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Best Portable Charger

Best Portable Chargers
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Portable chargers are an essential fact of life these days. If you rely on your phone or other electronics, then a charger can mean the difference between a good day and a terrible one. We have pulled together some of our favourite portable chargers here.

Staff pick

Best portable charger

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Anker PowerCore 20100

Power and value combined

Anker makes the best portable chargers you can buy, bar none. This PowerCore is a whopping 20,100MAh, meaning it can charge the average phone around six times before needing to be refuelled at the wall socket. This gives you a tremendous amount of freedom, and the two USB-A sockets give you even more. When my wife and I go to the theme parks, this PowerCore keeps us taking pictures all day long.

Best for laptop

Laptop and phone charger

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Portable Charger RAVPower 80W

Laptop power in your pocket

The latest Ravpower charger is not only a 20,000mAh phone charger. The charger also has a 3-pin plug socket capable of charging a laptop like an Apple Mac in just two hours. If you are looking for a compact device that can power anything you need, this is the device for you.

Great value

Budget power charger

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Anker PowerCore 10000

Charge your device for less

If you are looking for a budget charger, one you can keep in your pocket or bag for whenever you need it, then the PowerCore 10,000 is for you. It will quickly recharge your phone at least twice, if not more, and it's incredibly lightweight and easy to transport. If you are hurting for money and power, this is the perfect Portable charger for you.

Jump start your device

Car and phone charger

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BUTURE Car Jump Starter

Battery for car and phone

The Buture charger takes battery charging to the next level. Not only is it an 18,000mAh phone battery with two USB-A outlets, but it is also a jumper cable capable of jump-starting a petrol car up to 7.0 litres and a diesel car up to 5.5 litres. That's amazing for the cost, and even more impressive than it is not much bigger than a paperback book. Keep this one in your car for any emergency.

Fast charging

Wireless charger

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Anker PowerCore III

A wireless powerhouse

The PowerCore from Anker has taken charging to the next level. With a wireless charging pad on the top you can charge   a total of three phones, or two phones and your iPods. The 10 watt wireless charger will charge you devices quickly too, making it the perfect charger to have in your bag.

Sun powered

Solar charger

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Solar Charger 25000mAh

Waterproof and rugged

Solar power can be something of a gimmick, but it can also help when you are out hiking or camping. This solar charger has a massive 25,000mAh battery, so it can take 30-40 hours to charge fully via sun power. That may seem crazy, but if you are hiking with it clipped to your backpack and charging for six hours, you should have enough juice to recharge any phone fully. If you start with it fully charged, you should be good for days of travel.

You've got the power

As a visitor at many different theme parks and a dedicated photo taker, I am always in need of power for my phone. When I visit the parks, I always carry a small bag with water, sunscreen, and the Powercore 20100mAh with two charging cables in it. The PowerCore keeps my phone — as well as my wife and son's — fully charged for an entire day at any park, and that is all I can ever ask.

I really love the Buture car charger too. I rarely use it for phone charging — after all, I have in-car chargers — but as a battery booster for the car it is perfect. It's easy to store and extremely useful.

James is a nerd who loves all things techy, gadgety, and fun. He has written for a huge array of sites for the last six years, with special emphasis on 3D printing, mobile phones, video games, and board games. He is an expert researcher and uses a battery of tests and measures to figure out the best products available in any given market.