We’ve all suffered the ignominy of a dead phone. The accusing looks and hushed criticism of shunned family and friends. That blank screen on the commute home that leaves you at the mercy of your chatty fellow traveler. The sudden loss of Google Maps as you turn into an unfamiliar neighborhood. The sinking feeling as you realize your phone alarm didn’t go off because you forgot to plug it in last night. Why oh why, must our smartphones die?
We feel your pain and that’s why we’ve been checking out some of the best external chargers on the market. Until there’s a real breakthrough in battery technology a portable charger might be the best solution. We’ve got something here for you whatever your needs may be, from a bucket load of power for a camping trip, to a pocket-friendly top-up for the daily commute. These are 25 of the best portable chargers that money can buy.
Updated on 10-12-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in new Aukey portable charger with Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities.
This new portable battery from Aukey is one of a select few that support the newer Quick Charge 2.0 standard. So if your phone has the quick charging capability, you can enjoy the same benefits with this portable battery pack as if it were plugged into a wall outlet. This Aukey portable battery can charge your device 75 percent faster than traditional portable battery chargers. Even if you don’t have a device with quick charging capabilities, like the iPhone, this Aukey battery is still a great buy. It can output 2.0A to Apple devices using the same quick charge port. The AlPower technology also automatically adjusts the output depending on your device.
The other plus is that the quick charging capability extends to the portable battery itself, which means that you can charge this bad boy from 0 to 100 percent in a mere 5 hours if you have a Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger. That’s pretty impressive for a 10,000mAh battery. In our tests with the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Aukey was able to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent in only 90 minutes, which is the same amount of time it takes with a wall outlet. Assuming this Aukey battery is at 100 percent, you will be able to charge the Galaxy S6’s 2,550mAh battery two and half times, so it’s perfect for short weekend trips.
Moreover, the design is simple and lightweight. It even has a built-in flashlight. If there is a downside, it’s the indicator light for determining how much battery life is left. The older model had four LED lights, each representing 25 percent. With this model, the Aukey logo will light up in differing colors, each representing the amount of battery that’s left. A white glow lets you know the battery is 20 to 60 percent full, green represents somewhere between 20 and 60 percent battery, and red means you have less than 20 percent left. Aukey also includes one Micro USB cable in the box, along with an 18-month warranty.
If you’re looking for a rugged solution you can take camping and to the beach without fear, then this is it. The BRV-BANK from Braven scores an IPX5 rating, which means it is water resistant, and it meets military drop test standard 810G, which means it can survive a fall unscathed. It also has a high-quality, 6,000mAh battery which comes close to delivering the stated power. You can expect at least two full charges for the majority of smartphones on the market.
It’s not just tough, though, it’s also smart. You can install the free BRV-BANK Remote Battery Monitor App and use it to connect via Bluetooth. It will give you an accurate readout of remaining power, allow you to remotely turn ports on and off, and activate “Bear Mode” which triggers an alarm and makes the flashlight strobe when you move your phone. You can also use the alarm to find the battery, or activate the convenient S.O.S. mode when in a pinch.
It also comes bundled with a rugged USB to microUSB cable, a lanyard strap, and a nifty USB flashlight attachment that emits 100 lumens. There’s a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button on the BRV-BANK, and a five LED display to indicate remaining power at-a-glance, without resorting to the app. It’s tough, reliable, and feels well-made. You can pick it up in black and blue, or grey and red.
This portable battery charger takes portability seriously by adding an AC adapter into the design. You can fold out the prongs and plug it directly into a wall socket to charge it up, or to charge your devices through it. There are two ports, standard 1A and a rapid charge 2.1A, and you can charge two devices simultaneously. All you’ll need to take along with it is your device and a USB to microUSB cable (there isn’t one in the box).
You’re looking at around two full charges for an average smartphone from the equipped, 6,000mAh-capacity battery. It’s a well-built charger, finished in matte grey with Ventev’s signature orange highlights. The power button on the front has an LED strip that gives you an idea of how much juice is left.
If you’re a fan of Niantic Labs’ Ingress this is going to prove irresistible, but even if you’re not, it’s a great-looking piece of kit. It’s an officially licensed product and it lights up with various color LED patterns when you use it (there are six in total). Fans will recognize the visual style from the game. It’s a really nice effect that makes this stand out of a pretty conventional-looking battery crowd.
This portable charger doesn’t skimp in the performance department, either. It offers a whopping 12,000mAh of power and allows you to plug two devices in at once, though you might find it gets quite hot. There’s no need to worry, though, as Cheero has built in various safety features and it will automatically shut down if it gets too hot or any other problem occurs.
It’s quite big and heavy, but the capacity is good, and the build quality is excellent. You get a microUSB to USB cable in the box and a wee carry sack. This one is obviously primarily all about the aesthetic, but Cheero is a solid Japanese manufacturer, so performance won’t disappoint. If you want something more portable with a higher capacity and a lower price tag, check out the Cheero Power Plus 3.
You’re getting excellent value for money with this multi-function power bank. First and foremost, there’s the 15,000mAh capacity. You can expect at least four full charges for your smartphone, probably more, depending on your phone’s battery size. You can also use this to charge up a tablet and still have some juice left over. It has the standard two-port combo, with 2.1A for speedy charging and a slower 1A output. There are also six different adapters in the box alongside two cables, so regardless of which device you’re trying to charge, you should be able to find a way to do so.
There are two notable extra features here. A dual LED flashlight, which is pretty basic, but one that might come in handy if you’re camping even though it’s not as bright as a smartphone flash. There’s also an SD card reader, which is something that you don’t see very often. If your computer or laptop lacks an SD card port, then it might prove useful.
The design is chunky, heavy, and black with silver highlights. There’s a standard four LED display to indicate remaining juice under the power button. It’s debatable just how useful the extra features are, but even taking them away, it offers a good amount of power for your money. Unfortunately, it does take quite a long time to charge up.
This is a handy device to sling in the glove box or the trunk of your car and forget about until you need it. The main function is its ability to jump start your car, and it’s capable of jump starting four, six, and eight-cylinder engines. Cyntur says it can hold a charge for up to a year and the capacity is 12,000mAh. It also comes with a small carrying case that includes an AC wall charger and your jump start clips.
You will also find a 2.1A USB port that’s perfect for charging up your smartphone or tablet, and you can expect several charges at this capacity. Since it’s primarily an auto accessory, there’s also a decent flashlight. Today, flashlights are often after thoughts on portable battery packs, but this one is the real deal given its 200-lumen output. It also has an emergency strobe function for breakdown scenarios.
It’s not the most stylish thing in the world considering its chunky build, but it remains a great backup solution for your car. It has a standard power button and four LEDs to show remaining juice, too, and charges relatively quick for its size. You can find out more in our Cyntur JumperPack Mini review.
This incredibly small, stylish portable charger is the second release from LinearFlux. It looks gorgeous, with angular black plastic, framing a metal panel in gold, silver, or titanium. It’s only 89 x 58 x 14 mm in size, which makes it seriously portable. It’s also very fast-charging, if your device supports it, offering up to 3A output. You can charge two devices at once and HyperFET circuitry inside automatically decides which device needs more current, with an overall limit of 3A. It comes with built-in cables, a full-sized USB can be pulled out one side to charge up the Lithium Card Pro, and on the other side you’ll find a pull-out microUSB or Lightning cable, depending on what you chose. There’s an extra USB output on the bottom, and a microUSB input with a small power button up top.
A thin strip beneath the central logo comes to life as a white light when the power is turned on. It flashes when charging is in progress, turns blue when it drops below 90 percent, and then red below 10 percent. The Lithium Card Pro can also serve as a syncing cable to backup data when plugged into a computer or laptop, and it will charge itself and your phone simultaneously. You can expect at least one full charge for your phone, and this will happily charge other devices, including the Apple Watch. It’s currently available at a reduced price on Indiegogo, and you can find the original, more basic Lithium Card for $40 on Amazon.
This pouch is a smart idea. It comes in Android or iOS flavors, with a built-in Lightning cable or a microUSB cable. The battery is sealed within a zipped pouch, and there’s a pocket in the front into which you can slide your phone alongside the main 2.1A charging cable. There’s also an elastic closure to keep it safe and secure. If you open the zip there’s a built-in USB cable for charging it up, rated at 2A. You’ll also find a backup USB port for charging another device at 1A. On the top corner of the device inside the pouch, there’s a standard four LED display and power button, so you can see the remaining juice. You should get close to two full charges for your phone from the Power Pouch.
