In recent times, people are becoming more and more dependent on their gadgets. There’s no doubt that these devices have become essential for businesses and even for one’s personal social networking. However, the downside of using a battery-operated device is that you would always need to recharge. This is when power banks would really come in handy!
Power banks are simple items. At the same time, there are certain important factors that you should consider when choosing a power bank to better suit your needs.
Aside from affordability, portability, capacity, and special added features, there's also its power deliverance, such as what are its voltage, ampere and wattage specifications. Additionally, battery size (mAh) is also another issue that can be confusing besides just looking at its capacity,
If you're interested in more information on choosing a power bank, you can read the FAQ right after our list of recommendations below. If not, read on to quickly find out why we picked these options.
For your convenience, here are some of the best power banks that you can find here in Malaysia.
add_circleCan charge multiple devices quickly at the same time
remove_circleNo Qualcomm Rapid Charge support
Renowned for their smart device accessories, Anker power banks are well-loved for their delivery and durability among tech users including iPhones and Android phone users alike, and this one carries just the same quality.
High in power yet slim in size, the PowerCore 20100 has 4 USB-A and USB-C ports to deliver a total of 24W output to charge your devices multiple times. Especially for devices that support PowerIQ and VoltageBoost, you can utilise two of the higher output ports (2.6A and 3A) to ensure efficient charging delivery times. Even though it doesn't support Qualcomm Rapid Charge, your devices will charge relatively within the standard time.
Although a portable piece, the power bank ensures that it charges all of your devices big or small up to 100% within 3 hours!
Need a handy, good value power bank for all phones or even tablets?
Xiaomi is one of the more reputable brands to release good-quality power banks. This 3rd generation 10,000 mAh power bank has a two-way port that can deliver maximum 18W of power, which is great for fast-charging big phones. Drained power bank? No problem! The input micro USB-C port is also able to receive up to 18W at once and should charge fully in 6 hours.
For your convenience, there's LED battery indicator to show you how much power is left in the power bank.
This power bank is also one of the slimmest and sleekest power banks to carry around. Its body is 14.2mm and is protected by an aluminium alloy material casing for durability. Not to worry about bulk, as the power bank weighs just under 300g. Perfect to bring with and charge your phone twice!
Mophie is among one of the top power bank manufacturers that delivers power quite efficiently, and you know it's something when it's recommended to charge something as power-hungry as a laptop, let alone Apple MacBooks.
Mophie’s Powerstation USB-C XXL is specifically built for the latest MacBooks and devices that come with USB-C or USB-A connectors. Its advanced 19,500mAh rechargeable battery is able to provide USB-C laptops with approximately another 14 hours of battery life.
With two main charging ports, the USB-C option offers up to 30W fast-charging and is used as the main port to charge the power station. Meanwhile, there's another 2.4A USB-A port to Quick Charge devices such as your smartphones. This power station also prioritizes charging by sending power to the connected device first, then recharge the power bank.
Like most power banks available today, it has a built-in LED power indicator button to show status and battery levels. Additionally, a piece of premium fabric is wrapped around the device to further protect it from scratches.
add_circleNot too bulky to be carried around (for trips)
remove_circleIt's still faster to charged via micro USB
If you are looking for a rugged power bank to accompany you on your next adventure or outdoor activity such as hiking, then the RAVPower 15000 is for you. It is certainly built tough, being IP65 rated so you're getting a waterproof, dustproof and shockproof power bank. The device also has a torchlight for when you need it in dark times.
But perhaps the best part is that takes in power via dual-input: micro USB (5V/2A) or solar energy (wide solar panels).
So yes, it will automatically charge when the solar panels are exposed to the sun. However, the micro USB input will charge the device much faster. As it has 2 output ports, this power bank is handy for charging 2 smart devices at once, just about the perfect power bank to have on your adventures.
An added convenience is that there's an LED battery indicator to show how much power it has left.
add_circleSturdy built, recommended for outdoor trips
This high capacity power bank uses Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 which is one of the most efficient charging technology around, being able to charge 4 times faster than the usual conventional charging.
For your reference, it allows rapid charging of the iPad Air in less than 4 hours and Galaxy Note 3 in less than 2 hours. Not to worry as there is protection technology towards any excessive current, overheating, and overcharging.
The power bank utilises 2 speedy output ports, with one having 5V/2.4A and the other 5V-6.5V/3A , 6.5-9V/2A and 9V-12V/1.5A. Not to mention, that for such a powerful device, it's only as slim as 3cm (???). And given that its capacity is 30,000mAh power bank, the power bank has been reviewed to take under 12 hours to be fully charged.
