputs, which will come in handy if you have multiple devices to charge. There are two full-size USBs, plus a USB-C PD port that can act as both input and output, and all three support 18W Quick Charge – although only one at a time.
On the side is an additional Quick Charge 2.0-compatible Micro-USB, which can also be used for charging the bank. It will charge in about 3.5 hours with a Quick Charge/PD adapter, but about 5.5 hours with a standard 10W charger.
The downside of the design is that it’s a bit bigger than many of the super-slim, similar-capacity models on the market. This Charmast is roughly the same width as a phone, but a little shorter and a fair bit chunkier. It weighs in at 228g, which you may decide is better suited to a bag than your
Charmast supplies a soft mesh carry case and a short USB-A to USB-C cable in the box, a nice touch.
Zendure SuperMini Go
- Interesting camera-inspired design
- Supports 15W wireless charging
- Strong device support
- Available only via IndieGoGo (for now)
- LCD is a little dim and can be difficult to read
The Zendure SuperMini Go is something a little different: a power bank that tries very hard not to look like one.
Zendure’s design is inspired by classic cameras, which is if nothing else a fun way to incorporate the large ring required for wireless charging – which here sits right where a camera lens would be. Instead of a viewfinder, there’s a rear LCD display to show battery percentage – though be warned that this is quite dim and hard to read.
It’s available in silver and black finishes, along with our more out there ‘Sunset Cyan’ gradient.
The SuperMini Go isn’t all about looks though, and it has some solid specs to match. The total capacity is 10,000mAh, and in addition to 15W wireless charging (with a magnet to keep phones steady) there’s 20W USB-C charging and 22.5W USB-A charging.
Compatibility is impressive too – not only will this work with both iOS and Android devices, but the ‘X-Charge’ mode is capable of topping up lower power devices like wearables and headphones, which not all power banks support.
The SuperMini Go is available now for backers on IndieGoGo with discounted launch pricing from 44 (down from an official price of 69), but with Zendure’s track record it’s very likely this will be in stores including Amazon before long.
JIGA 30,000mAh Power Bank – Most Versatile Power Bank
JIGA is a new name to us in terms of power bank tech, but its 30,000mAh power bank is interesting for a number of reasons – and not least the huge capacity, which will be some comfort on trips away from mains power.
While it’s something of a throwback to power banks from a couple of years back, with its built-in LED flash (certainly useful for camping trips) and durable but plasticky design, it also takes us back to the days where you didn’t have to sacrifice ports for portability.
It’s surprisingly small for such a high-capacity bank, but it’s more bag- rather than.friendly.
The JIGA has USB-C, Micro-USB and Lightning inputs, allowing you to fill its battery using whatever cable you have to hand. It’s a shame that the USB-C port doesn’t also work as an output, but there are three full-size USB-A outputs, each rated at 10.5W.
This isn’t the Power Delivery speeds we’re becoming increasingly familiar with today, but it’s plenty fast for charging a phone (or multiple phones).
If all you need is a healthy stream of power to keep topped up a number of mobile devices, this JIGA power bank will be a very handy device to have around.
Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000 PD – Best 20,000mAh Power Bank
Hailing from Anker, a respected brand in the power bank market, this 20,000mAh portable charger represents very good value at this capacity.
The 345.5G Essential is a black plastic brick, though relatively compact for the amount of power it can hold. It has a textured top surface that improves grip in the hand, as well as the overall appearance.
We’re pleased to find support for Power Delivery, but do note that it’s only up to 18W, and therefore not likely to be sufficient to charge a USB-C laptop. Still, for quick-charging a phone or tablet, this is a useful device.
A full-size USB output that uses Anker’s PowerIQ smarter charging algorithm is joined by a USB-C port that is both input and output. On top is a power button with four integrated LEDs that reveal remaining capacity, and you can use this to enter a trickle-charging mode suitable for smartwatches and earbuds.
A USB-C to USB-C cable and soft mesh carry case are provided in the box, which is a nice touch.
Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless – Best Wireless Power Bank
The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless is a Qi wireless charger with a special feature: you can use it as a portable power bank, too, which can be super handy.
You can use it at home or work plugged in, and carry it around with you for wired or wireless charging when you are away from a power socket. Because it’s wireless, there’s no need to carry a cable around with you.
As the name suggests, the PowerCore III 10K has a decent sized 10,000mAh battery, which should offer at least three charges from the power bank before it needs recharging itself.
The wireless charger is rated at 10W. Place your device on the centre of the circle. We didn’t find the placement too sensitive, as some wireless chargers can be. It’s not auto-start, though – as a power bank it requires you to push the button first.
You can also charge from the two USB-A ports at one end – at a total of 18W, so charging two or three (one wireless, two wired) devices will split that power output.
Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K – Best MagSafe Power Bank
This portable wireless charger is one of the best accessories you can get for your iPhone.
In essence, it’s a 5,000mAh palm-sized power bank that will charge your compatible iPhone simply by snapping it onto the back with MagSafe.
It works through some cases, charges over USB-C, comes in a range of colours and, even if you don’t have MagSafe, can be used to charge almost anything via cable.
