TL;DR – These are the Best Portable Chargers:
1. Anker PowerCore II 20000
Best Portable Charger
Anker PowerCore II 20000
If you’re in the market for a portable charger, Anker’s name is going to pop up quite often. That’s because the company has a strong history of making efficient and stylish power banks. This version of the PowerCore II boasts a massive 20,100mAh capacity, so you can very easily recharge your big smartphone multiple times.
According to Anker, you can recharge your phone 6.5 times and it’ll support devices with fast-charging too. We’ve used this PowerCore II regularly and have found it to be very reliable. And its reasonable $70 price is hard to beat too.
2. iMuto Taurus X2 Smart Power Bank
Best Budget Portable Charger
iMuto Taurus X2 Smart Power Bank
The iMuto Taurus X2 Smart Power Bank is an amazingly affordable $21 power bank. That small price nets you a decently-sized 10,000mAh battery, which should be large enough to recharge your big smartphone at least two times.
It’s also small enough to fit in your hand thanks to its super compact 3.8 x 2.55 x 1.18 inch dimensions. Best of all, it supports fast charging, so you can juice up your mobile devices twice as fast.
3. Mophie PowerStation PD
Best Portable Charger with Quickcharge
Mophie PowerStation PD
The Mophie PowerStation PD is one of the more affordable power banks with PD-certified quick charging. This battery ekes out 18W of fast charging power so you can top off your devices 2.5 times faster than with most portable batteries.
This battery also features 6,700mAh of capacity, which allows you to extend the life of your smartphone to a total of 23 hours. If you’re looking for even more battery life, there’s also the Mophie PowerStation PD XL (see it at Amazon), which bumps up capacity to 10,500mAh and a 35-hour extension on your phone’s battery life.
4. RAVPower USB C Portable Charger 20100mAh PD
Best Portable Laptop Charger
RAVPower USB C Portable Charger 20100mAh PD
Sometimes you need a power bank that can do a little of everything. This RAVPower unit can do it all thanks to its PD 3.0 rating, which means it can push 45W of output to even charge your laptop. And with a 20,100mAh battery capacity, you can charge all those devices multiple times.
In fact, you can charge both a USB and USB-C device simultaneously. Let that smartphone get some juice while spending another hour in Mario Maker 2.
5. Omni 20+
Best Portable Charger With AC Power
If you need a serious power bank to charge your laptop, you can’t go wrong with the Omni 20+. Anything plugged into this portable battery’s AC port can feed on up to 100W of power, which is more than enough to recharge even the biggest MacBook Pro and even some gaming laptops. It far outpaces any of the other AC plug-equipped batteries we’ve seen that usually top out at an 80W max.
There’s also a universal barrel port on the opposite side of the AC plus that outputs 45W for another laptop and a USB port for 60W power delivery. With 20,000mAh on hand, this portable charger will get you through a full day without ever having to touch a wall plug.
6. Anker PowerCore Lite 10000mAh
Best Slim Portable Charger
Anker PowerCore Lite 10000mAh
The Anker PowerCore Lite 10000mAh is essentially the little brother of our top pick above. It’s much smaller and lighter, to the point it’s almost the same size as your smartphone.
Although it has about half the amount of capacity compared to most 20,000mAh portable charger, this power bank can still juice up most modern smartphones more than 2.5 times over. And it only costs $30.
7. Aukey Power Bank with Lightning Port
Best iPhone Portable Charger
Aukey Power Bank with Lightning Port
In regards to bang-for-the-buck, the Aukey Power Bank is easily one of the best on this list. Not only does it feature a big 20,000mAh capacity battery capable of charging a big iPhone XS Max 5 times over, but it features a Lightning port. You can actually use the same Lightning cable to both charge the Aukey bank and then to charge your iOS device from the power bank.
Carrying around fewer charging cables is always a welcome change of pace for portable devices. And if you’re charging a non-iOS device, Aukey also includes a Micro-USB charging port. Best of all, the whole package is only a little over 30 bucks.
8. Anker PowerCore Nintendo Switch Edition
Best Nintendo Switch Power Bank
Anker PowerCore Nintendo Switch Edition
Anker is well-known in the power bank world, and its first Switch-approved charger looks pretty awesome. Unlike most stand-alone power banks, the Anker PowerCore lets you charge the Switch while you’re using it, which sets it apart from most power banks, and makes it a lot more useful too.
This officially-licensed charger is good for 1.7 charges of your switch, according to Anker, which should equal about 10 hours of playtime total. Even with the new Switch and Switch Lite extending the battery life of the original Nintendo handheld, a power bank is still an essential Nintendo Switch accessory.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam