Many phones don't last the entire day, all thanks to our continuous phone usage. You'd be able to relate to it more if you are always on the move with no access to power outlets. This matter turns worse if you're not on Wi-Fi, as phones tend to use more power when on less efficient LTE connections. And that's when fast-charging power banks with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support and USB-C Power Delivery come into the picture.
These power banks let you refuel your phones, earphones, and smartwatches swiftly. And with the additional Power Delivery option, you do not have to look at other power banks to charge your Apple iPhone.
Yep, these devices fuel both Android and iPhone devices, as long as you have the right charging cable with you.
So, if you are in the market looking for power banks with Quick Charge 3.0 (and USB-C Power Delivery). we have curated a list of the best ones out there.
But before we get down to it, let's see what should you check out while buying one.
Note: Qualcomm's Quick Charge standard is different from the other charging technologies. Before you make your purchase, do make sure that your phone is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible to make it work.
What to Look for When Buying Power Banks
Does your power bank check the following boxes?
Product portability (weight & volume) of the product.
Does it have warranty coverage?
Last but not least, the actual capacity.
You wouldn't want to invest in a device that takes an eternity to charge. If you're looking for a product which fuels your phone at a considerably good speed, it should do the same with itself.
Plus, take into consideration the conversion loss and the actual capacity. Yeah, power banks hold substantially more power. However, it'd be wrong to assume that a 5000mAh portable charger will be able to yield two full battery charges for a 2500mAh battery.
So how do you calculate it? Let's take a look below.
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How to Calculate Power Bank Capacity
By default, the power rating of a phone is calculated at 5 volts. But when it comes to power banks, it's estimated at 3.7 volts since they carry Li-ion battery cells inside. Naturally, this causes a step down in the charge cycles.
Calculating the actual capacity as opposed to the marketed one requires a bit of math. For instance, if a power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, then the total energy will be 18500mWh (5000mAh x 3.7V, mWh being watt-hours).
So, if we convert that to 5V, the stored capacity will be 3700mAh (18500mWH / 5V). Now, this capacity has to take into consideration simple laws of physics like resistance and heat loss. Also, the conversion efficiency comes into the calculation which finally determines a nearly actual capacity of a typical 5,000mAh power bank.
Also, shorter the wire, lesser will be the resistance. Hence, a shorter charging wire will benefit you the most.
1. Aukey Wireless Portable USB-C Power Bank
Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.95 x 0.61 inches | Weight: 8.5oz
This Aukey Power Bank bundles many things. For one, it brings together the advantage of both Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C Power Delivery. Yes, you read that right! Apart from supporting wireless charging, this nifty power bank also lets you fast-charge your phone as well. It comes with a single PD-powered USB-C port and a Quick Charge-powered USB-A port.
So yeah, if you plug compatible phones to charge (and provided the power bank is fully charged), you will get a decent charging speed.
However, the feature that sets it apart from the rest is its wireless charging support. This portable power bank can deliver output at 5W, 7.5W and 10W. So you can charge the compatible iPhone and Android phones on the go.
Aside from that, there's a nifty phone holder at the back. Once you prop it out, you can rest the phone on it to wirelessly charge, while you can enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows.
Last but not least, the stand is stable and doesn't wobble or skid even when the phone vibrates. In short, if you want an all-in-one power bank, this one is definitely worth considering.
2. Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD
Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 12.2oz
Anker is a pretty known name in the smartphone accessories market, primarily for their quality products, and this power bank is no different. One of the main features that sets it apart from its peers is its versatility. Not only can you charge your Quick Charge 3.0 compatible phones in this one, but you will also be able to top up the battery of smaller devices like wireless earbuds or your Nintendo Switch (see best Nintendo Switch accessories).
As far as the Power Delivery output is concerned, this one can provide up to 18W through the USB-C port. It's worth to be noted that the USB-A is backed by the in-house PowerIQ 2.0 charging technology. And it's this port that also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0.
Connection-wise, there are only two ports — USB-A and USB-C. The latter also doubles up as the input. Thankfully, charging the power bank doesn't take that long. If you hook it with a compatible PD adapter, it will be fully charged in around 6 hours.
Though this Quick Charge 3.0 compatible power bank may seem simple at first glance, it's quite heavy at around 345.5 grams. On the upside, the design is sleek and beautiful. And hey, there are some handy indicator LEDs as well.
Another power bank that packs both Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery is the RAVPower Turbo Series 20100 Portable Charger. It packs a 3A USB-C port, a Quick Charge 3.0 port, and a standard 2A USB-A output. It's worth noting that the input is a Quick Charge compatible port.
The 20100mAh battery capacity is good enough to see you through quite a few charge cycles. Plus, it's powerful enough to charge lightweight and compact laptops.
However, this portable charger is a bit heavy to carry in your pocket or bag. On the upside, the charging speed is up to the mark. The best part is that the price is pretty decent and you can fuel multiple phones with it.
4. Aukey PB-Y36 Portable Charger
Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.3 x 1.3 inches | Weight: 6.88oz
The Aukey PB-Y36 Portable Charger is the right charger if you are looking for a small but capable power backup option. This one measures just 5.2-inches in length and weighs just around 6.4 ounces, making it easily portable. Don't let the small form factor deter you from buying, for this 10000mAh power bank is quite competent.
Like its counterpart above, this power bank bundles both Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0, thereby letting you charge Android phones, iPhone, and tablets rather quickly. Out of the 10000mAh, you will get around 7,400mAh to top-up your phones and laptop.
Owing to its small size, this one doesn't have many ports to flaunt. It has a QC-powered USB-A port and a PD-backed USB-C port. The latter also acts as the input. When using the right USB-C Power Delivery cable, it takes only around 3 hours to recharge itself.
Out of the 100+ reviews so far, the Aukey PB-Y36 Portable Charger has managed to attract a decent number of user reviews, primarily for its value for money proposition, size and performance.
The 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i would be a good bet, but it isn't sold in all regions. Like the above products, this Power Bank 2i supports 18W charging. This power bank allows charging two devices at a time. Furthermore, it features a Low Power mode using which you can fuel your low-power Bluetooth devices.
The recharge time is around 6 hours. I have been using the Mi Power Bank 2i on and off for the last year, and it has served me well so far. The product is durable and strong, and charges compatible devices as it should.
Mind you, I am not a regular user, I only use it on trips or when I am traveling. It retails for Rs 1,499 on Amazon.
Many people consider battery packs before investing in a power bank. Though the former is useful, they do have their shortcomings. First, they are not future proof, meaning that you have to change them when you buy your next phone.
Second, considering their price, they do not have the same power output. And let's not go into the charging speed. In the end, they end up being a disappointment.
On the other hand, power banks are future proof, and you can carry most of them with your belongings. So, which one of these will you get?
Want to charge your phone quickly while driving? Here are a couple of car chargers with Quick Charge 3.0 to juice up your devices.
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