As we approach the end of the year, many Singaporeans are undoubtedly planning a getaway for the family, especially with the school holidays approaching. In the midst of your packing, one of the crucial items you cannot do without is a power bank. Whether you are navigating through unfamiliar streets using Google Maps, staying connected to friends and relatives through WhatsApp, or capturing breathtaking moments with your camera, a reliable power bank can ensure your phone has sufficient power to last you through the entire day.
So, if you do not have a power bank readily available, we recommend getting one before your trip. But how do you ensure you pick the ideal device for your overseas adventure, given the numerous options available on the market? Let us help simplify the selection process by sharing the four essential factors to consider to ensure you make an informed purchase.
Factor #1: Capacity of the power bank
The energy storage capacity of your power bank dictates the number of times it can fully recharge a particular device before its reserves run out. As such, it makes sense to err on the side of caution and opt for one with a higher capacity. After all, it is better to have the extra capacity and not need it than to need the extra capacity and not have it.
A good rule of thumb is to purchase a power bank with a stated capacity of 3 to 4 times that of your device’s battery. Please note that various conversion losses can occur during charging. So, you must consider these factors too when getting your ideal power bank. For example, you may require a power bank with at least 20,000 mAh if your phone has a battery capacity of 3,200 mAh.
However, that does not mean you can pick the power bank with the largest capacity and call it a day. If you are unaware, airlines have rules and regulations surrounding power banks on an aeroplane. Firstly, the device cannot exceed the maximum capacity of 27,000 mAh or 100Wh. Secondly, you can only place the power bank on your carry-ons, as it is not allowed as check-in luggage.
Factor #2: Size and weight of the power bank
Your power bank should be enhancing your travel experience, not adding bulk and inconvenience, especially since you will be on the go constantly when you are overseas. As a result, a bulky and heavy power bank can quickly become a burden. To ease your burden, opt for a portable and compact model instead.
Look for a portable power bank offering a good compromise between capacity, size, and weight. A more compact device allows you to slide it into your pocket, pouch, or backpack compartment easily, leaving more room in these places for other crucial items. You can also use your phone on the go while charging it from the battery pack in your pocket, with the charging cable running between them.
Factor #3: Build quality
When you are overseas, you would likely be on the road regularly. As a result, your power bank might be subjected to various environmental conditions and handling. As such, a flimsy or fragile power bank will do you no favours. Instead, you will require something capable of withstanding the unavoidable drops, impacts, and knocks accompanying your travels.
Factor #4: Multiple output ports
Power banks with a single output port are fine if you are a solo traveller with only one phone to charge at a time. However, things are different if you carry multiple devices or travel with your family. In such cases, you will require a power bank with multiple output ports to charge two or more devices simultaneously.
The last thing you want is a quarrel over who gets to use the power bank first when both parties’ phones are running low on power. Additionally, ensure the power bank comes with varied USB ports, such as USB-A and USB-C, to accommodate the various charging cables associated with different gadgets.
A well-chosen power bank is not just a convenience. It is also your ticket to staying connected and capturing unforgettable moments on your overseas adventures. Fortunately, you do not need to search far for your ideal portable power bank. At Energea, we offer an extensive selection of travel-friendly power banks, including MagSafe power banks. Visit our website today to browse our range of portable power banks.