Have you ever bought a 10-litre container instead of a 20-litre container unknowingly?

Imagine going to Mbare Musika, with the intention of buying 3 20 litre containers to store your water (and stay ahead of these crazy water rations). Here comes a young man and asks, tokupai chii nhasi mudhara( what are you looking for today) and you go like ndiri kuda 3 zvighubhu ma 20 litres ( i want 3 20 litre plastic containers). The young man disappears into the mayhem and then comes back with 3 10 litre containers. You pay and you leave.

When you get home you then try to transfer water from your 20-litre buckets into your newly acquired 20-litre containers only to discover it has the capacity to take only half the water from your bucket. We will all agree that will be an infuriating scenario right?

Well most of us have encountered a similar experience when we bought power banks from the streets or from cheap stuff shops. You will see a small power bank written 8000 mAh and you buy thinking it indeed can store 8000 mAh, the moment you plug it into your phone it charges halfway and automatically switches itself off. You curse the seller a thousand times and tell everyone willing to listen, the whole story.

The problem is not with the seller in most scenarios its with the buyer. You didn’t check the container to see if indeed it is a 20 litre. a 20-litre container if you see it you will recognise it. Same with the power banks no one can store large volumes of power in a small container. If the power bank is small in size, it will also store less power because there is no space for it to store more power just like how a 5-litre container can only take 5 and not 10 litres of water.  A bigger power bank means a slightly bigger capacity to store more power as well.

Tips For Buying A Power Bank

  1. Check the capacity of the power bank you are about to buy against its size, small power banks will only store a smaller volume of power.
  2. Whenever possible buy from a reputable shop so that you can return it if it misbehaves.
  3. If possible know the size of your battery so that you won’t buy a power bank that will undercharge your phone. Most smartphones can be charged with a 3500 mAh it’s always safe to buy a 3500 mAh if you don’t know the size of your smartphone battery. Remember bigger is not always better.
  4. Buy a reputable brand if you can afford it. Good power bank brands include Xiaomi, iMuto, Adata, Anker, Aukey, RAVPower, Mophie, Poweradd
  5. If it sounds too cheap to be true, it probably is.

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