There is perhaps one thing that every South African is thinking about at the moment – load shedding. With the local power utility wholly unreliable, consumers need to turn to other solutions to ensure that when load shedding hits, they aren’t left in the lurch.

A possible solution is a diesel-powered generator, but they’re quite expensive during peak load shedding, so why not turn to another potential problem solver – power banks.

With mobile devices perhaps the most important pieces of electronics in the household, ensuring that they are fully charged at all times is a must, and especially so during load shedding.

There are a number of options available on the market, but when it comes to versatility, one option in particular stands out from the rest. That power bank is the 10 000V QC3.0 Type-C from accessories specialist PQI.

The trifecta 

What makes the 10 000V noteworthy, apart from its substantial 10 000mAh capacity, is the fact that it can charge a wide range of mobile devices.

In particular it can take care of the holy trinity of devices – smartphones, tablets and handheld consoles, all of which come in handy when the powers that be decide to cut the lights.

The 10 000V also caters for USB Type-C ports, which are becoming more common in the mobile industry, and are the go-to port for many of the flagship Android smartphones on the market at the moment.

They’re also being favoured for tablets, as well as handheld consoles. For the latter, however, it’s important to note that not all ports are created equal. To that end PQI has ensured the 10 000V is fully compatible with the Nintendo Switch, which is one of the most popular handheld console options available.

Sticking with the ports, this specific model of power bank has two Type-C output ports that can charge two devices at the same time. As such it could cater to two smartphones, or a smartphone and tablet, or console and tablet, or whatever mix of mobile devices you need it to.

Quick charge

So what happens if you need a lot of power in a short amount of time? Well the PQI 10 000V has Qualcomm-certified Quick Charge 3.0. This means you can get up to 80 percent of charge within 30 minutes in the Quick Charge mode, where normal chargers can only achieve the same feat in one and a half hours.

This Qualcomm charging function is also backwards compatible, so if you have an older device with Quick Charge 2.0 or 1.0, it will still be charged quicker than most.

Added to the quick charging functionality is peace of mind with the addition of Auto Cut-Off Protection, which utilises the built-in circuit protection in the PQI 10 000V to ensure the power bank does not suffer from any overcharging, over-discharging short circuiting or leaks.

Speaking of the peace of mind, PQI has also thrown in a one-year warranty for the 230g 10 000V. There are also two colour options available, with Knight Grey and Peony Pink sold locally.

When it comes to ensure your essential mobile devices stay on during load shedding, the PQI 10 000V is a great option, but it’s also pretty handy in general, especially if you’re on the go.

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