Best Business Travel Power Banks – 2020

There is no business travel without power. If you haven’t noticed the kitchen counter at home where every available outlet is occupied with a power cube and a USB charging cord, then your family has missed the technology boat. The rest of us know exactly what I am talking about. The real question is, How do we get the power that we need when we are not in the comforts of our own kitchen? This Best Business Travel Power Banks article is just the answer you need to ensure that ‘you have ample power to get from kitchen to hotel room without going dark.

Size and Weight – I think we are all accustomed to the “cell phone-sized” power bank and with the advent of the business backpack or modern business travel briefcase, power banks are easily stowed and accessed within the latest travel luggage. But maybe we want lighter or more compact?

And this begs the question, does smaller mean less power? I think we all know that a more compact power bank is available, but is it possible to pack the same power punch into a smaller unit. The short answer is: NO.

Generally, you will need to sacrifice one of the many features that a larger unit offers, but the T-Core Portable Charger, pictured to the left, suggests that it can re-charge and average cellphone up to 5 times.

So although smaller may not be better, it may certainly be just the right thing at just the right time.

Selection – Many power bank manufacturers offer a variety of models and each model will have a unique advantage over the others. The Anker PowerCore models for example range from 46 hours of battery life to over 120 hours of fully charged battery life expectancy.

This is an important factor to remember as you are shopping for your power bank. Always check for additional models and review the features and capabilities of each. This will help you find the exact power bank that fits your specific needs.

Milliamp (mAh) – The word milliamp is actually short for the term milliampere which in technical terms is 1/1000th of an Ampere or Amp. And sometimes we just can’t resist getting a little technical so here’s the quick explanation; electricity is measured in either volts, amps, ohms or watts. Volts can be thought of an electrical potential, while amps are electrical force, ohm represents resistance and watts are electrical power.

Batteries provide direct current (as opposed to alternating current) and as the battery in your car, which is almost always 12 volts, a power bank is almost always 3.7 volts. However, these types of batteries vary in milliamps, just like your car battery.

Now a 12-volt battery can start a car, riding lawn mower, boat, tractor-trailer or an airplane for that matter, but each of these engines will require certain amperage to get going, the bigger the motor, the more amperage that is going to be required.

Now obviously your cell phone and your tablet do not have engines, but the principle is very much the same.  Larger electronics will require electrical “force” to get your data through all of those transistors, so larger devices need more milliamps, generally speaking.

Best Business Travel Power Banks - 2020

Product ImageProduct NameProduct RatingPrice Rank
RAVPower Power Bank 2-Port Power Delivery

Best Overall Portable Power Bank per Business Travel Gadgets


5 out of 5 stars
$$
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux Power Bank

Best Portable Power Bank for Multiple Charging Modes


4.7 out of 5 stars
$$
TG90 10000mah Power Bank / External Portable Charger

Best Portable Power Bank for Multiple Devices


4.9 out of 5 stars
$$
Crave Plus PRO Aluminum Portable Charger with 20000mAh

Best Portable Charger for a Laptop or Tablet


4.7 out of 5 stars
$$$
iMuto Power Bank External Battery Pack

Best Portable Power Bank for Samsung Phones


4.3 out of 5 stars
$$
EasyAcc Portable Charger Fast Recharge External Battery Pack

Best Portable External Charger for Super Fast Recharge Time


4.5 out of 5 stars
$$
Aigo Power Bank Portable Charger for iPhone

Smallest Portable Power Bank for iPhone per Business Travel Gadgets


4.4 out of 5 stars
$
BLAVOR Solar Charger with Five Detachable Panels

Best Portable Power Bank for the Middle of Nowhere (Solar)


4.5 out of 5 stars
$$
MIPOW Portable Wireless Charger Power Bank

Best Portable Power Bank for Wireless Charging


3.7 out of 5 Stars
$$
RAVPower AC Portable Laptop Charger

Best Portable Power Bank for AC Power

$$$

Outputs (1A, 2A, or 2.4A) – There are three factors when considering outputs as a factor for selecting a portable power bank. How many outputs do you need? What type of outputs are included? and… What amperage is supplied by each output?

