How to Choose the Best Power Bank 2022
Nowadays, having a power bank to keep your devices charged is a must. However, with so much choice now available, it can be difficult to know what we should be looking for. There are lots of different kinds of power bank that will suit different lifestyles – but below are the features you should always consider when you’re looking for your best power bank.
Battery capacity is one of the first things you should consider when choosing your power bank. Battery capacity is measured in mAh (milliamp hours) – the more mAh a power bank has, the more power it will hold and be able to deliver to your devices before the power bank needs charging again.
Power banks with a capacity of around 5,000 to 7,5000 mAh will have enough power to fully charge your smartphone twice. A power bank with 10,000 mAh will be able to charge your smartphone about four times fully or a tablet about two and a half times. You can look at the battery capacity on your device to match it to your power bank. For example, an iPhone 11 has a battery capacity of 3,110 mAh, so a power bank of at least 3,110 mAh will be able to give it one full charge.
The average capacity for smaller, pocket-sized power banks is 1,000 mAh. MAGFAST Life – our sleek and compact everyday charger – holds 6,000 mAh. That’s enough power to fully charge a dead smartphone battery twice. At the other end of the scale is MAGFAST Extreme, our super-charger with a staggering 18,500 mAh. That’s enough power to keep your devices charged up for days.
Battery Capacity and Flying
The battery capacity of your power bank will affect whether you are able to travel on a plane with it. It’s possible to fly with most power banks, as long as you take it into the cabin in your hand luggage. But if a power bank’s capacity is over around 27,000 mAh, you will not be able to take it on a plane. You can read our Flying with MAGFAST guide for more information about flying with power banks.
Getting Power In
Regardless of how much battery capacity your power bank has, at some point, it will need to be recharged. So, you should look at how you will be able to get power into your power bank. Most power banks will have a USB-C port or a Micro-USB port, so you can use these cables plugged into an outlet to recharge the battery.
MAGFAST power banks can be powered by USB-C and Micro-USB and also two extra ways. You can place MAGFAST power banks on any Qi wireless charger to get power in, meaning you can recharge your power bank without needing any extra wires. You can also use our unique ‘snap-to-charge’ technology to wirelessly power your power bank, by snapping your MAGFAST power bank onto any other MAGFAST charger using the innovative magnets.
Getting Power Out
When choosing a power bank, you’ll also need to consider the ways you can get power out and into your devices. You’ll need to think about what you’ll be using your power bank to charge – maybe your smartphone, tablet, e-reader, or wireless headphones. These will likely require different types of cable to charge, including USB-C, Micro-USB, Lightning, and USB-A. Some power banks might have QI wireless charging, so you can charge compatible devices without wires.
You should also look at how many output ports the power bank has – will you be able to charge multiple devices at once, or will you be limited to just one at a time? If the power bank has a Qi charging zone, does it also have wire ports available for your devices that can’t be charged wirelessly?
All MAGFAST power banks have multiple ways to get power out, with the capability to charge multiple devices at once. MAGFAST Life has a neat built-in mini cable with a USB-C tip, with a USB-C port available to use a longer USB-C cable if you need it. It also includes a USB-A port and a Qi wireless zone. Plus, it has our magical MAGFAST connection, to snap together with another MAGFAST charger that might need power. MAGFAST Extreme has multiple USB-C and USB-A ports, and it’s also the world’s first power bank to feature three Qi wireless charging zones, so you can charge multiple devices at once.
Fast Charge Capability
A good power bank will be equipped with fast charging technology, so you can charge your devices in quick time. Whilst a power bank will probably never be as quick as using an outlet, if a power bank is using the latest technology, it will still be able to give your devices a quick boost. Fast charging will only work with compatible USB-C cables, which are equipped with a special chip to stop them from overheating.
MAGFAST power banks all use state-of-the-art charging technology and top-quality components to ensure your devices are charged as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. As well as using fast-charging through USB-C, MAGFAST power banks use the latest Qi wireless charging technology for the quickest and most efficient wireless charge.
