Best portable battery packs for iPhone iMore 2021

Having a way to charge your iPhone 12 or any other of the best iPhones on the go is paramount nowadays, especially since heavy use — looking at you Instagram, Snapchat, and Pokémon Go! — can kill your battery before the day's end. When that happens, and there's no outlet in sight, a battery pack will be your best friend. But which battery pack? Here are some of the best portable battery packs for iPhone.

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Best overall: VimPower Portable Charger 22000mAh PD 3.0 Power Bank

Staff pick

This power bank is fast, simple, and inclusive of all devices. It can have your iPhone XS charged to 50% in just 30 minutes or fully charge your MacBook. Many reviewers have tested this product to the max, and it has risen to the challenge. This is one of the best portable battery packs for just about anyone's iPhone.

$23 at Amazon
TravelCard 1500mAh

Credit card-sized: The TravelCard 1500mAh

You can grab a TravelCard that's made specifically for the iPhone with a built-in Lightning cable. The 1,500mAh battery won't give you a full charge, but it should help you make it to the end of the day, which is all you can expect out of a credit card-sized battery pack.

$29 at TravelCard
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MagSafe solution: Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack

Apple's own MagSafe Battery Pack attaches magnetically to any iPhone 12 series or newer iPhone. Just slap it on and go about your day, even using your iPhone while you charge. You can use it on an older phone with wireless charging, but it won't attach magnetically. Note that with only 1460mAh of power, you'll get a power boost, but not a full iPhone charge.

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Another MagSafe option: mophie snap+ juice pack mini

Another MagSafe option to consider for your MagSafe-compatible iPhone is the snap+ juice pack mini from mophie. It's thicker than Apple's, but it packs more power (5000mAh) and is quite a bit cheaper. Like Apple's, it will work with any wireless charging iPhone, but you need the iPhone 12 or newer for it to snap on magnetically.

Anker Astro E1

Candy bar-sized: Anker 6700mAh Astro E1 Ultra Compact Portable Charger

If you're looking for an exceptionally portable charging option, the Anker Astro E1 is perfect. It's roughly the size of a chocolate bar and should charge your iPhone at least once, if not one and a half times.

$30 at Amazon
Jackery bolt Powerbank

Pocket-size: Jackery Bolt 6000mAh for iPhone

Jackery's Bolt is a slim option with a built-in Lightning cable, so there's no need for you to carry one around with you. With 6,000mAh, it should be able to juice up your iPhone at least once. It comes in gray and vibrant orange.

$25 at Jackery
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LED Screen: GETIHU Portable Charger 10000mAh for iPhone

Getihu's portable charger has an LED screen to let you know where it's at on battery. It is lightweight, compatible, and easily travelable. Most importantly, however, it is well-reviewed by people who have purchased this device and used it, so you know you are getting a trustworthy device.

$23 at Amazon
anker powercore 10000

A popular and trusted option: Anker PowerCore 13000mAh Portable Charger

Anker is one of our favorite brands, and the PowerCore 13,000mAh packs in a reasonable amount of power in a small and compact form factor. It's enough for three and a half iPhone charges, and it even features fast charging capabilities.

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Warms the hands: OCOOPA Hand Warmer Portable Charger

OCOOPA combines the functionality of a hand warmer with a 5,200mAh battery in one compact device. Take it on your next camping trip and get three levels of warmth, plus you can charge your phone at the same time.

From $27 at Amazon
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All-in-one solution: myCharge HubMax 10050mAh Portable Charger for iPhone

The myCharge HubMax is a fantastic solution when you use multiple devices. It holds 10,050mAh of charge, has a built-in micro USB, and includes Lightning cables. Plus, it comes with a USB-A port for additional devices. The HubMax also has its own folding wall outlet plug so that you can plug it in directly.

$110 at Best Buy
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Charge three at once: INIU Portable Charger

Charge up to three devices at a time with this lightweight, compact, inexpensive option. Three ports include two USB-A ports and one USB-C port. It also works as a flashlight. With 10000mAh of power, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck.

$20 at Amazon
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Ultra compact: iWalk Small Power Bank 4500mAh

If you don't have a lot of room in your bag and don't want to mess with cables, consider this tiny power bank that plugs directly into your iPhone's lightning port. Though it's only about the size of a lipstick, you can get up to a full iPhone recharge or more, depending on which iPhone you own.

From $30 at Amazon

Find the best portable battery packs for iPhone just for you

A portable power bank is the best way to ensure your iPhone keeps going until the end of the day or even a couple of days if you go with the right one. The VimPower Portable Charger is my favorite charger; with its quick charging and trusted reviews, it's one of the most reliable options on this list, along with the MyCharge HubMax.

Technology has come a long way with the card-sized TravelCard 1500mAh. This portable power bank is impressive when you struggle for space and just need a little bit of an extra power boost. If you are also looking for something small but a little more mighty, the Anker Astro E1 Ultra Compact Portable Charger is a small and all-inclusive power bank that will charge your phone at least 1.5 times. Knowing how many options you have is a stress reliever when deciding what you will need the most.

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