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.
The most obvious solution for folks who want more juice is to invest in power banks. And if your smartphone has Quick Charge 3.0 support, you refuel it swiftly and rapidly.
In this post today, we present a list of the best Quick Charge 3.0 power banks. 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 at 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, shorter charging wire will benefit you the most.
The Aukey 30000mAh USB-C Portable Power Bank has over 67% positive reviews and bears the tag of Amazon's Choice. This one has an insane capacity of 30000mAh. Naturally, the enormous capacity means you'll have to deal with the weight. Coming to the input and output ports, this one bundles one QC 3.0 output, a USB Type-C port at 3V that also doubles up as input, and a third USB port that offers fast charging at 2.4A.
The Micro USB port for input comes with 2.4A charging support. At 30000mAh, you can expect the actual capacity of the power bank to be around 20000mAh, which is enough for most power users.
As far as the user experience is concerned, it collects pretty good reviews with many users being praising Aukey's customer care.
On the downside, this one doesn't have any dedicated notification LED light. The power button changes color to indicate the different power levels to help you know the status.
Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 1.3 pounds
The AUKEY portable power bank is priced at $59.99.
The Anker PowerCore 20000 boasts of Quick Charge 3.0 and a slim profile. This power bank claims to be 27 percent lighter than most of its rivals. It has two output USBs — one with QC 3.0 and the other with its custom IQ tech at 1A. The Micro USB port for input which supports 2A for charging.
The input is Quick Charge enabled which refuels itself in about six hours, which is pretty neat considering its massive capacity.
The Anker PowerCore 20000's build quality and the charging speed has been praised by many users in their reviews.
Also, the rounded corners ensure that they do not stick out like a sore thumb from your bag, while the tough outer shell keeps it protected from regular wear and tear.
If we calculate, you should get about 14,500mAH, which should be good enough for any regular user as long as you keep it charged.
The Anker PowerCore 20000 retails at $59.99 on Amazon.
The RAVPower Turbo Series 20100 Portable Charger has more than 75% positive reviews and has raked in 4.5 stars as a rating. This one bundles Quick Charge 3.0 in both its input and output channels. Other than that, it packs a 3A USB Type-C port and a standard 2A USB output.
At 1.1 pound, this portable charger is a bit heavy. However, the charging speed is up to the mark with several users echoing the same. And as is the case with most power banks, you can fuel multiple phones with it. As user Rolaids0 writes,
The RAVPower Turbo Series 20100 portable charger is priced at $53.99 and comes in two colors — black and white.
If you're looking for a power bank with plenty of ports, the ZeroLemon ToughJuice V3.0 is the one for you. It has a total of five ports, with one of them reserved for QC 3.0. The crux of this power bank is its massive 30000mAh capacity, and it comes at a catch — size. The ToughJuice V3.0 is a tad bigger and weighs approximately 1.25 pounds.
The only issue which I see with this one is that the other three ports are for 1A charging. So the phones will take its own sweet time in getting to refuel.
Another thing about the ZeroLemon ToughJuice V3.0 is that it takes a long time to juice itself. So, you might want to take these two things into consideration before you make the purchase.
On the upside, it has a USB Type-C port using which you can charge your MacBook (not as fast as a wall charger, though). Plus, there's a protective casing to protect it from regular wear and tear, and also prevent ugly fingerprint smudges.
At 14 ounces, the Tronsmart Edge20000 is one of the lightest and slimmest portable chargers. It has a capacity of 20000mAh (actual capacity of roughly 14000mAh). Like its other counterparts, it also bundles a Type-C port (input & output), a standard USB port and a separate QC 3.0 port. This combination means that you can charge the battery pack using either the Micro USB or USB Type-C port.
When it comes to the user reviews, the Tronsmart Edge20000 has a 69% positive reviews. At the time of writing, this product had only 69 user reviews on Amazon.
Also, do note that the maker doesn't supply Type-C cable in the box. However, they do include a travel pouch and a short USB Type A to Micro-USB cable.
Aside from that, the Tronsmart Edge20000 has four LED lights to display the battery status. It's priced at around $25.99.
The 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i would be a good bet, but it isn't sold in all regions. Like the above products, The Power Bank 2i supports Quick Charge 3.0 in a single port. 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 since the last one year, and it has served me well so far. The product is durable and strong, and charges QC3.0 compatible devices as it should.
Mind you, I am not a regular user, I only use it on trips or when I am travelling. It retails for Rs 1,499 on Amazon.
Dimensions: 15 x 7 x 2.4 cm
Weight: 358 g
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?
Next up: 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.