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12 top portable chargers: the best ways to charge your phone on the go

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January 25, 2017

Do you find your phone battery often dies before the end of the day? Then you should buy a portable charger so you can keep it pumped up with battery while on the go.

Below we’ve put together a selection of great portable power banks you can buy right now.

Whether you’re looking for a high capacity battery, slim design, lots of ports or something that can charge up your laptop as well as your phone, we’ve got all the great portable chargers you need to see.

Best portable chargers for capacity

You've likely heard of Anker, and this is one of the company's best portable chargers. It comes with a huge 20,100mAh battery inside, meaning this will be able to charge up your phone or tablet multiple times before it needs a recharge.

It also comes with high-speed charging for your devices if they use PowerIQ or VoltageBoost. It won't be able to use Qualcomm's QuickCharge technology, but it'll still boost your device when you're on the go.


If the Anker isn't right for you, our next choice is the Aukey PB-N15, which comes with a 20,000mAh battery inside and a matt black design. It may be large, but it needs to be to pack this sort of battery.

The PB-N15 comes with dual USB ports, so you can charge both your phone and your tablet at the same time.

The Omnicharge Omni13 is possibly the most innovative device on this list, as, for a start, it has the ability to charge anything from laptops to DSLR cameras with its AC/DC outlet abilities.

It also supports flow-through charging, so you'll be able to plug in your phone or other device while charging the battery pack itself. The Omni13 is sizeable too, as it comes in either 13,600mAh or 20,400mAh sizes, but all that power fits into a surprisingly compact shell.

Best slim portable chargers

If you're looking for a slim charger you can slide into your bag's front pocket, this option from Iceworks is going to suit you nicely. There's no need to carry around a cable with this version, as the charging cables are built directly into the body.

Be warned, the Iceworks 5,000mAh charger will only work with micro USB (older Android devices) and Lightning (newer iPhone models) as there's no USB-C cable on here.

Poweradd also offers a great slim portable charger, and it's one of the cheapest options on this list yet boasts a substantial 10,000mAh cell inside.

It may be quite heavy, but this is only 1.3cm thick, making it a great device to slip into your back pocket when you're out and about. You'll want to grab a cable to go with it though as unlike the Iceworks choice above it doesn't come with one built in.

The best looking device we've chosen is the Lepow portable charger. It comes in a variety of colors and can be easily slipped into your pocket, as it's much smaller than many options on this list.

You will need to make sure you have a cable with you to connect it up to your device, but it comes with a 5,000mAh battery inside, which is enough to charge up almost any smartphone at least once.

Best portable chargers with lots of ports

This may not be the most portable charger on our list, but it features a lot of ports, so you can charge multiple devices at the same time. It'll even charge laptops as well as your phone and tablet.

You can charge six devices at once, and with a 50,000mAh capacity it has the juice to do that, so if you're usually surrounded by a lot of tech this is possibly one of the best chargers to buy.

Looking for a another option with lots of ports on it? This may be a good choice for you, as there are four ports and you can charge up your MacBook as well as USB devices such as your phone.

There's a quick charge port too, which will fast charge compatible devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7.

After a rugged charger that won't break if it takes a beating? The ZeroLemon ToughJuice pack could be a great choice for you, as it comes with a solid design that isn't too large to slip into your bag or even your back pocket.

It also features four USB ports, so you're able to charge a number of devices all at the same time.

Best portable chargers for laptops and phones

RAVPower's portable charger is a great choice if you need a device that can charge both your laptop and your phone. It features USB-C and normal USB outputs as well as an AC output, so you can plug your laptop charger directly in.

There's also a 20,100mAh capacity battery inside, so this will be able to juice up your phone or tablet multiple times before you need to put it back on charge.

The picture above may be deceptive, as this isn't a small charger and is capable of charging up your laptop or tablet as well as your phone simultaneously.

You can charge up to three devices at the same time and it comes with a 23,000mAh capacity, so it should last long enough between recharges.

The largest charger in this category (in terms of size, though not capacity) is also one of the most innovative, as this one can even jump start your car. 

It features a huge 13,600mAh battery that can give your car that much needed jolt whenever you need it to, but also comes with various ports for your phone or laptop to charge as well.

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