We love our smartphones and tablets, but despite the increased network speeds, the great functionality, and all those amazing apps, there is still one problem: battery life. The more we depend on our mobile devices, the less time the battery lasts. And if we’re not at home or in the office, that can mean a complete shutdown, with consequences ranging from annoying to disastrous.
Fortunately, the meteoric growth in mobile devices has been accompanied by an equally impressive growth in portable chargers. And we’re not talking about bulky battery packs and yet more tangled cables. These days, most charging devices will fit in the palm of your hand and connect with a custom USB cable that’s no longer than a couple of inches.
Here are 5 of our favorites. We have quoted the original manufacturer’s price but have also included a lower price where one was available.
The RAVPower Deluxe 14000mAh Portable Power Bank delivers super-fast smartphone and tablet charging through dual USB ports. The RAVPower is compatible with all iPhone and iPad models and most Android smartphones and tablets. LED lights indicate remaining capacity and the RAVPower comes with 4 different adapters, a USB wire, and a travel pouch. Available in black or white matte finish.Price: $129.99 ($39.99 Amazon)
Mophie Juice Pack PowerStation Duo
Mophie Juice Pack
has a capacity of 6000mAh, which provides up to four complete battery charges for most smartphones and up to two charges for most tablets. The dual USB ports enable two devices to be charged at the same time. The 4-light LED status indicator is only visible once you check the Juice Pack power levels or the charging status.Price:$99.95
Anker Astro E4
If you’re looking for something a little more robust, then the high-capacity
Anker Astro E4
13000mAh battery pack might be just the answer. The Astro E4 holds enough power to charge your smartphone 7 or 8 times over and two concurrent high-speed ports and a choice of adapters will ensure compatibility with most devices. Available in a smooth ebony or ivory finish.Price: $79.99 ($43.99 Amazon)
If you need something to cover the whole family, then the 4-port
EasyAcc 12000mAh PowerBank
will get the job done. Compatible with most smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth devices, and even Google Glass, the high-capacity EasyAcc PowerBank will completely recharge an iPhone 6 or 7 times. The automatic shutdown mechanism makes sure that the PowerBank never gets overloaded. Available in black only.Price: $86.99 ($38.99 Amazon)
NexTek Pocket Boost 400
Looking for something smaller and easier to carry? The
NexTek Pocket Boost 4400
allows you to quickly extend the battery life of any portable USB device without the need for a bigger power pack. The low-priced, single USB port Pocket Boost comes in a variety of fun colors and easily slips into a pocket or purse.Price: $42.99 ($29.99 NexTek sale)