Best portable chargers and power banks to buy for Android in 2020

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You are not alone If you use a battery compartment to get the extra juice you need to keep your Android devices powered up throughout the day. But battery boxes have certain disadvantages: they make your devices heavy and bulky at best and can at worst harm your wireless reception. Batteries of yesteryear no longer have the same meaning for charging now that phones have generally become bigger and bigger, so an external battery for charging is the way to go these days.

To that end, I have put together the best choices for the best portable charger for Android devices. Although they cost more, I personally like batteries that have a built-in USB-C output, so I don’t have to worry about carrying a charging cable for my devices. (Models with built-in USB-C cables should also work for iPad Pro devices.) But I’ve also included a few budget choices for those who don’t want to shell out that much for their charging needs. And, while we have a separate power bank roundup for iPhones, nothing here without a built-in USB-C cable will work perfectly with an iPhone (and non-iPad models of iPad), as long as you provide the Lightning cable.

Read more: The best USB-C PD chargers of 2020

Best batteries with integrated Lightning cables and foldable wall outlets

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Like the PhoneSuit Journey, the $ 33 Ventev Powercell 6010 Plus has built-in folding pins and a built-in USB-C cable. It houses a 6000 mAh battery and a standard USB port so you can charge and charge multiple devices with an additional cable.

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MyCharge HubPlus-C ($ 52) has a built-in foldable wall outlet, a built-in micro-USB cable and a USB-C cable and a USB output port. It’s a bit bulky, but with a 6700mAh battery, it can charge the battery on most phones twice (and about three times). It also has 18 watts of output power and Qulacomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 function, which allows faster charging of devices with USB-C.

Best high capacity power banks with PD fast charge function

Amazon

The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux battery charger costs around $ 46. Although it is thicker than some of the chargers on this overview, it is one of the smallest portable chargers of 10,000 mAh and has an 18-watt USB-C PD port that allows fast charge. The USB cable required for fast charging (USB-C to USB-C) is included.

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Mophie’s Powerstation PD is available in 6000 mAh ($ 60) and 10050 mAh ($ 64) versions. The 6000 mAh model (shown here) delivers 18 watts of power from its USB-C port for fast charging. You can also charge and recharge a second device from the USB-A port.

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With a price of around $ 30, the Aukey Power Bank PD 10,000 mAh is one of the most affordable high-capacity power banks that are relatively thin and offer a fast charge of 18 watts from their USB-C port PD.

Best batteries with foldable wall outlet (no cable)

Anker

This Anker model is essentially an oversized wall charger with a built-in 5000 mAh battery. It has two standard USB charging ports to simultaneously charge your phone and a secondary gadget (or two phones). And a small LED indicator on the side allows you to check the charge level at the press of a button. It’s currently on Amazon for between $ 23 and $ 30, depending on the color you choose (white, black or red lipstick).

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The MyCharge Home & Go portable charger has built-in foldable pins so you can plug it directly into a wall outlet for charging. The small and slim 4000 mAh version costs around $ 24 and has a single USB output (no USB-C cable included).

Best portable wireless Qi chargers

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At around $ 85, the Moshi Porto Q 5K (5000 mAh) isn’t cheap, but like the MyCharge Unplugged, it’s a portable battery that doubles as a portable wireless charger. It is sleeker and more elegant than the MyCharge Unplugged and charges via USB-C instead of Micro-USB. There is a USB output port for wired charging, and you can charge and charge two devices simultaneously.

Bonus choice: power bank with built-in speaker

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If you’re looking for a portable battery that can also play music, the Esquire Mini 2 ($ 120) is a stylish Bluetooth travel speaker with a USB output port for charging devices (no Lightning cable included) . It looks surprisingly good for its slim size and it comes with a travel pouch.

Read the full review.

Comparative portable batteries

We have used all of the above models in anecdotal tests in the past few weeks and months. Each battery pack highlighted above is the one we recommend among the dozens if not hundreds of others currently on sale on Amazon and elsewhere, which is why we focused on a handful of favorite brands: Mophie, MyCharge and Anker, with some notable notables from Aukey, Ventev, Moshi and Harman Kardon performed well.

What to look for in a battery

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a battery:

  • Higher nominal power (mAh, short for milliamp hours) for a battery means more charges – but also heavier weight.
  • For the latest Android phones, you need to buy a battery of at least 3000 mAh, which should give you at least a full charge. With the exception of the Harman Kardon, all of the models shown above reach this level.
  • Multiple USB output ports will allow you to charge and charge multiple phones or devices at the same time.
  • These products all use rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries and must therefore always be stored in hand luggage during the flight. Airlines and regulators are increasingly banning Li-ion batteries in checked baggage.
  • Some of the above battery packs are USB-PD (power supply) models, which allow faster charging of phones with varying battery capacity and other USB-C products which support fast charging . These PD chargers will charge larger USB-C devices (laptops, Nintendo Switch ($ 300 at Best Buy) and similar), as well as USB-C compatible iPad Pro, but sometimes at slower rates than larger wall chargers.

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