Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Top 7 Best Power Banks in India 2016

While the device like smartphones and tablets are getting powerful day-by-day, the battery power for these devices is not growing in the same proportion. This is resulting in power hungry devices which do not last even a full day. In a today's internet connected world, it is necessary to always remain connected to world through internet on mobiles and tablets. You are not always guaranteed to find charger slots for your mobile phone when you are travelling outdoors. That is where the role of power banks come in sight.

I never felt the need to buy power banks until recently. I went to an event and when I reached there, I found my phone's battery on the verge of dying. What I had done was leaving my GPS on to find the event location. Since I am a blogger, I always need to connected to Email, Twitter as well as other useful blogging websites. What makes the situation worse is that Mobile Internet(3G/4G) eats far more battery than WiFi.

What is Power Bank?
A power bank is a portable charger for your mobile devices that can supply USB power using stored energy in its built-in batteries. It is an absolute necessity if you are a frequent traveller. You absolutely need to be able to charge your devices if you want to fully utilize them on a single trip. Cell phones, tablets, etc., all require power after some time and a power outlet is generally not available everywhere you go. Power bank can be charged at home and then accompany you everywhere. In India, power banks are even more required when train trips can last more than 2 days.

How to Choose the Best Power Bank?
There is an abundant choice of power banks available in market. It gets overwhelming to choose the best power bank according to your needs. If you are not careful in buying a power bank, you can end up with a fake power bank or a power bank which can only charge your device only 1-2 times. Fake power banks can even harm your mobile/tablet.

Below is a list of things you need to keep in mind while buying a power bank:

1) Capacity of Power Bank: First find the battery capacity of your phone. For example, battery of my Moto G 1st gen is 2070 mAh. Make sure that the battery capacity of power bank is more than the battery capacity of your mobile tablet. The larger the mAh of the power bank the more you can charge your device.

The mAh of the power bank you choose should be at least twice the battery capacity of your mobile. This way, it will charge your mobile two times. So a 10000 mAh power bank can charge a battery of 2070 mAh close to 5 times. I will suggest you to go with a power bank having more than 10000 mAh battery.

Note: For most power banks, the efficiency rate of the power bank is about 50 to 60% of the stated capacity. This is due to conversion of the charge from the battery to your phone and loss of power from the power cable. On more advanced power banks, efficiency rate is as much as 70 to 80% of the stated charge, depending on the model.

2) Type of Battery: Pay attention to the type of cells — Lithium-ion or Lithium-polymer — used in the power bank. Li-ion is cheap and easily available. Li-poly cells, on the other hand, are more expensive, but provide twice as much charge density per unit weight.

Lithium Polymer is the new advanced battery. It is made of aluminium plastic casing and has lighter weight and  better performance  and safety features , though a bit expensive. On the other hand Lithium ion ( 18650 Lithium Battery) which means length is 65 mm and diameter of 18 mm is cylindrical in shape is older generation but still popular due to lower price.

So it’s better to go for Lithium Polymer batteries instead of lithium ion as they are safe, more lightweight and better quality.

3) Current (in Amperes):

i) Output Current (in Amperes): The ampere rating for the output port for the power bank is crucial in order to ensure that your device is charged well. In lower end power banks, the output port would typically be 1A, while higher end ones have 2.1A.

Older phones do not draw more than 1 Ampere to charge their batteries. However, newer handsets and tablets need a 2.1 Ampere input current. Check your mobile's original plug for details on current draw. If possible, buy a powerbank with two USB ports — 1A and 2.1A. Remember: When it comes to charging your gadgets, current draw is more important than capacity.

Advanced power banks now have the ability to detect and adjust the amperes depending on the device. As such, these power banks are better in the long run as

They ensure your devices get charged fast
They don't push a larger current than whatever your smartphone/tablet/iPhone/iPad could take.

ii) Input Current (in Amperes): Just as the output current is important, the input current is crucial to your power bank charging times. With low input current, your large power bank would take a 8 to 10 hours to be fully charged. However, at times you might have a power bank with a 2.1A input current, but your wall charger might only be able to output 1A.

In such cases, it is wise to upgrade to a better wall charger, as you never know when you would need a fully charged power bank.

