OLALA Power Banks, Charging Cables and Flash Drives on Sale

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OLALA 7,500mAh Slide Power Bank

You can get this OLALA power bank Slide for 10% off.

This OLALA power bank is quite unique with its two built-in charging cables. With one being a Lightning cable and other being a USB cable to recharge the power bank. This means you don’t have to carry around a separate charging cable for charging your device or even the power bank itself; it’s all built in.

With that said, what’s even better is that the 7,500mAh power bank still has a charging port and a Micro-USB Input port.

Original Price: $42.99

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OLALA 64GB Flash Drive with Lightning and USB 3.0 Connector

You can get this OLALA 128GB FlashDrive for an iPhone for 15% off. It has a Lightning connector on one end and a USB port on the other end. There’s no need for a charging cable and you can even share files with the FlashDrive and your iPhone while you’re on the go.

Original Price: $74.99

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Discount Price: $63.74

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OLALA 64GB Flash Drive and Charging Cable

Grab this OLALA FlashDrive charging cable for 8% off. It’s both a charging cable and a FlashDrive that allows you to share files with your iPhone because it uses a Lightning connector; you can also use it with a power bank or any other charging electronic for charging purposes.

Original Price: $48.99

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OLALA 64GB Lightning Flash Drive Stick

A very small OLALA Lightning 64GB Flash Drive Stick that is 8% off. It’s very small and uses a Lightning end on one side and a USB end on another. The perfect solution for sharing files with your iPhone and computer too.

Original Price: $48.99

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Discount Price: $45.07

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Nylon Lightning Charging Cable and OLALA Power Bank Slide Bundle

When you get both of these, you can get 10% off by using the codes below.

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Review: Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger

USB wall chargers can have many different technologies implemented into them which is why they’re one of the most reliable ways to charge our electronics. One of the most prevalent technologies that this wall charger uses is “Smart Charging” and Quick Charge. Most charging electronic companies have their own Smart charging and what that really means is that the charging ports are able to Output a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Then there’s the Quick Charge technology that’s able to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speeds.

This is the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 that brings the two main technologies together into the same charging port. In this case, there’s the Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ charging that go together.

Power

Output Charging:

The PowerPort Speed 5 is separated into 2 parts. There’s the 2 Blue charging port that features Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ charging. Then there’s the normal PowerIQ charging ports.

2 Blue Charging Ports:

The two Blue charging ports feature Quick Charge 3.0 charging that will be able to charge your Quick Charge 3.0 and 2.0 devices at their max charging speeds. The Quick Charge speeds are 3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A.

Also, the Quick Charge port still uses PowerIQ charging and that means you can still use Non-Compatible Quick Charge devices and the charging ports will still output 5V/2.4A charging speeds to those devices.

3 PowerIQ charging ports

The 3 normal charging ports are the ones that don’t feature Quick Charge tech but do use PowerIQ charging and each of these charging ports have a charging Output of 5V/2.4A.

Ultimately, you can use your standard charging devices with any of the charging ports and they’ll be able to charge at their max charging speeds, it’s just that if you have a Quick Charge compatible smartphone, then that should be used with the Quick Charge ports.

The Max Output of the PowerPort Speed 5 is 8 Amps all at once.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a small USB wall charger and you can take the PowerPort Speed 5 with you on your travels if you wanted to.

It has a length of 3.9 inches, a width of 2.8 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of the charger is 7.5 ounces.

Functional Components:

The spacing between the charging ports is similar to lots of other wall chargers, take for example the AllMaybe 6 Port wall charger; so if you’re charging 5 devices at once with the PowerPort Speed 5, things can look disorganized.

There’s a 5-foot power cord that comes with the wall charger and that makes it useful to place the wall charger wherever you’d like. Once the wall charger is plugged in, then there’s a Blue Light above the charging ports that turns on to indicate that it’s ready for charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

The PowerPort Speed 5 is made of plastic, but it’s very durable and doesn’t have any weak parts to it. The charging port receptacles hold a charging cable very well and won’t fall out even if you give it a slight tug, which makes using your device while they’re charging a great experience.

Tech:

On the tech side, the PowerPort Speed 5 uses Anker’s Multi Safe Protection to make sure that charging is safe for you and your devices.

Reliability

We think that even though the PowerPort Speed has 2 charging ports that have Quick Charge, that it’s still reliable for everyone to use; Since even the Quick Charge ports have PowerIQ charging and you can use standard charging devices with it. In the past, Anker did have this kind of technology, because the Quick Charge ports would have ONLY Quick Charge and not PowerIQ charging. That changes here.

As a result, this wall charger is reliable for everyone that uses it.

Summary:

Power:

There are 2 charging ports that make use of Quick Charge and PowerIQ charging; the other 3 ports use PowerIQ charging. Overall, the charging power doesn’t hinder no matter what device you’re charging with it.

Design:

It’s a small and lightweight charger that can be portable. The charging ports are quite close to each and that can be a hassle if you’re charging many devices at once.

Build:

It has a strong build and makes use of Anker’s Multi Safe Protection system to make sure that things don’t get heated up and dangerous even when you’re using all the charging ports.

Reliability:

Even though the normal the consensus for a wall charger like this would be that it’s mostly reliable for those that only Quick Charge compatible devices. That’s not so much the case here because even the Non-Quick Charge compatible devices are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds because the Blue Charging ports have PowerIQ tech.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger:

  • Output:

Blue Charging Ports with Quick Charge:  3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A       AND      5V/2.4A

Power IQ Charging ports: 5V/2.4A

  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: Yes
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 3.9 x 2.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces

Conclusion:

We appreciate what Anker has done not only with the PowerPort Speed 5 but what other of their wall chargers are doing. Which is combining their Smart Charging technology along with Quick Charge tech to ensure that everyone gets their fast charging no matter what port they use.

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Review: PowerAdd X7 20,000mAh Power Bank

Most power banks these days seem to feature most of the same features and by that we mean they all have the same power capacity ranges, similar sizes, and Outputs. With that said, at this point what makes a power bank better that other ones is the small details that they have. The small details are the ways that the charging speeds are set up, the conversion of power, and the recharge rates. Those are the things that are more important than just what’s on the surface, and those are differences that you should pay attention to when you’re purchasing a new power bank.

This is the PowerAdd Pilot X7 20,000mAh power bank. Let’s see if it has all the details to make it an extraordinary power bank.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the PowerAdd Pilot X7 starts at 20,000mAh and that can change quite drastically because the power bank doesn’t make use of any special batteries because it uses the common Grade A+ lithium Polymer batteries and the there are inefficiencies when the power goes through a charging cable as well.

