Best portable chargers for smartphone users

Keeping a power bank closeup is a lot more convenient and can help in emergency too


Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro

It is a reality that we have become so dependent on smartphones that battery life is perhaps the first casualty. Helped with the 4G roll-out, productivity tasks, binge watching on Netflix and playing a racing game all combine to drain the battery faster than one can imagine. Carrying a portable power bank with you can enhance the useable time, and can serve as a backup during emergency.

Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro

Rs1,999

Available on Mi.com

Xiaomi’s new Mi Power Bank Pro carries the good looks and premium finish of its predecessors. What makes it more desirable is the slew of new features and the sleek form factor. For a power bank with 10,000mAh capacity, it is surprisingly thin (12.8mm) and easy to carry around. It can output up to 5V.2A and charge a smartphone with 3,000mAh battery in less than 2 hours. It comes with a USB type-C and a USB 2.0 connector so it can be used with all modern day phones. The power banks intelligent power management tool allows it to safely modify power output and charge low-power devices such as smartwatches and wireless headsets.

Portronics Power Note 16000 mAh
Portronics Power Note 16000 mAh

Portronics Power Note 16000 mAh

Rs1,699

Available on Amazon.in

For users with an eye on a charger that impresses in almost all departments, including looks, capacity and form factor, Portronics Power note is one of the best available options. Powered by a massive 16,000mAh Li-ion battery, this portable charger is just 12mm thick, which is unheard of. It is one of the few portable chargers with a LCD display where you can see how much battery is left in terms of percentage. The dual USB ports allow two smartphones to be charged side by side—one at 5V/1A and the other at 5V/2A. One side of the charger has coarse leather-like finish will add to grip quality and looks.

Huawei AP007
Huawei AP007

Huawei AP007

Rs1,617

Available on Amazon.in, Snapdeal.com

Huawei’s power bank is another high capacity power bank with premium aluminium casing that is also dust resistant. This burly looking power bank has a capacity of 13,000mAh and it measures 23mm in terms of thickness. Huawei has made some smart design changes such as curved design along the side panel to enhance user comfort. It comes with two USB ports and can charge two devices with an output of 5V/2A at the same time. It can charge four 3,000mAh smartphones on a single charge.

Motorola P5100
Motorola P5100

Motorola P5100

Rs1,099

Available on Amazon.in

If you are looking for something more stylish and sleek, you can go for Motorola P5100, a power bank with a capacity of just 5,100mAh. The lower battery capacity is not much compared to some of the power banks mentioned here, but it is one of the best looking power banks you can buy. It comes with cloth-like fabric finish over it, is 14mm thick and weighs just 150g. It can be slipped into one’s pockets or bag comfortably. You can get a power output of 5V/2A and can charge two smartphones simultaneously.

Intex IT-PB12.5K
Intex IT-PB12.5K

Intex IT-PB12.5K

Price: Rs939

Available on Amazon.in, Flipkart.com, Snapdeal.com

The latest addition to Intex’s growing accessories line-up is a power bank called Intex IT-PB12.5K with a battery capacity of 12,500mA which can charge a 3,000mAh smartphone almost four times comfortably. You can charge up to three smartphones simultaneously, out of which two can draw up to 5V/2.1A power and one can draw up to 5V/1A. This huge power bank is made of good quality plastic with fine looking coarse finish over it. There is a LED torch on the side panel and four LED light indicators at the top to keep the user posted with the status of the battery. The only letdown is the hefty build. It weighs 290g.

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