1. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    Looking to get a power bank for a trip and we will use it to charge two iPhone 7+'s and an iPad Air 2. I am looking for a descent answer as to what I need to protec
    Looking to get a power bank for a trip and we will use it to charge two iPhone 7+'s and an iPad Air 2. I am looking for a descent answer as to what I need to protect our Apple devices.

    I have read that some power banks are MFI certified while others are not (though the non certified banks still work with Apple devices). On top of this, the Apple site only sells Mophie (from what I can see) though these are not listed as MFI approved.

    So long story short, I'm wondering what type of power bank I should be getting that is reliable, safe to charge our devices, but is also the most cost effective. What do I need to look for when buying?

    Thanks
    05-08-2017 08:31 AM
  2. njlx2016's Avatar
    For something like a power bank, I would say getting one from an established, well known vendor that stands behind their product is more important than the MFi certification.

    Personally, I'm a fan of Anker and Jackery. I've had a few of their battery banks in the past and they've been solid. Other tech sites seem to like Aukey although I've personally never owned any of their products.
    05-08-2017 10:28 AM
  3. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    For something like a power bank, I would say getting one from an established, well known vendor that stands behind their product is more important than the MFi certification.

    Personally, I'm a fan of Anker and Jackery. I've had a few of their battery banks in the past and they've been solid. Other tech sites seem to like Aukey although I've personally never owned any of their products.
    Baker is definitely one I'm looking at. I had never heard of them before searching on Amazon, albeit the only one I had really heard of was Mophie.

    Any benefit to a Mophie charger over Anker? The Anker is 1/3 of the price of a similar Mophie charger and I'm thinking about getting 2 (potentially) so a more affordable option is preferred.
    05-08-2017 10:57 AM
  4. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    I have two power banks that I've been very happy with. I bought them a few years ago, and when looking on Amazon for their information, I think they are "obsolete"! So I found one on Amazon by Anker, that I would love to buy, but can't justify it at this point. Note: I always check reviews before making a purchase.

    No matter what kind of power bank you purchase, you may want to purchase 2. And they will need to be recharged, but that should be easy enough to do. As far as being MFI approved, you can use your own cable with this charger.
    05-08-2017 11:40 AM
  5. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    So it sounds like MFI is more on the cables than on powerbanks themselves?
    05-08-2017 01:50 PM
  6. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    I have two power banks that I've been very happy with. I bought them a few years ago, and when looking on Amazon for their information, I think they are "obsolete"! So I found one on Amazon by Anker, that I would love to buy, but can't justify it at this point. Note: I always check reviews before making a purchase.

    No matter what kind of power bank you purchase, you may want to purchase 2. And they will need to be recharged, but that should be easy enough to do. As far as being MFI approved, you can use your own cable with this charger.
    So you've had good experiences with the Anker brand banks?
    05-08-2017 01:51 PM
  7. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    So it sounds like MFI is more on the cables than on powerbanks themselves?
    That is correct.

    So you've had good experiences with the Anker brand banks?
    I have an Anker battery and it works great.
    05-08-2017 02:05 PM
  8. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    So you've had good experiences with the Anker brand banks?
    I have no experience with Anker power banks. The one that I am using currently is from a different manufacturer, and no long sold on Amazon. The one I shared with you is one that I would like to buy if I was in need of another one. I have saved it to my lists on Amazon just in case!

    I do have two Anker cables, and am very happy with them. I have also read great reviews about Anker here on iMore.

    Sorry for any confusion
    05-08-2017 02:26 PM
  9. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    I have no experience with Anker power banks. The one that I am using currently is from a different manufacturer, and no long sold on Amazon. The one I shared with you is one that I would like to buy if I was in need of another one. I have saved it to my lists on Amazon just in case!

    I do have two Anker cables, and am very happy with them. I have also read great reviews about Anker here on iMore.

    Sorry for any confusion
    My bad, I read your reply quickly and turned myself around.

    The one I am looking at is this:

    Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X5RV14Y...mUvbUpU2938211

    There is that and a similarly price refurbished Mophie. The Mophie isn't as much capacity (12k mah vs 20.1k mah).