As a result, you’ll be getting about 70% of a conversion rate and that’s going to be about 14,000mAh of power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use. With that said, even though a conversion rate of 70% is very normal with lots of power banks, you’re still losing 6,000mAh worth of power that could have been used to potentially charge a smartphone 2 more full times.

It’s with 14,000mAh of power that is able to charge most smartphones 5 times or more and you’ll be able to charge to charge an iPhone 6s about 8 full times. So for smartphones, even though the Output power capacity is a lot lower than the starting one, it’s still very useful and the power bank can be used for days without needing a recharge.

If you’re charging Mini sized tablets then you’ll be able to get about 1.7 charges, and charge full-sized tablets will result in 1.3 full charges. Ultimately, even though the conversion rate of the power capacity isn’t that good, it still manages to get charging devices to their full power very well.

Output Charging:

This is where the powering capabilities of the PowerAdd X7 aren’t designed that well and many other portable chargers on the market make the same mistake too.

The mistake that is made is that each of the charging ports has their own fixed charging speed and as a result when you’re charging 2 devices at once, one device will always have the short end of the stick that has the slower charging port.

5V/2.1A Port:

This charging port is labeled to be the charging port that you’d use tablets with and even though this makes sense because tablets are able to charge their fastest at a 2 Amp range and higher; smartphones are also able to charge at their max charging speed with 2 amps also.

So even if you’re only charging a smartphone with the power bank, it’s best to use the 5V/2.1A charging port that has 2 Lightning marks on it. Since using the “Smartphone” charging port only Outputs 1 Amp which will limit your charging speed.

5V/1.0A:

Labeled as the smartphone port, this charging port is best to be avoided because it just outputs a single amp and most devices have their max charging speeds above that. With that said, when you’re charging 2 devices at once with the power bank, choose the what devices you want to charge faster and place them accordingly with the charging ports.

On the bright side, the Max Output of the power bank is 3.1A and that means you can use the full power of each of the charging ports at the same time.

Input Charging:

If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge the PowerAdd power bank then that will result in the max recharge rate 5V/2.0A so the power bank will recharge to its full power capacity within 11-12 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

When you have a larger power capacity, the power bank is going to be larger too.

The PowerAdd X7 has a length of 6.1 inches, a width of 3.1 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. Even though it’s not humongous, what makes holding the power bank a cumbersome thing is its weight of 15.7 ounces and that’s basically a pound.

Functional Components:

There aren’t any surprises here with how the power bank functions.

On the short-side of the charger is where you’ll find 2 USB charging Output ports and a flashlight in-between them. A micro-USB Input port can be found on the long side of the charger. On top of the power bank is where there is a power button and 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the charger and it automatically stops charging either when the device is fully recharged or when there aren’t any devices connected to the power bank.

That leaves the power button with 2 main functions of checking power capacity and turning on the flashlight by holding it down for 3 seconds to turn it on and holding it down again to turn it off.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build of the PowerAdd X7 is nothing special but it’s still pretty good with the center piece having 2 separate pieces and the other 2 pieces are its side panels. The thickness of the plastic is very high.

Tech:

The power bank makes use of the common safety tech like Current-Control, Over-heating, and Over-Charging protections to make sure that you and your devices are safe during charging.

Reliability

Even though the PowerAdd power bank is reliable, there are not many parts or really any parts of the power bank that make it extraordinary. The power capacity can have a better conversion rate, the charging speeds can share their current throughout each of the charging ports and the weight of the charger could be lighter.

There really aren’t parts that make it better than average and it’s within the major parts of the power bank is where most of the problems lay.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity isn’t that high because the conversion rate is just at 70% so you’re missing a lot of power. Charging speed design is quite bad for when you’re charging 2 devices at once because one device will always be getting the slower charging.

Design:

It’s a small power bank but a heavy one that can make it seem larger than it really is.

Build:

The build is strong and makes use of very thick plastic but that most likely won’t save it from a drop to a hard floor.

Reliability:

For what it has at the surface, the PowerAdd power bank has reliable parts. However, it’s the things within the major portions of the portable charger that make it very mediocre to rely on.

Specs of the PowerAdd X7 20,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,000mAh            Real Capacity: 14,000mAh
  • Output:   Port 1: 5V/2.1A     Port 2: 5V/1.0A
  • Input:   5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 15.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

What have we learned from this power bank review?

It’s that even though a power bank has lots of major features like a high power capacity, 2 charging ports, and a small size; the main things to look out for is what each of those things offers in detail. Whether power capacity is going through a good conversion rate, if the charging speed design is good for charging 2 devices at once or if the small power bank is even lightweight.

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The Best 5 Reason of Why You Need a Power Bank

You’re Using your Smartphone a Lot

One of the main reasons why power banks even exist is because lots of people use their smartphone. From the moment we wake up, we’re most likely using our smartphone nearly the entire day. There’s nothing to be ashamed about that though because smartphones are usually what we need to either communicate with other people and use as a form of entertainment. They’re even integrated into our work life.

It’s in those times, about halfway throughout your day that you may notice that the battery of your smartphone is nearly at 0% and that’s when you start to panic because your smartphone is about to die and there’s basically no way to keep texting your friends, make plans and be connected to the world. Overall, it’s a bad situation to be in.

In those times you need a source of power to charge your smartphone. You can’t exactly whip out a wall charger and start charging because you need an outlet. If you have a car charger, are you really going to just stay in your car and wait for your smartphone to charge to an acceptable power capacity? No! that’s going to waste time and you’re always on the go and have things to do. This is where a power bank comes in because you can easily just begin charging your smartphone with your power bank when it’s low on power and that will result in a constant use of a smartphone without any interruptions.

Overall, power banks allow you to always be in the zone and connected to what you’re doing; no matter if you’re sending out 1,000 texts per minutes or playing Clash of Clans from dawn till dusk.

Not that Pricy for what they offer

One of the main misconceptions of portable chargers that most people have is that they think power banks are actually expensive. That’s simply not true at all.

People usually think that power banks are expensive because they’re either purchasing it from retail stores or they’re simply looking at portable chargers that are being sold by companies that think they can fool consumers into purchasing their overpriced products. However, that’s simply not something you should be fooled by.

Most portable chargers, even the best quality ones are for very reasonable prices. Of course when the power banks make use of a higher power capacity or special charging techs like USB-C or Quick Charge, then yes it will be more expensive. Without those charging technologies, a power bank should be at a reasonable price that anyone can afford no matter what it offers. So you can always have reliable power without paying a high price.

Take a look at our post on what the best power banks brands are. Those charging electronic companies are great not only because their products are great, but also because they’re priced truthfully.

Lots of Devices Need Charging? No Problem.

Most of us own and use lots of devices. These devices can be smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices that run off a battery and always need a recharge when they’re low on power. So what happens when all of your devices are low on power and need a recharge.

