Smartphone batteries don’t last as long as you want them to. Even if you’ve closed your apps or turned down its brightness, your phone would still give up the ghost.
Does that sound too familiar to you? If it does, then investing in a portable charger is just ideal. The range of portable battery chargers is enormous. You can have a lipstick-sized pack that lets you add some juice to your phone through the next few hours or a large portable option that can revive your device many times over.
The number of times a pack can recharge your device will depend on its capacity, which is measured in mAh (milliampere hours). Larger devices require larger batteries.
Here are our top picks for the best portable battery chargers:
When it comes to price, charging speed and portability, as well as capacity, this pocket-size USB battery works well with any smartphone. At $20, it could work on new models that might come out in the next few years.
What’s so great about it is that it’s small enough to fit in your relaxed jeans. Despite its small size, it still sturdy enough to give your smartphone a daily grind.
This model is equipped with PowerIQ smart sensing solution that can detect what type of device that’s connected to it so it can provide the proper recharging solution. In other words, it can provide the right amperage to your smartphone.
It comes with a minimalistic design without buttons. To activate it, you’ll just give it a little shake.
Another slim portable charger you can have is the Flux Charger. This pocket-sized unit is a mere 7.8-mm thick that measures 108×62.8mm. It’s so light, but it can hold enough power that can fully recharge your device once or twice.
It also features two built-in cables, MFi-certified Lightning cable, and a micro-USB cable. Flux Charger is available in black or white aluminum.
To know the remaining power, you just need to tap its small button found on the side, and four tiny LEDs will show up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support fast charging. To charge a large battery, it can take a couple of hours to give your device another go.
What’s great about it is that it supports pass-through charging. That is, you can plug it into an electrical outlet and your device at the same time.
This type of charger is not as chunky as Anker 2nd Gen Astro. It’s available at the lowest price. It also provides the best overall price to capacity ratio.
This charger is available with different capacities. Its 2,000 mAh can give your smartphone a full charge. The 16,000 mAh unit can charge a hefty tablet. But the 10,000 mAh capacity offers a balance between power and portability, which only weighs 215 grams.
It also comes with two USB ports allowing you to charge two devices at once. With its 3.4 A output, you can charge your device quickly. Then, the LED lights give you an indication of how much juice is left in it.
Omaker Intelligent Charger
It has a capacity of 5,200mAh and weighs 195 grams. This charger can take up to four hours to charge your device.
It’s a chubby battery charger, but it’s still a pocket-friendly unit. It has a finished of soft-touch matte black. This portable battery charger can handle one full charge for a smartphone. With its 2.1A port, it can charge quite quickly.
There’s a power button on its side that will light up to give you an idea of how much juice it has. When you opt for this unit, you’ll get a small USB to Micro USB cable. It also comes with a soft cloth bag that lets you carry it around.
It’s a good choice for a portable battery charger that can charge even a tablet with a large battery. With its 12,000mAh capacity, it can give you multiple charges to all smartphones. It also comes with two USB ports.
However, its enormous capacity would also mean that you’d need to wait up to seven hours so it could charge itself. Nevertheless, it could revive your device quickly. Thanks to its 2.1A output.
This is a unique portable charger from EasyAcc. And it’s an ideal unit for outdoors-type. If you camp a lot, then this won’t fail you. It’s big but it offers two 2.1A ports to charge your devices.
What’s great about this unit is its solar panel found on the back. It also comes with an ultra-bright flashlight function. Although the solar panel can help with charging, it’s not that useful or quick at doing so.
Nevertheless, campers will surely appreciate the 32-bulb flashlight that it has with three lighting modes.
With your purchase, you can get a micro USB to USB charging cable. And it only costs around $36.
This unit is expensive. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Compared to the other units on our list, this one has the biggest capacity. It has 25,600 mAh. Plus, it can detect what device you’ve connected.
As it detects the device connected automatically, it can adjust its output based on the device’s required charging to achieve the quickest charging time. When your device is back to full power, it can turn itself off automatically.
What’s great about it is that is has four USB ports, which are useful if you’re out in a group. But it does weigh around 484 grams. Still, it’s a great portable charger that you can have when you’re out camping.
Most of these units could just slide into your fit jeans pocket without looking bulky. These chargers could fully charge those power-hungry phones, like Samsung Galaxy S6, Apple iPhone 6 and the like.
Until phone manufacturers could build a battery technology that can last for weeks, these portable battery chargers might just be the best solution you’re looking for. They can be used for a camping trip or your daily commute.