WHAT SIZE PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER / POWERBANK DO I NEED?
I don’t know if it’s just me but I get a small satisfaction whenever I have a fully charged phone. On the other end of the spectrum, I become antsy when my phone’s battery reader is in the red, and there’s nowhere I can charge it.
I’m sure it’s happened to everyone before especially for those that travel often. A solution for this is to have a portable battery charger on hand
So which portable battery charger / powerbank should I get?
They come in all shapes and sizes with different price tags. You may want something light and easily transportable, or you many want something bigger that can charge all your devices.
How do I choose a portable battery charger.?
The first thing you want to ask yourself is what situations you are going to find yourself using these chargers. You may just need a little charge to your phone to get through the day but someone else may need a full charge on both their iPad and iPhone while traveling.
At this point it just becomes a math problem to how much power you need? Power in a portable battery charger is typically measured in milliamps (mAh), and these devices will typically be described with a number telling how its battery capacity. The true output rate may be lower at times.
iPhone mAh Capacity
- iPhone 5s – 1570 mAh
- iPhone 5c – 1507 mAh
- iPhone 5 – 1440 mAh
- iPhone 4s – 1432 mAh
- iPhone 4 – 1420 mAh
- iPad Air – 8820 mAh
- iPad Mini w/ Retina Display – 6471 mAh
- iPad Mini – 4440 mAh
- iPad 2 -6944 mAh
Another thing to consider that when you charge your iPad you will need a portable charger that has can supply higher amps. An iPad Air will need 2.4 amps, iPad 2 and iPad Mini with retina display will need one with 2.1 amps, and all others will need 1 amp.
Some portable chargers will also have a charging cable attached to it, so you don’t have to worry about carrying any wire around (see one above).