My Instagram timeline is pretty clear about it: festival season is on! That means my bank account will be struggling, my friends will dislike me for putting their photos on my social media and last but not least: my phone will be getting yelled at for running out of battery life. Though the first two are easy to deal with, the latter might be a bit trickier: what to do with a phone that keeps running out of battery life? Well, there is one thing: buy a power bank. How? Let us tell you!
The groundwork: check your phone
Before you run to the store there is some prep work at home, cause you’ll need to know the specs of your phone. You will need to know two things: what type of phone you have and what the mAh amount of the battery is. That is because with a power bank there is usually a little cable to connect the thing to your phone. Though all power banks have a USB-port so you could just use the cable you have for your phone, it might be nicer to actually buy a power bank with a cable for your phone, right?
What to look for in a power bank?
So, now that you know the power of your phone’s battery, let’s look for a power bank that has at least the same amount (but preferably more), so you can fully charge your phone at once. Do not that your power bank will lose a bit of its power over time, so if you buy one with the same amount as the battery of your smartphone, you will probably not be able to fully charge it. Most phones are between 3000 and 4000 mAh, so try to get a power bank of at least 5000 mAh just to be on the safe side.
The design is not very important
Of course, it is nice to have a beautiful white shiny object in your bag, but power banks are not really a gadget you would buy for its design. How big the power bank usually depends on how many mAh: more always means bigger. But if you would like to put the power bank in the pocket of your jeans, for example, you might want to go for a smaller one. It really depends on your own on-the-go experience which power bank fits best. In general, though, power banks do not really do very special designs, it usually is just a square made of plastic.
One more thing
If you do not want a power bank to charge your phone fully, but mainly just to charge your phone swiftly in case of an emergency, you might want to check the speed of your power bank. Most of them have 1A up to 3,5A on it and you want to go for one of at least 2A or 3A, so you can quickly charge your phone. Some power banks have multiple outputs and depending on the one you use, you will have a different A, so be sure to check that on the thing itself.