8 Best Portable Chargers and Power Banks to Keep Your Phone Running

We even found one that doubles as a desktop stand and wireless headphone charger (iStock/The Independent)

If you’re anything like us, your smartphone is at your fingertips almost all day and all night. But with its 5G connections, GPS, huge screens and endless apps to entertain and inform, battery life is always at a premium.

As we’re sure you know as well as we do, using a smartphone for an extended period of time can greatly damage battery life, and getting to the end of a long day with enough energy to order a taxi (or takeaway) can feel like an efficiency challenge.

But help is at hand, thanks to the humble power bank. Available in all shapes and sizes, portable chargers can give your phone hours or even days of extra life, and the latest models use magnets and wireless charging to recharge without needing a cord. Others have built-in mounts to hold your phone on a plane or train, and the one featured here doubles as a desktop stand and wireless headphone charger.

You will notice that only three brands are presented here. That’s because we opted for the most well-known and trusted companies on the market and chose not to include those that were removed from Amazon in 2021 after reports from paying shoppers to leave positive reviews.

With this neat storage, here we present the best portable chargers for your smartphone.

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We tested each of the items below for speed, weight and power. Without that summary, we’d be without our phones more than once while out in the rain, an hour’s walk from home.

The best portable chargers for 2022 are:

  • best overall – Anker 313 powercore 1000: £22.99, Anker.com

  • Best for Android users – Belkin 10K USB-C Powerbank: £29.99, Belkin.com

  • best to travel – Anker 622: £49.99, Amazon.co.uk

  • Best for smaller iPhones – Belkin Boost Charge Power Magnetic Wireless Power Bank: £29.99, Belkin.com

  • best for versatility – Wireless Mophie Powerstation XL: £89.95, Geniusgadget.co.uk

  • Best for Apple users – Anker 633: £89.99, Amazon.co.uk

  • Best for wireless charging – Mophie snap+juice pack mini: £44.95, Currys.co.uk

  • best for portability – Mophie powerstation mini: £16.90, Jp-uk.co.uk

Anker 313 power core 10000

Best: In general

Evaluation: 09/10

  • dimensions: 143mm x 70mm x 15mm

  • Weight: 256g

  • connections: USB-A, USB-C

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh

  • Wireless: No

It might not have the most exciting design, but the Anker 313 is our favorite because it offers a big 10,000mAh capacity, USB-C connectivity, and a pretty compact size for just £23. This battery pack also has a regular USB-A connection, too. and its USB-C socket can be used to charge the battery itself as well as other devices such as smartphones, tablets and even laptops.

Buy now £22.99, Anker.com

Belkin 10K USB-C Powerbank

Best: For Android users

Evaluation: 8/10

  • dimensions: 150mm x 70mm x 12mm

  • Weight: 213g

  • connections: USB-A, USB-C

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh

  • Wireless: No

Belkin’s 10K USB-C powerbank is another robust 10,000mAh battery. There’s no wireless charging, but there are a pair of charging ports in the form of USB-C and USB-A, with cables included for both. A button and LED lights are used to show the current battery charge level, and… that’s it. This is a nice and simple power bank with a bigger capacity.

Buy Now £29.99, Belkin.com

Anker 622

Best: To travel

Evaluation: 8/10

  • dimensions: 150mm x 65mm x 12mm

  • Weight: 146g

  • connections: USB-C, Wireless Qi, MagGo

  • Capacity: 5,000mAh

  • Wireless: Yea

This battery is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe technology as featured on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. This allows the battery to magnetically attach to the back of your iPhone (or its MagSafe-compatible case), which is a very practice of charging the battery wirelessly.

In addition, the battery has a folding stand that cleverly attaches using magnets and can hold your iPhone in either portrait or landscape orientation. This makes it perfect for holding your iPhone on the table on a plane or train, while also charging the battery. A USB-C port can also be used to charge devices with a cable, so Android users aren’t left out, and to recharge the battery itself.