The first is very simple, power banks can range anywhere from one output to as many as four or more and the poser banks with multiple outputs are most likely capable of charging multiple devices simultaneously.  Of course, you will trade charging capability for the luxury of charging multiple devices, but that’s usually acceptable when the need arises.

Types of Power Bank Outputs – We have all learned that not having the right cable for your device gets you nowhere.  I live in a “mixed” electronic device home, meaning that we have Android/Samsung users and we have iPhone users.  This results in multiple chargers and eventually learning that you took the wrong one on your business trip.

So let’s review the various types of outputs and cable plugs:

USB Port - Business Travel GadgetsUSB Ports – Let’s start with the most common charging port, the USB.  USB stands for “universal serial bus” and serial communication, or in this place, power transmission is rather interesting.  Unlike “parallel” wiring, where individual wires run next to one another in a parallel fashion, serial uses twisted pair for data and power is transmitted over another pair of wires.

USB- TypeA – When originally designed the USB was created with a rectangular connector with a plastic insert containing the pins located on the lower half of the USB male connection.  With the female port having the pins located on the top half, the USB Type-A can only be inserted when oriented properly.

Firewire Connector – What is technically called the IEEE1394 Connection the “firewire”, as it was referred to by designed Apple, was an early designed in serial bus technology.  The firewire has 9 pins in a firewire 800 connector and 10 pins in a firewire 400 connector.

As mentioned, the firewire was designed to take advantage of serial data transmission and in many ways was the predecessor to the lightning connector which is now widely used by Apple.

The firewire has gone through several variations and improvements and now serves as a peer-to-peer type of connection versus the USB which requires a master-slave type of connection.

Battery Life – If you have a cell phone, you are familiar with battery life.  Portable power banks act very much like the battery in your cell phone.  In fact, they are not very different at all from your cell phone battery with the exception of the electronics and the case surrounding them. But in terms of battery life, they are just about identical.

Battery life can be viewed in 2 ways; the first is how long does the battery lasts on a single charge and the other is how long is the useful life of the battery.  The latter of the two depends a bit on the type of battery that the power bank uses.  But in general, according to Zendure.com the industry-standard for a power bank battery is 3 years of useful life.

The Power Bank related website goes on to state that within the 3 years of expected battery lifetime a user can expect to get around 500 charge-discharge cycles out of any given modern power bank battery.

The other half of the battery life equation is how many charges can you expect to get from your new power bank before the bank itself needs to be recharged.  This will, of course, vary between models and will depend on which type of device you are trying to charge.  Cellphones, as an example, consume less power than a laptop or tablet.

A power bank that can charge a tablet twice may be able to charge an iPhone up to 6 times and so on…  This information should be provided by the manufacturer and clearly communicated on any sales page.  For most users, this will be one of the more important aspects of any buying decision.

Recharging time – Fairly straight forward here, how long does the unit take to go from “dead” to “fully charged”? This information should be a standard specification from most manufacturers of power banks, but there is a bit more that goes into the recharge time for these units.

In general, a power bank will take 1 to 2 hours to recharge when plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet.  But an important factor to keep in mind is how does one know when the power bank is fully charged?  This is where LED readouts or Indicator lights come in handy.  You should consider units that contain some sort of “charge meter” when making your purchase.

Chargers often are not included


RAVPower Power Bank 2-Port Power Delivery Unit

Best Overall Portable Power Bank per Business Travel Gadgets

One of the unseen benefits that a portable power bank might bring is “intelligence”.  Electronic intelligence that is and the RAVPower unit is equipped with such intelligence.

With what’s referred to as iSmart Charging, the RAVPower Ultra Compact Charger brings a blazing fast recharge for your devices.  This portable power bank can take your iPhone 11 from “dead” to a 50% charge in 30 minutes.

The RAVPower delivers 18W of power to anyone of two ports, including a  USB-C, a 3.0 USB-A and delivers 12W an additional iSmart USB-A port. This power bank is equipped with one PD (Power Delivery) port and one QC (Quick Charge) port to ensure you can charge your laptop and phone at top speeds simultaneously.

