Last Updated: April 2018
We’ve all been there: you’re traveling all day and by 5:00 you go to check email on your phone and…the battery is dead. Despite advances in battery technology it seems they still can’t quite make it through a full day of heavy use, and there’s never a power outlet around when you really need one. Thankfully, portable power banks have come a long way too, and there’s one available for every device you carry. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite charging bricks to keep your smartphone, laptop, or Nintendo Switch running at full power while you’re on-the-go.
Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh Power Bank
If you’re in the market for a portable charger, Anker’s name is going to pop up quite often. That’s because the company has a strong history of making efficient and stylish power banks. This version of the PowerCore boasts a massive 20,100mAh battery, so you can very easily charge your big smartphone multiple times on just one charge. According to Anker, you can charge an iPhone 7 “almost seven times.” The company also claims it weighs about the same as a can of soup—maybe a weird comparison, but hey, at least you know it’s good for a few charges if you’re on the road.
Mophie Powerstation Plus XL
Another well-respected name in the charging game, Mophie has gained notoriety over the years for its charging cases, but as you might have guessed, the company also make a mean portable power bank. The Powerstation Plus XL is a lightweight option—we’re not sure about its weight in relation to soup—but it will fit easily into your bag for daily commutes or longer trips. And despite its small size, the Powerstation Plus XL features a 12,000mAh battery for multiple charges of your smartphone. Even cooler, this power bank offers its own built-in charging cable with an included snap-on Lightning tip for charging iOS devices.
RAVPower Universal with AC Plug
Sometimes you need a power bank that can do a little of everything. This RAVPower unit can do it all, thanks to the fact that it has a USB Type-C port, a standard USB port, as well as an AC plug so you can even charge your laptop. And with a 20,100mAh battery capacity, you can charge all those devices multiple times. In fact, you can charge a USB and USB-C device simultaneously. Let that smartphone get some juice while spending another hour in Breath of the Wild on your Nintendo Switch. The possibilities are almost endless. Well, actually you can just charge three things at once, but that’s still a lot.
Aukey Power Bank with Lightning Port
In regards to bang-for-the-buck, the Aukey Power Bank is easily one of the best on this list. Not only does it feature a big 20,000mAh capacity battery capable of charging an iPhone 7 Plus almost 5 times, but it features a Lightning port. You can actually use the same Lightning cable to both charge the Aukey bank and then to charge your iOS device from the power bank. Carrying around fewer charging cables is always a welcome change of pace for portable devices. And if you’re charging a non-iOS device, Aukey also includes a Micro-USB charging port. Best of all, the while package is only a little over 30 bucks.
DBPower Laptop Power Bank
If you need a serious portable power bank to provide juice to your laptop, you can’t go wrong with this staggeringly huge 26,400mAh unit from DBPower. Yes, it’s also a physically large battery pack, but what do you expect from a device that will charge your MacBook Pro via an 80w AC power jack while simultaneously charging two other devices through dual USB ports? As noted by DBPower, the massive brick and its 80w power source can even power household tools like your hair dryer. You can finally dry your hair on the go. We are living in the future we only dreamed of in the big-haired ‘80s.
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
Yes, there are two Anker portable power banks on this list and that’s for a very simple reason: Anker makes super awesome power banks. The PowerCore+ 26800 PD is a monster, offering a 30w USB-C port and two standard USB ports, so you can charge a laptop and two phones at once. Anker has also included a unique wall charger in this package which the company claims will charge your devices extra-fast. And with a 26,800mAh battery capacity, the PowerCore+ 26800 PD is deceptively slim, more than capable of fitting into a bag. As expected, it isn’t a cheap, but the features make it well worth the asking price.