Powerbanks are life savers. They extend the battery life of our precious mobile devices so that we can talk more, text more and surf more. However, they are only good for devices that support USB charging. For devices that require an AC wall outlet for charging such as a laptop and some external battery chargers, you are out of luck. Fortunately, there is now a portable powerbank that comes with a built-in AC wall outlet. It is called the Jackery PowerBar and now everyone can rejoice.
Before products like the Jackery PowerBar, if you need portable power, it means getting something like a generator. They are big, heavy, noisy and a hassle to use. The Jackery PowerBar may not as powerful as a generator. Its output is only limited to 110V/85W (100W max). However, this is more than enough to charge up most laptops including the Apple MacBook Pro and Microsoft Surface pro 4. And at just 25 ounces, it is a whole lot smaller and lighter than a generator.
Besides the built-in AC wall outlet, the Jackery PowerBar is also equipped with 3 USB charging ports. They can be used simultaneously with the AC outlet letting you charge up to 4 devices at once. One of the USB outlets is QuickCharge 3 (QC 3.0) compliant. If you have a QC 3.0 device, you can greatly reduce your charging time.
The built-in rechargeable battery in the Jackery PowerBar is rated at 20800 mAh. You can recharge smartphones like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy about 6 to 10 times on a single full charge. Action cameras and small digital cameras can be recharged 8 to 10 times. Larger devices like a tablet can get up to 3 full charges.
The AC outlet has a standard 100V/85W rating. Besides recharging batteries, it is powerful enough to power up quite a few standard electrical appliances including a 43in TV, a projector or even a Nintendo Switch. On the other hand, the Jackery PowerBar can be recharged by plugging directly through an AC wall outlet, using a vehicle’s 12V DC outlet or using solar charging panels.
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