What are Portable Chargers?
Portable chargers, sometimes referred to as a power banks or external batteries, are a great option for anyone who finds themselves out of battery on a weekly or daily occurrence. People often leave their main chargers at home or in the office and have no access to a plug whilst out shopping or in meetings. Portable chargers can be used to charge not just your mobile phone but anything running low on energy; such as a tablet or a laptop, and are therefore extremely handy to have in your bag or lying around. Although they're transportable, don't confuse portable chargers with wireless chargers, which are pads or stands that you use at home to charge devices wirelessly.
Some Individuals will need portable chargers more than others, such as gamers. Mobile phone users that own an old iPhone or who constantly streaming and messaging throughout the day will also benefit from a portable power bank.
Another reason to buy a portable charger is if you find yourself switching your phone’s battery saver on constantly, which will restrict the brightness of the display, lower performance and shut down the background actions of your apps.
What are the best Portable Chargers on the market?
Next we take a look at the best portable chargers on the market and highlight their pros and cons
- Anker PowerCore 20100
- Aukey powerbank 20,000mAh
- Poweradd Slim 2
- EC Technology 22,400mAh
- Mophie Powerstation Plus XL
- iMuto 30,000mAh
- Xiaomi 10,000mAh Power Bank Pro
The PowerCore 20100 is the best cheap portable charger and you can pick one up for around £33. There are cheaper portable chargers but this is a case where you get what you pay for. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Apple iPhone 8 Plus then you can recharge your device up to three times from this power bank which is a lot! Great for taking on camping trips.
Fast charging and mobile phones have become the norm and the PowerCore follows suit. This Anker portable charger will give most phones a quick charge in less than 100 minutes or take a phone from flat to 20% in around 20 minutes. You can use your existing micro USB cable or Lightning cable to make the connection between the portable charger and your phone. If you need your new iPhone XS to be fully charged all hours of the day then this is what you need.
It takes between 10 and 20 hours to charge this power bank; therefore make sure you plug it in overnight - it will be ready to use come the morning!
This power bank has two ports so you can charge both your phone and your tablet at the same time. There is also a light featured on the bank so you can see how much battery charge is leftover.
The Aukey powerbank provides a simple block design that might not appeal to everyone, but nevertheless does the job it is supposed to do. The fact it can charge two devices at the same time for the reasonable price of £22.99 is the reason we have included this on our rankings.
Available for approximately £9, the Poweradd Slim 2 is perfect for those who want to store a good amount of power in the smallest possible design. This slim portable and pocket-friendly device is ideal for anyone who wants to be able to charge up there smartphone once during the day.
The Poweradd Slim 2 is one of the most fashionable looking portable chargers that we have seen. It is available in pink, blue or black. All colour variants have chrome accents and the unit will slide into a clutch with ease, having a similar length to a tube of lipstick.
If the number of times that you can recharge your phone or tablet is a key consideration, then this powerbank from EC Technology is for you. Costing around £26, this portable battery will let you charge a Galaxy S8 to full charge just over four times and has three usb outputs. This means a family or a group of friends can top up their batteries at the same time.
This portable charger is for the Apple iPhone and iPad only (not including the iPad Pro 2018). It is more expensive that the others listed here, at around £70, but it does hold one advantage. If you fear losing your charging cable, then this one solves your problem with its built-in Lightning cable.
Mophie have gone for plush in terms of design and have given the unit a soft fabric finish. If you already own a wireless Qi charger then you can charge up this powerbank on your charging pad.
If you are looking for something a little more powerful than a phone charger than this battery pack could become your best friend, great if you are leaving civilisation for a week or more. The high capacity means that you can charge most mobile phones up to 6 times. As a bonus, you can also charge some laptops and MacBooks. This iMuto power bank comes in at around £40, representing exceptional value when the capacity is considered.
Xiaomi has recently entered the UK marketplace, so if you own a Xiaomi phone and like to keep all of your devices under the same brand, then Power Bank Pro is for you. Priced from £24, this external battery is 42% slimmer than the standard Xiaomi Power Bank. It has two different USB ports for charging; micro USB and USB-C. The Xiaomi can recharge a Google Pixel 2 in just over 2 hours.
It doesn’t matter if you have bought a new contract phone or if you have bought a second-hand phone that you have put on a SIM only plan. In all of these cases, a portable charger will let you venture further away from home. You can go away for longer periods without having to fear being cut off from the outside world or emergency services, if you have an adventurous nature.