BInformed: Logo Mobile Electronics Chargers

Custom Mobile Chargers imprinted with your logo are emerging as one of the hottest new products of 2013. With the abundance of smartphones and tablets as well as our increased reliance on these devices, that’s probably not surprising. There are a wide range of Customized Mobile Chargers available from Custom Car Chargers and Imprinted Solar Keychain Chargers to Logo Back-Up Battery Chargers. There are a variety of other considerations that many people don’t think about including Amperage ratings for charger output and storage capacity for back up batteries.
 
 

Key Terms to Understand


When considering chargers and batteries, there are some key terms that it is important to understand, at least at a basic level. Specifically:
Amperage–    Amperage refers to the amount of electrical current that is flowing through a device. 
Amps (A)–    Amperes, which is more commonly shortened to Amps, is the unit of measure associated with Amperage. A simplified way of looking at this is that if Amperage were Water flowing from the faucet, then Amps would be the number of ounces of water that flowed through the faucet since it was turned on. Instead of Amps, you may see milli-Amps (mA) where 1 Amp (A) is equal to 1000 milli-Amps (e.g. 1 A = 1000 mA)
milli-Amp hours (mAh) –    milli-Amp hours (or Amp hours) is a unit of electric charge but more basically for the purpose of our discussion it can be considered a unit of storage for electricity. In the case of our water example, it would be like placing 128 ounces of water into a gallon jug for later use. The mAh term is used relative to the storage capacity of batteries.   
 

Determining Your Needs


There are a lot of electronic gadgets out there including cell phones, smartphones, music players and tablets. Within each category, there are multiple brands like Apple™ and Samsung™. And most brands have multiple models of each. Therefore, it’s important to understand what the specific needs are for your device. For our discussion here, we’ll use iPhone and iPads as examples simply because they are two of the most common devices. We recommend consulting your product documentation or the manufacturer’s website for specifics requirements associated with your product. It might also be possible to look at the specifications associated with the accessories sold by the manufacturer for the product.
Amperage –    It’s good to understand what Amperage is needed to effectively charge your device. For example, the iPhone chargers are typically rated at 1 Amp ( 1000 mA) and the iPad 3 charger is rated at 2.1 Amps (2100 mA). Selecting chargers rated the same as those supplied by the manufacturer is typically the easiest approach. That said:

  

  • Lower Amperage Chargers: While chargers that are rated lower than the rated Amperage for a device  can typically still charge your device, it can take longer...  sometimes, much, much longer.  Reportedly, even a 500 mA charger can charge an iPad (albeit VERY slowly) if the iPad is placed in sleep mode. If the iPad is turned on, it will not charge nor will the display show it is charging. However, if you plug in the 500 mA charger and leave the iPad in sleep mode when you go to bed at night, it will show additional charge when you wake up in the morning… though maybe not a full charge depending on how long you sleep.
  • Higher Amperage Chargers: Electronics devices “pull” electrical current based on their usage. If they are provided a source with higher Amperage, they will only use what they require. As such, a 2.1A charger can be used for devices that typically use a 1A charger. The device will simply “pull” one Amp through the charger. In actuality, the iPhone is reportedly rated as a 1.1A device even though the standard charger may be rated at 1A. As such, with a 2.1A charger, the iPhone may actually charge slightly faster than with a 1A charger. Based on this, a 2.1A charger that is suitable for iPads will also charge iPhones. 
Capacity –    If you are considering utilizing a back-up battery or solar charger that utilizes a battery, it’s a good idea to know the capacity of your device’s battery. For example, the iPad 2’s battery is rated at about 6900 mAh, the iPad 3 is rated at about 11,500 mAh and the iPhone 4 and 5 are rated at about 1430 mAh.
  •  Lower Capacity Power Sources: If you use a back-up battery that has a lower capacity, it will only partially charge your device. This may be fine to help “get by” until you can get to a charger but may not be sufficient for extended use.
  • Higher Capacity Power Sources: If you use a back-up battery that has a higher capacity, you may be able to perform multiple charges from the back-up battery before it needs to be recharged. Of course, the higher capacity back-up batteries tend to be more expensive.
  • Note: It’s important to note that the actual capacity of your devices battery and back-up batteries may vary over time. After multiple charging/discharging cycles, the capacity of batteries tend to decrease over the life of the battery.
Connections –    While some chargers may include various adapters enabling them to work with different brands and models, many chargers are now utilizing USB style connectors. If your device supports charging via a USB connector, it may offer the most options. 
If a non-USB charger is needed, review the product details page for information about included connectors or ask a customer service representative if connectors are included for your device and we’ll check with the manufacturer.
A general note about USB connectors is that not all USB ports are created equal. Some USB ports in computers may not charge a device, some provide only 500 mA of current (USB 1.0 and 2.0), others provide 900mA (USB 3.0. Ratings for dedicated USB wall charges tend to be higher. For example, the Apple’s standard 12 W USB wall charger for iPads provides 2.1A (2100mA) at 5V.  So, even if you may have had challenges charging your device from a computer’s USB, it may not be an issue with an appropriately rated USB charger. 
 

