The best power banks in 2024

Our list of the best power banks is here to help you find the perfect charging companion for your camping trips, club nights, and conferences.

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If you’re looking for a list of the best power banks, you’re in the right place. We’ve tried and tested a variety of portable chargers to see which are the best for each scenario, including categories like the highest capacity, the best value, and the most compact, so you can choose the right one for you.

Whether you want to charge a gaming phone, your Nintendo Switch console, or one of the best portable gaming consoles, the best power banks in this guide support a wide range of devices. They’ll give you an extra burst so you never run out of power again.

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Belkin Power Bank 20K

The best power bank for charging multiple devices

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Belkin Power Bank 20K specifications:
Capacity 20,000 mAh
Ports One USB-C and two USB-A (input and output)
Wireless charging? Yes
Reasons to buy
  • Supports USB-A, USB-C, and wireless charging
  • High battery capacity
  • Sleek design in multiple color options
Reasons to avoid
  • Doesn’t support fast charging
  • Doesn’t support laptop charging

If you’re anything like us, you’ll understand the sheer distress of all of your devices running out of battery at once – especially if you’re out and about. That’s why a powerful, multi-device charger like the Belkin Power Bank 20K is a great option.

Whether you’re out with your family or teaming up with pals to take on the latest Pokémon Go raids, this power bank’s got your back. With two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, and its 20,000mAh capacity, you can comfortably charge up to three devices to full battery at the same time.

The Belkin 20K also supports MagSafe wireless charging for a huge range of iPhones, iPads, and Samsung Galaxy products. However, while there’s enough capacity to provide over 78 hours of battery life, it does lack fast charging support, meaning it may take a bit longer to get your devices juiced up.

There is another caveat here, too – unfortunately, the Belkin 20K isn’t capable of charging your USB-C Macbook, laptop, or any other large devices with bigger batteries. Still, if you’re just looking for something to juice your phone or headphones on the go, this is a solid option, and its price isn’t too steep, either.

Anker 622 MagGo

The best wireless power bank

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Anker 622 MagGo specifications:
Capacity 5,000 mAh
Ports One USB-C (input and output)
Wireless charging? Yes
Reasons to buy
  • Handy kickstand
  • Sleek design
  • Secure, magnetic wireless charging
Reasons to avoid
  • No wired fast-charging
  • Lower battery capacity
  • Can only charge one device at a time

If you’ve got a MagSafe-compatible phone and you’re just looking for a little extra battery power throughout your day without fiddling about with wires, the Anker 622 MagGo is the power bank for you.

This sleek and handy little device simply snaps to the back of your phone and starts charging, fitting in practically any pocket. It also comes in five unique colors (we’re partial to the Lilac Purple option) which is, well, four more than Apple offers for its magnetic battery pack.

The Anker 622 hosts a USB-C port at the bottom that supports both input and output, meaning you’ve got the option of wired charging if you prefer. However, keep in mind that it doesn’t support wired fast charging.

One of the main drawbacks is that its 5,000 mAh capacity is pretty low, with it only providing about 0.8 full iPhone 13 battery charges, and 0.95 iPhone 12 charges. You also can’t use it to charge more than one device at a time. These points, combined with its steep price, can be a little off-putting if you’re looking for real value for money.

However, overall, the Anker 622 MagGo is a handy little power bank, with added flair for those who care about it and a useful kickstand that supports the battery pack and your device at the same time, making it a good option for long business meetings, watching videos on the go, or catching up with the family over FaceTime.

Anker 313 Power Bank

The best budget power bank

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Anker 313 Power Bank specifications:
Capacity 10,000 mAh
Ports One USB-A output / one USB-C and one USB-A input
Wireless charging? No
Reasons to buy
  • Affordable
  • Decent battery capacity
  • Fast-charging compatible
Reasons to avoid
  • No wireless charging
  • Can only charge one device at a time

Some power banks can be quite hefty and pricey, which isn’t ideal for anyone’s carrying capacity. Let us introduce the Anker 313 – a light and nifty piece of kit, with an equally light price. It has a 10,000 mAh capacity, which is pretty impressive for the cost, and is compatible with fast-charging.

