The best power banks for digital nomads in 2020
Power banks are an incredibly useful resource – especially for digital nomads who are regularly on the go! The best power banks are compact and easily portable, while still packing enough power to recharge your devices a few times over. In this article, we’ll look at the top power banks on the market so you can find the perfect one that meets all your needs.
Power banks can be classed into two broad categories – 10,000mAh and over 20,000mAh. Essentially, the greater the mAh, the more power the power bank has. Those in the 10,000mAh category are best for smaller devices such as phones, whereas those in the 20,000mAh category work wonders with larger devices such as tablets and even laptops as long as they deliver charging power, with 45W recommended to support most brands. They are also good for remote workers or flexible workers as they can recharge your phone many more times as compared to those in the 10,000mAh category. Let’s take a look at the top power banks in each category.
Best +10,000mAh / 18W power banks
Native Union Jump+
With 12,000mAh of power, the Native Union Jump+ can power your iPhone 11 Pro 2.5x when fully charged. Its sleek, classic design is elegant and sophisticated, and it’s made with premium materials. Its real appeal lies in its versatility – it has a USB-A port that delivers up to 12W of power, a USB-C port that delivers up to 18W and also wireless charging that delivers up to 5W of power! So, you can charge up to three devices simultaneously. Plus, it’s fast-charging too.
It weighs just 0.35kg, and is roughly 15cm tall, 7cm wide, and 2cm thick, making it light and portable. The power bank also comes with a 4-foot-long USB-A to USB-C leather cable to charge the device or any of your other Type-C devices. It costs US$100 / HK$800 – but FLYDESK CLUB+ members get exclusive 25% promotions from Native Union. Ask for your promo code!
Xiaomi 10,000mAh Power Bank Pro
With 10,000mAh of power, the Mi Power Bank Pro supports USB Type C charging and can deliver up to 18W for fast charging of your devices. Plus, it is able to intelligently adjust the power output to ensure each of your devices is charged safely. It takes just 3.5h to fully charge the power bank – and it can fully charge a 3090mAh Android device in less than 2h, or fully charge an iPhone 6 four times! It also comes with an option to safely charge low-power devices such as Bluetooth headsets, fitness bands, etc.
Sleek, slim and portable, it weighs just 0.223g and is roughly 13cm tall, 7.5cm wide and just 1.3cm thick. It comes with a USB data cable and Type C adapter to charge the power bank or your device. It is also covered by warranty for 6 months. It costs US$20 / HK$160 – certainly an economical choice!
Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL
With 10,000mAh of power, the Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL is the ideal choice for Apple users. You can charge your Qi-enabled iPhone or AirPods Charging Case wirelessly. You can also charge your devices via the USB-C PD port with a cable which delivers 18W of power, or you can use both options simultaneously! It also has pass-through charging, which means that if you are charging the power bank at the same time as your device, it will charge your device first.
Lightweight and portable, this power bank weighs just 0.28kg and is roughly 14cm tall, 7cm wide and 2cm thick. While on the pricier end at US$100 / HK$800, the stylish design and fast-charging features are certainly worth it.
Anker PowerCore II 10,000mAh Power Bank
With 10,000mAh of power, the Anker Powercore II uses PowerIQ 2.0 technology to deliver faster charging abilities and can also identify the optimal level of power to safely charge each of your devices. It recharges fully within 4h and comes with a micro-USB cable. It can deliver up to 10W of power, and you can use any of your charging cables with it. When fully charged, it can charge an iPhone 8 three times, and an iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8 twice. Do note that it does not support Power Delivery fast charging for Apple devices.
Weighing just under 0.2kg, this lightweight device is just 9.6cm tall, 6cm wide and 2.2cm thick, making it one of the most portable power banks out there. It is also an economical option, as it costs just US$25 / HK$200. It also comes with 18 months of warranty.
Now let’s take a look at the top power banks in the 20,000mAh category that will be more suitable for larger devices.
Best +20,000mAh / +30W power banks
Anker PowerCore+ 26,800PD
The Anker PowerCore+ 26800PD has 26,800mAh of power and is compatible with nearly any device that charges from a USB port. It takes about 4.5h to be fully charged and can then charge most phones roughly 7 times, tablets at least twice or your laptop once. With three USB ports (one USB-C and two USB-A ports) that you can connect your charging cables to that deliver a total of 30W of power, as well as a micro-USB cable to charge the device itself, you’ll have enough power for days. The USB-C port offers Power Delivery, which means you can charge your MacBook if it’s USB-C compatible. In fact, it can charge pretty much any laptop that does not require powers of over 30W. For iPhones, note that you will need a C-to-lightning cable.
Weighing 0.58kg, this compact, portable device can easily fit in your backpack, purse or laptop bag as it’s roughly 17cm tall, 8cm wide and 2cm thick. It costs just US$130 / HK$1,000 and comes with 18 months of warranty. It’s definitely a great investment.
RAVPower 20,100mAH PD 3.0 45W Power Delivery Power Bank
One of RavPower’s more innovative products, this power bank has 20,100mAH of power and can charge pretty much any device with its 45W output! Using their wall charger, you can fully charge this power bank within 3.5h making it one of the fastest charging power banks that also delivers this much power. You can then charge your iPhone 11/Pro 4 times and your iPad Air 3 times. It has both a USB-A and USB-C port, and is compatible with the majority of Type C devices, which means you can charge your laptops such as MacBooks and Surface laptops.
It weighs about 0.5g and is roughly 18cm tall, 14cm wide and 2.5cm thick. It’s very affordable at only US$40 / HK$310. It also comes with 18 months of warranty.
Zendure X6 USB-C Portable Charger 20,000mAh, 45W PD & QC 3.0
With 20,000mAh of power, the Zendure X6 USB-C power bank can deliver up to 45W of power and can recharge a variety of devices. In fact, it can fully charge a MacBook 2017 or a 13” MacBook Pro at least once, a Nintendo Switch about 3 times, an iPhone X about 5 times and a Galaxy S9 Plus about 4 times. The power bank itself can be fully recharged in about 3h – and it has an LED screen that shows the exact percentage of battery life left. With a total of 5 ports, including two USB-A ports, and a USB-C port, you can charge up to 5 devices simultaneously. Additionally, it has a feature that allows you to charge low-power devices such as smartwatches and wireless earphones, making it one of the most versatile, high-power power banks out there!
It’s incredibly light and portable, weighing just under 0.4g. It’s about 7cm tall, 12cm wide and 5cm thick, so it will easily fit into your purse, backpack or laptop bag. It costs US$69 / HK$535 and comes with a warranty of 24 months.
AUKEY 30,000mAh 30W Power Bank
With 30,000mAh of power, this AUKEY power bank can fully recharge your iPhone 8 11 times over, a 9.7 inch iPad Pro nearly three times, or a MacBook 2016 nearly twice. With its Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, it can charge all your devices about four times faster than conventional chargers. The power bank itself can be fully recharged in under six hours. It has two USB outputs as well as a USB-C output that deliver a total of 30W of power and allow for charging of three devices simultaneously.
It weighs about 0.5g, and is about 15cm tall, 8cm wide and 3cm thick making it extremely portable. It costs 77USD / HK$600.
So, there you have it – a wide variety of power banks to meet your every need. Perfect for remote workers and digital nomads, they’ll help you ensure your devices are always charged and ready for use so you can work from anywhere. They are also useful when working in coworking spaces, as you may not always have enough plug points to charge all your devices.
If you’re interested in knowing more about power banks, or require assistance managing your remote teams, contact us at FLYDESK.