How to confirm the true capacity of power bank?

02/18/2020 Vala Products News 1,267

You have an original real capacity 10,000 mAh power bank, and that should charge your 1500mah phone about 6 times, right? Well, here is where the confusion begins.

YN 050P PD power bank

What the advertised capacity actually tells you.
The rated capacity is what is actually inside the power bank, the physical battery.
Inside a 10,000 mAh power bank.
Inside a standard 10,000 mAh power bank.
This powerbank has 4 3.7V 2,500mAh batteries, together that equals 10,000mAh and this is correct. Modern slim power banks have thin lithium polymer batteries so are still based on 3.7V but can be built in smaller sizes.

But USB is 5V!
Inside powerbanks are 3.7V batteries, but the USB standard is 5V. Between the battery and the USB socket is a conversion circuit and this changes the 3.7 V into USB friendly 5V. When converting to a higher voltage, you must also convert the mAh into the new voltage.

How to calculate theoretical USB output
A simple equation can be used to convert the 3.7V into 5V.
ACTUAL 5V mAh = 3.7 X Advertised mAh / 5
For a 10,000mAh powerbank – 3.7 X 10,000 / 5 = 7,400 mAh
So a 3.7V 10,000 mAh powerbank really only supplies 7,400 mAh output at the 5V USB connection. So straight out of the box is a 23% reduction in the stated mAh. This is not the actual level as there is also conversion loss.

About Merpower:

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