Modern mobile phones, tablets, and other audiovisual players have a lot of computing power, meaning that they can process the data in a much more efficient and rapid way. However, this often burdens the battery life. And even though today’s tech industry designs and manufactures durable and efficient batteries, often we find that isn’t enough to meet our modern needs, for we are always connected, almost merged with our beloved devices.
And then the concept of portable power-depository devices came into existence. I will
present you with the list of six best wireless power banks with their most prominent
features. The list will be followed by buyer’s guide, where I’ll explain how they work,
their advantages and disadvantages, and what things you should keep in mind if you decide to
RLERON Portable Charger/Power Bank is the most sophisticated, but also the most expensive power bank and charger on our list. It features capable 24 000 mAh capacity, which allows rapid supercharging.
Unlike the other devices, RLERON power bank features LED display, which showcases the device’s remaining power supply. Furthermore, it has 3 USB ports, which means that it can charge four devices simultaneously.
It is also the most flexible device and can charge any device that has Qi-enabled technology (this includes smartphones, tablets, and other similar appliances). USB powering is high-speed, up to 2.4 A. It has two input ports (Lightning and Micro USB), and three output ports. All ports feature 2.4 A charging.
Upon purchase, you receive the charger/power bank, user manual, and the Micro USB cable. You also receive a 2-year warranty on the device, and you can contact friendly customer service any time you want.
RLERON Portable Charger/Power Bank is by far the fastest and the most efficient charger and power bank device on our list. It is highly durable, sturdy and lightweight. It is reliable, won’t overheat and overcharge, which helps cut down your electricity bill.
We praise three notable features: the product can charge four devices simultaneously, the LED display is much more sophisticated and convenient than the LED dots, and it is the fastest charger on our list.
The only downside is that the device will heat up if you charge four devices at the same time. But, this is to be expected, considering the power of the device and its compactness.
Not everyone who travels wants to go off the grid. It’s just that many folks don’t have a say in that matter. Power banks are supposed to solve that issue, but many of them can only stay in service for so long before they too run out of juice.
The Mophie Powerstation Wireless External Battery Charger can provide you and other users with a way around that issue. This power bank possesses the ability to last for an extended period of time.
This is the power bank you want to bring along if you are planning a long trip to a place where power sources are going to be hard to come by.
When you get back from your trip, you can make use of pass-through charging to simultaneously charge both this power bank and your phone, with the latter being prioritized of course.
It’s also easy to bring this power bank along with you because it is remarkably light. You can carry it in a portable bag and not be reminded of its presence constantly because it is on the lighter side at just 8.48 ounces.
You can charge a wide variety of devices with this power bank, including some of the latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.
Unfortunately, while this item can provide you with power over a long period of time, what it cannot do as well is offer high-speed charging. It will take some time before the device you plug into it reaches 100 percent, and you should really go for the outlet if one is available to you.
This Mophie power bank is still a solid product overall, but you should play to its strengths by saving it for long trips. If this power bank isn’t holding up over an extended amount of time, feel free to take advantage of the 2-year warranty and get something that works better.
The folks over at AIDEAZ were not lacking ambition when they drew up plans for their power bank. They wanted to create a power bank with 20000 mAh capacity that also excelled at charging up plugged-in devices in a hurry.
So, did they achieve their goal?
The capacity is certainly there, and judging by how long this power bank can stay functional, the billed 20000 mAh is legitimate. To reach the speed they wanted, they decided to make use of an 18W power delivery port.
To be clear, this power bank from AIDEAZ does not provide a slow charge, but it’s also not the quickest one you’ll find on the market. It’s solid in that regard, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
It features the same pass-through charging tech as the item from Mophie, so you can place it on standby together with your smartphone and have them both ready to use after a while.
Though it is billed as an ultra compact power bank, this item from AIDEAZ is actually quite hefty at 13.28 ounces. It also features a tendency to heat up, but the designers thought ahead and included some safety features.
Upon ordering this item, you will receive the power bank itself as well as a USB-C cable, a storage bag and an 18-month warranty.
The RAVPower Wireless Portable Charger is the kind of power bank that helps you avoid that problem because it is something that can be charged up in a hurry. Plug it in before heading to bed, and it should be ready to go when you wake up in the morning.
