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The Complete Guide to Custom Power Banks for Phones & Tablets

Power bank charging cell phone

Technology accessories have been a category of steady growth in the promotional products industry over the past few years and that growth is expected to continue as we become more and more connected through our electronic and mobile devices. Consumers want to be connected wherever they go, whether it is a quick trip to the supermarket or an extended trip for business or pleasure. It’s no surprise portable power has become so desirable.
Power banks are still a fairly new item, so for those of you who are unfamiliar with what they do, they are portable charging devices. You may also see them referred to as cell phone battery backup packs. They store power and give your device a boost no matter where you are.

Why Give Power Banks as a Promotional Gift?

We have said it already, but we’ll say it again and again; tech is hot. If you’re looking for a custom gift or giveaway that people are going to be attracted to and want to keep, tech accessories, specifically phone and tablet accessories, are a great way to go. Power banks specifically have a lot of potential when it comes to making an impact on your brand. Power banks of all sizes are compatible with many popular mobile devices and tablets. They also take care of a common problem; a phone with a battery life that doesn’t last as long as our busy days. If your audience is always on the go, works long hours or often works on the road, a power bank is a perfect solution. They are also great to keep around for emergencies, trips and other “just in case” moments.

Picking the Right Power Bank

Once you have decided that a custom portable phone charger is the right choice for your promotion, the next step is picking which one. Power banks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the two most important factors to consider when picking out a power bank are price and capacity. How much are you looking to spend on each power bank and how much power does it need to be to meet your needs?

Like custom USB flash drives, power banks may look the same with the only difference being the capacity within the device. The capacity of a custom power bank is measured by ampere-hour (milli-amps per hour or mAh). The mAh of the charger tells you how much power can be stored in the bank for future use on your device.

If you refer to the chart below, you will see that a 2,000 mAh power bank is big enough to give almost any smartphone a significant boost in power. If you are looking to invest in power banks that are more suitable for tablets, you will want to find a power bank with a higher charging capacity such as an 8,000 mAh power bank.

If you are looking to use a power bank for a giveaway, and you plan to give them away in large batches, a lower capacity power bank is enough. If you are looking to use a power bank as a gift in smaller quantities than a giveaway, a larger capacity power bank is a nicer choice.

Below is an infographic that shows how much power you will need to charge many common tablets and smartphones.

power bank infographic

For more ways to amplify your brand with tech and cell phone accessories, check out:
The Power of Promotional USBs
How to Choose the Best Custom Phone Accessories
Power Up Your Brand with Custom Charging Cables
How to Choose and Design Your Own USB Flash Drives