Best Battery Banks and Portable Chargers [2018]

It’s Friday night and you just left work for the weekend. You’re supposed to meet up with some friends, and, oh, wait. Your phone has 11% of its battery left. You’re not going to make it very long with that.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. The best way to avoid it, besides not playing phone games during the last boring shift of the week, is to grab a reliable portable battery charger and keep it with you. To help you out, we’re going to go over some of the best that money can buy.

Top Pick: RAVPower Xtreme 26800mAh

 

It’s hard to pick a “best” battery bank, but the RAVPower Xtreme 26800mAh comes really close. The capacity is huge, it’s got a ton of ports, and it outputs enough juice to charge up tablets and small laptops.

As the name implies, you’ll get a 26800mAh capacity battery, which should be enough to charge even the biggest phones many times over. It also sports 3 USB ports that charge at 2.4A, which means you can charge pretty much everything in your bag at once without worry. That’s great for anyone that needs multiple devices every day, but it’s also pretty functional in a group setting, like camping for a weekend.

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Tons of Ports: EasyAcc QC 3.0

Maybe the only thing you care about is being able to charge everything in your house all at once. There’s nothing wrong with that; in fact, the EasyAcc QC 3.0 battery was made for you.

You’ll get a substantial 20000mAh capacity and four USB outputs that fully support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Sometimes it can be tough to find proper Quick Charge battery banks, so it’s fantastic to see one with so many ports on top of that.

Bonus points for two inputs (yep, you can connect two cables to speed up the charging of this battery) and a built-in flashlight to handle some utility functions.

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Fastest Charger: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000

No battery bank list is complete without something from Anker, and if you’re looking for something that charges itself and your phone quickly, look no further.

The PowerCore Speed 20000 is an insanely fast charger, allowing you to fully juice up its 20100mAh capacity in about 4 hours. As its USB-C, it can deliver over 20 watts of speed to other USB-C equipped gadgets, which is perfect for when you need a lot of charge in a short amount of time. Plus it comes with an extra USB-C wall charging block, so that’s a useful bonus.

If you’re already on the USB-C train, it’s hard not to pick the PowerCore.

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Most Portable: Anker PowerCore 10000

Hey, we told you that Anker is almost a requirement for portable battery lists. But this time, we’re picking one of their PowerCore series because of its light and compact design, which can be a big selling point for someone that doesn’t want a bulky battery weighing their pockets down.

Huge batteries are great, but you do have to actually carry them around to use them. The Anker PowerCore 10000 manages to cram a pretty sizable 10000mAh battery into a frame that’s barely taller than a credit card. It may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other chargers, but if you need a battery to toss in a bag that you won’t take up a ton of space, this one’s perfect.

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Totally Wireless: MobilePal Next-Gen Power Bank

Let’s say you have a newer Samsung flagship phone or any of the other smart devices that have started to pick up wireless charging; that’s a really cool feature, so why do you have to give it up just because you’re charging on the go? Don’t worry, MobilePal has a solution.

The MobilePal Next-Gen Power Bank is definitely the most novel battery bank on this list thanks to its wireless charging functionality, but if you really want convenience, this is the way to go.

You can use the battery like anything else on this list if you want. It has a regular USB output and can be recharged via either microUSB or Lightning, but it can also charge and recharge your phone with Qi wireless charging. You could realistically get away with basically never plugging this thing into anything, ever. It even supports charging passthrough so you can juice it up at night in between your phone and wireless charging pad.

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About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.