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Each power bank is connected to an electronic load reference instrument, which is set to draw the maximum supported current from the fastest charging USB-A port. The the voltage is determined by the power bank itself and recorded in the output, and data is graphed to show capacity drain over time. This gives us the total milliamp hours that the battery supports.
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Multiple device score
Refers to the power bank's ability to charge multiple devices at once, if more than one port is available. Higher scoring models showed a limited drop in charging performance when two or more devices were plugged in. This does not contribute to the overall score.
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Takes into account the position of the display on the unit and how easy it is to see and understand at a glance.
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Can power a laptop via USB-C
Some USB-C enabled power banks can power USB-C enabled laptops using a USB-C to USB-C connection. This means the laptop battery will last longer as the power bank is essentially operating as a second battery. Charging is different to powering, as it replenishes the battery during use or when it's off. Power banks in this test can't charge laptops, but some can power laptops. If the laptop didn't indicate that it was on battery power, then we determined that the power bank on test couldn't power it.
Can power Nintendo Switch
Some USB-C enabled power banks can power a Nintendo Switch console using a USB-C to USB-C connection. This means the Switch battery will last longer as the power bank is essentially operating as a second battery. Charging is different to powering, as it replenishes the battery during use or when it's off. Power banks in this test can't charge a Switch, but some can power it. If the Switch didn't indicate that it was on battery power, then we determined that the power bank on test couldn't power it.
Stated capacity (mAh)
Most of the latest smartphones have a battery with around 3000mAh, so a 10,000mAh power bank should be able to charge the smartphone up to three times and a 20,000mAh power bank more than six times. Stated capacity is the capacity given by the vendor in milliamp hours (mAh).
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Refers to the type of display present on the power bank.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
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- Overall score
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- Multiple device score
- Display score
- Number of charges
- Usable capacity measured
- Powerbank charge time 1A hhmm
- Fastest charging 5V USB port amps
- Slowest charging 5V USB port amps
- Maximum combined output watts
- Overload protection
- Short circuit protection
- Can power a laptop USB-C
- Can power a Nintendo Switch
- Good points
- Bad points
- Stated capcity mAh
- Number of USB-A ports
- Number of USB-C ports
- Battery type
- Size mm HDW
- Quick charge output
- Wireless charging
- Auto switch-on
- Auto switch-off
- Over-charge protection
- Charge indicator
- Country of origin
- Other features