A handy set of LEDs indicates how much charge the PowerCore has remaining.
Moshi IonGo 5K Duo – Best Design
Almost identical in design to the IonGo 5K before it, but here with both USB-C and Lightning cables built-in (hence the name Duo), the Moshi is an undeniably cool-looking power bank that comes tucked away inside a vegan-friendly soft leather case with a magnetic clasp and an anodised aluminium faceplate.
The additional cable means it’s now suited to Android as well as iPhone users, although as before this is Made For iPhone-certified.
This is a truly premium device with a colossal 10-year warranty going a long way to account for its higher asking price. It’s also possibly the dinkiest 5,000mAh power bank we’ve seen, suggesting there are some serious high-tech components inside.
At this capacity, expect a full charge for any Android phone, and potentially two for iPhone. Moshi claims the bank will also retain that power for up to 27 months when left unused.
Charging is up to 15W over USB-C and 12W over Lightning. Use Lightning and USB-C together and you’ll see slightly slower charging speeds, with a max total output of 3.4A (17W).
You can also use the USB-C cable for recharging the bank, again up to 15W. Better still, the Moshi supports passthrough charging, allowing you to charge both it and a connected device at once, but given that there’s no separate input here that’s going to work only with iPhone.
The Duo is currently out of stock at Amazon, but you can still pick up the iPhone model.
Chargeasap Flash Pro / Flash Pro Plus – Fastest Charging Power Bank
- Unbeatable recharging speed
- High-capacity (25,000mAh)
- Range of outputs
- 5-year lifespan
- Bulky and heavy
- Attracts fingerprints
- No charger or cable supplied
These graphene-composite power banks are able to charge cooler than ordinary lithium-polymer batteries, and thus can do significantly faster: you’ll get to 80% of these 25,000mAh batteries in just 45 minutes.
In addition to this there is a healthy smattering of ports, with three USB-Cs running at 100W, 60W and 20W, a 50W USB-A that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and SVOOC, plus wireless charging. You get a 15W MagSafe pad and a 5W Apple Watch charger in the Flash Pro Plus, and a 15W Qi charger in the Flash Pro.
Down sides include an expensive price tag, and a bulky, heavy design, but for sheer performance and functionality the Chargeasap banks are among the most capable we’ve ever tested.
What capacity power bank do I need?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a 3,000mAh power bank will give your 3,000mAh battery smartphone a full charge, and that a 9,000mAh power bank will charge it three times. No portable charger runs at 100% efficiency. In truth, most average between 60- and 70%, with the best-performing models able to reach 80- or 90%. Wireless charging models may be less efficient still.
To work out what capacity bank you need, first check the spec of the device you want to charge to find out its battery capacity, then decide how many times you want to be able to charge it. For a rough estimate, calculate Connected device battery capacity x Number of recharges x 1.6 = Minimum power bank capacity you should look to buy.
As a rule of thumb, a 5,000mAh bank is a single-charge device, 10,000mAh hits the sweet spot between capacity and portability, and you want to look for closer to 20,000mAh for a laptop. We’ve got some of those high-capacity power banks here – just don’t try to stuff any of them in your !
How long does it take to recharge a power bank?
The time required to recharge a power bank will depend on its capacity, what you are using to recharge its battery and whether or not it’s empty.
For the fastest charging you should look to the new breed of power banks that support graphene technology and charge over a DC input (such as the Chargeasap Flash Pro – a 25,000mAh bank that can get to 80% in 45 mins and 100% in 70 mins), but these tend to be pricey.
For mainstream power banks, the fastest you’ll find is a USB-C inout/output that supports Power Delivery. This standard now goes up to a maximum of 240W, but in portable chargers you should expect to find an 18W port. Using such a port, the average 10,000mAh power bank might recharge in 2-3 hours from empty.
The cheapest models still tend to charge over Micro-USB, usually at around 10-12W. Avoid 5W power banks like the plague unless they are very low in capacity or you’re not in a rush.
What is passthrough charging?
Passthrough charging allows you to simultaneously charge devices connected to a power bank and the power bank itself. It’s a very handy solution if you are short on mains power outlets and need to get multiple devices charged up overnight, for example. However, not all power banks support it, so be sure to check the spec of your portable charger before you buy.
How do I know how much power is left in my power bank?
Assuming you know how much capacity it had when full, you can work out how much power remains either through a series of LEDs on the casing (usually activated by plugging in a device to charge or pressing a button on the side), or via the LCD if your power bank supports one. LCDs are preferrable, because they give a more accurate readout, particularly when it comes to higher-capacity power banks.
What are GaN power banks?
GaN is short for gallium nitride. It requires fewer components than traditional silicone chargers, which means power banks that use the technology can be less bulky and more efficient. If portability is your primary concern, then as well as considering the power bank’s capacity you should also look for one that uses GaN.
What charging speed should I look for in a power bank?
