Many people use their Android phone for work, consuming a lot of battery throughout the day. If you trust something like ajust to keep your phone running, you’re not alone. However, battery cases do have some drawbacks, as they make your device much bulkier and heavier than it needs to be, and sometimes negatively affect your wireless reception. That’s where a dedicated portable charger or power bank can help. From wired options to models that can charge your phone wirelessly, there’s a plethora of options when it comes to keeping your Android device up and running.
To that end, I’ve rounded up the top picks for the best portable charger for Android devices. Although they cost more, I personally like batteries that have abuilt-in so I don’t have to worry about carrying a charging cable to have enough power for my devices. (Models with built-in USB-C cables should also work for iPad Pro devices.) But I’ve also included some inexpensive options for those who don’t want to spend as much on portable power and charging needs. And while we have a anything here without an integrated USB-C cable will work just fine with an iPhone (and non-Pro iPad models), as long as you provide the Lightning cable.
Best Battery Packs with Built-in Lightning Cables and Pop-up Wall Plugs
Like the PhoneSuit Journey, the $33 Ventev Powercell 6010 Plus Portable Charger and Battery Pack has integrated folding prongs and an integrated USB-C cable. It houses a 6000mAh battery and there’s also a standard USB port so you can charge and recharge multiple devices with an extra cable.
MyCharge’s HubPlus Portable Charger and Power Bank ($60) has an integrated foldable wall plug, an integrated micro USB cable, and a USB-C cable and USB output port. It’s a bit bulky, but with a 6,700mAh battery, you can top up most phones twice (and some three times). This charger also has 18 watts of power output and Qulacomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 feature, which enables faster charging of USB-C devices.
Best High Capacity Power Banks with PD Fast Charging
The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux Portable Battery Charger retails for around $40. Although this battery charger is chunkier than some of the charger options in this roundup, it is one of the 10,000 portable charger models smaller mAh and has a 18W USB-C PD port that provides fast charging. The necessary USB cable for fast charging (USB-C to USB-C) is included.
The Mophie Powerstation PD Portable Battery is available in 6,000 mAh and 10,050 mAh versions ($24). The 6,000mAh model (shown here) offers 18W of power from its USB-C port for fast charging and extended battery life. You can also charge and recharge a second device from the USB-A port to charge multiple devices.
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Best Battery Packs with Folding Wall Plug (Cordless)
This model from Anker is basically an oversized wall charger with a built-in 5000mAh battery. It has two standard USB charging ports to simultaneously recharge your phone and a secondary device (or two phones). And a small LED indicator on the side lets you check the charge level with the push of a button. It’s currently on Amazon for between $30 and $40, depending on the color you choose (white, black, or lip red).
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The MyCharge Home & Go portable charger has built-in foldable prongs so you can plug it directly into a wall outlet to charge. The small and slim 4000mAh version is around $24 and has a single USB output (USB-C cable not included).
The best portable wireless Qi chargers
At around $85, Moshi’s Porto Q 5K (5,000 mAh) isn’t cheap, but like the MyCharge Unplugged, it’s a portable battery that doubles as a portable wireless charger. It’s sleeker and more stylish than MyCharge Unplugged and charges via USB-C instead of Micro USB. There is a USB output port for wired charging, and you can charge and recharge two devices simultaneously.
Additional choice: power bank with built-in speaker
If you’re looking for a portable battery that can also play music, the Esquire Mini 2 ($80) is a stylish Bluetooth travel speaker that has a USB output port for charging devices (Lightning cable not included). It sounds surprisingly good for its slim size and comes with a travel bag.
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Portable Battery Pack Comparison
We used all of the above models in anecdotal testing over the last few weeks and months. Each battery pack featured above is one we recommend over the dozens, if not hundreds, of others currently for sale on Amazon and elsewhere, which is why we zeroed in on a handful of favorite brands: Mophie, MyCharge, and Anker, with some notable. from Aukey, Ventev, Moshi and Harman Kardon for good measure.
What to look for in a battery pack
Here are some things to consider when shopping for a battery pack:
- A higher power rating (mAh, short for milliamp hours) for a battery pack means more charges, but also heavier weight.
- For newer Android phones, you should buy a battery with a capacity of at least 3,000 mAh, which should give you at least one full charge. With the exception of Harman Kardon, all of the models featured above hit that mark.
- Multiple USB output ports will allow you to charge and recharge more than one or device at a time.
- All of these products use rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries and therefore should always be kept in carry-on baggage when traveling by plane. Airlines and regulatory agencies are increasingly banning lithium-ion batteries in checked baggage.
- Some of the battery pack options above are USB-PD (Power Delivery) models, which provide faster charging of phones with variable battery capacity, and other USB-C products that support fast charging. These PD chargers will charge larger USB-C devices (laptops, Nintendo Switch ($300 on Amazon) and the like), as well as USB-C-enabled iPad Pros, but sometimes at slower speeds than higher-wattage wall chargers.