We all get a little concerned when the battery levels on our phones and tablets become increasingly low. It may even feel like the longest time frame between plugging your 1% battery into your charger and seeing the icon light up on the black screen.

But are you worried that your obsession with your smartphone might set you back? Or perhaps letting your friends top up their battery at your house every weekend is worrying you about how much it’ll cost? Well, you may be surprised to know that charging your smartphone and tablets is actually extremely affordable.

According to the Charger Tariff Calculator, it costs the average smartphone user only 0.3p to charge their device, resulting in less than half a pence per charge. That means if you keep your smartphone’s battery charged up every day of the week, it will cost you a total of £1.09 for the full year.

Alongside this, you might also be curious to know that charging a tablet costs 0.5p each time and a laptop 1.95p each time it goes from 0 – 100%. In other words, you will need to let your friend charge their smartphone 833 times at your home before they owe you a bacon roll. Find out how much it’ll cost you to charge your device here

So there’s no need to be worried about how much electricity you’re giving away the next time your friend asks to recharge their phone battery at your house.

Additionally, technology giants are also progressively working towards making your smartphone battery last longer. In particular, the latest Apple flagship device, the iPhone XS, boasts an impressive 30 minutes and one hour more than the iPhone X in regards to battery life.

The resident energy expert at GoCompare, Ben Wilson, spoke about the new Charger Tariff Calculator:

“One topic that comes up time again with regards to saving energy and cutting down on the cost of our electricity bills, is the irritation people feel when visitors charge their devices ‘free of charge’ in their homes.”

If you are interested in reducing your overall energy use, then think on the larger scale of appliances rather than the small sections of power being zapped by your favourite gadgets. However, even larger scale appliances have become considerably more efficient. Items like LED light bulbs use 80% less energy than older halogen light bulbs.

In any case, most of us are dependent on our smartphones to keep life and work running smoothly and running out of juice can leave you stranded. So, if you do find yourself to be that person that always borrowing a phone charger when you visit someone’s house, why not invest in a portable power bank and save yourself, and them, any hassle?

To help you out, we have put together a list of our top 5 recommended power banks you need to stop your phone from running out of juice: 

Anker 3A PowerCore 10400mAh Portable Power Bank

Anker 3A PowerCore 10400mAh Portable Power Bank with PowerIQ

Anker 3A PowerCore 10400mAh Portable Power Bank with PowerIQ

Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies combine to ensure the fastest possible charge up to 2.4 amps in the Anker 3A PowerCore 10400mAh Portable Power Bank with PowerIQ. Additionally, the ultra-compact design of this power bank enables you to carry it anywhere whilst the high-speed charging technology that Anker provides ensures the fast charging of all your devices. This product allows you to charge your devices 3 times over and is only £19.99. 

Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Power Bank 3350mAh

Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Power Bank 3350mAh - Silver

Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Power Bank 3350mAh – Silver

The Anker PowerCore+ Mini 3350 is a lightweight portable charger. Its lipstick shape will make it very easy to carry about and will provide enough power for your mobile devices. This power bank features Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ adjustment technology that intelligently identifies your device to deliver its fastest possible charge. Surge protection, short circuit protection and more advanced safety features keep you and your devices safe.

At just £11.99, the extremely compact, effective design, allows you to pop this product in your bag or pocket for easy use.

PowerZ 2A Wireless Power Bank 10000mAh

PowerZ 2A Wireless Power Bank 10000mAh - White

PowerZ 2A Wireless Power Bank 10000mAh – White

The PowerZ 10000mmAh Power Bank is able to charge two devices simultaneously. A high-power Qi wireless charging transmitter and a large-capacity rechargeable battery enable this product to work as a Qi charging pad or as a portable power bank. This power bank has a capacity of 10000 mAh – which is enough power to keep you going for days. You will be able to charge your phone up to 4 times, meaning there’s no need to ask your friend to borrow his charger when you get to their house. The lightweight and compact design make it an ideal product for everyday use, travelling, camping or hiking. At £19.99 this PowerZ portable charger is perfect for emergencies, should your device need recharging.

Bitmore Juucee 2000mAh Portable Power Bank

Bitmore Juucee 2000mAh Portable Power Bank - 5 Pack

Bitmore Juucee 2000mAh Portable Power Bank – 5 Pack

The Bitmore Juucee 2000mAh Smartphone Power Bank is designed to ensure that you will always be able to keep your smartphone, camera and other small devices charged. The design is stylish and compact so you can carry it around in your bag or even in your pocket when you are on the go. The LED lights on the power bank will tell you how much juice is left for use, so you always know when to recharge your power bank.

Like your favourite gadgets, the charger eventually will need a recharge of its own. Simply plug it into your PC, Laptop or USB mains adapter, and charge it back up for use next time you need it. Get a pack of 5 colourful Bitmore Juucee Power Bank’s for only £14.99.

Anker PowerCore 4.8A 15600mAh with PowerIQ

Anker PowerCore 4.8A 15600mAh with PowerIQ - Black

Anker PowerCore 4.8A 15600mAh with PowerIQ – Black

Currently, priced at £24.99, the Anker Powercore 15600 is equipped with loads of power and is basically a power plant for your palm or pocket. Boasting incredible capacity, this power bank is enough to keep power-hungry devices topped up for days. Charge an iPhone 6 over five times, a Galaxy S6 four times or an iPad Air more than once.

The PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to ensure your devices charge at their fastest possible charge speed. Besides this, a combination of 10 safety features that work together to provide ultimate protection for your devices, your chargers and most importantly: you.

If you are thinking about purchasing your own power bank, be sure to visit our website now to view our full range of portable chargers.

Anya Beuzeval

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