Read our reviews of the eight best portable chargers you can buy for your phone or tablet. Simply, the best power banks you can buy.
Until the smartphone battery is radically improved, it’ll be impossible to get a full day’s work out of your mobile. This is annoying, but help is at hand in the shape of the humble power bank. A power bank is a portable battery. A gadget roughly the size of a phone that you charge from the plug, and then acts as a second battery for which you can charge your devices wherever you are.
Portable, stylish and oh so useful. Power banks are great. But not all are made equal. So here is our list of the best power banks you can buy.
Best power banks: Anker PowerCore 10000
The Anker’s chief calling card is its low, low price. It is not the fastest charger or the biggest capacity, and it has no LCD screen, but at £20 it is staggeringly good value. Portable and stylish, it will charge your phone quickly without ruining the lining of your suit.
Best power banks: Zendure A2
Less than a tenner more than the Anker is the Zendure A2. Another cheap but very cheerful portable charger. The Zendure is compact, good-looking, and fast. It’s extremely durable and has a hefty capacity that allows you to charge a phone multiple times on one charge.
Best power banks: Omnicharge Omni 13
Let’s step up to a higher state of power bank – with a price to match. The Omnicharge Omni 13 will set you back more than £100, but it is worth every penny. It has all the bells and whistles, including and LCD that lets you know exactly what is happening at every step of the day. And there is pretty much nothing with a plug that the Omnicharge can’t charge, or indeed take a charge from.
Best power banks: RavPower PowerStation Series 20100mAh Portable Power Outlet
The Omnicharge’s closest rival is this beast from RavPower. Slightly cheaper, it offers similar levels of flexibility and power. But it lacks the LCD screen, and at this price that is a shame.
Best power banks: Xiaomi 10,000mAh Power Bank
This brilliantly priced device is an absolute bargain. The £16 Xiaomi 10,000mAh Power Bank has similar power and portability to the top two power banks in this chart. Indeed, it ranks this lowly only because it is tricky to get hold of in the UK.
Best power banks: DXPower Armor DX0001
Despite its relatively low price, the DXPower Armor DX0001 power bank offers a killer feature: it is rugged. You can drag it through dust and mud and it will come up smiling. It’s even waterproof, so long as it is not charging – but then there aren’t many plugs in the sea.
Best power banks: CHJGD Magnum Opus
The Magnum Opus is the portable power bank for this who want lots of power for not lots of money. It’s not the most stylish or portable charger, but it gets the job done and has additional features such as an LCD screen.
So there you have it. Seven great power banks you can buy today. Portable charges for smartphones, tablets and more. Each of these power banks offers something a little different from the others. All come highly recommended.