Murphy’s law is always confirmed when you really need to use your cell phone but the battery is dying. In a couple of minutes your mobile will turn off and there is no power socket around you. This is the time for a portable emergency charger.
Which Emergency Charger to buy for my phone?
There are many kinds of portable power banks. We used an iPhone 6s Plus and a Samsung Galaxy s7 to test them out and let you choose the best wireless emergency charger.
1. Mobile phone Emergency Power Bank
A power bank (aka portable charger) is the most common investment. There is a huge variety of portable phone chargers.
Some of them are small and easy to carry around and they will provide you with a few hours of extra battery power while bigger portable emergency power banks may completely charge more than 2 cell phones at the same time.
They are literally large batteries with ports for connecting iPhones and iPads.
Phone Portable Emergency Chargers cons:
- They tend to lose charge over time even when you are not using them
- They can be damaged when exposed to high temperatures
Mobile phone Emergency Power Bank top picks:
- Poweradd Slim2 5000mAh Portable Charger with Auto Detect Technology: £8
- Iceworks Slimline Portable Charger: £13
- Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger with Fast-Charging Technology: £12
- Aukey Power Bank 20000mAh Portable Charger with Lightning: £20
- Xiaomi Mi 10000mAh Power Bank: £20
- EasyAcc 15000mAh Power Bank Smart Output: £21
- Proporta Stripe TurboCharger 12000: £25
- RAVPower 20100mAh Portable Charger: £37
- iMuto 30000mAH Ultra High Capacity Portable Charger: £40
- Zendure A8 QC Portable External Battery Charger 26800mAh: £73
2. Mobile Phone Emergency Car Charger
Emergency cell phone Chargers for cars was the first portable charging solution. They can prove quite useful if you travel a lot in your car or when you are camping.
Most of them are cheap and give you the ability to charge multiple phones simultaneously (usually 2) with the dual-USB option.
Don’t forget to check if the car phone charger you will pick is compatible with your iPhone. iDevices require different cables from Android phones or an adapter.
Car Battery Phone Emergency Charger Cons:
- A car and you waiting inside for the mobile to charge.
Here are our top picks for USB Car Chargers:
- RAVPower RP-VC006: $10
- Anker PowerDrive 2: $10
- E. T. Pocket Car Charger: $10
- RAVPower RP-VC007: $13
- iOttie RapidVolt Max USB Car Phone Charger: $20
- Anker PowerDrive 4: $20
- Nekteck PD 45W Type-C Car Charger: $22
- Scosche ReVolt Dual Car Charger: $25
3. Solar Phone Emergency Charger
In theory, a solar-powered phone charger will never stop working. You could survive a nuclear holocaust with limitless phone battery power-ups. (or maybe not, I forgot about the nuclear winter).
Anyway, a solar power bank doesn’t need a central power socket or a working engine. Just light.
Solar Battery Emergency Charger Cons:
- Requires the power of the sun
- They are quite expensive
- Smaller sized solar chargers are not reliable
Solar panel portable charger best buy:
- Travel Solar Charger: £25
- Waterproof 15W Solar Charger: £45
- Freeloader Supercharger: £50
- Freeloader iSIS, £65
- Little Sun Charge: £80
- Voltaic Amp Solar Charger: £103
- Voltaic 6W Charger: £118
4. Disposable Cell Phone Emergency Battery Charger
This single-time phone charging method started in 2017 and gained many followers but I am not convinced yet. Why?
Read this One time use portable Mobile Chargers post and find out.
5. Hand-Crank Phone Emergency Charger
This Dynamo Charger has an internal battery and gives you two options. You can crank and charge your phone battery directly or crank in your spare time and fill the internal battery.
A hand-Cranked Mobile Charger will be a better alternative for the nuclear holocaust (Yeaaaaaaaaah) but I am not so sure if it worths its money.
Hand-Crank Phone Charger Cons:
- It takes too much time to charge your handset. I was cranking 30 minutes to charge my iPhone 6s Plus battery with 6% of extra battery power
- Strong right arm (or left, you decide)
Our Hand-Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger picks:
- Epica Emergency Charger ($22)
- K-Tor’s Pocket Socket 2 ($65)
- Eton’s BoostTurbine 2000 ($70)
6. Campfire Portable Phone Charger
I don’t argue that this is an innovative product that charges your smartphone with fire but I really believe that this is a step too far.
It’s fun to do a barbeque or boil some water while charging your phone device and maybe it can be extremely useful to campers.
Thermoelectric Cell Phone Charger Cons:
- They require fire
- They are way too expensive
I didn’t have the chance to try one of them out but here are the best fire chargers I could find online (based on reviews)
- Power Pot Portable Electric Generator ($150)
- BioLite CampStove ($185)
- BioLite BaseCamp Wood Burning Stove System ($395)
Did you buy one of these wireless phone chargers? Do you have a better mobile charging option in mine?
Leave a comment below and until next time, take care!