5 Best Portable Chargers for Your Devices

5 Best Portable ChargersSmartphone technology is a constantly moving development of innovation and breakthroughs. From mobile processors to screens and designs, handsets are evolving at a rapid rate. However, while that is happening, battery technology has been more stagnant with progress incremental and slow.
That means the leading smartphones are loaded with technology that will barely get you through a day of use on your battery. Over the last few years, portable charger devices have become more popular to extend the battery capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and even laptops.
We tested some of the leading power bank solutions on the market to find the best portable charger available today. From ultra-portable units for one or two re-charges, to bulky bricks that charge multiple devices, to those in-between solutions that hit a nice sweet spot, we took into account numerous factors, such as design and portability, battery capacity, the ability to charge multiple devices, quick charging, and more.

1. Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Ultra High Capacity Power Bank

Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Ultra High Capacity Power Bank

Anker is one of the leading names in charging technology and the PowerCore 20100mAh shows why that reputation is justified. As the name suggests, this portable charger packs a massive 20100mAh battery under its hood – a simple but huge power bank that will keep your devices purring long after their on-board battery dies.
Due to the sheer size of the integrated battery, the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh will charge phones and tablets many times before it needs to be recharged. Of course, just having a huge battery is not enough as many companies offer this, but the performance sometimes lacks. With the Anker those concerns are quickly forgotten as it lives up to its billed capabilities.
Among the features worthy of a mention are quick charging support for devices with PowerIQ or VoltageBoost technology. However, it is regrettable that the powerbank does not support Qualcomm’s popular QuickCharge technology. This means devices with that standard will still charge, but just not with fast charging.
Price: $43.99
Our Rating: 9 / 10

Pros Cons
  • Huge battery
  • Multiple device charges on one run
  • Fast charging
  • No Qualcomm QuickCharge support

2. RAVPower 22000mAh Power Bank

RAVPower 22000mAh Power Bank

Proving that numbers are not everything, the RAVPower 22000mAh has a bigger battery than the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh, but in our tests it could not charge as many cycles when full. That said, it is still a simply excellent portable charger that will top up your smartphone and/or tablet many times over.
In fact, it has more than enough capacity to charge your device from 0 to 100%. It also has three ports (one more than the Anker PowerCore), so you can use this portable phone charger to charge more devices simultaneously. Unfortunately, the RAVPower 22000mAh power bank is a weighty old thing, so you will definitely feel it in your bag or pocket.
Price: $41.99
Our Rating: 9 / 10

Pros Cons
  • Three ports
  • Powerful charging ability
  • Massive battery capacity
  • Weighty
  • No quick charging

3. iMuto 30000mAh Portable Charger

iMuto 30000mAh Portable Charger

Yes, we have listed our top 3 in reverse order of their actual battery size. If power bank capacity alone was a defining factor, the iMuto would score highly with its frankly massive 30000mAh juicer. This places it as one of the biggest packs in the niche for banks that are not ultra-portable but also not bulky.
The iMuto Ultra High Capacity portable charger is powerful enough to give an average smartphone a charge over six times and still have some juice in the tank. Because of that huge battery size, it will also charge laptops and MacBooks, meaning most of your devices will be covered.
However, it’s not perfect, not least because of its ugly design. Sure, we don’t need our portable charger devices to be works of art, but the iMuto Ultra High Capacity is a brick and that results in it also weighing a lot. We guess that’s the price to pay for this capacity, but it’s a tradeoff not all customers will be willing to make.
Price: $45.99
Our Rating: 8 / 10

Pros Cons
  • Massive 30000mAh capacity
  • Many charge cycles available
  • Will charge MacBooks and laptops
  • Three ports
  • The chunky and heavy design makes it less portable

4. MAXOAK 50000mAh Portable Charger

MAXOAK 50000mAh Portable Charger

As mentioned in the introduction, judging the best portable chargerof 2018 must take into account many factors. Portability is hugely important considering these products are used as portable phone chargerdevices. Of course, battery capacity and charging capabilities are the defining features, but only the most rounded products could top the list.
With that in mind, the MAXOAK delivers excellently in one area, but mostly fails in another. This massive 50000mAh power bank will charge many devices many times, but in terms of portability it will take a heavy load on you. It is worth mentioning that it is not really pretending to be a portable charger solution, but merely a hugely powerful battery re-charger.
In that aspect, the MAXOAK succeeds. You have ports galore, so six devices can be charged at once. That huge capacity means you can charge multiple laptops and smartphones many times over. For those carrying a lot of tech, this is an excellent solution.
Price: $135.99
Our Rating: 8 / 10

Pros Cons
  • Huge capacity
  • Charge six devices at once
  • Easily boost multiple laptops
  • Multiple recharges
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Expensive

5. Anker PowerCore II 10000 Ultra Slim Power Bank

Anker PowerCore II 10000 Ultra Slim Power Bank

Sometimes you may just want to carry a portable charger to top up your battery when traveling for the day. In those circumstances, you won’t need any of the bulky multiple-charge/device solutions above. A fantastic compromise is the Anker PowerCore II 10000.
Elegant and sleek, this power bank will slot nicely into your pocket and you won’t notice it as it is 15mm thick and just 209 grams. The 10000mAh battery is also good enough, allowing for two full charges of most smartphones. It also comes with Anker’s fast charging technology, allowing those re-juicing sessions to be shorter.
The only downside is we sometimes had to fiddle with the connection cable to make the charge go through. While this may have been a QC issue with our unit, it meant sometimes a charge would drop without knowing about it.
Price: $27.99
Our Rating: 7 / 10

Pros Cons
  • Ultra-portable
  • Two full smartphone charges
  • Sleek design
  • Quick charging
  • Poor connection success

Carrying a portable charger with you might be a great idea as you can use all the needed resources of your phone without being worried that there won’t be sufficient battery life. When it comes to charging a phone, you might want to use wireless chargers to keep up with the pace of the latest modern technologies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *