Everything You Need to Keep Your Batteries Green
Look, Drake may be metaphorically charged up, but the rest of us literally run out of battery on a regular basis. Most of the time you need a little power on the go, for everything from your phone to your laptop, but sometimes you need a new charger for the places where you're the most stationary.
From portable to wireless to laptop chargers, we researched and found the best charging tools to have your devices feeling like Drake.
If you need a little backup battery power, this little cylinder can charge your phone and then some. The Anker PowerCore will give most flagship phones at least one and up to two charges. It also packs enough of a punch to charge tablets on the go. We recommend this portable charger for its durability, compact size, and ability to charge and be charged quickly.
- Fully charges phones up to two times
- Small enough to fit into a pocket or purse
- Thicker and heavier than other "lipstick" chargers
- Doesn't support Quick Charge
If you need to charge more than one small device on-the-go, we recommend the Jackery Bolt and Bolt-C. We love that these portable batteries have built-in cables, can fully charge two phones simultaneously at least once and up to two times, and also have a built-in flashlight.
Both have a micro-USB cable on the side, but the Bolt comes with a Lightning cable and the Bolt-C has a USB-C cable. You can also charge another device with an additional USB cable. Need more power and have your own cables? Try Jackery's Titan charger which packs double the punch with Qualcomm Quick Charge at only a slightly larger size.
- Built-in cables
- Charges multiple devices at once
- Built-in flashlight
- No Qualcomm Quick Charge support
- Some batteries stop working
Hyper Pearl Compact Mirror
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The Hyper Pearl Compact Mirror is a must-have accessory for on-the-go makeup lovers. With a regular and 3X magnification mirror surrounded by LEDs, the Pearl can illuminate your face in any lighting conditions. If that wasn't enough, it also charges any USB device in about an hour. Most importantly, the Pearl Compact Mirror manages to be, well, compact.
- Can fully charge an iPhone
- Functional LED compact mirror
- Comes in different colors
- Will only about half-charge phones with bigger batteries
- Multi-use cable doesn't have a USB-C cable
Whether you're really rough with your stuff or just love staying active outdoors, we think you'll love this portable charger. We recommend the RavPower Outdoor Portable Charger for its powerful seal against the elements, powerful charger, and built-in flashlight.
- Shockproof, dustproof, and highly water-resistant
- Can charge a smartphone at least twice
- Built-in flashlight
- Can't be immersed in water
- Charging port cover feels flimsy
Maybe you lost your old wall charger or maybe you need a wall charger for your bag or at work. Whatever your use case, we recommend the Anker PowerPort Speed 2 for its sleek, space-saving design, Quick Charge compatibility, and smart charging abilities.
- Qualcomm Quick Charge enabled
- Knows how much power to send to different devices
- Only covers one outlet
- Prongs don't fold in
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Qualcomm's Quick Charge is beneficial to many Android users who want to charge their phones in less than an hour, but owners of new iPhones (8, 8+, and X) and Samsung Galaxy phones are left out in the cold.
The best fast chargers for these phones will come straight from Samsung or Apple, but we found some high-performing, cost-effective alternatives. Galaxy phones will require USB-C to USB-C cables, but iPhone users should stick with Apple's cable.
Whether you're always stuck in traffic or just constantly using your phone's battery draining GPS, being able to charge your phone in your car is a modern necessity. We recommend the Aukey 3.0 Car Charger because it sits flush in your car's cigarette lighter, supports Quick Charge, and it comes with a USB-C cable.
- Sleek design
- Qualcomm Quick Charge compatible
- Comes with USB-C cable
- Difficult to remove
- Only one USB port
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A portable charger can often only be as good as the cable you're using. We round the best, most durable short charging cables that wouldn't clutter your bag or pocket.
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Need more length on your cable? We also found the best 3–4 ft cables for popular devices.
Nothing says "we live in the future" like wirelessly charging your phone. We recommend the Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible Stand for its effectiveness, build quality, and its ability to charge phones as a pad or a stand.
Note: We currently recommend buying this charger from Best Buy or Samsung due to some authentication issues from several Amazon users. Keep in mind that Best Buy matches prices, so you can get this charger for the lower Amazon price.
- Converts from a pad to stand
- Faux-leather top keeps phones from sliding around
- Charges through phone cases
- Sometimes not Samsung Note 8 friendly
Don't want to spend $40–100 on a charger? We completely understand. We recommend the Anker Powerport Wireless 10W charger because it works well, supports fast charging for most Android phones, and doesn't slide around. For fast charging an iPhone, we recommend this RavPower charger.
