EnerPlex Jumpr Stack 3
The EnerPlex Jumpr Stack 3 joins a busy market in phone battery packs, but adds a few new twists to the genre. Firstly it has integrated charging leads for both Apple products with a Lightning connector and everything else with a micro-USB. It also can be magnetically stacked with other Jumprs to charge more battery intensive devices like tablets or digital cameras. Standalone it's a neat little charger, packing a charge of 3,200 mAh which equates to roughly two charges of a smartphone.
Four LEDS displays how much charge the Jumpr Stack holds when plugged in and the bright orange edging allows easy location in dark corners which combined with the two tone grey gives it a funky, unorthodox look.
$54.99 | EnerPlex
Mophie Powerstation Plus
Mophie's Powerstation Plus packs a load of nifty features that make it one of the best portable charging solutions out there. The integrated cables mean it's an all-in-one solution, while clever Charge Vault tech keeps the battery charged for as long as possible. Priority Charging lets you plug the Powerstation Plus into both your computer and phone, both for data sync and keeping the pack topped up. It's a sleek device too, with a hinged edge that folds down to cover the cables. It's available in both Lightning and microUSB and in a few different sizes.
From £69.95 | Mophie
Elgato Smart Power
Elgato's first foray into the world of battery chargers has resulted in one of our favourite yet, not only down to the simple, compact design and shape, but also because of the slick Bluetooth features that set it apart from the crowd.
Download the Smart Power app on your phone (iOS only, which isn't ideal), connect the charger and it'll give you some handy info - the best being how many times the Smart Power can fully charge your iPhone. Two and half times on an iPhone 6, if you're wondering. It'll automatically choose the best amp output for your device, so plug in an iPad and it'll choose 2.1amps. There is only one input, so no dual charging, which is a bit of a shame but the inclusion of a built-in USB plug for chargins is welcome.
The app will also give you handy notifications, looking at your calendar and reminding you to bring the charger along if you've got a busy day. We love the line of green lights too - which give you a glance at how much juice your Smart Power has got left.
Incipio offGRID Smart
If you were one of those people who thought there would be no way for designers and manufacturers to somehow slip Bluetooth into a portable charger, then, we’re sorry to say, you’re wrong. Alongside the 6,000 mAh battery capacity, Bluetooth Smart tech lets you dig deeper into your settings. You’ll be able to check how much battery you’ve got left, how much time your device will take to charge and it’ll shut off once everything is fully juiced.
$89 | Buy from Amazon now
Solar panel equipped charger that can either charge via the conventional USB method or from the sun’s rays. Once fully charged, the 4,000 mAh battery can add juice to a phone or tablet, which is made even easier thanks to the inbuilt Lightning and Micro USB connectors. The case is impact and water resistant, comes with a handy stand and you’ll be able to charge two things at once.
£64.99 | Buy from Amazon now
Calibre ULTRA'GO mini Power Charging Station
Easily the best looking charger in our round-up, this compact sized device can charge an iPhone fully twice, automatically turning itself off when it’s complete. A series of vibrations let you know how much juice the charger has left, a nice, if not slightly trivial, change to the usual selection of LED lights. If you’re a fan of Apple influenced design, this is the one for you.
£54.95 | Buy now from Amazon
Just like the Incipio, the BRV Bank boasts Bluetooth Smart connectivity, for keeping an eye on your charges, yet its real headline addition is the rugged construction. The outer casing is IPX5 certified and made from water resistant rubber, perfect if you plan on using this in the great outdoors. There’s a 8,000 mAh capacity, included flash light and two USB ports, with one of them being 2.4 amps - perfect for an iPad or other large tablet.
£101 | Buy now from Amazon
Probably better known for its headphone brand, Monster does in-fact also make portable chargers. The Powercard is a wallet sized device, designed to give an extra 5 hours worth of charge and thanks to a nifty feature called No Waiting, it’ll automatically detect your device and ensure it’s charging in the most efficient way possible.
£34.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Mophie Power Reserve Lightning
Mophie is a brand name long associated with charging tech, innovative tech at that. While many of the chargers on test are big, the Reserve is small, even pocket-friendly. It has has a pop out Lightning connector, so no extra cable required and it’ll give your iPhone 5 or 5s about 80% of a charge.
£39.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Oyama Power Bank with Lightning cable
The addition of the handy Lightning cable attached to this Power Bank makes it great for just chucking in your bag and juicing up your iPhone when it hits the red. The 1,500 mAh battery gives a decent top-up, but the compact size is the real winner here.
Price: £19.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Just Mobile Gum Max Duo
With many people now carrying more than device with them at all times, it’s no longer the best bet to pick a portable charger with just one output. The two USB outputs on this surprisingly, for a portable battery, svelte accessory let you juice up two pieces of kits at once, even if one happens to be an iPad Air. In terms of capacity this beast is packs 11,200mAh, basically enough to give your iPad another seven hours of use.
€99.95 | Buy now from Amazon
Patriot Fuel +
This feature packed charger boasts a bevy of handy features including dual USB ports, support for iPad charging built-in overcharge protection. Once your device has been fully juiced up, the Fuel+ automatically shuts off, saving excess power for next time. A clever pass through mode lets you charge the battery pack at the same time as your phone or tablet, a feature often missing.
£48.67 | Buy now from Amazon