With it fully charged, you can use it to power up one device wirelessly and another by using the iSmart 2.0 USB port.
This is yet another power bank that can be used together many of Apple and Samsung’s newer releases.
There are some limitations to this power bank however.
For one, if you’re the type of person who likes to keep his/her smartphone in a protective casing, using this power bank may be a bit trickier. It won’t work if the case is thicker than 3mm, and it is also incompatible with metal cases.
Some power banks are also able to provide plenty of charges with a 10000 mAh capacity, but this is one that will need to be plugged in quite often.
This power bank comes with an 18-month warranty out of the box, and you can add an additional 12 months to that by registering the wireless battery pack.
KUPPET is both power bank and Wireless Charger, featuring a rechargeable battery and fast Wireless charging. It is slim, slick and stylish, but also quite durable and sturdy.
KUPPET power bank has 20 000 mAh capacity, which allows fast and efficient wireless charging. The 20 000 mAh isn’t only fast, but also transfers the energy from the bank to your devices more efficiently, preserving the battery’s durability and extends its functionality.
Much like the previous device, KUPPET Wireless charger is compatible with most modern devices, up to 1A, presuming that those devices feature Qi technology. It can charge three devices at the same time (two via cord and one wirelessly).
It has 2 USB ports (5V. 2.0 A), one Micro USB port and one Type-C port. Upon purchase, you receive the power bank/charger, Micro USB cable, and user manual. The power bank features 4 LED indicator lights and the on/off side button for Wireless charging.
Even when you position your device according to the manual instructions, the device acts as if it has its own will. The good news is that you can charge the devices while you are charging the power bank, but the bank won’t overheat.
It is also thin and compact and will fit in your pocket comfortably, allowing you to carry it
with you. Wireless charging is faster than with most other devices on the market, thanks to the
20 000 mAh capacity.
Cloele Qi Wireless Power Bank is a modern alternative to traditional power chargers, allowing you to power your devices anytime, anywhere. The product features rechargeable, 12000 mAh battery, and a potent wireless transmitter, allowing it to act as Qi charging pad (wireless), and as a portable power bank.
It features two USB output ports and one input port, with the ability to automatically recognize any Android or iOS device, up to 2.1A. This device is highly sophisticated and protects your appliances from overheating and overcharging.
Furthermore, Cloele Qi Wireless Power Bank features wireless charging, up to 1A, for most contemporary devices, including Samsung Galaxies (Note 4, S6, S6 Edge, etc.), iPhones (S5, 6 and other advanced models), Nokia devices, Google devices and many others.
The product is approved and certified by all governmental institutions: FCC, CE, etc. The device is labeled as being both safe and functional. In essence, Cloele Qi Wireless Power Bank is a 3 in one device featuring, Lighting charging, Micro USB and Type C cable.
This power bank is smart, featuring auto-off function, preventing the overcharging and overheating. Moreover, four integrated led indicators showcase the current battery status. It can charge up to 3 devices simultaneously.
The wireless transmitting range is up to 7 mm, so you won’t have to take off the protective case from your devices. The device is slick, light and portable, excellent for campers, travelers, home use, and so forth.
The only downside is the wireless charging: it is slow, and the device you are charging has to be
correctly positioned; otherwise, the charger won’t recognize the device.
TOVAOON Wireless Portable Charger is also 2 in 1 device, charger and power bank. Its capacity isn’t that impressive, being only 10 000 mAh, but still sufficient to power your beloved smart devices.
It can charge three devices, two by a cord and one wirelessly. It has two USB 5V ports that charge up to 2A, and one 2A micro USB input, with which you charge the power bank.
Upon purchase, you receive charger, Micro USB cable, user manual and 1-year warranty. The product is exceptionally compact and light, which is undoubtedly a plus, especially if you plan to carry it with you on your adventures.
The wireless transmitter is very effective and can recognize devices up to 8 mm so that you don’t have to take the protective lid of your devices. The charger surface is an anti-slip, assuring that your wirelessly charged device doesn’t fall off the power bank.