Additionally, the AUKEY PB-T11 is designed with a built-in flashlight which is handy for in case of a blackout.
add_circleMultiple output ports despite the small size
add_circleHas LED flashlight
Power banks are amazing but they can be bulky. And who likes 5,000mAh power banks these days when it can't fully charge most new phones twice these days?
This particular lightweight, mini power bank is so easy to carry around due to its small dimension of 88.8mm X 44.3mm X 44.3mm and weight. Despite its small size, TP-Link TL-PB10400 provides a high capacity of 10,400 mAh.
Its ports can support devices with a deliverance of 5V/2.4A at up to 18W for Ultra Fast Charging speed. And the other feature that we didn't expect is an LED flashlight. Additionally, the power bank itself takes only 6 hours to full charge as compared to other options with similar capacity. What more do you need than a super portable power bank that could get your device going for the whole day?
add_circleInput port supports both micro and iPhone DC
add_circleVery cute look
Some days, we seem to use up our phone battery so much faster due to various apps such as for map navigation, video streaming, and more. To combat these days, what you'll need is a 20,000 mAh power bank to ensure your day out remains connected digitally.
The Yoobao S20-1 caters to both Apple and Android users as it has an input port to support both micro and iPhone DCs at 5V/2.1A. You can also charge multiple devices with its output port, one at 5V/2A for faster charging and the other at 5V/1A for standard charging.
A unique feature to this power bank is its LCD display battery status for accurate reading. Moreover, the powerbank is built with Yoobao Protective technology to safeguard your device against excessive current, short circuits, overheating and overcharging.
remove_circleOutput port is not that fast-charging
Are you on the lookout for just a simply, high-capacity power bank? Is your phone or Nintendo Switch running out when you're on-the-run?
With efficient power management such as the over-charge protection, this PINENG PN-969 holds a capacity of 20,000mAh. And for tha reason alone, it is what you'll want to charge multiple types of smart devices such as tablets and game consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Sony PSP. A bonus is that it has 2 outputs at 5V/2.1A, so you can simultaneously charge your phone too.
The PN-969 makes it easy to monitor its remaining battery capacity thanks to the LCD display. Moreover, we all can appreciate its auto-stop charging function whereby you can simply leave it to charge and it will automatically stop providing power when your device's battery is full.
For a 20,000mAh power bank, it charges fully quite fast as well in just 8 hours.
Here's another good 10,000 mAh lithium-ion battery power bank. Great for charging just one device, the Sony's CP-V10's output port is 1.5A for efficient charging. Carry this with you and be assured that it will give you up to 3 recharges before running out of battery.
Also inbuilt are overcharge, short-circuit protection features to keep you and your surroundings safe. As an assurance of durability, this Sony power bank has a lifespan of 1000 charges and comes wiht a 15cm-length charging cable to ensure optimum charging. No worries as the device is perfectly compatible with tablets, cameras, and other USB devices.
remove_circleNot compatible with certain products (S20 series)
Did you know that there are these special type of chargers rated for power delivery (PD) charging? USB power delivery is a charging standard that ensures safe charging across devices universally. So instead of using only 5V output ports which is too weak for laptopos, USB PDs can support beyond that.
One of the nicest PD power banks is this 0.6-inch thick one from Anker which will do its job well with the adequate 10,000 mAh battery capacity. Made with iPhones in mind, the power bank is meant to be as slim and comfortable to hold with the aforementioned phone.
The power bank features two fast-charging USB-C output ports (5V/2.4A + 5V/3A and beyond) and another USB-C input port at 5V/3A and beyond. It also takes just 3.5 hours to be fully charged as well based on its 18W power output.
Do note that this power bank is not compatible with Samsung's Galaxy S20 series.
Have lots of smart devices to charge? The Remax Proda power bank holds a capacity of 30,000 mAh and has several convenient features such as a flashlight and shock-resistance. As a high-capacity battery unit, the power bank is also equipped with protection tech from overheating, overcharging and short-circuits.
As a standard, the power bank features two output ports, one at 5V/2A for fast charging and the other 5V/1A for standard.
The LCD digital display is handy for accurately indicating how much power (in percentage) remains in the power bank as well as lets you know when it is charging. And for that amount of capacity, the power bank is priced quite affordably.
Here's a reliable mobile brand for your charging needs. Belkin’s Pocket Power is a lightweight yet slim power bank perfect for everyday use when charging on-the-go. It can charge your phone for up to 3 times with its 10,000mAh, If you think about it, that equates to an additional 21 hours for web browsing and 25 hours for call time.
