You should never leave home without this gadget

ID-100171831Smartphones get smarter every year. But the smarter they get, the faster they run out of juice. When I first switched to using a smartphone, I was quite shocked as to how fast the battery drains. Older 2G phones can last a week without charging, while smartphones can’t even last a day.

But there is no turning back now. Smartphones are here to stay.

Statistics show that for every 1 smartphone, 10 powerbanks are made. Okay, I just made that up. 🙂 But in a way, it’s  true. Nowadays there are tons of powerbanks available in different sizes, colors, and battery capacity.

 

Powerbank is a must

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If you have multiple gadgets, then brining a powerbank is a must! Having a powerbank ensures that you can recharge your smartphone or tablet at anytime.

If you’re using your smartphone as your main camera, the battery drains really fast. When you’re attending special events such as weddings and graduations, you don’t want to miss some really cool photo opportunities just because your battery ran out.

If you’re travelling a lot or spending a lot of time commuting, a powerbank can be quite handy. If you’re stuck in traffic for hours, then you don’t have to worry. You can watch all the YouTube videos you want, play Candy Crush, or browse Buzzfeed. If you’re battery is running low, you can easily whip out your powerbank and charge your phone.

Here are some tips on picking out the perfect powerbank:

Buy powerbank with more than 5000 mAh.

If you want to be more specific, you can easily check websites such as GSM Arena to quickly access the  device’s battery capacity. Most smartphones usually have 1500-3000 mAh capacity. According to Wikipedia:

An ampere-hour or amp-hour (SI symbol A·h or A h; also denoted Ah) is a unit of electric charge, with subunits milliampere-hour (mA·h or mAh; often used in rechargeable and disposable battery specifications) and milliampere-second (mA·s).

Basically, mAh is the unit that measures the battery capacity. The higher the number, the longer the battery would last. Theoretically. Although it’s important to note that there are a number of factors that can affect the lasting power of a battery such as your brightness setting.

Choose powerbanks with extra features.
Some powerbanks come with flashlights and even a solar panel. Isn’t it cool to have a powerbank with a solar panel? In the event of an apocalypse, you can at least power your phone or tablet. 🙂

Check out different brands of powerbanks.

I’ve been using a powerbank from CD-R King for the past few months, and it’s quite awesome. It charges fast. And of course, it is a lot cheaper compared to other branded powerbanks. Currently, I’m using a 7500 mAh powerbank. If I remember correctly, it costs roughly P700.

However, some people are skeptical in using powerbanks from CD-R King. If you’re one of these people, you might want to consider more expensive powerbanks. If you do, consider spending P1500-P3000 (or probably more).

If you want to know more about the different types of battery used in powerbanks and which one you should be careful of, I suggest checking out this post.
Buy shorter charging cables that you can keep in your bag.

mini lightning cable
This is one of the mini lightning cables that I’ve been eying from Amazon.

Shorter cables are easier to store in your bag. There are plenty of charging cables such as the lighting connectors that are sold online and gadget stores. But of course, buy it with caution.If you’re buying online check out ratings and reviews.

If you’re buying directly from the store, make sure to test it out first to ensure that it is capable with your gadgets.

Do you think a powerbank is a must?

Please do suggest brands of powerbanks that you like using below. 🙂
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Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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