Best Features of the RAVPower Power Bank 2-Port Power Delivery Unit

  • Slim design with expandable sides to fit everything you need.
  • Fully charges in as little as 3 hours with the purchase of a 30W PD Charger.
  • Product dimensions:  5.98 inches long x 2.64 inches wide and .98 inches thick.
  • Brings the average laptop to over 50% power in less than 1 hour.
  • Equipped with the latest in Power Charing Safeguards.

Every RAVPower portable power battery supplies ultra-fast charging for just about any electronic device.  And this RAVPower power bank is designed to protect against damage caused by overcurrent and overheating issues.  So not need to be concerned about storing this unit inside your travel backpack.

The RAV Power is equipped with advanced battery technology and sports a premium LG 21700 battery pack, giving the power bank the capability of storing a whopping 20000mAh of power in an unbelievably small size.

RAVPower manufactures a variety of portable power banks, so we recommend that you read through this article, decide which features are important to your personal needs and then select a travel power bank that meets your specific needs.

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Anker PowerCore 10000 Business Power Bank

Best Portable Power Bank for Multiple Charging Modes

Anker makes a huge variety of power bank products and we highly recommend the name as a reliable source of electronic device charging products.

PowerCore is one of Anker’s top models and this unit, the PowerCore 10000 delivers on its reputation.  This power bank contains enough charge to fully power either an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy cellphone twice.  That’s right, 2 full charges of your lifeline whenever you need it.  The Power Delivery System that Anker utilizes ensures fast and reliable charging every time.

This is an attractive unit as well, BTG was impressed with the sleek look of this unit, the matte exterior and cool-blue LED light that displays the battery level really makes the unit stand apart.  As Anker says, “the power core 10000 PD redox is premium both inside and out”.

Best Features of the Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Power Bank

  • Triple Charging Modes: 18W power-delivery USB-C port, USB-A port, and Trickle.
  • Trickle charging mode for slowly charging low power devices.
  • Product dimensions:  5.98 inches long x 2.64 inches wide and .98 inches thick.
  • Use the dual USB ports to charge two devices simultaneously.
  • Equipped with the latest in Power Charing Safeguards.

As mentioned in our introduction the PowerCore is equipped with a Trickle Charging Mode.  Unlike other portable chargers that may fail to detect and deliver tiny power requirements required by smaller devices and electronic wearables, the PowerCore’s Trickle-Charging Mode ensures a fast and safe charge for every device, no matter the size.

If you have used a cellphone for any length of time, you know that the battery is often the first thing to “lose its luster” (go bad).  There are however steps that can be taken to extend the life of your cellphone battery and some helpful tips have been provided by AndroidAuthoiry.com.  We have summarized their suggestions below:

Helpful tips for properly charging your cellphone per AndroidAuthority.com:

  • Avoid full cycle and overnight charging.
  • Charge at 20 percent battery life.
  • Avoid using fast charging technologies and never fast charge overnight.
  • Avoid overheating the battery. Don’t cover your phone when charging.
  • Turn your phone off when charging and certainly don’t use it while charging.

Power banks are essentially cellphones without the phone part, so treat them like you would treat your phone, in terms of charging habits.  Cell phone makers and the manufacturers of power banks spend a great deal of time and money to improve the performance of their product.

The latest technology uses Lithium-Ion which was a dramatic upgrade from the original nickel-cadmium batteries.  Nickel-cadmium very often referred to as NiCad, was a reliable battery, but has several issues.  One very common problem was a “memory” which shortened the life of the battery when certain charging habits were used.

The Lithium-Ion battery solved that problem originally and stored more energy in a much lighter battery.  Lithium-Ion became popular for commercial use back in the early ’90s and has been a mainstay ever since.  Largely because of the battery’s best benefit, the lithium-ion battery does not self-discharge, in other words, the battery will hold a charge much much longer when not being used.

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TG90 20000mah Power Bank External Battery Pack

Best Portable Power Bank for Multiple Devices

Business Travel Gadgets loves this unit.  The TG90 is well on it’s way to becoming one of the premier suppliers of electronic charing systems in the market.

The 20000mAh capacity of this portable travel charger can charge your iPhone 11 about 7 times or your Galaxy S20 almost 5 times or this unit can charge an iPad Mini tablet almost 3 times on a single charge.  The TG90 is designed to accommodate charging cables for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macbook, most tablets, Samsung phones, HTC and Android Phones, digital cameras, game consoles, and more.

