Most households these days have multiple mobile devices, and new additions are welcomed throughout the year. Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Cameras, and other gadgets are powered by Lithium batteries and will need to be charged to keep them operational. We want our cell phone chargers to be lightweight, compact, and portable. It is a crowded marketplace if you are looking for the best Portable Cell Phone Battery Charger. You have Fast Chargers, Magnetic Chargers, Power Banks, and not to mention the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) chargers that are recommended by the manufacturer. So, it would behoove one to do proper research when looking out for a charger that is appropriate for their needs.
What is the best Portable Charger?
The answer isn’t easy as there are many out there and many more labels in the offing. Anker is a well-known brand in the field of mobile accessories and computer parts. They specialize in many products and chief among them are USB Wall Chargers. They have researched and developed new technologies to adapt their products to the connected device. RAVPower is a powerhouse in their own right. Aukey makes high-quality USB Chargers and power banks, while Fonken has impressive USB Type C Chargers in their lineup. iClever has also come up with similar techniques to solve the problem of providing optimal charge for the connected device.
What features do you look for in a Portable Charger?
The following are essential factors to be taken into consideration while shopping for the best USB Wall Charger.
Make sure your phone is mentioned in the list of supported models. More than likely, your phone may not be listed if it is an older model, but most usb battery charger units are backward compatible and will support the older versions.
Specifications and Features
Pay close attention to the Amperage and Voltage levels supported by the charger
Check the product dimensions, weight, and images
Most USB Wall Chargers are cost effective and should suit your requirement
The case for a Portable USB Wall charger
Gone are the days when you inserted a micro-USB connector to your phone’s port and plugged the power adapter to the wall outlet and waited for minutes to hours to charge your phone. Today, all you need is a device with USB charging ports that can connect to the ac wall outlet. Technology is continually evolving, and the savvy end-user knows what’s new and trending.
The Mobile Phone Market continues to grow, and with increasing diversity in brands and underlying technologies, we are seeing higher demand from customers for the best accessories to power their gadgets. If you are looking for the best Portable Phone Charger in the market, there are a few brands that have taken a massive bite out of the market share.
Technology has evolved to accommodate the needs of different smartphones and tablets.
Let’s take a look at a few of the technological advancements that have been made.
Quick Charge 4.0™
Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 is a standard to deliver charging speeds up to 4-times that of regular chargers
Developed by Anker and used in many of its latest chargers, a smart chip detects the connected device and optimizes voltage and charging
Anker takes into account cabling resistance and optimizes voltage output to provide fast charging
RAVPower developed this technology and is particularly useful in multi-port USB chargers where each port optimizes the power output according to the connected device’s need
iClever’s SmartID technology that optimizes charging efficiency
Over time, your phone charger will lose its efficiency. Your charger would either take a lot of time or would never charge the phone to 100%, even after a couple of hours. The latter could be an indication of a problem with your battery and may need replacement. It may be the case that your phone only charges when held in a particular position. It is quite alright to have a few or all of the above problems after a while. The problem could be caused due to a faulty cable, but most likely, the charger is the culprit. You might get this message at times – “The connected charger will take longer to charge your phone. To charge faster, use the charger and cable that were provided with this phone.” This message or something similar is known to appear on Samsung and HTC phones. You will also get this message if you are trying to charge your phone with the USB 2.0 port on your laptop. Most Wall Chargers provide the required amperage output (1.2 A for phone and 2 A for tablets) and offer faster charging. Apple’s official position on best practice for fast charging is to connect the phone to a power outlet using a USB cable.
If you take a look at the Ailkin 2-Port USB Wall Charger and the AmazonBasics One-Port USB Wall Charger, their size is comparable to that of a quarter, and for most folks, these units will do the job. You can most certainly bring these portable chargers on an airplane. However, if you are power hungry and have the need to charge multiple devices simultaneously, you can go for some of the bigger chargers, such as the Anker 60W 6 Port USB Wall Charger. These chargers might not always fit in your trouser pockets without being noticed, but you can carry them in your backpack or laptop sleeve. They are excellent travel companions, and some of the bigger units such as the RAVPower 60W 12A 6-Port Charging Station are comparable to the size of a passport. Yay!
A great deal of thought has gone into designing USB Wall Chargers. What is most impressive is that some of these chargers are designed to fit snugly into one unit of the wall outlet without infringing into the second unit on the wall. Some of them have a rotate/swivel functionality that allows you to orient the charger in a vertical/horizontal direction to free up the other outlet. Take a look at the AUKEY USB Wall Charger and Belkin 2-Port USB Wall Charger for instance.
Dual and Multi-USB Wall Chargers give the additional feature of having more devices connected to the unit simultaneously.
Smartphones and Tablets use different standards – USB-A, Apple’s Lightning connector, and the new USB-C standard. Some of these chargers have multiple ports and cater to the needs of all these standards, making them a centralized USB Charging station for your needs. Take a look at the RAVPower 60W 5-Port USB Desktop Charging Station which supports USB-A and USB-C standards.
Most USB Wall Chargers are USB-if certified and UL-certified. These certifications imply that the products have met specific safety requirements and have been tested in the lab and field to validate their usability.
We have listed the Top 6 reasons that we feel you will need for buying a USB Wall Charger. In an increasingly competitive market for mobile chargers, we feel that these units still have a place in your home or office.