Keeping your mobile device charged while on the road can be a real challenge at times. Thankfully, there are some great portable battery packs available to give us a boost of energy when we need it most. These handy gadgets pack a rechargeable battery of their own that allows us to transfer power to our smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets no matter where we are. This has made these chargers indispensable for travel, although not all of them are well suited for the remote and rugged places that we adventurers often find ourselves visiting.
That said, here are five portable battery packs that are perfect for taking with anywhere.
Outxe Savage Solar Powered Battery Pack ($55)
Water-resistant and dust proof, the Savage line of battery packs from Outxe are built to take the punishment and abuse that comes with adventure travel. The largest of those units comes with a 20,000 mAh high-capacity battery capable of recharging an iPhone up to eight times. The battery pack also includes dual USB ports for charging multiple devices at once, and comes with two input ports for recharging its own internal battery faster as well. Best of all, a built-in solar panel allows users to collect a little extra juice while on the go simply by placing this battery pack directly in the sun.
All of this at a very affordable price point too.
Nomad PowerPack ($120)
While it doesn't have quite as much charging capacity as some of the other options on this list (9000 mAh), the Nomad PowerPack does deliver some outstanding features for the frequent traveler. For instance, it comes armed with fast charging USB-A and USB-C ports for modern and legacy devices alike. The entire battery pack is also made from a polycarbonate shell that gives it a super durable coating that is able to resist accidental drops and other impacts with ease. It even comes with onboard support for the Tile App tracking service, making it much easier to locate should the PowerPack become lost or stolen.
As if that wasn't enough, Nomad has even equipped this charger with an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the onboard LED lights, making it just as easy to check the current charging status in bright sunlight as it is in a dark room.
Goal Zero Venture 70 ($150)
Goal Zero has been one of the market leaders when it comes to portable power for use in remote places for years now, offering everything from small battery packs to large solar generators that can power an entire expedition for weeks at a time. Adventure travelers will love the company's Venture 70 in part because it is durable and rugged, but also because it packs 17,700 mAh of battery life, comes equipped with a built-in flashlight, and features two high-speed USB ports for charging multiple gadgets at once.
It is also shock, dust, and waterproof too, which means it can survive in some of the harshest environments.
If you're looking for a smaller, lighter alternative however, the company's Venture 30 ($99.95) is also a good alternative.
RavPower Xtreme Power Bank
While this battery pack isn't as rugged and durable as some of the other portable chargers on this list, it more than makes up for it with a massive power capacity. With a 26,800 mAh battery – not to mention its three USB ports – this charger can keep your small electronic devices functioning for days on end before it runs out of juice. The Xtreme Power Bank can recharge an iPhone as many a seven times or a full-sized iPad twice, before needing a recharge itself. It comes with its own AC power adapter for fast recharges on the go, while remaining compact enough to stash inside a carry-on bag to serve as an alternative inflight power option.
This is the battery pack for those who are more concerned with having plenty of capacity rather than worrying about whether or not the charger will survive in demanding conditions.
Jackery PowerBar 75 ($150)
Jackery is another company that makes a wide range of chargers and generators built specifically with outdoor adventurers in mind. But for the mobile road warrior, the PowerBar 75 is a great choice. What helps this particular model stand out from the crowd is that it not only has a 20,800 mAh battery it also comes features a built-in AC outlet, allowing it to charge laptops and other larger devices too. Throw in a quick-charging USB 3.0 port and a USB-C port, and you pretty much have the perfect battery pack for just about any kind of situation.
The PowerBar can even be charged via wall outlet, DC car port, or solar panel too.
For those who need even more portable power, check out Jackery's Explorer 240 too.