You probably already have a go-to power bank in your gadget collection—it's considerd a necessity in this day and age, after all—and it's likely you've had the thing for quite some time now. Unlike smartphones or even laptops, portable charging stations are a tech investment that can last quite a long time when properly taken care of and are usualy compatible with a variety of gadgets, doing away with the need to upgrade yours too often. Typically, all you have to do is plug your charger into the device and it'll power up your smartphone, wireless earbuds, gaming console, or what have you no matter where you go. But there's a case to be made for switching to a power bank that supports wireless charging technology. Hear us out.
Though wireless charging has been around for some time now, the technology still seems to be perceived as more of an added bonus than a necessity for many. However, there's a rapidly growing shift in the industry that favors wireless charging over classic wired charging. That means you're likely going to see the technology become more widespread in the next few years; not only will more devices support it, but some may even do away with wired charging altogether—the Apple Watch is a good example.
You may have also noticed that more and more brands are releasing smartphones and other handheld devices without a charging cable in the box. On top of that, many tech companies have updated their charging cable designs in the last few years—newer Android phones have switched from micro-USB to USB-C, for example—rendering older charging cables virtually useless, even obsolete. With all that in mind, it only makes sense to have a power bank that can charge your devices wirelessly. That way, you won't have to worry about constantly purchasing new cables because your portable charging station will be compatible with any device that supports wireless charging technology—and the way things are going, pretty much all handheld devices will be supporting the technology in the next few years. So yes, it might be time to make the switch. Your future self may just thank you.
These are the best wireless power banks you can buy in Manila right now:
Anker PowerCore III 10K
Anker is one of the most popular brands out there when it comes to anything related to charging technology and their Powercore III, released in early 2020, has been an especially praised device thanks to its wireless charging capabilities. The device offers 10,000 mAh of power and 10W of output capability. It also has USB and USB-C ports that allow up to 18W of charging speed if you ever want to charge your device the old-fashioned way.
Anker PowerCore III 10K, P2895, ANKER Available online.
Xiaomi Mi Wireless Power Bank
Xiaomi’s Mi Wireless Power Bank, dubbed the brand’s strongest charging station by far, lets you charge up to three devices in one go—two with USB ports and one with the wireless charging pad on the body. The Qi-certified charging pad offers 10W of wireless charging for fast, cord-free charging that can power up phones, earbuds, cameraa, and gaming consolea that support wireless charging technology.
Xiaomi Mi Wireless Power Bank, P1999, XIAOMI, Available online.
Bavin PC095 Wireless Fast Charging Power Bank
With 10,000 mAh power capacity, this portable charging station from Bavin promises to fully charge the average smartphone up to three times. You can opt for a totally fuss-free charge with the wireless charging area, which will power up any device that supports the technology, or go for the two USB ports or one USB-C port along the side should you ever prefer.
Bavin PC095 Wireless Fast Charging Power Bank, P1290, BAVIN, Available online.
Promate Aurapack-10 Wireless Charging Powerbank
The slim power bank from Promate promises fast power ups with its wireless charging pad up top. Its 10,000 mAh capacity should be more than enough to keep your smartphone running for a full day or even two, depending on how much you use it. Plus, it has an LED battery-level indicator, so you always know when it’s time to charge the device.
Promate Aurapack-10 Wireless Charging Powerbank, P2495, PROMATE, Available online.
Aukey PB-WL01S 10000mAh Basix Pro Mini Wireless Charging Power Bank
If one of your main concerns when choosing a power bank is its size, Aukey’s take on portable wireless charging technology would be right up your alley—the itty-bitty device would fit right in your tiny purse or your bag’s smallest pockets. It supports wireless charging with output power up to 10W as well as classic wired charging with output up to 20W thanks to the built-in USB and USB-C ports.
Aukey PB-WL01S 10000mAh Basix Pro Mini Wireless Charging Power Bank, P2399, AUKEY, Available online.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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