Upgrading My Power Banks Due to Overheating

March 14, 2018

When I wrote Power Banks to Keep Devices Juiced Up on the Go last November, I had no plans to get new power banks for myself anytime soon. I had a small one and a large one that served me well. In the last month, that has all changed and I had to replace both. I’ll share some Amazon links below for which I receive a small commission. Both of the products discussed are something I purchased from Amazon are the listed prices.

Let’s start with the “small” power bank. I had received one as a promotional product and I referred to it as the lipstick tube. It was only good for one charge or maybe even less than a full charge. But it was convenient to carry and worked great when needed. Then came a weekend about a month ago when I noticed it was extremely hot to the touch when I was using it. Plus it ran empty far more quickly than I expected. Hey, it was free, but it is time to get a better one.

I got the smaller Anker model I had recommended in that post last November. It has a capacity of 5,000 mAh which gives me around one full charge and still slips in my pocket.

My other power bank held 16,000 mAh and had served me very well. It was far bigger, but was good when I knew I’d need more juice before I could get to a plug. Plus it supported charging two devices at the same time. Then I got an email from Amazon telling me that it was recalled and I had to return it.

I went back to my November post and looked at the big power bank I recommended. It was bigger than what I had, but I wondered if there might be something in the middle that would be a better fit for my needs. That led me to the Anker PowerCore II 20000. It had more capacity, 20100 mAh, than my now recalled power bank and also supported newer standards for really fast charging.

Anker PowerCore II 20000

Anker PowerCore II 20000

I’ve yet to receive the new power bank as I just ordered it this week. There is no doubt it will serve my needs quite well. Regardless of which power bank I’m using, I always carry my ThinkANT Multi Charger in my pocket as it supports my devices and those of friends.

With these three products, I can keep my devices and those of friends charged when on the go. As they used to say in the old American Express ads, “don’t leave home without it!”

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