As expected, the power bank has both output and input ports that delivers fast-charging (5V/2.4A) into devices, and will also charge up quickly at 5V/2A. On top of those, is also a power bank with sensors that monitors heat, voltage and circuitry so it doesn’t harm your devices.
Stay protected with Belkin’s Connected Equipment Warranty if your devices are harmed by an electrical charge and Belkin will offer a repair or replace value up to $2500.
Many Samsung devices use Qualcomm charging, but there are several power banks that do not support it. So, for your ease-of-use, just get this Samsung power bank.
This particular model is supported by Samsung AFC (15W) and also has quick Charge support 2.0 alongside output overcurrent protection (OCP). It has 2 USB ports to charge multiple devices at once, and makes a good daily power bank to carry as it only weighs 220g.
To note, on the OCP feature, it charges your device to 100% within 220 minutes safely in fast charging mode versus 315 minutes in standard mode.
A power bank lets you deposit electrical energy into it to be used for later when needed. These batteries are designed with a special circuit to control power flow into your devices. The special circuit ensures that the right amount of power goes into your devices, and stops when your devices are fully charged. This way, your devices will not overcharge and cause a short circuit to happen.
How long do power banks last?
Assuming that you use them almost every other day, a power bank should last you between 1 to 2 years in mint condition. Its wear will certainly show once into a year of regular use. Still, these power banks won't be very unusable.
Instead, user experiences will vary, such as the ports being loose for your cables to plug-in. This will affect charging your devices efficiently especially if you're one to just toss the power bank charging your device into your bag at freewill (without a storage compartment to restrict movement).
At the same time, as with most tech uses, charges won't be as full as they used to be. You'll find that the power bank's capacity may be cut to as little as a quarter or even half the usual. This is due to the chemical reaction in rechargeable batteries, whereby the more charging cycle it goes through, the more "crystals" it forms inside. That actually leads to less efficiency in holding more charge (and passing into your device).
Is using a power bank bad for your phone?
You may have heard of the rule to not use your phone (or any other devices) when it's charging. This is because when electricity flows into your device, heat is generated naturally. And when you use your phone, heat is also...generated.
By using your phone while it's charging, this is causing even more heat to generate in your phone and thus, the action will risk frying your phone or even yourself. In short, it's like asking for your phone to be fried slowly. Even if today's phones are made with more heat-resistant materials, they are still prone to burns that can potentially cause a fire.
Can you charge power banks overnight?
Back then, we would say no. However, with today's advanced technology, you can.
The simple answer is that because today's power banks (and phones) are commonly built with smart protection in the form of "trickle charge". It works such as the device will self-discharge once the battery's capacity is full. This charging protection feature is also couple with extra support such as high-heat resistant materials.
How do I choose a power bank for my phone?
There are a couple of things to remember when selecting a power bank:
1. Number of charging ports
See what is the number of output ports on the power bank. This is useful for if you have more than one device to charge, so that 2 ports would be ideal in that case.
2. How many volts (output voltage number)?
Check what is the output voltage number that a power bank can give. Today, to charge most devices, it's recommended to get a charger with a power output of at least 2.4V for standard charging time. If the power bank can only output less than that (like 1V), it will result in slower charging speed than usual. To easily determine this, get one that matches your phone charger's voltage output.
3. Charging technology
Special technology supported by power banks. Example, if both your power bank and the smartphone supports Qualcomm Rapid Charge, you can charge faster than how much output power your smartphone normally needs. You should also consider a power bank with auto-discharge to stop sending power to your device once it detects that the latter is fully charged.
4. Milliamp-hour (mAh)
Check how much milliamp-hour (mAh) the power bank can hold. From here, also expect that there will be some power delivery loss which depends on the quality and length of the charging so cable. At standard, only expect about 80% power delivery (see next point). That means 20% of the power in the bank will not deliver into your device. Formula below:
Formula: Power bank capacity x 0.8 (80% of delivery), divided by mobile phone battery capacity = charging times (approximately)
Example: A power bank with 10,000 mAh can charge a phone with 3,000 mAh for 2.6 times (10000 x 0.8/3000 = 2.6)
Tips to charging faster?
Here's an insider tip from us: charge with a shorter (and high quality) cable! This is because the longer the cable, the more power is lost during the power transfer to your device. In short, charging cables have electrical resistance on them, and the longer they are, this means more resistance! For reference, anything below 15cm is good.
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