With such high capacity, in such a compact package, it is perfect for camping, climbing, picnics and business trips.

Best Features of the TG90 20000mah Power Bank External Battery Pack

  • Triple Charging Modes: 18W power-delivery USB-C port, USB-A port, and Trickle.
  • Trickle charging mode for slowly charging low power devices.
  • Product dimensions:  5.98 inches long x 2.64 inches wide and .98 inches thick.
  • Use the dual USB ports to charge two devices simultaneously.
  • Equipped with the latest in Power Charing Safeguards.

To date, this power bank has not received fewer than 4-stars in a review. Now, this is significant having that most reviewers will tend to provide a negative review far more often than a positive review, so the fact that no one has thought to rate this product as less the 4-stars is very telling.

One of the reviewers who offered the TG90 a 4-star review even mentioned that they were planning to buy several more for the family.  Another reviewer mentioned how the TG90 was “a real lifesaver” during a hunting trip, reminding us that a power bank can come in handy at times other than our business trip.

Business Travel Gadgets recommends that you take a look at the wide variety of power banks that TG90 has to offer.  We understand that everyone has specific needs and a specific budget and TG90 offers a wide range of power banks, so choose wisely.

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Crave Plus PRO Aluminum Portable Charger

Best Portable Charger for a Laptop or Tablet

The Crave Plus PRO is a well-designed and well made portable charger.  Crave describes the unit as being “Designed for Ultimate Reliability, Longevity & Comfort and Business Travel Gadgets agrees with that assessment.

I’m sure that everyone reading this review has found themselves in a desperate situation when your cellphone, tablet or laptop has been without power at a critical moment.  And we at Business Travel Gadgets know exactly how helpless that situation can feel.

The solution for never having that feeling again is to have on hand a smart, efficient, and easy-to-use way to keep your device powered up. The makers of the Crave Plus PRO 20000 mAh Quick Charge Power Bank designed this unit to ensure that your favorite devices stay powered up and ready no matter where the day’s adventure leads you.

Crave produces a variety of models, including one that supplies up to an incredible 50,000 mAh of power called the PD 60W.  The unit we are recommending here is the PD 45W and this, the moderately priced unit supplies 20,000 mAh of power. As one reviewer appropriately says, the PD 45W “…gets the job done, Period, Highly Recommended.”

Best Features of the Crave Plus PRO Aluminum Portable Charger

  • Compatible with iPhones, iPads, tablets, Android and Samsung phones.
  • Power Delivery PD Type-C Port IN/OUT and Dual Quick Charge QC3.0 Ports
  • Charges USB and Type-C devices with 20000mAh capacity
  • Product dimensions: 7 inches x 3.24 inches x 0.72 inches.
  • Use the dual USB ports to charge multiple devices simultaneously.
  • Crave PRO available in a variety of models to meet your specific needs.

It is important to consider the process of charging a battery when selecting a power bank.  Rechargeable batteries work in two directions, they provide power at which time the battery is being “discharged” and given enough time will completely lose it’s charging potential.

Recharging or “Charging” a rechargeable battery reverses the process and “re-energizes” the power cell of the battery, this is a chemical process and generates heat as it progresses, the faster the charging occurs, the more heat that is often produced.

There are commonly three methods of charging a rechargeable battery, regular charging, trickle charging and fast charging.  We recommend that you determine which method is best for your unit prior to purchasing a power bank.

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iMuto 30000mAh Qualcomm Quick Charge Portable Charger

Best Portable Power Bank for Samsung Phones

iMuto boasts being the first portable charger with Qualcomm Certified Quick Charge 3.0 Technology.  This Qualcomm technology allows the iMuto unit to charge your device up to 4x faster than standard chargers.  This portable charger is capable of charging up to 80% of the battery for QC 2.0 / 3.0 compatible devices when charging for approximately 35 minutes.

This is a “high-capacity” charger, and as such, is not as small as some of the other chargers on the market, but as mentioned this unit will push your device to a higher charge when given the proper amount of time to do so.  Power Banks will typically not be used to fully charge any given device, they are designed to give the user enough power to keep working until they can get to a standard power source. The iMuto, however, is designed to give you up to 80% of a full charge.

