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Monster X Power Station

For a while now, it seems that Anker continues to be the brand to look for when it comes to portable power packs. The quality and performance of its products are definitely what consumers want in a power bank. However, that doesn’t mean that other labels should just throw in the towel. Meanwhile, the best places to search right now for innovative new models are crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter. Hence we’ve gone ahead and scoped out what’s on offer and found the Monster X.

Packing a high-capacity 20,100 mAh rechargeable battery, this power bank is brimming with cutting-edge charging technology. In general, as you go up in capacity, the charging time goes up as well. On average, a 20,100 mAh unit will take about 8 to 10 hours to reach full.

In contrast, the manufacturer claims that the Monster X will be capable of doing just that in 1.5 hours only. Never worry about going empty because the integrated pass-through charging technology will juice everything up. This means that all connected devices, as well as the power back itself, will be at full capacity.

The Monster X has no shortage of ports to accommodate all of your electronic devices. It’s equipped with two Quick Charge-ready 3.0 USB-A ports, two USB-C ports with support for 65W Power Delivery, and a 100W AC outlet. The US version is rated at 120V, while the EU version pumps out 230V. Moreover, this portable power source even touts a 10W Qi wireless charging pad on top. Finally, a high-tech safety system is in place to keep everything in check.

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Images courtesy of Monster X

Ventev Powercell 6010+

Ventev’s Powercell 6010+ power bank packs 6,000mAh of backup battery power to make sure you don’t run out of juice while on the road. These days, it’s bonkers not to lug backup power with you, and if you’re just getting acquainted into the world of power banks, the Powercell 6010+ is likely the only thing you’ll ever need for the long term.

Everything you need to charge your phone is built right into the power bank itself. There’s a USB Type-C cable built into the side alongside an extra USB port for output, not to mention fold-out outlet prongs that let you plug the pack directly into the wall to recharge it.

The Powercell 6010+ boasts 12W of total output, and because of this, you can charge two device at once. It’s relatively the same size as any run-of-the-mill power bank, meaning you can easily store it in your bag or even your pocket.

The only possible downside to this power bank is that its prongs won’t work everywhere, particularly in European territories that don’t use North American-style wall outlets. And the package doesn’t include an adapter so you’re on your own if you travel to another country and find that the built-in prongs aren’t compatible.

But that’s a minor setback to an otherwise excellent backup battery solution. It’s got all the ports you’ll ever need, it can pack a hefty amount of juice, it’s basically the perfect form factor for a power bank — not too tiny yet not a bulky monstrosity — and at just $50, you don’t ever have to worry about running out of power on the go.


Photos courtesy of Ventev