It is also worth mentioning that device features over-current protection, overheating protection and the over-voltage protection. It is safe and reliable, and won’t overheat the charged device. It charges surprisingly fast, thanks to the 2A charging speed.
However, the 10 000 mAh capacity is somewhat disappointing because other devices on our list have much more capacity (especially the RLERON Portable Charger/Power Bank, which has 24 000 mAh capacity). The product’s most prominent feature is its compact and lightweight design.
Wofalodata charger and power bank feature 10 000 mAh battery support, acting as both power ban and a smart device charger, with the ability to charge three devices while being charged.
The product features 1 Micro USB port (and you also receive Micro USB cable), one standard USB port and a Lightning adapter. The product is safe and reliable, certified by FCC, CE, and other authoritative agencies.
Furthermore, much like other devices on our list, it features 4 LED display dots, which show you the power bank’s supply. It prevents overvolting, overcharging and overheating. It is compatible with most Qi devices, smartphones, and smart devices.
You will also receive the Lightning adapter, which is included in the package together with Micro USB cable, charger/power bank, integrated Micro USB cable, and the user manual. It is the only device that features built-in Micro USB cable.
As we already said it, Wofalodata Power Bank is the most inexpensive charger and power bank. It is lightweight, compact and portable, but has issues with Wireless charging. Many reviewers complain about the product not responding to the device you want to charge.
However, it is super slim and light, which makes it very comfortable to carry around. It is well built and neatly designed, but again, charging isn’t fast, and the wireless charging isn’t consistent.
Last on our list is Hokonui Charger, featuring 10 000 mAh rechargeable battery capacity that recharges in just 11 hours, thanks to the 5V/2A powering system.
This power bank features a sophisticated design, anti-slippery pads, and shock-proof stand, thus making sure that the charging device doesn’t get damaged during the charging process. Furthermore, the wireless transmitter effective distance is 6 mm, which isn’t the best, but still sufficient for wireless charging.
The product has 1 USB input and 2 USB output ports, meaning it can charge up to 3 devices simultaneously. The product is made of high-quality copper coils, which ensures maximum energy efficiency and protects the device from overcharging and overheating.
Moreover, the device has built-in security chip which automatically shuts down the device if it isn’t used. We also commend the easy to read LED display, which is often more helpful than the standard LED dots.
The device is both smart and safe, durable and sturdy. It is also extremely fast, thanks to the copper coils. Interestingly, this is the only device that features phone holder. The holder allows you to hold the phone vertically (up to 60 degrees) as you are charging it. This characteristic is useful if you want to watch your favorite shows while the phone is charging.
However, some reviewer complained about the low battery capacity, arguing that the advertised 10 000 mAh is far from the truth. Also, the product seems to have troubles with wireless charging, stopping and going from time to time, i.e., being inconsistent.
In this section, we will discuss the technology behind power banks and how they differ from conventional chargers. Furthermore, we would like to explain what features should you pay attention to if you decide to purchase power bank/wireless charger.
Power bank acts as an additional, external battery and source of power for compatible devices. As we said in the introduction, they were developed because modern phones require a lot of energy to support the phone’s strong computing power.
They are compact, light, thin and portable, convenient and comfortable to carry with you wherever you go. The products on our list feature both cord powering and wireless charging, their charging speed depending on the product design.
Their most significant advantage is their compactness and portability: you charge the bank’s battery (which vary in capacity) and carry it with you. Instead of carrying chargers with cords, you bring the power bank and don’t have to worry about power sockets and standard cord charging.
Throughout our article, we mentioned something called battery capacity, measured in mAh. There is an excellent Quora discussion regarding this topic, and you can read it (here) if you are curious about the mechanical details of the term.
After that, you recharge the battery, and you can repeat the process. We didn’t discuss the power bank is recharging speed because most power banks take roughly 10-12 hours to recharge.
Charging speed is another important thing you have to consider. The fastest charger on our list is the RLERON Portable Charger/Power Bank because of the 2.4 A charging.
Standard USB charging voltage is 5V, but Amperes (A) vary. Standard chargers output 0.9 A, but superchargers output 2A or more, meaning that they transfer more energy from the power banket to your device in a shorter period.
We discussed the charging speed as we described our products. Some are faster than others, thanks to the more sophisticated design and wiring within the device. If interested, you can read more about the supercharging in this article.
