May 16, 2021

Best power banks: The top portable chargers for your phone

Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup battery pack. But try searching for one on Amazon, say, and you’re likely to feel overwhelmed by the vast number of options. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even...

Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup battery pack. But try searching for one on Amazon, say, and you’re likely to feel overwhelmed by the vast number of options. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. How are you supposed to know which ones actually live up to their promise?  

Cheat sheet: Best power banks 2020

  • Mophie Powerstation XXL: Best overall [amazon.com]
  • Aukey Basix Slim 10,000 mAh: Best budget option [amazon.com]
  • Xiaomi 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank: Most portable [amazon.com]
  • Sherpa 100AC Portable Power Bank: Best for road warriors [amazon.com]
  • Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD: Best USB-C pack with Power Delivery [amazon.com]

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We’ve done the legwork for you, evaluating a wide range of power banks from different manufacturers, costing different prices, and some offering unique features. Our testing is extensive, too, subjecting the packs to real-world usage (read about our testing process in detail below). Our picks below reflect a range of needs. (You might also be interested in our our roundup of USB car chargers if you spend a lot of time in transit.)

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