Best Power Banks Under Rs.1,000 (March 2020)
Power banks are an essential gadget in day to day life for most of the mobile users. It can be a really handy device if you are travelling or when you don’t have ready access to a power grid to charge your gadget.
Majority of the entry-level power banks fall under Rs.1,000 price range and picking the best out of it is challenging.
That’s exactly why we spend some time on it to find the best battery packs available in the market, just for you. In this article, we bring you the curated list of the best Power banks under Rs.1,000.
1. Mi PLM10IZM
Overall Best Pick
- 18W fast charging
- Two-way fast charge
- Intelligent power output
Xiaomi has been launching electronics products in India right and left in every segment.
The Mi PLM10IZM is the power bank offering from Xiaomi which succeeds its much-praised Mi Power bank 2.
Equipped with a Lithium – Polymer 10,000mAh battery pack, the Mi PLM10IZM has an actual output capacity around 7000mAh.
The outer case is made of anodized aluminium that can withstand a couple of falls without affecting the functionality of the power bank.
This power bank comes with two output ports that support fast charging supplying power up to rated amperage of 2.4A.
Two-way quick charge support ensures that along with charging your device quicker, the power bank itself can be charged faster from an external power source.
Xiaomi has implemented various measures to protect the internal circuit from surges and overheating of the components.
A 4 LED battery level indicator helps you to determine the state of charge on the power bank.
The Mi PLM10IZM budget power bank supports 18W fast charging which no other devices in its segment possess.
This means that if you have a compatible fast charger with you, you can juice up the power bank much quicker, in less than half of what it takes to top up with a conventional charger.
Since manufactured locally, the taxes are low and this lets Xiaomi price the power bank very aggressively.
Priced at Rs.899, The Xiaomi Mi PLM10IZM is the overall best power bank available right now in India.
9-layer circuit chip protection
Slim and lightweight
No LED torch
|Battery Capacity||10,000 mAh|
2. Ambrane P1122
- Accurate battery level indicators
- Overcharge protection
- Temperature resistance
Ambrane is a popular Indian company that has its reach in the Bluetooth speakers, tablets and power bank segment of the consumer electronics market.
The Ambrane P1122 is a 10000 mAh power bank that succeeds the popular Ambrane 1100.
Design and Build Quality
Even though the price of these two power banks differs slightly, there are some significant improvements to the design as well as the features.
The leather feels the matte finish is the first thing one would notice about this power bank.
The stitched thread design around the chassis delivers a premium feel.
Inside the chassis is a 10000 mAh battery that’s for sure a value for money deal at such a price tag under Rs.1000.
This product from Ambrane comes with a single micro USB input port for charging and two USB output ports for delivering the charge to external devices.
Unlike some other products in the list, both the output ports on this device are rated at 5V, 2.1A. This makes simultaneous charging much quicker compared to other devices.
Another interesting feature of this power bank is the battery charge indicator.
The cleverly designed LED indicator gives an accurate overview of the charge left on the device.
Even though the power bank looks bulky and weighs around 272g, the amazing battery capacity, attractive colours and leather finish makes it a compelling choice under Rs.1,000.
Triple charging output
3. Rock ITP506
Best Budget Power Bank
- Compatible with iOS and Android devices
- Grippy matte finish exterior
- One year warranty
Rock is an Indian power electronics manufacturer that has recently forayed into the power bank market in the country.
The Rock ITP506is a classy product that offers crazy good features at an affordable budget.
Design and Build Quality
Although priced considerably less than its competitors when the battery capacity is concerned, the company hasn’t cut the corner in terms of build quality.
The rubberized matte finish offers good grip while holding this product in hand.
The rubber coating also protects your devices from scratches when kept inside the bag carelessly along with other devices.
The 10000mAh Lithium-ion battery is more than sufficient for you to charge your smartphone up to three times.
This product is advertised to have a conversion rate of about 75% which roughly translates to usable battery capacity around 7600mAh.
There are two USB ports present to charge two devices simultaneously off this power bank.
Along with a micro-USB input, there are lightning port and a USB C ports present so that you can use this power bank with both older and newer phones as well as Apple devices.
There isn’t a torchlight on this power bank. So if you have to use this at night, you’d have to depend upon an external light source.
If you are in search of a budget power bank that offers you some of the premium features, the Rock ITP506 is the best bet for you.
The addition of a USB C port and lightning port for Apple devices is very much useful nowadays as most of the newer generation devices including laptops come with one.
