Battery packs or power banks - as they are called - are of immense importance to those who travel a lot. Even if they have their faithful wall charger with them, it is of absolutely no use while travelling in an airplane or while roaming on a beach. Sending that important email or replying to that very crucial message becomes impossible once the device runs out of juice. Power banks help avoid such scenarios. They are the perfect gift to give to a person who doesn’t own one. Those that are sold under Rs 10000 have started offering tremendous value for money these days. Here, let us take a look at some of the best among them.
This offering from Chinese brand Xiaomi sort of revolutionised the power bank market. It is high on style and functionality both. The Mi Power Bank ships with 10000mAh capacity, and is able to dish out power even when it is being charged. Equipped with a single USB output port, it comes fitted inside an aluminium-alloy body which boasts of an anti-corrosion surface. It can be fully charged in about 5.5 hours, and be used for recharging a standard smartphone about three times over. The insides of this device feature the ability to adjust its output level based on the connected device.
Intex’s premier power bank is the darling of many. Its main selling point is its incorporation of three USB 2.0 ports which enables you to charge three devices at a given time. While one among them is able to offer a 5V/1A output, the remaining two are 5V/2A ports. And despite packing 11000mAh worth of power inside it, this portable charger is pretty compact and lightweight. It’s around 25mm thick and tips the scales at just 280gms. Three indicator LEDs can of course be spotted on its body, but Intex has also granted this device a torch to help you navigate dark areas easily.
Sporting Lenovo’s stylish new logo, this power bank holds on to LG’s high quality 18650 lithium cell. It’s got two ports, and both of them allow 5V/2.1A output for quick charging. This 10400mAh capacity power bank will be able to easily fit inside your pocket, and at 240gms, it will ask for no effort while holding it. Lenovo has granted it a sturdy plastic interior, whereas the company has even offered with it protection against over current, over voltage and overheating. Also, we would like you to note that its price slightly exceeds our Rs 1000 limit, but it’s well worth the cost.
This is one power bank that impresses a great deal with its style. It’s got minimalistic looks and a smooth plastic surface to boast of. A power button sits pretty on its front surface, while everything of importance is placed on the top end. This includes one 5V/2.1A port, one 5V/1A port, a microUSB port, and a flashlight. This 10,400mAh power bank is pretty light in weight as well, weighing in at just 180gms. Its charging time of around 7 hours may not be great, but it’s decent considering its battery capacity. Lastly, this device comes in four colour choices namely, white, black, red and blue.
While looks may not be a strongpoint for this device, it scores very high on functionality. Ambrane has given its P1122 power bank three ports with 5V/2.1A outputs each. However, its input is a bit slower, which means it takes around 13 hours to get fully charged itself. But if you’re one who charges your devices overnight, this should not be an issue for you. The 300gm Ambrane P1122 comes with a 180-degree rotating torch as well. This gives you flexibility in having the flashlight pointed in the direction you want.
If you’re in the market for buying a good power bank for yourself, beware of knock off products. These will look exactly like original devices, but will be completely fake. So do make sure to read user reviews before buying.
Always check the output frequency of a power bank. If it is low (e.g. 5V/1A), then your devices will charge slower than when the output is higher (e.g. 5V/2.1A). Power banks with more than one output port often have one slow port on them.
And it’s common knowledge that the actual battery capacity of a power bank is almost always lower than what is shown. This is due to a phenomenon called conversion rate. To put it simply, some amount of battery is eaten up inside the power bank during the conversion of its voltage.
|Mi Power Bank 10000mAh||NA||8.5|
|Intex IT-PB11K 11000mAh||999||8.1|
|Lenovo PA10400 10400mAh||1,099||7.6|
|Ipro IP1042 10400mAh||NA||7.5|
|Ambrane P-1122 NA 10000mAh||769||7.5|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites like Digit and Gadgets 360.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10000mAh — our favourite 10000mAh power bank by far — had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 8.5/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 9/10 (Gadgets 360 and Digit)
User reviews: 8/10 (Amazon and Flipkart)
Overall expert score: 8.5/10 (rounded off)
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