How To Choose The Right Powerbank For Video Equipment | 5 Important Things To Consider

Updated on October 30, 2021

Concerned with the power loss of your devices during the shoot? No matter if you're a gaffer, videographer, director or hobbyist, this article is for you. Here's how to choose the right power bank for video equipment.

1) Capacity.

2) Voltage & Power.

3) Compatibility.

4) Size and portability.

5) Safety and other tips.

Powerbanks can be a lifesaver for a videographer on the go. When your mirrorless or DSLR camera runs out of charge, it's extremely frustrating to see no sign of electricity over the horizon. Moreover, the lack of power can lead to a bad day at work if your camera stops in the middle of the shooting process. So let's start with our first criteria.

How To Choose Capacity Of Powerbank?

Make sure that it has sufficient capacity to charge your gear at least one more time. For example, if you shoot not only with your mirrorless/DSLR camera alone, but also use an external microphone, gimbal, portable lights, or recorders, I would suggest choosing a power bank that has at least 20,000 mAh.

If you only shoot with mirrorless and have at least 2 extra camera batteries, 10,000-15,000 mAh capacity should be enough for a day. Well, if you don't shoot an interview, in that case, you should bring at least 3 additional batteries, and recharge empty batteries while you using charged ones.

How To Choose Voltage & Power of Power Bank?

The next step is to check the voltage and power of the device. It is really recommended to go with a power bank that has a Power delivery function, these power banks have at least 18W of power and 9V voltage. However, the recommendation would be to go with 30W or even 60W power banks that have 12V voltage.

The higher power, the faster your gear will be charged. Also, pay attention that you will need to get appropriate cables in order to take full advantage of your power bank.

Power Banks Compatibility Tips

Type C, USB, and Quick Charge Standards, and so on. I guess you already know about these terms, but it is quite common to buy something that doesn't meet the criteria of your equipment.

The best way is to check your devices, to make sure that the power bank has the same connectors as the gear that you plan to charge. Most power banks nowadays have USB-A and USB-C type connectors, and sometimes even others like AC/DC. Some of the power banks even have attached cables, so you will never have a problem when you forget your cable at home while you're in a shoot session.

The Size And Portability Of Powerbanks

This category really depends on your needs. However, if you're planning to use your power bank during the shoot day only for a mirrorless camera, I would recommend choosing one that is compact and light enough not to bother you while shooting. They are usually don't have that much capacity, but it will not make your pocket heavy. There are many power banks in the market with high capacity but heavyweight. Make sure to check this category before you decide which one to choose.

How To Keep Power Banks Safe?

Battery safety should be a priority, not only because you can break your power bank, but it can even explode if it's not handled properly. Some of them even have security commands to disable charging once it detects a high temperature, so this will guarantee your safety while shooting in hot weather.

Also, power banks are normally not shock-proof, so it is not really recommended to bring them on your shoulder or another place where you think they may fall. I once broke my Ravpower power bank when it dropped on the floor from just one meter. However, I have nothing against Ravpower and I think, like Anker, it is one of the most credible power bank producers in the world.

Lastly, when you don't use your power bank, it is recommended to leave it half-charged, in that way you will save your power bank longevity.

Conclusion

There are lots of different options when it comes to choosing the right power bank for your video equipment. When choosing a "power buddy" for your video equipment it is worth checking not only in the specifications but how comfortable it will be to use it. I hope this article has given you an idea of what you should be looking for when buying one, and you are now one step closer to do the right purchase.

Thank you all for reading, see you in my next article!

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