When it comes to tech, there is one universal truth: A cell phone battery never lasts long enough. Maybe you are a TikTok fiend who is constantly draining battery while scrolling your For You Page. Or maybe you are an amateur photographer taking high-res pictures of every dog that crosses your path — and that’s a lot of dogs. Or maybe you are just hopeless when it comes to actually charging your phone overnight. Whatever the reason, chances are you’ve caught yourself wishing for more battery bars more than once. It’s time to choose among the best portable power banks below to ensure you always have juice.
Forget hunting for outlets and being tethered to a wall when your battery runs low. Instead, invest in a portable power bank that can power up your dying device while you’re on the go.
The best portable power banks are small and lightweight, fitting easily in the palm of your hand. Many can hold multiple charges and come with magnetic capabilities, able to attach right to the back of your phone to charge wirelessly. Some are even aesthetic!
Whether you are constantly on campus or always on the go, a portable charger is a must-have. Check out these five top-rated portable power banks that will keep your battery full and your day connected.
1. Anker Portable Charger, $25.99 (Orig. $27.99)
As the No. 1 best-selling charger on Amazon, the Anker Portable Charger balances high performance with an affordable price tag. With a super-tough exterior, this super-slim charger can withstand your worst — drops included. When fully charged, this small but mighty powerhouse provides 2.25 charges for an iPhone or 1.6 charges for a Galaxy. This highly rated charger will also protect your device from overcharging, overheating, short-circuiting and more. Need more proof of performance? The Anker Portable Charger has more than 68,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
2. Clutch Charger, $49.99
Super thin and oh-so-lightweight, this sleek charger comes in clutch (get it?) when your phone is drained. With options for both iPhones and Androids, Clutch chargers feature a built-in charging cable to save you from toting any loose cables. Weighing only 3.2 ounces, this charger slips easily into your pocket, taking up less room than a wallet. If you’re using an iPhone 12 or newer, you can use your Clutch as a MagSafe charger, charging your phone without any pesky cables. Plus, you can also use your Clutch to charge your AirPods.
3. Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, $94 (Orig. $99.99)
The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack obviously has to make the list of best portable chargers. Apple’s MagSafe tech seriously upgraded portable charging, making it possible to charge your iPhone with a simple magnetic battery pack. Customers say the charger is best used to keep your phone at a steady charge for prolonged periods of time — not to charge your phone from 0% to 100% battery. But with a slim profile, small size and official Apple warranty and servicing, this option is definitely a top contender for the best portable power bank.
4. Velvet Caviar MagSafe Battery Pack, $60 – $65
Able to charge your phone from 0% to 100%, Velvet Caviar’s MagSafe Battery Pack provides two full charges for an iPhone. It does take a little while to work its magic (about two hours to go from completely drained to completely charged), but the slim profile and MagSafe capabilities make using (or carrying) your phone while charging a breeze. It’s compatible with all MagSafe iPhones and MagSafe cases as well as newer Samsung models with magnetic charging capabilities. But the main reason to buy? These chargers come in super-cute patterns and colors, making your portable power bank anything but boring.
5. iWALK Portable Charger, $29.99
Forget cables. The iWalk Portable Charger plugs right into your phone, leaving no need for tangled cables. Arguably the most compact charger to make the list, this lipstick-sized portable power bank holds about one full charge for your iPhone. At 3.2 ounces, it’s virtually weightless. This charger doesn’t rely on magnetic charging. Just attach it to the port at the bottom of your phone and let it power you up.
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