Best Power Banks Under Rs.1000 with Buying Guide
Power banks are an essential gadget in day to day life for most of the mobile users. It can be really handy if you are travelling or when you can’t readily access a power source for 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. In this article, we recommend the best Power banks under Rs.1,000 for you.
1. Rock ITP 106
Overall Best Pick
- Best for long trips
- Premium features on a budget
- USB C and Micro USB ports for charging
Rock is an Indian power electronics manufacturer that has recently forayed in to the power bank market in the country.
The Rock ITP 106 (13,000 mAh) is 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 13,000 mAh 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 10,000 mAh.
There are two USB ports present to charge two devices simultaneously off this power bank.
Along with a micro USB port, a USB C port is present as well so that you can either charge using a C type cable or a normal micro USB charger.
Now let’s discuss about the downsides of this product. First things first, this powerbank is heavy. It weighs about 325g which is significantly more than any product on this list.
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 ITP 106 is the best bet for you.
The addition of a USB C port is very much useful nowadays as most of the newer generation devices including laptops comes with one.
Rubberized finish offers good grip
No torch light
|Battery Capacity||13000 mAh|
|Actual Output Capacity||~10000 mAh|
2. Ambrane P1133
- Suited for fashion conscious consumers
- Accurate battery level indicator
- Well-built power bank
Ambrane is a popular Indian company that has its reach in the Bluetooth speakers, tablets and powerbank segment of the consumer electronics market.
The Ambrane P1133 is a 12,500 mAh powerbank that succeeds the much popular Ambrane 1122.
Design and build quality
Even though the price of these two power banks differ slightly, there are some significant improvements to the design as well as the features.
The leather feel matte finish is the first thing one would notice about this power bank. The stitched thread design around the chassis deliver a premium feel.
Inside the chassis is a 12,500 mAh battery that’s an upgrade from the original 10,000 mAh on the Ambrane P1122.
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 powerbank is the battery charge indicator.
The cleverly designed LED indicator gives accurate overview of the charge left on the device.
Even though the powerbank looks bulky and weighs around 272g, the amazing battery capacity, attractive colors and leather finish makes it a compelling choice under Rs.1,000.
Available in attractive color options
Leather finish feels premium
Dual 2.1A output port
Bulky and boxy design
|Battery Capacity||12500 mAh|
|Actual Output Capacity||~9100 mAh|
3. Mi PLM09ZM 2i
Best Build Quality
- Robust build and elegant design
- More features for less price
- Availability is a hit or miss
Xiaomi has been launching electronics products in India right and left in every segment.
The Mi PLM09ZM 2i 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 2i has an actual output capacity around 6500mAh.
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 help you to determine the state of charge on the power bank.
The Mi 2i takes up to 6.5 hours to fully juice up from empty.
Price is the most interesting aspect of this power bank.
The “i” in the model number Mi 2i suggests that the device is Made in India.
Since manufactured locally, the taxes are low and this lets Xiaomi price the power bank very aggressively.
Priced at Rs.799, The Xiaomi Mi PLM09ZM 2i is the overall best power bank available right now in India.
Two-way fast charging
Safer and durable Lithium – Polymer battery
No LED torch
|Battery Capacity||10,000 mAh|
|Actual Output Capacity||6900 mAh|
4. Lapguard LG514
Best Budget Pick
- Best for indoor use
- Affordable high capacity power bank
- 1-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 LG514 is a 10,400 mAh box-shaped power bank that has a minimal design up front.
The power button and the status indicator LEDs blends on the chassis quite well.
This powerbank from Lapguard features three output ports.
The battery pack inside is capable of charging an average battery size Android smartphone up to 2.5 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 wont damage the device.
Along with this, 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 LG514 is an affordable entry level powerbank that comes with a 10400mAh 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.
Circuitry protection mechanisms
Average build quality
Supplied USB cable is too short
|Battery Capacity||10400 mAh|
|Actual Output Capacity||~7100 mAh|
5. IPro IP1042
- Best suited for use during short trips
- Pocket sized power bank
- Respectable 10,400 mAh capacity
IPro IP1042 is a compact and pocketable power bank that features a 10,400mAh battery inside.
Build quality and design
This powerbank weights only 212g and will fit inside your pocket or bags very comfortably. The build quality is decent and nothing worth bragging about.
The outer shell is made of plastic. The front shell houses the power button and the LED status indicators.
On the bottom side, there are two USB output ports that are rated at 5V, 1A and 2.1A respectively.
Even though the Lithium-ion battery inside is of 10,400 mAh capacity, the actual output these batteries deliver is roughly about 7050 mAh.
With this power bank, you can charge your smartphone at least 2 times on a single charge.
If you are confused about compatibility issues with iPhones and other Apple products, don’t worry. This power bank works as advertised with almost all the products in the market.
This powerbank comes in handy during quick trips. The compact form factor that’s easily pocketable helps it to be kept inside the pocket without much noticeable heft.
The company provides 1-year worth of warranty on this product. Weird enough the warranty covers only manufacturing defects and if anything else, you’ll be charged for the same.
If you want a pocketable power bank with a sizeable battery capacity, the Ipro IP1042 is a great choice.
Priced under Rs.1000, this is one of the best affordable power banks that will charge an average sized battery capacity smartphone at least twice.
Average build quality
|Battery Capacity||10400 mAh|
|Actual Output Capacity||~7050 mAh|
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.