Sure you could just migrate to your USB wall charger that has 5 charging ports; but what if you don’t want to move? What if you just want to stay in the same spot to charge your smartphone, tablet, and laptop at the same time. That’s when a power bank is very helpful because there is a range of power banks on the market that has multiple USB charging ports and are able to charge multiple devices at once. These are usually power banks that have 13,000mAh – 20,000mAh power capacities and those that have 21,000mAh – 30,0000mAh+ power capacities as well.

A great power bank that has such a capability of charging multiple devices at one and being able to charge them at very fast speed is the Anker PowerCore II 20000. This power bank has 3 charging ports and a max Output of 6 Amps, and with each charging port being able to Output 5V/3.0A. That means you can really charge 3 devices at once since the Anker portable charger is able to Output 30 Watts of power which can supply enough power to charge either a Macbook that uses USB-C or a Chromebook Pixel.

This is where power banks are absolutely able to dominate because not only are you able to have portable power, but you have the portable power that is able to charge multiple devices at once at very fast charging speeds that basically meet the same standard of USB wall chargers. Also, there’s enough power capacity to charge nearly all the devices that are charging at the same time to their full power capacities.

Take Every One. Anywhere.

Of course one the best reason to own power banks is because another name for power banks is the portable charger. You get to have power wherever you go and this goes every portable charger on the market.

There are indeed power banks that larger than one another, some can easily fit into your pocket like slim power banks or ones that have small power capacities. Then there are the behemoth power banks that have higher power capacities. If there’s one thing that’s important to remember is that every power bank is portable, sure some are larger and a lot heavier than others but they can still be taken with you by simply putting them into a bag or you can just hold them.

This is the beauty of the portable chargers, and there’s no better solution to providing power in the most power drained times than a power bank.

Portable Chargers to Fit your Charging Needs

Since there are a ton of different portables chargers on the market, this means that there are plenty that can serve your needs.

Here are some types of portable chargers that are able to accommodate certain charging needs:

USB-C Power Banks

These kinds of portable chargers are growing mainly because a number of devices that currently use Type-C to charge are still few but it’s steadily growing since the USB-C charging way is an overall faster way to charge. Also, if a power bank uses USB-C that also means it likely recharges using USB-C which makes it recharge faster.

Quick Charge power banks

Power banks that use Quick Charge are mainly meant for those that have Quick Charge compatible smartphones and by using compatible smartphones with it, you’re able to charge your device at blazing fast speed while you’re on-the-go. Also, these kinds of power banks are highly reliable even for those that don’t use Quick Charge because most of the time Quick Charge ports are able to charge standard devices at their max charging speeds too.

Power Bank with Built-In charging cables

One of the best reasons to get power banks is because it already has a cable built within it. This is because all you have to worry about is having the portable charger itself and not a charging cable. The negative thing about using a normal power bank is that you always need your own separate charging cable if you want to charge. Having a built-in one is able to increase portability and ease of use. Just make sure you get a portable charger that uses your specific charging cable whether it’s USB-C, Lightning or Micro-USB.

Power banks that are slim or really small

Small portable chargers are some of the most preferred ways to carry portable power around because it’s the easiest way to have it. This is because they’re really easy to hold and take really take anywhere. Just take a look at the Anker PowerCore Slim. Not only is it basically like having second smartphones but the design holds function with the ability to stack your smartphones on top of the power banks so you can use your smartphones comfortably while it’s charging.

Power banks with lots of charging ports

Portable chargers are basically on the same level as USB wall chargers and this means that you can charge multiple devices at the same time, as we also mentioned earlier in this post.

If you need one device charged then that is possible. If you need up to 6 device charging at once, then that’s also possible with a few power banks too.

Waterproof, Dustproof, and Shockproof rugged power banks

Many of us fear that our power banks and of course smartphones are going to get damaged if water comes on them or if they fall. However, that fear can be taken away and basically be non-existent for some portable chargers that are indeed waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. These kinds of rugged power banks are mainly meant for those that are going into the wilderness because they’re going hiking or camping.

However, tough power banks are VERY useful for just everyday use because the fear of dropping the charger isn’t there because if you do drop it, nothing is going to happen and it’ll still work like normal. Rugged power banks like the EasyAcc or RAVPower chargers are able to complete such goals and are perfect for withstanding even the harshest of conditions.

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Review: Anker PowerCore+13400

 

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If you’ve read our review on the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 power bank, then you know that we really liked that the charger was designed heavily on a purpose base. The power capacity wasn’t exactly near the original power capacity, but everything else that followed matches the Output power capacity that you’d actually receive. Its single port made sense along with Quick Charge and PoweriQ, it was a great power bank charger that has precision in nearly every way.

In this review, we’re reviewing Anker’s PowerCore+ 13,400mAh power bank charger. It has some very similar traits from the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh one but just with a few things added on and some taken away. However, to call it a degrade or upgrade is something that we’ll decide in this review.

Power

Power Capacity:

When I reviewed the PowerCore+ 10,050 what was found was a somewhat poor conversion rate and as a result, the real power capacity that you’d receive was 7,000mAh. This time, with this high capacity power bank, you’d think that a simple experience awaits. That’s somewhat the case.

Actually, power bank has a really good conversion rate during charging and you can expect a real power capacity of about 11,000mAh If you’re charging a single device. As a result, you can expect 4 full charges for nearly all smartphones. As for charging a tablet from a single port, you can expect the charger to charge a tablet like an iPad 1.5 times.

That’s the power capacity that you can get by charging through a single port.

However, the power bank has two charging ports. If you’re using the two charging ports at the same time, you can expect the Output power capacity to be even lower than 11,000mAh. Also, it comes down to just how fast your device is charging. The faster charging that is happening, the lower the capacity will be. However, based on common usage of a power bank, this charger sits at about 11,000mAh of power capacity that you will most likely take advantage of.

Onto the charging options and speed, this power bank has two charging ports. Each of the USB ports features Anker’s PowerIQ tech, which means that both of the ports are able to charge at 5V/2.4A.

