Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Tips When Buying a Portable Battery Pack for Your Mobile Device

When It Comes to External Battery Packs, Capacity Isn't Everything

Smartphones and tablets these days are effectively pocket computers. But being multi-talented comes at a cost of considerable battery drain. Until the next battery breakthrough, most people today opt to carry an external battery pack (for example: SUNJACK HEAT BANK) with them. Here are some tips on how to go about choosing one; or put another way, reasons why some battery packs are more expensive than others.

1. Capacity vs. Portability

The main spec to look out for in a portable battery pack is capacity, which is measured in milliampere-hour (mAh). The capacity of your device’s battery is also measured in mAh, so loosely speaking, if your phone has a 2,000mAh battery, a 2,000mAh battery pack is able to recharge it fully once. However, because of power lost due to voltage conversion and circuit resistance (remember, the rated capacity is usually for 3.7V, but during charging, the output is at 5V), and sometimes, the quality of the charging cable, this is rarely the case in reality. While you can get one with a higher capacity (there are battery packs which go up to 20,000mAh) so that it’s able to recharge a device multiple times over, keep in mind that this usually also means that it’s bigger, heavier, and pricier.

2. Your Mobile Device’s Input Current

Most smartphone-oriented battery packs output at most 1A (at 5V) over the USB port. While this works fine for most people, some may notice that their smartphone now takes a longer time to recharge as compared to when a wall charger is used. This is especially true if the phone is able to accept a higher current. Many recent Android smartphones have a 1.5A charging interface, and those which support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 standard (e.g. LG G2) can draw as much as 2A. So, manage your expectations.

Most tablets require at least 1A to charge too, with some drawing up to 2.5A. Take the Apple iPad Air for example, which comes with a 12W USB wall adapter that provides 2.4A. If you were to plug the iPad Air to a battery pack’s 1A USB port, it’ll either not charge or charge super slowly. So if you’re looking to charge a tablet, our advice is to buy a battery pack that’s capable of outputting higher than 1A (at least 1.5A if you’ve an Android tablet, and 2.1A if you’ve an iPad). Lastly, there’s no harm using a higher-powered port on a smartphone, as the device only draws what is required. In fact, it may even charge faster if it’s able to draw more.

3. The Battery Pack’s Input Current

It’s easy to persuade yourself to buy a large-capacity battery pack. But one tends to forget that the higher the capacity, the longer it takes to recharge. In fact, most people we know who have 15,000mAh battery packs leave them to charge overnight. Another factor that affects how long it takes to top up the charge is the battery pack’s input current. Most battery packs accept between 0.8A and 1.5A, with the higher currents typically found on the higher capacity ones. If you come across two seemingly identically-spec’ed battery packs and both cost the same, this little detail could be the tiebreaker.

Some battery packs allow themselves to be charged while they’re charging other devices. However, we don’t recommend it because constant pass-through charging may affect the battery’s lifespan.

4. Number of Ports

Many recent battery packs come with a built-in USB cable that wraps around the case so that you don’t need to worry about leaving the USB cable at home. To cater to iOS users, some of them come with a built-in Lightning cable instead. These Lightning connector-compatible battery packs tend to cost more than their USB counterparts because of the MFi (Made For iPhone/iPod/iPad) licensing and certification program fees the manufacturers have to pay.

Higher capacity battery packs also usually come with more than one USB charging ports. Naturally, more ports cost more money, and the number of ports you should go for depends on how many devices you carry. The biggest advantage of additional ports is that you can charge more devices at the same time. The tip here is to find out the total output current of the battery pack when more than one ports are used. For example, a battery pack with two 2A/5V ports may output the 2A when only one port is used. When both ports are connected, the total output may be limited to 3A, with each port getting 1.5A. There are of course others that have a total output of 4A (so both devices are able to charge as fast as they can), but as you might expect, they usually come at a premium.

5. Quality vs. Price

Batteries can explode, and the one measure we can take to (hopefully) prevent this is to buy from name brands or reputable vendors. To allay such fears, some battery pack makers will tell you (usually on the packaging) where they source their batteries from. So while that $10 brand-less battery pack sounds like a great deal compared to a branded one that costs three times as much, we would think twice about it, because it’s often impossible to know if it cuts any corners with the short circuit, over charging, and temperature protection mechanisms in order to achieve the low price.

Lastly, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If you chance upon a 6,000mAh battery pack that’s a quarter the size of other battery packs with the same capacity, and there’s no mention on how it achieves this feat, the capacity claim is likely to be over exaggerated.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to Choose the Right Car for Your Business

A new vehicle is often one of the most significant purchases a business needs to make. This is especially true for small businesses who can’t afford to make a mistake choosing something that doesn’t fulfill their needs. While everyone’s criteria will be different, there are a few rules that every buyer should follow. Here’s what you need to know.

Making the Right Choice

With so many options available to you, deciding which vehicle to choose can be a real headache. This will be dependent on the type of company you run, as well as the location that your business is located. Making the right choice is crucial, especially if you plan to use this vehicle for a number of years, so researching your options will pay off in the long-term.

If your business is based in an urbanised area and you need a small vehicle that can easily weave through tight city streets, the Citreon C3 is a great choice. Available from £9,330 from retailers like Robins & Day, the new C3 has an elegant new design that’s sure to make the perfect first impression. Conversely, if you need something larger to handle heavy loads, the Ford Transit has become the number one selling van in the UK, and comes in a range of different options.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

3 Things to Keep In Mind before Launching a Business Website

When it comes to creating a business website, it is important to learn from experts. These are the people who understand what it takes to achieve consistent results. Before you can start developing your website, or even before you approach a professional company to work with you on the site, you need to first need to plan on what you want to achieve and what you want to offer with the site.

Do your Research

Before you set out to do anything related to creating a business website, it is important to first take some time and do your research. Research here will entail a lot of things from:
  • The kind of domain name you want
  • The professionals in your area that offer services that you might require when developing the site
  • The design theme you want
  • The hosting platforms that is available

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How is GPS Technology Impacting Today’s Businesses

While consumer applications of GPS technology usually dominate the headlines, it’s the business applications that have transformed the ability of organizations to compete, whether they are small businesses or multinational corporations.

Once, you may have paid several hundred dollars for a single GPS unit to provide directions and traffic reports. Today, emboldened by decreasing costs and increasing power, GPS comes with everything from smartphones to route plan systems.

In fact, GPS has become so ubiquitous in business software, it sometimes goes unnoticed. From advanced shipping and delivery routing to just-in-time inventory systems, GPS is now often more of a component of business software than a separate application. Route planner GPS systems are also a staple of the latest tech developments.

Improved Efficiency and Cost Savings

Most businesses recognize the intrinsic efficiency that comes with GPS technology and route planner optimizers. Planned routes, easy changes, and detailed directions save time and fuel.

UPS famously saved 10 million gallons of gas from 2004-2014 simply by optimizing their delivery routes so drivers didn’t have to turn left as often. That small change reduced vehicle idling time, and the routes were more efficient. That’s a lot of money saved, not to mention the decreased vehicle emissions.

5 Tips When Buying a Portable Battery Pack for Your Mobile Device

When It Comes to External Battery Packs, Capacity Isn't Everything Smartphones and tablets these days are effectively pocket comp...