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30 of the juiciest portable battery chargers money can buy

We’ve all suffered the ignominy of a dead phone. The accusing looks and hushed criticism of shunned family and friends. That blank screen on the commute home that leaves you at the mercy of your chatty fellow traveler. The sudden loss of Google Maps as you turn into an unfamiliar neighborhood. The sinking feeling as you realize your phone alarm didn’t go off because you forgot to plug it in last night. Why oh why, must our smartphones die?

We feel your pain and that’s why we’ve been checking out some of the best external chargers on the market. Until there’s a real breakthrough in battery technology a portable charger might be the best solution. We’ve got something here for you whatever your needs may be, from a bucket load of power for a camping trip, to a pocket-friendly top-up for the daily commute. These are 25 of the best portable chargers that money can buy.

Updated on 8-12-2015 by Simon Hill: Reformatted the article and added chargers by Braven, Ventev, Cheero, Olixar, and Cyntur.

Braven BRV-BANK Rugged Portable Battery

Braven Bank 2
  • Capacity – 6,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.4A and 1A)
  • Weight – 277g (9.8oz)
  • Price – $100
  • Time to fully charge – 4 to 5 hours

If you’re looking for a rugged solution you can take camping and to the beach without fear, then this is it. The BRV-BANK from Braven scores an IPX5 rating, which means it is water resistant, and it meets military drop test standard 810G, which means it can survive a fall unscathed. It also has a high-quality, 6,000mAh battery which comes close to delivering the stated power. You can expect at least two full charges for the majority of smartphones on the market.

It’s not just tough, though, it’s also smart. You can install the free BRV-BANK Remote Battery Monitor App and use it to connect via Bluetooth. It will give you an accurate readout of remaining power, allow you to remotely turn ports on and off, and activate “Bear Mode” which triggers an alarm and makes the flashlight strobe when you move your phone. You can also use the alarm to find the battery, or activate the convenient S.O.S. mode when in a pinch.

It also comes bundled with a rugged USB to microUSB cable, a lanyard strap, and a nifty USB flashlight attachment that emits 100 lumens. There’s a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button on the BRV-BANK, and a five LED display to indicate remaining power at-a-glance, without resorting to the app. It’s tough, reliable, and feels well-made. You can pick it up in black and blue, or grey and red.

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Braven Amazon

Ventev Powercell 6000+ Charger

Ventev Powercell 6000 1
  • Capacity – 6,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 221g (7.8oz)
  • Price – $70
  • Time to fully charge – 4 to 5 hours

This portable battery charger takes portability seriously by adding an AC adapter into the design. You can fold out the prongs and plug it directly into a wall socket to charge it up, or to charge your devices through it. There are two ports, standard 1A and a rapid charge 2.1A, and you can charge two devices simultaneously. All you’ll need to take along with it is your device and a USB to microUSB cable (there isn’t one in the box).

You’re looking at around two full charges for an average smartphone from the equipped, 6,000mAh-capacity battery. It’s a well-built charger, finished in matte grey with Ventev’s signature orange highlights. The power button on the front has an LED strip that gives you an idea of how much juice is left.

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Amazon

Cheero Ingress Power Cube

Cheero Ingress Power Cube 2
  • Capacity – 12,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 275g (9.7oz)
  • Price – $44
  • Time to fully charge – 10 hours

If you’re a fan of Niantic Labs’ Ingress this is going to prove irresistible, but even if you’re not, it’s a great-looking piece of kit. It’s an officially licensed product and it lights up with various color LED patterns when you use it (there are six in total). Fans will recognize the visual style from the game. It’s a really nice effect that makes this stand out of a pretty conventional-looking battery crowd.

This portable charger doesn’t skimp in the performance department, either. It offers a whopping 12,000mAh of power and allows you to plug two devices in at once, though you might find it gets quite hot. There’s no need to worry, though, as Cheero has built in various safety features and it will automatically shut down if it gets too hot or any other problem occurs.