Elegant design and form factor
4. Lapguard LG803
Best Value for Money Power Bank
- Large 20800mAh Li-ion battery
- Intuitive battery level display
- One year warranty
Lapguard is one of the cheapest power bank manufacturers in the country at present.
The company offers some of the high capacity power banks at half the price at which its competitors retail for.
The Lapguard LG803 is a 20,800 mAh box-shaped power bank that has a minimal design upfront.
The power button and the digital battery level indicator LEDs blend with the chassis quite well.
This power bank from Lapguard features three output ports.
The battery pack inside is capable of charging an average battery size Android smartphone up to 5 times without any trouble.
This power bank takes about 7-8 hours to completely charge up. The device heats up slightly while charging but it is to be expected.
The USB cable that comes in the box is too short and uncomfortable to use. Not a deal-breaker though as we all will have a spare USB cable lying around.
Surge and overheat protection
All the basic circuitry protection measures have been included with this power bank.
There is surge protection built-in so that sudden spike in voltage while charging won’t damage the device.
Along with this, the overheat protection mechanism senses the battery temperature and when it crosses a predefined threshold, cut off the supply and saves the battery as well the other components inside.
Lapguard provided a generous one year warranty on this product in case anything unfortunate happens in between.
Lapguard LG803 is an affordable high-capacity power bank that comes with a 20800mAh capacity battery inside.
If you’re looking for a no-frills power bank that is well built and has a proper surge protection mechanism to protect your precious device from unforeseen events, this is it.
Intelligent power management
Short circuit protection
The supplied USB cable is too short
5. Pebble PICO
Small and Compact Power Bank
- Lightweight and pocketable
- An intuitive battery percentage indicator
- Compatible with all devices
The Pebble PICO is a palm-sized micropower bank that comes with a 10,000 mAh battery capacity.
The main USP of this power bank is its compact form factor rather than the large-capacity battery inside.
The Pebble PICO is noticeably small enough to be carried even in your shirt pocket. This device weighs in around 250 g.
Build quality and other hardware features
The external casing of this power bank is made of plastic and boasts of a textured finish. This textured finish gives the device a premium feel.
Upfront, this power bank has a battery percentage indicator that displays the percentage in numbers which is a much-desired feature that every manufacturer should adopt.
At the bottom is where the connectivity ports are located.
As usual, there are two USB output ports with 1A and 2.1A at 5V. The power bank gets charged in itself via a micro USB port.
From the advertised battery capacity of 10000 mAh, ~ 6800 mAh is available for charging up your devices.
For a compact power bank that weight only 250 g, this number is very impressive, to say the least. You can charge your smartphone twice if not less.
Compatibility and surge protection
There is no issue of compatibility with Apple devices as well. This power banks works across all devices capable of USB charging without any problem.
Despite the compact size, Pebble has made no compromises in surge shield protection.
The company employs a 10-way circuit protection mechanism to save the power bank and connected devices from over as well as under voltage damages.
The Pebble PICO is a pocket-sized portable power bank that is very convenient to carry.
Despite its small size and form factor, it carries a 10000mAh battery inside that can charge your smartphone for a minimum of two times.
Compact and lightweight
Excellent size to capacity ratio
Circuit protection measures
Average quality USB charging cable
6. Syska Power Boost 100
Best Build Quality
- BIS certified battery pack
- Voltage surge protection
- Dual 5V/2.1A output ports
Syska is a leading electronics accessories manufacturer in India having its market spread on consumer durables such as Bluetooth speakers and headphones.
The Syska Power boost 100 is a 10,000mAh power bank that features one of the best in class battery packs inside, certified for user safety by the competent authorities.
Design and Build Quality
The Syska Power boost 100 is made of high-quality ABS plastic that feels tough and solid while holding the device in hand.
The power button on this device is embossed on to the chassis, making it a bit hard to locate and press down. The micro USB charging port sits on the side whereas the output ports are located on the top section.
There is a LED status indicator set up on the front that displays the battery percentage in a glance.
Overall, the build quality is decent for the price tag and the bare minimum design make this power bank one of the lightest 10,000mAh power bank in the market.
The Syska Power boost 100 features a 10,000 mAh Li-Po battery pack inside.
This battery pack has been rigorously tested for safety by Government agencies to ensure the user’s protection.