Best Features of the iMuto 30000mAh Qualcomm Quick Charger

  • Compatible with iPhones, iPads, tablets, Android and Samsung phones.
  • Power Delivery PD Type-C Port IN/OUT and Dual Quick Charge QC3.0 Ports
  • Charges USB and Type-C devices with 20000mAh capacity
  • Product dimensions: 7 inches x 3.24 inches x 0.72 inches.
  • Use the dual USB ports to charge multiple devices simultaneously.
  • Crave PRO available in a variety of models to meet your specific needs.

Th iMuto power bank offers Digi-Power and iM-Power Technology, which provides intelligent handling of your re-charging needs. The smart digital screen shows how much remaining power exists in digital format and the display is hidden until activated.

All of the USB ports detect your device intelligently and deliver faster and more potent charging. One important note:  Because the iMuto is a high capacity power bank, it may not support devices with small current demands, such as units needing under 1A, This may include some Bluetooth headsets, smartwatches and so on.


EasyAcc 20000mAh Portable High Capacity Charger with Fast Recharge Capability

Best Portable External Charger for Super Fast Recharge Time

The EasyAcc Power Bank is a well-designed unit and with over 5,000 reviews and a 77% 5-Star rating.  And if you are diligent enough you will find one of the most thorough reviews I have ever seen giving a 5-Star rating on this product.

EasyAcc makes a variety of recharging devices.  They offer everything from the 20000mAh unit sold here to a wireless charging pad and wireless car mount unit.

Best Features of the EasyAcc 20000mAh Portable High Capacity Charger

  • Power Delivery PD Type-C Port IN/OUT and Dual Quick Charge QC3.0 Ports
  • Charges USB and Type-C devices with 20000mAh capacity
  • Product dimensions: 7 inches x 3.24 inches x 0.72 inches.
  • Use the dual USB ports to charge multiple devices simultaneously.
  • Crave PRO available in a variety of models to meet your specific needs.

Aigo Power Bank 10000mAh Portable Charger Pack

This unit answers the age-old question of “Do good things come in small packages?”  And in this case, the ‘answer is YES.

Aigo is extremely proud of their “pocket-sized” power bank, claiming that “Our portable phone charger boasts a staggering 10,000mAH capacity. It can provide 3.7 charges for iPhone 8, 2.5 charges to iPhone X, and 2.2 charges for Samsung S9.”  They go on to state that fully recharging the unit only takes around 5 hours using 5V 2A adapters.

In fact, Aigo is so confident that you will love this tiny dynamo power bank that they offer a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 3-years warranty against defects, and lifetime technical support.  So you can rest assured that when you purchase an Aigo power bank, you will have the power you need when you need it.

Best Features of the Aigo Power Bank 10000mAh Portable Charger Pack

  • Precise LCD digital display lets you know how much juice is left.
  • The Aigo device is UL, FCC, RoHs, and CE certified as safe to use.
  • Port Types – Mirco-USB and USB-C for input; USB-A for output
  • Dimension and Weight:3.9 x 2.3 x 0.6 in;7.36 ounces
  • This unit falls under carry-on requirements for most airlines.

You learn some interesting things when you start to evaluate the customer reviews for any given product and many of the negative reviews for this product are not immune.  At Business Travel Gadgets, we read thousands and thousands of reviews and have learned how to decipher the unwritten aspects of both positive and negative reviews.

One of the trends that we tend to see with power bank reviews is that the user may have had unrealistic expectations of a given product or that the user may have not used the device in the manner intended by the manufacturer.

If you are uncertain about this unit, we suggest that you evaluate the guarantees and warranties that are offered and make your best buying decision.


Blavor Solar Five Panels Detachable Wireless Charger

Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be a wall receptacle anywhere.  I have been on the road looking for an outlet and have even been in a mall where I was basically cemented to a wall outlet waiting for my phone to charge.

Well apparently the solution to that problem is fairly simple, the Blavor Solar Charger.  This unit packs a whopping 20000 mAh of power and utilizes a next-generation lithium polymer battery.

The wireless charging capability of the Blavor Charger makes this unit ideal for outdoor activities or getting some work done while enjoying nature.

