Best Tablet Battery Packs
Thursday, 8 September 2016 | Admin
If you spend a lot of time traveling away from home and like to use your tablet and phone regularly then you should probably consider getting a battery pack. Can you remember the last time you were out and about and realised your tablet was going to run out of battery? Battery packs, also known as power packs are a great way to carry an extra charge with you just in case you need it for emergencies.
They have become very popular over the last few years due to the rise in tablet and mobile phone sales. Even more so thanks to the release of Pokemon Go, many players want to spend all day catching Pokemon and you can’t do that with any battery! Here are some of the best battery packs for your tablet.
Features to Look Out For
Before we give you a list of the top battery packs there are a few important things to look out for before you buy one.
The capacity is the most important part of the battery pack as it determines how much power it can hold and therefore how many charges you will get from it. For example the iPad Pro has a battery of 7300 mA (milliampere hour). To put that into perspective for you a double AA battery has a mA of 2500. Battery packs come in many different capacities and the general rule is the smaller the capacity the smaller the battery pack dimensions. If you want a small battery pack to give you one charge then you’ll need to check the size of the battery in your tablet to make sure the capacity is large enough.
Another important thing to think to take note of before buying your battery pack is what type of connectors you require and how many. Most of the battery packs come with USB ports where you can just plug in your cable to your phone or tablet. Depending how many devices you want to charge simultaneously would determine how many connections you need. Small battery packs come with just 1 USB port while some of the larger ones have 4.
Charging speed is an important factor when deciding which battery pack to get. There are two main things to think about, what type of connectors the pack has and how many it supports. Some battery packs can be charged with 2 plugs to boost the charging and reduce the total charge time. With the introduction of USB-C type connectors some phones can be fully charged in little as 30 minutes. It’s important to make sure the ports have a high power outage or you’ll be waiting a long time for your device to charge.
Some battery packs actually do more than just charge devices, some include handy extra features. The most common extra feature you’ll notice on battery packs are LED lights or flashlights which means the battery pack can also be used as a torch. If your tablet has died in the middle of the night while camping and you need to recharge it, the LED light will be lifesaver! Other features include clocks and power indicators.
£22.99 - EasyAcc Monster - Super Sized Charging (Link)
If you’re looking for a monster battery pack that can provide plenty of power for your tablet and mobile phone then the EasyAcc monster is for you. With an incredible 20,000 mAh capacity for only £22.99 this battery pack is extraordinary value. With its huge storage capacity it's capable of fully charging an iPhone 6S 8 times and an iPad mini 3, 2 times.
To charge the EasyAcc Monster simply plug it into the mains with the adapter provided and within 6 hours it will be fully charged. The battery pack comes with 4 USB ports and is capable of charging 4 devices simultaneously. The battery pack also comes with a built in LED light that can be used as a torch which is useful if you’re trying to charge your tablet in the middle of the night.
£15.99 - Coolreall Power Bank - The Middle Ground For Size and Capacity (Link)
If the EasyAcc Monster is a bit too big or expensive for your liking then the Coolreall Power Bank should be more pleasing. With 15,600 mAh for £15.99 the battery pack will let your fully charge your Galaxy S6 4 times and your iPad mini 3 twice. The battery pack has slightly less USB connectors compared to the EasyAcc Monster with only 2 but for most people 2 ports should be enough.
The battery pack also comes with a built in flashlight which as previously mentioned can come in very helpful especially when you’re camping or out travelling. To give you an idea of how much power is left the battery pack also comes with an LED power display that changes colour depending how much is left. If you’re looking for something a bit more compact and slim line compared to the EasyAcc Monster then the Coolreall Power Bank is definitely a good choice.
£11.99 - Anker Astro Compact Portable Charger - Compact Charging (Link)
If you need something small and slim to carry around just in case of emergencies then the Anker Astro power bank is by far the most portable and compact. With 5200 mAh the power bank is capable of charging an iPhone 6 twice and an iPhone 5 two and a half times.
With the Anker Astro being smaller than an iPhone you’ll have no trouble carrying it around in your pocket or bag. If you're planning on using it to charge your tablet then we would recommend a battery pack with more capacity as you are unlikely to get a full charge from the Astro. If you need something on you in cases of emergency then the rugged Astro is the best choice by far.