The 5 Best Portable Power Banks of 2022

Sometimes there isn’t a power outlet at hand to upgrade our devices, and then the best power banks come in handy.

Whether you’re trekking through the wilderness or walking between coffee shops, a power bank can make the difference between staying connected or being quiet.

Here’s a selection of great power banks to keep your devices charged when you’re away from an outlet.

Zendure SuperTank Pro review |  Best power bank

Technical specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.8 in (124mm x 74.5mm x 45.5mm)
  • Weight: 20.5oz / 580g
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • cells: 8 high density Samsung battery cells for electric vehicles
  • Flight safe: Yes (estimated at 96.48 watt-hours)
  • Total DC output: 138W
  • Firmware upgrade: Yes, requires a PC
  • Display: OLED screen
  • Material: Aluminum shell with ABS and polycarbonate center frame

This is my all-time favorite power bank. It has been with me in off-grid situations and in different countries, and it has never let me down.

If you want a large power bank with a lot of power and the ability to charge four devices at once, the Zendure SuperTank Pro is the power bank for you.

Connectivity:

Input

Exit:

  • USB-C1/C2: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, 20V/5A, 100W Max

  • USB-C1: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, 20V/5A, 100W Max
  • USB-C2: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, 20V/5A, 100W Max
  • PPS: 5-11V, 5A
  • USB-C3/C4: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A, 18W Max

Advantages:

  • A lot of force
  • Flight safe
  • Four USB-C ports
  • Enough power to charge a MacBook Pro

cons

  • heavy
  • Expensive
  • No USB-A (except when using an adapter)

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Technical specifications:

  • Battery: Cell type: 18650 Li-ion battery | Capacity: 20,000 mAh, 72 Wh ± 5%
  • AC/HVDC output: Output: 100W (120V/60Hz US model, 230V/50Hz EU model)
  • Wireless charging: Output: 10W max
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Dimension: 5.0″ x 4.8″ x 0.91″
  • Guarantee: Limited one year
  • Operating Temperature: Temperature 0°C-40°C, Humidity 30-70%, Altitude ≤2000m
  • Flight safe: Required airline approval

Everything about the Omni Omni 20+ is designed around strength and ruggedness. The ABS/rubber exterior can take a beating, the ports are well designed and the display offers everything from information at a glance to a deep dive into what’s going on.

Connectivity:

USB-C port

USB-A output

  • Input: 45W max
  • Output: 60W max

Pros

  • A lot of force
  • Many exits
  • OLED display packed with information
  • Robust

cons

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Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.8 x 1in (114mm x 71.1mm x 25.4mm)
  • Weight: 10.8oz / 306g
  • Capacity: 15,000 mAh
  • Flight safe: Yes (estimated at 54 watt hours)
  • Total DC output: 48W
  • Material: ABS & polycarbonate

A portable, everyday power bank, more than enough to last your smartphone and tablet for a day or more.

Connectivity

Input

Exit:

  • USB-C (PD): 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A, 45W Max

  • USB-C: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A, maximum 45W
  • USB-A: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A 18W Max

Pros

  • Compact
  • Reasonably priced
  • Robust

cons

  • Not enough power to charge a laptop

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Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 3.23 x 1.39 inches
  • Capacity: 10,000 mAh
  • Flight safe: Yes
  • Total DC output: 5V/3A
  • Material: Polycarbonate

Is it a power bank or a wall charger? It’s both!

Input

Exit:

  • USB-C: 20W Max
  • USB-A: 5V/2.4A, maximum 12W

Pros

  • Always charged when you keep it plugged in
  • Charges quickly
  • USB-A and USB-C outputs
  • Space-saving when traveling (takes over from separate charger and power bank)

cons

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Technical specifications:

