When you think of battery packs and power banks, what usually is the first brand that comes to mind? If the answer to that question is Anker, you are probably not alone. Anker is a very strong brand in the battery pack game and most of their products have amazing feedback and reviews. The only drawback of course is that as you get better as a brand, the price starts to go up. We used to remember a time where a lot of Anker battery packs were under $20. Recently though you'd be lucky to find a Anker product that is below $20. That being said even the Anker that we are picking for this article is not too bad. It is currently on Amazon for $21.99.
This bad boy has an insane amount of feedback. A 4.6 star score on over 70,000 ratings. The question then becomes, is there a similar product that is just a little bit cheaper for those who are budget conscious? Well the answer to that question just might be yes. The product that appeared on our radar is a battery pack by a brand named Charmast. This pack that we found is only $13.99. The first thing that stood out to us besides the difference in price is that the Charmast has a slightly higher capacity vs the Anker. Specifically the Anker has 10,000 mAh (milliamp hours) while the Charmast has 10,400 mAh. Granted while only a difference of 400 mAh, it's still a slight edge at a cheaper price. What we also like a bit better is the digital display. The Anker shows it's capacity by lights where as the Charmast shows you the actual charge that is left in the pack. We tend to believe that people like numbers more than lights, so put that as another arrow in the quiver. Finally there is only one USB port on the Anker while there are two USB ports on the Charmast. Giving you the opportunity to charge more than one thing at once. Throw in the fact that it also has very good feedback. 4.5 star score on over 3500 ratings. While not as high as Anker, it is still very good.
In the end, the Charmast is a really good pack to check out in general let alone if you are working on a budget. That said if you want to go for something that is a bit more under the radar as far as brand strength goes we don't think this product will steer you wrong. Click the link below to check it out on Amazon.
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