The best iPhone power bank is useful thing to have if you're worried about your phone dying at an inopportune moment. You never know when you might miss an important call or email, or fail to capture a fantastic shot on your iPhone camera, because you let your battery die. So keeping a power bank on you for emergency top-ups will give you that extra peace of mind.
But which one should you buy? Well, first consider size and weight. If you're taking your power bank on a long journey, particularly if you're walking or cycling, you won't want one that's too heavy.
Think, too, about capacity. iPhone power banks typically offer around 5,000mAh, which is normally enough for a day's charge. But if you're going to be away from an outlet for a weekend or more, you'll probably want a bigger one (indeed, you might want to look at the best laptop power banks). That said, they tend to be heavier, so there's a compromise to be made there.
Finally, consider what kind of ports and cables you need to charge your particular model of iPhone. If you need to buy an extra cable, that's going to reflect the overall price you're willing to pay. That said, if you have one of the latest iPhone generations (opens in new tab), ie iPhones 12-14, you won't need a cable at all, as you'll be able to use wireless charging. Well, as long as you buy a power bank that's compatible with Apple's MagSafe technology, that is.
To make it easy for you, we've divided our list into two. We'll start with the best iPhone power bank with MagSafe wireless charging. But if you have an iPhone 5-11, then just skip to the best iPhone power bank (wired only).
Best iPhone power bank with MagSafe wireless charging
The latest iPhones (12-14) come with MagSafe technology. This means you can attach a power bank magnetically and charge wirelessly. Note, though, that if your iPhone is in a case, it will need to be MagSafe compatible for this to work.
The first five power banks on our list are MagSafe compatible, making them suitable for the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max (opens in new tab), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro (opens in new tab) and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
When it comes to charging your iPhone and other gadgets, the Excitrus PDW100208 offers everything you'll ever need, making it our number one choice overall.
It comes with a 10W MagSafe pad for wirelessly charging your iPhone, along with 100W USB-C , 45W USB-C and 18W USB-A ports. That means you can charge up to four devices simulatenously, and you can even charge Excitrus PDW100208, using the 100W USB-C port and included USB-C to USB-C cable, at the same time.
It's heavy, at just over half a kilo, and its long shape can be a bit awkward. But our reviewer found it performed brilliantly in practice, and offers a huge capacity via its wired ports. It's certainly enough to keep your laptops, cameras and more going while you're on the move, as well as your iPhone. For more details, see our Excitrus PDW100208 100W portable battery review.(opens in new tab)
This power bank from Mophie supports MagSafe charging and boasts both a USB-C port and a Lightning cable. Pass-through charging is included: this sends power to your iPhone first, and then recharges its own battery afterwards. There's a generous 10,000-mAh battery, giving you plenty of power for keeping your iPhone topped up. Plus there's an LED power indicator to help you keep an eye on your charging status and battery life.
Also note that while this is not an official Apple product, it is Apple-approved: they sell it on their own site, after all. And it's super-light, at just 100g.(opens in new tab)
Some iPhone users like to stick to official Apple products only. That way, everything's certain to play together nicely, and if it doesn't, those geniuses at the Apple Store are sure to help you fix it. Okay that's going to be more expensive, but if your time is valuable, or you just want the minimum of stress, it can be a price worth paying.
If you agree, then your best iPhone power bank is this official product from Apple. Note, though, that it's expensive, and the battery isn't the highest powered, at just 1,460 or 2920mAH.
Indeed, you won't even be able to charge your iPhone fully from the MagSafe Battery Pack. Apple promise just 70 per cent additional charge with iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, up to 60 per cent additional charge with the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro, and up to 40 per cent additional charge with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
On the plus side, at just 11mm thick, it couldn't be more portable. You get the choice of wired and wireless charging, and with the latter it magnetically snaps to the back of your phone in a quite beautiful fashion. If you prefer the former, you can connect your iPhone via a Lightning cable and 20W+ USB-C power adapter, although you'll need to buy both of these separately.(opens in new tab)
Want a power bank that will charge your iPhone wirelessly and a stand? Well you can kill both birds with one stone by using this clever product from Anker. This power bank supports MagSafe, does a great job of snapping magnetically into place, and the 5,000mAh battery is impressive.