The main downsides with this one are its lack of wireless charging and its inability to charge more than one device at a time. Additionally, the USB-C port is input only, meaning that you need a chunky USB-A cable in order to charge your devices, but the option to charge the bank itself with either USB-C or micro-USB is welcome.

The 313 also has a built-in LED power indicator that displays both the remaining power and charging status, and it also boats a trickle-charging mode designed to provide optimized charging to low-power devices. Overall, it’s a pretty impressive little power bank, and definitely offers a lot of value for money.

Antank tiny charging dock for Switch

The best power bank for Nintendo Switch

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Antank tiny charging dock for Switch specifications:
Ports One USB-C
Wireless charging? No
Reasons to buy
  • Compact
  • Fun design
Reasons to avoid
  • Slightly gimicky
  • Hard to use Switch while charging

Standard power banks made with smartphones in mind generally don’t work too well for a Nintendo Switch or laptop, but sometimes you need access to that kind of power on the go. For example, what if you’re challenging all of the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom shrines on a long-haul flight with no plug sockets in sight? Luckily for you, the pint-sized Antank charging dock is here.

It might not be the most convenient stand for playing your Switch while it’s plugged in, but if you’re using it for YouTube, you can easily watch thanks to the 45-degree tilt of the stand.

The charger has a rubber ring on the bottom, so it won’t go sliding over when your Switch is on it – and has rubber protection so your console doesn’t get scratched, either.

Note that if you have a particularly thick case on your Switch, you may need to take it off to use this stand.

 

ESR Halolock Power Bank Wallet

The best discreet power bank.

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ESR Halolock Power Bank Wallet specifications:
Capacity 5,000 mAh
Ports One USB-C (input and output)
Wireless charging? Yes
Reasons to buy
  • Stylish, compact design
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Multi-functional
Reasons to avoid
  • Only one port
  • Low capacity
  • Expensive

Like the Anker 622 MagGo, the ESR Halolock Power Bank Wallet is a more affordable and stylish alternative to Apple’s MagSafe power bank. Not only is this sleek, magnetic power bank about the same size as a card holder, it also functions like one too, with the capacity to hold your ID, credit card, or cash, and, on top of all of that, it also doubles up as a stand for your phone.

The ESR’s three-in-one design makes it a great companion for events, which we detailed in our ESR Halolock Power Bank Wallet review. Simultaneously store your essential cards, keep your phone topped up, and take group photos using the kickstand, all without needing to bring a bag out with you. What’s not to love?

While the option of wireless charging is nice, this is one of the lower-capacity MagSafe power banks, so you might not manage a full charge unless you opt to plug it in. Fortunately, if you do have a USB-C cable on hand, the ESR offers pretty rapid charging speeds in that regard, but it’s more of a top-up power bank when wireless. It’s also pretty pricey for such a low capacity charger – but, let’s face it, you’re paying for the convenience and style more than anything!

BioLite SolarPanel

The best solar-powered power bank

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BioLite SolarPanel specifications:
Capacity 3,200 mAh
Ports One USB-A (output)
Wireless charging? No
Reasons to buy
  • Great for outdoors trips and emergencies
  • Super thin and portable
Reasons to avoid
  • Only one port
  • Dependent on good weather

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you really need to charge your phone, but your standard power bank is out of charge. That’s where the BioLite PowerBank comes in. It’s a completely solar-powered power bank which is perfect for taking on camping trips and other outdoor activities, where there are no plugs in sight.

Its wire-loop kickstand is great for finding the perfect sunny spot to expose the 5W solar panel to as much light as possible. You can hook it over your backpack on a hike, hang it from a tree, or prop it up on the floor of your campground. As useful as this little gadget is, it does only have one USB-A port so you’ll need to choose carefully which device is the most important to you. But, as an emergency back-up, it’s a brilliant little piece of kit to keep around.

