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Best power banks of 2018: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the overwhelming number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. It’s common to see products from Anker, Mophie, and MyCharge, but how do you know which ones deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?

We decided to do the legwork for you, acquiring a wide range of power banks from different manufacturers, some offering unique features. We then spent weeks testing the packs (read about our testing process in detail below).

While we’ve made some top picks, be sure to read through each review, linked to at the bottom of this page, to help you find the best battery pack for your needs. (You might also be interested in our our roundup of USB car chargers if you spend a lot of time in a vehicle.)

Update 3/8/2018: The Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro is our new pick for most portable power bank. We’ve also added the Gogo Toro’s Outlet Evaders battery pack and Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro to our list of reviews below. 

Best overall power bank

The Mophie Powerstation Plus XL is light, easy to toss into a bag, and incredibly efficient. It’s also one of the the most expensive packs in this roundup, at $99.95. But with a 93.41 percent efficiency rating, you’re getting your money’s worth out of this pack. Combine that with a built-in charging cable with multiple tips, and you have a winner. We did have an issue with recharge time, but overall this pack is the one to beat. (Read our full review).

Most portable power bank

Xiaomi is known for producing high quality products and selling them at an affordable price. The 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro is a prime example of that approach, hitting all the marks to make it our top pick for the most portable power bank overall. With its high efficiency, premium design, and street price of $16, it’s hard to beat. Pick one or two of these up, throw them in your bag and suitcase, and forget having to worry about running out of battery power while on the road. 

Best power bank for road warriors

The DBPower Q100 Portable Energy Storage Battery isn’t for those who just frequently travel, that’s where the Tronsmart Presto PBT10 excels. Instead, the Q100 is for those who frequently travel and find themselves in areas without easy access to power in general. The Q100 has an AC outlet, two USB ports, and charges in a scant 3.5 hours for a device with a 26,400mAh battery.

Best USB-C power bank

Between its capacity, recharge time, charging capabilities, USB-C, and the wide range of devices it can charge, the Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD is well worth its $110 price. 

Yes, it’s big and bulky. But being able to quickly top off your phone while trekking through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch simultaneously is worth the added weight and the price. (Read our full review.)

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