Charging is something that is universal for everybody and the reason for that is because we have many devices that require charging. For example, a smartphone is something that most of us use every day and it’s also something that we have to charge every day too. That is why it’s vital to know what types of charging electronics there are on the market because most of us just settle for USB wall chargers because they have powerful charging and many USB charging ports.
However, there is indeed another solution that you’re able to find more useful than just a USB charger and that’s what I’ll be going over in this article.
A power bank is one of the most popular charging electronics on the market and the reason for that is because it’s a portable charger that can be taken anywhere. When you have a portable charger you no longer have to have your devices in single place for charging and you’re free to do and go wherever you’d like.
With that said, since power banks have grown so much in the past few years, it’s important to know the two major types of power banks and their capabilities.
Low Power Capacity
Power banks that have low power capacities are ones that are used the most often. The reason for that is because a low power capacity means that they use very few batteries and most of them use a single battery. That results in a power bank being very small and the most useful type of Mini power bank is one that’s Slim. A Slim type is basically the same size as your smartphone and can slide right into your pocket along with your smartphone. These types of portable chargers can literally be taken anywhere.
With all that said, as portable as these ones are, a low power capacity of 5,000mAh or below means that they’re mostly meant for recharging smartphones to full power only once or twice. Not exactly for long-term use but very useful if you’re out and about and your smartphone is in need of some emergency charging.
Then there are power banks that have high power capacities. These types of portable chargers are ones that are a lot more useful, although not because of their portability. Portability is less useful with these power banks because a high power capacity means that they have to use more batteries and that ultimately makes the power bank larger and heavier too. So it’s not exactly going to fit into a pocket and neither are you able to hold it for long periods of time.
For everything else though, a high capacity brings quite a lot of benefits with it. One of the most obvious ones is that a 20,000mAh power capacity and beyond is able to charge smartphones and a bunch of other devices to full power multiple times over. They also use multiple USB charging ports so you can charge many devices at the same time. One of the most important features to look out for is if a power bank uses Quick Charge or USB-C. Since there are more and more smartphones that are becoming common with those charging technologies and it’s vital to use those techs because you’re able to charge your devices very quickly while you’re on-the-go with a power bank.
Solar chargers should not be mistaken for Solar power banks because Solar Chargers don’t have a power capacity. Instead, Solar chargers have multiple large Solar panels that are able to take in light and transfer that light into charging power. The great thing about Solar chargers is that you’re not relying on a power capacity for the power you use; you’re relying on the sun and that is why Solar chargers are the most useful charging electronic to use if you’re in the outdoors camping or hiking.
This is because Solar chargers can either be placed down for when you’re taking a break and while you’re on the move they can still be useful. Just by having the Solar charger opened up all the way and using their Lanyard holes to connect to a backpack, you’re able to harness Solar energy as much as possible with the Solar charger at your back. Ultimately, leading you to be able to charge your devices while you’re on the move.
Another reason that Solar chargers are better than Solar power banks is that Solar power banks just use a single Solar panel for recharging and the recharging speed with them is very slow. It’s best to go with the more efficient route.
Surge Protectors with USB Charging Ports
We think of Surge Protectors as Appliances that are used to power various amounts of appliances at the same time. One of the most used types of devices that are used with Surge Protectors is usually a USB wall charger. The problem with that is using a USB wall charger takes up an AC outlet that could have been used for something else. In addition to that, you run a chance of covering up surrounding AC Outlets.
That is why the best type of Surge Protector to get are ones that use built-in USB charging ports and that basically erases the need of using a USB wall charger at all. These charging ports are just as powerful as ones that USB wall chargers use because they have charging speeds of 2.4A and some ports even use Quick Charge to charge compatible devices at max charging speeds. Another great thing about Surge Protectors that use USB ports is that they use many of them and that allows you to charge many devices at once, just as you would with any other USB charger.