4) Number of Ports: Higher capacity battery packs also usually come with more than one USB charging ports. Naturally, more ports cost more money, and the number of ports you should go for depends on how many devices you carry. The biggest advantage of additional ports is that you can charge more devices at the same time.

5) Safety Certifications: To shield you from fake power banks, it's very important to choose a credible option. Generally Power Banks with FCC, CE and ROHS certifications are best. Getting FCC or ROHS certificate is a big thing since they have to pass safety tests for sensitive products like power banks which can explode. They check whether polymer or ion batteries are prone to explosion. What one should check in power bank is FCC and ROHS certification which ensure proper circuits and safety panels are used by manufacturer.

For improved safety and performance, buy a power bank that comes with over voltage protection (OVP), over charge protection (OCP) and over-temperature protection (OTP) that ensure its longevity against spurts in current, and over heating during charging and discharging.

6) After Sales Service & Warranty: Before buying the power bank, make sure to check the warranty period & nearby service center locations of the power bank brand. Many Chinese companies are selling power banks with no service centers in India. Every best power bank for mobiles will offer you at least one year warranty.

Now you have read all the tips to keep in mind while buying a power bank. It's time for you to know the best power banks in India you can buy now:

1) Romoss 10000 mAh Polymos 10 Power Bank

Romoss 10000 mAh Polymos 10 Power BankRomoss 10000 mAh Polymos 10 Power Bank is the best power bank one can buy in India.

Pros:

1) It has a battery capacity of 10000 mAh. Its average efficiency is 80%.
2) It uses Li-Polymer battery which is safer and durable.
3) It has two ports for discharging. The output current for one port is 2.1 A while for the other, it is 1 A. For example, you can charge both your smartphone and tablet at same time.
4) The input current is 2.1 A which makes its self charging time 6.5 hours with 5V/2.1A cable.
5) It can be charged and charge your device at the same time. This makes sure that you never get in a situation where both of your power bank and device are out of power.
6) It saves power waste by automatically turning off if not used for more than 60 seconds.
7) It comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Cons:
1) Some persons may hear about this company for first time.

Buy Now from: Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal

2) TP-LINK TL-PB10400mAH Power Bank
TP-LINK TL-PB10400mAH Power BankTP-LINK TL-PB10400mAH Power Bank is the second best power bank one can buy in India.

Pros:

1) It has a battery capacity of 10400 mAh. Its average efficiency is 70%.
2) It has two ports for discharging. The output current for one port is 2 A while for the other, it is 1 A. For example, you can charge both your smartphone and tablet at same time.
3) Its input current is 2 A.
4) It comes with built-in flashlight for in-house and off-road activities.
5) Four LED lights work as charge indicators to show battery level or charging status use of mobile devices.
6) It comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Cons:
1) It cannot charge other devices while it is charging.
2) It uses Li-Ion battery.

Buy Now from: Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal

3) ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh Power Bank
ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh Power BankASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh Power Bank is thr third best power bank you can buy in India.

Pros:

1) It has a battery capacity of 10050 mAh. Its average efficiency is 70%.
2) The output current for its only port is 2.4 A.
3) Its input current is 2 A which makes its self charging time approximately 6 hours with 5V/2A cable.
4) It is small in size and has pretty looks.
5) It comes with a 6 month manufacturer warranty.
Cons:
1) It uses Li-Ion battery.
2) It has only 1 port so it can charge only 1 device at a time.

Buy Now from: Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal

4) PNY BE-740 10400 mAH Power Bank
PNY BE-740 10400 mAH Power BankPNY BE-740 10400 mAH Power Bank is the fourth best power bank you can buy in India.

Pros:
1) It has a battery capacity of 10050 mAh. Its average efficiency is 70%.
2) The output current for its only port is 2.1 A.
3) Its input current is 2.1 A which makes its self charging time approximately 6 hours with 5V/2.1A adapter.
4) It comes with a built-in LED torch.
5) It comes with 1 year limited warranty.

Cons:
1) It comes with Li-ion battery.
2) It has only 1 port so it can charge only 1 device at a time.

Buy Now from: Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal

Honor 13000 mAh PowerbankHonor 13000 mAh Powerbank is the fifth best power bank you can buy in India.

