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8 small, light, portable power banks and battery packs

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8 small, light, portable power banks and battery packs
Electrical energy is to a smartphone what pepperoni pizza and Mountain Dew are to us. It is what makes our gadgets work. Without it, we wouldn't be able to look up recipes for nacho dips or ask Siri how tall LeBron James is whenever we please. That is why providing our handsets with power whenever they need it is kind of important. Alas, today's smartphone batteries are very limited in how much charge they can hold. Even the top models out there go from full to zero after a day or two of regular use. 

Power banks – those handy dandy portable battery packs – aim to solve the problem of smartphones' unsatisfactory battery life. They do so by storing extra charge inside of an external battery, which you may connect a phone to using its USB or Lightning charging cable. And power banks come in various shapes and sizes. Some are big, heavy, and bulky, but hold enough power to recharge a smartphone multiple times. Others are built with portability in mind. They can't hold quite as much power, but compensate for this by being extremely light and pocket-friendly. 

This post is about the latter type of power banks. The models we have here are all designed to make your life easier by occupying very little space in your pocket or carry-on luggage. Yet they can bring a dead phone back to life in a jiffy. Check them out in the slideshow below!





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posted on 31 Jan 2016, 19:40

1. combatmedic870 (Posts: 675; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I use easyacc 3000mah charger. It charges the phone at 2.1A. I think they came out with a version 2 that lacks the quick charging though. It has been a great charger and charges very quickly.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 19:43

2. combatmedic870 (Posts: 675; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Cost 12.99 bucks in amazon btw
easyacc Ubright 3350mah power bank
Highly recommended

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 19:56 3

3. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


What? Apple's iPhone battery case didn't make the list?!?

#UltraSarcasm

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 20:26 1

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 4090; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Aw, trying to milk some likes before the week is over? Classic.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:10

5. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I guess it worked on someone.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:09

9. Brewski (Posts: 379; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


iPhoneArena

3 of these are iPhone only (and the author even mentions the iPhone specifically). All the ones that use Micro USB also offer it in iPhone too.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 02:53

6. greyarea (Posts: 249; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


Surprised to see Anker left out. Anyone one else Anker for power needs?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 08:42 1

7. kkmkk (Posts: 495; Member since: 06 May 2013)


these are very expensive battery banks for what they are

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 10:34 1

8. chaco (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


You must be a madman to buy any of these chargers.... I got my brother for Xmas a 15,000mAh battery in amazon for $16!!! thats just shy of $1 per 1,000mAh!!
It works fantastic!

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