It’s quite big and heavy, but the capacity is good, and the build quality is excellent. You get a microUSB to USB cable in the box and a wee carry sack. This one is obviously primarily all about the aesthetic, but Cheero is a solid Japanese manufacturer, so performance won’t disappoint. If you want something more portable with a higher capacity and a lower price tag, check out the Cheero Power Plus 3.

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Amazon

Olixar Encharge Dual USB Power Bank and Card Reader

Olixar Encharge Dual 1
  • Capacity – 15,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 360g (12.6oz)
  • Price – $47
  • Time to fully charge – 12 hours

You’re getting excellent value for money with this multi-function power bank. First and foremost, there’s the 15,000mAh capacity. You can expect at least four full charges for your smartphone, probably more, depending on your phone’s battery size. You can also use this to charge up a tablet and still have some juice left over. It has the standard two-port combo, with 2.1A for speedy charging and a slower 1A output. There are also six different adapters in the box alongside two cables, so regardless of which device you’re trying to charge, you should be able to find a way to do so.

There are two notable extra features here. A dual LED flashlight, which is pretty basic, but one that might come in handy if you’re camping even though it’s not as bright as a smartphone flash. There’s also an SD card reader, which is something that you don’t see very often. If your computer or laptop lacks an SD card port, then it might prove useful.

The design is chunky, heavy, and black with silver highlights. There’s a standard four LED display to indicate remaining juice under the power button. It’s debatable just how useful the extra features are, but even taking them away, it offers a good amount of power for your money. Unfortunately, it does take quite a long time to charge up.

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Mobile Fun

Cyntur JumperPack Mini

Cyntur JumperPack Mini 3
  • Capacity – 12,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (250A car starter, 2.1A)
  • Weight – 408g (14.4oz)
  • Price – $100
  • Time to fully charge – 4 to 5 hours

This is a handy device to sling in the glove box or the trunk of your car and forget about until you need it. The main function is its ability to jump start your car, and it’s capable of jump starting four, six, and eight-cylinder engines. Cyntur says it can hold a charge for up to a year and the capacity is 12,000mAh. It also comes with a small carrying case that includes an AC wall charger and your jump start clips.

You will also find a 2.1A USB port that’s perfect for charging up your smartphone or tablet, and you can expect several charges at this capacity. Since it’s primarily an auto accessory, there’s also a decent flashlight. Today, flashlights are often after thoughts on portable battery packs, but this one is the real deal given its 200-lumen output. It also has an emergency strobe function for breakdown scenarios.

It’s not the most stylish thing in the world considering its chunky build, but it remains a great backup solution for your car. It has a standard power button and four LEDs to show remaining juice, too, and charges relatively quick for its size. You can find out more in our Cyntur JumperPack Mini review.

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Amazon

LinearFlux Lithium Card Pro

Line 1
  • Capacity – 3,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (3A)
  • Weight – 107.5g (3.08oz)
  • Price – $50-$80
  • Time to fully charge 1.5 to 3 hours

This incredibly small, stylish portable charger is the second release from LinearFlux. It looks gorgeous, with angular black plastic, framing a metal panel in gold, silver, or titanium. It’s only 89 x 58 x 14 mm in size, which makes it seriously portable. It’s also very fast-charging, if your device supports it, offering up to 3A output. You can charge two devices at once and HyperFET circuitry inside automatically decides which device needs more current, with an overall limit of 3A. It comes with built-in cables, a full-sized USB can be pulled out one side to charge up the Lithium Card Pro, and on the other side you’ll find a pull-out microUSB or Lightning cable, depending on what you chose. There’s an extra USB output on the bottom, and a microUSB input with a small power button up top.