Okay, it's half the capacity of the first product on our list, but equally it offers three times the power of Apple's own MagSafe Battery Pack. To put that into some real-world context, its makers say it will charge an iPhone 13 or 13 Pro up to 80 per cent, a iPhone 13 Pro Max to 50 per cent, an iPhone 12 to 90 per cent, an iPhone 12 Pro to 95 per cent and an iPhone 12 Pro Max to 65 per cent.
The battery comes with a versatile built-in foldable kickstand, which you can use to position your phone for a comfortable viewing angle. You also get a bidirectional USB-C port and a two-foot charging cable, which allows you to charge the battery, or your phone; for the latter, you'll need a power adapter with at least 12W output (not included).
It's worth noting that you can charge the battery at the same time as wirelessly charging your phone. However, be aware that you can NOT charge two devices simultaneously using wired and wireless connections.
Tend to drop your tech a lot? This iPhone power bank is coated with a rubberized finish to protect the magnetic portable charger against accidental drops, and other safety features include foreign object detection, short circuit protection and temperature control.
It offers both wireless and USB-C charging. With the same 5,000 mAh capacity as its Anker sibling, listed above, this power bank will let you charge an iPhone 13 up to 95 per cent, an iPhone 13 Pro to 97 per cent, an iPhone 13 Pro Max to 75 per cent, and an iPhone 13 mini 1.2 times.
Choosing between this and the Anker 622, then, is really down to whether you want or need a stand. If you do, then go for the 622. But if you don't then, at time of writing at least, this product was significantly cheaper.
The best iPhone power bank (wired only)
If you have an older iPhone than 12, you won't be able to use wireless charging, making the first five items on our list unsuitable. Or maybe you have an iPhone 12-14, but just can't be bothered with the slower speeds you get with wireless charging. Either way, read on to discover the best iPhone power bank with wired-only options.(opens in new tab)
This power bank is a little expensive, but it does come with in-built cables with Lightning and USB-A connectors. You can use these to charge your iPhone as well as the power bank itself. And that means you'll never have to worry about where you left your cables, which in itself may justify the extra cost of this power bank.
The 5,000mAh battery offers decent capacity: probably not enough for a whole weekend, but certainly sufficient for a day or night out. You can charge your iPhone and the Moshi at the same time. The whole thing is encased in stylish vegan leather. And it's small enough to fit into most bags or pockets.
If you're going to be away from home for a long period – on a camping weekend, say – you'll want to recharge your iPhone multiple times. And here's a great choice for that. With its enormous 26,800mAh battery, the Anker Powercore+ can charge an iPhone 8 approximately 10 times, which is pretty impressive given how relatively small and light it is.
This power bank offers three USB-A ports, so you can charge up to three devices simultaneously. (Note, though, that you'll need to supply your own Lightning cable to charge an iPhone.). There are also two micro-USB ports for charging the power bank itself. A micro-USB cable is included, and a full charge takes around six hours. On the downside, this is the heaviest on our list, at 582g.(opens in new tab)
Off camping in the wilds, and don't know when you'll be back? Then a solar powered power bank is a great idea, and here's the best one we can recommend for iPhone.
There are two ports: a USB-C port with 18W output and a USB-A port with 12W output. And with a 20,000 mAh capacity battery, you'll be off to a good start, allowing you to charge up an iPhone 8 almost seven times and an iPhone 12 around 4.7 times. Then after that, you can juice up the power bank once more with sunlight alone, although be warned that it can take several days to fully charge in this way.
One of the best solar chargers around today, this power bank is also dustproof and water-resistant to IP65 standards, comes with four-corner drop protection, and features an in-built flashlight. You also get a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, along with a Handy-Carry wrist strap.(opens in new tab)
If you're looking for great value, you'll find it in this reasonably priced power bank from Belkin. Its 10,000 mAh battery gives you an impressive amount of charging capacity; Belkin says it can charge an iPhone 7 running iOS 10 up to three times on a single charge. It features a mini-USB port for power in, along with two USB-A ports for charging your devices. There are four LEDs to indicate the power bank's own level of charge, and a 6-inch USB-A to USB-C cable is included in the box.
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