Power banks are some of the most popular accessories of our modern age; mostly because most smart-phone batteries are so crap.
We’ve rounded up some of the best power banks of 2017 to help you avoid spending most of your time tethered to a charging point like you did in 2016.
Griffin Survivor Portable Battery Charger
Capacity: 10,050mAh / Output: 5V 2.1A (Type-A USB)
Size: 3cm x 7.35cm x 9.23cm; 238g
Price: £49.99 RRP
Portable battery chargers need to be able to go anywhere you go (within reason), that’s the point right? That’s why the Griffin Survivor Battery makes a great first impression; it’s compact and looks tough. The Griffin Survivor doesn’t just look the part though, it has a chunky rubberised body that has been drop tested at a height of up to 6.6ft and it’s protected against the elements, dust and dirt with a snuggly fitting gasket covering its ports.
The charging capacity of the survivor is a respectable 10,050mAh, which is enough to charge a Galaxy S7 Edge, with its 3,600mAh battery, at least three times to full from critical. That’s also enough to charge an impressive iPhone 7 around four times. Charging this power bank once it’s dead takes a whole night so it would be wise to keep an eye on it by checking its handy 4-light LED indicator. The power button of the Griffin Survivor also activates a built-in torch if pressed twice, an added bonus. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the Survivor portable charger is covered by Griffin’s lifetime warranty, a reassuring fact considering that so many cheaper power banks found on large online retail outlets seem to be created as disposable. For more info on the Griffin Survivor Portable Charger, head here.
Capacity: 10,050mAh / Output: 5V 2.1A (Type-A USB) and 5V 1.0A (Type-A USB)
Size: 2.2cm x 6cm x 10cm; 220g
Price: £45 (average)
Available in Silver, Titanium Grey, Gold and Rose Gold, the Adata A10050 looks stylish with its fire-resistant metal aluminium casing and textured-brush finish. It’s angular design is sleek and attractive and its healthy stated 10,050mAh capacity, matches the Griffin Survivor. The A10050 also has a 4-light LED battery level indicator, with each light representing 25%, although I’ve noticed that it seems to spend noticeably more time on two and three lights than it does on four lights (100%) and on one light (25%). It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s worth noting. I tried out two A10050’s to make sure it wasn’t a QA issue.
One of the best things about this power bank is that it has two type-A USB ports so that you can charge two compatible devices simultaneously. Its 1.0A port is suited for mobile phones, while the 2.1A port is good for tablets, high-capacity smartphones and even some digital cameras. For more information on the Adata A10050 Power Bank head here.
Capacity: 10,000mAh / Output: 5V 2.1A (Type-A USB)
Size: 1.6cm x 7cm x 13cm; 191g
Price: £12 (average)
Compact and sleek, the Intenso Power Bank S10000 sports a no-nonsense design and a respectable 10,000mAh capacity battery, which should fully charge the average Android smartphone around 3/4 times. Free of bells and whistles and funky displays, the Intenso does carry some useful features, such as an intelligent charge controller that protects itself and the devices it charges from overcharging.
This charger comes with a built-in USB-B micro (male) cable so you don’t need to worry about carrying one around and its smooth surface and slim build slips easily into pockets so that you can charge smartphones easily while you’re on the move. Conversely, one thing I’d take away from the attractive Adata power bank above is that not only was it a little chunky for trouser pockets, I was worried about having it in the same coat or bag pockets as my phone in case its textured and angular metal surface damaged the screen.
Capacity: 6000mAh / USB Output: 5V 2.4A (Type-A USB) and 12V 180A-360A Jump Current
Size: 1.7cm x 7.3cm x 14cm; 261g
When I received the Cobra JumPack CPP 8000 charger I wondered why the box was so large, then I looked a little closer and realised that it’s big because it can jump start a bluddy car. Billed as a car-owner’s essential accessory, the Cobra JumPack has a 2.4A rapid USB charging port, but surprisingly only has a capacity of 6000mAh, which is a little disappointing.
But then again, if you’re keeping this in the car, it comes with a 12V in-car charger and you’re likely to have USB charging for your smart devices built-in or via an accessory. With that likelihood in mind, 6000mAh isn’t too bad if it’s just for emergencies and it will still charge most phones at least twice from critical to full. Additionally, it comes with jump starter cables and a built-in LED torch, making it one heck of a versatile power bank.
Capacity: 10,000mAh / Output: 5V 2.1A (Type-A USB) and 5V 1.0A (Type-A USB)
Size: 2.3cm x 5.2cm x 15.1cm; 249g
The Besiter Eclipse Power Bank Series is available in a range of power capacities from 2,500mAh-10000mAh and it carries a modern and sleek design; available in both black and white. This power bank has an Intelligent Charge feature, that can identify the current demands of your devices, delivering the correct charge needed for a wide variety of products including phones, Bluetooth accessories, cameras and even other power banks.
It also has two USB 2.0 slots that enable you to charge two devices simultaneously, which will make you popular among friends. Another smart feature is that Eclipse power banks can be charged while they charge your devices, so that you don’t have to worry about charging it separately and leaving home with a depleted power bank. Checking the power status is facilitated by a third clever feature; shaking the Eclipse reveals its battery status via an LED panel on its mirrored side, which means you don’t have to fumble about for a button to check its status. And of course, it has a bright flip-out LED torch built into it.