- Charges all Qi-enabled phones
- Supports fast charging
- Build quality
- Doesn't come with a wall charger
- Doesn't work through phone cases
Whether you have family, a partner, or roommates, you may have more than one smartphone at home that can be wirelessly charged. Help these phones lie around in style on the Ikea Nordmärke Triple Wireless Charging Pad. We recommend this charging pad for its design, efficiency, and multi-phone capacity.
- Can charge three phones wirelessly and one via USB cable
- Blends into decor
- Charges all Qi-enabled phones
- Poor LED placement
Sorry, folks, but the best Macbook chargers are the ones that came with your computer. We looked high and low to find a better or at least cheaper charger. Unfortunately for your bank account, they were all either unsafe or just didn't work.
The only Apple charger we don't recommend is the 29W USB-C charger because we prefer the Innergie 45W USB-C charger. As more powerful USB-C chargers are released, we will update our recommendations.
As USB-C becomes the new standard for charging phones and laptops, Innergie might get some real competition. In the meantime, it's busy blowing other USB-C chargers out of the water. We recommend this charger for its unparalleled design, device compatibility, and smart charging.
- Smart charges laptops and phones
- Sleek, compact design
- Widely cross-compatible
- Doesn't work on 15" Macbooks
- Can get a little warm
If you need a new, future-proof charger or you have several laptops and Chromebooks lying around, it doesn't get much better than this universal model from Innergie. We recommend the Innergie PowerGear 65 Pro because it has great cross compatibility, compact design, and a USB charging port.
- Cross compatible
- Small, lightweight design
- Additional USB port
- Shipping fees on free tips
Whether you're headed to the wilderness or just a long flight in an old plane (yep, it's within TSA guidelines), this portable power bank is ready to slip into your bag. We recommend the Jackery PowerBar because it can supply a lot of power in a small package and has several ports to charge more than just your laptop.
- Can supply up to 100W of power
- Can fully charge most laptops
- Has a USB Quick Charge, USB-C, and USB port
- Premium price
Do you use a lot of devices at your desk? A charging station can help you clean up the electronic clutter and charger your devices at the same time. We recommend this Great Useful Stuff Charging Station for its device capacity, build quality, and its power supply.
- Two outlets and 5 USB ports
- Holds three phones, a tablet, and laptop
- Hides cables
- Connecting phones can be an intricate process
What to Look for in a Charger
There are many of different chargers to consider and unique features to look for in all them.
Portable Chargers/Power Banks
Portable chargers, a.k.a. power banks or portable batteries, can be lifesavers if you won't be near an outlet and need to charge your phone. Many of them can also power tablets and Nintendo Switches.
Whatever device you plan on charging, you want to make sure you can get at least one charge out of your portable charger. The charger should weigh under two pounds, but if you're not looking to charge something like a laptop, it should be less than one pound. You'll also want a power button or smart shut-off so you don't lose battery when you're not charging anything.
Wall USB Chargers
These chargers are simple in design. They typically have one to two USB ports and shouldn't be able to block both outlets. Bulky, outlet-blocking wall chargers should have at least four USB ports to be worth the size.
Wireless Phone Chargers
These chargers will work on any Qi-enabled smartphone. You can choose from a stand, so you can use your phone while it charges, or a pad, if you're more interested in overnight charging. Some wireless chargers have a fan inside to keep it cool while it charges, but some people might not enjoy the noise.
Though PCs and Chromebooks are a bit more openly compatible, Macbooks tend to rely on Apple chargers. Laptop chargers should stay cool and ideally come with all the cables you need.
Charging Stations and Docks
The best charging stations provide a stylish way to dock your devices and hide your cables. Charging hubs can be useful, but they still leave a bunch of wires on your desk.
A Note About Fast Charging
The most widely compatible fast charging standard is Qualcomm's Quick Charge which supports certain smartphones which usually have Snapdragon processors. Samsung smartphones use a proprietary Adaptive Fast Charging process while iPhones have their own fast charging standard.
If you value the fastest charging available for your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or iPhone 8, 8+, or X, stick with the brand's charger and cables or one of these USB-C alternatives.
How We Chose
We thought about popular devices that need charging, all the ways they could be charged, and where you might need recharge them. Once we set our categories, we cross-referenced professional reviews from Wirecutter, The Verge, Digital Trends, and Engadget with user reviews on Amazon, Best Buy, manufacturer websites, B&H, and REI. We chose our recommendations based on this information, our personal experience with these products, and the products' adherence to basic safety features like overcurrent protection.