15 Sep

Information on Power Banks

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It’s no surprise that in the connected world we live in, the most useful and important gadget of them all has got to be a powerbank. These days battery technology is not where we want it to be with relation to how much we use our devices and we often find ourselves out and about, stuck with the dreaded red battery logo. I for one have often found myself seeing how I could stretch the last sliver of battery life out of my 1% by employing all sorts of brightness reducing and EDGE enabling tactics.

The portable power bank has come a long way since the early days where they were not as commonplace and honestly not as needed as they are now. The problem is that in this market, there is a plethora to choose from that come in all shapes, sizes and for every use known to man. In fact, some powerbanks are able to charge netbooks (remember those) and on the higher end, some will even charge your full sized laptop.

So how do you know whats good when price is not the biggest determining factor? I’ll be going through a few key points to look out for when you’re looking around for your next saviour of your electronic gadgets!

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1) Capacity – Bigger is alway better!

 

 

truck shaped custom Power Bank made from molded PVC

truck shaped custom Power Bank made from molded PVC

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When talking about a Powerbank or any battery for that matter, battery capacity is measured in Milliampere Hours or mAh. Modern powerbanks often range from a very diminutive 2,000mAh to a massive 20,000mAh brick. In this case, get the highest mAh powerbank you can afford, it’s always better to have extra juice rather than run out mid-charge! A good estimate is if you have only an iPhone 5S (and we all know how powerhungry these are) the capacity of that is 1,570mAh; When choosing a powerbank, you should definitely get one that has a larger capacity than that (not very hard). If you have multiple devices, add up the capacity of the batteries and try to get a powerbank that has a multiple of that total.

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For example, if you have an iPhone 5S and if you get this Silvertec 4,700mAh powerbank, you will be able to charge the phone from empty to full about 2.5times give or take. The disadvantage to getting larger batteries is the time in which it takes to charge the powerbank as well as the size and weight. The Silvertec 4,700mAh Ultra Slim is a pretty decent midway point for those looking to have a portable solution with a decent amount of power.

2) Output ports and Ampere output – iPads Charging Speed

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Most powerbanks will come with 1 output port, letting you charge 1 device at a time. Some devices like the Silvertec Sanyo 7,800mAh powerbank comes with 2. This is all well and good if you need to charge 2 phones at once, but what if you need to charge your iPad? Most of the time, the USB port will be rated at 1A output. Unfortunately at 1A, you’re not likely able to charge your iPad. If your powerbank has 2 like the silvertec, the second one should be higher like 2.1A for use with your iPad. If you have these 2 output choices, chances are you can charge anything you have a cable for!

Worth noting that if your powerbank doesn’t have USB charging and requires a proprietary cable to connect to your device via microUSB, give it a miss. The usefulness of a powerbank is its versatility!

3) Brand Name, Build And Cells Used

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At first glance it may sound like a vanity or bragging rights thing, but in actual fact when dealing with batteries, it’s also to do with Safety! There have been cases of counterfeit powerbanks which were rated at 10,000mAh only giving 2,000mAh and even shoddy workmanship making the powerbanks unsafe. Generally I would avoid buying powerbanks from unverified sellers, or directly from China. Pay a little bit extra, get your stuff from reputable brick and mortar stores or even from Storekini.com where they have a large range of Powerbanks for you to choose from. You don’t have to avoid China brands like YooBao, but make sure you get it from someone you can trust.

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Also in the same vein, if you know the cells that the powerbank use are good, chances are paying a little extra is not that bad. The Silvertec powerbanks use Sanyo Cells. Sanyo does the eneloop rechargeables which we use very extensively here at HQ, that’s a personal preference, but you get what I mean. Another one of my favourites are theMophie Powerstations, a little more expensive, but the design, automatic switching output and reliability makes it worthwhile. As far as I know, you can get Mophies at the Apple Resellers.

4) Interesting Value Added Features And Bundle

airport runway custom shaped power bank

airport runway custom shaped power bank

In this day and age, it’s not just important how good the product is, but what you get when you buy the product that matters too! Some powerbanks will come with all manner of multi Pronged cables to save you having to carry them around. Also a short cable is much appreciated because you don’t really need such a long cable for this purpose. I remember buying one a while back which bundled a suction cup pad so you could always keep the phone with your powerbank!