We don’t want to talk about the products dimensions since they are all compact and light. However, some are lighter and smaller than the other, though the difference is minimal.
Instead, we want you to consider product’s sophistication: how good is the wireless charging, the number of ports, whether or not the product struggles with overheating, and so forth.
Furthermore, consider the LED display or the lack of it. Some products feature easy-to-read display, while others implement LED dots that portray the remaining battery life (regarding the power bank). Admittedly, the LED screen is much more convenient and more comfortable to read.
Similar to traditional charging, wireless charging aims to transfer energy from one point to the other. Because there is no cable attached to the device, though, the charging must be done through a process called electromagnetic induction. This process typically involves the power bank creating electromagnetic fields that are able to transfer electricity to other devices within range. Phones that support wireless charging have receivers built into their design, making it possible to accept any energy and put it back into the battery.
Typically, phones have to be very close to wireless power banks to charge. While there are some products on the market that allow you to charge at a slight distance, the most efficient products will instruct users to place phones directly on top of the wireless power banks. Different power banks will have different requirements, though, so it's important to keep this in mind while searching for your ideal product.
Yes, for the most part. Phone cases that are built to work with devices that are compatible with wireless charging will more often than not get the job done. However, especially thick phone cases might slow down the charging process, so you should be careful about which cases you use to charge your phone.
There are also certain materials that wireless charging is not compatible with (i.e. metal), so having a case or phone add-on made of incompatible materials will make it impossible for your phone to adequately charge. Metal is a material already detrimental to phones, though, so we don't recommend that you put metal near your phone. However, any given case's ability to wirelessly charge your phone is often stated on the product itself, so you can easily find this information.
No! The best part about wireless charging is that it can be an entirely intuitive process. For example, if you are sitting down for lunch and put your phone near your wireless power bank, it will often begin charging immediately. Some power banks and phones might require you place the phone on the bank itself, but you won't have to press any buttons to start the charging process.
No, you shouldn't. Though your phone will definitely heat up because of the charger transmitting energy, this is no different than any other type of charger you might have. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't exercise caution at all times, though—even high-quality pieces of hardware can still malfunction.
To make sure that you are using the wireless power bank properly, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the manual for your specific product. Certain products will have slightly different approaches!
Not necessarily! Wireless power banks can actually charge a wide variety of different devices, so we recommend that you get creative and look into which products you can charge with your wireless power bank!
Fast wireless charging is a phrase used to refer to devices that have built-in capabilities to charge faster than normal. Because of this, the ability itself is inherently contained within these types of devices. To ensure that you are able to do fast wireless charging with your device, you need to purchase a device that specifically advertises this feature.
The only real negative aspect of wireless charging has less to do with the process itself and more to do with the devices that are made for it. Because wireless charging is not compatible with metal, the devices have to be made to accommodate. This results in many wireless charging-capable phones being only made of plastic or glass, making them more fragile overall.If you are purchasing a device that is able to wirelessly charge, be sure that you purchase a case to go along with it!
Yes! The most important method for getting the most out of your power bank is to make sure that you are always charging it while at home. It can be easy to go home and begin relaxing, but by plugging your power bank in right away, you can make sure that it is fully charged when you need to go outside.
Though the products we reviewed appear identical, you have to focus on small details. Though the difference between 2.0A and 2.4A seems insignificant, it significantly affects the charging speed.
The power banks are similar in dimensions, description, and design, but little details can make the difference between successful and unsuccessful purchase.
Alas, make sure that you are satisfied with the battery capacity, number of ports and the charging speed. Also, make sure that the power bank and the wireless charger is compatible with your device.
Gareth Otwell is a 28-year-old tech geek. Currently working at a big IT company. He chooses to widen the topics he writes about so as to provide his readers with an all-in-one go-to platform that they can use to research for just about anything. Read more
I just finished reading your post about the top wireless power banks from a couple months ago. It was a well detailed publication.
I am wondering if you have seen a good version of these wireless power-banks that not only charge my iPhone X wirelessly, but the unit can also be charged wirelessly. I am wanting to completely get away from any wires needed to charge devices.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions.