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Best Power Banks Guide and Reviews of 2018

Jairo Brons

If there’s one charging electronic that has grown the fastest in the past few years it would be power banks. Sure, many of us use wall chargers and car chargers a lot, and we also use wireless chargers too. However when it comes to innovation power banks or also known as portable chargers; they’re one of the most used and growing types of charging electronics. The reason for that is because we’re able to take them anywhere, the keyword being “Portable” and so you don’t have to stick to a wall charger for your smartphone or other devices to charge.

Along with power banks growing exponentially over the last few years, there are lots of brands that have taken advantage of this growing market and have also started selling power banks. This has resulted in there being many types of portable chargers created, and so now have a marketplace of many different portable chargers.

At Charger Harbor, we’ve done a many great deal of reviews for portable chargers on the market, and now the time has come for us to make a list of some of the best power banks out there. The scores that we’ve given the power banks within this guide matter, what also matters is the culmination of reviews that they’ve gotten on the platform that they’re being sold on too, which is Amazon. This is our official best power bank guide of 2018 and it’ll be updated periodically if we find portable chargers that fit the guidelines and take out some of the chargers that don’t

So let’s get started to see what high, and low capacity power banks are the best option for getting out there.

Aukey 10,050mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge Output and input

One of the best parts of a power bank is that it can be using Quick Charge with its Output and at the same time it also uses Quick Charge with its input. It’s one of the main reasons that we’re adding this Aukey 10,050mAh power bank onto this guide as it has a single Quick Charge port and a Micro-USB input port that uses Quick Charge. Overall it’s a good idea to get this power bank if you own a Quick Charge wall charger as it can recharge this power bank at its max charging speed, and it’s even better if you have a Quick Charge compatible smartphone.

This Aukey power bank is made of Aluminum and therefore it has a very good build quality to it.

The size of this charger is very small as it has a length of only 4.2 inches and it has a thickness of only 0.8 inches which means that you’re able to take this power bank basically anywhere and everywhere.

Specs of the Aukey 10,050mAh Portable Charger with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Capacity: Advertised: 10,050mAh
  • Output Capacity: 7,400mAh

Standard Speed: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge Speed: 5V-6V/3A | 6V-9V/2A | 9V-12V/1.5A

  • Input: 5V/2.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4.2 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 7.6 Ounces

AUKEY 10000mAh Portable Charger

Power banks, for the most part, have their sizes and weight as a result of what their power capacity is. The general rule is that lower the power capacity, then smaller the power bank will be and higher the power capacity the larger it will be. However, as we move forward, more charging electronics companies are able to fit higher power capacities into smaller compartments. As a result, we’re able to have more long-lasting power with us while we’re on-the-go.

This the Aukey 10,000mAh PB-N51 power bank that actually has quite a small size and slim form factor enough to fit into your pocket.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this power bank starts at 10,000mAh and during charging it’s going to be getting a pretty average conversion rate.

3.7 x 10,000 = 37,000 / 5 = 7,400

The usable amount of power that you’re going to be receiving is going to be about 7,400mAh. That’s still a good amount of usable power as you’re able to charge most devices a few times over.

Charging Smartphones

That is true when it comes to smartphones as most of them are able to charge about 2-3 full times. Even higher capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel are going are able to charge to their full power twice with this power bank.

Charging Tablets

If you’re charging larger devices like tablets like the iPad Mini 2 or 4 series then they’re able to charge to their full power once. However, charging larger tablets like iPad Air 2 will take the entire power capacity of the power bank; charging the largest 12-inch tablet from Apple will not result in a full recharge as the tablet has a 10,000mAh power capacity.

The conversion rate does a great job as providing a lot of power that can still be usable for charging quite a few devices to their full power a few times.

Output Charging:

There are two charging ports and even though two charging ports is usually a good thing with power banks, we kind of have mixed feelings in this case. That’s because each of the ports is capable of Outputting 5V/2.4A and that’s great. But the Max Output of the power bank is 2.4A.

This means that if you’re charging two devices at once with this Aukey PB-N51 power bank, then each of the ports will most likely Output 5V/1.2A since the Max Output is 2.4A. As a result, to get the fastest charging speed possible, you should use just a single port at a time to receive the full benefit of 2.4 Amp charging speed.

Since 2.4A charging is actually a very good charging speed because most smartphones that aren’t compatible Quick Charge are able to charge at their max charging speeds. We say this because this power bank does not feature Quick Charge. On the bright side, larger devices like iPads are able to charge at max speeds of 2.4A if you’re charging them alone.

Input Charging:

The input of the power bank is alright as it’s 5V/2.0A via a Micro-USB input port. So you should use a 2 Amp USB wall charger to recharge the power bank at its max charging speed. It will take 4-5 hours for a full recharge when using a 2 Amp wall charger.

ORICO 10,000mAh Power Bank with USB-C

There are quite a few obscure brands on the market and one of them is ORICO. They have quite a good mid-range power bank. It has a 10,000mAh power capacity that can charge most smartphones to full power about two times, the part that makes this charger great is the charging experience that you’re able to get from it and the form factor from it too.

This charger has two output ports with one USB-A port that has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and it also has a USB-C port that can be used with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable too. The USB-C port on this power bank has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A, which is lower than the standard that most USB-C ports have, but at the same time this is a very small power bank and it’s surprising that it has a USB-C port in the first place.

Recharging this power bank can be done through one of the two input ports it has. It has a Micro-USB input port and the USB-C port can also be used as a input too and they both can recharge this power bank at a 5V/2.4A charging rate.

Also, as we said, before, the form factor with this charger is very small because it has a 5.9-inch length and a thickness of 0.5 inches.

Specs of the ORICO USB-C 10,000mAh Portable Power Bank:

  • Capacity: Advertised: 10,000mAh
  • Output Capacity: 7,500mAh

USB-C Port: 5V/2.4A

USB-C and USB-A: 5V/2.4A

  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.9 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 9 Ounces

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