Charmast Mini Power Bank

The best mini power bank

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Charmast Mini Power Bank specifications:
Capacity 5,000 mAh
Ports One USB-C (input) and either one USB-C or lightning output
Wireless charging? No
Reasons to buy
  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Built-in output – no need for wires
  • Comes in multiple colors
Reasons to avoid
  • Limited compatibility (dependent on version)
  • Adds bulk to your phone

The Charmast Mini Power Bank is a great little option if you’re looking for a small but powerful boost of juice. It also has the added bonus of a built-in output port, meaning you can plug the power bank directly into your phone without the need for cables.

With a respectable 5,000 mAh battery capacity, it’s equipped with fast charging protocols, both when charging your phone and when you’re charging the bank itself. In fact, you can get this power bank up to full battery within 1.5 hours if you’re using a 9V-2A quick charger.

There are two different versions of the Charmast Mini Power Bank, with either an Android-compatible USB-C or a lightning output for those with an iPhone 14 or older. We’re not sure how much longer Charmast is going to continue to produce the alternatives, with Apple famously making the leap to USB-C with the iPhone 15 series, but for now, you have to choose between the two.

Overall, it’s an affordable and neat little piece of kit, and as long as you ensure that your phone is compatible, it’s bound to meet all your needs while out and about. Find out more in our Charmast Mini power bank review.

Iniu 20,000 mAh power bank

The best fast-charging power bank

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Iniu 20,000 mAh power bank specifications:
Capacity 20,000 mAh
Ports One USB-C (input and output) and two USB-A (output)
Wireless charging? No
Reasons to buy
  • Sleek and compact design
  • High battery capacity
  • Rapid charging
Reasons to avoid
  • Expensive
  • Limited ports

While this might be one of the more expensive power banks on our list, the Iniu Portable Charger certainly packs enough punch to justify its price point. With a 20,000 mAh battery capacity, you rarely have to worry about charging your charger, making this perfectly suited for traveling and trips where you don’t know where the next available power source might be.

Still, the big selling point here is the super-fast charging. The Iniu Portable Charger claims to charge an iPhone above 60% in thirty minutes or an iPad over 30% in the same time. Iniu is so confident its charger is impressive, that the company offers a 30-day money back if you are left disappointed. Judging by the review, though, that doesn’t seem very likely.

There are a few downsides to this power bank outside of the price. For the cost, you might expect more outputs. Considering how many chargers are USB-C to USB-C now, a second port would be handy. Still, if you can make do, this is a fantastic option for keeping your battery in the green.

VRURC portable charger with built-in cables

The best power bank for multiple devices

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VRURC portable charger with built-in cables specifications:
Capacity 10,000 mAh
Ports USB-A, USB-C, and USB
Wireless charging? No
Reasons to buy
  • Multiple cable options
  • Good range of colors
Reasons to avoid
  • No wireless capabilities
  • May not have the right cable you need

This just looks pretty neat. Both in the ‘wow, that’s neat’ sense and the tidy sense. The VRURC power bank comes with three cables that lie in specially sized grooves on the back of the device, which makes them easy to stow away and harder to damage.

These power banks come in plenty of colors to suit whichever Android, Apple, or other device you have, and can reliably charge everything for a good few hours if you find yourself out of battery. You can charge up to five devices at once, which is excellent.

VRURC’s power bank is the same size as an iPhone 13, making it perfectly pocket-sized, and it even has a small strap for carrying. There’s also an LED screen showing how much charge there is left in the bank.

How we chose the best power banks

There are a lot of different things to consider when choosing a power bank. We looked at a range of factors that affect your everyday life, such as price, portability, bulkiness and weight, and charging efficiency. Other important elements include ports, so you can pick the right portable charger for your needs, as well as capacity, which determines how much juice it has before it also needs a charge. We also took a look at the fun things, too, like colors and styles. Whoever said a power bank has to be boring?

Whether you need something full of power to keep you going for days at a time, or a lighter piece of kit to keep you from running flat on a night out, there should be something here to suit all needs and budgets. Find out more about product selection on our how we test page.

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