With smartphones getting thinner and manufacturers cutting down on battery capacity, a power bank has become a must-have accessory for most smartphone users. Power Banks have become such an ubiquitous thing that electric car maker Tesla has also launched a power bank for Android and iOS.
The biggest advantage of using a power bank is that you can charge your personal electronic device anytime and anywhere. While purchasing a power bank, there are some prerequisites that one must keep in mind. It is always advisable to purchase a power bank that has a capacity bigger than the battery inside your smartphone. With a larger capacity, consumers can charge their device multiple times and even charge other devices such as tablets.
Other things to keep in mind include the output of the power, which should ideally be larger than that of your device and additional ports would enable charging two devices simultaneously. If your device supports fast charging then it is worth spending on a power bank that also supports fast charging. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top power banks available in the market right now.
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 2i (20000mAh)
Xiaomi, the leading smartphone maker in the country recently announced a dedicated plant in Noida for manufacturing its power banks in the country. It is one of the most popular brands among companies selling power banks in India and it is available exclusively from Mi.com.
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 2i comes in two capacities: 10000mAh and 20000mAh and is priced at Rs 799 and Rs 1,499 respectively. Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 2i (20000mAh), as the name implies, has higher capacity and can easily charge most smartphones available in the market several times over. It features dual-USB output, which allows for charging two devices simultaneously and it also supports fast charging thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 support.
The power bank uses battery technology from ATL and Lishen and can intelligently adjust power output for efficient recharge cycles. Xiaomi is not offering USB Type-C port on this model but the power bank is a good purchase for those times when you are away from power outlets for several days. It also supports low-power mode for charging wearables and its only downside is the 358 gram weight, which makes it really heavy.
Honor 10000 Power Bank
Honor, the e-brand of Huawei is the latest entrant in the powerbank segment. Honor’s 10000mAh Power Bank is one of the best designed power bank with curved edges similar to company’s smartphones. The power bank uses microUSB and USB Type-C for input and USB-A for port. It can only charge one device at a time.
The Honor 10000 Power Bank supports two-way fast charging with 18W power output, which is faster than standard 5V/2A charging. It comes with handy button to check battery level and dedicated LED level to indicate when the device is charging via fast charging mode. It is priced at Rs 1,999 and is available from Honor Store.
Lenovo PA13000mAh Power Bank
Lenovo’s PA13000mAh has a capacity that is bigger than that of Honor’s 10000mAh battery. It has a design similar to many other power banks in the market and uses high-grade plastic exterior. The power bank features dual USB output and supports charging two devices simultaneously.
Lenovo has also added an intelligent power control chip for effective power delivery to device being charged but it lacks support for fast charging. It is priced around Rs 1,400 and is available on Amazon India.
Ambrane P-1310 13000mAH Power Bank
Ambrane’s P-1310 13000mAH Power Bank is the cheapest power bank to offer a higher capacity battery. The power bank features dual-output for charging and uses lithium-ion cells from Samsung and LG. It also comes equipped with torch light and has a battery conversion capacity of around 70-75 percent. The power bank comes with 1 year warranty and is available for as low as Rs 899 on Amazon India. It generally retails for Rs 1,099 and is available in multiple color options.
Intex IT-PB11K 11000mAH Power Bank
Intex is offering an 11000mAh power bank capable of charging three devices simultaneously. Two of the USB ports have output of 10W while one other port has an output of 5W, which could lead to slow charging. The powerbank has LED indicator and weighs around 280 grams. It is priced around Rs 999 and comes with 1 year warranty.