Power Bank.
Who are you calling “battery”?

Battery PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Mini USB port USB port
What is a Power Bank?

A Power Bank is an external battery that can be recharged by means of a USB cable from a supply source such as a laptop or a wall-mounted battery charger. Once charged, the Power Bank is used to supply energy to any electronic device (smartphone, tablet, camera, video camera).  THe Power Bank is portable, universal and compact. It is extremely useful, and and an ideal gadget to customise for promotions.

Power Bank.
How to choose one that’s right for you.

What does mAh stand for?


The mAh size indicates the battery’s maximum storage charge in the power bank. mAh stands for milliAmpére/hour and indicates the “capacity” of a rechargeable battery over time. For example, if a battery is 800mAh, this means that it constantly supplies current of 800mA for one hour. The higher this value is, the more the battery is powerful, and the longer it will last.

How to choose the ideal output for your Power Bank.


Selecting a high mAh power bank means that you are able to store a high level of energy and therefore recharge your device more.

To identify the most suitable Power Bank for your requirements, it is advisable to select one that is equal to, or greater than, that of the device to recharge. For example, the battery of an iPhone 4 is 1420 mAh. A 2200 mAh power bank enables you to recharge it completely 1.5 times. It is also useful to know that batteries do not have linear performance. In fact, there is a slight dispersion of electrical energy from one device to another when charging. This loss is approximately 20-30% compared to the value declared.

We have listed a few of the most popular devices and their respective capacities in the following table:

SmartphonemAh
iPhone 41420
iPhone 5S/5C1500
Samsung Galaxy S32200
Samsung Galaxy S42600
Samsung Galaxy Note II3100
Lumia2000
HTC One2300
TabletmAh
iPad Mini4500
iPad Air9000
Nexus 74000
Nexus 1010000
Surface4000
Kindle Fire HD4500
Galaxy Note 10.18200

The Amps indicated in the USB port output of a power bank determine the speed with which the device will be charged. Besides selected the right capacity, it is also important to choose a power bank with output current that is similar to the one indicated on the battery charger of your device. A smartphone is usually equipped with a battery charger that supplies current at approximately 1A. A tablet, however, is equipped with a battery charger that supplies current at approximately 2A.

To recharge a tablet with a 1A output power bank means slightly longer charging times than with a 2A power bank. There is no problem using a 2A output power bank with a smartphone since output current is controlled by the voltage, which is always 5V, a value established by the USB port specifications.

How to recharge a power bank

Power Banks can be recharged from a power source such as a laptop or wall-mounted charger, or by means of a USB cable. The charging time of a power bank depends on its capacity and the accepted input current, which is always indicated in the instructions booklet for Maikii power banks.

 

These are the recharge times of our power banks, which is estimated according to their capacity and an input current of 1A:

CapacityRecharging timeInput current
< 2600 mAh3-4 hours1A
2600 mAh6 hours1A
3000 mAh9 hours1A
4000 mAh9-10 hours1A
10.000 mAh10-12 hours2A

Poor quality power banks often do not indicate the input current, and it is therefore impossible to estimate the time required for a full recharge. With no precise indication, and if the power bank input current of the USB port is less than 1A, the recharge time will be significantly longer as well as inestimable.

 

To select the proper power bank, and to distinguish a good quality product from a poor one, it would be advisable to make sure that the input port amperage is correctly indicated in the instructions booklet or directly on the product.