To determine which rechargeable power bank is best for your needs, we need to establish what your requirements are and then examine the different models and specifications available that best match your criteria.
Apart from the obvious cost and power usage, you need to consider size, all the dimentions and weight as locating your power banks can be a challenge in your RV or tiny house.
Many of your modern tech gadgets are power-hungry and with our fast-paced data-hungry lifestyle occupying much of your day, you need to make sure your tech gadgets keep charged. Portable chargers and power banks will stop you from getting stranded whilst you are mobile or unable to reach your regular charging point.
Here are 10 tips to consider when buying rechargeable portable power banks, we advise you to consider all the pro’s and cons before buying as running out of power can hinder your day considerably.
Physical size (dimensions) and weight are some of the most important considerations when buying a portable power bank especially if you will be traveling in your RV or carrying it to and from remote locations. Remember, the larger the power source, the heavier the battery pack becomes.
Price and performance together with the build quality will be one area that determines which model you purchase and what features it will include. Always check relevant and reliable reviews
Portable power bank charging capacity. What size charger you need will depend on the number of devices you wish to charge and how often would you like to charge them before you have to recharge your portable power bank. A basic power bank for charging your mobile phone will need less charging capability than a portable power bank required to charge a CPaP machine or laptop.
Charging your portable power bank before use, It is most important that you remember your portable power bank will itself need charging before use. The size of the battery bank and the source charging rate will determine how long it will take to be fully charged.
Charging connector types, are usually USB Type-A – the standard USB connector you are used to seeing which interfaces with USB phone chargers, camera flash memory drives, iPods, and so forth. However, there are a number of different configurations now available including micro-USB, mini-USB, and most recently Apple devices which incorporate a lightning connector, so you need to make sure your devices have the right connector type before buying.
Device input and output ports, The first power banks only had a single output port, usually USB, but with the ever-increasing mobile device demand and technology improvements in speed, the requirement for multiple charging capability and larger power bank storage so check that the output capabilities match your charging requirements.
Only use the portable power bank for it’s intended use. It is always good practice to run the power bank down as much as possible as this helps prolong the battery capability. Make sure you keep it away from direct heat sources and nearby liquids.
Connecting leads, When you buy a portable power bank, it is often supplied without device charging leads.
Use your portable power bank regularly. Avoid long periods of inactivity as it can have a negative effect on the portable power bank’s recharging capability. If not needed for long periods, then it would be advisable to circulate a charge, then discharge the cycle periodically to maintain the battery condition and extend its life.
Do not attempt to repair faulty power banks, there is a serious risk of injury if you short circuit the battery. In the event that any battery fluids leak onto the skin or get into your eyes, wash the affected areas immediately and seek medical help if needed.