Best Portable Chargers and Battery Packs

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Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, security and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.

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  • mig6220
    Any qi recommendations? Wires are a nuisance when I'm out and about.
  • atomiccasks69
    What about the powerbank 50,000 mah, with lil flashlight & dual charge ports, what do u think about those, are they any good or should I have bougyg different power device? Are they any good, I bought 1 & and only used couple times so far but they seem to b pretty good. I wanted to get a cover for it but can't seem to find any yet. Do u know where best place to get covers or where I can get 1. I inky paid $28 aud for the powerbank on ebay. So far I really like it. Last time I got powerpod, & wasn't as high mah, was only smallest 1 & never lasted long.
  • atomiccasks69
    Went to ask about the powerbank 500000 Mah, 2 USB ports & lil light if needed to use on it. Was wondering what u thought about those, if they r any good, as I've only ever bought powerpod x1 meaning only 1 ever bought, which was alot smaller & didn't get much charge out of it, maybe only 50% charge @ a time. So wanted to get highest charge I could this time. But I got the powerbank from ebay for $28 aud, which is gr8 price here. Usually it'd cost round $100 plus @ shops down rd. No matter what brand I got, still would have costed round that much. It looks like it could fit a cap on end, but can't seem to find 1 or even a case for it. Wouldn't mind trying to find 1 from somewhere, as it's pretty heavy & big, yet not to heavy etc. I just don't want to wreck it or scratch it either. But so far it's gr8 charger, as I can charge anything from it & 2 people can use it, or I can charge camera, MP3, speaker, phone, watch, psp or tablet. Depending on what's running low @ time & will don't have to wait for 1 to charge then the other & the it has the percentage on screen for u ta charge to, so I know how full it is etc.
  • ohsilly
    Dude, is there any well regulated hand cranked power like those used for flasthlights.. it is limitless!
  • daddywalter
    I consider Anker the "gold standard", and I love their products; but recently I picked up a couple of RUIPU 24400Mah powerbanks on Amazon. This device is less expensive ($32.05 IIRC) than the top-rated Anker PowerCore 20100 which I also own), and it has a digital charge-remaining readout that I like better than Anker's four-LED system. I haven't run any speed tests, but they seem to recharge my 2018 iPad and Moto Z Force Droid phone about as quickly as my Anker PowerCore 20100 -- and the RUIPUs themselves recharge to 100 percent faster than the Anker.. Can't comment on long-range reliability, since I've only had them a few weeks. One downside: of the two USB output ports, one is 2.1A but the other is only 1A -- and they aren't marked to remind you which is which. Anker's quality is the best, and their products' reliability make them worth the higher price as far as I'm concerned -- but the RUIPU's digital readout is a nice feature I wish Anker would adopt.