Let’s face it, we’re not gravitating toward an unplugged world. Right at this very minute you’ve probably got headphones, a Kindle, a smartwatch connected to your smartphone, and maybe even a GoPro in tow. We’re not judging; that’s all the makings of an electronic Renaissance Man.
Problem is, you’d sooner be carrying a bunch of dead tech than trundling around with half a dozen cords—which is why you need a portable charger. To help find the tech that fits you, read our comprehensive list of the top-of-the-line options on the market right now. You’ll find one that speaks to you and your lifestyle, guaranteed.
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Rugged and Durable
Braven BRV-BANK Rugged Portable Battery
A backup battery that's water resistant, can withstand a military drop test, offers bluetooth capabilities (the first of its kind!) that let you monitor and control the devices you're charging (and it's even equipped with a USB flashlight) is one every adventure seeker needs in tow, whether you're in the dessert, tundra, or, hell, the jungle. It boasts 6,000mAh battery size, meaning it can charge a smartphone about three times and a tablet 1.5 times before needing a recharge. Oh, and the pack even has an S.O.S. "Find Me" mode if you get lost and find yourself hiking in the dark (it'll flash in Morse code) as well as a "Bear" mode (connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone; the battery pack will sound an alarm and turn on the flashlight if the phone is moved by someone—or something).
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Fast and Light
Incipio offGRID Power Bank 6000mAh with QuickCharge 2.0
Need something light and lightning fast? This portable pack chargers devices up to 75 percent faster than traditional batteries if your electronics have Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility (i.e. Motorola, LG, Samsung, Sony, and more—but not Apple). If not, that's fine; it's still a speedy charger that can fully juice up your average smartphone 3-4 times per charge.
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Sleek and Stylish
Mophie Powerstation XL
An aluminum finish gives this portable charge its undeniably sleek and cool appearance. But that's not to say it isn't functional. It’s got enough juice (10,000mAh) to power a smartphone up to three times and even boasts Priority+ Charging, meaning if you have the device plugged in to charger while it’s also charging your phone, it’ll make sure your smartphone gets rebooted first before recharging itself.
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RAVPower 20,100mAh Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 USB-C/Type-C Port External Battery
The first portable charger to power devices with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0—a super impressive tech that can charge up to 80% of a battery for QC 2.0/3.0 compatible devices in just 35 minutes (click here for a list of all compatible devices). To give you an idea of its potential: The 20,100mAh can power up an iPhone 6S/6 nearly 8 times, a Galaxy S6 almost 5 times, and an iPad Air more than once.
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Best for Apple Products
As you may have noticed, Apple products don't exactly jive with a lot of these super-fast devices. So, give your iPhone some love with this small but mighty charger. It jolts smartphones up to 30 percent faster than the Apple charger you're currently using. It's equipped with one micro-USB cable (so you can charge other devices while your iPhone's connected) as well as the Apple® Lightning™ cable. Because the battery back has 3,000mAh, it can amp up a smartphone about 1.5 times and power just about half a tablet charge.
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Monstrously Powerful (on a Budget)
Jackery 20,100 mAh Thunder X
Saying this external battery pack has tremendous amount of power for the money doesn't seem to do it justice. It can fully charge a Galaxy S6 4.7 times, an iPhone 6s 7 times, and an iPad Air 1.4 times due to it having 20,100mAh. You can connect to a huge range of devices (go here for the full spectrum), too.
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Top Charging Case
Mophie Juice Pack Air
Protective without turning your phone into a brick, all you have to do to turn this phone case into a seamless charger is flip a switch. This is perfect if you're looking to charge sans wires and extra hardware. It's got a 2,750mAh battery capacity, so it can feasibly charge your smartphone once, maybe a little more.
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Cordless and Truly Portable
Incipio Ghost 4000mAh Wireless Portable Backup Battery Bank
Simply set a Qi-compatible device (sorry, no Apple devices here either) on top of this power pack and you're cooking with gas, so to speak. Totally fine if some of your electronics don't have Qi-enabled direct charging or Qi charging with a case receiver; you can charge via USB, too. It's also smaller than pretty much any smartphone on the market, so you can slip it in your pocket or backpack and wirelessly charge whenever you need.