 Anker PowerCore+13400 (Output Capacity = 11,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore+13400
iPhone SE11,000mAh1,624mAh9,376mAh
6.7X
iPhone 611,000mAh1,810mAh9,190mAh
6.0X
iPhone 6 Plus11,000mAh2,915mAh8,085mAh
3.7X
iPhone 6s11,000mAh1,715mAh9,285mAh
6.4X
iPhone 6s Plus11,000mAh2,750mAh8,250mAh
4X
Samsung Galaxy S611,000mAh2,550mAh8,450mAh
4.3X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge11,000mAh2,600mAh8,400mAh
4.2X
Samsung Galaxy S711,000mAh3,000mAh8,000mAh
3.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge11,000mAh3,600mAh7,400mAh
3.0X

Both USB Ports – 5V/2.4A Total Output 4.8A

This where the power bank shines the most because it’s able to deliver a max standard charging speed with both of its ports at the same time. This means that you can charge two iPads at a max charging of 2.4A because the total output capabilities of this charger is 4.8A. It’s also great for smartphones because smartphones will charge at their max speeds, expect for Quick Charge compatible smartphones. Unlike its other version, the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh; this PowerCore 13,400mAh power bank does not feature Quick Charge. Although that isn’t to say this power bank is worse and has slower charging. That’s not it at all because it can still provide a fast charging rate out of both of its ports. You can connect an iPad to one port to charge as fast as possible and connect a smartphone to the other port and it will charge at its max speed if it’s not Quick Charge compatible (This is assuming that Quick Charge charging is the real max speed for Quick Charge compatible devices.)

Unlike its other version, the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh; this PowerCore 13,400mAh power bank does not feature Quick Charge. Although that isn’t to say this power bank is worse and has slower charging. That’s not it at all because it can still provide a fast charging rate out of both of its ports. You can connect an iPad to one port to charge as fast as possible and connect a smartphone to the other port and it will charge at its max speed if it’s not Quick Charge compatible (This is assuming that Quick Charge charging is the real max speed for Quick Charge compatible devices.)

There really isn’t a limit to the charging speed this fast charging power bank has to offer. The usual case for chargers like these is for one port to be 1 Amp and other 2.4A, but the PowerCore+ goes all the way and is able to provide max power to any two devices that are connected to its ports.

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Input Charging

Unfortunately, the power bank does not recharge at Quick Charge speeds. The power bank is recharge through a Micro-USB input and is able to recharge 5V/2.0A speeds. I highly recommend using a wall charger with an Output of 5V/2.0A or higher because the power bank will be able to recharge at its max speed by doing so. If the charger is charged at its max speed, then it will be able to recharge fully in about 5-6 hours. If you recharge it with a wall charger that supplies 5V/1.0A charging speed, then you can expect a full recharge in 8-9 hours.

Design

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It’s got a similar shape but an overall bigger size than the PowerCore+ 10,050 power bank. It is 5.7 inches in length, a width of 4.3 inches and a thickness of 1.3 inches. The charger weighs nearly a full pound at 13 ounces, so it’s quite heavy. We said that the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh charger can very well hold in the hands and used but in this case, with this 13,400mAh power bank it won’t be too easy. It’s larger and heavier than the other version. With that said, it’s best to opt for setting the power bank down and using, and this will especially be the case if you plan on charging two devices at the same time. However, the power bank is still very much a portable charger because you can still carry it around in your hands but it won’t be the most comfortable experience; or you can place it into a bag and transport it with you.

It is 5.7 inches in length, a width of 4.3 inches and a thickness of 1.3 inches. The charger weighs nearly a full pound at 13 ounces, so it’s quite heavy. We said that the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh charger can very well be held in a hand and used but in this case, with this 13,400mAh power bank, it won’t be too easy. It’s larger and heavier than the other version. With that said, it’s best to opt for setting the power bank down and using, and this will especially be the case if you plan on charging two devices at the same time. However, the power bank is still very much a portable charger because you can still carry it around in your hands but it won’t be the most comfortable experience; or you can place it into a bag and transport it with you.

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The design of the functional parts of the charger is very similar to the 10,050mAh PowerCore+, it’s just that this one has another charging port added. You can find the USB charging Output ports on a side panel and the Micro-USB Input there as well. There’s a power button on the top of the power bank that has 10 LED power indicator lights. The 10 LED power system to indicate power capacity is one the best ways to indicate power capacity because each of the lights is basically telling 10% of power is available. If 7 lights are on that would mean the power bank is at 70% of power. Rather than taking the traditional 4 light paths, this charger is able to give a more accurate way tell the power capacity.

Build

Just like its other traits, the PowerCore+ 13,400mAh power bank is built just like its other versions. There are three main pieces that make the body. A center body piece of Aluminium Alloy and two side panels that are made of plastic. Under the large Aluminum alloy center is a plastic reinforcement layer that can take falls or anything that can cause shock to the power bank, and if that happens the reinforcement layer is what keeps the power bank more safe than one without it.

Of course, the PowerCore+ feature Anker’s Multi Protection system that has many safety protection protocols such as Over Voltage Control, Over Current Control, Short Circuit Prevent and Surge Protection.

However, the most useful tech and build quality aspect of this power bank and nearly all of the Anker’s power bank is the use of Panasonic battery cells. It’s one the reasons that the conversion of this charger is so good. Also, Panasonic battery cells are able to last long in the long-term with holding onto their original power capacity for a long amount of time.

Reliability

It’s a highly reliable power bank if you plan on using both of the charging ports. Don’t get me wrong, the power bank can do a very good job at providing an awesome charging experience with just a single port, but to rely on both of its charging ports will provide a better charging experience. This is because both of the USB charging Output ports are able to supply a 5V/2.4A amount of power and total power output can be 2.4A. If you’re only using a single port, then you’re only taking advantage of half the potential that this charger is able to provide. With that said, if you do plan on only using a single device, that’s okay too because you’ll probably have more capacity as well but it might be better to go with the PowerCore + 10,050mAh version.

If you’re using the two charging ports, both of the devices will be able to charge at their max speed. It’ll be at its most reliable level if you plan on charging 2 iPads at the same time because then you can really take advantage of that max output of 4.8A.

In terms of portability, it’s not portable enough to be carried with one hand and to use the device you’re charging comfortably. Of course, you can hold the charger in a single hand but it won’t be very long before holding it becomes cumbersome. So you’ll have to set it down if you want to rely on it in a comfortable manner.

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Power

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The actual power capacity that you’ll be able to receive can fluctuate depending on the charging speed that you’re getting. However, 11,000mAh of power is basically the base of where the power bank can supply the most amount of power. The two charging ports are able to charge at a max standard charging speed of 2.4A and the Max Output of the power bank is 4.8A. So you’re always going to be getting fast charging to your devices regardless if you have one or two devices connected to the charger.

Design

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It’s a medium to slightly large power bank but what makes it seem large is the weight at 13 ounces; so it’s actually quite heavy. The functional parts are all easy to find and use. The 10 LED power indicators are really helpful to know what the power is at in the charger.

Build

There are 3 main pieces that make up the power bank’s structure: The Aluminum centerpiece, and two plastic side panels. There’s a plastic reinforcement layer under the large center body. It has Anker’s Multi Safety Protection system and makes great use of Panasonic battery cells.

