Put a 20,000mAh power bank in your pocket for $16.49
That's a lot of juice for the money, but there's an interesting caveat. Plus: a desktop monitor for $70!
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There's not much to tell, here: It has two 2.1A outputs, a built-in LED flashlight (always a nice perk) and a 24-month warranty. It comes in your choice of black, blue or black/red. A lot of similarly equipped power banks sell in the the $30-35 range.
What I want to discuss is the rating: 4.9 stars from nearly 90 customers. Oh, and an "Amazon's Choice" badge. This must be a top-of-the-line product, right?
That's some pretty damning evidence. But as I explained in my story on how to spot fake Amazon reviews, those tools aren't infallible -- and they don't reflect anything about the product itself. They're simply evaluating the reviews of the product.
Having scanned some of those reviews myself, I agree that plenty of them seem fake. But all 89 of them? That seems doubtful. The question you really have to ask: Does it matter if some (or even all) the reviews are questionable, so long as the product works as advertised and has a decent warranty? (Two years is better than decent, if you ask me.)
As for "Amazon's Choice," I've yet to find any concrete data indicating what criteria Amazon uses to bestow that label. It's likely a mix of "particularly good price," "top seller" and "lots of favorable reviews."
That last point, though: ugh. Back in 2016, Amazon promised to crack down on fake reviews, but the company hasn't said anything about it since -- and clearly it's still a problem. Based on these Fakespot and ReviewMeta results, a big one -- especially if those reviews are factoring into that sexy "Amazon's Choice" badge.
Deal or no deal?
My two cents: Deal. Definitely. On any given day, you're likely to find a power bank that's on sale for way below its regular price -- and that has some, if not many, questionable reviews.
If it's a lemon, Amazon will refund you. If it develops a problem further down the road, Poweradd will replace it for you. What more do you need to know?
Actually, I do have one more thought: Add your voice to the mix. When you buy something from Amazon, take a minute to leave your own review. The more legitimate reviews there are, the easier it'll be for others to make an informed decision.