Best portable iPhone chargers and power banks for 2021: Mophie, MyCharge, etc

Manufacturers like Apple seem to prefer making phones with increasing sizes, so portable battery chargers or power banks could be a more practical choice for iPhones than they are. battery case, which increases battery capacity but tends to make phones heavier and bulky to carry around.

To that end, I’ve put together the best power banks and portable battery chargers for iPhones out there to give your phone a little extra power. Although they cost more, I personally prefer batteries with a Lightning cable built in, so I don’t have to worry about carrying the charging cable around for fast. charging when I don’t have enough strength. But I’ve also included some budget fee options for those who want to spend as little as possible on charging their iPhone via the power adapter as possible. And, though we have a similar list about Best power bank for Android phonesAny portable battery pack here without a built-in Lightning cable will work perfectly when charging an Android smartphone (or any other mobile device), as long as you provide a compatible cable.

So which portable charger is best for iPhone? Power bank is best for portable charger? Let’s find out.

Read: The best USB-C PD chargers of 2020

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The Mophie’s PowerStation Plus has a fabric finish and has a 6,040 mAh battery, as well as a built-in Lightning connection. If you buy one Apple exclusive versionThe battery can conveniently charge iPhones and iPads with any Lightning cable (instead of Micro-USB), but you have to pay the full list price of $ 80. The Amazon charged version via the included Micro-USB / Lightning cable and is now a little more than $ 50 off. With the USB output port, you can charge or charge two devices at the same time.

The bigger one PowerStation Plus XL 10,000 mAh also available on Amazon, but it’s thicker. The XL can be fully charged wirelessly on the wireless charging dock while the standard PowerStation Plus does not have wireless charging.

Note: Ignore Amazon’s product description that states that the smaller PowerStation Plus has Qi wireless charging – it is not a wireless charger. Read more.

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You can pick up 10,000mAh RavPower Power Bank for around $ 17. There’s nothing fancy about this power bank, but it’s thin for a 10,000 mAh backup battery, has two USB-A outputs, and it’s cheap.

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Anker PowerCore Slim 10,000 mAh costs about 25 USD. Although thicker than some of the portable chargers in this ring, it is one of the thinnest 10,000 mAh portable chargers and has a USB-C input for charging, but no USB-C output. No cables are included.

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The MyCharge HubPlus Turbo is the company’s latest power bank with a foldable wall plug built in and both Lightning and USB-C cables. The wall charger is called Turbo because it has Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0 (USB-C cable) that deliver fast charging speeds (charging times 75% faster than the standard 5V charger that comes with most iPhones. ). This wall charger has a 6,700 mAh battery.

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The Ventev Powercell 6010 Plus backup battery (currently available for $ 51 on Amazon) has a built-in folding prong and both an integrated Lightning cable and a Micro-USB cable. The Ventev has an output battery of 6,000 mAh. There’s also a USB output on the wall charger so you can charge or recharge other power banks using the extra cable.

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This Anker model is essentially an oversized wall charger that can be plugged in like a power adapter with a built-in 5,000 mAh output battery. The wall charger has two standard USB charging ports for charging multiple devices such as phones and auxiliary equipment (or two phones) simultaneously and a small LED indicator on the side that lets you check the charge level with just one button press. Wall chargers are available in white, black, or vermilion colors ranging from $ 30 to $ 36.

The Atom XS comes in two versions: a smaller 800 mAh output model and a larger 1,300 mAh output model. They are designed to fit into a keyring and are about the size of a car electronic key. But be warned, they won’t fully charge your phone. The idea is to leave them around to charge in case your phone dies and you need some water to get you through a couple of hours.

Both the Atom XS models have a built-in Lightning connector and won’t weigh your phone down while it’s charging. Priced around $ 40 for the larger 1300 mAh output variant (the one I wanted to pick up), the Atom XS is quite expensive, and you may be disappointed as it will only charge some of the larger iPhones around 25%. But again, this is all about the convenience of having a small battery charger for emergency charging purposes. The model has a slightly cheaper USB-C charging at $ 35.

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There are many types of capacities, Adventure series by MyCharge The battery is designed to be drop resistant and is both dust and water resistant. They also include a carabiner so you can grip the battery in your backpack.

Priced around $ 27, the Adventure Mini captured here has a 3,350 mAh output battery that can fully charge most phones. It has a USB-out port (charging cable not included) during upgrade Adventure Plus There are two USB output ports for charging or charging two phones at the same time. That’s a lot of ports.

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MyCharge’s Unplugged line comes in 3K (3,000 mAh output), 5K (5,000 mAh output), 8K (8,000 mAh output), and 10K (10,000 mAh output) models all of which are portable batteries. wireless charging. In addition, they have a USB output port or ports for wired charging using a cable (you can charge two devices simultaneously). It’s like having a charging dock without wires.

On Amazon, only 5K, 8K, and 10K models with 10K versions sell for a little more than $ 30.

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Moshi’s 5,000 mAh output Porto Q 5K isn’t cheap at around $ 85, but like the MyCharge Unplugged, it’s a portable battery that functions twice as much as a wireless charging dock. It’s more classy and stylish than MyCharge Unplugged and charges via USB-C instead of Micro-USB. There’s a USB output port for fast wired charging, and you can charge two devices at the same time.

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Belkin Boost Charge is available in 5,000 – ($ 21) and 10,000 mAh ($ 42) versions. The higher capacity model (pictured above, left) is a very thin 10K spare battery that weighs 7.48 ounces (212 grams). While neither of them come with a Lightning cable, one of the main differences of Boost Charge is that you can charge or recharge using a Lightning cable, so you don’t have to carry a Micro-USB or USB-C cable. for charging.

The 5K version (pictured above, right) has a single USB port for charging. 10K has two USB output ports for charging two devices at the same time.

What are you looking for

Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a power bank or charger:

  • A higher power output rating (mAh, short for millamp hours) means more charges – but also heavier.
  • For the latest iPhones (everything after iPhone 7) you should buy batteries with a capacity of at least 3,000 mAh, which will give you at least one full charge of the device. With the exception of Atom XS, all of the above models hit that level.
  • Multiple built-in charging cables or USB output ports will let you charge multiple devices at the same time.
  • All of these products use rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries, so they should be kept in your carry-on baggage at all times when traveling. Airlines and regulators increasingly ban lithium-ion batteries in checked baggage.
  • If you want maximum output power, choose a USB-C PD (power delivery) type charger, which can charge nearly any small device (smaller than a laptop), including tablets or Nintendo Switch.

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