Reliability

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It’s a reliable power bank no matter how you look at it but it’s most reliable when you take advantage of the two charging ports at the same time. This because the total ouput capabilities of the charger is 4.8A, which means that any two devices that you connect to it will charge at its max speed.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore+13400:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 13,400mAh             Real Capacity: 11,000mAh
  • Output:  Both Ports: 5V/2.4A    Max Output: 4.8A
  • Input: 5V / 2A, 9V / 2A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 10 LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.7 x 1.4 x 4.3 inches
  • Weight: 13.8 ounces

Conclusion:

A higher capacity, an additional charging port, and a bigger size/weight are basically when comes with this power bank In comparison to its very comparative version, the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh power bank. Although this one does not have Quick Charge, it’s still very possible to charge nearly any device that you connect to it at a fast charging rate. The capacity that you receive can fluctuate depending on the charging speed that you’re taking advantage of but overall it’s enough to last for few days. Its larger size isn’t anything to worry about and it’s still very portable but to get the most value out of this power bank, you should use both of the charging ports; otherwise, take a look at other 1 port power banks that feature similar specs such as this one.

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What is Pass Through Charging

 

 

Pass through charging is when a power bank has the ability to charge itself and charge devices at the same time. It’s very helpful if you always want your power bank to be at full capacity. This way, when you do need to go mobile, your power bank is fully charged, your device is charged and you can be prepared for when you need your power bank the most since it’s at full capacity.

Do all power banks have Pass Through charging?

No, unfortunately not all power banks have Pass-through charging simply because it’s actually a charging design that can be rather unsafe. It can be unsafe because the power bank is charging and recharging at the same. Since the power bank must charge a device, it’s sending a current outward and that creates energy, which as a result creates heat. Then the charger is recharging itself at the same time which is sending a current into the power bank.

Power banks tend to lose their power capacity due to the recharging and discharging of their batteries. Charging a device already makes the battery lose capacity quite slowly but with Pass Through charging, the power bank is heated up even more and using, even more, energy to exhaust the battery. In the short-term, Pass-Through charging can be very convenient but in the long-term, it can harm a power bank’s capacity quite a lot. At the same time, the output charging speed of the power bank may be lowered during Pass Through charging since the power bank has to focus some its power to another source.

Which Power Banks Support Pass Through Charging?

Although not all power banks support Pass Through charging there’s still quite a few power banks that do support it. If you’re searching for a power bank that is able to do Pass Through charging then we recommend a portable charger with a high capacity because this way, if the power bank’s battery does begin to deplete, it will still be at a good power capacity. To truly know if the power bank is Pass Through charging there won’t be a blatant way to know because even electronic charging companies that produce power banks really don’t users to use the feature. However, if you ask, they will happily answer if it is capable of doing it or not.

Ultimately, we think that Pass-Through charging is double edged. It’s a great way to keep all your devices charged in the short-term. In the long-term, however, the power bank will be damaged quite a lot. We may recommend getting a high capacity power bank for Pass Through charging, but we HIGHLY recommend to not use Pass-Through charging too much or not at all; Since the power bank will wear down, heat up and increase the chance of your device that’s being charged, to get damaged. Also, you’ll be in the market for getting another power bank, so Pass Through charging can make you spend more money unnecessarily.

It’s your choice. We’ve told you the benefits and consequences of Pass Through charging.

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Anker Anniversary Sale: Car Chargers, Wall Chargers, Cables and More on Sale

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Quick Charge 3.0 & USB Type-C, Car Charger

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This car charger features 3 USB charging ports and a USB Type-C port. All the charging ports feature Anker’s PowerIQ charging tech, which means that you’ll be able to get 5V/2.4A charging from each of the ports. One of the USB ports features Quick Charge 3.0 and is compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 or 2.0 devices. To use the Type-C input, you’re going to need a USB Type-C to Type-C cable in order to charge your Type-C compatible device.

Original Price: $31.99

Discount Code: ANKER585

Discount Price: $25.59

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Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable (3ft)

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Get this Type-C cable for your compatible Type-C smartphone. Type-C is a new charging cable that is still limited to only a few smartphones, however it’s growing. With its reversible charging head and fast charging capabilities, it’s paving the way for the charging future. Best of all, this charging cable is PowerLine, which means it has great build quality like hard and soft PVC construction at the head of the cable. A reinforced connector makes the charging head more long lasting.

Original Price: $11.99

Discount Code: ANKER535

Discount Price: $9.59

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Anker [5-Pack] PowerLine Micro USB

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If you’ve read our guide on why and what charging cable bundles are the best, then you know that we’ve mentioned this 5-pack Micro-USB charging cable bundle. There are two 1ft, two 3ft and one 6ft cables. Best of all, all the Micro-USB charging cables within this bundle are Anker’s PowerLine build, which means they’re constructed very strongly. You can expect each of these charging cables to last a very long time.

Original Price: $15.99

Discount Code: ANKER535

Discount Price: $12.79

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Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable (3ft)

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This Type-C to Type-C cable is great if you’re going to use it with a charger that has a output that’s Type-C as well. This way you can take advantage of 3.0A charging speed. That’s some fast charging! This 3 foot cable isn’t only fast at charging but it’s also PowerLine so it’ll last longer than your usual charging cables.

Original Price: $10.99

Discount Code: ANKER535

Discount Price: $8.79

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Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB (10ft) Premium Durable Cable

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One of the best charging cables from Anker, this Micro-USB charging cable is 10 feet long. It follows the PowerLine construction with its braided cable, inner Kevlar construction and strong PVC construction at the heads of the cable; You can expect this cable to be a favorite for a long time, because it will last. The 10 foot length will be awesome because you’ll be able to use your smartphone easily even while charging it with a wall charger.

Original Price: $11.99

Discount Code: ANKER535

Discount Price: $9.59

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Anker SoundBuds Sport IE20,  Bluetooth Earbuds

anker-soundbuds-sport-ie20-in-ear-bluetooth-earbuds-with-smart-magnetic-functionAnker’s SoundBuds are Bluetooth and allow you to listen to your music freely. These earbuds feature the great noise cancellation and Bluetooth tech to keep your listening experience awesome all around. You can even control volume and playlist setting with the buttons that are available on the chord of the earbuds.

Original Price: $29.99

Discount Code: ANKER545

Discount Price: $23.99

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Anker Classic Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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This amazingly portable Bluetooth Speaker provides not only a awesome listening experience but it also give you a chance to take your listening to many different places. The Speaker allows you connect your device and listen to your music with a High-Def sound experience. The speaker has a 2,100mAh battery capacity that can last for 15-20 hours, you can jam for quite a long time. There are buttons on the speaker to further control your listening experience.

