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The Best Power Banks

Best Power Bank Reviews

Charmat 10400mAh Power Bank – Best Power Bank with LCD

  • Pros
    • Great value
    • LCD
    • Multiple inputs/outputs
    • Power Delivery
  • Cons
    • More than 10K models
  • PS17.99

Power banks with LCDs used to be quite expensive. As prices fell, they started to flood the market. Today, however, the Charmat is still the only model with an LCD in our roundup.

This screen is extremely useful for determining how much power is left in the bank. It’s much more helpful than trying to figure out how many LEDs of juice you need to power your computer.

If you have multiple devices that need to be charged, the power bank has three outlets. Two full-sized USBs are included and a USB-C PD port, which can be used both as an input and output. All three USBs support 18W Quick Charging, although one is required at a given time.

An additional Quick Charge 2.0-compatible Micro-USB is located on the side. This can be used to charge the bank. The charger will charge in 3.5 hours using a Quick Charge/PD adapter and 5.5 hours using a standard 10W charging cable.

It’s slightly larger than some of the slimmer, comparable-capacity models available on the market. The Charmat measures roughly the same width as a smartphone but is shorter and chunkier. It is 228g in weight, so that it may be better suited for a bag than your pocket.

Charmat includes a soft mesh case and a USB-A-to-USB-C cable inside the box. This is a nice touch.

JIGA 30,000mAh Power Bank – Most Versatile Power Bank

  • Pros
    • Huge capacity
    • Perfect for iPhone and Android users
  • Cons
    • Plasticky design
    • No Power Delivery
  • PS30.95

JIGA may be a new name in power bank tech. However, its 30,000mAh capacity power bank is very interesting. It will provide some comfort when you are far from mains power.

It’s a throwback back to power banks a few years ago, with its built-in LED flash (certainly handy for camping trips) and durable but plasticky design.

Although it is small for such high-capacity banks, it is more practical and easy to carry around.

You can fill the JIGA’s battery with any cable that you have at hand. It has USB-C and Micro-USB inputs. Although the USB-C port is not available as an output, three full-sized USB-A outputs can be used, each of which is rated at 10.5W.

While this isn’t the same speed as Power Delivery, it’s fast enough to charge a phone (or multiple phones)

This JIGA power bank will provide you with a steady stream of power for your mobile devices.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000 PD – Best Value 20,000mAh Power Bank

  • Pros
    • High capacity
    • Great value
    • Reliable brand
    • Power Delivery
  • Cons
    • Won’t charge a USB-C laptop
  • PS36.99

This 20,000mAh portable charger comes from Anker, a well-respected brand in power banks.

The 345.5g Essential black plastic brick is small for the power it can hold. The top has a texture that enhances grip and overall appearance.

While we are pleased to see support for Power Delivery, it is only 18W and not enough to charge a USB C laptop. This device is useful for fast-charging phones and tablets.

Anker’s PowerIQ smarter charger algorithm is used to power the full-size USB output. The USB-C port is both input- and output. The top of the device has a power button that displays the remaining capacity via four LEDs. You can also use it to switch between trickle charging and smartwatches with earbuds or smartwatches.

The box includes a USB-C-to-USB-C cable and a soft mesh carrying case.

Anker PowerCore II 10K Wireless – Best Wireless Power Bank

  • Pros
    • 10W wireless charging
    • 18W wired charging
    • Built-in phone stand
  • Cons
    • There is no support for MagSafe, Apple Watch, or Samsung Watch
  • PS39.99

Anker PowerCore III 10K wireless is a Qi wireless charger that can also be used as a portable power bank.

It can be used at work or home plugged in. You can also take it with you to charge your device wirelessly or wired when you’re away from a power outlet. It’s wireless, so you don’t need to bring a cable.

The PowerCore III10K’s decent-sized 10,000mAh battery is named after it.

The wireless charger has a 10W rating. Place your device in the middle of the circle. The placement of the device was not as sensitive as some wireless chargers. The charger is not automatic, but you will need to press the button first.

Charge your devices from the USB-A ports on one end. They can output 18W total.

Anker PowerCore10K Wireless – Best Budget Wireless Power Bank

  • Pros
    • Good value wireless charger
    • two full-size USB-A outputs
  • Cons
    • USB_C is input only
    • Qi only 5W
    • No MagSafe support
  • PS29.99

Anker PowerCore 10K Wireless, a Qi wireless charger that charges at half the power of the PowerCore III, is half the price.

