Best Portable Power Bank/Supply For Travel And Camping 2021

How Portable Power Banks Changed The Way I Travel

As a tech-nerd, I bring my electronics with me no matter where I go. My iPhone, laptop, Nintendo Switch, and GoPro get used every day and when you’re out in the middle of the woods with no electricity, it becomes a challenge to keep them alive.

I remember before I bought a portable power bank how I would spend time in front of outlets at Starbucks, restaurants, even some retail stores. I always had the charger with me in case I would run into an outlet. But let me tell you, I am glad that’s a thing of the past.

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When I bought my 10,000mAh portable power supply, it was very expensive compared to what’s available today.

Today you can buy a portable power bank that will charge your phone for a whole week for the price I paid just a few years ago. Since USB has evolved, and USB-C can charge laptops and even gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch, one big battery could be all you need for all your devices.

Today I would like to share the best portable power bank chargers on the market for travel and camping. I decided to pick products from several price points to give you an option no matter what kind of budget you have.

If you don’t know what mAh means and how to calculate how many times you can charge your device, scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions where I will go through this.

One more thing, while there are power banks with built-in solar panels, they’re way too small to be efficient and convenient. Leaving batteries directly in sunlight is also not recommended. If you want to charge your power bank with solar, I recommend buying a solar panel that you connect to the battery bank.

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INIU Portable Charger, 22.5W PD3.0 QC4.0 Fast Charging USB C LED Display 10000mAh Power Bank, 3 Outputs Battery Pack with Phone Holder for iPhone 12 11 X 8 Samsung S20 Google LG AirPods iPad Tablets.
My Choice
INIU Portable Charger, 20W PD3.0 QC4.0 Fast Charging LED Display 20000mAh Power Bank, Tri-Outputs Battery Pack Compatible with iPhone 12 11 XS X 8 Samsung S20 Google LG iPad Tablet etc. [2021 Version]
All-In-One
Portable Laptop Charger 40000mAh/148Wh AC Outlet Laptop Power Bank With 45W Type-C PD Charger For MacBook Pro/Air, HP Spectre, Dell XPS, Nintendo Switch, iPad Pro, iPhone 11/Pro/Max, Galaxy and More
Most Capacity
Krisdonia 50000mAh Laptop Power Bank 5/9/12/16/19/20V Portable Laptop Battery Charger with QC3.0 USB-A Port & 12V Type-C Port for Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone and More Devices
mAh
10,000mAh
20,000mAh
40,000mAh
50,000mAh
USB-C Port
USB-A Ports
2
2
3
2
Other Ports
DC (Input), AC outlet (100W Output)
DC (Input), DC (Output)
Battery Indicator
Simultaneous Charging
Allowed On Airplanes
Size
5.3 x 2.8 x 0.6 in
5.3 x 2.8 x 1 in
7.5 x 4.9 x 1.8 in
7.7 x 5.9 x 1.1 in
Weight
7.4 oz
12.8 oz
2.2 lbs
2.55 lbs

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INIU Portable Charger, 22.5W PD3.0 QC4.0 Fast Charging USB C LED Display 10000mAh Power Bank, 3 Outputs Battery Pack with Phone Holder for iPhone 12 11 X 8 Samsung S20 Google LG AirPods iPad Tablets.
mAh
10,000mAh
USB-C Port
USB-A Ports
2
Other Ports
Battery Indicator
Simultaneous Charging
Allowed On Airplanes
Size
5.3 x 2.8 x 0.6 in
Weight
7.4 oz

My Choice

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INIU Portable Charger, 20W PD3.0 QC4.0 Fast Charging LED Display 20000mAh Power Bank, Tri-Outputs Battery Pack Compatible with iPhone 12 11 XS X 8 Samsung S20 Google LG iPad Tablet etc. [2021 Version]
mAh
20,000mAh
USB-C Port
USB-A Ports
2
Other Ports
Battery Indicator
Simultaneous Charging
Allowed On Airplanes
Size
5.3 x 2.8 x 1 in
Weight
12.8 oz

All-In-One

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Portable Laptop Charger 40000mAh/148Wh AC Outlet Laptop Power Bank With 45W Type-C PD Charger For MacBook Pro/Air, HP Spectre, Dell XPS, Nintendo Switch, iPad Pro, iPhone 11/Pro/Max, Galaxy and More
mAh
40,000mAh
USB-C Port
USB-A Ports
3
Other Ports
DC (Input), AC outlet (100W Output)
Battery Indicator
Simultaneous Charging
Allowed On Airplanes
Size
7.5 x 4.9 x 1.8 in
Weight
2.2 lbs

Most Capacity

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Krisdonia 50000mAh Laptop Power Bank 5/9/12/16/19/20V Portable Laptop Battery Charger with QC3.0 USB-A Port & 12V Type-C Port for Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone and More Devices
mAh
50,000mAh
USB-C Port
USB-A Ports
2
Other Ports
DC (Input), DC (Output)
Battery Indicator
Simultaneous Charging
Allowed On Airplanes
Size
7.7 x 5.9 x 1.1 in
Weight
2.55 lbs

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Each Portable Battery Bank Reviewed


1. INIU 10000mAh 22.5W Power Bank

INIU Portable Charger, 22.5W PD3.0 QC4.0 Fast Charging USB C LED Display 10000mAh Power Bank, 3 Outputs Battery Pack with Phone Holder for iPhone 12 11 X 8 Samsung S20 Google LG AirPods iPad Tablets.

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INIU is a relatively new brand that quickly has become popular in the portable power bank market. It makes batteries in different sizes, and the first one I am adding to the list is its 10,000mAh model.

It’s a very small and portable battery, which is large enough to charge most phones at least twice.

Even though it’s small, its feature-packed. It has a battery indicator shown as a percentage, several outputs, and quick charging.

The USB C PD port is both an input and an output, and can output up to 22.5 watts. The max input wattage is 20W. That’s extremely fast for a portable battery this size.

To charge your devices at close to 20W, it needs to support fast charging. The latest iPhone 12 series, and the older iPhone 11 Series support 18-20W.

The Samsung, LG, and Google phones and devices that support QC charging can be charged at up to 18W.

Using the USB A ports, you’ll be able to charge phones, tablets, headphones, smartwatches, and similar devices at up to 18W.

One neat feature with the INIU 10,000mAh is the small built-in phone holder that lets you stand the phone up on its side while it’s charging. It’s a small flap that folds out to support the phone in landscape mode.

With a compatible PD wall charger, the battery can recharge in as quick as three hours. INIU makes and sells a compatible 20W charger that will do the job.

One of my favorite features is the battery percentage shown on the front of the battery. Instead of having 3-5 LED lights that indicate how charged the battery is, you’ll get an exact percentage which makes it easy to track and know how much of the battery your device require, and when it’s time to recharge.

Included with the power bank is a USB A to USB C cable to charge the battery, and a travel pouch to protect it during travel.

PROS

  • Battery percentage shown on battery
  • Fast Charging
  • USB C PD (20W in, 20.5W out)
  • 2 USB-A Outputs
  • Travel pouch, USB C cable included
  • Airplane friendly

CONS

  • Doesn’t include PD wall charger

2. INIU 20000mAh 20W Power Bank

INIU Portable Charger, 20W PD3.0 QC4.0 Fast Charging LED Display 20000mAh Power Bank, Tri-Outputs Battery Pack Compatible with iPhone 12 11 XS X 8 Samsung S20 Google LG iPad Tablet etc. [2021 Version]

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INIU doesn’t only make the best 10,000mAh power bank I reviewed above, but also, in my opinion, the best 20,000mAh model.

This one is very similar to the 10,000mAh above, but it’s twice the size in terms of battery capacity. With a 20,000mAh battery, you’ll be able to charge an iPhone 11 over four times, and a Samsung S20 over three times.

There are two USB A ports capable of outputting up to 15W to compatible devices, and one USB C PD port capable of outputting up to 22.5W.

The max input wattage is 20W, and is compatible with the INIU 20W PD wall charger. You’re going to need at least a 20W PD charger to recharge the battery quickly. In this case, quickly means six hours from 0 to 100%.

A LED display that shows the battery percentage can be found on the front of the battery. It also shows whether the battery is charging or discharging.

While it doesn’t have the phone holder found on the 10,000mAh model, it does have a built-in flashlight that can be useful at night if you’re out camping.

INIU includes a USB A to USB C cable, and a travel pouch to protect the battery bank during travel.

PROS

  • Battery percentage shown on battery
  • Fast Charging
  • Built-in flashlight
  • USB C PD (20W in, 20.5W out)
  • 2 USB-A Outputs
  • Travel pouch, USB C cable included
  • Airplane friendly

CONS

  • Doesn’t include PD wall charger

If you’re looking for the largest portable battery you’re allowed to bring onto an airplane, this is it. With it’s 26,800mAh, it’s close to the upper limit of what’s allowed by the TSA (at least in the United States).

With it’s 26,800mAh battery capacity, you’ll be able to charge an iPhone 11 up to six times, a Samsung S20 up to six times, and a 13-inch MacBook at least once via USB C.

This power bank made by a company called Titita is also the one with the most ports. It has three outputs, and three inputs.

Two USB A ports, and one USB C are the output ports.  A Micro USB, a lightning port, and the USB C port are the input options. Since the USB C port is both an input and an output, you can’t use it to do both at the same time.

