Whether you need to charge your phone multiple times during a weekend away or just want to top it up before the commute home, you’ll find something to suit your charging needs. Carrying an external battery or portable power pack is the best way to avoid running out of power and being left with a dead phone, so we’ve compiled this roundup of the best portable chargers available.
Best USB Type-C battery pack
USB Type-C is found on only a handful of Android devices right now, but for those who own one such handset, our best external battery recommendation in this category goes to the Anker PowerCore+ 20100.
This one is our favorite because it charges fast, has a large capacity and is more sturdily built than its closest competitors. At around fifty dollars, it’s not the cheapest charger on the list, but this isn’t an outrageous price for something of 20,100 mAh capacity.
This amount of stored power will easily charge your Android device several times over, whether it’s a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and it can even charge multiple USB Type-C devices at once.
What’s more, the PowerCore+ 20,100 features ten LED lights on the face which display its current charge level rather effectively (some batteries only have a single on/off LED).
Anker PowerCore+ 20100
Best portable charger for your wallet
Yes, credit card-size batteries do exist, but the TravelCard’s style and performance ensure it’s our current number one for your wallet. The TravelCard charger’s dimensions come in at around 3.1 x 2.1 x 0.2 inches and it weighs just 57 grams. Its incredible sleekness – it’s about three credit cards thick and only a little longer – mean it’s perfectly capable of sitting in a normal-sized wallet.
The TravelCard comes with cables built into its body to guarantee a compact feel and its 1,500 mAh of power will fill most modern smartphone batteries by around 30-40 percent.
It’s not especially fast to load your device – largely due to limitations caused by its size and heat transfer – and it’s also expensive for the capacity it holds. What you are paying a premium for here is the convenience.
It’s a good idea, well-presented, and could help you out when you’re in a tight spot. Not currently available on Amazon, find it at their site via the link below.
Best external battery for your pocket
We recommend the Limefuel Blast L25X as the best pocket-sized portable charger. It measures just 3.6 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches and weighs only 2.3 oz – about the same as a lip balm.
The Limefuel Blast L25X holds 2,500 mAh of power, which is not quite enough to fully charge most modern handsets but it’s enough to give it a quick boost. The Blast L25X’s price and portability make it a great value, no-hassle charging solution.
Limefuel Blast L25X
Best external charger for your bag
The EasyAcc 6000mAh is slightly larger than the Limefuel option above, both in battery capacity and physical size, but it’s still reasonably portable and is also slightly cheaper. We recommend the EasyAcc 6000mAh if you want a portable power source that can fully charge your device with juice to spare, and don’t mind sacrificing a little ease when it comes to portability.
It’s a cleverly designed external battery, featuring a built-in USB cable, which is neatly concealed in the side of the device, and it can charge two units at once. It’s well-regarded and well-priced, and you can check it out at the Amazon link below.
Best external battery for a weekend trip
For a weekend trip, we recommend the Anker PowerCore 15600. Anker is a veteran of portable power solutions, and the PowerCore 15600 combines a high energy capacity with lightning fast charge times and a durable build.
The Anker PowerCore 15600 can charge two devices at once and is still small enough to carry in a bag. With enough power to charge the Galaxy S7 four times over (five times, in theory), this should be your go-to power bank when you’re going to be away from a power outlet for a number of days.
The PowerCore 15600 cost $32.99 when we first recommended it in early 2016. At its current price of $19.99, this is ridiculously good value.
Anker PowerCore 15600
Best external battery for your phone, tablet and more
If you want to charge more than just a phone or a tablet, you will need to spend a little more money on something like the RAVPower 3-Port External Battery Pack
It has a 26,800 mAh external battery, which is capable of charging the likes of the Galaxy S6 six times and an iPhone 6s 10 times. There are three USB ports for charging three devices simultaneously and it includes iSmart technology to deliver the optimal current for your device. What’s more, at US$49.99, it still won’t break the bank.
What’s your favorite portable battery pack? Let us know in the comments.