Different Types of Portable Chargers

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Promo Expert

Published: November 1st, 2017

Updated: April 22nd, 2019

In this digital world, you likely use a portable charger of some kind almost every day. Maybe you’re preparing for a big presentation at work and need to keep your laptop at full capacity. Perhaps you’re in the waiting room at the doctor’s office and want to avoid skimming through that Reader’s Digest from the 1980s by playing a game on your phone instead. No matter the situation, we all have relied on our portable USB chargers to get us through the day. But how much do you really know about these battery savers?

Why are There Different Charger Types?

Before we dive into the different charger types, you need to become familiar with the acronym USB, which stands for Universal Serial Bus. The word “universal” might make you think every charger is compatible with all ports across the board. As easy as that would make everything, chargers are actually classified based on the battery being used. While some batteries can withstand overcharging, others may have temperature or voltage sensing circuits. Every charger is unique and most still need to be plugged into some kind of power source in order to work. It all depends on the device’s voltage and your general accessibility to a power source.

Powerful Promos

The key to the best custom USB chargers is their versatility and adaptability. Whether you’re at a meeting in the conference room or taking a road trip with friends, you should always have a portable charger on hand. Luckily, there is a wide variety of options to choose from:

USB Car Charger: A custom portable charger keeps your phone at full power on those long trips across the country. Now you can be at peace knowing you won’t lose your GPS along the way!

Wall Power Adapter: If you’re spending your day indoors, you’ll most likely have access to an outlet at some point. Keep your phone charged with an easy-to-carry charger that plugs right into the wall.

5-in1 Charging Cable: Gadget enthusiasts will love the versatility offered by this five-plug custom charger. From tablets to smartphones, this cable will charge all your devices with ease.

Custom Power Bank: Sorry, but you no longer have an excuse for missing that phone call or not replying to an email. This custom power bank offers maximum power for your laptop and cell phone.

The Power’s in Your Hands

With so many options for portable chargers available, it’s tough to know which will provide ultimate power. Each charger is useful at different times and depends on whether or not you have access to a wall outlet. To break it down even further, here’s what you can expect from each custom charger:

Car Charger

Plugging right into the cigarette lighter in most cars, these portable battery-savers charge one USB-powered device at a time. This makes it easy to keep your device charged as you sit angrily in rush hour traffic!

  • Voltage:
    • Input: 12-24 volts
    • Output: 5 voluts/1 amp
  • Charge Time:
    • If charging from 0%, it can take 2-3 hours for a full battery, it all depends on the phone and car.
  • Fun Fact:
    • It’s possible to overcharge your phone battery by keeping it plugged into the car charger for too long. Make sure you unplug your cellular device when you see the battery at 100%.

Wall Power Adapter

Everyone from tech companies to traveling companies benefit from offering a wall power adapter as their next promotional product. This custom charger plugs right into the wall and is compatible with all USB charging cords.

  • Voltage:
    • This device has no battery and does not have an input.
  • Charge Time:
    • The charge time depends on the battery of the device being charged. For example, the newest iPhone battery is 1821 mAH so a full charge from a dead battery would take a little over 2 hours.
  • Fun Fact:
    • Most residential wall outlets are 15 or 20 amps. The only way to test its compatibility with your charger is to plug it in, turn it on, and keep turning off breakers until your charger turns off. But we strongly discourage playing with electricity!

Multi-Charger Cable

For those who want to keep their GPS, MP3, and laptop charged at the same time, you can’t go wrong with a multi-charger cable. With both a micro and mini USB plug, this personalized charger is compatible with all Apple® devices and most Samsung and Nokia products.

  • Voltage:
    • Input: 100-240 volts
    • Output: 5 voluts/1 amp
  • Amount of Charges:
    • Lasts for about 2 years
  • Charge Time:
    • Approximately: 4-8 hours; depends on the size and age of the battery.
  • Fun Fact:
    • Even if a charger fits your device perfectly, it’s not a good idea to automatically use it. All devices have different volt requirements so make sure this multi-charger cable is compatible with your tech before plugging it in. The voltage amount of your input should match the amount of your output.

USB Key Chain

We never leave our house without our car keys, which is why a USB key chain guarantees portable power wherever you go. Simply use it alongside a car’s electrical port, and you’ll see the same battery output as a typical car charger.

  • Voltage:
    • Input: 12 –24 volts
    • Output: 5 volts / 1 amp
  • Charge Time:
    • This is an adapter and doesn’t have a specified charge time.
  • Fun Fact:
    • USB key chains are a portable, inexpensive product that pair well with other items like custom lanyards.

Power Bank

The most popular power bank we offer has a 2200 mAH battery capacity and can be charged through a USB cable. This is enough power to boost iPhones, Androids, and if you’re old-school, Blackberries. Don’t worry about overcharging with a power bank! A green indicator light will turn on when the device is fully charged.

  • Voltage:
    • Input: 5 volts/500 mA
    • Output: 5V/1000 mA
  • Charge Time:
    • Varies depending on the device and the battery percentage
  • Fun Fact:
    • A milliAmp hour (maH) is most commonly used for digital cameras and laptop batteries. This unit measures capacity, meaning how long a certain amount of battery can be charged before it runs out.

Most chargers have many variables involved to predict the amount of charges and longevity of the product. For instance, the climate can play a role in the shelf life of your custom chargers. Heat causes a battery’s fluid to evaporate, whereas cold can cause the battery to drain faster than normal.

Cell phones, laptops, and other mobile devices are essential in this day and age. With the rise of technology also comes the need to keep your battery nice and charged. No matter which one you use, the power is in your hands with portable chargers!