The 7 Best Portable Chargers
As you dart back and forth from one place to another, tending to all of your responsibilities, there may come a time when you look down at your phone and notice the inevitable has happened: it's dead. Got one of the best portable chargers in your purse, bag, or pocket?
For many of us, packing a portable charger is as important as grabbing a morning coffee or throwing lip balm in our backpack. We wouldn't dream of leaving home without one because we know it may be a few hours before we can plug in our devices for a proper charge. The following highly-rated chargers are compatible with iPhones and Androids — some can even handle charging more than one device at a time. Depending on your budget and phone needs, you can find a charger that's as small and compact as a tube of lipstick and can give your phone one quick charge or a more powerful unit that can last for several charges before it needs to be get its own battery boost.
Whichever device you choose, it will bring you peace of mind when you realize you need never worry about getting a low battery notice on your phone. Pull out your charger and you've got this.
1A Charger That Has A Connector For Both iPhone And Other Smartphone Types
Not only is this an Apple certified portable charger, it even has a universal micro USB cord that's compatible with a slew of other smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy Series (not including S8). It fully charges phones within two hours (or less) and has a built-in lightning cable that actually makes it twice as fast as iPhone's original charger. This charger, which a reviewer says is small enough to fit in your pocket, comes with a small LED flashlight, is described as "sturdy," and its integrated cables mean less mess in your backpack or purse.
2An Award-Winning, Super Slim, Lightweight Charger That Slides Next To Your Phone For Effortless Charging
This Red Dot Design Award-winning portable charger stands out for its incredibly slim, lightweight design that slides easily over your smartphone so that you can hold it in your hand and store it in your pocket while it's charging. Available in three colors (red, blue, and black) and protected by a silicone shield that prevents scratching, this charger offers up to two charges on an iPhone or Android, comes with an 18-month warranty, and can even power an iPad mini up to 80 percent.
3A Powerful Charger That Can Provided More Than 5 Charges
If you're looking for a portable charger that can provide more than one or two charges, this is it — a heavy-duty, powerful charger with a surprisingly slim design that can charge up to two smartphones or tablets at once. This gadget can provide 5.5 charges to an iPhone 7, 3.3 charges to a Galaxy S8, and one full charge to an iPad Air. According to one reviewer, the number of charges can vary depending on your phone: "I read a lot of reviews saying they could charge their phone up to 5 times on this before they had to charge the actual battery. Tested, true. I have an iPhone 5s but I have also tested it on my mom's iPhone 6 plus. No issues what so ever."
Its iSmart technology detects just how much of a charge your phone needs and delivers that — and only that much — so that there's less risk of it depleting your battery power.
4A Budget-Friendly Lipstick-Size Portable Charger
With more than 26,000 reviews on Amazon this is one of the most popular little chargers you can buy — and for good reason. It's as compact as a tube of lipstick, yet is considered one of the most powerful "mini's" on the market. It's high-speed charging technology can add around one full charge to both iPhones and Androids. It comes in five shades, and rings up at under 15 bucks, which makes it a steal.
5A Small Portable Charger That Eliminates The Need For A Separate Lightning Cable
With a built-in lightning cable connector and lipstick-size design, this genius portable charger lets you charge iPhones for 1.2 hours without having to lug around and plug in a separate lightning cable. Reviewers say it's excellent for walking and hiking trips or long commutes. It will take a little time to provide a full charge, but it's "small, comfortable, and lightweight" design more than make up for that, according to reviewers.
6A Charger That Runs On Solar Power And Recharges Itself
Whether you have a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone, you'll be able to use this solar-powered portable charger to charge it multiple times. You can choose between charging your device using you own lightning cable or the attached micro-USB cable and flashing colored lights will alert you to the amount of charge obtained by your phone at any given time. Of course, the caveat with this charger is that it requires sunlight to operate. But if you happen to spend a lot of time outdoors, like this one reviewer, this solar-powered charger is a dream: "Definitely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It’s sports a whopping 24000mah battery and recharges itself. Absolute genius!"
7A Drop-Resistant Portable Charger That Can Charge Two Tablets At Once
There's no need to worry about breaking this powerful portable charger — it's made from a strong polycarbonate shell that is resistant to drops. It has dual charging ports that can charge up to two tablets at the same time at full speed and it's easily able to detect the amount of voltage needed by various devices. With more than 580 near-perfect reviews and ratings, this charger packs an amazing punch for its size and reviewers rave about the speed of the charge it delivers.
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