The first power banks on to the market ran at 5W, which is the same speed as the original iPhone chargers (aka slllllloooooowwwww). We wouldn’t recommend anything below 10W these days. This speed is known as ‘fast charging’, and it’s still rather common in cheaper models, but it’s not really the fast charging we’ve become accustomed to today. So many of the latest smartphones now support super-fast wired charging, and it seems crazy not to buy a portable charger that supports that top speed if possible.
The standard your phone uses to achieve its top charging speeds is important here. Some have proprietary technologies that work only with accessories manufactured and sold by that company. Some offer fast charging through Quick Charge or Power Delivery. Some support neither Quick Charge nor Power Delivery, but do support protocols such as PPS (Programmable Power Supply) or SCP (Super Charge Protocol). Make sure the portable charger you buy matches the fast charging standard supported by your phone.
The term Power Delivery does not in itself denote a performance rating. It could be capable of delivering anything between 18W and 240W. This is particularly important if you’re looking to charge a USB-C laptop – anything under 30W won’t cut it, many laptops will refuse to play ball below 45W or even 60W, and some larger laptops might require 90W. You will need to check the spec of your laptop to know what speed it requires.
At the other end of the scale, if you need to charge a low-power device such as a smartwatch or a pair of wireless earbuds, look out for a power bank that is certified for low-power devices. Many of those that are not will simply cut out when you try to charge these devices, because they aren’t able to detect a significant drain on the battery.
Power bank manufacturers rarely provide the speed of their outputs in watts. Instead you’ll see a rating in amps, which you multiply by the voltage rating (usually five) to get the rating in watts. So 2A x 5V = 10W.
What is Power Delivery?
USB-C and USB PD are often confused, but the important thing to remember is that USB-C is a reversible connection type, while USB PD is a power delivery specification, overseen by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and often expressed simply as ‘PD’. With version 3.1 of the specification, Power Delivery is able to carry up to 240W of power plus data over USB-C (previously limited to 100W), but devices that support Power Delivery can range from 18W right up to 240W.
What is Quick Charge?
Quick Charge is a Qualcomm fast-charging protocol that runs on the Snapdragon processors we see inside many smartphones, hence it has become commonplace in the mobile market.
The latest version is Quick Charge 5, which operates at up to 100W and supports USB PD PPS. However, while they are often seen together, Quick Charge and Power Delivery are not the same thing.
Quick Charge 5 is a massive jump up from Quick Charge 4/4, more efficient and able to run cooler and safer, and Qualcomm says it can get a device to 50% in just 5 mins. It is backwards-compatible with earlier versions of the protocol, including 18W Quick Charge 2/3, which are still very common in power banks.
Which outputs should I look for in a power bank?
The type and number of outputs you will need on a power bank depends entirely on what device or devices you want to charge. Pretty much all power banks have a full-size USB output that you can use to plug in your own cable, but it’s not always going to be the fastest way to deliver a charge to your device. You’ll also find USB-C and Lightning outputs, magnetic wireless charging pads and AC outlets if you shop around. Some power banks even have built-in cables to stop you needing to carry around your own, though you will still need one handy to recharge the power bank itself.
Why is the maximum output of a power bank important?
Some power banks have multiple outputs for charging your connected devices, but few power banks are able to simultaneously support all of them at the top advertised speed. Watch out for those that have a lower maximum output than the sum of all ports together. Also be wary of those that have multiple outputs but a very low capacity – these aren’t really designed for plugging in multiple devices, only to be versatile.
What happens when my power bank is more powerful than my connected device?
There is no need to worry about plugging devices into ports that are capable of delivering more power than the device is able to accept, since USB devices will draw only the power they need. Many power banks include technology that is able to intelligently dole out this power among ports more appropriately, depending on what devices you are attempting to charge (often known as Power IQ or similar).
Can I take a power bank on a plane?
Yes, but it must be in your hand luggage, and if it is higher in capacity than 27,000mAh (100Wh) you will need to check with the airline before flying. Make sure you take it out your bag as you pass through security. If a power bank is damaged then it will not be allowed on the plane as it could become a safety hazard. You should also ensure the specifications are clearly printed on the side of its case, as is the norm.
We’ve put together a range of articles to help you choose the best charging tech for the mobile devices you carry everywhere. You’ll also like:
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You told us: Many of you have multiple power banks
Power banks are a handy accessory to have for your phone, allowing you to charge your device when you’re traveling or out of the house. But many of today’s phones also offer large batteries and super-fast charging, potentially reducing the need for a power bank in the first place.
We were nevertheless interested in finding out how many readers own a power bank. So we posted a poll earlier this week and here’s what we discovered.
This was quite a popular poll, with over 4,100 votes cast as of writing. It turns out 48.65% of respondents have a power bank, making it the most popular choice of the lot. Judging by the Комментарии и мнения владельцев, some respondents bought a power bank for outdoor trips and/or emergencies.
Meanwhile, 30.15% of surveyed readers said they actually had more than one power bank. At least one reader said they had a power bank in each car, while a couple of other readers said they had multiple power banks that were used for other gadgets too (e.g. laptops, smartwatches).
Finally, 21.19% of polled readers said they didn’t have a power bank. In other words, more surveyed readers said they had multiple power banks.