Best Power Banks

Mobile phones have evolved a lot over last few years in terms of technology, design and storage capacity, but battery backup still remains an issue. Given the number of things we do with your smartphones – watch movies, read, listen to music, shop, access social media, book cabs, order food, play games – smartphone batteries just cannot keep up with our digitized life.

When you are at home, you can easily plug in the charger the moment your phone’s battery shows any signs of letting up. But what if you are traveling and don’t have immediate access to any charging point?

Scary right!

That’s where power banks and portable chargers come into play. Power banks are external batteries that are capable of charging your phone in a short span of time. They can be conveniently carried around anywhere and don’t require a plug point. So, even when you’re out, hiking or camping, far away from civilization power banks come to your rescue.

Why a Portable Charger is an Indispensable Piece of Technology?

  1. Life saver when your phone battery gives up on you: Even when you are nowhere near a power socket, you can easily charge your phone.
  2. Portable: Power banks are lightweight and convenient to carry. Some of them are so handy that they even fit in your jeans and trouser pockets.
  3. Classy and attractive: With their sleek designs and vibrant colours, power banks are classy and attractive and not at all dull in looks.
  4. Multiple ports: Most power banks these days are equipped with multiple sockets. Thus, it is possible to charge different kinds of gadgets at once.
  5. Compatible with all brands: Whether you have an android device or an iOS one, most power banks are compatible with all brands.
  6. No Unnecessary wires and cables: Not only are they light-weight and convenient to carry but also come without a messy array of wires and cables.

But which power bank should you buy? The choices available these days is mind boggling.

We are here to help you choose. So, if are looking for a classy power bank for your smartphone, look no future.

20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i

This new power bank from Xiaomi comes with a battery capacity of 20000mAh and is also the first power bank by Xiaomi which is manufactured in India. It offers dual USB output and also supports Quick Charge 3.0 on a single port. That is, you can charge two devices simultaneously but if you want to charge your device quickly then you have to skip using the other port. The power bank is compatible with various devices and offers a conversion rate of 85%.


  • Smooth design
  • No heating issue.
  • Quick charging.


  • Comes in only one colour variant.
  • Only 6 months warranty.

Intex IT-PB16K 16,000mAh

This power bank from Intex comes with two USB ports which allow users to charge two devices simultaneously. Its built-in LED indicators display the charging status and the battery life. You can also save battery life by switching to the power saving mode. This 16,000mAh power bank is available at Rs 1,399.


  • 16000 mAh Capacity which is huge
  • Two USB Output Ports to charge multiple smartphones


  • Not that much Portable

Intex 11,000mAh

You can charge a standard smartphone up to four times with this particular power bank. It’s compatible with a wide range of devices as well. One of the key highlights of this product is that it comes with three USB ports, allowing you to charge three devices simultaneously. The power bank can be snatched up for Rs 999 via Amazon. Intex offers 1 year of warranty for the product as well.


  • Sturdy design.
  • Very Good Efficiency (81% conversion rate)
  • 3 USB Ports.
  • LED torch
  • Supports pass through charging


  • A Bit Heavy

Ambrane 10,400mAh

This particular offering from Ambrane supports fast charging, much like the majority of the power banks here. It has the typical Ambrane design on board, so if you’ve owned an Ambrane power bank before, chances are that you will find some similarities here. This particular offering can be bought for Rs 899 via online retailers.


  • LED
  • Compact Design
  • Made in India
  • One Year Warranty
  • Good customer support
  • Cheaper than higher brands
  • Portable and stylish design
  • Comes with good Features


  • No Short circuit protection

Honor 13,000mAh

This power bank has been around for quite some time now. Sold under Huawei’s Honor brand in India, the device comes with a combination of metal and plastic materials. It doesn’t have fast charging, though. This power bank can be yours for Rs 1,299.


  • Large capacity which helps to charge your phone many times without charging
  • Torch LED light
  • Two USB ports which helps to charge two phones simultaneously or one phone and one tablet at same time.
  • Fast charging support on one USP port (2.1A)


  • Heavy to hold at 449g
  • Do not support Pass through charging (Pass through: means charging the power back at the same time while charging your smartphone or tablet with the power bank).

Mi 10,400mAh

This particular offering comes with a four cell battery, protected by the company’s nine-layer circuit chip protection. These hardware adjustments make sure that the phone doesn’t overcharge devices. The product can be bought online for Rs 1,290, although some retailers were originally selling it for Rs 999.


  • RM36 (USD11) for 10400 mAh battery cell supplied by LG and Samsung
  • Beautifully designed with aluminum casing
  • Affordable price
  • Solid build quality
  • Compact size


  • Cable is somewhat short
  • Casing is easily scratched
  • Can charge only one device at a time

Ambrane 13,000mAh

Packing a sleek design and LED torch on board, this Ambrane power bank serves more than one purpose. It is currently available on Amazon for Rs 1,199, and the seller is offering the power bank in seven colours.


  • Made in India
  • One Year Warranty
  • Good customer support
  • Cheaper than higher brands
  • Portable and stylish design
  • Comes with good Features


  • Performance is average
  • Issues with Quality

Lenovo PA 13000mAh

Priced at Rs 1,190 on Amazon India, this portable charger provides sufficient power to juice up your smartphone several times a day. Due to its high conversion rate, it will charge your device quickly. The user will also get one year warranty at the time of its purchase. The only drawback of this power bank is, it is compatible only with smartphones, whereas other power banks can charge a variety of devices.


  • It has a lightweight body.
  • Takes very less time to charge itself, comparing to its competitors.


  • The built quality is moderate, but made from good quality plastic.


What to look for in a power bank?

Here are a few power bank buying tips that you just cannot ignore:

  1. The batteries of the power bank should be high in capacity. The more mAh a power bank has, the more efficient it is. 10,000 mAh power banks are ideal for smartphones.
  2. Buy a power bank with clear LED indicator lights. They are extremely helpful in interpreting the battery level and charging status.
  3. Safety holds paramount important while buying any product. Likewise, while buying power banks it is advisable to go for those with high grade Lithium-Polymer battery since are considered more safe and stable.
  4. For better safety and protection, buy a power bank that comes with over charge protection (OCP), over voltage protection (OVP), and over-temperature protection (OTP)
  5. Choose a power bank with a superior quality charging cable. Premium quality cables not only improve the charging speed but also protect your gadget from overheating and power surges.
  6. Take into account, the battery capacity of the smartphone for which you will mainly use the power bank. The capacity of power bank should be at par or more than the battery capacity of your smart phone.
  7. Go for power banks manufactured by reputed and established brands. Low quality power banks are potential hazards.

P.S. Just a head’s up! If you are flying, be sure to pack the power bank in your hand baggage. They are not allowed in check-in baggage.

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