Power banks to Portable Power Stations and Everything In Between

Charging our portable devices is rather automatic, you go over to a charger and plug your device in and voila, it’s charging. However, the way that we can go about charging our devices is quite a bit different. There are quite a few chargers on the market that can be used in different situations and therefore are more helpful than others. In this case, we’re going to start with portable chargers, also known as power banks.

Portable Power the Best Type of Power?

Power banks are one of the most useful chargers that you can own. A power bank is all that you might need to charge your portable devices, we’re not just talking about your smartphone, we’re also talking about laptops. This is because many power banks are using USB-C Power Delivery. With the USB-C port now being used with basically every single Android smartphone at this point, and many laptops now using it, too, the only thing that was left to do was to make sure that they could charge at Power Delivery speeds. For the most part, fast charging for smartphones with PD is 18W, but for laptops, it’s quite a bit higher.

In terms of Power Delivery for laptops, most of them will require that you use a 30W PD charger or higher. The great thing about Power Delivery is that even with an 80W PD charger, you can still use it to charge your smartphone. So, this brings us back to how you’d only need a power bank to charge your devices, which is mostly true but you’re still going to need a wall charger to recharge your power bank to use it again.

Wall Charging can be the most Powerful

Wall chargers are the most simple chargers available, most phones come with their wall chargers and these chargers that come with phones usually have the fast charging tech that is compatible with the phone that they came with. This is even true for the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max, a first for Apple as they have finally shipped their highest-end model with an 18W PD wall charger. That said, per Apple tradition, the regular iPhone 11 does not come with a PD wall charger and instead comes with a regular 5W charger.

Innovation with PD Wall Chargers

Of course, there are quite a few benefits to getting a wall charger when it features PD charging. The first one being that they able to output lots of more power than most power banks can do, so you’re able to get a replacement charger quite easily. There are also quite a few PD chargers on the market currently that make use of GaN tech, which is a chip that takes the place of many technical parts within a charger and can still output just as much power or even more power. With GaN chargers, what you end up with is a very small charger that can output lots of power. 

One other part of PD wall chargers that can be highly useful is their ability to have more than a single PD port. Power banks will rarely have more than a single port and the same can be said about car chargers, too, as it’s too much power to output. However, wall chargers can handle it and what’s even better is that Power Delivery wall chargers with two ports can have their power outputs change whether you’re charging one or two devices. If you’re charging two devices, then each port may output 30W, but if you choose to charge only a single device, then the single port that’s charging will output 60W. Getting double the power instantly can help if you want to charge at a laptop faster.

Another great plus to Power Delivery is how it’s being used with headphones, keyboards, mouses and also gaming consoles. Yes, the Nintendo Switch actually uses USB-C Power Delivery, and so you’re able to fast charge it with conventional charger. This is also means that since the Switch is portable, you’re also able to charge it on the go via a power bank.

Fast Charging with Car Chargers is Imperative

Car chargers, on the other hand, are quite similar to wall chargers and power banks because they too can use the same charging tech. Owning a car charger can prove to be one of the most useful types of chargers that you can own, this is going to be true if you can make use of fast charging like Quick Charge and Power Delivery. That’s because whether you have a short or long commute, your devices will be able to charge fast. Also, most devices charge faster when they’re not being used and their screens are off, and we’re going to assume that you don’t use your phone while you’re driving. Safety first!

Beyond Power Banks

To top it all off, there are also potable power stations. These are portable chargers, but at the same time, they’re something more. That’s because these types of portable chargers use AC outlets, DC ports, 12Volt outlets, have USB ports, and all the while, they also make use of extremely high power capacity. Just how much power capacity? Well, some have 50,000mAh and then some have 100,000mAh.

Some portable power stations even have USB-C Power Delivery ports, and that just goes to show just how useful PD is. Now, of course, portable power stations aren’t your every day carry type of device, and they’re best used for when you’re going camping or hiking and you’re going to be away from a stable source of power for quite a while. One thing is assured, though, and it would be that you’re going to have some usable portable power for quite a while.

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