Anker PowerCore+ mini
Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100
KMASHI 10000mAh Portable Power Bank
Being stranded in the middle of nowhere on your hiking trip as your phone’s flatlined and deciphering your paper map is like reading a foreign language. Sitting in the back seat of the car and wanting to scream in rage as your phone has reached the panic inducing 1% level so it’s only a matter of time until you’ll actually have to…talk to your family members sitting around you. Reaching a super high level on Clash Of Clans while on the train only to notice your phone edging towards the 3% battery mark. These are all big, catastrophic problems, but only because you didn’t have a backup power bank to recharge you and keep you going.
But the crucial question is, which is the best power bank to get? The answer is made harder and harder with every passing week as more power bank brands continue to enter the market. But fret not, we’ve done the hard, tedious work of sifting through hundreds of power banks to find the very best ones on the market today and have been kind enough to cover them in detail below.
Quick Answer: The Best Power Bank
We don’t think it would be right for us to discuss the Anker PowerCore + Mini without starting with the most notable aspect of the device. The design. The look of the Anker PowerCore + Mini marks a great departure from the rounded rectangular “candy bar” shape that the overwhelming number of power banks have taken, the PowerCore + Mini, to us, closely resembles a Smarties tube. The Power banks small cylindrical shape looks elegant and portable.
Anker have dubbed the device “lipstick” sized, which we suspect may be, largely, a bid to appeal to more of the female market. Further evidence of this is the fact that the power bank comes not just in Anker’s staple, and now iconic, matt black, but also in a metallic pink, gold, silver and blue. The device is made of aluminium, it’s dimensions are 3.7 inches x 0.9 inches.
- Weight2.88 oz
Incredibly light (at just 3 oz) and compact (3.7 × 0.9 × 0.9 inches)
Charges devices faster than competing mini power banks due to Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ charging technology that’s built in
Has high level safety and security features built in
Despite it’s cheap price, the power bank contains high grade batteries inside
USB port is only 1A, however, this was somewhat expected from a power bank of this size and capacity
Those that have gotten used to candy bar (rounded rectangular) shaped power banks may not warm to the cylinder lipstick shape of this powerbank
Anker is a brand, that in a few short years has ascended from obscurity to becoming a name that is almost synonymous with tech gadgets, and especially power banks. Their power bank products are what made the brand so popular and loved in the first place, and for good reasons, which we’ll discuss below.
The Anker PowerCore 10000 has a monstrous 10,000 mAh capacity which is incredibly impressive in itself. But to us, what’s more impressive, and incredibly rarer, is the fact that they have managed to make the PowerCore 10000 incredibly small and light for a power bank of its capacity. The company bills it as being “smaller than a deck of cards and lighter than a baseball”, and after checking it out, we agree with them. We can comfortably say that you will be incredibly hard pressed to find another 10,000 Mah power bank on the market that is as small and as light as the Anker PowerCore 10000 is.
High capacity power bank in a small and light package
Very good safety features built in
Incredibly high build quality and durability
Fast charging via VoltageBoost And PowerIQ
Possible battery longevity issues reported by a very small percentage of customers, however, the company does provide an 18 month warranty
Only one USB port so can’t charge multiple devices at the same time
The GETIHU is a portable power bank with a 10,000 mAh capacity. And this thing really deserves to be called portable. It’s an impossibly thin 0.37 inches/0.94 cm and super light 7 ounces.
The charger features GETIHU’s fast charging technology and has dual USB ports which lets you charge 2 devices at the same time, perfect for those gadget hoarders out there. So, you can easily simultaneously charge an iPhone and iPad at the same time using this thing which is something that can’t be said for many of the other portable power banks on the market today.
- ModelPhone Charger 10000mAh
- Weight7 oz
High 10,000 mAh capacity
Good safety features built in
Two USB ports for multiple device charging at the same time
LED flashlight built in
Incredibly good guarantees and warrantees (30-day money back guarantee, 360-day warranty and lifetime technical support)
Although it is thin and light, it is on the slightly large size in terms of surface area
Of the two USB ports, only one of them is 2.1A, the other is 1A
Next up we have the RAVPower 22000 and there’s no point in us beating around the bush, so we might as well start by discussing, by far, the biggest benefit of this power bank and that is it’s staggeringly large 22,000 mAh battery capacity. Just for some context, on a full charge, this beast can charge an iPhone 7 approximately 8 times, an iPhone 7 Plus approximately 5 times, an iPhone 6s approximately 9 times and a Samsung Galaxy S7 approximately 5 times.
And not only does the battery have a jaw-droppingly large capacity it’s also incredibly efficient. The Li-polymer battery inside impressively retains 70% to 80% of its capacity after 500 charge cycles.
