The Top 10 Powerbanks

So what’s the best power bank you can buy?

In 2017, you cannot go about your life without carrying a power bank with you. Every year the phones get faster, slimmer and more powerful and battery life hasn’t improved as much as they should have. If you need extra power for your smartphone, tablet or laptop, here is a list of our top 10 power banks for 2017.

What is a power bank?

A power bank or portable charger is a electronics device with a special circuit that control power flow and is composed of special batteries that are used to deliver current typically through a USB port.

One of the main reasons for this article is to clarify that not all power banks are created equal. There are differences in capacities, sizes, outputs speeds, inputs speed, efficiency, etc. But with so many options available in the market which power bank should you buy?

Power banks can vary in many ways, but the one that will affect you the most is output speed. Most power banks are rated at 1 Amps and fast-charge is rated at 2.0-2.4 Amps. Sometimes this is expressed as watts, so to convert simply multiply by the voltage (5V) by the amps (1A) and this will give you the wattage.  A 1 amp output will equal 5 watts output, 2 amps will equal 10 watts, 2.1A will equal 10.5W and 2.4A will equal 12.5W. Most of the best power banks out there will advertise a form of fast-charging so its important to make sure what’s the amps output before deciding. It is very important to keep an eye on this especially with an increasing number of the newer power banks featuring USB-C/Type-C standards that can go up to 3 Amps and other charging speeds such as Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Different power banks have different fast-charging outputs and technologies. This, however, doesn’t mean that your phone will automatically be compatible with these fast-charging technologies. Every phone has its own maximum input rating that it cannot exceed.  For example, an iPhone Plus charges at 2.1 Amps. Connecting a power bank with 3 Amp output will not make this it charger any faster. However, connecting a power bank with a 1 Amp output will not allow allow your phone to charge at its fastest speeds.

So which one is the best power bank?

With so many options available it’s very difficult to provide a single power bank that is ranked as the absolute best. Some power banks are lighter, some are larger in capacity, some are very compact and portable, some recharge themselves quicker, some have Micro-USB inputs or USB-C, etc so the absolute best one depends on too many factors that align directly with each individual user’s preferences.

What this guide will provide you is with a list of what a power-obsessed geek has compiled over the years. I’ve been using power banks since way before the iPhone was every created so I have become obsessed with all the multiple options available and decided to make a list of what the best power banks of 2017 are.

Ideally, the best power bank is portable, fast and has enough juice to power you up at least twice during a single day, and doesn’t require long hours to recharge. Another important key factor that is often ignored is reliability. This list will feature manufacturers and models that are proven and reliable and use only the best when it comes to chipsets, batteries and overall quality.

Battery capacities will be a central part of this guide. We`ll also concentrate on charging speed which is the most essential feature most buyers are after. Essential to consider when buying a power bank is:

  • Which device are you charging?
  • How often do you need to charge it every day?
  • Are you looking for portability or max capacity?

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Here are our picks

 

1. Anker PowerCore 10000

Our #1 Top 10 list of the Best Powerbanks is the Anker Powercore+ 10000.

Anker is very well-known for its power products and has positioned itself as one of the leaders in the market and that doesn’t come out of pure luck. Their products are affordable and of great quality. Anker biggest weakness though is their sea of options so we filtered them for you and choose their best power bank for those that do not need Quick Charge 3.0.

At just 3.6×2.3-inches is one of the smallest 10000mAh capacity power banks available. Comes with a PowerIQ fast-charging port of 2.4Amps and a 2Amps Micro-USB input. This small charger has enough power to keep you going on for up to 5 chargers for most phones. For instance, it`ll charge an Apple iPhone 7 Plus nearly 3 times over, with enough juice left for another quick recharge. The design, though, is simple and ordinary but its sturdy enough to take on some of your daily abuse.

Likes
  • Small and lightweight
  • Can fully charge tables/phones multiple times
  • PowerIQ Fast-Charge 2.4A
Dislikes
  • No dual USB output
  • Simple black brick design
  • Could have more features such as pass-through charging

Final Thoughts 

This is an excellent companion for traveling, adventure hikes, long road trips or anything that requires you to carry up to 5 charges in your pocket. With its compact size and high capacity, the Anker PowerCore 10000 is one of the best power banks you can buy for the price. More expensive alternatives will provide a lot more features like pass-through, or USB-C compatibility but for someone that just need basic charging needs, you simply can’t go wrong with the Anker PowerCore 10000.



