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The Best Portable Chargers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of chargers before — including one writer’s favorite light-up charger, the best wireless chargers, and the best charging stand — here we’ve rounded up the best portable chargers and power banks, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated portable charger

Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Charger

With over 18,000 five-star reviews, this charger is often described as compact and light, making it a favorite for travel. One frequent traveler writes, “In celebration of my seniority of 70 years, I am making my next two-month trip with just a small Marmot backpack and an Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable duffel. Packing weight and compactness is my primary motivation for anything I take on the next trip. One extra pound is too much for this trip, so I chose the Anker PowerCore+ Mini 3350 mAh lipstick charger, which weighs around three ounces.” Many also call this charger “reliable” and a “necessity,” like one who writes, “I absolutely trust this charger. With a surplus of portable chargers on the market, it’s difficult to identify and separate the good from the junk. I’ve tried over eight different ones and can’t say enough about this extremely reliable, user friendly, and ergonomically distinct product that can fit in your pocket.” Many who use it constantly can attest to its strength, like one who writes, “During the height of Pokémon Go, my 5-year-old and I spent hours in Central Park hunting for imaginary beasts, and I found my cell phone battery was not up to the task. I purchased this charger two months ago to help with my power needs and it delivered. I get a full charge and a half from this.”

Best-rated (less expensive) portable charger

Jackery Bar Premium External Battery Charger

Although few reviewers bought this power bank for the flashlight, it became their favorite feature, like one who writes, “The hidden surprise (to me at least) is that there is also a flashlight embedded within the battery. So cool. If I were to say one thing about most products, it’s that I wish they had a flashlight embedded within it.” Another uses it frequently saying it’s great for “getting your key in the lock when the porch light is out or reading menu in a dimly lit restaurant.” Overall, reviewers were impressed with how functional this charger is for traveling and everyday use. “This is quickly becoming my favorite piece of new tech. It is so easy to use. It comes with the battery charger and the charging cord, no USB wall plug, but that was fine since I have tons around the house,” writes one. “It’s very solid and well made. I’ve used it several times now, and while it does take a while to charge the actual battery, it does a wicked fast job of charging whatever device I have it connected to. “

And now for some micro-picks for every type of portable charger you might be looking for.

Best portable charger for PC laptops

MAXOAK 50000mAh 6 Port Portable Charger

“I am a bowling league secretary and treasurer, and I use a laptop to take care of my records at the bowling center. I had occasions where my laptop would run out of power from a full charge in the middle of entering my records and I had to scurry around looking for a place to plug in my laptop,” writes one reviewer, who feels this battery gave him peace of mind. “It’s been about 3 weeks since I started using it and now I wonder how I managed before I got this.” Some warn that the battery is difficult to travel with because it’s bulky and heavy, but one frequent camper loves it for his hiking trips, writing, “As the treasurer for my boy’s Boy Scout Troop, I usually always have my computer and other things with me on campouts and this battery has kept them running. Having this battery during the week of summer camp is a lifesaver every year.” Many attest to how long it lasts, like one who writes, “I call this the MOAB, Mother Of All Batteries. It works beyond my expectations. I have used it to power a laptop for two 10-hour workdays straight plus a tablet and phone, and it still was not put of power.”

Best portable charger for Macbooks

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with 30W Power Delivery Charger

This power bank seems to be popular among those looking for a portable option that’s still strong enough to fully charge their Macbooks. One writes, “It actually charges your Mac quickly while you use it, whereas other usb-c battery packs just help you maintain charge.” Another reviewer got into the nitty gritty details of this charger, writing, “Since overall this battery pack stores 96 watt-hours it can fully recharge a MacBook Pro battery (which is 54 to 58 watt-hours) about 1.5 times, but since its maximum power output is 30W, it’ll just charge your laptop a bit slower than the 61W Apple power adapter. Still pretty impressive for a mobile battery pack.”

Others note they love this for travel, like one who writes, “I can use my laptop all day without needing to find an outlet or dim the screen to save juice. I can use my laptop or Nintendo Switch through an entire transatlantic flight,” writes one reviewer. Another reviewer bought this for the whole family to charge up, he writes, “ It could easily charge my Macbook Air fully or charge all four phones and tablets all on one charge of the battery itself. It’s pretty freaking awesome.” Dozens note they have previously used and trust this brand, like one who writes, “Anker stuff is always top of the heap, but this thing continues to amaze me. I’ve had it for over a year and the fact that I can charge my 15-inch MacBook Pro with it still blows me away.”

Best portable charger for tablets

INIU Portable Charger

Reviewers looking for a stronger battery to charge their tablets, not just smartphones, felt this one from INIU was up to the task, like one who writes, “This thing lasts forever I swear. Great capacity and holds charge for a week in my case. Super good looking and charged everything from iPads to iPhones and all else quickly.” Lots comment on how compact it is compared to those from competitors. One reviewer describes the size as “a little longer than a deck of cards.” Others love how durable it is. “I’m glad it came out sturdy. I’m quite clumsy so it’s really great that it can survive being dropped,” writes one. One reviewer summed up the appeal of this power bank, calling it, “a must have for anyone that owns a smartphone or tablet. A simple, versatile product that will become an essential part of your everyday life.”