Original Price: $33.99

Discount Code: ANKER545

Discount Price: $27.19

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Anker RoboVac 10

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Robo vacuums are becoming more and more popular as they vacuum without needing interference from us, humans. This RoboVac 10 from Anker provides a automatic vacuum cleaning experience that is quite advance with its functions such as: Side brushes, a rolling brush and powerful suction to make it all come together. The vacuum even returns to its charging dock once it needs to recharge.

Original Price: $199.99

Discount Code: ANKER555

Discount Price: $159.99

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Anker HomeVac Duo 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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Cordless vacuums give a overall better cleaning experience, because without the cord there isn’t a obstruction to keep track of. This Anker cordless vacuum is for sale and we think it’s one of the best deals considering what this vacuum has to offer. With its very maneuverable head, powerful suction and it’s able to spin dust away from the motor to ensure longevity. The vacuum even comes with LED lights at the head if you ever need a closer look to see what you’re sucking up.

Original Price: $119.99

Discount Code: ANKER555

Discount Price: $95.99

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Selfie Stick, Anker Bluetooth Highly-Extendable

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Take selfies with this self stick that feature Bluetooth connectivity and a extendable charging stick.

Original Price: $16.99

Discount Code: ANKER565

Discount Price: $13.59

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Anker Phone Camera Lens Kit – 180° Fisheye

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Take even more awesome pictures with this camera lens kit. Compatible with nearly any smartphone. This camera lens improves your photo taking experience with this wide angle and fish eye features.

Original Price: $13.99

Discount Code: ANKER565

Discount Price: $11.19

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Car Mount, Anker [Air Vent Magnetic] Car Mount Holder

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Don’t leave your smartphone on your dash mount since there’s a higher chance of it getting hot and damaged. Instead you should use this Anker Car mount holder that can attach to a vent and magnetically attach your smartphone to it. It’s highly adjustable so you’ll be more focused on the road, rather than the phone.

Original Price: $9.99

Discount Code: ANKER565

Discount Price: $7.99

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Anker Waterproof Case, IPX8-Rated Dry Bag

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If you’re going to go camping or just generally where there’s gong to be water, then you can’t go wrong with this waterproof pouch. This water proof case pouch can withstand water up to 100 feet, so your anxiety and worry of your smartphone getting wet and damaged is non-existent. Best of all, it’s able to fit most smartphones.

Original Price: $7.99

Discount Code: ANKER565

Discount Price: $6.39

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Anker PowerPort 6-Port USB Charging Hub + [6-Pack] Premium 1ft Micro USB Cables

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This is one the best wall chargers we’ve seen. This Anker 6-Port wall charger is able to charge 6 devices at once. Each of the charging ports is able to deliver 5V/2.4A max standard charging speed so you’re going to be getting fast charging no matter what device you charge with this power bank. Along with a awesome wall charger, this purchase also includes 6 Micro-USB charging cables that are all 1 foot long.

Original Price: $35.99

Discount Code:  ANKER585

Discount Price: $28.79

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Quick Charge 2.0, Anker Dual USB Car Charger PowerDrive+ 2

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This Anker car charger is mainly for those that have Quick Charge compatible device and even for those that don’t have Quick Charge devices. Both of the charging ports feature Quick Charge 2.0 and if you don’t have a Quick Charge compatible device, that’s okay because the charging ports will default to 5V/2.4A standard max charging speed. Either way, you’re going to be getting fast charging with or without a Quick Charge compatible device.

Original Price: $19.99

Discount Code: ANKER585

Discount Price: $15.99

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Anker 5-Port USB/USB-C Wall Charger PowerPort 5 USB-C

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Wall chargers are one of the most used and reliable charging electronics. They’re able to act as a charging hubs for when we need to charge many devices at once or even if we simply need to charge a single device. That’s what the above Anker wall charger gives and does it deliver. The Anker 5-port wall charger offers 4 USB charging ports that all have 5V/2.4 max standard charging speed. Then there’s the USB Type-C port that can work with a Type-C to Type-C cable, like the one that we’ve mentioned in this post. The Type-C port is able to deliver 3.0A speeds.

Original Price: $31.99

Discount Code: ANKER585

Discount Price: $25.59

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Best Ways To Charge Your Smartphone Faster

We want our smartphones to be charged fast and there are no questions about it. Although the battery technology that goes into our smartphones hasn’t been improved very much, the capacity of batteries has increased and so has the charging speed of charging electronics. People still want and expect their devices to charge faster and although wanting something to happen is quite great, you need results. We’re going to cover the best way to make your smartphone charge faster and don’t worry, these aren’t some sort of technical tricks. The ways to make your smartphone charge faster is actually very simple and you may even be able to start charging your smartphone faster today.

1. Use the Proper Charging Electronics

PowerPort 2

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5V/2.4A Charging Speed Per Port

The absolute most important thing that we stress a lot at Charger Harbor is knowing what’s the quality of your charging electronics. Whether it’s your car charger, wall charger or power bank; You want your charging electronics to be able to deliver a fast charging speed. To do that you must understand where to purchase the best charging electronics and what to look for in a charging device, no matter if its power bank or wall charger.

Know your charging Output speeds and Charging Terms

Voltage: Voltage of a charger is something that keeps the Amperage stable. Since the Amperage is the overall speed of charging, the Voltage is able to keep the charging speed constant. The higher the voltage, the more stable speeds your device will charge at.

Amperage:  Amperage, also known as “Amps”; Is the charging speed of the charger. The more Amps, the faster your smartphone or other devices will charge.

With those two things in mind, the more voltage that a charger has, the more it will support the Amperage charging speed to stay constant.

Let’s take a look at the charging speeds of chargers that you should put your most focus on when you look for charging electronics to purchase.

Good Output Charging speeds:

Charging SpeedRating
5V/2.0AFast
5V/2.1AFaster
5V/2.4AFastest Standard Charging Speed
9V/3.0Quick Charge / USB Type-C Charging

These charging Output speeds are ideal for giving a fast charging speed because they give a sufficient amount of voltage and Amp current to charge your smartphone as fast as possible. If you’re searching to buy any charging electronics, make sure that you’re getting ones that match the Outputs that we’ve mentioned above. Wall Chargers should almost always have each ports rating at a 2.4A speed, car chargers and power banks are basically at the same standard of delivering 2.0 Amps of charging speed and well into the 2.4 Amp charging speed.

However, the 9V/3.0A charging speed category is either Quick Charge or USB Type-C territory and we’ll get to that later.

Then there are charging Output Speeds that you should generally avoid:

Charging SpeedRating
5V/1.0ASlow
5V/1.5ALess Slow

These charging speeds are most integrated into either old chargers, Mini power banks or wireless chargers. It’s expected for Mini power banks to have these kinds of charging speeds and wireless chargers are also known to have these charging speeds. But for any other charging electronics, these charging speeds are bound to leave you frustrated as they send low Amperage to your smartphone and charge it slowly.