- Weight0.9 lb
Very high capacity of 22,000 mAh
Unlike many competitors, the power bank has more than two ports and they are all high-speed ports, at 2.4A each
Very good safety features built in.e all high-speed ports, at 2.4A each
Long lasting battery – retains 70-80 percent capacity after 500 cycles
Battery longevity issues reported by a very small percentage of customers
Quite heavy at 14.4 ounces, but that’s to be expected from such a high capacity power bank using high density Li-polymer batteries
The EasyAcc has an impressive capacity of 20,000 mAh. To put that in context, on a full charge this thing can charge an iPhone 7 around 6 times, a Samsung S7 around 5 times, and an iPad Mini 3 around 2 times. So not too shabby at all.
The area where the EasyAcc really stands out is charging speed. It’s proprietary “Life Saver” (which we thought was a really cool name) technology means it can be superfast recharged within 6 hours, reducing the recharging time by up to 50% compared to similar 20,000 mAh power banks from competitors.
- Weight5.2 oz
High capacity of 20,000 mAh
Can charge your devices incredibly quickly due to proprietary Life Saver technology, 2.4A USB Ports and the ability to automatically identify your device and optimise charging speed for it
4 USB ports so you can charge four devices at the same time
Flash light built in
18-month warranty for peace of mind
A small percentage of customers have reported that the product doesn’t last long and the effectiveness of charging reduces after a couple of weeks to a couple of months, however, the company provides a 18 month warranty
Device may be a bit of an overkill for those that don’t have several tech devices and serious charging needs
The Aibocn is a 10,000 mAh power bank which is a lot more portable than competitors with similar capacities. It’s dimension are an impressively small 0.78 x 5.4 x 2 inches. The device has two USB ports and has a flashlight which is perfect for hikers, campers, and travelers.
With regards to design, the device is a candy bar shape, and has a pristine all white exterior with the only other color being a long rectangular bar running across the top front of the device, this bar comes in black, grey or orange. The device is coated with a unique anti fingerprint material which means you won’t have to spend time periodically vigorously rubbing the power bank with a cloth to get rid of finger marks and scuffs.
- Weight10.6 oz
2 USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time
Great safety features built in. Intelligent Safety Protection protects against overcharging, over discharging, over voltage, over current and short circuits
Attractive, pristine all white exterior
Flash light built in
Of the two USB ports only one of them is the fast 2.1A, the other is a slower 1A
The white colour of the device may make scratches/scuffs more visible
A small percentage of customers have reported issues with device consistency and battery longevity
The Dulla M5000 has an impressively high capacity of 12,000 mAh for a device of its size. In short, that means, on a full charge it can charge an iPhone 7 around 5 times, a Galaxy S7 approximately 3 times and an iPad mini approximately 1.8 times. The M5000 doesn’t just provide a decent capacity, it also charges devices pretty damn fast. It has a current output of 2A per port (there are two ports) which roughly equates to you being able to charge an iPhone 7 in about one and a half hours and a Galaxy S7 in around 2 and a half hours.
With regards to design, the Dulla M5000 is incredibly sleek, minimalistic and clean. It’s body is made of a cool aluminium and it comes in several metallic colors including Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Black. We predict if Apple made their own brand of power banks they would look something like the Dulla M5000.
- Weight12.6 oz
Fast charging via 2A ports
Two ports so you can charge two devices at the same time
Elegant, sleek, sophisticated design
Unlike most power banks, the Dulla M5000 comes in a variety of colors
Good capacity of 12,000 mAh
Although the device is super thin and reasonably light, it is quite long so may be a little bit of a hassle to add to your everyday carry around in some instances
A small percentage of customers have reported battery issues
The Kmashi is a 10,000 mAh power bank that allows you to charge your devices incredibly fast via two USB ports (one of which is 2.1A and the other which is 1A).
When it comes to design. The device is reasonably attractive but does have a very “plasticky” look (for lack of a better word). The device is a traditionally rounded rectangle candy bar shape and is entirely black apart from the striking vibrant deep red around all four sides and the bold, thick logo printed on the center front of the device in the same color. In terms of safety, the product has intelligent power manage IC, over-charge protection and short circuit protection. Be sure to also check out our list of the best iPad pro accessories for more great items like this.
- Model 6955574686973
- Weight9.8 oz
10,000 mAh capacity
Use of high density cells for longer battery life
Two ports so can charge two devices at the same time
Has safety mechanism built into the product
Not the most attractive power bank
Only one of the USB ports is high speed, the other is only 1A
The Anker PowerCore 20100 has a ridiculously large capacity which can charge the iPhone 7 around 7 times, the Galaxy S6 around 5 times and iPad mini 4 around twice. And like most Anker Powerbanks, the PowerCore 20100 provides super-fast charging. In this model, their two proprietary technologies PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver the fast charging possible. The device can recharge itself in 10 hours with the 2 Amp charger. Now that’s quick!
