Portable Phone Chargers, also called Powerbanks, are kind of a hit or miss thing.
Consumers are finding that a lot of the power banks on the market are falsifying their ratings and saying that the portable battery charger puts out more juice than it’s capable of.
This is primarily due to the fact that there’s no regulations on power output claims (you’ll see the same kind of thing with flashlights and their Lumens output).
Some of the more tech savvy consumers have realized that a lot of the portable power bank manufacturers are claiming that their chargers have double or triple the actual output.
What Chargers Will Keep An iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S8 Charged Up All Day?
There are reputable companies that manufacture high quality mobile phone chargers that are pretty close to their power output as advertised however.
Anker and Goal Zero are among these trusted companies. When you purchase a portable battery pack from one of these manufacturers, you can be confident that you’ll get what you’re paying for.
When it comes to Urban Carry and portable power supplies, weight is important. Although a portable battery pack might not seem to weigh that much on it’s own, it can sure add to the overall weight of your bag or backpack, especially if it’s one of those larger power banks.
1. Anker PowerCore 5000 “Lipstick” External Battery Charger – $18
Don’t make a mistake by purchasing a cheaper, off brand lipstick-style mobile battery pack. Most of those no-name power banks have 1500mAh @ 1.0 amp or less, despite whatever claims the packaging have. The Anker PowerCore 5000 not only has at least 4500mAh, but also offers a 2.0 amp port for faster charging.
2. Goal Zero Flip 20 – $40
The Goal Zero Flip 20 offers 5200mAh @ 2.1 amps in a slightly bigger than lipstick charger size form factor. This is because it houses two 18650 batteries as opposed to only one as found in the lipstick chargers. The other benefit is that it flows up to 10 watts maximum power for quicker charging.
3. Anker PowerCore 10000 – $26
Coming in at a slightly lower price the Anker PowerCore 10000 offers a single 2.0 amp USB port with both PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology for quick charging on your phone or tablet. The Anker PowerCore 10000 houses two 5000mAh 18650 cells to provide power storage, but is surprisingly lightweight and small.
4. RAVPower 16750 – $40
The RAVPower 16750 offers two USB ports for charging two devices at a time. One is a 2.1A port and the other runs 2.4A for tablets and more power hungry devices (iPhone 6+, Samsung S8, etc…). The powerbank also has a single LED flashlight (about 3 lumens) that can run for over 300 hours continuously on a full charge.
5. Anker PowerCore 26800 – $50
The Anker PowerCore 26800 offers three USB Ports (max output at 6A, or single port at 3A) and two input microUSB Ports for faster recharge times. The 2600mAh output can recharge most phones over seven times, and tablets at least three (when powered off or in airplane mode while charging). Like the Anker Powercore 10000, this 26800 offers PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology.
6. Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD – $110
Now we’re getting into the heavy hitters as these power banks can charge both phones and laptops. While the price is higher than you’d see on the other battery packs, the versatility more than makes up the difference in costs. The The Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD offers 26800mAh and will recharge a powered off notebook at least once, and phones over seven times. The USB-C Power Delivery port is capable of delivering 27 watts to your laptop, but be sure that your laptop is equipped for USB-C recharging.
7. Goal Zero Sherpa 50 – $199
Like the Powercore+ 26800, this Goal Zero Sherpa 50 can charge both phones and laptops, but with the advantage of using the standard laptop charging port (not a USB-C port), which means almost any laptop can be recharged, not just newer ones with a USB-C port. Even though the Sherpa 50 offers a lower 5200mAh, the power capacity rating is a lot more realistic than other power banks on the market, and outputs at 58 watts rather than the anker’s 27 watts. This means faster charging for those who need the power delivered fast. There is also a 12V output jack for your 12V devices, such as camping lights and fans.