As soon as the battery sign hits the dreaded red colour, its time to cut all operations. And sadly, for most of us this happens midway, through the day. The only upside to this miserable tale is that it has given birth to a whole new industry. Meet the power banks. Nearly all major companies have launched their own portable power packs that help our smartphones survive a whole day and more.
To help you decide which one to pick up, we’re comparing the specs of the three power banks in the market that are a mix of affordable pricing and consistent performance. The oldest one around, Xiaomi Mi Power bank is priced at Rs. 999, weighs 250g and provides 10,400 mAh of battery. Next in line is the Asus ZenPower which is available for Rs. 1,799, weighs 215g and provides 10,050 mAh of power. The fairly recent arrival in India is the OnePlus power bank which is priced at Rs. 1,399, weighs 222g and comes with 10,000 mAh of power.
We pit them against each other in terms of design, size, durability and most importantly, power.
With the three devices, there were zero complaints in terms of functionality and the workings. They all feature LED indicators, are heavily protected and provide your devices battery when they need it the most.
However, having used the three power banks interchangeably over the past few months, we can easily say that we’d pick the Asus ZenPower over the other two. While it may be the most expensive of the three, it is also the lightest one. Since a battery pack is an extra device that you need to carry around – the portability of the device matters the most. The OnePlus one is too wide to carry around easily, and the Xiaomi powerbank feels heavy.
Lastly, if you don’t want to spend the extra money on a battery pack then go for the Xiaomi – it makes for a good second option. The only major advantage the OnePlus carries is the fact that you can charge two devices at once. If you’re used to carrying around multiple handsets, then this one is for you.
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