Despicable Mee Custom Power Bank

Despicable Mee Custom Power Bank

The popular thing these days with Powerbanks is to include a small LED light that can be activated to give a small torch when needed. I’m not sure when I’d use something like that. There are some which make the most of a portable form factor like the Eton Rugged Rukus Solar-Powered Portable Bluetooth Sound System which is a pair of bluetooth speakers, powerbank and is also solar powered all in one!

 

Perhaps the coolest one I’ve seen isn’t strictly a Powerbank. The XTAR WP2s is a very common name if you’re in the e-Cig or Vaping scene. Unless you’ve got a ready supply of charged batteries, you tend to want to bring a charger around because of the non-standard batteries that these devices use. The WP2s is rather special in a sense that you can use a battery in one of the bays of the charger to power a device via USB! That’s right, a battery charger is a powerbank as well! I’ve just ordered one myself!

15 Sep

How to charge a Power Bank

How to Charge a Power Bank 

by FRANC KARPO

Charge your cellphone with a power bank.Have you ever had your cell phone, tablet, etc., battery die and not be able to charge it? It’s a very frustrating experience.

This is where a portable power bank charger can be an absolute Godsend.

With the advances in technology, our gadgets provide us with convenience and lightening speed communication.

Our mobile phones are becoming smaller and more economical so that people can easily carry them in their pockets.

In the last 20 years there has been an amazing shift towards buying portable devicesthat enhance the quality of our lives. Cell phones have evolved from being bulky to being sleek lightweight efficient devices.  With the tremendous increase in their usage there is a need to keep them charged at all times.  It is for this reason that many companies have introduced Power Banks into the market.

Power Bank perfect for your logo or event marketing

Power Bank perfect for your logo or event marketing

A power bank is a portable charger for your devices and it is an absolute must-have product if you travel a lot. You need to be able to charge your devices if you want to fully utilize them on a single trip. Smart phones, tablets, etc., all require power after some time and a power outlet is usually not available everywhere you go.

Buying and carrying spare batteries of every device is not a practical option either.  (Not to mention the extra expense over time.)  So you need to have a portable power bank of your own from which you can charge the batteries of your device(s).

 Tips On Buying A Power Bank

 

A lot of it depends on your personal requirements.  If you don’t carry too many devices when you travel, then you can buy a small and low capacity one just to charge your smart phone.  If you need to charge a iPad, tablet, etc., then you will need a one that has a higher capacity.

1. Capacity – Determine Your Usage:

The main attribute associated to a power bank is its capacity.  This capacity is measured in milli Ampere Hour i.e. mAH. You can’t exactly calculate how many times a specific power bank can charge your device, but the rule of thumb is more mAH rating mean more capacity.

So if you have a phone with a 1500mAH battery, ideally a capacity of 1500mAH can fully charge it once.  And when you buy a portable power bank, make sure that it can charge the battery of a specific device i.e. its output voltage matches with the device you own, because if the output voltage of the charger is less than the device being charged, it won’t work. Of course, the reverse is true, if you have a charge with a larger output voltage than your device, you may be able get several charges.

Should you decide on buying a portable chargerkeep your own usage in mind.  To meet huge charging needs of consumers, 8400mAh and 11200mAh, (and higher mAh) units are also available.  There are chargers that can charge almost any type of device, from all types of companies. This includes laptops, ipad, ipod, tablets, and mobile phones from Apple, Samsung and HTC. Sample Usage Guide…Power Bank Charger

  • 1500mAh battery : mobile phone – 1 full charge.
  • 5200mAh battery : mobile phone – 2 full charges. Tablet – approximately 50%.
  • 10000mAh battery : mobile phone – 4 full charges. Tablet – at least 100% full charge.

Power banks are available in almost all the countries at various prices and in varying sizes and specs.  Before purchasing you should make sure that they are not used.  Used cell phone battery chargers will be a waste of money as their life span is not much.

