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Leading tech entrepreneur and founder of ZapZapBox, Jason Low, explains what to look for in a powerbank



Powerbanks are the new must have of 2021 – but what is a powerbank and what can they do for you?

People all over the world, now more than ever, are reliant on their mobile phones.  With many people including those in lockdown, using their phones to surf, shop, bank, play games, socialise and check in to grocery stores, pharmacies and other venues using their COVID check in apps and Vaccine Passports,  phone batteries are getting a serious work out.   Essentially, people living much of their life on their device.

According to Jason Low, while phone batteries are created for reasonable use, most are not built to withstand the pressures of our new COVID lifestyle.  Many people would be lucky to get half a day’s use from their phone battery.

Low is the founder and owner of innovative powerbank company, ZapZapBox and he believes powerbanks are the answer and are the new must have accessory in 2021.

“In 2021, everyone needs a powerbank.  It is the must have piece of technology that everyone needs to have in their bag or back pocket,” Low said.

“With so many powerbanks on the market, how do you find the best one for your needs.  There are some key things to consider when purchasing a power bank.”

Low has put together his top tips on how to find the ideal powerbank.

What is a powerbank?

“Powerbanks are essentially portable batteries that will charge your mobile device on the go.  They are used to charge just about any type of portable battery media and communication item.  Most have  a USB interface, typically a USB-A and USB-C that allow your device to be charged virtually anywhere.  The powerbank itself can be charged using a USB cable,” Low said.

Why do you need one?

“As we continue to move into the digital space powerbanks are increasingly becoming a commonplace item.  Battery powered equipment such as: bluetooth headsets, smartphones and portable game consoles can all be charged through a powerbank. Powerbanks provide an easy and convenient option to charge your device on the go,” Low added.

What options are available and what should you be looking for?

“Powerbanks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and weights which you should consider when shopping for a high quality powerbank.   Capacity is important and so is the speed at which the powerbank charges devices,” Low added.

“Powerbanks such as the ZapZapBox ZZB01, are fast-charging boasting 10,000 mAh capacity powered by Power Delivery fast charging technology. Ideally you need to pick a powerbank that will recharge your smart device up to at least two times before requiring charging itself.

“The higher the capacity, the more power the powerbank can deliver before it requires charging.  Pick a powerbank that shows a clear indication of the current available power it has.  Ideally look for a powerbank with an LED display of the percentage of power remaining. Cheaper models might not even display a number and are less accurate.”

Portability is important

Powerbanks are essentially portable power packs so the size, weight and ease of transportability is important.

“Having said this, the size and weight of a powerbank typically increases with MAh capacity,” Low said.

“Aim for a powerbank that is powerful yet pocket sized. You don’t want to carry a brick around with you.  It is important to consider the shape and style of the powerbank especially if you are going to be carrying it around and using it in front of others.  It is worth looking for a quality powerbank with a clean and compact design.  The is one of the reasons I developed the ZapZapBox to deliver clean luxury look lines.  It needs to be an accessory that works with your style and look.”

Why is it worth spending extra on a powerbank?

“Not all powerbanks are created equal, especially when it comes to cost. The price of powerbanks can vary significantly depending on their quality,” Low explained.

“Although powerbanks can be purchased for less then $30, these cheaper models tend to provide less charge and longevity. It is worth spending more for the long lasting and fast-charging capacities of devices such as ZapZapBox.

“Cheaper powerbanks can also be safety hazards, with some manufacturers using poor quality materials in their powerbanks that can cause them to combust.  We’ve all heard and seen the horror stories on YouTube of phones and powerbanks catching fire on airplanes.”

ZapZapBox offers a high quality luxuriously designed safe product that includes overcharge and short circuit protection – ensuring your devices are safely and quickly charged.   Products are manufactured with aluminium alloy casing delivering a sleek and luxurious design, compared to cheaper brands that have a far less durable plastic casing.

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