Once upon a time, it seemed like everybody was buying battery cases to get the extra juice they needed for their phone to make it through the day. However, the big problem with a battery case is that it makes your phone bulky and heavy — and some cases hurt wireless reception, too. With phones growing larger and larger, the battery case just doesn’t always make as much sense as it once did. An external battery pack is the way to go. Lets look at some of the best power bank portable chargers.
Best battery pack with built-in USB-C cable:
Mophie’s PowerStation Plus USB-C lists for $80 but can be had for around $45 online for the version that houses a 6,040-mAh battery. With the USB-out port, you can charge two devices simultaneously.
The slimmer 4,000-mAh version costs $33.
Best battery packs with built-in Lightning cables and foldout wall plugs:
Like the PhoneSuit Journey, the $50 Ventev Powercell 6010 Plus has integrated folding prongs and an integrated USB-C cable. It houses a 6,000-mAh battery, and there’s also a standard USB port so you can charge other devices with an extra cable.
MyCharge’s HubPlus-C ($80) has an integrated foldable wall plug, USB-C cable and USB-out port. It’s a little bulky, but with a 6,700-mAh battery, it can charge most phones twice (and some three times). It also has 18 watts of output power and Qulacomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 feature, which allows for faster charging of devices with USB-C.
Best high-capacity power banks with PD Quick Charge feature:
The Anker PowerCore 10,000 PD retails for about $45. Though it’s thicker than some of the chargers in this roundup, it’s one of the smaller 10,000-mAh portable chargers and has an 18-watt USB-C PD port that provides fast charging. The required cable for fast charging (USB-C to USB-C) is included.
Mophie’s Powerstation PD is available in 6,000-mAh ($60) and 10,050-mAh ($80) versions. The 6,000-mAh model delivers 18 watts of power from its USB-C port for quick charging purposes. You can also charge a second device from the USB-A port.