What to look for in a travel power bank
A good power bank for travel is a device as simple as it is useful. We all use our devices all day every day, resulting in quickly drained batteries. Though that dreaded red icon isn’t such a big problem at home, it can become a frustrating inconvenience when you’re out and about.
This is especially true when traveling for an extended period of time. Having an external power pack in your (literal or figurative) back pocket lets you recharge personal tech devices from wherever you might be and skip the impatient wait next to a wall socket.
But not all power banks are created equal. It’s important to compare the tech specs of your smartphone, tablet or laptop with those of the power bank and ensure that it’s, well, powerful enough to serve your needs. This is especially important for medium-to-long journeys, when you might need to depend on the power bank more heavily.
So what features should you look for in a portable external battery? The best high-performance power banks can recharge multiple devices at the same time. One other thing: a slim profile. You’re going to be carrying the power bank around, so it should be easy to pack and not be too bulky.
It sounds simple. But does a battery pack like this actually exist?
The answer is a resounding yes! The Laptop Power Bank ticks all of these boxes and more. Here are the top three reasons why Einova’s best-selling multi-device power bank is also a traveler’s best friend.
The Laptop Power Bank’s three USB ports, two of which are fast charge, allow it to charge up three of the devices in your suitcase in one fell swoop.
That’s useful, because there’s no lack of reasons why we need our devices while traveling: capturing the best moments with a camera, sharing updates live via smartphone, pacing walks around a new city with wireless earbuds, counting steps with a smartwatch.
But also consider making room in your suitcase for a laptop. It’s not only for business trips. A computer provides unrivaled help for planning your daily itinerary or editing new photos and videos (important even for those of us that aren’t professional travel bloggers!). Plus, there’s no nicer reward for a long day of sightseeing or hiking than by relaxing in front of your favorite series. Any self-respecting travel power bank really also needs to be able to charge laptops, too.
Enter the Laptop Power Bank. Designed for recharging laptops with its 20,000mah battery capacity and fast charging 45W USB-C Power Delivery output, the power bank’s charging performance (recharging speed, number of complete recharges) depends on how it interfaces with your machine’s tech specs. Unsure if your laptop is compatible? This list of compatible devices is a helpful starting point.
So now you’ve made sure that your chosen battery pack has robust output power and that your devices are compatible with its tech specs. But how can it be the best power bank for travel if it’s not particularly portable?
The Laptop Power Bank deftly strikes the needed balance between performance and size. At just 6.1 x 4.0 x 0.6 inches, the power bank can slide into (and be easily retrieved from) daypacks or cabin bags alike. These modest proportions are thanks to the energetically dense lithium-ion batteries.
Speaking of cabin bags, it’s important to verify that the power bank is within the legal limits for flying. According to current airline safety regulations, lithium-ion power banks of more than 100Wh must be stored in the hold, in checked luggage. The Laptop Power Bank’s capacity is 74 Wh, making it completely safe to take with you on board.
HOW TO RECHARGE A POWER BANK
Power banks are recharged via wall power. Connect your power bank to a power adapter with a USB charging cable, then plug the power adapter into a wall socket.
Because the Laptop Power Bank charges via a USB-C Power Delivery port, it requires a USB-C charger. We recommend using one of at least 30W in order to take advantage of the power bank’s fast recharging capabilities. Sirius 65W is a 65W universal charger that can charge all of your USB-C devices, the Laptop Power Bank included.
Durable canvas cover
It goes without saying that if you’re planning to travel with your power bank, it must be durable. Otherwise you run the risk of getting it dirty or scratched, especially if your travel plans involve the great outdoors.
The Laptop Power Bank is built to withstand scratches and to easily hide stains. How? Because of its water-repellent canvas cover. (Of course, you still shouldn’t immerse the power bank in water — we’re still talking about an electronic device here! But a little water on the surface won’t harm the inner electronics.)
The canvas lining serves not only as scratch protection. The fabric is satisfyingly tactile and adds unexpected visual refinement, elevating the Laptop Power Bank to the status of a design object. It’s a thoughtful, stylish tech accessory that is the perfect addition to the outside pocket of your travel backpack.
Has this travel power bank started you dreaming of your next adventure? Tell us in a comment below which feature impresses you the most!