Life span can also be greatly reduced if it is kept in adverse environmental conditions for a long time. There are portable chargers whose lifetime is reduced at temperatures more than 45 Celsius. However, at extreme temperatures such as over 70 Celsius there is a good probability that the battery will be completely damaged.

2. USB Charging:

Some power banks contain a built in USB charging capability.  Some of the older models don’t have this feature.  They had a separate cable which one had to carry along with the device. This added to the number of things that could go wrong in its usage.

People were not able to charge their cell phones if they lost or forgot the cable at their home.  Once the device is charged the cable can be easily folded into the device.  To charge the device all one has to do is to unfold the adapter and plug into the required slot. The better quality power banks will come with a set of connectors for different device types, such as, Sony,  Apple, Samsung, etc.

3. Price & Quality:

Apart from battery strength, one other thing which can help you decide which power bank charger is best for you… is the price.  But you should not buy a portable power bank which either uses refurbished batteries or which doesn’t contain the basic features e.g. short circuit, over-charging protection.

4. Portability:

Several reasons of buying a power bank is that it is portable and will charge your device.  You can buy cheap ones with big capacity, but they usually will not charge your gadgets properly, or break down on you.

If you are looking to buy a external cell phone battery charger, we really recommend not going for the cheapest option. This is one of times where you do indeed get what you pay for. A mid-range to upper range price will be a great option with no sacrifice on quality.

Because of the large number of personal devices that we now have such as iPhones, iPads, Ardroids, smart phones, some cameras, GPS, MP4, IPods and Bluetooth to name a few, it’s practically a necessity to have one if you want to make sure that you never run out of battery power on your device. There is nothing more frustrating than running out of battery.

Before I had a Power Bank, I was on a long drive, using Google Maps with my Android.  My car charger stopped working, so my cell phone battery died halfway through the 4 hour journey and I had to find my way without back home relying on stopping and asking for directions several times. After this experience I went out and picked up the EasyAcc 12000mAh charger and use it all the time.

03 Sep

What is a PowerBank?

1) What is a Power Bank?

A Power Bank serves as an ‘extra battery’ or external charger for your phone or other electronic devices. It comes in handy in emergencies or whenever your USB device runs out of battery power.

2) How do I charge a Power Bank?

The most common way you can charge your Power Bank is via your computers usb port.

 

3) How long does it take to charge the Power Bank?

It’s depends on the capacity of the Power Bank. The larger the capacity (measured as aMh milliamp hours), the longer charging time required. Different charging methods may result in different charging time as well.

4) What is mAh?

mAh means milli Ampere Hour, the capacity of the power bank is measured in mAh’s! A low capacity Power Bank would be a 2000 mAh while currently, high capacity Power Banks range above 20,000 mAh’s. The Best bag for your buck is a Power Bank in the 5000- 7000 aMh range.

5) How many charges are in a Power Bank?

That’s kind of like saying how many people can fit in a car?. A big car (Cadillac Escalade) can hold 10 small people (kids) and a small car (VW Beetle) can only hold 2 Very Large People.

Each Power Bank has varying capacity (ie how many aMH’s) and each phone or device has a differing size of battery (ie a cell phone takes less Juice to power up than an I-Phone)

However, a simple way to look at this is a 12000mAh Power Bank should be able to charge a 1500mAh capacity cell phone about 8 times.

6 ) What’s the difference between an 18650 Power Bank and a Li-Polymer Power Bank?

An 18650 is a Samsung designation. This type of battery holds the charge longer, is more stable and more reliable than a Li-Polymer Power Bank. All of our Power Banks are 18650 unless specifically stated otherwise.

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Power Banks are the latest winner in the promotional products industry. Perfect for the B2B executive on the go, corporate brand identity or event marketing a portable powerbank is a tech necessity.

What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is a small and compact portable battery charger for your cell, smartphone, I-pad or any usb device.

The Power Bank is rated in mAh Milliamp hours which in the simplest terms is the power/charge rating of a specific Power Bank.

 

They start small at 2000 mAh and go up to gigantic 30,000 mAh. A small power bank will charge a phone 1-2 times while a large PowerBank will charge a laptop.

