Trees, trails and waterfalls don’t have USB ports, unfortunately. Still, we need to bring our devices — mirrorless cameras, GoPros, plus-sized smartphones — when we venture outdoors. Before your next adventure, slip a portable power bank in your travel bag. They’re packable and rugged, so they won’t slow you down. And they’ll keep your devices powered (but not connected; these aren’t wi-fi hotspots) from the time you wake up until you post up near the campfire and crack open that first beer.
– Additional contribution by Jeremy Fischer
Anker PowerCore 10000
Best for Long Trips: As its name implies, the PowerCore 10000 is a 10,000mAh portable charger — meaning it can charge your iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8 three times over. And you’d be hard pressed to find another 10,000mAh portable charger this tiny; it weighs just 6.4 ounces. Like Mophie, Anker is one of the most trusted names in portable powerbanks, so you know you’re getting a quality piece of hardware. If you’re looking for an even higher-capacity power bank, go for the Anker PowerCore 20100 ($80).
Mophie Powerstation Plus XL
Your Everyday Carry: Mophie’s 12,000mAh power reserve can charge an iPhone 6S (1,715mAh) several times over. The 9.7-ounce device has LED lights to indicate how much battery it has left and can charge both smartphones and wearable devices with its USB and micro USB ports. It also comes with a Lightning dongle for Apple devices. (If you need something even more portable, go with the Mophie 1X)
Best Wallet Companion: The TravelCard slips perfectly into a wallet or pocket, making it a no-brainer for the EDC crowd and a good fit for spontaneous adventures in the city. Its built-in dongle is available in either Lightning cable or Micro USB; no favoritism here. The 1,500 mAh battery won’t completely charge an iPhone, but it should give you enough extra juice to last the day.
Goal Zero Flip 10
Most Eco-Friendly (and Wallet-Friendly): This 2,600 mAh portable battery can be charged with one of Goal Zero’s Nomad 7 solar panels. If you don’t have one of those, it’s still an intuitive and affordable option, with a Micro USB input that flips in an out and a USB charging port. Plus the whole stick weighs just a few ounces, so it won’t weigh down a daypack.
Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger
Best for Day Hikes: The Venture 30 Recharger is made to take a knock or two and has an IPX6 weatherproof rating, so it’s at home around the campsite no matter the weather. With 7,800mAh, it can charge devices several times over — two devices at once, in fact, and both at a speedy 4.8 amps. (It’s also compatible with Nomad 7 solar panels, like the Flip 10.)
Best for USB-C Charging: Nomad’s Powerpack is a serious mobile charger, with a 7,000mAh battery, USB-C and USB-A ports, drop resistance, and built-in Tile tracking so users can locate the unit if misplaced. It’ll quickly charge your USB-C devices many times over, and it won’t leave you lugging a second bank for your less up-to-date devices. All this and a durable rubber exterior make it perfect for commuting and travel.
RAVPower 22000 Portable Charger
Best for Power Users: At 22,000mAh, RAVPower’s charger will keep your devices going for weeks at a time. It boasts 3 USB-A ports and can charge the most devices quicker than any other power bank in this list. If you need a lot of power for multiple days in the backcountry, or just because you’re carrying several different devices, this is the charger for you.
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