Portable Power Banks: The Pros and Cons

Portable power banks and chargers are all the rage in the world today. Everyone is on their phones constantly throughout the day. When your battery dies in public transit or at a class and you don’t have access to a charging outlet, what can you do? Use a portable power bank, of course. In a world where most people buy the biggest, baddest smartphone on the block without a care given to battery life, these devices are more important than ever. They do have their disadvantages too, though! Here are some of the common pros and cons of portable power banks today.


The Advantages of Power Banks


  • They’re the most useful thing in the world when you aren’t near a wall outlet or you don’t have power.. If you’re traveling and you’re in a location with bad power output, unstable power, or worse, a power bank could the device that saves you. They’re also great when you’re on the subway and your phone dies in the middle of Temple Run.
  • Most portable power banks have high capacity batteries within. These can contain up to 15000mAh of charge depending on the model. Many of the high-end models can charge a phone fully twice on a full charge. This means you don’t need to recharge them as often either.
  • Portable power banks are very versatile as they can be recharged using USB cables. You can plug them into mains power, laptops, and more. Some of them work with car chargers and any other source of electricity.
  • Affordability can be a great advantage too. If you aren’t looking for extremely high-powered chargers, you’re in for a good time. The standard 50 – 100% charge power bank will only set you back a small amount.
  • One cool advantage about some models of portable power banks is that they can charge many devices at the same time. This means that you can charge your phone and your friend’s phone simultaneously if needed.
  • Many models of portable power banks are compatible with multiple phone brands. You can connect any phone to it as long as the USB cable is of the same type. Some phones have different USB types on their charging port. If you get a charging cable adapter, you won’t have to worry about this either.


The Cons of Using Portable Power Banks


  • Psychologically speaking, no one likes to watch their battery percentage reduce over time. It is a blight on your existence in this world. When you have a portable power bank, you tend to keep it connected. Your phone is always at 100% because your power bank is always supplying it with power. This might seem like a good thing, but it also can overcharge your battery, reducing its lifetime.
  • The type of power bank you get will affect how “portable” it really is. Some of the more heavy-duty banks contain multiple cells and many features. They are good for a few full charges, but are also pretty big. Calling them portable power bricks might be more apt a name. Do you really need something else weighing you down?
  • They’re also a little inconvenient to use. It’s all fine and dandy when you have a desk to keep your phone on. However, if you’re using your power bank and phone together, you have to hold them both up. The short USB cable supplied with a portable power bank won’t allow you to set it down.

Overall, portable power banks are great devices to have. You do need to weigh the pros against the cons and ask yourself if you truly need one. It helps to remember that you may not need a power bank that gives a full charge, much less five of them. Get one that is right for your needs and the disadvantages may not affect you all that much!