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Power Bank Buying Guide – Check Before You Buy!

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Whether you have the smartest of smartphones in your possession or own a budget phone, it is of no use without a charged battery. Luckily, these days, we have the option to charge our phones on the go using a power bank. That being said, selecting the right power back up for our smartphone is quite a daunting task.

Many people are of the idea that we can use any power bank to charge any smartphone (or smart device, to be precise). Neel, who is a budding entrepreneur, also holds the same misconception. Neel works round-the-clock on his tablet and smartphone to be in touch with his clients and grow his business. Needless to say, he requires his devices to be always charged.

One day, when the battery of Neel’s phone died when he was on a call with a client, Neel got extremely frustrated. He apologized to the client over an online chatting app for the trouble caused and finished the meeting over chat itself. Thereafter, Neel decided to waste no more time in buying a power bank. He immediately went to a mobile store that sells mobile accessories as well, and informed the store manager about his requirement.

The store manager, Vipul, asks Neel about his smartphone’s brand and model number. At this, Neel got a bit irritated and asks Vipul to show him the best power bank available in the store without bothering about its price. Vipul, with a smile plastered on his face, tells Neel that without knowing his smartphone’s specifications, he won’t be able to show Neel the appropriate power bank.

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Neel is taken aback by this as he could understand how his phone’s specifications were related to the power bank he wants to buy. He asks Vipul if all power banks were not compatible with all smart devices. Vipul shakes his head to confirm that not all power banks and smart devices are made for each other.

Vipul now takes charge of the conversation and informs Neel that the power bank should at least, if not more, be of the same size as the device’s battery. This will ensure that the device is charged at one go without having to charge the power bank instead.

Neel processes this piece of information and realises that the idea is quite obvious. He wonders why this simple aspect didn’t appear to him naturally and needed to be fed to him. Realising that he is too stressed out to think straight, Neel now focuses his full attention to Vipul.

Finding Neel all ears, Vipul continues to tell him that a power bank’s output voltage should be equal to or higher than that of the device. Having power-cut and auto-cut features are an added advantage as these will keep the device safe from short circuit and overcharging.

Vipul then asks Neel how many handheld or portable smart devices he owned. Neel replies that he has a smartphone and a tablet. Learning that Neel has two portable smart devices, Vipul advises him to opt for a multi-port power bank that will help him to charge both his devices at the same time. Further, Vipul suggests that Neel buy a power bank with lithium polymer battery over a lithium ion battery as the former is lightweight, robust and has a lower chance of electrolyte leakage.

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An elated Neel hands over his phone to Vipul and asks him to suggest the best power bank for his devices. He also provides the necessary information regarding his tablet. After going through every detail, Vipul advised Neel to buy a high milliampere hour (mAH) power bank so that he has enough battery stored for emergencies even after charging both his smart devices. Heeding Vipul’s suggestion, Neel bought a 20000 mAH power bank.

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