Smartphone and tablet battery technology is not yet where we want it to be. Our devices often die on us mid-day, and don’t even think about taking your phone on a weekend camping trip. You will need to take some backup, and the best way to keep your phone juiced up is by carrying around a nifty portable charger (battery pack).
There are portable chargers of all kinds and sizes. Some are small and cute, others are large and powerful. Which one is the right for you? Trust us, at Mobile Geeks we are all about these battery packs, as we often have to go to long events and travel around the world. We really put these to the test. Let us show you some of our favorites.
IOGEAR GearPower 11,000mAh Ultra Capacity Mobile Power Station
I have been using a previous generation of this battery pack for over 2 years and it is still kicking. This is why I must root for IOGEAR when it comes to battery packs. These things are beasts and will give you juice for years to come.
The newer version comes in variations with up to 11,000 mAh batteries, which is nothing to scoff at. In fact, the IOGEAR portable charger I have been using only has a 6,600 mAh battery. This would be a neat upgrade, and a great option for any user.
To put it into perspective, your average smartphone has about a 3,000 mAh battery inside. And we are talking about smartphones with good battery life!
Intocircuit Power Castle 11,200 mAh
I recommend IOGEAR because of my solid experience with them, but here is a very similar charger that will cost you a good chunk of money less. It also has very similar features on paper. The charger includes an 11,200 mAh battery and two charging ports (5V 1A, 5V 2.1A).
To sweeten the deal a bit more, the charger even comes with a small flashlight and a small LCD screen that shows you the percentage and other details. It’s made of aluminum, so it also has a very solid feel and resistive body.
RAVPower 2nd Gen Mini 3,000 mAh
Sometimes it can get annoying to carry around a full-sized portable charger. That is when battery packs like the RAVPower Mini come in handy. This device is the size of a lipstick and can be easily pocketed.
It only has a 3,000 mAh battery, but that is actually pretty good for the size of the portable charger. Best part? It’s only $15!
Zendure A5 Portable Charger 15,000 mAh
Want some more juice? Current portable chargers can carry much more than they used to, but it will cost you extra. Enter the Zendure A5 Portable Charger, a battery pack with a battery of up to 15,000 mAh. It is a beast, both inside and out.
Aside from its huge battery, the battery pack has a build quality you won’t find around very often. It has a shock-proof composite material that and powerful lining that will keep your battery safe.
iBattz 20,400 mAh Mojo Battstation Optimus Charger
Now, if you really want to get wild with an even bigger battery, the iBattz Mojo Battstation Optimus Charger carries a massive 20,400 mAh battery. Also, it may be just me, but this portable charger is super sexy.
It does include both a 1A port and a 2.1A port. But all these goodies won’t come cheap. This charger will cost a whopping $130.
Qi-infinity Portable Wireless Charger
Portable chargers don’t have to rely on cables. After all, they are all about cutting wires, so why stick to charging devices only via USB? There are multiple Qi-enabled battery packs out there, and the Qi-infinity Portable Wireless Charger is one of my favorite.
Sure, it only has a 4,000 mAh battery, but it has other functionality that will improve your experience. Not too mention, this charger actually looks pretty darn cute. And it’s not very expensive.
LUXA2 P-MEGA 41,600 mAh
You want the king of all portable chargers? Here it is – the LUXA2 P-MEGA. This battery pack is more of a battery box, as it is quite large, but it comes with a whopping 41,600 mAh battery.
It can charge 3 devices at once, making it a road warrior. It may be the best option if you are into taking camping trips or long road trips. It’s also about $160, though.