If you are anything like most people out there, you may not be pleased with the battery performance of most of your gadgets – be it your smartphone, laptop, tablet or any other device you use in your day-to-day life. This is a common problem for most people who depend on technology for just about everything. That ever-retreating battery bar is a constant source of worry for some, especially in outdoor situations.
Sure, you could throw in a few bucks and get a power bank that as a workable solution to your battery problems. But the issue with most power banks is that they only offer micro USB and USB Type-C ports for charging.
This is enough for charging most smartphones and MP3 players. But what if you needed to charge your other devices that need AC power (such as a laptop)?
Your run-of-the-mill power pack is simply incapable of handling that, period.
That is where the new Jackery PowerBar makes a difference. It’s a hefty portable power bank that also comes with an inbuilt AC outlet in addition to the standard USB charging features.
Unlike most portable power banks, Jackery PowerBar is not flat and thin. It’s rather bulky, sized at roughly 2.5-inch in height and 6.5-inch in length. That’s obvious, though, given that the product houses a comparatively larger battery under the hood.
The silver plastic case with rounded edges may not be the prettiest thing you will see this year, but it could have been worse.
Overall, I would say the design and build quality is so-so. Perhaps it would be better had there been some sort of rubber feet on the bottom to give it a better grip on surfaces as well as offering some added protection.
In terms of ease of use, the Jackery PowerBar is super-easy to handle.
All you need to do is plug-in your USB or other devices on the port, and then press-hold the power button until you hear the sound of the fan to get the device up and running.
Similarly, holding the power button turns off the device.
However, you need to be a little careful while using the PowerBar’s AC power outlet.
That’s because the product comes with an 85W output with a maximum of 100W.
Keep in mind, that most electronic items you use come with the required wattage labeling stamped on them.
Even if the required wattage is not specified, you will still have the output volts and amps which you can multiply to calculate the wattage used by the device.
One important thing to note here – the Jackery PowerBar is not designed to handle devices with higher wattage requirements.
For example, it won’t work well with your blenders, toasters, or even some high-end gaming laptops that draws much more power than a typical small notebook.
No need to worry, because if an appliance or device does, in fact, require more than 100W, the PowerBar will simply disable the output to prevent any possible damage. If that happens, you will have to restart the device to resume using it.
The Jackery Powerbar comes equipped with a 20,800mAh battery with 77Wh of power.
Of course, the battery life of the product is subject to how you use it. But in general, you should be able to charge a smartphone around seven to eight times or charge a laptop a little more than once (assuming that the PowerBar was 100% charged). Similarly, you could power a LED light for as long as 18 hours.
Once used, the power bank needs about seven hours to be fully charged. While I would love to see quicker charging times, the seven-hour duration seems reasonable given the size of its battery.
The Jackery PowerBar is available at just under $199, which if you ask me, is definitely a bit over the top for a product of its kind. The good news, however, is that there’s an ongoing Indiegogo promotional offer at the time of this writing.
So check out the discounted offer on the site if you are looking for a power bank capable of charging both USB devices, as well as AC devices with lower power requirements.