The actual output capacity of this 10,000mAh power bank is approximately about 6,950mAh which on an average is enough to charge an Android phone twice.
This power bank comes with precise IC protection that reduces the risk of battery failure from overcharging and short circuit.
The two available output ports are rated at 5V/2.1A which makes charging from either of these ports faster.
Unfortunately, there isn’t an LED torchlight present on this budget power bank.
If you are more inclined to give importance to safety and durability, the Syska Power boost 100 is the best choice for a power bank under Rs.1,000.
The BIS certified battery pack and the IC protection circuitry inside make this a safe and secure portable power source for your gadgets.
Tough ABS plastic housing
Finicky power button
7. Philips Powerbank
- USB type C and micro-USB charging ports
- Highly efficient Li-Po cells
- Voltage surge protection
The Philips portable power bank is a budget battery pack ideal for use while travelling or camping.
This power bank has a 10000mAh battery inside to juice up your companion devices on the go.
Design and Build Quality
The design of this power bank is unique from the plastic-clad budget devices that we have reviewed in the past.
The Philips Power bank has a textured matte finish outer layer over the plastic, making it look like a premium fashion accessory more than a power bank. This textured finish makes it comfortable to hold and offers excellent grip.
The output ports are positioned on the bottom along with the micro-USB and USB type C charging port.
In the front, a relatively big power button accompanied by four LED lights to indicate the remaining battery status.
The Philips Power bank has a 10000mAh battery inside, of which approximately 7250mAh is the actual usable charging capacity.
With the high-quality internal circuitry, Philips has managed to reduce the idle power drain with this battery pack. This means that the battery retention is now much better than the older models.
Also, during charging, the power bank automatically adjusts the input current to improve the efficiency and durability of the battery pack inside.
This device features 2 output ports to supply charge for multiple devices simultaneously. There are two 5V/1A supply ports and one high-speed 5V/2.1A port for quick charging.
These two ports can be simultaneously used, without any significant drop in the rated charging speeds.
If you’re in search of a good-looking budget power bank that can be used to charge multiple devices at once, this Philips power bank is a great choice.
Apart from the fact that this device is a bit bulky, the battery pack inside delivers excellent charge retention and consistent charge delivery.
Textured surface adds to the grip
That sums up the best power banks available in the Indian market that we recommend to our customers.
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Power Bank – Buying Guide
These are the key points to keep in mind while buying a power bank.
We have analyzed power banks with these key features in mind.
Make sure you compare power banks according to these features.
1. Battery Capacity
When buying a power bank the most important factor to look for is the battery capacity.
Power banks capacity varies from product to product depending on the number of cells in the power bank.
Another key aspect to check is whether the battery cells are Lithium-ion or Lithium Polymer.
But Lithium-Polymer batteries are very lightweight and have improved safety.
So they are more durable against overheating and overcharging.
2. Conversion Rate or Effective Output
Batteries inside the power banks are usually rated at 3.7V.
The battery capacity listed by the manufacturer will be based on this rating.
But the USB output from the power bank is rated at 5V.
The actual capacity of the power bank will be based on this rating.
The actual 5V capacity is given by the equation (3.7 x advertised capacity / 5).
Suppose if a manufacturer sells 10000mAh power bank with an advertised conversion rate of 90 %, the actual 5V capacity of that power bank will be ( 3.7 x 10000 /5 ) = 7400mAh.
With the conversion rate of 90%, the actual capacity available to charge devices will be ( 90% of 7400mAh) = 6660mAh.
Always take consideration of the conversion rate the manufacturer advertises to get a rough estimate of the juice that you will be able to extract from the power bank.
3. Number of Output Ports
A power bank may be used to charge multiple devices simultaneously or you may want to charge at a different Ampere according to the device specification.
Some power bank has only 1 output port at 2.1A and some have 2 or 3 ports at 2.1A and 1A.
So before buying your power bank make sure that it has enough output ports satisfying your needs.
Look and feel of power banks are also an important aspect.
No one wants to buy an ugly looking power bank that is difficult handle while charging on the go.
Make sure the design of power bank is suitable to fit into your pocket.
A good design enhances the experience of handling a power bank.
The sole purpose of buying a power bank is to charge your device when you are traveling and you can’t find a charging point.
Hence portability of your power bank is paramount.
An ideal power bank should be lightweight.
It should weigh just around 200gms.
A bulky power bank will be difficult to carry on the go in your pocket. It should fit nicely in your hand.