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The Best Power Banks On The Market

Does this situation sound familiar to you? You are lost, completely dependent on Google maps, and look to the top right corner of your smart device only to notice that your battery is critically low. Or you are in the middle of a call and suddenly you are cut off. When you pull the phone away from your face to see what happened, you realize that your phone is completely dead. Perhaps you are lying in bed and have the urge to scroll through your phone, but your phone is plugged in across the room, and your charging cable isn’t nearly long enough to reach.

Ask anyone who lives a busy, tech-heavy life and they will have a horror story for you about battery life. The phones we use today are very powerful, but with great power comes great battery usage. The past 3 phones I have owned couldn’t make it through a normal day without needing a charge-up. Since going sans cellular phone isn’t an option for many, a fantastic market surrounding extending battery life has sprung up.

What is a power bank?

A power bank is a portable battery that accepts its own charge. Once it contains a charge, it can be used to charge another device, like a smartphone or tablet. So to use one, you just have to plug your power bank into an outlet for a few hours, and then attach a charging cable between it and your phone to charge on the go! I personally have used mine during long flights, when I’m exploring a new city and draining a lot of battery using maps and looking up restaurants, and when I’m just too lazy to get off of the couch to get my wall charger across the room.

Power banks are also great for international travel when outlets and converters are precious commodities. You can charge the power bank before you leave your own country, then use that for your phone for a few days while your laptop, camera, and other electronics monopolize the outlets.

So if you are a traveler, a heavy phone user, or just someone who probably needs to upgrade your device, the only question remaining is, what are the best power banks on the market?

The best power banks on the market:


Yoobao A2 20000mAh High Capacity Power Bank

This is a fantastic pick. It is slim (nearly as slim as your phone), and the single piece aluminum casing makes it a stylish choice. This power bank is available in blue, black, and white, and with a capacity of 20000 mAh, packs a major charging punch. It also features a neat little digital display that shows you how much charge remains out of 100.

Below is a list of how many times it can fully recharge different phones without needing a plugin:

iPhone 7 Plus: 4.5 times

9.7 inch iPad Pro: 1.5 times

Samsung Galaxy S7: 4.5 times

Link to buy.

Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger

Anker is a popular battery brand that is 100% worthy of the praise they receive. I have bought this exact model as gifts for friends and family on more than one occasion. This is definitely thicker than your phone but comes with a mesh carrying pouch that I always use to hold the power bank, and its associated cords. It has a capacity of 10000 mAH, and the 4 light display tells you how much charge is left in increments of 25%.

Below is a list of how many times it can fully recharge different phones without needing a plugin:

iPhone 6s: 3.5 times

Galaxy S6: 2.5 times

Link to buy.

Aibocn Power Bank

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This doesn’t pack as much of a punch as the other two on this list, but it has a few features that make it worth taking a second look at. First, it has two USB output ports, which means you can charge two phones at once. It also features a small LED flashlight, which can come in handy in a pinch, especially if your phone (and therefore go-to-flashlight) is dead. It has a capacity of 10000 mAh, comes in two colors, and features a 4 light display tells you how much charge is left in increments of 25%.

This product didn’t offer various phone types it can recharge, but fortunately, the Amazon reviewers did it for them. List below:

iPhone 5: 4.5 times

iPad: 1.5 times

Link to buy.

Power Bank, X-DRAGON Compact 20100mAh External Battery Pack

This power bank is the most powerful on the list, but it is important to note that it is also the bulkiest. But if carrying around something slightly larger than your phone doesn’t give you pause, then this is definitely a power bank you should consider. This bank has two USB output ports, has a 20100 mAh capacity. It comes in black, blue, orange, and purple. A digital display that shows you the percentage of battery remaining out of 100 is also one of its cool features.

Below is a list of how many times it can fully recharge different phones without needing a plugin:

iPhone 7 plus: 4+ times

Galaxy S7: 4+ times

iPhone 6s: 7.5 times

iPad mini: 7.5 times

Macbook: 1.2 times (separate cord purchase required)

Link to buy.

My power bank is the best purchase I have made in the last 5 years. I used to worry about my phone dying constantly, and would often avoid social media, streaming video, and other applications that drained my battery. By making a relatively small investment, I was able to completely solve that problem, and I would urge you to do the same.

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