Best Power Banks and Portable Chargers for Android

Best Power Banks for Android

A power bank (or portable charger) can mean the difference between stressing over your phone’s battery life. Or being able to use it all day long without worry. The best power banks for your Android can fast charge and provide all day power.

Best Power Banks for Android

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD with Moto G6

This guide will help you get the best power bank for these Android brands:

  • LG
  • Motorola
  • OnePlus
  • Xiaomi
  • Essential
  • HTC
  • Nokia
  • Razer
  • Sony
  • ZTE

If you use a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, or Huawei phone check out those guides for more specific information.

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Choosing the Right Portable Charger For You

Unlike wall chargers a portable charger allows you to recharge your phone anywhere. As they have their own rechargeable batteries you aren’t tethered to a wall outlet. With the right power bank can charge your phone as fast as any wall charger. And have enough power to get you through a busy day or weekend camping trip.

The lithium batteries used in a portable charger do add weight, bulk, and cost compared to a wall charger. And of course a portable charger can only offer a finite number of recharges before it runs out of power itself.

With all that in mind, the three things to look at when buying a portable charger are capacity, output, and price.

Capacity – Only Carry What You Need

All things being equal more capacity means more uptime for your phone. But you can end up with too much capacity. More capacity also means a higher price tag and more weight. You don’t want to pay for and carry around a power bank that recharges your phone 4 times. When you really only need 1-2 recharges. The best power bank for your Android phone is one that meets your uptime needs. But not much more.

Calculating Estimated Number of Charges

How many charges a power bank will offer you depends on your phone’s own battery capacity.

  1. Start by looking up its battery size, which should be listed in milliampere hours (mAh).
  2. Then calculate an estimated number of charges a power bank will provide. Using this formula:

power bank’s mAh * 3.7 / 5 * 0.9 / phone’s mAh

For example, with a 10,000mAh power bank and a 3000mAh phone battery the estimated number of charges is 2.2.

How Many Charges Do You Really Need?

I recommend a power bank good for 1-2 charges. Most likely you only need to top off your phone to get through the rest of the day. Even if supporting two phones on the go that size power bank is enough to top them both up. Smaller power banks will be lighter and cheaper. And tend to be designed with smartphones in mind.

A much larger power bank allows you to recharge your phone all week long. Before having to recharge the power bank itself. Some prefer that convenience to carrying less weight. Larger power banks are also a good idea when camping or otherwise away from civilization.

Output – Enabling Fast Charging

Different phones use different fast charging tech. Some are cross compatible, others are not. You’ll need to know which tech to focus on to get the best portable charger. Here’s a listing of the more common USB-C phones.

 

Android Fast Charging Chart

 

If you don’t see your phone listed look up its specifications. Or check its included charger to see what fast charging standard is uses.

Quick Charge 4+ = Quick Charge 3.0 + USB Power Delivery

Quick Charge 4+ is compatible with both Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Power Delivery. As such those phones can use several different fast charging ports.

Motorola Phones

Motorola USB-C phones use a proprietary fast charging standard called TurboPower. That is what their included wall charger uses. But the tech mimics Quick Charge, and so Moto phones tend to fast charge with Quick Charge 3.0 chargers over a USB-A port. They will not fast charge over a USB-C port, even if it supports Quick Charge.

OnePlus/OPPS Phones

OnePlus and OPPS phones use the same proprietary fast charging standard. Often called Dash Charging. This is what their included wall chargers use. Newer OnePlus phones are coming with Warp Charge. Which is an upgraded version of Dash.

Dash is incompatible with every other fast charging standard. As such you cannot fast charge a OnePlus or OPPO phone with a third party charger or power bank. You can use most any USB-C power bank to charge your phone. But it’ll be at half the rate its fast charger is capable of.

Learn more about fast charging.


These power banks will fast charge most any Android phone. Except for OnePlus/OPPO phones. Those will charge at a normal rate via USB-C. See which fast charging standard your phone uses with the chart above. Then use the appropriate port on any of these power banks to enable fast charging.

Pocket Size:
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Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000

5,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and Quick Charge 3.0. Among the smallest fast charging power banks on the market.

  • USB-C port fast charges USB PD and Quick Charge 4+ phones
  • USB-A port fast charges Quick Charge 3.0, Quick Charge 4+, and Motorola phones
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge/Motorola phones
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won't fast charge either
  • Can fit in a men's front pocket (tight fit) or small purse
  • Dimensions: 3 x 1.4 x 1.1 inches | 3.5 oz

Review of the Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000

Compact:

10,0000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD, Quick Charge, and an extra USB-A port. Slim design that is easy to hold behind your phone while you charge.

  • USB-C port fast charges USB PD and Quick Charge 4+ phones
  • USB-A port fast charges Quick Charge 3.0, Quick Charge 4+, and Motorola phones
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge/Motorola phones
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won’t fast charge either
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches | 8.6 oz

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Review of the AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

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Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000

10,0000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and Quick Charge. Has a more compact design. Also lightest of the 10k options.

  • USB-C port fast charges USB PD and Quick Charge 4+ phones
  • USB-A port fast charges Quick Charge 3.0, Quick Charge 4+, and Motorola phones
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge/Motorola phones
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won't fast charge either
  • Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches | 6.5 oz

Review of the Xcentz xWingMan Dual 10000

Large Capacity:
AUKEY PB-Y23 20000 Universal

20,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and Quick Charge. Its larger capacity can keep your phone going through a weekend away from home. But weights twice as much as a compact model.

  • USB-C port fast charges USB PD and Quick Charge 4+ phones
  • USB-A port fast charges Quick Charge 3.0, Quick Charge 4+, and Motorola phones
  • Can charge two phones at once, but won't fast charge either
  • Dimensions: 7 x 2.7 x 1 inches | 13.4 oz

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

26,8000mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and Quick Charge 3.0. As large as most power banks get. But still allowed on US flights. Best for those who don't mind the weight and don't want to recharge their power bank more than once a week.

  • USB-C port fast charges USB PD and Quick Charge 4+ phones
  • USB-A charges phones at a normal rate
  • Can charge two phones at once, fast charging the one on USB-C
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 16.3 oz

Review of the RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800


Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-08-23.

Don’t see a power bank you quite like? Or is available in your region? Take what you’ve learned here and check out my larger power bank comparison listing.


USB-C Cable

For USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4+ phones you’ll need to use a USB-C to USB-C cable.

For Quick Charge 3.0 phones you’ll need to use a USB-C to USB-A cable.

For charging a USB 2.0 cable will work great. And cost less than a USB 3.0/3.1/3.2 cable that gives no benefit to power transfer.