Pass-Through Charging Capability
There may be times, especially when you’re traveling, when you will need to charge your device at the same time you charge your power bank. In that case, you will need to ensure your power bank is capable of pass-through charging, where the power bank will be able to charge the device as it charges itself. This can save you a huge amount of hassle and will mean you won’t have to carry multiple cables or look for an outlet with multiple ports – you can simply plug in your power bank and connect your device.
Type of Display
It’s important to know how much power is left in your power bank, so you’re never stuck with an empty battery with no way to charge it. Many power banks will have some sort of display using LED lights to indicate how much battery capacity is left in the power bank.
MAGFAST’s LEDelicious is our intuitive display which features on all of our power banks. We use 10 beautiful LED lights to indicate how much battery power the power bank currently has, so you’ll know exactly what’s left and when you’ll need to charge it up for a boost. Not only that, but each light corresponds to a charging port – when you connect your device to the port, the light will ‘breathe’ as it charges and then remain steady when the battery is full.
When you’re looking for a power bank, you’ll need to consider what you’ll be using it for. Will you be using it for every day, or for traveling? The size and weight of the power bank will usually be connected to the power capacity – so, the larger the battery capacity, the larger the charger will be. When you’ll be using your power bank will affect how big or small you’ll need it to be.
So, whilst MAGFAST Extreme will have plenty of power to keep your devices powered up for days, and might be especially useful if you’re traveling, it might not be appropriate if you’re going out for the day without a bag. MAGFAST Life, however, is small and sleek enough to fit in your pocket or purse and easily carry with you all day, whilst still packing a punch when it comes to power.
Final Thoughts on Choosing the Best Power Bank 2022
What you need from a power bank will differ depending on when you’ll be using it, where you’ll be using it, and what devices you’ll need to charge with it. MAGFAST’s family of chargers includes a range of premium high-performing, versatile, and reliable devices. All of our MAGFAST chargers are built to our high specifications and undergo rigorous testing to ensure they’re ready for whatever you need from them. Discover MAGFAST today and find your next power bank.
Best Power Bank 2022 FAQs
What’s the best power bank for hiking?
The best power bank for hiking will hold enough power to charge your device but be light enough to seamlessly fit into your backpack without adding unnecessary weight.
MAGFAST Life is our pocket-sized power bank that holds enough power to fully charge a smartphone twice. Or, if you need more power, MAGFAST Extreme holds enough power to keep multiple devices going for days and, whilst it’s bigger than Life, it’s still sleek and streamlined so it won’t take up too much space in your backpack.
What’s the best power bank for long journeys?
The best power bank for long journeys will be able to hold plenty of power and also be able to charge multiple devices at once, so whether you’re traveling solo or in a group, every device will be kept charged up and ready to go.
MAGFAST Extreme holds a staggering 18,500 mAh of power, meaning it can keep your devices charged for your entire journey. It also has multiple charging ports, including three Qi wireless charging zones, so you can charge many devices at once on your journey.
If you’re traveling by car, MAGFAST Road is our in-car charger, using your vehicle’s 12v outlet. Road has multiple charging ports to charge numerous devices at once. Plus, it will act as a power bank when you reach your destination.
What’s the best power bank for camping?
The best power bank for camping will have a battery capacity over 15,000 mAh, so you can keep your devices charged for your whole trip without worrying about topping up your power bank. It should also be versatile enough to have the capability to charge different types of device, so you only have to bring one power bank with you.
MAGFAST Extreme has a battery capacity of 18,500 mAh, so you’ll have plenty of power for all of your devices on your trip. It also has multiple ways to get power out, including Micro-USB, USB-A, USB-C and Qi wireless charging, so it will be fully compatible with all of your devices.
What’s the best power bank 2022?
The best power bank in 2022 will offer the most up-to-date charging technology, with fast-charging capability. It will be fully compatible with all types of device and also be reliable and built to a high specification.
MAGFAST power banks use the latest technology for fast-charging and for Qi wireless charging, giving you the most efficient charge possible for your device. Our power banks are super versatile, with multiple ways to get power in and out, making them simple to use whatever you might need them for. Discover how MAGFAST is changing charging for good.