Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Portable Phone Charger

Whether you’re an uber urbanite or a castaway on a deserted island, there’s a phone charger for you.

We take our cell phones everywhere. After all, they’re more than phones. They connect us to our family, our friends, our jobs, our homes, our money, our pursuits. We work and play on our phones. We take photos and videos with them. Our phones aren’t just portals to our lives, they’re part of our lives.

Unless, of course, our phones run out of power. Then we’re screwed. That’s why a portable phone charger is a crucial need for many of us. Here’s a rundown of four cell-phone lifestyles and the best charger for each.

Fits in a Pocket

This option will power an iPhone 8 more than six times before needing a battery boost itself. Anker

Check Price

If you don’t always have the time or opportunity to plug your phone in and recharge it, you might need a basic phone recharger—one that’s not so large and heavy that it’s cumbersome to carry around, but does provide enough power to recharge your phone about as quickly as a standard AC outlet. A charger in the 20000mAh (milliamp hour, a measurement of the energy capacity of a battery) range will have plenty of power to charge up most phones several times before needing a charge itself, and do so quickly.

Environmentally Friendly

This model is ideal for campers, fishermen and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors. Goertek

Check Price

Some chargers can be charged by solar energy as well as by plugging into a standard AC outlet. Those are the best chargers to get if you’ll be spending time away from the power grid. These tend to be a bit thicker and heavier than non-solar chargers, but the convenience of always having a way to charge your phone, no matter where you are, is well worth it.

Small and Lightweight

This choice weighs just 6.3 ounces and will fill up an iPhone 8 more than 3 times when fully powered. Anker

Check Price

Phone chargers can be heavy—some weigh more than 1 1/4 pounds—so if you’ll be carrying your charger in a backpack or briefcase, choose a model that’s designed for such a lifestyle.