Types of Logo Mobile Chargers


There are a variety of Custom  Mobile Electronics Chargers available for imprinting with your logo. The specific ratings (mA and mAh) will vary from product to product within each category, so it’s recommended that you review the product detail page for any specific product of interest or consult a Customer Service Representative. It’s also important to note that cables may not be included; this is particularly true with USB chargers. 
 
Custom Car Chargers –    Logo USB Car Chargers that plug into your car’s cigarette lighter are among newest and the hottest promotional products today. There are increasingly more styles available including one and two USB port chargers on the front, top or sides of the charger. One of our favorite include full-color epoxy dome imprints on the front of the charger with port(s) on the sides. Some even include a colored ring surrounding the imprint that lights up when plugged in. 
 
Logo Wall Chargers –    Custom Wall Chargers plug into an AC electrical outlet to charge your device’s battery. Most frequently available as USB style chargers, these chargers can include one or two charging ports and may even include a pass-through electrical plug port allowing your wall outlet to be used for other purposes (e.g. a lamp) while also charging your device. These devices typically include a one color/one location imprint on the top or side of the charger.
 
Imprinted Solar Chargers –    Customized Solar Chargers use solar panels on the device to capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. There are a variety of styles available including those that connect to a keychain and can cling to a car window.
Typically, these chargers include integrated batteries that store the current it captures from the sun until you connect your device. The capacity of the batteries can vary from product to product. While Solar Chargers without batteries may be more eco-friendly, it is important to recognize that their use will be limited based on availability and intensity of sunlight. Since batteries can be charged when sunlight is available and used later, this can provide greater functionality. There are even some Logo Solar Chargers that can also be charged from a wall outlet as an alternative to solar-only charging.
These Custom Solar Chargers can be very handy devices in power outages, for campers/hikers and those who are on-the-go. They are typically printed on the back or sides of the charger since the solar panel cannot be imprinted. There are even Custom Solar Backpacks that include solar panels that can be used to charge your tablets and other electronic devices.
 
Custom Mobile Back Up Batteries –   Increasingly popular, Custom Printed Mobile Back Up Batteries of varying capacity can be charged from a wall outlet to store electrical current for when your devices battery runs low. Often, these are USB style devices that can charge via USB ports on our device. There are also phone specific Custom Cases with Back Up Batteries that can be very convenient. Typically, your device can run from the energy stored on the back up battery or be used to charge your devices battery. These devices are generally imprinted directly on the charger. In some cases, there maybe storage cases that can also be imprinted.
 

Minimum Order Quantities


The minimum order quantities for charges will vary from device to device. Lower priced items such as Car Chargers tend to have the higher minimum order requirements in the 100-500 piece range. Higher priced items such as solar chargers and back up batteries will have lower minimum order requirements, sometimes as few as 12 piece but more typically the lower minimum quantities are in the 25-50 piece range.
 

Lead Times


Production lead times will vary but typically run in the 5-15 business day range. Larger quantities with lower price points are frequently produced overseas and will generally have longer lead times. Due to high demand, many factories are having difficulty maintaining inventory levels on chargers. As a result, lead times may be longer until inventory levels stabilize.
 

Promotional Opportunities


There are a wide range of promotional opportunities for Custom Mobile Electronics Chargers including:
Disaster Preparedness Events –    Considering all those people after recent storms and power outages gathering around coffee houses to charge their cell phone, it’s not difficult to see the potential for Logo Solar Chargers or Custom Back Up Batteries for your electronics. These would be great items for Disaster Preparedness Events.
Car Dealer Promotions  –  A Logo USB Car Charger that features a car dealer’s logo could be a great giveaway for those who test drive new cars, a gift for new owners or even a giveaway for those using the dealer’s repair and body shop services.      
College Bookstores –    A Custom Solar Charger Backpack with the University’s logo embroidered  on the front would be a great item for Campus bookstores. Students could keep their electronics charging as they take breaks in the sun and walking between classes.
 
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