Smartphone technology has come a long way in the past few years, but there is a lingering issue that is taking time to evolve – battery life. Sure, batteries are getting bigger and phones more resourceful, but many of us still have a problem keeping our devices alive.
One solution is to charge your phone throughout the day, something that proves to be an issue when there is no outlet around. The next best solution is to buy yourself a nice portable battery pack to charge on-the-go. With so many options around, we know it’s hard to find the best units in the market. This is why we have curated a list with our very favorite battery packs!
Shall we get started and show you the goods?
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Xiaomi Mi Power Bank – $21.99
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is known for offering some of the best bang for your buck tech. Their phones are exceptional, but they also produce a bevy of accessories that manage to stand out from the competition.
This Xiaomi Mi Power Bank holds a 10,000 mAh battery, which is about 3 times the juice an average smartphone holds nowadays. It is made of aluminum and happens to look very sleek. It is also roughly the size of a business card and measures only 9.9 mm in thickness. Other features include temperature resistance, input/output overvoltage protection, short circuit protection, output overcurrent protection and overcharge/over-discharge protection. All for just $21.99 on Amazon!
TravelCard – $29
Want something a bit more portable? The TravelCard is so compact it fits in your wallet! it is only 4.9 mm thick and is literally the size of a business card. It also won’t break as soon as you sit on it – it features an aluminum construction that should withstand a good amount of pressure.
It seems almost unreal that it holds a 1,500 mAh battery. That won’t be enough to charge a pone fully, but it will offer a good amount of extra usage when you most need it.
Anker PowerCore+ Mini – $9.99
Have little space in your pockets thanks to that hefty wallet, phone, and keys? The Anker PowerCore+ Mini is very small and happens to be the cheapest option in this list. It is about the size of a lipstick container at 3.5 × 0.9 × 0.9 inches, and can fit in any pocket. It’s also no slouch with 3,350 mAh of battery capacity.
The Anker PowerCore+ Mini’s build won’t disappoint, thanks to its compact size and aluminum body that should result in a pretty durable pack that can handle a few bumps and clanks while in your pocket.
RAVPower 20,100 mAh Portable Charger – $59.99
This RavPower battery pack tackles two issues – speed and capacity. Not only does it provide an insane amount of juice with that 20,100 mAh battery, but it can charge your devices super fast. It supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which is said to top up devices 4 times faster than conventional chargers.
The design is nothing special, but it is a sleek charger with a smooth, plastic body. There’s 4 LED indicator lights, a 2.4A USB port, a Quick Charge 3.0/2.0 port and even a USB Type-C port. This bad boy is fast, powerful, safe, simple and future-proof.
iBattz Mojo Battstation – $73.49
This one is a bit older, but it continues being one of our favorites here at Android Authority, mostly due to its looks and super high 20,400 mAh capacity. There’s a couple charging ports in there, including 1A and a 2.1A ports.
Lepow POKI Series – $29.99
The Lepow POKI Series 5,000 mAh battery pack also gets our love thanks to its looks. It is portable and sleek looking, with an ergonomic design you won’t often find when it comes to battery packs. 5,000 mAh may not sound like much when compared to the batteries listed above, but it is enough to charge an average phone from 0% to 100% at least once, and then some.
The company claims this charger is thinner than 90% of all 5,000 mAh batteries. It doesn’t seem like an unrealistic claim, as it measures only half an inch in thickness and weighs only 5 ounces.
EasyAcc Solar Power Bank – $39.99
There are some very unique battery packs in this list, and we are starting with the EasyAcc Solar Power Bank. As its name implies, this charger can run off solar energy, making its juice practically endless, as well as green.
Packed inside is an 8,000 mAh battery, an LED flash light for those dark camp nights and a 2.1A USB output. It charges at up to 350mA under direct sunlight. Play your cards right and you may not even need to plug to an outlet anymore! Just keep in mind the solar charging is significantly slower than tapping off the battery via a traditional outlet.
Zendure 2nd-Gen A8 Pro Portable Charger – $69.41
It’s time to start getting tough. The Zendure A8 Pro is made of crush-proof composite material, dual-injection molding and a shock-absorbing central belt. It is strong and happens to feature a whopping 25,600 mAh battery. The battery pack series comes from a very successful Kickstarter campaign, meaning Zendure has a strong background in the world of crowdfunding and has actually done a good job at delivering its goals.
EasyAcc Rugged Outdoor Power Bank – $49.99
EasyAcc is the only company that made it onto this list twice, and that’s because we just couldn’t ignore a truly rugged battery pack. Think about it: these batteries are meant to go wherever you go. Especially when that’s places with no outlets, which could be rough terrain.
You don’t need to worry about this battery thanks to its IP67 certification. It is weatherproof, shockproof, dustproof and can be submerged under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It also helps that it has a large 20,000 mAh battery and a flashlight for emergencies. There are 2 charging ports in this EasyAcc rugged battery pack; one charges at 1A while the other goes up to 2.4A.
BESTEK External Battery Charger
A 10,000 mAh battery may not be too large, but this bad boy has a strong card up its sleeve – it can straight up jump start your car! It sports a 600A peak current and comes with heavy duty clamps and cables, making sure you are never left stranded due to car battery issues.
Two charging ports will also ensure you are never left without smartphone battery life. These can charge at up to 2.4A per port, and maximum output is measured at 4.2. Crazy, right?
4 Port Quick USB Car Charger
There you have it, guys. Those are our favorite battery packs currently available! Now hit the comments and let us know which is your favorite. Do you have any other options you think your fellow Android fans would like?