It’s heavy and a bit chunky, but this external battery packs a lot of power for a relatively low price. The black plastic exterior curves at either end. You’ll find two USB ports at the business end that can charge devices at 2.1A and 1A simultaneously. The microUSB port for charging the Oxa is in the middle, but sadly it’s rated at 1A, which means a very slow charge rate. Tap the power button on the top once and a small LCD screen comes to life, giving you an exact percentage for remaining power and highlighting the ports in use. Tap the power button twice, and the torch on the bottom comes to life. You won’t really get the stated capacity here, but it should be able to charge most phones twice–or maybe three times–before needing an outlet. You get a three-in-one cable in the box with a USB plug at one end, and a microUSB, Lightning, and 30-pin connector at the other.
This battery pack resembles a big plastic brick and it’s quite heavy too, but the price is low for a capacity of 11,000mAh. You can expect at least three full charges for the average smartphone. The two outputs are 2.1A and 1A, but weirdly they’re labeled Output 1 and Output 2, and Output 2 is the 2.1A port. There’s a microUSB port for charging the battery in the middle, though it only has a 1A input, so it takes forever to charge up. There’s also a wee LED that can act as a flashlight. You’ll find the power button on the side and it brings an LCD to life that shows you the remaining juice as a percentage. It ships with a single microUSB to USB cable and no other extras in the box.
If you need a large capacity for charging your phone several times, or you want to be able to recharge a tablet and a phone, then this will deliver the power you need. It is large and heavy, but it’s also slim, at 12mm, which makes it quite easy to pack in luggage. The end–from right to left–sports a power button, Output port 2 (the 2.1A USB), a microUSB port for charging it up, Output port 1 (the 1A USB port), and a four LED indicator to give you a rough guide to remaining power. You can click the power button twice to turn on a weak flashlight, and you can tap it again to cycle through the different lighting modes (SOS, power status, and highlight mode). It’s not the most stylish solution, and the power button isn’t great, but it offers a high capacity for the money. You get a microUSB cable with it in the box and that’s your lot.
The great thing about this external battery pack is how quickly it can be charged up. There’s a dedicated round port for recharging with the supplied wall charger and if you use it then you can have a fully charged battery pack in an hour and a half. The downside to that is that you need to take the dedicated charger with you if you want to recharge it, which obviously makes it less portable.
There’s an LED screen that shows you the remaining power as a percentage, and displays how many minutes it will take to recharge it. There are also two ports, so you can charge two devices simultaneously, one at a decent 2.1A speed and one at the slower 1A standard. It is quite large and chunky, but boasts enough juice to fully recharge a Nexus 7 twice, with change.
As a well-known player in the battery case market for iPhones, it should come as no surprise that Mophie also offer a range of external battery chargers. The Powerstation Pro is sold on its merits as a rugged power solution. The case is aluminum and steel with a rubberized bumper in black or orange, scoring this charger an IP65 rating, which means it’s dust and water resistant. The protective plastic also includes two port covers that flip open to reveal the USB out, and microUSB in.
Considering the capacity here there’s no question this is really expensive and quite bulky, but you may be persuaded if you need a tough, reliable solution. It will charge anything you can plug into the USB and outputs at up to 2.1A for fairly fast charging, though charging the Mophie itself using the cable supplied does take a while. As an example you can expect around three full charges for an iPhone 6 from this battery.
Output – 1 port, 2 built-in cables (2.4A each, but 3.4A total at one time)
Weight – 223g (7.9oz)
Price – $80
Time to fully charge 6.5 hours
This is a really good-looking, slim battery pack, with an eye-catching diamond pattern. It has two output cables built-in, a microUSB, and a Lightning cable. On the bottom edge there’s a power button, there’s also a third USB output port, and you’ll find a microUSB input port for charging the power bank. Both are rated at 2.4A. That means it can charge up fairly fast, six and a half hours to fully charge, and it can charge something like a tablet at a decent speed.
