The best portable chargers for quickly juicing your device

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Moshi IonSlim 5k

Moshi IonSlim 5K Battery Charger
  • Capacity: 5,150mAh
  • Output: 2 ports (Type-C and USB-A 3A total)
  • Weight: 143g (5.04oz)
  • Price: $55
  • Time to fully charge: 4 hours

You’ll like the look and feel of this svelte charger. It’s just 8.5-millimeters thick and has a durable and stylish aluminum finish. There are two ports, one USB-C and one USB-A, which offer a total output of 15 watts (3A). The USB-C port is also used to charge the IonSlim. It ships with a 6-inch, reversible USB-C to USB-A cable, which can be used to charge the battery pack or another device.

Next to the two ports, you’ll find the power button and a four-LED array that displays the remaining power. You can’t charge two devices at once, but you can charge the battery pack via USB-C and use USB-A to charge your phone at the same time. You can charge most phones at least once with this battery pack, and it will probably provide a couple of charges for the iPhone 8.

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RAVPower Portable External Battery Charger

RAVPower Portable Battery Charger
  • Capacity: 20,100mAh
  • Outputs: 3 ports (Type-C 3A, QC 3.0 2.4A, and 2.4A)
  • Weight: 377g (13.3oz)
  • Price: $50
  • Time to fully charge: 4 to 5 hours

This versatile charger has three output ports. There are two USB ports, both rated at 2.4A, but one of them supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. There’s also a USB Type-C port that can deliver up to 3A for your laptop, tablet, or phone. There’s a big power button up top with four blue LEDs to show remaining power.

Not only can it charge devices with QC 3.0 or USB Type-C, it can also be charged by either, which means it’s very fast to juice up. You get two tangle-free USB to Micro USB cables in the box, but, unfortunately, there’s no USB Type-C cable in there. It also comes with a soft, mesh bag sporting a drawstring closure.

It’s not the most portable device in the world, but it’s impressively compact and light for the capacity. This is a good solution for travelers with multiple gadgets. You can expect at least five full charges for an average smartphone, and it can even charge an iPad Air with change. If speed is important to you and you have devices that support Type-C or QC 3.0, then this is a must-have.

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Carved Wood Power Bank

Carved Wood Power Bank
  • Capacity: 6,000mAh
  • Outputs: 1 port (2.1A)
  • Weight: 140g (5oz)
  • Price: $49-plus
  • Time to fully charge; 4 to 5 hours

This is easily one of the most attractive power banks we’ve ever seen. The frame is a soft, black plastic with an ebony layer on the bottom and an eye-catching top panel. Carved offers a wide range of different finishes, some of which consist of plain wood grain, some with fantastic designs by talented artists, and some that mix natural wood grain with splashes of colored resin.

In terms of functionality, the Carved power bank is really straightforward — you get enough power to fully charge a smartphone at least once, delivered via a single USB port that’s rated at 2.1A. All the connections and components rest at one end, including the USB port used to charge your phone, the MicroUSB used to charge the power bank, the recessed power button, and a standard LED array that indicates how much juice is left. The charger also comes with a handy burlap sack and a short MicroUSB-to-USB cable.

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ZeroLemon ToughJuice Rugged Portable Charger

ZeroLemon ToughJuice Rugged Portable Charger
  • Capacity: 30,000mAh
  • Outputs: 4 ports (2 x 2A and 2 x 1A)
  • Weight: 400g (14.1oz)
  • Price: $55
  • Time to fully charge: 8 to 24 hours

If you want enough power to keep your gadgets going for a week in the wilderness, then this rugged power bank from ZeroLemon could be right up your street. It’s very big and heavy, but that’s the price you pay for a 30,000mAh capacity. It’s also designed to cope with the outdoors, so there’s a dual-layer plastic covering to absorb shock and port covers to keep dirt out, but it won’t cope with the wet.

It’s capable of charging up four devices simultaneously with a combined output of 6A divided into 2A/2A/1A/1A. You’ll be able to charge up an iPhone 8 around ten times, a Galaxy S9 about seven times, or an iPad a couple of times. There’s a round power button on the top with four LEDs built in to give you an idea about the remaining power.

You only get one Micro USB cable in the box, but there are actually two Micro USB ports to enable you to charge this up faster, which is a good thing, because it can take 24 hours to charge with a single charger. It’s not going to suit everyone, but for a family or a group of friends on a camping trip, this could be ideal.

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Mophie Powerstation Plus

  • Capacity:  6,000mAh
  • Output: 1 built-in cable and 1 port (2.1A)
  • Weight: 160g (5.65oz)
  • Price: $70-plus
  • Time to fully charge: 3 to 4 hours

Here’s a stylish battery pack that’s packed with handy features. The 6,000mAh capacity will be enough to fully charge any smartphone at least once. There’s a built-in cable with a Micro USB connector, but Mophie also includes a Lightning connector that clips over the top for charging iOS devices. There’s also a second USB port for using your own cables and you can charge two devices at once.

Charging speeds go up to 2.1A, so there’s no QC support, but it will charge most devices pretty quickly. It does support pass-through charging, so if you plug it in to the wall and your phone, then it will charge your phone first, then start charging the battery pack. There’s a power button on the side and four white LEDs to show remaining battery life.

It’s quite a slim device, about the same profile as a smartphone, but a little thicker. The metallic finish comes in space gray, rose gold, or gold. It’s comparatively expensive for the capacity, but it’s well made and has plenty of features.

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LinearFlux Lithium Card Pro

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  • Capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Outputs: 2 ports (3A)
  • Weight: 107.5g (3.08oz)
  • Price; $60
  • 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. You can also find the original, more basic Lithium Card for $40 on Amazon.

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Poweradd Pilot 4GS Portable Charger

Poweradd Pilot 4GS
  • Capacity: 12,000mAh
  • Outputs: 2 ports (3A total)
  • Weight: 257g (9.10oz)
  • Price: $23
  • Time to fully charge: 6 to 7 hours

This is a great-quality portable charger at a tempting price. It offers two USB ports, capable of up to 3A, allowing you to simultaneously charge two devices, though that splits the output between them. It also showcases an aluminum body that’s currently available in three colors. It’s fairly lightweight, too, and will fit in most pockets.

The Pilot charges via the Lightning port using the supplied cable, and should allow you to charge your iPhone roughly four times. For Android smartphones with larger capacities, you’re looking at two or three charges. You’ll also the find the familiar, four-LED indicator system that lets you know the device’s remaining power at a glance. Simply tap the button to illuminate them.

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