When it comes to safety the PowerCore 20100 has it covered. The device has Anker’s coveted MultiProtect Safety System built right in which means surge protection, short circuit protection along with countless other safety features that ensure your device is completely safe.
- Weight11.4 oz
Super high capacity of 20,100 mAh in a small device
Fast charging via the 2.4A ports, made even faster as a result of Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology
Attractive, slim design
Large number of safety features built in
We feel a power bank of this capacity and price could have had more than 2 charging ports
The Anker PowerCore 13000 is the successor to the PowerCore 10400 and has an impressive 13,000 mAh capacity. It can charge an iPhone 6s approximately 5 times, a Galaxy S6 around 3 and a half times and an iPad Air 2 once. Much like the PowerCore 20100 reviewed above, the Powercore 13000 has a combination of Anker’s proprietary technologies, PowerIQ and VoltageBoost built in which delivers the fasting charging possible, every time. It has 2 USB ports up to a seriously impressive 3A.
In terms of safety, much like the PowerCore 20100, the 13000 has Anker’s “MultiProtect Safety System” built in which provides surge protection, short circuit protection and a whole host of other advanced safety features to ensure you and your devices are safe.
- Weight9 oz
Good capacity 13,000 mAh battery
Very high-speed charging via 3A USB ports and further improved by PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology
Good security and safety features via Anker’s Multi Protect Safety System
Made of impact, extreme temperature and vibration tested materials
30% smaller and lighter than competing 13,000 mAh power banks
Attractive wallet shape and size form factor
Matte finish enhances grip and prevents both fingerprints and smudges
Could have had more than two ports
Power Bank Buying Guide & FAQs
Q: What Is The Best Brand Of Power Bank?
A: Usually we are reluctant to get behind one specific brand and deem it the “best” as all brands have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, however, in the case of power banks, there is a clear winning brand and that is Anker. Anker is a brand that is almost synonymous with power banks and for good reason.
They have been producing high quality power banks & solar power banks for so long and so well that they have been largely responsible for turning power banks from a niche, geeky device only known about amongst tech enthusiasts and serious travellers/hikers to a handbag/wallet staple for the general population. Anker have sold millions of power banks over the years and have continually improved their technology, design, safety, manufacturing process and customer service, and it shows. Anker are not only the most popular power bank brand on the whole of Amazon, they are also among the best reviewed.
Q: What Power Bank Lasts The Longest?
A: This is an interesting question that we get a lot. The power bank that lasts the longest is the one that uses the highest quality batteries, the largest number of batteries and has the superior technology with regards to making the most of out of charge cycles.
So, going by the above, we would accurately predict that the Anker PowerCore 20100 would theoretically last the longest for a number of reasons.
1. Like most Anker products, the PowerCore 20100 uses very high quality battery cells.
2. It has a very high capacity.
3. It has a high 4.8A output which will go a long way in reducing the number of charging cycles uses when charging devices.
Q: Which Power Bank Is The Easiest To Use?
A: By their very nature, power banks are very simple devices and all of them work in broadly the same way. For this reason, we would say there isn’t a power bank that is definitely easier to use than others. We would say, however, that the cheaper powerbanks in our list above have fewer ports, buttons ect so will be less complicated and overwhelming for a first time power bank user.
Q: What Is The Best Smallest Power Bank?
A: When it comes to the best smallest power bank then we’d have to say the Anker PowerCore + Mini takes it. It’s a tiny tube that weighs an impossibly small 3 oz and has the petite dimensions of 3.7 inches x 0.9 inches. Now, don’t get us wrong, there are other small, super slim and light power banks on the market, but the Anker PowerCore + Mini is the best small power bank as it manages to squeeze the largest number of features and the highest capacity in it’s super small frame and adheres to the same high quality as all other Anker products.
Q: How Do You Charge A Power Bank?
A: You stand over it menacingly and shout “charge!” three times at it. On a serious note. You charge most power banks using the supplied USB cable which you can hook up into a plug and then into a socket or stick in an electronic device like a laptop.
So, there you have it folks, the Gear Hungry top ten power banks on the market right now. Just think, panicking when you look down at your phone when you see it edging toward 5% battery can be a thing of the past if you decide to invest in a power bank.
We will leave you with one bit of final advice, place a high importance and priority on safety when choosing which power bank to buy. Do as much research as possible, and always buy the safest power bank you possibly can.