Best iPhone Power Bank for 2022

The most impressive numbers for battery life are in the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. However, that’s not enough power for everyone’s needs. Battery cases will increase your battery capacity, but that tends to add a lot of unwanted weight and unwieldy thickness to your iPhone. That’s why you need a portable battery charger or power bank. The best portable charger for iPhone and your personal needs is something easy to put in a pocket or bag, can be recharged easily, and has enough power to get you through the decline of your iPhone battery life the next time you can plug it in at home or place it in a charging cradle.

To that end, I’ve rounded up the best portable power banks and battery chargers that will add a little extra oomph to your iPhone’s battery life. Although they cost more, I personally like batteries that have a built-in Lightning cable, so I don’t have to worry about carrying around a charging cable for quick charging when I don’t have enough power. But I’ve also included some budget picks for the best portable charger for iPhone models, and of those, some come with a charging cable for those who want to spend as little as possible charging their Apple devices through a power supply.

Although we have a similar list of the best power banks for Android phonesany portable battery here without an integrated lightning cable will work perfectly for charging an Android smartphone (or any other portable gadget), provided you provide a compatible smartphone cable.

So what is the best portable charger for iPhone models? What is the best portable power bank for charging on the go? Let’s find out. We periodically update this list of the best portable charger options for the iPhone, and we’ve anecdotally tested all of these models or their direct predecessors.

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It’s not cheap at around $55, but Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless is one of the best MagSafe accessories even though it’s not an official Apple MagSafe certified accessory. This is a battery pack that magnetically sticks to the back of your iPhone 12 model or MagSafe case and charges your phone wirelessly. Alas, it doesn’t offer fast wireless charging – this wireless charger only charges at 5W, not even 7.5W (however, you can charge faster through the USB-C port with a USB cable -C-to-Lightning, which is ‘not included). Although it does not offer fast charging without an additional cable, it is practical and compact. It also adheres well.

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Mophie’s PowerStation Plus with included charging cable is a few years old and has been discontinued, which means you can find some great deals on this portable charger – just make sure you’re not buying a refurbished model. Although it doesn’t have fast-charging capabilities, it does have a fabric finish and houses a 6,040mAh battery, along with an integrated Lightning connector. Previously, if you purchased one of the Apple-exclusive versions (it’s no longer available), the battery easily charged an iPhone and iPad with any Lightning cable, rather than Micro-USB. This version on Amazon charges via an included micro-USB cable. With the USB port, you can charge or recharge two devices at once, including your latest iPhone.

The larger 10,000mAh PowerStation Plus XL is also available on Amazon, but it’s thicker. The XL can be fully charged wirelessly on a wireless charger while the standard PowerStation Plus has no wireless charging but comes with the necessary charging cable.

To note: Ignore Amazon’s product description which says the smaller PowerStation Plus has Qi wireless charging – it’s not an Apple iPhone wireless charger.

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Aukey touts its PB-N83 Mini 10,000mAh USB-C Power Bank as “the smallest and lightest 10,000mAh portable charger”. I’m not sure it’s considered the smallest in the world, but it’s smaller in size than a credit card and has high-speed charging. That said, it’s 1.18 inches (30mm) thick and packs some weight. Still, this ultra-compact portable charger fits quite easily in a pocket and features both 18-watt USB power delivery with Type-C cable port and USB-A Quick Charge 3.0. The USB-C in-out cable port can be used as a pass-through port so you can charge the power bank and a device at the same time.

The PB-N83 portable charger costs around $20 and sometimes goes on sale for as little as $13. That’s a good price for a fast-charging 10,000mAh PD power bank. A USB-A to USB-C cable is included for charging, and owners of new iPhone models can use the USB-C to Lightning cable included with new iPhones to quickly charge their phones via the USB-C PD port on the power bank. I charged the iPhone 12 Pro to around 60% in 30 minutes.

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Although thicker than some of the Apple iPhone portable chargers in this roundup, the Anker PowerCore Slim 10,000 mAh is incredibly slim for a 10,000 mAh cell phone charger. It has a USB-C input for charging your phone’s battery, but no USB-C output. No cable is included.

Amazon

This 15,000mAh power bank is sturdier than some of the chargers on this list, but it stores plenty of juice. This portable charger also offers an 18-watt USB PD for fast charging through the USB-C port and features a USB-A port with an LED that displays battery power level. Its list price is $44 but if you enter the code RR20 at checkout, the price drops to $28.60.

