Most battery packs and power banks are liars! They say they’re portable, but what they actually are is heavy, huge, and hopeless. Most need a backpack or a purse to carry them around — or else they might pants you on a busy, crowded street. If your portable battery pack doesn’t fit on your person to carry it around while you’re charging at a sporting event, on an all-day hike, or in a two-hour line at Disneyland, then your power bank won’t be there when you need it. Get one that will!
Futureproof and phone-sized
AUKEY 10000mAh USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank
This power bank is on the larger side of pocketable — around the same size as a Note 9 — but I really like the AUKEY for three reasons: it has USB-C for input and output, two USB-A ports, and it supports both QC 3.0 and Power Delivery fast charging standards.
$30 at Amazon
Anker PowerCore 10000
There is a newer Anker PowerCore 10000 available, but that model is larger and while it does have a USB-C port, it’s for input only. I’d recommend sticking with the older, more compact microUSB only version and saving yourself a few dollars.
$32 at Amazon
Hokonui 10000mAh 10W Fast Qi Wireless Power Bank
Forget the PowerShare on the new S10 and get yourself a pocketable wireless charger that can recharge your phones, Galaxy Buds, or any other Qi accessories without killing your phone battery! It also supports 18W Power Delivery charging and QC 3.0.
$34 at Amazon
I reviewed the Iceworks 7000 six months ago and it’s been sneaking its way into my pockets, purses, and gear bags ever since with its perfectly slim size. It’s a shame it’s only available via Amazon.co.uk.
£23 at Amazon UK
All C, all the time
eeco Ultra Slim USB-C Portable Charger 5000mAh
Eeco’s slim, monolithic design makes it look more like a portable hard drive than a power bank, with its single solitary USB-C port, but this bank only having a single port means there’s less to break and less parts to jack up the price.
$17 at Amazon
RAVPower 6700 Battery Pack
About the size of a card deck, this trusted RAVPower charger is fatter than the wide, slim “phone-sized” packs above, but that makes it easy to fit into smaller pockets or smaller hands as you use it to recharge your devices. It even comes with a carrying pouch.
$17 at Amazon
Power of the rainbow!
Poweradd Slim 2 Most Compact 5000mAh External Battery
Fight back against bland, black accessories with these shiny, colorful little power packs. Available in pink, red, blue, green — and black, if you really want to be boring — these 5,000mAh portable batteries are compact, round, and can fully recharge most phones at least once before running dry.
$13 at Amazon
All the right angles
nonda ZUS Right Angle USB-A to USB-C Cable
Having the cable sticking straight up in your pocket is unwieldy, and can lead to broken cables or power banks when sitting down. This is one of many times when a right-angle cable is wonderful, and I’ve used a ZUS right-angle cable for years for charging in tight spaces, like cars and in-pocket charging.
$13 at Amazon
Keep it on a short leash
Boxeroo Short Type C Cable 5-pack
The other cable type that’s handy to have with a portable battery is a short cable that won’t get in the way too much. Many power banks come with 6 inch cables, but I find 1 foot cables give just enough room to maneuver both the phone and power bank around. This 5-pack also leaves some spares for the car!
$11 at Amazon