Unless you have been living under a Geodude lately, just few weeks since Pokemon Go happened we as trainers are now facing a challenge like no one ever was before: our phone isn’t capable of searching far and wide like we could. So here are some of the best portable power banks that could extend the life of your device battery from several hours to days. They should be able to keep your phone and Pokemon Go on the road long enough for to you to be the very best. Momma didn’t raise no quitter. But always remember to wash your underwear everyday.
The PowerCore models are one of the highest rating portable battery units on Amazon. It packs with 6 powerful Panasonic 3400mAh Li-ion batteries (NCR18650B) and Anker’s own proprierary techs for power current protection: PowerIQ and VoltageBoost. They both have a thing to do with energy delivery and charging efficiency for your device. Just to make sure stuff doesn’t explode like some part of King’s Landing.
The manufacturer advertises the PowerCore 20100 could charge your iPhone 6 up to 7 times over and 5 times for Galaxy S6, but our test showed that it averages about 5 or 6 times at maximum effort. Not too shabby for an affordable power bank.
Since Pokemon Go requires lot of travel, you’ll also find the rugged shell particularly useful. Many of us went through the old flimsy kind of external battery packs surprisingly quickly because we dropped them like we dropped our phone.
Retail Price 43$
The RAVPower 22000mAh is one really badass power bank. I strongly believe that when this thing is about out of juice, it just runs a loop cable and recharges itself by using its own batteries.
On a more serious note, what makes RAVPower cool is the high-density Li-polymer a.k.a LiPo battery. I have the Craftsman impact wrench which I bought from Sears (yes that store still exists, there might be a Snorlax there) and it’s powered by the same battery technology. I swear by the Old Gods and the New, I could use this wrench to take off the all the wheels of all the cars in my entire neighbor and it could still run another round to put those back on.
LiPo battery does not lose charge overtime and they provide consistent power delivery, even under stress circumstances. The best thing about LiPo battery is they could be recharged over 500 times and still retains memory better than Psyduck. According to RAVPower, the unit could do your iPhone 6s up to 9 times, a Galaxy S7 up to 5 times before it gives out. Thatta man!
Retail Price 99$ – on sale on Amazon for 39$!
I am not sure what they call for having fear of losing charge on a portable battery pack; but if you have that and you don’t want to just fully rely only on the single charger like the PowerCore above, take a look at Anker 21W Solar Charger.
Now you don’t have to stay inside all day and wish a rare Pokemon just appears, you can actually go out and enjoy the real world; like in 3D, but real.
But first, don’t get fooled by the 21W number. Solar charging is only up to 23% efficiency, meaning it could deliver at best 2.4 amps per port, total 3 amps output maximum. But 2 amps are all you need to safely power your phone from sunrise to sunset.
Retail Price 61$