If you have a smartphone, it’s safe to say that at one point you’ve run out of battery and realized how you could barely function without it. Things aren’t going to change anytime soon, so whether you’re going on a day trip, a weekend trip, or a month-long adventure, make sure you’ve always got backup juice. You’ll likely need your phone to navigate, figure out where to eat or stay, or communicate with family and friends. A portable battery will relieve some of the stress that comes with knowing your battery is about to die and will help you reach your next destination (which hopefully has an outlet). Here are some of the best chargers to consider taking with you on your next adventure.
mophie powerstation XXL External Battery
For longer trips when you need a lot of reserve battery
If you’re looking for an external charger that’ll last you for as long as possible, the 20,000 mAh mophie powerstation XXL is the way to go. This charger will give you up to 100 hours of battery, which is more than the other chargers on this list. Of course, it does cost a bit more. This one has three USB ports to charge multiple devices and is perfect for extended multi-day trips, especially if you’re going somewhere without electricity.
Nomad Ultra Rugged 1.5 M Battery Cable for iPhone and iPad
Charging cable with a built-in portable battery
The Nomad Ultra Rugged battery cable is perfect the person who always forgets to charge their portable battery (it happens). The rugged, nylon-wrapped cable has an attached 2,800mAh battery that can fully charge your phone once. When your device is plugged into an outlet, the Nomad product knows to charge your phone first, and then charge the portable battery. As long as you remember to charge your phone, you’ll automatically charge your external charger. It comes with a silicone rubber tie to easily wrap up the cable.
Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
Charge two devices at once
The Anker PowerCore is a reliable charger that’ll give your phone between 4 and 7 charges, depending on the phone and model. The charging speed is fast and the battery life is reliable. Another thing to note is that it’s not too heavy either—only .78 pounds. It takes about 10 hours to charge this one, and it comes with two USB ports so you can charge two devices at a time.
BioLite Charge 20 5,200mAh USB Power Bank
Can survive all weather conditions
Biolite’s portable charger is made with outdoor adventures in mind. The lightweight device weighs .3 pounds and the cover on the top makes it weather-resistant, so you can bring it on long outdoor trips without worrying it will get wet or damaged. It’s built to withstand snow, rain, sleet, and isn’t going to break if you drop it. It also has a nice stainless steel finish, which feels smooth and is one of the nicer ones on this list.
Belkin Pocket Power 10K Power Bank
It comes in Black, Rose Gold, Silver
The dual-charging Belkin Pocket Power will charge your phones around 3 times. The battery life on this one is somewhere in the middle of this list. But even though it’s less than some of the other chargers on this list, this one is definitely a good option. It’s also extremely light—only .2 pounds—and three charges is, after all, quite a bit and depending on your phone will last you more than a full day.
NexGadget Solar Charger 20,000mAh
Great for people that spend a lot of time in the sun
The Nexgadget Solar Charger was built for the outdoors. It works both as a traditional charger and as a solar battery. It’s rain-proof as well as shock-proof and comes with a built-in LED flashlight, which will surely come in handy on your next outdoor trip. It does way almost a pound, which is something to consider if weight is a concern for you. But if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in the sun without access to outlets, you’ll get the most out of this charger.