Choose car charger, wall chargers and power banks chargers that have a higher Amperage.

2. Put your smartphone into Power Saving Mode

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Putting your smartphone into power saving mode makes use of less processing power (What? No Way!) and as a result, it takes off more stress from the battery. It’s a great way for the smartphone to get more charging done because it uses less battery power to run. Just a bit of a warning, though, when you put a smartphone into Power Saving mode, the smartphone can be slower because it’s powered down. This means that using it normally may be a bit frustrating because you’re tasking the phone to do more than it’s capable of within its current state.

Using Power Saver mode is great for recharging a smartphone quickly; However your user experience will likely suffer. Go into power saving mode if you’re just conducting simple tasks on your smartphone.

3. Turn Off Applications Not In Use

Turning off all the applications that you’re not using is a great way to recharge your smartphone fast because every application that runs in the background take up CPU power. The more CPU power being used results in more battery power consumption. Closing down all the applications that you’re not using and including the ones that are running passively is a perfect alternative to putting your phone into Power Saving mode. This way, you can use your smartphone normally and just focus on the applications that you’re currently using.

The kind of applications to turn on or stop:

  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Stop any updating apps
  • Close apps that are running in the background
  • Turn off GPS
  • Turn Down your brightness
  • Put your phone on Vibrate or Silent

4. Purchase a Smartphone that is Capable of Charging Quickly

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Many smartphones that are have come out in the past two years, as well as newer smartphones, are beginning to feature fast charging technology that is able to break the barrier of standard charging speeds and push into the 3.0 Amperage speed.

The two main charging technologies are Quick Charge and USB Type-C.

Quick Charge Compatible Smartphones

Quick Charge is compatible with devices that have Qualcomm’s certain processors that enable Quick Charge charging speeds once they’re connected to a Quick Charge charger. There are two main types of Quick Charge versions that are being used currently: Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 3.0

Quick Charge 2.0 is the most widespread type of Quick Charge because there are more devices that have currently been made for Quick Charge 2.0 charging electronics. Quick charge 3.0 is the latest version of Quick Charge and has very few smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 tech.

Charging speeds for the Quick Charge technology feature higher Voltage that is capable of 6V/9V/12V/20V and an Amperage of 3.0 Amps. Quick Charge 3.0 is able to deliver more Voltage than Quick Charge 2.0; Quick Charge 3.0 smartphones are backwards compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 2.0 smartphones can be used with Quick Charge 3.0, but they will receive QC 2.0 speeds of charging.

So check to see if you have a smartphone that is compatible with Quick Charge chargers; That way, you’ll be able to get charging electronics like power banks, car chargers and wall chargers that feature Quick Charge charging ports that will allow you to rapidly charge your smartphone.

Note: iPhones ARE NOT compatible with Quick Charge at all.

If you don’t have a smartphone that is capable of Quick Charge charging and want your next phone to charge quickly, then we recommend buying a smartphone that is compatible with Quick Charge technology.

Smartphones that use USB Type-C

Smartphones that use the Type-C input are smartphones that use the USB Type-C charging cable. These smartphones are capable of charging at the same speeds of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology. Type-C smartphones are able to charge at 6.5V-9V/3.0A. The best thing about Type-C is that it’s dual headed so you’re always going to get the charging into the smartphone the first time.

Although Type-C isn’t Quick Charge; When you’re using a Type-C smartphone, you still need a wall charger that is capable of having an Output of 3.0 Amps. That means getting Quick Charge wall charger or any other charging electronics with Quick Charge would be the best option because Quick Charge ports have an output of 3.0 Amps.

If you want a cable that is easier to use and a faster-charging smartphone, then look into smartphones that use USB Type-C.

5. Turn off your phone and charge it

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This is probably the last thing you want to do. We know it’s hard but if you absolutely don’t need your smartphone on and know that you don’t have any plans for the day, then turning off your phone to charge is an option. When you’re phone is off, it’s going to charge at the fastest possible rate since nothing is running and only the smartphone itself is focused on recharging. This way of charging is actually beneficial if you want to focus your time and energy on something more important because your phone may be a distraction.

Look at it from this perspective: If your phone is off, then you can’t browse Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or watch funny videos on Youtube. Instead, your smartphone is charging and now you can focus on the important things like homework or studying. Perhaps cleaning the house? Whatever it is, to turn off your smartphone to charge is a difficult thing to do and to ease the pain try finding something else to do so you’re focus isn’t on your phone. When you come back from being productive, your phone should be very well charged and ready to go.

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Mophie Releases its New Power Station Series that Features Wireless Charging Power Banks

Mophie, a company that is known for their wonderful Battery cases has announced their new versions of Powerstations. Powerstations are simply Mophie’s way of saying power bank. What exactly do these power banks feature that are so evolutionary to the charging electronic space? Well, we’ll let you be the judge in this case because they’re totally brand new power banks that we haven’t gotten our hands on just yet.

Powerstation Mini

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The Powerstation Mini is the smallest class of all the new series of power banks; Its also got the smallest capacity of all the power banks. It’s clearly a singular use power banks that has a capacity of 3,000mAh with just one port. The power bank is about the size of an iPhone 6, expect with a little more width. It’s small enough that it can into your pocket, however, if it can fit comfortably into your pocket is a whole other situation.

It’s got 4 LED capacity indicators. The Output charging speed of the Mini is 2.1A. As for the input recharging of the power bank, Mophie doesn’t seem to have announced that yet, so we won’t speculate it. It’s capable of Pass Through charging which means that the power bank can recharge while a device is connected to the power bank to charge. The pass through feature goes for all the power banks in the Powerstation lineup.

Overall the new version of the Power Station Mini is indeed an overall improvement that’s going to provide a better experience with better technology and design; However, how it will compete with other Mini Power banks is still something that is very questionable due to its price tag with what it offers.

Specs:

  • Capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Size: 2.72 x 4.69 x 0.33 in
  • Weight: 3.18 oz
  • # Of Ports: 1
  • Charging Speed: 2.1A Output
  • Input: Input – N/A at this time
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • LED Indicators: Yes

Price: $29.95

Current Powerstation Mini

 

Powerstation

Standard

The Power station is Mophie’s standard power bank that offers a bigger size and with it comes a larger capacity power bank. The portable charger is portable indeed, but don’t expect to fit it into your pocket because although the Power Station is just a tad smaller than a iPhone 6, the thickness of the power bank is not going to fit anywhere tight.

It’s going to have a capacity of 6,000mAh; The power bank has two charging outputs that will charge at 2.1A charging speed. Although, Mophie is being somewhat vague on which port is going to feature the 2.1A charging output. Are both of the ports going to have 2.1 Amps Output? Or is it just one charging output that will have 2.1 Amps? These kinds of details would be highly helpful if someone wanted to Pre-order this power bank. Of course, like always the power bank comes with 4 LED capacity indicators. The Micro USB recharging input is in the middle of the two charging outputs.

