My friend’s hot tears are still fresh on that yellow shirt. I loved that shirt, l love my friend too.
But she should have known better. A long-distance relationship without a power bank is extreme sports. It’s like jumping off a plane with a school bag for a parachute. Now he doesn’t want to talk to her anymore.
Who does that? Well, Taiwo did.
I don’t want tears on any more of my shirts or yours, so listen closely.
Your relationship with any Energy Distribution Company EKEDC, BEDC or whatever EDC that serves you is a delicate long-distance relationship. It might be nice sometimes but it would strain you most of the time.
So much of our lives today is governed by devices and the constant need for electrical power. It is, therefore, conventional wisdom to have a side-boo, a power bank, a generator or an inverter.
The next headache is picking what works for you. Depending on your unique needs, you might either need some or all of them.
We would explore parameters to look out for in the search and selection for your side-boo.
Let’s start with Power Banks
Power banks are particularly useful items to have, especially if you use your smartphone or other devices a lot. It is not always possible to get to a source of power to charge from the mains, so having a portable power bank is an ideal solution.
There are a ton of options to pick from, here are 6 metrics to help guide your choice.
One core feature that should be kept in mind while buying Power banks is the battery capacity. It is measured in terms of Milliamp Hours (mAh). The more the mAh, the bigger the charging capacity of the device and the more full charge cycles your device gets.
Always pick a power bank with high battery capacity. The only downside is that the size and weight of power banks vary directly with its battery capacity.
We all love cheap deals, but realistically there are really no free deals. Discounted maybe but a power bank with great design, durable quality outstanding safety standards and excellent battery capacity with cool features like LED indicators, solar charging etc. will definitely be pricey. Do not fall for those 10,000mAh for ₦4000 scams. They would most likely degrade quickly and not offer you value in return.
Find a comfortable price-point and decide which features you can live or not live with and
Pick within that range. The differences in design aesthetics, durability and safety will reflect in the pricing. Buy from a notable brand
Power banks need to be as light and handy as possible to ensure maximal use. 30,000mAH power banks (that can charge laptops), for example, are bulky and can be difficult to move around. 5,000mAh power banks, on the other hand, are light and can fit unobtrusively in one’s pocket.
Determine your capacity needs and the size you are comfortable carrying around. As technology gets better we hope battery capacity can get larger without increasing the power banks size too radically.
How fast your power bank charges your device matters too. This is determined by the ampere rating. Traditionally, Power banks have an output ampere count of 1A, that trend is changing.
Newer models allow higher outputs from 1.5A up to 5A. The only worry here is the fact that studies have shown that faster-charging rates deplete your device’s battery health in the long run.
Always pick a power bank with an ampere rating of 1.5 – 2.5A. It is safe and fast enough for your devices. Do not bother with higher values unless your device specifically requires it.
Battery Capacity of your Device
A commonly disregarded but relevant metric is the size of your device’s battery. Various devices have different battery capacities, the average is about 3000mAh for iPhones and 4500mAh for Android devices. In combination with the voltage rating, it determines the number of full charge-cycles a power bank of a certain capacity can give you.
The key is to always pick a power bank that is at least double that of your device and has an output voltage rating slightly higher than your device’s.
Number of Outputs
Depending on your usage needs. Multiple outputs to charge from could be either useful or not.
Always pick a Power bank that has at least two output sources. Even if it is not immediately useful to you. Who says you can not share your side- boo?
There you have it, 6 insightful metrics to worry about. Hope this blog helps you pick the perfect side-boo. One that will see you through the dark and lonely nights.