 

2. NIFTY Mobile Charger

Our #2 Top 10 list of the Best Powerbanks is the NIFTY Mobile Charger. 2017 has seen a new line of power banks dedicated to absolute power. We are covering two of the newest additions to the market on this guide, and this is one of them. If power banks were cars, the NIFTY Mobile Charger would be a Porsche. The design is beautiful to the eye and the finish has a nice texture feel to it that is very pleasurable to touch.  It arrived in a very high-end package that was a pleasure to unbox. It’s available in three colors: Red, Black and Gray.

The NIFTY Mobile Charger is the smallest USB-C powerbank available. It delivers 24W (4.8 Amps) total power output via dual-port, 3 Amps via USB-C and QuickCharge 3.0 and 2.4A via USB, plus has USB-C input of 3A for fast recharging. So you are able to charge your Macbook and your iPhone 7 simultaneously which is sweet. The USB has a nice LED light that powers on when charging and uses a rectangular battery level indicator with 5 LEDs as opposed to the traditional 4-pinhole style most power banks have and comes with flat, aluminum, premium cables: USB-C to USB and USB to Micro USB.

Likes
  • Recharges itself super fast
  • Can charge two devices at full speeds
  • Can charge USB-C equipped MacBooks
Dislikes
  • Low capacity for Tablets
  • No USB-C to USB-C Cable

Final Thoughts 

This is a premium product that delivers on power. The NIFTY Mobile Charger is suitable for those that seek the absolute best. This is a perfect choice for portability and power as it fits easily in your pockets or purse and can recharge your smartphones up to 4 times. It’s more expensive than most but doesn’t lack a single feature: Voltage Control, Pass-through, USB-C input, QuickCharge. 3.0, etc. You`ll be hard pressed to find something better than this for this capacity.



 

 

3. OmniCharge

Our #3 Top 10 list of the Best Powerbanks is the OmniCharge. If our #2 choice is a Porsche, then say hello to the Ford F150 Raptor. In simple words, the OmniCharge is a little beast. It measures only 5.0×4.8 and delivers up to 100W via its AC/HVDC port. OmniCharge was one of the most popular crowd-funding campaigns of 2016 and they recently started delivering their orders this year.

It comes equipped with Qi Wireless Charging, AC/HVDC port, Barrel Port, a 5V/3A USB port, a Quick Charge 3.0 Port and dual 5V/4.8A ports. It charge multiples devices even when charging itself and its display port will show you battery level, input, temperature and other key metrics. Even though its only 5.0×4.8-inches, it didn’t feel that small when holding it in your hands and it will not fit on a pocket and might be uncomfortable in your purse. This power bank is reserved almost exclusively for backpacks and briefcases. During heavy use the power bank can get very hot and the fan inside can seem noisy in quite rooms.

Likes
  • Can charge even a small fridge
  • Neat LCD Screen
  • Ports for days
Dislikes
  • Lack of USB-C ports
  • Fans could be noisy at times
  • Did I say expensive?

Final Thoughts 

When rating a product, pricing should never be a factor. Pricing differs from product to product, from user to user. But at $299, this is easily one of the most, if not the most, expensive power banks in the market. This is, however, a perfect alternative for those that have laptops without USB-C connection, or those that go on long trips that require an AC outlet to charge their devices.



4. Jackery Bolt 10050

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
  • Short cables can be hard to use
  • Total output only 3.4A

Final Thoughts 

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5. RAVPower 20100mAh Portable Charger

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads

Final Thoughts 

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6. Charger Name

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
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7. Charger Name

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
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Final Thoughts 

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8.FosPower PowerActive 10200

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
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9.DULLA M50000 Portable Power Bank

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
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Final Thoughts 

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10. EasyAcc 20000mAh Power Bank

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Likes
  • Fast charging of iPhones and iPads
Dislikes
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Final Thoughts 

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