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Power Bank?

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by DCBman, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. lawmanhdg

    lawmanhdg Loaded Pockets

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    Are there any power banks that are small or thin enough to fit into an Altoids tin?
     
  2. Brewer

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    Definitely. I've got a couple - but they won't supply a fast (or even a full) charge for a modern smartphone. Emergency backup only.

    Having said that they were both cheap and a few years old, I don't know if anyone is making fancy new ones?

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  3. lawmanhdg

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    Are they thin?
     
  4. Brewer

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    Thinner than the Altoids tin, yes, but only just. You wouldn't fit many Altoids in there with either of them :p
     
  5. lawmanhdg

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    Haha, my Altoids tin is stuffed with first aid gear just wanted a small/thin power bank, too
     
  6. FiaOlleDog

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    You may find some if you search for "credit card size power banks" - please be aware that they have only a small charge and may not be of the same quality like the regular ones from brand names - simply as the smaller form factor asks the manufacturer to use custom-made size LiIon (or similar) battery inside, which may not be comparable with the millions of standard 18650 batteries produced. YMMV, of course.

    P.S.: I had such a just a little larger than a CC power bank from Amazon Basic, which was recalled after a year or so as it may overheat and start burning. I was skeptical before, but now I wouldn't buy a powerbank that is not from a brand name and uses standard cells (18650, 26650, etc.).
     
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    FINALLY purchased an Anker 26800 as my iPad Mini 4 is getting elderly and tries to tell me it isn't charged. And it hates the cold. And I need it to process client payments. Very pleased with with the power bank, though it is HEFTY. Charges the iPad quickly, but definitely need to get a 2-usb wall plug to charge it. Using one takes soooo long.
     
  8. Jean

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    I gave up on flashlights with power bank capabilities. I just carry a small USB light and an anker now.
     
  9. kikaida

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    You brought up the one design flaw of almost all Anker power banks. I really dislike that they are so smooth. It's like they are designed to slip out of your hands.
     
  10. Michael L

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    IKR? I have the circa 20k MAH. It bounces between 20 quid and thirty like crazy! (I check because I occasionally buy them for friends that keep bitching about running out of juice.)
     
  11. Michael L

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    You can mod that easily, though. Gorilla glue and scrim are great for that sort of thing.
     
  12. kikaida

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    Yes, I've put grip tape on it myself, but customers shouldn't have to do that.
     
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    This is what I have been using recently. Got it as a Bday gift, solar charging and it has a built in wireless charger so that one extra thing to not have to worry about.[​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
     
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    [​IMG]

    Have this and really just love it (Mecarmy MOT10). The ability to charge a few 18650 batteries at home then swap them in when the flashlight is drained is quite awesome. It only discharges about 80% of the batteries capacity but that is quite good if you just need a top off. For me it Charges my One +6T to 70% from zero (4000maH battery), and it doubles as a 1000 lumen flashlight.

    Cheers,
    H.G.
     
  16. kikaida

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    OT: It wasn't until I joined this forum that I noticed the fascination with altoids tins. Just an observation.
     
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    I have a 32.000mAh Powerbank with solar capacity that I mostly use on vacation.
    That's not the one I EDC. It's too big, too bulky and too heavy.
    IMO there are two scenarios for a powerbank:
    1). You're planing on doing something where it is highly likely that you will need it (sleeping outdoors while bringing a mobile phone that has a battery life of less than one day)
    2). You're not planing on doing a 1) scenario. It's not super likely that you need to charge something with no charger/power at hand. But it might.
    You'll never know. I bring a 10.000mAh bank for that. I chose it for two criteria: 1. It's light and small. 2. It's cheap and can easily be replaced when I drop it into the lake. 10k is enough juice to charge my mobile and my flashlight and have some to spare.
     
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