It is the perfect accessory for those times when you are on the go or away from an outlet and need to recharge.

Typically a cell phone will charge in 20-30 minutes while a laptop will take longer.

If you’d like to know more, simply call us at 888-908-1481 or visit us at www.powebankpromo.com

 

 

 

03 Sep

Power Bank license granted to Power Bank Promo!

http://www.ecplaza.net/news/electronics-giant-power-bank-inks–233471-05.html

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Power Bank portable battery charger

Power Banks are the latest winner in the promotional products industry. Perfect for the B2B executive on the go, corporate brand identity or event marketing a portable powerbank is a tech necessity.

What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is a small and compact portable battery charger for your cell, smartphone, I-pad or any usb device.

The Power Bank is rated in mAh Milliamp hours which in the simplest terms is the power/charge rating of a specific Power Bank.

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They start small at 2000 mAh and go up to gigantic 30,000 mAh. A small power bank will charge a phone 1-2 times while a large PowerBank will charge a laptop.

It is the perfect accessory for those times when you are on the go or away from an outlet and need to recharge.

Typically a cell phone will charge in 20-30 minutes while a laptop will take longer.

If you’d like to know more, simply call us at 888-908-1481 or visit us at www.powebankpromo.com

03 Sep

PowerBank inks deal with North American supplier.

MP-007 Power Bank

5200 aMh Power Bank Portable Battery Charger

http://www.1888pressrelease.com/promo-crunch-inks-deal-with-portable-battery-giant-power-ban-pr-539332.html

Promotional power bank battery charger

Power Banks are the latest winner in the promotional products industry. Perfect for the B2B executive on the go, corporate brand identity or event marketing a portable powerbank is a tech necessity.

What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is a small and compact portable battery charger for your cell, smartphone, I-pad or any usb device.

The Power Bank is rated in mAh Milliamp hours which in the simplest terms is the power/charge rating of a specific Power Bank.

 

They start small at 2000 mAh and go up to gigantic 30,000 mAh. A small power bank will charge a phone 1-2 times while a large PowerBank will charge a laptop.

It is the perfect accessory for those times when you are on the go or away from an outlet and need to recharge.

Typically a cell phone will charge in 20-30 minutes while a laptop will take longer.

If you’d like to know more, simply call us at 888-908-1481 or visit us at www.powebankpromo.com

02 Sep

P-020 Power Bank Portable Battery Charger

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Power Banks are the latest winner in the promotional products industry. Perfect for the B2B executive on the go, corporate brand identity or event marketing a portable powerbank is a tech necessity.

What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is a small and compact portable battery charger for your cell, smartphone, I-pad or any usb device.

The Power Bank is rated in mAh Milliamp hours which in the simplest terms is the power/charge rating of a specific Power Bank.

 

They start small at 2000 mAh and go up to gigantic 30,000 mAh. A small power bank will charge a phone 1-2 times while a large PowerBank will charge a laptop.

It is the perfect accessory for those times when you are on the go or away from an outlet and need to recharge.

Typically a cell phone will charge in 20-30 minutes while a laptop will take longer.

Power Banks are the latest winner in the promotional products industry. Perfect for the B2B executive on the go, corporate brand identity or event marketing a portable powerbank is a tech necessity.

What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is a small and compact portable battery charger for your cell, smartphone, I-pad or any usb device.

The Power Bank is rated in mAh Milliamp hours which in the simplest terms is the power/charge rating of a specific Power Bank.

They start small at 2000 mAh and go up to gigantic 30,000 mAh. A small power bank will charge a phone 1-2 times while a large PowerBank will charge a laptop.

It is the perfect accessory for those times when you are on the go or away from an outlet and need to recharge.

Typically a cell phone will charge in 20-30 minutes while a laptop will take longer.

If you’d like to know more, simply call us at 888-908-1481 or visit us at www.powerbankpromo.com

power bank is essentially an external battery in a sealed case. Powerbanks come with a USB cable; you connect it to a power source such as a laptop to charge the powerbank. Some charge via flip out blades for plugging into the wall.

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If you’d like to know more, simply call us at 888-908-1481 or visit us at www.powebankpromo.com