Best Features of the Blavor Solar Five Panels Detachable Wireless Charger

  • Well, the best feature for this product is the fact that it’s SOLAR POWERED.
  • Compatible with all qi-enabled devices, like iPhone: 8, 8 Plus, and X.
  • Product dimensions:  5.9 inches x 3.1 inches x 0.8 inches; Weight 9.3 oz.
  • Built-in solar panels and 4 additional panels that are removable.
  • LED Flashlight Work as Torch, SOS Light and Complimentary Compass Ring Kit.

There have been nearly 300 customer reviews conducted for this product and over 86% of those reviews were 4-Stars or better.  A few of the reviewers have mentioned that the unit is “bulkier” than your typical power bank, but as we often mention at BTG, this is the “trade-off” you make for having a unit that works off of solar power.

One happy customer stated that “This battery pack is absolutely amazing! I have used quite a few over the years, but this one is the best. First of all, it was in a shrink-wrapped box, which is unusual for this type of item. It is loaded with features. The LED light is the brightest I’ve seen in any battery pack, and it also blinks and has a rapid blinking feature for emergencies. It also has wireless charging built-in, so no cables needed if your phone supports it.”  Thank you, Eric Myers, for the glowing review.


MIPOW Portable Wireless Charger Power Bank/Pad

The wireless charging pad is a rather new technology and even Business Travel Gadgets was a bit surprised to find this unit that offers a wireless pad in a portable unit.

Wireless charging pads work by transferring energy from the charging pad to a special receiver installed in the back of the phone, this is done by electromagnetic induction. The charger uses an induction coil to create an alternating electromagnetic field, in which the receiver coil in the phone converts back into electricity to be fed into the battery.

As you might expect, only phones that have been equipped with this electromagnetic induction receiver can utilize this or any other type of charging pad. iPhone 8 and iPhone x, as examples, come equipped with wireless charging capability.

One of the more popular wireless charging standards is known as “Qi” and was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium. Other standards for wireless charging include Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and AirFuel Alliance standards.  It is important to know if your device supports any of these wireless charging standards and if so, which one.

Best Features of the MIPOW Portable Wireless Charger Power Bank/Pad

  • Includes Power Cube 10000, 1.2M USB to USB-C cable, leather pouch and quick-start guide
  • MIPOW offers a 100% Satisfaction guarantee
  • Product dimensions:  3.15 inches x 3.15 inches x 0.8 inches; Weight: 6.88 ozs.
  • Available in three fantastic colors: Red, White, and Black.
  • Capable of charging up to 3 devices simultaneously; Constructed with premium UV materials

As mentioned in the bullet points, Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed when you purchase the Power Cube 10000. MIPOW offers a full refund if you would encounter any issue with your unit within 30 days of purchase. They also state that “If you don’t absolutely love it, let us know and we’ll make it right.”


RAVPower AC Portable Laptop Charger

Best Portable Power Bank for AC Power

This power bank reduces the need for you to carry multiple cables with you when traveling.  The RAV Power unit offers a huge 80W to 100W (Max.) AC Output.

This 3 in 1 powerhouse includes a versatile AC output that works with many types of devices: MacBook, drone, GoPro, camera battery, etc.  The two-prong AC outlet allows the user to use the manufacturer-supplied charger that originally came with your device.

Best Features of the RAVPower AC Portable Laptop Charger

  • Supplies up to 100 watts of maximum power, designed for larger devices.
  • Blue Indicator Lights: Displays remaining power to keep you powered up at all times.
  • Product dimensions:  2.7 inches x 2.7 inches x 5.8 inches; Weight: 1.46 pounds
  • An advanced security system protects the unit, your devices and you.
  • USB A port supports a high-speed 18W Quick Charge 3.0 to juice up compatible devices.

One customer review stated that the buyer “takes this unit with him at all times and that the unit is small but powerful.” Over 94% of the reviews given for this product were 5 stars.  It is rare that you find a product that nearly 95% of its users highly recommend the purchase.

Yet another customer review stated that “everything purchased from RAV Power was an excellent purchase.”  We have included at least two RAV Power devices in our Top 10 recommendations and agree that they make an excellent product.

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