    What are people's thoughts, the Mophie or the Anker?
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    05-08-2017 05:07 PM
  10. Tartarus's Avatar
    I just buy them from the convenience store. I have had multiple power banks over the years and never had any issues with my devices nor the power banks.
    05-08-2017 05:58 PM
  11. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    I just buy them from the convenience store. I have had multiple power banks over the years and never had any issues with my devices nor the power banks.
    And I have used various batteries on older devices before and never had issues, but this has been something I've wondered about for years. I don't want to cause any harm or damage to our Apple devices, and ultimately that is my biggest concern.
    05-08-2017 08:51 PM
  12. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    And I have used various batteries on older devices before and never had issues, but this has been something I've wondered about for years. I don't want to cause any harm or damage to our Apple devices, and ultimately that is my biggest concern.
    I've been a member of this forum since 2012 and I have yet to hear of someone whose device was damaged by charging using a reputable power bank. I think we are all probably safe at this point.
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    05-08-2017 08:59 PM
  13. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    Anyone have experience with the Amazon Basics power bank? Just found that as an option.

    Also the "factory refurbished" Mophie banks are pretty cheap, any thoughts on this?
    05-08-2017 09:41 PM
  14. TripleOne's Avatar
    Check out Anker
    05-08-2017 10:04 PM
  15. Tartarus's Avatar
    And I have used various batteries on older devices before and never had issues, but this has been something I've wondered about for years. I don't want to cause any harm or damage to our Apple devices, and ultimately that is my biggest concern.
    Like @Rob Phillips said, we're quite save.
    Since most of the power banks are powered by lithium ion batteries themselves, they shouldn't be able to cause harm.

    The built in safety features of the iPhone for charging are designed to pull as much juice as needed and not more.

    But then again, it's your device, so my advice is to get something you feel okay with.
    05-08-2017 10:09 PM
  16. MrMike6by9's Avatar
    I've been quite happy with this one from Monoprice --

    Monoprice Select Series Portable Cell Phone Charger for Universal/Smartphones, 10,000mAh Power Bank, Black
    05-08-2017 10:15 PM
  17. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    Anyone have experience with the Amazon Basics power bank? Just found that as an option.

    Also the "factory refurbished" Mophie banks are pretty cheap, any thoughts on this?
    Well, I may be a bit over-cautious, but I tend to stay away from factory-refurbished items. I confess that I have no real justification for this... it's just a feeling I have. I would go with one of the ones by Anker, as TripleOne suggested!
    Tartarus likes this.
    05-09-2017 07:52 AM
  18. MidnightinGotham's Avatar
    Based on the advice here, I ordered the Anker Powercore 20,100. Looking forward to getting and testing it out!
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    05-09-2017 01:16 PM
  19. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    Based on the advice here, I ordered the Anker Powercore 20,100. Looking forward to getting and testing it out!
    I'll look forward to your review!
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    05-09-2017 01:21 PM
  20. RHChan84's Avatar
    Anker is a well known name and a brand I would trust. My brother has an Anker powercore 20000 and it works great. My next one will be an Anker
    05-09-2017 10:28 PM
  21. Wotchered's Avatar
    I have had an Anker phone charger for about 2 years and it hasn't caught fire yet !!
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    05-10-2017 04:48 AM
  22. TripleOne's Avatar
    Great quality and great price.
    That's why all my power banks are from Anker, oh they have amazing cables too!
    05-10-2017 05:42 AM
  23. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Great quality and great price.
    That's why all my power banks are from Anker, oh they have amazing cables too!
    This.
    05-10-2017 05:53 AM
  24. facecard's Avatar
    I, too, am looking for a power bank to support iPhones and iPad Mini 2s. I would want a power bank that has an IQ feature that doesn't harm the devices battery.

    I am looking at the Mophie Space Pack for iPad Mini 2. Does anyone have any experience using the Mophie Space Pack?

    Also, I am looking at the single "lipstick" type of portable charger made for iPods or single devices. Any thoughts or opinions on which ones are good and will last?
    05-16-2017 07:56 AM
  25. w00cash1020's Avatar
    Zerolemon are great.
    05-18-2017 05:09 PM
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