The battery is also 10,000mAh. It can take three charges from the power bank to recharge the battery. However, wireless charging is rated at 5W, compared with the PowerCore III’s 10.

If speed isn’t an issue for you, you can save some money by purchasing this model. However, we prefer the faster charging PowerCore III.

Anker PowerCore Magnet 5K – Best MagSafe Power Bank

  • Pros
    • Made For iPhone
    • Compact Design
    • A well-known brand
  • Cons
    • Relatively low-capacity
    • A bit pricey
  • PS44.99

The portable wireless charger is one of our favourite accessories.

It’s a 5,000mAh power bank in a palm-sized size that can charge compatible iPhones by simply snapping it onto the back of your MagSafe.

It can charge over USB-C in some cases and comes in various colours. You can also use it to charge any other device via cable, even without MagSafe.

This handy set of LEDs shows how much power the PowerCore still has.

Tech Charge Wireless PowerKit5000 – Best Bundle

  • Pros
    • Wireless charging at your home or abroad with this 2-in-1 bundle
  • Cons
    • Wireless bank only 5W and 5,000mAh
    • No USB-C
    • No Power Delivery
  • PS29.99

Normally sold individually, charging accessories can be cheaper when purchased in a bundle. This Wireless PowerKit 5000 by Tech Charge is a great value. You get a wireless charging pad that is 10W, a power bank of 5,000mAh that can charge your mobile devices using standard USB or Qi wireless and three cables (two Micro-USB, one Lightning span>

It is well-designed, with a rectangle body and rounded corners. The black case has a soft touch and is very comfortable. Although it is lightweight, it has a higher capacity than other power banks. This allows for wireless charging technology and provides a stable base for charging your phone. There are four nubbins at the bottom to keep your phone steady on the desk.

Wireless charging on power banks is still not something we are convinced of. Most people will not carry the bank around in their pockets or bags. However, wireless charging for gadgets like wireless earbuds or smartwatches Qi can be a great way to charge them. It’s an awesome feature, we agree.

Although not explicitly stated, the Tech Charge power bank supports passthrough charging. This means that you can simultaneously charge the power bank and any connected device. This frees up power outlets in your home. It won’t take long to charge, as the power bank has a Micro-USB input of 10W. However, it is not wirelessly charged.

You will find power banks that are faster and more feature-rich elsewhere, even if they don’t offer wireless functionality or separate wireless charging pads. The kit lacks Quick Charge support, USB C, and an LCD, which are all options that are not yet available in the power bank market. This Tech Charge kit is an excellent value and highly functional.

You can expect between 3,000 and 3,500mAh from the 5,000mAh internal battery. This is at least when it is charged via standard USB. This is enough to charge most phones for a day, but older iPhones and budget Androids will require a little more juice for emergencies.

While not Apple-certified, the Wireless PowerKit is compatible with all current iPhones and all Qi-compatible wireless devices.

Moshi IonGo 5K Duo – Best Design

  • Pros
    • Gorgeous design
    • Lightning and USB-C cables
    • Vegan leather
  • Cons
    • Expensive
  • PS74.95

The condo 5K Duo is expensive but worth it if you value style as much as functionality.

The Moshi is almost identical to the IonGo 5K before, but with built-in USB-C (and Lightning cables). It comes in a soft leather case with a magnetic clasp and anodised aluminium faceplate.

This cable is now compatible with both iPhone and Android users. However, it is Made For iPhone-certified.

It is a premium device with a 10-year warranty that goes a long way in explaining the higher price. This device also has the smallest 5,000mAh battery we have ever seen. It is a clear indication that there are high-tech components within.

This capacity allows for a full charge on any Android phone and possibly two iPhones. Moshi claims that the bank can keep that power for as long as 27 months if it isn’t used.

Lightning can charge up to 15W faster than USB-C, and Lightning charges up to 12W faster than USB-C. Lightning and USB-C can be used together to get slightly slower charging speeds. The maximum output is 3.4A (17W span>).

The USB-C cable can be used to recharge the bank up to 15W. Even better, the Moshi supports passthrough charging. This allows you to charge your phone and another device simultaneously. However, there is no separate input that will work with iPhone.