Pros:
1) It has a battery capacity of 13000 mAh. Its average efficiency is 80%.
2) It has two ports for discharging. The output current for both ports is 2 A which is amazing. For example, you can charge both your smartphone and tablet at same time.
3) Its input current is 2A. Its charging time is 5 hours with 5V/2A adapter.
4) It automatically shuts down after 6 seconds when there is no connection charge detected.
5) It comes with 6 months warranty.

Cons:
1) It comes with Li-ion battery.
2) It is only available on Flipkart.

Buy Now from: Flipkart

Ambrane P-1310 13000 mAh Power Bank
Ambrane P-1310 13000 mAh Power Bank is the sixth best power bank you can buy in India.

Pros:
1) It has a battery capacity of 13000 mAh. Its average efficiency is 70%.
2) It has two ports for discharging. The output current for one port is 2.1 A while for the other, it is 1 A. For example, you can charge both your smartphone and tablet at same time.
3) The input current is 2.1 A which makes its self charging time 5 hours with 5V/2.1A cable.
4) It has a built-in torch.
5) It comes with 1 Year Manufacturer warranty.

Cons:
1) It uses Li-Ion battery.

Buy Now from: Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal

7) Intex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank
Intex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power BankIntex IT-PB11K 11000 mAh Power Bank is the seventh best power bank you can buy in India.

Pros:
1) It has a battery capacity of 11000 mAh.
2) It has three ports for discharging. The output current for two ports is 2 A while for the third, it is 1 A.
3) Its input current is 2.1 A. Its charging time is 5 hours with 5V/2.1A adapter.
4) It comes with 1 year warranty.

Cons:
1) It uses Li-Ion battery.

Buy Now from: Amazon | Flipkart | Snapdeal

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30 comments:

  1. Seems like Romoss has the best features overall.

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    1. Yes Aasheesh, that's why it is listed on top.

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  2. Can you suggest a power bank with 16000 mAH battery capacity?

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  3. hi tarun..amazon and others doesnt ship romoss power bank to my area..
    other than tht wcich s the best product?
    can u tell wt to buy from these three intex,honor, or ambrane?

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  4. I need a powerbank(10K or above MAH) for my Oneplus one (3000Mah battery). I just want to ask which PB is lightest in weight so that it it easily carry in trouser pocket?
    I read Asus is good price to mah value but its weight is 345gms which is hefty to carry.

    Can you suggest which is best

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    1. Hi Sid, you can go with Asus ZenPower which is just 215 g in weight.

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  5. Im confused which is better Oneplus or Asus Zenpower . Under 2000

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  6. hi i want to buy Anker PowerCore 20100 suggest me is it is good product

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    1. Hi Praveen, Anker PowerCore 20100 is a great power bank in the 20000 mAh range. Go with it.

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  7. Hi Tarun. I was going through power bank reviews online and liked your review the best. Of course I am confused on which power bank to buy but after reading your post I have a better clarity on what I want. Can you please suggest me a power bank with 2 output ports, 10k mAh or more capacity, with all safety measures and most importantly I am looking for a light weight gadget as I would carry the power bank to office everyday

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  8. Which is the best power bank for 6000mah battery??

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  9. Hi tarun,
    What will be the best PB of 20k mah, n are all these PB listed above are better than MI PB?

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  10. Tarun, is hako pb200 , 20k mah reliable, means durability wise.

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    1. Hi Soumyaranjan, Hako PB200 20K mAh powerbank has good reviews on Flipkart. You can go with it.

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  11. Hi Tarun
    Doing a little survey on Power Bank and your article is indeed an help.. Can you help me out with other details as to which brand to buy accordingt the MAH

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  12. Hi Tarun,

    You have created nice blog for PB. Can you suggest me the best power bank according to below requirements:
    1. Should have li-polymer battery
    2. Battery size should be equal or greater than 10k mah.
    3. It should retain charge, if not used, as i will not use PB regularly.
    4. Should have good charging efficiency.. Both charging device and charging PB(less charging time)
    5. Having 02 ports.
    6. Not very much expensive.
    7. Having 1 year warranty.
    8. PB weight should be normal.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Best Regards,
    Anil

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  13. Hi tarun
    Romoss polymos 10 air or romoss solo 6 which is better to buy?

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