Suddenly, everyone’s packing a portable charger, and it’s no mystery why: Pokemon GO! has arrived, to drain phone and tablet batteries worldwide. The insane popularity of the fledgling augmented-reality game means you don’t want to be left by a wall outlet while everyone else is slinging Pokeballs. So, here are 9 unbeatable Pokemon GO! portable chargers to consider for iPhones, Androids, and all-purpose occasions.
Whether they’re road-tripping, backpacking, or just staying out late slinging Pokeballs, people are finding that cellphone batteries just don’t quite go the distance by themselves. Welcome to the world of portable chargers! Some things to keep in mind are: do you prioritize utility over style? Do you want extra features or simply a massive battery capacity? Do you want a battery case for your phone (for protection + extra juice) or would you prefer a heavier-duty external charger? Just to throw some numbers at you first, here are the capacities for some of the most popular smartphone models out there:
- iPhone 6s – 2750mAh
- Galaxy S7 Edge – 3500mAh
- LG G5 – 2800mAh
- Huawei Nexus 6P – 3450mAh
To figure out how many times a charger can recharge any of the given devices, just divide the charger capacity by the smartphone capacity. Simple enough, right?
To kick off our list, here are our 5 favorite picks for external Pokemon GO portable chargers. The bonus of the external charger is that they often work with a range of devices, not just cellphones. Additionally, because it’s not limited to the size of a battery case, their battery capacities are almost always larger by a wide margin.
Probably the most stylish option on our list is this beautifully carved wooden charger from Carved.com. While the Carved Wood Power Bank takes a while to charge itself, a full battery can recharge an iPhone almost 3 times over, and a Galaxy phone twice over. It packs two separate USB ports for twice the output, and plus–it’s just plain beautiful! Ideal for outdoors-y folks and rustic aesthetic lovers. For icing on the cake, it also ships with a handsome burlap baggie for travel.
If you’re a diehard survivalist type, this might be the king of Pokemon GO portable chargers for you. This model from EasyAcc does everything its lengthy name describes. It can be charged with a traditional cable, and also packs solar cells to juice up while sitting in the sun. While this isn’t exactly the fastest way to charge the EasyAcc, it’s certainly an attractive option if you plan on spending prolonged periods outdoors. Perfect for camping! For additional gravy, this charger also doubles as a 3-mode flashlight, powerful enough to light up your tent at night. It even comes with a hangable connector, making this the outdoorsman’s dream charger.
This is the charger I personally have, and while it’s definitely pricier, it is a beast. At 23000mAh, this baby not only charges my iPhone almost ten times over, it’s actually built to charge any device you’ve got. The Ravpower Xtreme Power Bank packs 2 USB ports and an additional port for laptop chargers. It comes packaged with an array of tip-adaptors, ensuring that the Ravpower is compatible with most any laptop model out there. So if you’re looking to charge not just your phone, but everything else in the room, this might be the best fit for you.
While the Nomad’s battery capacity might seem a little lightweight, the beauty of this model is its portability. The Nomad charges right through your car socket, charging first your device, then its own battery. If you’re a regular commuter or planning on a road trip, this is an incredibly hassle-free option that requires no extra cables. The fact that it charges in your car is helpful for people who never remember to charge their own chargers. Just stick it in, drive to work, then take your fully-juiced battery along with you.
This is another of the pricier options, but if you want a charger to withstand hellfire and nuclear war, this is what yyou want. The Braven BRV-Bank boasts an IPX5 rating–which, in English, means its completely waterproof. Additionally, the Braven boasts a military drop test standard of 810Gs, meaning it can take serious falls without sustaining any damage whatsoever. For extra features, the device is usable with a free mobile phone app. The app tells you how much battery capacity is left, lets you turn off certain ports, and (hilariously) has a ‘Bear Mode.’ When activated, Bear Mode blasts an alarm siren and strobelight when you move your phone. But even if you’re not being assaulted by wildlife, it’s a great feature if you keep losing your charger.
And now for our battery case options! The advantage of the battery case over other Pokemon GO portable chargers is that it’s ultraportable. Instead of an additional charger to carry around, your battery case is stuck to your phone at all times. While this does increase the bulk of your phone, it’s nice to get protection + extra battery life in one product. Here are two picks for iPhone users:
The big downside to battery cases is that it adds extra bulk to your phone. But the Tylt Energi case has an elegant solution: make the charger detachable! The Tylt case comes with a a normal phone case for basic protection, and an additional charging sleeve for additional battery life. The only downside is that with the power sleeve, it’s bigger than your average battery case. But if portability is a premium for you, just charge up, then ditch the sleeve. Duh!
If you’re a ‘trusted name brand’ kind of person, this is the Apple battery case you’re after. Mophie has made a name for itself producing high-quality battery cases. Their products are award-winning, their product specifications are accurate, and the protection is solid. If extra features don’t appeal to you, and you simply want to buy with confidence, look no further.
Finally, here are our Android options for Pokemon GO portable chargers:
If you’re in the mood for a battery case that does nothing but provide tons of battery life, the Zeroshock is your pick. At 7500mAh, this battery case packs more power than some of the external chargers we mentioned earlier. Combined with the superior battery life of Galaxy phones, that means your phone won’t quit before you do.
Last but definitely not least is Samsung’s own battery case for the Galaxy S7 Edge. While its battery capacity might not be the most impressive on this list, we love the fact that it supports wireless charging, one of our favorite non-Apple features out there. Just drop it on a charging pad, and ditch the excess wire tangles.