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Recommendations for portable power bank

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Recommendations for portable power bank

I'm looking for recommendations on what kind of portable power bank to get to charge my phone when I don't have a power outlet. Preferably looking for something that will fully charge my phone at least 3 or 4 times before needing to be charged. Can you please let me know what I should look for in terms of specs and brand and also price range?
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hierophant wrote:
Jul 13th, 2018 4:34 pm
I'm looking for recommendations on what kind of portable power bank to get to charge my phone when I don't have a power outlet. Preferably looking for something that will fully charge my phone at least 3 or 4 times before needing to be charged. Can you please let me know what I should look for in terms of specs and brand and also price range?
Costco has the best ones for 20$
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The Anker ones work well. I posed this story of Anker before: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/22/1567 ... -interview

Considering a phone battery is from 2000 to over 3000 mAh. You need at least a 10000 mAH model to charge your phone 3 times, preferably 12000 mAh or more. Of course, the bigger power banks are a lot heavier than a typical 5000 mAh that charges your phone once or twice.

This is a 10000 mAh model from Anker https://www.amazon.ca/Anker-PowerCore-U ... RHBWBYV4SR
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warpdrive wrote:
Jul 13th, 2018 9:21 pm
The Anker ones work well. I posed this story of Anker before: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/22/1567 ... -interview

Considering a phone battery is from 2000 to over 3000 mAh. You need at least a 10000 mAH model to charge your phone 3 times, preferably 12000 mAh or more. Of course, the bigger power banks are a lot heavier than a typical 5000 mAh that charges your phone once or twice.

This is a 10000 mAh model from Anker https://www.amazon.ca/Anker-PowerCore-U ... RHBWBYV4SR
x2 for Anker. This is the one I bought for my daughter

https://www.amazon.ca/Anker-PowerCore-1 ... ger+130000

How many times you can charge it depends on the phone that you have.
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I've been using this Jackery model for all my trips and it hasn't let me down yet. I paid $40 on sale a few years ago and it looks like it's on sale for $20 right now
https://www.amazon.ca/Jackery-Premium-P ... 7S2HEWL8OR

for more recharge cycles this also looks good: https://www.amazon.ca/Jackery-18000mAh- ... BPR4Z&th=1
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Are you just planning on charging phones?
There are power banks out there with higher wattage that can charge laptops and tablets.

This is a 45w power bank from Jackery. https://www.amazon.ca/Jackery-Superchar ... ref=plSrch

I personally did not think I would need the high wattage until I needed it. It would be a good idea to pay a little more upfront to have that flexibility.
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Aukey makes some good ones too. Some of them come with quick charge, ability to charge multiple devices, and USB Type C.


Overkill for OP, but I use this:

https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-30000mAh-P ... B01F8IRIN0

30,000MAH. Mine is in my bag that has a bottom compartment cables threaded through the bag, so you can charge a device on the go. Comes in handy, but getting it out is a bit annoying. Hence why I went with such a big size. What's annoying is there are a 4-5 versions of this, so you need to keep an eye on the model number.
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I have the anker 20000mah, works very well. someone gave it 1 star in the reviews for being heavy...lol
wait until the 16th to buy from amazon if your a prime member it or the aukey will most likely be on sale
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hierophant wrote:
Jul 13th, 2018 4:34 pm
I'm looking for recommendations on what kind of portable power bank to get to charge my phone when I don't have a power outlet. Preferably looking for something that will fully charge my phone at least 3 or 4 times before needing to be charged. Can you please let me know what I should look for in terms of specs and brand and also price range?
I have the Adata PV150. It works perfectly.

Charge in the office at work. Charge in your car after work.

Then you won't really need the data bank.
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GeneralAkbar wrote:
Jul 14th, 2018 8:45 am
Are you just planning on charging phones?
There are power banks out there with higher wattage that can charge laptops and tablets.

This is a 45w power bank from Jackery. https://www.amazon.ca/Jackery-Superchar ... ref=plSrch

I personally did not think I would need the high wattage until I needed it. It would be a good idea to pay a little more upfront to have that flexibility.
This. When you need to use a power bank, chances are your phone is near dead and you need power asap. Having it charge fast as well is a life saver especially if you don't want to dangle cables.
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