It’s the first power bank I have seen with a Lightning input port, but it’s nice to have since it means you only have to bring a USB A to Lightning cable if you’re an iPhone-user traveling with this power bank.

On the front, you’ll find a small screen that tells the battery percentage and the output volts and amps. That’s pretty unique, and a feature that can be useful since you will know how fast your devices are charging and which devices and cables utilize the full power of the ports.

Several outputs can be used at the same time and charge more than one device at a time.

If you’re heading outdoors to go camping you might find the built-in flashlight useful.

Titita includes a USB A to USB C cable.

PROS

  • Battery percentage shown on battery
  • Fast Charging
  • Built-in flashlight
  • USB C PD (20W in, 18W out)
  • 2 USB-A Outputs
  • Lightning, Micro USB input
  • Includes USB C cable
  • Airplane friendly

CONS

  • Doesn’t include PD wall charger

If you need to be able to plug in 110V devices, this power bank from RAVPower might be the one for you.

It has a built-in inverter that powers the AC outlet. It can output up to 80 watts, which means that it will power a lot of small devices like tablets, a Nintendo Switch, some TVs, and some laptop chargers.

To keep the inverter cool, there are some air vents on the bottom of the battery, so if you’re using the AC outlet you should make sure it’s ventilated enough to not overheat.

In addition to the AC outlet, there is a USB A and a USB C port. The USB C port supports up to 30W input or output, and the USB A port supports QC 3.0 which means up to 18W.

The battery capacity is 20,000mAh, which is small enough to be allowed on an airplane, and the design is very compact even though it a full-size AC outlet.

With a compatible USB C PD 30W charger, the battery can be recharged in as little as 3.1 hours, but with a regular 10W USB port it takes up to 8 hours.

RAVPower that will quickly charge the battery. It also includes a USB C to USB C cable.

One thing to note about this battery is that you can not use the AC outlet while the battery is charging.

Unfortunately, there is no screen with the battery percentage on the RAVPower 20,000mAh, but there are five LED lights that indicate the battery level.

RAVPower includes not only a USB C to USB C cable, but a storage box and a carrying pouch. Note that a wall charger is not included.

PROS

  • AC Outlet (80W max output)
  • Fast Charging
  • USB C PD (30W in/out)
  • Airplane friendly
  • Includes USB C to USB C cable, storage box, carrying pouch

CONS

  • Doesn’t include PD wall charger

5. Panergy Portable Laptop Charger 40000mAh 148Wh

Portable Laptop Charger 40000mAh/148Wh AC Outlet Laptop Power Bank With 45W Type-C PD Charger For MacBook Pro/Air, HP Spectre, Dell XPS, Nintendo Switch, iPad Pro, iPhone 11/Pro/Max, Galaxy and More

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The Panergy 40,000mAh is almost like a mix of all the power banks above. It’s targeted towards laptop users, but don’t let that make you think it’s not a great portable power bank for other uses as well.

Let’s start with the battery capacity, which is 40,000mAh, or 148 watt-hours. That’s enough juice to charge most mobile phones over ten times, and laptops 1-3 times.

There are several ports, but the main reason you would buy this should be the 100W AC outlet that lets you power things like TVs, laptops, fans, and similar 110V devices. You can usually find the required wattage on a device to know whether this would be powerful enough to run it or not.

There are two inputs. One DC input for portable solar panels, and one USB C PD port that supports up to 45W input.

A compatible solar panel that includes the DC cable you need is the Powkey 60W.

Since the power bank is larger than 99Wh, it’s not allowed on airplanes.

The USB C PD can be used both for input and output, but the remaining three USB A ports can only be used for output. One of the USB A ports is a QC 3.0 port which supports up to 18W output with compatible devices, the other two are rated at 3.1A.

The screen on the side next to the ports tells you the battery level, an approximate time left until empty/fully charged, output watts, and active ports.

Panergy includes a wall charger so you don’t need any additional adapters or cables to charge the battery bank.

PROS

  • 100W AC outlet
  • USB C PD (45W input/output)
  • Includes wall charger
  • Three USB A ports (one QC 3.0)
  • Screen shows battery level, output watts, time remaining to empty/full, active ports, temperature warnings
  • Supports solar charging (DC Input)

CONS

  • Not airplane friendly
  • Heavy
  • No protective casing included

6. Krisdonia NJF-5X 50,000mAh

Krisdonia 50000mAh Laptop Power Bank 5/9/12/16/19/20V Portable Laptop Battery Charger with QC3.0 USB-A Port & 12V Type-C Port for Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone and More Devices

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Last up is the Krisdonia NJF-5X. If you’re looking for the portable power bank with the highest battery capacity in today’s comparison, you’ve found it.

50,000mAh won’t be allowed on airplanes, but if you’re traveling by ground this power bank will keep your devices charged for possibly a week depending on use.

