Best power banks and portable chargers to keep you fully charged in 2023
Never run out of battery again with one of the best power banks available in 2023.
There are now countless power banks and portable chargers to keep up with how much time we spend on our devices. It's easy to start comparing them by price, but different power banks can do different things - and it's important to get one most suited to you.
Whether you're looking for high capacities for big charges, or solar-powered batteries for camping outdoors, there's a range of features available from a variety of brands. Read on for our top picks.
Best power banks and portable chargers to buy in 2023
Anker PowerCore 13000 Power Bank
Anker are known for their reliable power banks, and this charger from their PowerCore range has some handy features. It has Anker's PowerIQ technology that is able to identify the device it's charging to optimise the charge that it delivers.
Packaged into a convenient pocket-sized shape, the charger has enough capacity to charge an iPhone X or a Galaxy S9 three times. It also has surge protection and short circuit protection, for an added layer of safety.
For different capacities in Anker's PowerCore range, try the Anker PowerCore 20100 for high capacity or the Anker PowerCore III for a cheaper, low capacity option.
Duracell 10,050mAh Fast Charge Portable Power Bank
Duracell's range of power banks are all modelled in their distinct battery style and, like their battery counterparts, they offer impressive charging capabilities. From Duracell's internal testing, they found that the Duracell 10,050mAh Power Bank charges 3 times faster than the wall socket, thanks to its USB-C port and 18W power delivery.
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The power bank has two outputs allowing it to charge two devices at once. It also has priority charging, meaning if the bank is plugged into the wall while charging a device, it will prioritise the device before charging the power bank. Plus, it comes with a 3-year Duracell guarantee.
Energizer Ultimate 10,000mAh Portable Power Bank
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The Energizer Ultimate power bank consistently receives strong reviews, thanks to its fast charging and compact design. The charger is said to be able to charge approximately 50 per cent of the device in 30 minutes, using quick charge technology to power the two output ports.
LED lights on the power bank indicate when the device is charging, when it's fully charged and the remaining charge in the bank. It takes around 2.5 hours to charge the power bank.
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JIGA Solar Power Bank, 30,000mAh Portable Charger
For outdoors and camping enthusiasts, this high-capacity power bank from Jiga could be the ideal choice. It has solar powered charging, allowing it to charge throughout the day back up to its charge of 30,000mAh.
It has smart technology and hardware protection, so it will optimise its charging for whatever device is plugged in. It also features an LED light and three outputs for multiple device charging.
JIGA Power Bank, 30,000mAh Portable Charger
If you're not looking for solar charging, Jiga's 30,000mAh power bank is an impressive alternative. The battery can provide charge all day and it's a perfect choice for any devices that require a lot of power.
It has three inputs, three outputs, an LED flashlight and LED indicators. This power bank can be a reliable choice for a long-lasting charger.
Juice 5 Power Bank Black 15,000mAh
The Juice 5 Power Bank is designed to charge your mobile device up to five times. With its 15,000mAh capacity, it carries a healthy amount of charge. The LED display shows the exact percentage of the bank's remaining power, with additional indicators to display when it's charging and when it's fully charged.
INIU Power Bank
The INIU portable charger is one of the most compact models out there, with a slim design for easy carrying. The lightweight design doesn't sacrifice compatibility - it has optimised charging for various devices and can adjust to high-speed charging.
What to consider when buying a power bank?
The charge capacity of a power bank is the amount of power it can store. This is measured in milliampere-hours (mAh). The higher the mAh rating, the more charging capacity the power bank has. A smartphone typically has a battery capacity of around 3000-4000mAh, while a tablet may have a battery capacity of 6000mAh or more. If you plan to charge multiple devices, or larger devices like laptops, you'll want a power bank with a higher charge capacity.
Size and Portability
Different power banks have different sizes and weights, so it's important to consider how portable you need your power bank to be. If you're planning to carry it in your pocket, a smaller power bank may be more convenient. If you need a power bank with a high charge capacity, it may be bulkier and heavier. Look for a power bank that strikes a balance between portability and charging capacity.
The charge speed of a power bank is the rate at which it can deliver power to your devices, measured in amps (A). The higher the amp rating, the faster the power bank can charge your devices. However, faster charging can also mean that the power bank will discharge more quickly, so it's important to find a balance between charge speed and battery life. Also, not all devices can handle fast charging, so be sure to check your device's specifications to make sure you're not damaging the battery.
Port Selection and Capacity
Finally, it's important to consider the port selection and capacity of a power bank. Look for a power bank that has multiple ports so you can charge multiple devices at once. Also, make sure the power bank has the right ports for the devices you plan to charge.
By considering these factors, you can find the right portable charger for your needs. Whether you need a small power bank for your phone or a larger one for your laptop, there's a power bank out there that's right for you.
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