This battery can actually charge three devices simultaneously, which could be extremely handy, though it’s worth noting that the total maximum output at any time is 3.4A, and the manufacturer recommends not trying to do this when the battery pack itself is plugged in and charging. The LCD shows remaining power as a percentage, remaining battery time, and current output. You can get it in black or white. It comes with a microUSB cable for charging, but you’ll need to pair it with a 2.4A wall charger to get those maximum recharging speeds.
If you need a lot of juice then this 20,400mAh-rated battery charger has more to offer than just a silly name. You’ll get multiple smartphone charges from this thing, it’ll even fill up an iPad with plenty of power left over. It’s heavy, but it’s smaller than you might expect, considering the capacity, and it has a nice soft-touch rubber finish in black with an orange highlight.
There’s a USB port at either end, and the spine plays host to the microUSB port for charging it up, the power button, and the built-in flashlight. It’s a slightly odd arrangement. It also comes with a 2A charger, a microUSB cable, a 30-pin adapter for Apple devices, and a Galaxy Tab connector. You can charge two devices at once, but you might not get the full advertised speeds. The downfall with this is the slow charging time for the charger itself, but it does deliver a lot of power at a pretty reasonable price tag, and the design is good.
If you want something stylish that packs plenty of power, then this could be it. The Proporta Stripe showcases a black, soft-touch finish with a metallic frame and power button. Four LEDs light up on command to tell you how much of the 12,000mAh capacity remains, and moreover, you can recharge your smartphone quickly through the 2.1A USB port while simultaneously charging a second device with the 1A USB port. You can expect at least four charges for a Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 6 Plus.
The charger is fairly light and slim considering its capacity, but it remains heavier than most smartphones of the same size. It also comes with a standard Micro USB to USB cable, along with a Micro USB port for charging it up, which takes a while. This is a good-looking and solid charger, but it is on the pricey side.
Outputs – 4 ports (12V car starter, 3.5A, 2A, and 1A)
Weight – 350g (12.34oz)
Price – $82
Time to fully charge 3 hours
This is something a little different. The Jump Starter is ideal for the car give it doesn’t just charge laptops from the 3.5A port, or smartphones and tablets from the two USB ports (rated at 2A and 1A). The charger features a 12V outlet and jumper cables to get your car started when you have a dead battery. It’s also outfitted with three LED indicators, so you have an idea how much juice is left, as well as a built-in flashlight with an SOS mode for signaling others when you break down.
Furthermore, the entire package comes in a handy zip shut kit that includes a power adapter, a car charger, a full set of laptop adapters, a USB cable, and jumper cables. There’s also a full set of instructions with clear labels. The stated capacity is definitely optimistic — and the capacity isn’t actually listed on the box at all — but you’ll still get about two or three charges for an average smartphone. It works pretty good as a jump starter and flashlight, though, there are better options if you’re looking for something purely for charging your devices.
The manufacturer of a lot of great smartphone cases, Incipio has recently branched out into other accessories, such as this portable battery. The portable device offers at least one full charge for your smartphone, though, it could be a little smaller considering the capacity. It looks stylish enough with its four LEDs for viewing the remaining power, plus, it feels good in the hand thanks to its soft-touch coating.
There’s a single USB port rated at 2.1A on the back, so it can quickly charge your phone with little hassle. It also comes with a standard Micro USB to USB cable, so you can pair it with a wall charger or use your laptop to charge it if you don’t mind waiting a bit longer. There are cheaper options on the market, but Incipio is a brand you can trust, and it will do the trick for anyone seeking an unobtrusive backup to toss in their bag.
The Pilot’s heavily-discounted price is nothing short of attractive. It offers two USB ports, a blue 2.1A port and a 1A port, allowing you to simultaneously charge two devices. It also showcases an aluminum body that’s currently available in three colors, along with a more expensive version featuring plastic covers available barrage of other colors. It’s fairly lightweight, too, and will fit in most pockets.
The Pilot charges via Micro USB using the supplied cable, allowing you charge your iPhone roughly three times, or twice if using an Android phone lined with a big battery (i.e. the Galaxy S5). You’ll also the find the familiar, four LED indicator system that lets you know the device’s remaining power at a glance. Simply tap the button to illuminate them.