When it comes to inputs and outputs, you’ll get two USB-A ports 5V 9V 12V/3A capable of quick charging phones and tablets, one USB-C port powerful enough to power a Nintendo Switch unless it’s connected through HDMI.

And last but not least, a DC output which is for charging laptops and notebooks. Krisdonia includes 28 types of laptop charge connectors to make sure that you’ll be able to charge your specific brand of laptop. It even comes with a MagSafe 2 cable so owners of older MacBooks can charge up.

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When charging your notebook with the Krisdonia portable power bank you’ll set the voltage depending on what your notebook charger says. It’s capable of 5V, 8.4V, 9V, 12V, 16V (16.5V, and 20V (19V, 19.5V). In other words, if you’re not very tech-savvy it might not be your best choice.

A DC input charges the power bank from 0 to 100% in about 8 hours.

What I really like on the Krisdonia portable power bank is the battery percentage shown next to the ports.

There’s nothing better than a percentage so you know exactly how much juice is left in the power bank. It also tells you the voltage it’s set to.

So what’s included in the box? A bag for the battery bank, a DC charger, a Magsafe 2 cable, a DC cable output, a USB-A cable, and 28 different laptop charge connectors.

PROS

  • Huge Capacity
  • Battery Percentage Shown
  • Compatible With Tons Of Laptops/Notebooks
  • Fast Charging
  • 2 USB-A Outputs
  • USB-C (PD output)

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Not Airplane Friendly

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Conclusion

Any portable power bank is better than no power bank. To have extra battery power can be a lifesaver in some situations and everybody with a phone should have a portable power supply.

Since it’s something that everybody should have it’s also a great gift. I have given portable power banks to family members that have later told me how nice it’s to have, even if you’re just at home. Being able to charge up a phone while sitting on the couch instead of having to leave it by an outlet is convenient.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Power Banks

What’s the difference between USB-C and USB-C PD (Power Delivery)?

Goal Zero has a great post explaining the differences between USB-C and USB-C PD that you can find here.

What portable power banks are allowed on airplanes?

Power banks must not exceed 100Wh. If you know the mAh and volts you can do a quick calculation to find out the Wh. If you don’t know the voltage, most power banks made with lithium batteries are 3.7V.

mAh/1000 * Volts = Wh

So let’s take the RAVPower Power bank for example, its capacity is 26,800mAh and is made with lithium cells which usually are 3.7 Volts.

26800mAh/1000*3.7 = 99.16Wh

Since the WattHours is under 100, it’s OK to bring on an airplane.

Can I charge a power bank with a portable solar panel?

Yes, if the solar panel has either a USB A, USB C, or DC output, your power bank can most likely be charged with the help of the sun.

For example, the Powkey 60W portable solar panel has both USB ports and comes with several DC connectors. This makes it compatible with a lot of the power banks on the market.

Foldable Solar Panel Charger 60W with 18V DC Output (11 Connectors) for 100W~350W Portable Power Stations Jackery/Rockpals/Flashfish/Enginstar, Portable Solar Generator for Outdoor Camping Van RV Trip

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How do I calculate how many times my device can be charged?

First you want to know how big the battery is in your device, in mAh. Then we can quickly check how many times you’ll be able to charge your device. If a power bank has 10,000mAh capacity, and your phone has a 5,000mAh battery, you should be able to charge your phone twice, right? Since 10000/5000=2.

Well, in a perfect world it would be that easy. Unfortunately, when the power bank transfers power to your phone there is always some loss due to resistance. They can’t transfer 100% of the power.

How efficient the portable power bank is depends on what kind of battery cells it uses and the quality of the components used. I recommend calculating with about 80% efficiency, as that is more accurate in the real world.

So we’ll do 10000/5000=2, then 2*0.8=1.6. This means that a power bank with 10,000mAh capacity can charge a phone with a 5,000mAh battery 1.6 times.

Does X Power Bank support X device?

To know if your device can be charged by a specific power bank, you’ll have to know how much power the device requires, and how many amps and volts the power bank can output. If you’re having issues finding this information, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help you.

What are some high-quality USB-C cables?

Anker makes high-quality USB-C cables for different uses. For charging devices with up to 60 Watts, I recommend the Anker Powerline II USB-C to C 2.0

For charging devices up to 100 Watts, I recommend the Anker Powerline II USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2

Are portable power banks safe?

Power banks are safe if they’re made with safe components and has safety features. Therefore I recommend only buying power banks from reputable brands that advertise these safety features and/or certifications. These features include but are not limited to smart charging, overcharge protection, over-voltage protection, and protection against excessive current.

A portable power bank could become unsafe if used wrong. Using it in high temperatures or around water is not recommended.

If you have any questions related to batteries and power banks, please contact me or leave a comment down below.

by Jesse
Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you?

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