A thin strip beneath the central logo comes to life as a white light when the power is turned on. It flashes when charging is in progress, turns blue when it drops below 90 percent, and then red below 10 percent. The Lithium Card Pro can also serve as a syncing cable to backup data when plugged into a computer or laptop, and it will charge itself and your phone simultaneously. You can expect at least one full charge for your phone, and this will happily charge other devices, including the Apple Watch. It’s currently available at a reduced price on Indiegogo, and you can find the original, more basic Lithium Card for $40 on Amazon.

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IndieGogo

Emtec Power Pouch

Emtec Power Pouch 2
  • Capacity – 6,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 240g (8.46oz)
  • Price – $53
  • Time to fully charge 4 to 5 hours

This pouch is a smart idea. It comes in Android or iOS flavors, with a built-in Lightning cable or a microUSB cable. The battery is sealed within a zipped pouch, and there’s a pocket in the front into which you can slide your phone alongside the main 2.1A charging cable. There’s also an elastic closure to keep it safe and secure. If you open the zip there’s a built-in USB cable for charging it up, rated at 2A. You’ll also find a backup USB port for charging another device at 1A. On the top corner of the device inside the pouch, there’s a standard four LED display and power button, so you can see the remaining juice. You should get close to two full charges for your phone from the Power Pouch.

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Amazon

Oxa Juice Box S2 External Battery

Oxa Juice Box S2 External Battery 2
  • Capacity – 10,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 284g (10oz)
  • Price – $20
  • Time to fully charge 9 to 10 hours

It’s heavy and a bit chunky, but this external battery packs a lot of power for a relatively low price. The black plastic exterior curves at either end. You’ll find two USB ports at the business end that can charge devices at 2.1A and 1A simultaneously. The microUSB port for charging the Oxa is in the middle, but sadly it’s rated at 1A, which means a very slow charge rate. Tap the power button on the top once and a small LCD screen comes to life, giving you an exact percentage for remaining power and highlighting the ports in use. Tap the power button twice, and the torch on the bottom comes to life. You won’t really get the stated capacity here, but it should be able to charge most phones twice–or maybe three times–before needing an outlet. You get a three-in-one cable in the box with a USB plug at one end, and a microUSB, Lightning, and 30-pin connector at the other.

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Amazon

Fremo External Battery Pack

Fremo External Battery Pack 2
  • Capacity – 11,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 323g (11.4oz)
  • Price – $20
  • Time to fully charge 11 to 12 hours

This battery pack resembles a big plastic brick and it’s quite heavy too, but the price is low for a capacity of 11,000mAh. You can expect at least three full charges for the average smartphone. The two outputs are 2.1A and 1A, but weirdly they’re labeled Output 1 and Output 2, and Output 2 is the 2.1A port. There’s a microUSB port for charging the battery in the middle, though it only has a 1A input, so it takes forever to charge up. There’s also a wee LED that can act as a flashlight. You’ll find the power button on the side and it brings an LCD to life that shows you the remaining juice as a percentage. It ships with a single microUSB to USB cable and no other extras in the box.

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Amazon

EC Technology Power Bank

EC Technology Power Bank 2
  • Capacity – 18,000mAh
  • Outputs – 2 ports (2.1A and 1A)
  • Weight – 544g (1.2lb)
  • Price – $33
  • Time to fully charge 8 to 12 hours

If you need a large capacity for charging your phone several times, or you want to be able to recharge a tablet and a phone, then this will deliver the power you need. It is large and heavy, but it’s also slim, at 12mm, which makes it quite easy to pack in luggage. The end–from right to left–sports a power button, Output port 2 (the 2.1A USB), a microUSB port for charging it up, Output port 1 (the 1A USB port), and a four LED indicator to give you a rough guide to remaining power. You can click the power button twice to turn on a weak flashlight, and you can tap it again to cycle through the different lighting modes (SOS, power status, and highlight mode). It’s not the most stylish solution, and the power button isn’t great, but it offers a high capacity for the money. You get a microUSB cable with it in the box and that’s your lot.

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Amazon

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