Linear flow

The LinearFlux Hypercharger Pro is good value if you’re looking for a decent sized battery with an integrated Lightning cable. It also has a built-in micro-USB cable with a USB-C adapter you can stick on top.

This model with charging cable came out a few years ago, so it’s discounted at Walmart.

Anker

This Anker model is essentially an oversized wall charger that plugs in like an AC adapter. We used and liked the older 5,000mAh version with two USB-A ports, which retails for between $26 and $40, depending on the color choice. But the new model doubles the capacity to 10,000 mAh and adds a USB-C port. This allows you to simultaneously charge two devices such as your phone and a secondary connected gadget (or two phones). There’s also a small LED indicator on the side that lets you check the charge level with the press of a button.

Aukey

This Aukey power bank has wired and wireless charging options, as well as a built-in kickstand, making it an attractive power bank for gamers and binge-watchers. If you use the USB-C port, you can get 18 watts of charging. Go wireless and put your phone on the charging station and it will charge wirelessly at 10 watts, which is where the iPhone charging speed is currently maxed out for wireless charging. You’re paying a premium, but this fast-charging phone charger has a massive 20,000mAh battery, a built-in kickstand, and a digital display that shows remaining charge. It comes with a USB-A to USB-C cable, but you’ll need to provide an adapter to charge it.

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MyCharge HubPlus Turbo is the company’s latest power bank with a built-in foldable wall outlet and Lightning and USB-C cables. The wall charger is called the Turbo because it features power delivery and Quick Charge 3.0 (USB-C cable) to deliver fast charging speeds, which means up to 75% faster charging speed faster than a standard 5 volt charger. This fast charging wall charger has a 6700 mAh battery.

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Nimble’s Champ portable charger uses recycled plastic in its construction. You have to pay a little more to go green, but this is a nice compact 10,000mAh charger that has PD 4.0 fast charging (18 watts) through its single USB-C port. Also, the coupon CNET25 you will get 25% off at checkout.

Nimble also sells larger capacity fast-charging batteries.

The Atom XS portable charger is available in two versions: a smaller 800 mAh model and a larger 1300 mAh model. These smart devices are designed to fit on a keychain and are about the size of an electronic car key. But beware, they won’t fully charge your phone. The idea is to have them on hand to recharge in case your phone breaks down and you need some juice to get you through a few hours.

Both Atom XS models have a built-in Lightning connector and won’t weigh your phone down while charging. At around $40 for the larger 1300mAh fast-charging output variant (the one I’d go for), the Atom XS is quite an expensive device and you might be disappointed that it only charges some of the larger iPhones at around 25%. But again, it’s about the convenience of having a small battery charger for emergency charging purposes. A model with USB-C charging is slightly cheaper at $35.

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Mophie’s magnetic power bank is similar to Anker’s but has a more refined design. Like the Anker, this portable charger isn’t an official Apple MagSafe accessory, but it magnetically sticks to the back of your iPhone 12 or MagSafe case – yes, it sticks well – and is svelte for a 5 battery 000mAh. It can also be used with other phones that support wireless charging and comes with an adhesive magnet.

For wireless charging, Mophie says you’re looking at up to 7.5W for iPhones, but that seemed a bit slower to me (more like 5W). If you need faster charging, you can connect a USB-C to Lightning cable to boost the speed up to 12W. That has enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro once, but it will be a bit short of a full charge with an iPhone 12 Max Pro. Note that this is not compatible with the iPhone 13 Pro.

What to look for

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a power bank or power bank:

  • Higher power output (mAh, short for milliamp-hours) means more charges, but also heavier portable charger weight.
  • For the latest iPhones (all after the iPhone 7), you need to buy a battery with a capacity of at least 3000 mAh, which should give you at least a full charge for one device. With the exception of the Atom XS, all of the models featured above have achieved this level.
  • Multiple built-in charging cables or USB output ports will allow you to charge more than one device at a time, such as an iPad or another iPhone.
  • These best portable iPhone chargers all use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, so they should always be packed in carry-on luggage when flying. Airlines and regulators are increasingly banning li-ion batteries in checked baggage.
  • If you want maximum power output, go for chargers with USB-C PD (power delivery) models, which should charge almost any device smaller than a laptop, like a tablet or Nintendo Switch.

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