The Convenience of Power Banks
Power banks can be a brilliant way to charge your devices when power is limited. Power banks allow you to charge your electronic devices (i.e. Bluetooth speakers and other devices) when no power outlets or other means of power are available in your current location. Some power banks even have solar panels, allowing them to charge themselves via the sun even when there are no power outlets around. Bluetooth devices can largely benefit from power banks, as their batteries will inevitably drain with repeated use. Don’t get us started on iPhone batteries!
We’ve all been there - you go on a camping trip, a hike, or some other outdoor excursion where power outlets are seldom found. What are you going to do? Your phones and Bluetooth devices will soon perish if you cannot find power, and you will be forced to go it alone (sort of) in the cruel and unforgiving world of nature!
Luckily, power banks have got this covered – allowing you to charge your Bluetooth devices while on-the-go or in the wilderness, with some even allowing you to charge 2 devices at once! This convenience is unprecedented. Imagine getting lost in a rural area and having your phone break down on you, meaning your GPS location and map services are now dead. Do you have a paper map handy? Unless you’re living in the dark ages, probably not. Enter the power bank!
Or picture this: you’ve set up camp in a remote meadow, and you’re complementing the evening with your favorite playlist of mellow ballads playing elegantly over your Bluetooth speaker… when suddenly the music starts to stutter and cut out. Oh no! What’s a Bluetooth speaker owner to do? Luckily your night doesn’t have to be ruined. Simply plug your Bluetooth device into your power bank and allow your tranquil evening to continue as planned.
Technical power bank information to consider
Most power banks have a varied battery capacity that ranges from 2,000 mAh to 20,000 mAh depending on the device. To put it in layman’s terms, the more “mAh” your power bank has, the more charge it can hold. Therefore, if a 2,000 mAh power bank can fully charge an iPhone, a 20,000 mAh power bank can fully charge an iPhone 10 times over. The higher the mAh, the better.
The current of your electronics, however, can use up a power banks charge more quickly. For example, a tablet requires a higher current than a small Bluetooth speaker, and this would mean that your power bank will drain more quickly even though similar amounts of “charge” are being used up.
Some power banks also feature “fast charging” technology that is becoming all the rage with several smartphones and Bluetooth devices these days. This fast charging technology is ideal for those who may wish to simply power up their Bluetooth devices quickly (say for 20 minutes) before heading out. However, the device that you are powering up needs to be compatible with fast-charging technology, otherwise, it will not work as intended.
What do you need from your power bank?
Power banks come in all shapes and sizes, and are suited to a vast array of people and uses. Some people may use power banks as convenient sources of power in their everyday lives, whereas others may require them for long-haul trips or extended periods away from power outlets, like in the instance of camping or hiking. What would a campfire be without your Bluetooth speaker playing your camping playlist? Acoustic guitars and “Kumbaya” are so 20th century.
Power banks come in different weights and sizes, and this is one of the first things you should take into account. Smaller and lighter power banks may be good for short camping trips or treks, though they are more likely designed to be used for people who are on-the-go (even in metropolitan areas) who may have devices that need an extra bit of charge every now and again. iPhones are notorious for their terrible battery lives, and there aren’t enough Starbucks in the world to charge all of those quickly-draining phones when they start to die on their owners. Some power banks are small enough to fit into your pocket, allowing you to take them with you and even charge your devices in your pocket. Just be careful not to dislodge the wires as you walk!
Larger power banks are much more robust, and are usually made from stronger materials. These sorts of power banks are definitely not designed for your pocket, but are more apt for long-haul traveling and excursions such as the aforementioned hiking or camping. These large power banks often have multiple sockets and are capable of charging more than one device simultaneously. It is also increasingly common for them to incorporate solar power bank technology, using solar panels to “top up” their charge using the sun’s natural energy. This makes them ideal for sunny days outside, though most will still come with a “mains charging” feature nonetheless. After all, we don’t all live in sunny climates!
Just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, many power banks come with a bunch of other features too. Though charging your Bluetooth devices and phones is their main job, many feature LED flashlights which can be invaluable for camping trips. Some even offer SOS lights for those who find themselves lost in the wilderness!
It is also increasingly common for power banks to advertise themselves as waterproof. While there is some truth to this, we don’t suggest submerging them in the bath to “test this out”, and we certainly don’t suggest doing this with your phones or Bluetooth devices too! “Waterproof” in this context is applicable to “this won’t break in the rain” rather than “submerge this at the bottom of the Atlantic and it will still work”.
Power banks are a lifesaver for your phones and Bluetooth devices.
Power banks are increasingly being commended for their heroic saving of many phones and Bluetooth devices, with many even beginning to crop up for rent at outdoor music festivals and campsites. So whether you’re having problems with a dying iPhone, tablet or Bluetooth speaker, a power bank may be a lifesaver for you and your electronic needs.