Here’s a very compact charger that will slip comfortably into your pocket or bag. It provides a single USB port rated at 2A, lined with enough juice to completely recharge your iPhone 6 Plus or a Galaxy S5 once over. You’ll also find a power button and a standard row of LED lights designed to give you an idea of the remaining power, as well as a built-in flashlight.
Zilu promises at least 1,000 cycles and offers a two-year warranty with the device. You can also charge the it while simultaneously charging you smartphone if need be, and its available in a classic black, a two-tone pink, or even a white version if you don’t mind dishing out a couple extra bucks. The Micro USB cable for charging it is supplied, while the necessary port is located on the side.
The curved, svelte design of the pastel-colored Poki makes it eminently pocketable (hence the name). It’s more attractive and more comfortable to handle than many of its competitors. There may only be one USB port, but importantly it sports a 2.1A output for relatively fast charging times. There’s also a Micro USB for charging it up.
If you want to check the remaining power you simply slide your finger along the strip on the front and it blinks into life. It has an undeniably cool action that conjures memories of cylons and Knight Rider for this child of the ’80s, but it’s also pretty practical since it means no power is wasted to light up the LED until you actually want to check how much juice is left.
It comes with an eco-friendly pouch, sporting an elastic closure. The only disappointment is the strange, incredibly short, flat, grey USB to Micro USB charging cable that comes in the box. This will comfortably charge an iPhone 6 or a premium Android smartphone twice with some battery left over. An extra $10 gets you the larger, 10,000mAh version.
Featuring a brushed aluminum finish in black, electric blue, gold, or silver, the Hue Pro from Juno Power is quite eye-catching. Its USP is a built-in torch, which makes it a great choice for camping trips. There are two USB ports, one of them outputs 2.1A and the other is just 1A. The Micro USB port for charging it sits in between.
There’s a backlit LCD screen that shows remaining power as a percentage, and it comes on when you press the touch sensitive power button. The torch comes on when you press it twice, which isn’t a great system.
The rounded design makes it pretty comfortable to hold, but it is fairly heavy and bulky. You’re going to get around four full charges for an iPhone 6 out of this, and it should be able to fully charge a small tablet, like a Nexus 7 twice. There’s no carry pouch or cable supplied with this one.
The reduced price makes this a tempting prospect. It has two USB ports (1A and 2.1A), so it can charge two devices at once. You’ll find the micro USB port for charging it in the middle. There’s a power button on top, which brings a four bar LED to life to indicate roughly how much power remains.
It’s a pretty bulky, plastic device, so it certainly doesn’t win on aesthetics, but it does hold a decent charge and you should get around four charges for an iPhone 6 out of it. It is quite heavy, so it’s not really a pocket-friendly option.
You get a carry pouch with it, a Micro USB to USB cable, and a power adapter. You can get smaller versions of this with lower capacity for a bit less, but this one represents the best value for money in the IOGEAR range.
The smallest offering in the Zendure range manages to pack a lot of power into its compact frame. It’s a really durable, crush-proof design, so it’s a good choice for adventurers. There’s a single 2.1A USB port and a Micro USB port in the top. The USP for this is the pass-through capability that allows you to charge the Zendure A2 and a connected smartphone at the same time.
There’s a small power button and four LEDs that light up to indicate what’s remaining. It turns itself on and off automatically when you plug in a device, so the power button is only for checking remaining juice.
You get a short cable in the box with it as well as a cloth carrying pouch with a drawstring. It’s very portable and it holds a charge well. Zendure claims 95 percent after six months in standby. You can get larger sizes with greater capacity and more ports, but the A2 is ideal if you need a small, tough charger to give you a couple of full charges for your smartphone.
At its current price, this is a total bargain. You’re getting a fairly large capacity battery, capable of around four full smartphone charges. It has two USB ports, rated at 1A and 2.1A, with a Micro USB port in the center for charging it. There’s also a blue LCD so you can see the exact percentage of remaining power.
You tap the power button to turn on the display, or double tap to turn on the tiny flashlight under the Micro USB port. It’s pretty boxy and bulky, but the aluminum alloy shell adds a little something. You also get a travel pouch and a cable with it.