  • Capacity: 25000mAh / 92.5Wh
  • Magnetic Wireless Charger Output: 15W fast charging (10W for Android and non-iPhone 12 devices)
  • Apple Watch wireless output: 5W
  • Maximum output power: 190W
  • Maximum power consumption: 100W
  • Batteries: 5 x 21700 Panasonic Lithium Polymer Graphene Composite Battery Cells
  • Time to 80% (20,000 mAh) from empty: 45 minutes
  • Time to full charge from empty: 1 hour 10 min (with 100W input)
  • Device Operating Temperature: -20℃ to 60℃
  • Safety protection: Over current/voltage/temperature, short circuit protection
  • Housing: Aircraft grade aluminum and PVC
  • Dimensions: 15.85 x 8.7 x 2.85 (6.24″ x 3.4″ x 1.12″)
  • Weight: 583.5g (1.28lb)

The Flash Pro Plus is a sturdy package of anodized aluminum and aircraft-grade batteries that weighs a reassuring 1.2 pounds.

It is a large power bank with five 21700 Panasonic lithium polymer graphene composite cells with a capacity of 25,000 mAh.

And the power bank can get that power from four ports and two wireless chargers.

Yes, that’s right, ports and wireless.

Connectivity:

Couple

  • max. 100W USB-C power input/output
  • Max 50W USB-A Oppo 50W, Vivo VOOC 50W, Oneplus 50W, VOOC Flash Charge SVOOC Super Flash Charging 50W, Huawei Super Charge 22.5W
  • Max 18W USB-A QualComm Quick Charge 3.0

100W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 Input

  • 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, 20V/5A (PPS: 3.3-6V/5A, 3.3-11V/5A)

60W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 output

  • 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A (PPS: 3.3-6V/5A, 3.3-11V/5A)

20W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 output

  • 5V/3A, 9V/2.22A, 12V/1.67A (PPS: 5-5.9V/3A, 5-11V/2A)

50W USB-A 1 output

Pros

  • Large capacity
  • Many charging options
  • Easy to read display

cons

  • Big, bulky and angular
  • Pricey

What is the best power bank?

The Zendure SuperTank Pro is ZDNet’s top choice based on its capacity, connectivity options and price.

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Price

Capacity

Zendure SuperTank Pro

$195

26,800mAh

Omnicharge Omni 20+ bundle

$299

20,000 mAh

Transmitter X5

$90

15,000 mAh

Anchor PowerCore Fusion 10000

$49

10,000 mAh

Chargeasap Flash Pro Plus

$319

25,000 mAh

What is the right power bank for you?

Not one size fits all. So if you’re still not sure which power bank to buy, consider the following scenarios or usage scenarios to help you make a decision.

Choose this power bank…

If you want or are…

Zendure SuperTank Pro

A huge power bank that can power everything

Omnicharge Omni 20+ bundle

You want a power bank that can supply AC power

Transmitter X5

A power bank

Anchor PowerCore Fusion 10000

A power bank that you can connect to a socket for charging

Chargeasap Flash Pro Plus

A large sturdy power bank with wireless charging for your iPhone and Apple Watch

How did we choose these power banks?

These are all products that I have tested and have been using for several months. I always have one or two power banks with me when I travel, and this means they are tested for a long time.

Here are some of the criteria I’m looking for:

  • That the capacity is as stated
  • That the power bank delivers the power stated on the specification sheet
  • That the product is durable and can withstand long-term use

What size power bank do I need?

Difficult question. If you want an emergency power bank to act as a backup, a small 5000mAh power bank will do the job. If you want a lot of power, and maybe the ability to charge a laptop, the bigger the better (well, as big as you want to carry!).

What is the largest power bank I can take on a plane?

Power banks up to 100 Wh (100,000 mAh) can be transported without approval and power banks that fall between 100 Wh and 160 Wh require airline approval.

Are power banks waterproof?

While there are power banks that claim to be water resistant, I have never felt comfortable with the idea of ​​getting a pack of lithium batteries wet. I always keep them dry and keep them in a waterproof bag when I’m out in bad weather.

How about power banks that have a built-in solar panel?

I haven’t come across a good one yet. I also don’t like baking rechargeable batteries in the sun for a long time.

Are there alternative power banks worth considering?

Yes there are. View the alternatives below:

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