Portable batteries for all kinds of power needs

Juice up for your commute or camping trip.

Dead devices are useless, and a scenario in which you beg the bartender to let you use her charger are totally avoidable. Portable chargers should live in your purse or wallet in case of dire circumstances. Here’s a list of the best power banks to keep you charged in most situations.

Stick it anywhere: PowerCore 5000 by Anker

Most Portable

Small enough to fit in your jacket pocket or purse. Amazon

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Sometimes you need a charger that’s portable and light enough to stick in your pocket or throw in your over-stuffed backpack. Anker’s lipstick-shaped PowerCore 5000 can charge your smartphone twice and weighs under 5 ounces. Bring it on your next beach trip or day-long hike.

Leave it outside: Solar Power Bank, Qi Portable Charger 10,000mAh

Via The Sun

You won’t always need a plug. Amazon

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The 10,000mAh BLAVOR solar power bank can charge an iPhone X over 2 times, includes two USB ports, one USB-C port, a MicroUSB input, and includes wireless Qi charging on top. It has an emergency two-LED flashlight and a solar panel. If you’re going to be in the sun, you might as well stay charged.

Quick: Mophie powerstation PD XL

Small And Power

It weighs a little more than a half-pound and is only 4 inches long, making it pretty portable. Amazon

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For most smartphones, the Mophie PD XL doles out half a charge in about 30 minutes. The 10,050 mAh battery can provide almost 24 hours of extra juice for your smartphone. It features both USB-C and USB-A ports.

Super powerful: Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD

Keep Everything On

Can re-juice in 3.5 hours. Amazon

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Anker’s 19,200 mAh PowerCore+ 19000 PD is a dual smartphone and laptop portable charger. It can charge an iPhone X about 4.5 times or provide one full charge for a MacBook Pro via USB-C. The 27-watt charger has three ports—one USB-C and two USB-A—that can simultaneously charge your devices at the fastest speeds possible. What’s cool about this particular charger is that while you are charging your laptop via USB-C, you can still use the USB-A ports to plug in external hard drives for transfer data. The battery comes with a 30-watt USB-C wall charger.

Plugs galore: AmazonBasics Line-Interactive UPS 1500VA 900 Watt

Something To Rely On

In the event of a power outage, don’t lose your files or progress in a video game. Amazon

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This 900-watt UPS—uninterruptible power supply—backup battery and surge protector is a clutch power device that will prevent you from losing unsaved work, keep your video games from shutting off, or even give you a couple of extra minutes to finish the end of your movie. Five of the outlets run off the backup battery and the other five are just for the surge protector.

Billy Cadden

Billy CaddenBilly Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.