Probably the best feature is the pass-through charging, so you can charge the battery pack and your attached smartphone from an outlet at the same time. It’s also nice with a larger capacity battery pack like this to be able to see the remaining power as a percentage. If this version isn’t packing enough power then try out the Intocircuit Power castle 15000mAh at around $40 or the whopping Intocircuit Power Castle 26000mAh at $100, it also has a 3.5A port ideal for charging laptops.
When you absolutely, positively gotta charge every device in the room, accept no substitutes. This versatile charger has three output ports. There are two USB ports, a 1A port for your smartphone, a 2.5A port for your tablet, and also a multi-voltage port with a wide selection of adapters for laptops, digital cameras, and other devices. The LCD display gives you an exact read on the remaining battery as a percentage and the output voltage.
The box is packed with accessories, including 10 different laptop adapters, the power adapter plug and cable, and four mobile connectors (Micro USB, Mini USB, Nokia, and Samsung). There are no Apple adapters included. It also comes with a soft bag sporting a handy pocket and an elastic closure.
It’s not the most portable device in the world. It’s about the same size as a Nexus 7, a bit shorter and wider, and almost twice as heavy. It does have a pretty stylish brushed aluminum panel on top, and that helps to ensure that it doesn’t get too hot during charging. This is a good solution for travelers with multiple gadgets and it’s relatively quick to charge. You can expect at least five full charges for a high-end Android smartphone.
This is a good looking, pocket-friendly solution to your battery life woes. There are two USB ports, one offering a 1A output and one with a 2.1A output. The power button brings the four LEDs to life; each represents 25 percent of the overall battery. It turns itself off within a few seconds if there’s nothing plugged in to charge. The pack will charge anything that can plug into a USB port and it takes a charge itself via a Micro USB port on the side (you’ll have to use your smartphone charger plug because there isn’t one supplied).
All you get in the box is a USB to Micro USB cable and a soft, velvety, drawstring carry pouch. It’s comfortable to hold in the hand and fits easily in your pocket or in a bag. It also looks pretty good, with a brushed aluminum panel and your choice of white, black, or champagne gold for the plastic body. It will charge your Android smartphone two to three times over, or keep your tablet ticking for a few extra hours. Overall this is a great value, portable charger for everyday use.
A couple of nifty features make this Anker offering worth considering. It offers three USB ports with a combined output of 4A. In the latest version they’re all smart ports and the “PowerIQ” technology is supposed to ensure that anything you plug in charges up at the maximum rate. It has a round LED indicator with ten separate lights to show the remaining charge in 10 percent increments. It charges itself via the Micro USB port and there is a cable included, but no charger plug. You do get a soft velour drawstring travel bag, though.
To turn it on, you just shake it. It’s comfortable to hold with a kind of soft touch finish that comes in black or white, but it is quite fat, thick, and heavy, so it’s not going to be slotting into your pocket. You can expect three full charges for an Android smartphone. It’s a speedy option, both at charging itself up and at charging your devices.
It claims to be the smallest portable external battery with a 2.1A output, which means it can charge the latest Android smartphones at a decent speed through its single USB port. There’s a Micro USB port for charging it up and it comes with a cable, but no plug. There are three LEDs to show the remaining battery and it blinks when the charge is very low. You have to tap the power button to turn it on or check the remaining status, but you can also double click it to turn on an LED flashlight, which could be handy for campers.
The Jackery Bar is genuinely portable and it will slip into your pocket or bag easily. It’s comfortable to hold and the aluminum helps to dissipate heat. You can get it in black, grey, or orange. You can get a couple of charges out of this for a high-end Android smartphone.
This charger has a single USB port with a 1.5A output. There are four LEDs to indicate 25 percent battery segments, and the last one flashes when it goes below 5 percent. It comes with a couple of micro USB cables of different lengths and it charges via the Micro USB port, but it doesn’t come with a charger plug. It’s a pretty no frills device, which is reflected in the price.
It’s comfortable to hold and the white or black plastic body can be contrasted with colored ends in a variety of different shades. It’s smaller and a little fatter than most phones, but it will fit comfortably in your pocket and it doesn’t weigh much. You won’t get more than two charges out of it, but it should serve well in an emergency, and it’s small enough to have in a bag and forget about.