10,000 mAh chargers are the sweet spot. They pack plenty of power into a package that you can still slip into your pocket instead being something so big you need to carry a messenger bag. There are two great options on the market right now, and which one you should buy depends on your phone.
We have to start with this question: Does your phone has Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support? You can look up if your device supports that standard here on Qualcomm’s site. Quick Charge 2.0 means that current-gen phones like the HTC One m8, the LG G4 ,and the Samsung Galaxy Edge/Note all charge up to 75% faster when they’re plugged into a Quick Charge 2.0 compatible charger.
If your phone supports QC2.0, you’ll be best served by purchasing the Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 Charger. The Aukey pumps out an impressive maximum of 3.2 amps out of its single output. The Aukey Quick Charge is currently 40% off, so now is an opportune time to pick one up. at the very low $29.99 price point.
If you checked the list above from Qualcomm, and your phone doesn’t support QC2.0, then you have can save a couple of bucks to pick up the Anker Ultra Compact 10,000mAh Charger. In addition to being $7 cheaper, it’s slightly smaller and a few ounces lighter. It also has a 2nd charging port for another device or for a friend. While it doesn’t support QC2.0, it does detect how much power your phone can handle for charging: up to 3 amps for a single device, or 3 amps total if you’re charging two devices. Pumping out 3 amps isn’t bad at all in comparison to the Aukey’s 3.2 amps. It’s enough that you won’t absolutely have to upgrade a year from now.
That being said, unless you’re hard-up for that $7 savings I think that the smart decision would be to purchase the Aukey device that supports Quick Charge 2.0. Being able to push out almost 10% more power makes a big difference when you’re on the go and you’re nearly out of battery, and chances are that your next mobile device will support the higher amperage charging.
As a note, all of these portable chargers market themselves via total amperage, which is a tad disingenuous. You have to make sure you’re aware of how many outputs a device has, and what voltage+amperage is supported for each output. The amperages listed above are all over 5v, and some tablets require 12v. Make sure you check what the power requirements are for your device, and don’t blow up your electronics by assuming that all chargers are alike!
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