I know how it feels, seeing your phone vibrating and signaling that it has only 5 percent more to go. You try desperately to squeeze in a few more minutes of Angry Birds, clean out your contact lists and read a few more chapters of that self-help book you downloaded a year ago. Then all of a sudden, a call comes in from that job you applied to a month ago. You answer it and two beeps later, your phone is dead.
Okay, maybe it won’t be that dramatic but a dead phone can be a real big inconvenience especially in this technologically dependent world of ours. Mobile phones are such a big part of our lives right now that we tend to utilize with so many aspects of our lives. You could miss an important date or a crucial, or can’t call someone for an emergency, and sometimes you are stuck for hours on a plane with a dead phone and would be forced to talk to that guy wearing khaki shorts and a fanny pack beside you.
That is the very reason power banks were created, so you would not have to talk to that guy. But seriously, since mobile phones have become almost like a necessity in today’s society keeping them running all day long becomes as important as well. No matter how much Samsung and Apple promises 12 hours of battery life, they always die in the first four hours right? So we have compiled three of the best power banks of 2016.
1. Anker PowerCore 10000 with quick charge
The best power banks would always be the ones who are small but packs a lot of juice. The Anker PowerCore 10000 with Quick Charge is exactly like that. The brand is well known as one of the best makers of portable chargers and this particular power bank is a true testament to why they are so. It is quite small for a 10000 mAh power bank with dimensions of 92x60x22mm and extremely light at only 188g.
It has a black matte finish that is pretty simple but looks good. It doesn’t have those LCD screens those fancy power banks and uses a light indicator on its top for easy viewing how much juice is left in the bank. One downside to this great product is that it only has one port for charging.
But performance is key here, as it allows for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. So if you have a compatible phone be prepared for unbelievable charging speeds. It could charge your phone 4 times faster than the traditional chargers. But don’t worry if your phone does not support this as the AnkerPowercore has an output of 2.4A which is also pretty fast.
- 10,000mAh battery
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Size (LWH): 3.62 inches, 2.36 inches, 0.87 inches
- Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Short Circuit Protection
- 1 x 2a (10W) Micro-USB input
- 4 Led Status system
2. iWalk Extreme Trio Power Bank
If you are looking for something a little fancier looking while packing some serious power, then the iWalk extreme might be worth a look at. The first thing that you will notice is that it looks pretty compared to other power banks out there. It also has a built-in lightning connector as well as micro USB so you can charge a variety of devices.
As a bonus, it also has a full-size USB output so you can charge three devices at once. It is important to note though that the maximum output when charging more than one device is 3.4A so it will definitely slow down charging time. While the standard output is 2.4A.
It also has a nifty lighted LCD screen for easier viewing of charging time left. Weight is a bit heavier than the Anker PowerCore 10000 at 223g. Best of all this beauty has all the brawn with a capacity of 10000mAh.
Technical Specs according to their site
- 10,000mAh rechargeable li-Polymer battery
- Charge 3 devices simultaneously
- Backlit LCD display with battery meter, Device Charging Current and Charging time for TRIO
- Built-in Apple Lightning & Micro-USB flexible cables and universal USB port
- Apple standard 2.4A rapid charging USB port
- Ultra Fast-charging 2.4A input (Only 6 hours for charging the TRIO)
- Pass-through supports charging Trio and connected devices simultaneously
- Smart circuit protection design keeps your devices from overcharging
- 13mm Ultra-slim & compact size, easy to carry, perfect for traveling, Stylish diamond pattern design
- Licensed by Apple Inc
3. Flux Portable Charger
If you want something that is super portable but won’t scrimp on too much power, then look no further than the Flux Portable Charger. No extra and annoying cables needed as this small wonder already has a built in lightning connector and micro USB. The Flux Portable Charger has a sleek minimalist design and packs 4000mAh of power with it. Not too shabby for a device that weighs only 88g and can easily slip in your pocket.
One feature that this one has over the first two on the list is pass through charging, this means that you can charge the phone and the power bank at the same time. It would take some time to fully charge this device at about 3-4 hours. Their site also indicates that the device has a smart current regulator which means it detects what your device is and delivers the proper amount of current to efficiently charge it.
Technical Specs from their site
- Capacity: 4,000mAh
- Supports: iPhone 5 onwards (Apple Certified), iPad, Samsung, Windows, Blackberry, GoPro, or anything that is charged with a micro USB.
- Dimensions: 108 x 62.8 x 7.8 mm
- Weight: 88g / 3.1oz
- Input: 5V / 1.5A
- Output: 5V / 1 & 2.1A
- Comes in two colors: Black and White.
So there you have it, three of the best power banks of 2016. You can’t go wrong with any of these small wonders. If you have any comments or stories regarding power banks feel free to write them in the section below.