Buy now £49.99, Amazon.co.uk

Belkin Boost Charge Power Magnetic Wireless Power Bank

Best: For smaller iPhones

Evaluation: 7/10

  • dimensions: 97mm x 65mm x 12mm

  • Weight: 109g

  • connections: USB-C, Wireless Qi, MagSafe

  • Capacity: 2,500mAh

  • Wireless: Yea

A smaller battery for more compact phones, this Belkin power bank is better for small iPhones with MagSafe, like the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini. The battery is attached to the back of compatible iPhones using magnets, which automatically start the wireless charging process.

It also has a USB-C port for recharging other devices such as Android phones. The capacity is only 2,500mAh, so while it’s a small and light battery, it doesn’t have the power of others featured in this roundup.

Buy Now £29.99, Belkin.com

Wireless Mophie Powerstation XL

Best: for versatility

Evaluation: 8/10

  • dimensions: 135mm x 70mm x 15mm

  • Weight: 221g

  • connections: 10,000mAh

  • Capacity: USB-A, USB-C, Wireless Qi

  • Wireless: No

This Mophie power bank has a lot to offer. It has a large capacity of 10,000mAh and can charge devices using its USB-A and USB-C ports. It also features wireless charging, so you can recharge your phone’s battery simply by placing it on top of the power bank.

There’s a button and LED lights on the side for checking the power bank’s remaining charge, and the soft, fabric-like finish gives it a quality feel. The large capacity offered here should fill most smartphones twice.

Buy Now £89.95, Geniusgadget.co.uk

Anker 633

Best: For Apple users

Evaluation: 09/10

Much more than a power pack, the Anker 633 is an iPhone stand and charger, plus a MagSafe-compatible portable battery and an all-in-one AirPods wireless charger. We love having the 633 on our desk, where it charges our iPhone, holds it at a convenient angle, fills the removable battery, and recharges our AirPods.

As with other MagSafe compatible batteries, this product only works with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 as it magnetically connects and charges wirelessly. That said, the battery also has a USB-C port, so it can be used to recharge other devices too, using a cable.

Read our full Anker 633 review

Buy now £89.99, Amazon.co.uk

Mophie Snap + mini juice pack

Best: for wireless charging

Evaluation: 8/10

  • dimensions: 112mm x 70mm x 12mm

  • Weight: 140g

  • connections: USB-C, Qi Wireless

  • Capacity: 5,000mAh

  • Wireless: Yea

This is another MagSafe compatible battery, but the interesting thing is how it comes with a so-called “snap-on adapter”. This is a magnetic ring that sticks with adhesive to the back of smartphones that have wireless charging but are not iPhones. Essentially, this brings a simpler version of Apple’s technology to other smartphones. This would be a great option for anyone who has a MagSafe iPhone as a personal phone, as well as an Android with wireless charging as a work phone.

Buy now £44.94, Currys.co.uk

Mophie powerstation mini

Best: for portability

Evaluation: 8/10

  • dimensions: 130mm x 70mm x 8mm

  • Weight: 127g

  • connections: USB-A, USB-C

  • Capacity: 5,000mAh

  • Wireless: No

Finally, we have another 5,000mAh battery, this time from Mophie. The Powerstation mini has a nice fabric-style finish along with USB-C and USB-A connectivity. There’s a button on the side to check how much charge the battery has, and we really like how thin and light it is. It’s ready to slip into a bag or pocket and fill your smartphone via its fast USB-C connection wherever you go.

Buy now £16.90, Jp-uk.co.uk

The verdict: Portable chargers and power banks

If you’re looking for the best value for money, the Anker 313 is hard to ignore. It has a large capacity of 10,000mAh, USB-C and USB-A ports, and is just £23. We also really like the Anker 622 with its magnetic mount. and built-in iPhone support, while the soft-touch finish of the Mophie powerstation wireless XL and Mophie snap + juice pack (not to mention the latter’s smart magnetic accessory) also impressed.

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