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Can anyone recommend a decent powerbank?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by StevieP, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. StevieP

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 2, 2004

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    Location: Chesterfield

    I'm off on holiday next month and could do with a decent powerbank to take out with us during the day to top up the batteries on mine and my wife's phones (USB type-c)

    Ideally not too huge and heavy but it wants to be able to support quick charging (my phone is an LG G7 and my wife's is a Galaxy S9 Plus)

    Thanks for any suggestions...
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
  2. Grrrrr

    Soldato

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    In terms of brands I prefer to buy Anker. Too many horror stories with lithium ion batteries to risk saving a couple of quid on a cheaper but unknown brand
     
  3. GMac11

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,192

    Location: Northern Ireland

    As above, can't beat Anker for quality and reliability. Other notable brands are EasyAcc and ESR - I have had mains chargers/wireless chargers and power banks from all three in various guises.
    What I would suggest, although it's by no means essential, is that since both your phones use Qualcomm Quick Charging (going by the chargers they are shipped with) it might be worth ensuring you get a Quick Charge 2.0 bank. As I say it's by no means essential and any power bank will work but you should get faster charging using compatible tech.
     
  4. jpaul

    Sgarrista

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    Anker too, but following hotuk discussions would consider xaomi, and purchase via aliexpress/others
    speed of charging the bank itself, is another criteria for me, but I have not done much research there.
     
  5. Kainz

    Capodecina

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    Location: In a cowfield, London, UK / New York Present

    Alongside Anker, I'd say Ravpower. I've got 8x Ravpower 20,000mah USB-C banks (don't ask) and the oldest 3 have been perfect for just over 3yrs now. The oldest ones have been all over the world and survived oddball conditions.

    They tend to be cheap during amazon sales, best time to get them.
     
  6. ninezerofive

    Gangster

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    Location: London

    nvm
     
  7. chroniclard

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 12,377

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Recently bought an Anker PowerCore 20100, seems fairly good so far. Use it for my phone and vape, lasts a good while and its not too hefty.
     
  8. Sho

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 21, 2006

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    Location: Oldham

    Anker and Ravpower
     
  9. warren_1979

    Mobster

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    I got a Baseus 2000mah from aliexpress which I like a lot.
     
  10. neoboy

    Capodecina

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    Location: UK

    My Anker is over two years old and still has great capacity, suppose only downside is that they tend to be more expensive than other brands popping up now.
     
  11. _tucker_

    Gangster

    Joined: May 8, 2013

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    Location: London

    Ankler power banks are really good I’ve had o e for years and take it biking to charge a go pro and gimbal at the same time. Charges them and my phone very quickly
     
  12. StevieP

    Soldato

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    Thanks for all the suggestions - I've had a look at a few different Anker ones that support qualcomm 3 charging but they seem pretty bulky!
     
  13. StevieP

    Soldato

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    I do quite like the look of the Anker Powercore II Slim but I can't tell if it supports Qualcomm fast charging?

    There is mention of Qualcomm in the specs on the Anker website but it only references recharging the power bank itself rather than the device quick charging the devices??

    I've looked at the higher mAh powerbanks but they seem to be pretty bulky and I can't imagine we are going to need more that 1 full charge for each of the 2 phones during days out!
     
  14. _tucker_

    Gangster

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    What’s Qualcomm charging I’ve never heard of it?
     
  15. d_brennen

    Capodecina

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    Apparently it does from one port, can't say for sure, I had 2 of these DOA from Amazon. PITA to return as you can't send them in usual post. Hermes lost them for a month until I put a claim in, suddenly they arrived back at Amazon :rolleyes:

    Here you go
     
  16. jpaul

    Sgarrista

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    if you do buy the larger ones, because they have more cells (in parallel), they will both charge faster to a given capacity, and charge phones, at a faster rate


     
  17. StevieP

    Soldato

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    Are the Aukey powerbanks any good?

    I'm quite drawn to the Aukey 10000 mAh USB-C bank - I think it supports Qualcomm 3.0 quick charging and is quite compact!

    The only annoyance is I I'll need to buy a USB-C to USB-C cable to charge my wife's S9+ at full speed!
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2019 at 1:04 PM
  18. 413x

    Capodecina

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    only go for one that small if you dont need more than a couple of charges a time
     
  19. StevieP

    Soldato

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    It should be fine for my needs - it's essentially just to top up mine and my wife's phones while we are out all day in Florida - which is why I don't want anything too chunky or heavy because I'll be carrying it around all day!
     
  20. bimmerboii

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 4, 2006

    Posts: 959

    Anker, Ravpower, Aukey & Mophie are top brands when it comes to quality powerbanks