Travel often means long days for both you and your electronics. The best way to keep your devices charged while in use is to use a power bank. But it can be difficult to figure out what kind of mobile chargers fit within the rules of the Transportation Security Administration or the Federal Aviation Administration so they aren’t taken away during check-in or at security.
All batteries are subject to very strict air travel guidelines. Lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries and portable batteries containing lithium-ion may only be packed in carry-on baggage. They are limited to 100 watt-hours (Wh) per battery. With airline approval, you can carry two larger spare batteries (up to 160 Wh).
These are our favorite batteries that fall within the rules of the FAA and TSA, so you can use your smartphone, tablet, laptop or headphones on long plane rides. Whether you need a boost to keep watching your favorite series or keep track of your phone conversations before boarding, these portable chargers have you covered.
$159.99 at Amazon and Anchor
This high-quality Anker battery pack contains the most power you can take on a flight. It features a 45-watt USB-C port to recharge your laptop to a full battery and 15-watt USB ports to charge smartphones and other small devices. The additional battery itself charges quickly and is fully charged in less than three and a half hours. It comes with a 60-watt USB-C wall charger and a USB-C cable, so you’re equipped with everything you need. It’s on the pricier side, but the speed at which it can re-power your devices and the included charger and charging cable make the battery worth the splurge.
$21.99 at Amazon and Anchor
We like this pick from Anker for its low price and sleek design. It is super light and easily fits in a purse, backpack or pocket. It features a trickle charging mode so you can safely charge smaller devices like your earbuds. You will need to purchase your own charging cables as the only one supplied with the battery is a Micro USB to charge the battery (this is also rechargeable via the USB-C input, but you will need your own cable). It takes 5.5 hours to charge if you use a 10-watt charger. Overall, the slim design makes this a great choice for super-convenient portability.
$35.99 at Amazon or $39.99 at Anker
After testing, this was our pick as the best general portable charger, and it’s perfect for travel too. It has an impressive 13,000 mAh, which is enough to charge an iPhone 11 two and a half times. In our testing, this small yet powerful — and affordable — charger packed a ton of value into its three ports.
$39.99 $24.99 at Amazon
In our testing, we named this device the best portable charger for iPhones. That’s because it has a Lightning port included in the device, as well as a USB Type A port, meaning you can use the same cord to charge your phone and top up the battery. We were impressed with its fast charging and how much it could charge, making it one of the best options we’ve tested in terms of delivering on its 5,000mAh promise.
$25.99 $23.99 at Amazon
The PowerCore Fusion is both a wall charger and a portable battery. It’s a perfect option if you want to travel light, as you have power on the go and a convenient wall plug once you arrive at your destination. It’s quite small, measuring 2.7 inches by 1.2 inches, making it easy to throw in your carry-on. The portable battery charges via the wall plug, which also helps to reduce cable clutter. It charges your phone up to three times, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick battery boost.
$29.99 at Amazon
This portable charger has 4.4 out of 5 stars in reviews on Amazon. It features a 5,000 mAh battery with a built-in Apple MFi-certified Lightning charging cable, so you don’t have to worry about carrying extra cables to charge your Apple device on the go. The design is super thin (0.31 inch, to be exact) so perfect for quick and easy storage and holding during use. It has a maximum output of 5V for safe charging and can recharge your iPhone to 50% battery in 30 minutes. We like it a lot for its super-slim profile and built-in Lightning cable for a super-convenient charge.
$39.99 at Amazon
This power bank is aptly named, as it makes on-the-go a breeze in a pocket-sized device. It features two universal USB ports for charging up to two devices at the same time. It features a 10,000 mAh battery to provide up to 36 hours of additional video playback, so it’s a solid option if you like streaming your favorite shows on the go. It supplies up to 5 volts of charge to smartwatches and fitness bands, earbuds, action cameras and other Bluetooth devices. It can be quickly charged using the included micro USB cable. It also has a smaller version in the Belkin Power Pocket 5K, which we called the most portable power pack in our testing.
$29.99 at Amazon
This choice from Belkin has a 10,000 mAh battery, giving you an extra 36 hours of battery life for your smartphone. It features two USB-A ports, a USB-C port and a Micro USB input. It can charge up to 12 watts via the USB-A port when a single device is connected for a quick battery boost. A total of 15 watts is shared when all ports are used. It’s available in three colors — rose gold, white, and black — so you can choose a color to match your other accessories.
$20 at Amazon
This 6000 mAh battery pack can charge your smartphone up to two times. It has two dual charging ports, so you can charge more than one device at a time on the go. You can charge your smartphone, headphones, speakers and tablets with it. The LED indicator on the side of the power bank lets you know how much power is left in the battery, so you know when it’s time to plug in the power bank. The bank charges itself via a supplied Micro USB cable.
$99.99 at Amazon
This is a wireless power bank that is great to use while traveling as no extra cables are required when using Qi-enabled devices. As a bonus, there’s a dedicated charger for your Apple Watch. You can quickly charge your iPad or other tablet that doesn’t support Qi using the USB-C PD port with a maximum output of 18 watts for compatible devices. The 10,000 mAh capacity can charge an iPhone 11 up to two times to power you during your travels.
$59.99 at Amazon
Zendure’s portable charger has a sleek and high-tech look and has a 10,000 mAh battery to charge your smartphone up to three times. It’s made from a pressure-resistant composite material, so it’s safe from knocks and knocks if you throw it in your carry-on. It has USB-A and USB-C ports and the battery pack charges itself via a micro USB cable. Plus, we love the eye-catching design and color options.
$19.99 at Walmart
Available in black or white, Aukey’s power bank has a 10,000 mAh battery to keep your devices charged via its two USB-A ports and single USB-C input/output port. It has a slim design and is about the same size as your phone, so it fits easily in pockets and bags. You can use the two USB-A ports to charge multiple devices at once, and the output is up to 12 watts for compatible devices.
$39.99 at Amazon
This TSA-approved 6000 mAh power bank comes in six colors to match your other electronics, and it packs some serious power. It has dual USB charging ports to charge multiple devices at once. Depending on your phone model, it can provide between 18 and 47 hours of talk time. It weighs less than 6 ounces, so it’s easy to throw in your favorite travel backpack for a long journey ahead.
$19.99 at Amazon
This device has over 10,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — and for good reason. It’s been called the thinnest 10,000 mAh power bank on the market, making it ideal for travelers who want to stay charged on the go. It can charge an iPhone 8 more than three times. Plus, it has a USB-C in/out port for added convenience. Perhaps best of all, it comes with a three-year warranty.
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