Battery-powered portable blenders are a relatively new addition to the health and fitness canon and shouldn’t be confused with mains-powered, single-serve personal blenders which are smaller and more efficient at blending a wider variety of ingredients. Portable blenders, on the other hand, require no mains power to operate so they can be used, well, anywhere really. They’re also cheap to buy and you can charge them using any USB-based power pack, computer, car charger or mains plug.
Portable blenders are perfectly capable of whipping up smoothies on the go (assuming you’re able to take the ingredients with you, which let's face it is totally impractical) and they’re pretty good at pulverising ice and mixing cocktails, too. They’re best suited for home or office use, campsites and picnics, or whipping up simple stuff like protein shakes after a workout at the gym. They are also especially handy (in fact they're a Godsend) for puréeing baby food on the fly.
If you’re sold on the idea of joining the ever growing throng of healthniks and grabbing yourself a portable blender, then this is the guide for you. We’ve scoured the interweb, read a shedload of user reviews and carefully curated this mini bonanza of the best portable blenders currently on the market.
What you need to know about portable blenders
Given the low wattage and voltage of portable blenders, you will need to select your ingredients carefully and ensure they are cut into small chunks no bigger than two centimetres (about half an inch). Soft fruits like strawberries, banana chunks and especially oranges and tangerines are all perfectly suitable but you may have trouble properly blending harder ingredients like apples and carrots – unless you don’t mind lots of lumps.
Speaking of lumps, most manufacturers of portable rechargeable blenders are well aware that their products aren’t powerful enough to blend some harder fruits and veg to a fine, lump-free consistency, so most portable blenders also come with a filter in the lid to stop unpulverised items from slipping through the net and down the throat. A lumpy smoothie isn’t necessarily a deal breaker but it’s not that pleasant either.
Most of the blenders on this page will pulverise ice. However, you can’t just load the blender with ice and expect the blade to whizz round instantly. This is because the motors fitted to most portable blenders are quite feeble. In fact, in the majority of cases the blade will simply jam against the pressure of the ice around it. To get around this, add a dash of water and start the blending process with the unit upside down (with the lid firmly in place, obviously). Once the blades are spinning, slowly invert the blender so the ice makes contact with the spinning blade. You may even need to gently shake the blender a few times, too, to ensure all the ice is uniformly blended.
The best portable battery-powered blenders you can buy
This attractive, USB-chargeable model is equipped with a 75-watt motor and a six-pointed blade that spins at a record-breaking 16,000rpm. According to its platoon of admirers, the oddly-named CkeyiN crushes ice really easily and mashes harder ingredients like apples and carrots in a thrice.
Comprised of a portable 420ml borosilicate glass container (with screw-top lid) and a baby-blue motor housing replete with LED display, this mini blender features a safety sensor that prevents the unit from operating if the container isn’t mounted on the housing correctly. This is a very good thing because the whole unit needs to be inverted when blending and the last thing you need before rushing out is half a litre of milky strawberry mush all over your trousers or skirt.
According to the manufacturer, a five-hour charge is good for about 15 blends and it even comes with a USB port to charge your mobile device. It also comes with a 12-month warranty which is outstanding for such a cheap product.
The Smoovii has received a raft of glowing reviews and is said to be a bit more powerful than most other models. Users rave about its compact size, the glass container and its speed and efficiency at producing healthy drinks with little fuss.
The Smoovii is equipped with a six-bladed chopper that spins at an impressive 16,800rpm (that’s revs per minute for the uninitiated) and a 4,000mAh rechargeable-via-USB battery that is supposedly good for between 18 and 22 beverages on a single charge. There are no stats on the power of the motor but very few users have complained about its efficiency, even with tougher ingredients like carrots and ice.
It’s easy to clean, too. Simply fill it with water and a drop of washing up liquid, switch it on for about 30 seconds and rinse under the tap or the flow of a clean stream. Portable blenders can be a bit hit and miss but this one appears to be more competent than most.
At 19cm in height and 8.6cm wide, the mysteriously monikered 300ml Godmorn is stumpier than the other models reviewed here but easier to store in a shoulder bag. Its smaller capacity 1,200mAh battery is relatively quick to charge via any USB source (about three hours for 10 to 15 minutes of blending) and, despite the fact it only has two blades where most other portable blenders have six, users report it tackles most ingredients with consummate ease.
It does, however, work better with frozen fruit than it does with large lumps of ice. If you’re after a portable fruit and veg masher that’s competitively priced and very well designed for smoothies on hoof, then place this one on the consideration list.
This high-ranking model comes with a small 380ml container and 4000mAh lithium-ion battery capable of producing up to 20 blends on a single charge. Amazon users rate its low weight (580g) and wherewithal to blend the crap out of most fruit and veg with little fuss. They also like the fact it comes with a drinking spout and two silicone straws for easy sipping on the fly. And like any blender, it’s really easy to keep clean – simply fill with water and some washing up liquid and blitz it till its clean as a whistle.
This attractive model has received a varied user response on Amazon but most buyers seem really happy with it. The Fityou has a capacity of 450ml (though one user has said it’s nearer 350ml) and comes with a 100w motor, stainless steel six-star blade, a 4,000mAh battery and a battery charge indicator that lets you know when it’s time for a boost.
The Fityou is equipped with a silicone glass container that can be easily separated from the motor housing and taken with you. While not the highest rated model on the shelf, according to some reviewers it is one of the few that doesn’t have trouble blending small chunks of apple and pineapple.