Best long-lasting portable charger

RAVPower 16750mAh External Battery

“Long-lasting” is a term used in hundreds of reviews of this power bank. One reviewer elaborates, “I have never had one work as well or able to go through so many charges for phones and Bluetooth headphones as this one. I originally bought it for a Disneyland trip since the Disneyland app completely zaps your battery life. I was so pleased it lasted the entire 14-hour-day through multiple charges.” One reviewer even uses this when he’s deployed overseas, writing, “I frequently find myself in places where a power supply just isn’t available. Not only does it work very well, providing enough power to fully charge my iPhone 6+ from 10% to full 4 times but also charged my iPad from around 20% to 95% before running out of juice and needing to be recharged.” Another reviewer warns that this battery won’t offer a quick charge, noting, “Don’t plug this in totally dead and unplug it an hour later expecting it to function as if it were fully charged, it won’t. Imagine that the battery is like a human a one-hour power nap is not enough to face a full day with.” But for those who are looking for a durable, long-lasting charger, this fits the bill. “I have had this over a year and it’s still going strong. I love it,” says one reviewer, adding, “It holds power and charged our phone 5 times in four days while at camp. It wasn’t until the last day that we needed to charge the battery again.”

Best portable charger for travel

Portable Anker Charger

“Most of us would agree that we all carry or own multiple devices in this day and age and they all need frequent recharging after continuous usage. I personally travel a lot for work and I find myself needing battery juice for my devices on a very frequent basis,” writes one reviewer. “I always thought it would be great if one these days they made a power bank which could charge all my devices a few times and it wasn’t so heavy. Well, guess what? Anker PowerCore 20100 is the answer.” Others agree that this is the most portable, yet long-lasting power bank they’ve used, like one who writes, “As a local semi-celebrity in the Washington, D.C., area, my girlfriend and I use our phones a lot. We do Facebook Live, lots of pictures and videos. This charger is amazing. It does take a bit to charge, at least 12 hours, but even a heavy user like myself has juice for at least a week.” Another reviewer who notes it’s not always possible to sit at an outlet to charge your phone writes, “These portable chargers come in so much handy. Heck, there are even times when I’m sitting darn near next to an outlet and I use it to charge. Why? Because I have 4 kids running around and a charge cable running across the floor is like some sort of tripwire trap you’d see in a bad Vietnam movie. I’ve had several of these chargers over the years and Anker has been the best of them all.”

Best lightweight portable charger

Anker PowerCore 10000

“If you’re looking for peace of mind every time you leave the house, this power bank doesn’t disappoint. It’s the size of a credit card and only a hair heavier than my iPhone 6 making it extremely portable without being bulky and heavy,” writes one reviewer. Many reviewers claim to use this daily, saying because it’s so lightweight, it’s easy to carry around in their bag or pocket. One writes, “This product is a life saver. I work two jobs, almost 80 hours a week. The Anker Powercore 10000 saves me every time and makes my phone last two entire work shifts. No more being tied to the wall outlets and guarding my phone from thieves in the breakroom. I keep my phone in my pocket and charge it on the go.” Others say that its small size doesn’t take away from its power, like one who writes, “I bought this for a 2-week vacation to South Africa seeing as I was out most of the day taking lots of pictures and nowhere to readily plug in my phone. This thing is super small, fits in my small purse and I did not have to recharge it at all the whole time I was gone.”

Best portable charger with built-in lightning cable

Jackery Portable Charger Bolt 6000 mAh Power Bank With Built in Lightning Cable

Many chose this power bank because of the built in cables, like one who writes, “I bought this product because I was specifically looking for a portable charger with built in cables. It’s one less thing to worry about and I appreciate that I don’t have more cables cluttering up my bag than I need to.” Lots also felt the built in cords adds to the charger’s convenience, especially for travel. One writes that this power bank “charges ipads and devices rapidly and is perfect if you are not wanting to be that guy sitting on the floor next to the outlet. How cool is it to be on the plane and just pull this out without having to negotiate that 6 foot white cord? It’s pretty slick and worth the purchase.” Another avid traveler found this lightweight enough to carry on trips, writing, “This is a must-have item for traveling. It provided a solid power boost to my phone very quickly. It is reasonably compact, and even fit in my pocket when attached to my phone. The built-in cables are great (no lost cables and no tangling!), and it re-charges easily. The price is reasonable for a quality product, especially when weighed against the anguish of having a dead phone in the middle of a hike or a tour.”

Best portable charger with multiple USB plugs

Jackery External Battery Charger Giant+ 12000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Charger

Reviewers with big families chose this charger for how many extra USB ports it had, like one who writes, “Bought this for a family vacation and can’t imagine how I got along without it. We kept two cell phones, an iPod, a Kindle, and an iPad charged on multiple airline flights and layovers without having to fight over precious charging stations at the airports on both the to and from trips, all without recharging the Jackery.” Frequent flyers stopped fighting people for outlets at the airport after purchasing this and many thought although heavier than some power banks, it’s still great for travel. “The power pack is compact and easy to travel with. It has some weight to it but it certainly isn’t too heavy to be easily portable.” A fervent outdoorsman claims this is a “necessity” for any hiker, writing, “As a recommendation I would put the Jackery Giant on my list of absolutely necessary emergency equipment. It does not take long for a cell phone or tablet battery to go dead and the Jackery Giant will prove to be responsible for keeping a stranded person in touch and in contact with family or rescue services when that time comes. We all know Murphy’s Law.”

Best solar powered portable charger

Hiluckey Solar Charger 25000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank

Frequent campers purchased this for long trips to guarantee a full charge throughout. “My family and I are into camping and it’s a must have to bring a portable battery charger. The solar technology attached to the battery is pure genius. I’ve since then purchased a couple other models but this one beats them all because it has 4 total panels,” writes one. A few were concerned the panels would make the charger too bulky to take, but one hiker comments, “This is a very well made and durable solar charger. The panels collapse down to a small enough size that I can pack it in a backpack.” Many agree with a few calling this a “must-have” for camping, like one who notes, “This is easy to throw in my bag for camping or traveling. I think it is a great product and it even has a flashlight. It is not the brightest flashlight but will work great for little things around the campsite at night.”

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The Best Portable Chargers on Amazon, According to Reviewers