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If you have been considering buying a portable charger, for yourself or as a gift, then you might find yourself overwhelmed by the amount choice. You are probably also asking yourself questions such as what are the differences between chargers and why do some cost more than others?
Last updated: 7th Jan 2019 at 4:20pm
Portable chargers, are sometimes referred to as a power banks or external batteries, they 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.
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.
Next we take a look at the best portable chargers on the market and highlight their pros and cons
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!
If price is your primary concern, then the portable charger from Aibocn is a great choice at around £12. This external battery will charge your Galaxy S8 not quite, but nearly twice. It will do this in around 2 hours. There are a couple of quirks that you might like such as a built-in torch and two USB ports, which will let you charge two devices at the same time.
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.
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