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The 4 best iPhone power banks: Quickly charge your battery

What is the best iPhone power bank? ZDNet's top choice is Apple MagSafe Battery pack for its portability, easy integration with your Apple devices, and compatibility with several iPhone 12 and 13 models. We compared pricing and features like capacity and support for quick charging to come up with our top choice and other honorable mentions.
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Reviewed by Elyse Betters Picaro

Got an iPhone? Finding it hard to make it through the day on a single battery charge? You're not alone!

You need a power bank.

It's rare for me to go anywhere without the comfort and security of having a power bank. After weeks (and sometimes months) of testing each product, these are my top recommendations for you:

Apple MagSafe battery pack
Apple

Capacity: 3,000mAh, 6,000mAh, 9,000mAh | Charging Port: USB-C | Price: $87

If you have a new iPhone featuring MagSafe -- an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 -- and you like to stay inside the Apple ecosystem, then the MagSafe Battery Pack could be the power bank for you!

Small and portable, the MagSafe Battery Pack is designed to be unobtrusive by magnetically attaching to the back of your iPhone, 

At 1460mAh, this is a small power bank. But it's good enough for up to 60 percent additional charge for the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, or 40 percent additional charge for the iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 13 Pro Max.

It's also not cheap, but you are buying an Apple-branded product. And in all fairness, it's a super-handy, super-portable power bank.

Pros:

  • Compatible with several iPhone 12 and 13 models
  • Easy integration with Apple devices
  • Slim design

Cons:

  • Expensive
Anker PowerCore 10,000 PD Redux
Anker

Capacity: 10,000mAh | Charging Port: USB-C | Price: $42 

A "not-too-big, not-too-small" power bank, this product falls into the Goldilocks zone -- big enough for a few recharges and still small enough to carry.

I'm a fan of the Anker brand, and this is another gadget that I've taken out and about in cities (and the wilds) in several countries. Anker power banks are well-built, robust, and highly-reliable. This is a power bank that's built for daily use.

Pros:

  • Compact design
  • Dual ports
  • Good capacity

Cons:

  • Wall charger not included
  • Long charging time
Belkin BOOSTCHARGE


Capacity: 
10,000mAh | Charging Port: Integrated Lightning (MFI) and USB-C cables plus USB-C port | Price: $70

The biggest downer is to discover that you have a power bank, but you don't have a cable. The Belkin BOOSTCHARGE removes this possibility because it features built-in Lightning and USB-C cables.

This power bank also uses passthrough, which means that you can charge your iPhone while charging the power bank. The 10,000mAh capacity makes it perfect for slipping into a pocket or bag.

I initially had concerns about the robustness of the cables, but they've stood the test of time.

Pros:

  • Integrated USB-C and Lightning cables
  • Slim design
  • LED indicators

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Slow to charge devices
OmniCharge Omni 20+ 20,000mAh


Capacity: 2
0,000mAh | Charging Port: USB-A and USB-C | Price: $249

This is more like a charging computer than a power bank.

This is a 20,000mAh power bank that outputs AC power and DC power, has USB-A and USB-C, and supports wireless charging. This is the perfect mobile charging station for people who travel with not only an iPhone, but an entourage of other devices.

You can use this to charge everything from laptops to earbuds. It's a go-anywhere, charge-pretty-much-anything power bank.

Pros:

  • Plenty of ports
  • Excellent capacity
  • Great power output
  • Wireless charging capable

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • LCD screen can be hard to read

What is the best iPhone power bank?

The power bank you have with you when you need one! Big power banks are great, but their size and weight make them unwieldy and more likely to be left at home.

iPhone power bank

Price

Capacity

Quick charge?

Apple MagSafe battery pack

$87

1460mAh

No

Anker PowerCore 10,000 PD Redux

$42

10,000mAh

No

Belkin BoostCharge

$70

10,000mAh

No

OmniCharge Omni 20+

$249

20,000mAh

Yes

Which iPhone power bank is right for you?

Aside from price, the best iPhone power bank for you is one that is easy to travel with, and which can provide enough mobile power to keep your phone running until you can get back home or to the office. You should also consider a power bank with multiple USB ports or a charging passthrough so you can charge multiple devices at once or charge your iPhone while you charge the power bank.

Choose this iPhone power bank...

If you need...

Apple MagSafe battery pack

A slim, wireless power bank

Anker PowerCore 10,000 PD Redux

An affordable power bank with dual ports

Belkin BoostCharge

A power bank with integrated charging cables

OmniCharge Omni 20+

A high-end power bank that can handle anything

How did we choose these iPhone power banks?

I test each and every power bank I recommend.

I don't mean I test them for a couple of days; no, I test them for weeks and months, subjecting them to drops, falls, bumps, and exposure to the elements.

These are all products that I use daily and trust to keep my iPhone (and other devices) charged up.

Does charging your battery from a power bank damage the battery on the iPhone?

While I have come across a small number of badly made power banks and chargers that can harm a smartphone, overall, power banks are safe and work the same as a regular charger.

Are these power banks allowed on an airplane?

Yes, all of the power banks listed above are TSA compliant. 

You can find a power bank for $5, so why should you spend more?

Those power banks work. In my experience, however, they don't offer the capacities that they claim and don't last as long as a decent power bank from a reputable manufacturer.

Is a wireless power bank better?

A wireless power bank can be very helpful, since you don't have to remember to bring any cords or cables with you; just set your iPhone on the power bank and start charging. However, they're not ideal for use while you're actually traveling, since there isn't a way to secure your phone to the power bank. When flying or driving, your phone could slip off the charger without you noticing, leaving you with a dead or dying phone when you reach your destination.

What size power bank do you need to charge an iPhone?

That all depends on how fast you want your iPhone to charge. The Apple MagSafe battery pack has a capacity of 1460mAh, which is plenty of power to charge your phone, but it will do so very slowly. This kind of power bank is best if you want a trickle charge to keep your phone at full battery all day, rather than emergency charging. 

For faster charging when your iPhone battery is low, you'll want to get a power bank with at least a 3,000mAh capacity so you don't have to wait around for hours to make a call.

Are there alternative iPhone power banks to consider?

There are tons of options out there if you're looking for a portable power bank for your iPhone. Here's a short list of alternative picks that I thought were great:



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