Power Bank Recommendations

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ourcore, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. ourcore macrumors regular

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    Hey, guys,

    I'm looking at buying a new power bank, and I've been searching through Amazon for days, but I thought I'd also check here for any recommendations.

    I have an iPhone 6 and an iPad Air 2, so I'm looking for something with at least 10,000mAh, 5V/2.1 output, and two USB ports without being bigger than my phone itself. Passthrough charging would also be nice.

    I had an Anker bank, but after two faulty units, I'm looking elsewhere. I'm leaning towards this one, but unfortunately, one of the USB ports only outputs 1A — not a complete dealbreaker, but I'm still comparing. Jackery's 12,000mAh Giant+ is also similar, but twice as expensive. I also looked at RAVPower's 10,400mAh Element, but the design is pretty off-putting.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Cheers!
     
  2. iAmirul macrumors regular

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    I have a Xiaomi 10,400Mah portable charger. Its good though it's a little bulky. Able to charge my iPhone 5 4.5 times before the powerbank needs to be recharged. Plus, its cheap and worth the money in my opinion...

    http://www.mi.com/en/mipowerbank10400
     
  3. ourcore thread starter macrumors regular

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    This one was on my shortlist until I noticed it only has one USB port.
     
  4. iAmirul macrumors regular

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    they actually also have a 16000Mah version with 2 power ports.. http://www.mi.com/sg/mipowerbank16000/

    but weird thing is their international website doesn't list it.
     
  5. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    The Mophie Powerstations are overpriced but really nicely made - the brushed aluminum finish is great.
     
  6. AlphaGuitarist macrumors 6502

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    Ankor and Jackery make the 2 best and most reliable
     
  8. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    I am looking for one that has a bright flashlight with multiple light output. When I go camping is when I need a power bank, and a good flash light at the same time. So why not get one that does both.
     
  9. Jesyjesy macrumors newbie

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    I'd recommend the RAVPower Deluxe 3rd Gen 13,000mAh. It looks better than the element you've looked at. And USB ports are upgraded for faster charging.
     
  10. Paco II macrumors 65816

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    I've always wondered why they put flashlights on these things. Didn't realize it came from customer demand, but guess it makes sense. Never thought of using a battery pack as a flashlight :)

     
  11. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I recommend:
    Poweradd™ Pilot 2GS 10000mAh External Battery Portable Dual USB Charger Power Bank with Quick Charge and Aluminum Body Design for iPhone 6 5S 5C 5 4S, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, HTC One M8, Nexus 5, LG G3, other Smartphones and Tablets (Apple Adapters Not Included) - Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITILPZ4/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_ki1Mub01BFJTA
     
  12. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Zman, thought you were a big Anker fan from previous posts - have you gone off them?
     
  13. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    No, the op said that Anker was not working out. I recommended a different branded battery that works for me as well.
     
  14. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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    Ive been using the Power-Add 10,000 for a couple of months now and love it. Ive been able to charge my iPhone 5 Completely 5 times and an iPad mini 2 twice before the battery itself needs to be charged. its slightly bigger than my iPhone but its around the size of an iPhone 6. The build quality is fantastic and there is no plastic all brushed aluminum. I was able to get it off Amazon for around $20. I highly recommend it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Poweradd-Pilo...UTF8&qid=1419519374&sr=8-1&keywords=power+add
     
  15. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Fair enough. Out of interest, what Anker one do you recommend at the moment in the 15-20000mAh range? Not bothered about flashlight or anything, 2 USB ports would be good though. I was looking at this one: I see they do an E6 version that's just over 20000 now as well...
     
  16. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Yes. That's a good choice I have the 13000 and 25600 versions. They work great for me! Great stand by power for camping or power outages.
     
  17. Paco II macrumors 65816

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    Anyone know if NewTrent is still making battery packs? I've been a big fan of their products but their website no longer shows any at all.
     
  18. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

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    Best charging station for multiple iPhones/iPads

    Delete.
     
  19. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, they do. Look on Amazon.
     
  20. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    Look at the one The Wirecutter recommends it's on sale on Amazon right now.
     
  21. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Link?
     
  22. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BB5GR0A/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/180-0908829-6737763
     
  23. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    "best" and "most reliable" are completely subjective.

    they're both good brands.

    The argument here is really that of the whole PC vs Mac. There are companies like Anker, Jackery, and 100s of others on Amazon that use cheap components, overstate their capabilities, and go for cheap, but work perfectly fine. We'll call those "PC" ... then there's Mophie which makes a better quality product, has higher-end distribution channels, and world-class support should something happen... but all of that comes with a steep cost... we'll call them "Mac"

    Honestly if you just need power on the go, cheap isn't necessarily a bad thing... worst case if it dies in 6 months you replace it and it's still cheaper in the long run. I've always preferred Mophie because they're such high quality and if ever there is an issue, one phone call and they send a replacement.

    However, lately I've been leaning toward a couple others... when I was in Bangkok last week I bought a model that looks EXACTLY like the form factor of the iPhone 6 and packs about 12,000 mah of power, and cost me $12...

    ... so it really comes down to personal preference. If you're in warranty, go for whatever gets you the most bang for your buck. Personally I think it's funny people carry around huge power packs. I just need to get 1 charge out of mine, so prefer light and compact.. but everyone is different.
     
  24. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    Where in Bangkok did you get that? I know Bangkok quite well.

    The one the Wirecutter recommends arrived and it certainly looked well built to me and is as steal at $26

    I has a pass thru feature that will charge the phone first if it and the phone are both connected.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BB5GR0A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

     

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