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Best Portable Chargers for your Everyday Carry


We’ve all been there. That moment when your phone flashes saying it has 10% or 5% battery left and you’re in the middle of something important. Either when you’re waiting for that phone call or on your commute home listening to music. Mentally urging your phone not to give up the ghost before you get home. It can be an anxiety-provoking experience, as they do not design modern smartphones for battery longevity but for slimness and style.

Unless you want to consider carrying around an Energizer P18K or checking out which Android phone has the best battery life as of August 2019!

For the rest of us, it makes sense to think about carrying around a battery pack for your phone and gadgets. It’s difficult to choose a battery pack for your needs. Everyone will need different things depending on your everyday carry. Do you want a battery pack just to top up your phone in those critical situations? Would you like something that would charge your Nintendo Switch or USB-C laptop?

The main differences between these will be in milliamp hours or mAh. The more mAh you have, the more charge you will have to recharge your devices. A good example of this would be; a phone that has a 4000mAh an 8000mAh charger would charge your phone twice.

Today, I will introduce you to a few options for your everyday carry based on what you’d need most. We’re looking at chargers small in stature that you will give your gadgets like your phone or wireless headphones a boost they’d need to get you through the day.

 Anker PowerCore+ Mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

  • Cost: $19.99
  • Capacity: 3350mAh
  • Key Feature: About the size of a chapstick, this little charger pack can charge most phones for an entire charge.
  • Cons: It will only ever be able to give phones a single recharge in most cases, because the charger has less battery than most phones capacity. It’s also something you wouldn’t be able to forget about recharging! If you use up all its juice, you won’t have any wiggle room with remembering to recharge it.

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Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger

  • Cost: $17.99
  • Capacity: 5000mAh
  • Key Feature: Only slightly bigger than its little brother, this 5000 portable charger can fit comfortably in a pocket or palm. Making it easy to carry around without the worry of needing to recharge it every time you use it.
  • Cons: Similar to its little brother there is only a bit of wiggle room to forget about it for more than a single charge.

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Portable Charger RAVPower [Updated] 10000mAh External Battery 

  • Cost$21.99
  • mAh: 10000mAh
  • Key Feature: About the size of your smartphone, this powerful charger will last you throughout several days without worrying about the charge and its compact size means it’s pretty much unintrusive in your pocket or bag.
  • Cons: There are power packs with more mAh for the price tag.

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AC Portable Laptop Charger RAVPower 20100mAh AC Outlet Power Bank

  • Cost: $67.99
  • mAh: 20100mAh
  • Key Feature: About the size of half a water bottle, this huge battery bank also has the feature of having a standard plug insert so you can plug in your devices by their standard plug and charger. This means it’s perfect for those coffee shop days when you can’t find a charger.
  • Cons: Higher powered devices like a 15” MacBook Pro won’t charge as it would have a higher demand on power than this battery bank can give. Be sure to check your gadgets to see what wattage it needs to be charged at.

What do you think of our list? Are there any we’ve missed that we should know about? Sound off in the comments below to let us know what we’ve missed and what your recommendations are!

Specious Coda-Bishop
Staff Writer @phandroid | Top 5 Kingdom Hearts 3 Speedrunner | Twitch Affiliate | Xbox Ambassador

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