What’s better, a portable power pack or a charging case?Topic: Portable Power Tech Specs
We use our phones more than ever. One in four smartphone users spend more than 7 hours per day staring at their device; half spend more than 5 hours.
All that time on your phone eats up battery power, and when you’re out and about without a nearby outlet, you don’t have a lot of charging options.
Many people have turned to charging cases, which incorporate a battery into a protective phone case, or slim portable power battery packs that can be carried in a pocket, backpack, or purse.
But which one should you get? We’ve laid out the big factors that differentiate these charging accessories to help you choose which is best for you.
The pros and cons of charging cases
Most people already use protective or decorative cases. It may make sense to buy one that also extends the battery life of your phone.
Charging cases can be very convenient. You’ll never forget it. Most charging cases also offer pass-through charging, meaning that when you plug in to charge, your phone will charge before the battery case.
There are also some drawbacks.
Charging cases tend to involve a trade-off between size and battery power. The more capacity a charging case has, the bigger and heavier it is.
A slimmer case might not have enough extra juice to charge your phone. A larger case might not easily slip into and out of your pocket, especially if you have an extra-large phone.
Charging cases also may have limited protective capabilities versus rugged cases meant to take a beating during every day drops and tumbles.
The pros and cons of portable power
The big advantage of portable power is its versatility. These packs come in a range of sizes and shapes. Some are thin and flat, perfect for your pocket. Others double as a stand, charging your phone while you keep an eye on the screen.
Some portable power packs come with multiple USB ports, so you can charge more than one device at a time. Allowing users to top off their phone and tablet in unison.
Of course, the big drawback of an external battery is forgetfulness. You might forget it at home or forget to charge it, a fact you might not discover until you need it.
The verdict: charge case vs. portable power
If you’re still on the fence, one deciding factor might be how future-proof each is.
You, like many people, might be looking for extra power solutions because your phone battery is reaching the end of its life. It doesn’t hold a charge for as long as it used to. Now the clock is ticking: It’s almost time to get a new phone.
Portable power packs work with most USB powered devices. You can use it now with your older phone and continue using it with whatever new phone you choose (given the connector type is the same).
Charging cases will likely need to be replaced each time you purchase a new phone, as they’re usually built to fit a specific phone.
So, if you’re forgetful and always want to make sure you have some extra juice, a charging case might be the ticket. But if you need versatility, more power, or want to charge multiple devices at once, portable power is the way to go.