Do we think this standard power bank is going to blow the competition away and shake up what people expect from power banks? Not really. The Powerstation charger looks much better than the previous version but the tech is simply not quite there yet; We’ll let you know what we mean at the end of this article.

Specs:

  • Capacity: 6,000mAh
  • Size: 22.72 x 4.69 x 0.51 in
  • Weight: 5.6 oz
  • # Of Ports: 2
  • Output: 2.1A for Possibly both ports
  • Input: N/A at this time
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • LED Indicators: Yes

Price: $49.95

Current Powerstation

Powerstation XL

XL

The next renovation with Mophie’s Powerstation lineup is their XL series that goes into the higher capacity and bigger size of their power bank category. Coming in at approximately the size of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the power bank is still within the portable range; It’s not going to fit into your pocket quite easily but the main selling point of the Power Station XL will most likely be its power capacity.

Boasting a relatively high capacity of 10,000mAh; The Power Station XL will be prepared to charge smartphones quite a few times. The charging output of the port is 2.1A, but once again Mophie fails to inform us whether or not it’s one port or both ports that will feature 2.1 Amps of charging speed. It’s very similarly designed like the Power Station, with the ports and LED indicators all in the same location; Simply at a bigger physical size.

Specs:

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh
  • Size: 2.7 x 5.2 x 0.63 in
  • Weight: 7.7 oz
  • # Of Ports: 2
  • Output: 2.1A for possibly both ports
  • Input: N/A at this time
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • LED Indicators: Yes

Price: $69.95

Current Powerstation XL

Powerstation XXL

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At the brim of the Powerstation lineup comes the Powerstation XXL. It’s the largest power bank in terms of size and capacity. The size of the power bank is somewhat shockingly small with the power bank being a few inches bigger than a iPhone 6 Plus. The main selling point will be the 20,000mAh capacity that the power bank holds; Along with the high capacity, the power bank holds a total of 3 charging outputs.

The output speed of two charging output ports is 2.1A and the other one is 1.0A. Combine the amount of ports and the large capacity of the power bank, and you’ve got yourself a power bank that can be very well relied on. It’s got all the charging ports lined up on one side, the Micro USB input alone on one side and the LED power indicators are where they usually are.

We think that the Power Station XXL and the Mini are going to make the most sense to purchase because they’re able to take advantage of the best things they have implemented and use them as a strengths.

Specs:

  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Size: 3.62 x 6.1 x 0.79 in
  • Weight: 15.1 oz
  • # Of Ports: 3
  • Output: 2.1A For Two Ports / 1.0A For One Port
  • Input: N/A at this time
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • LED Indicators: Yes

Price: $99.95

Charge Force Powerstation

Charge Force

Lastly, the Charge Force Powerstation is the Mophie’s wireless charging power bank. Coming in at about the same size as the Galaxy S7 and with a capacity of 10,000mAh; The Charge Force Powerstation is able to charge a device either through plugging it in through the single charging output or a user will be able to charge their Qi-compatible device in a wireless manner simply by setting their phone on top of the power bank.

If you’ve got a Qi-compatible device, then you can take advantage of the wireless charging; Additionally, another device can be connected to the USB charging output and as result two devices can be charged at the same time.

It’s a step forward in terms of wireless charging and the usability of a power bank. Although, if you don’t have a Qi compatible device, then settling for a normal power station is the best option.

Specs:

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh
  • Size: 2.72 x 5.19 x 0.63 in
  • Weight: 8.52 oz
  • # Of Ports: 1
  • Output: Wireless Charging – 2.1A / Charging Output Port – 2.1A
  • Input: N/A at this time
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • LED Indicators: Yes

Price: 99.95

Will These Power Banks be Worth It?

Here’s the thing, the Powerstations from Mophie are good, they hold quality and they have a purpose for what they do. However, with that said, Mophie has debuted these power banks a little too late because most of their tech and design has already been done before. Along with the price tag, there are other power banks that give higher capacities, power and all for a lower price tag. Although the power banks are slimmer and more stylized, we hope that these power banks find a massive scale use for users.

In our opinion, the main selling point of these power banks is their improvements features. Mophie is playing the innovation card, by increasingly improving their products over a set period of time, keeping prices the same and showing people that they are willing to add value to their existing products by improving upon them. This kind of improvement, however, will most likely affect their existing user base and will be harder for others that rely on different companies for their power bank charging needs.

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Hold back on Anker’s USB Type-C Cable

Type C Doom

Here at Charger Harbor, we’re a quite a great advocate of Anker’s charging electronics products; However with recent events regarding their Type-C charging cable, you need to steer clear.

What’s wrong with Anker’s Type-C cable?

Type-C is a new charging cable that is introducing a new way to charge. With most new things, there are bumps in the beginning and the same goes for charging technology. In this case, Anker’s Type-C cable can somehow remember the voltage from the highest voltage rated device it’s connected to and when connected to a device that requires less voltage, it sends out the same high voltage. As a result a devices like a smartphone or similar that require 5 volts to charge can get damaged because the Type-C cable is somehow remembering that it should sent out 15 Volts of power.

This problem was brought out in the open by Nathan K., whom heavily looks into problems with charging electronics. When he was using the Type-C cable from Anker, and using a voltage checker, the voltage for a smartphone (He was using a simulator device) would read 5 Volts. Then he connected it to a Laptop and it read 15 volts; The 15 volts for a laptop is absolutely normal, but after he disconnected it from the laptop and then back to a smartphone simulator, the voltage was 15 volts.

If the Type-C cable was actually connected to a smartphone, such as the Nexus 6P as he had in the video, then it would damage the phone. Smartphones can’t handle that much voltage and will get fried. This is a strange case because the USB Type-C cable is somehow remembering the voltage from its highest rated voltage charged device and is able to input that into other devices. Along with this serious problem, Anker has notified people that have purchased the cable and will provide refunds:

Anker Message:

“We are offering all of our PowerLine USB-C A8185011 users a full refund. In addition, we would like to offer a free Anker PowerLine USB-C cable to affected customers once we have improved Anker PowerLine USB-C A8185011.”

In short, this is a recall from Anker and even though their Type-C cable is faulty and some have suffered from it; It’s good to see that they have responded rather quickly to a very serious problem.

So for now, absolutely avoid purchasing your Type-C charging cables from Anker, until we’re notified that the cable is back to being usable.

Here’s the video of Nathan showing the problem with the Anker Type-C cable. He seems to be quite stressed out! Just as any other user would be or even more stressed if your smartphone got damaged.

 

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