Technology

A power bank that just keeps going

  • Cynthia Karena
Laser Power Bank 20,000 Photo: Supplied

When I travel, sometimes I find myself with too many gadgets that need charging and often a power point isn’t available. Or there just aren’t enough of them within easy reach.

Portable power banks are the solution, but are often only good for charging a phone and maybe one other gadget.

The Laser Power Bank 20,000 ($129.95) has a massive 20,000 mAh capacity, four USB ports, and a USB-C port, so it can even charge up a USB-C laptop. Compatible ones include Macbooks, Dell XPS, Google Pixel, Lenovo Yoga 910, HP Spectre, and Asus Zenbook 3.

This power bank just kept on going when I had a couple of phones, a portable speaker, and a tablet plugged in, and somewhere along the way I swapped in and was still able to power up my watch and headphones.

Measuring 108 x 90 x 32 mm, it’s chunky but easy enough to throw in a bag. With an exterior made of lightweight white plastic rather than for example a more stylish but heavier brushed metal, the Laser 20,000 Power Bank weighs 420g, similar to carrying two phones with cases on. It doesn’t seem that heavy, but if you are lugging it around all day, you will feel the extra weight, but the trade off is instant power backup without crawling all over the floor trying to find a power outlet.

There are four LED lights to indicate charge, but I’d prefer a percentage display to show exactly how much charge is left. And fully charging it up takes time. A lot of time. It took me around nine hours to stop those lights blinking.

But overall, this Laser Power Bank 20,000 is a great choice, and sooner or later all power banks will become lighter and with even greater capacity.