When we’re throwing all of our travel essentials into the vacation bag, there’s a good chance we’ve tossed a USB cable (or several) in with our clothing, toiletries, and security blanket(s). But what if you end up in a hotel room that has a surprising lack of USB ports and/or AC outlets? Or worse: What if you forgot to pack the one USB-A brick that gets shared across the whole family? Instead of fretting over how you’re going to charge your phone, laptop, and tablet on your next getaway, why not invest in one of Anker’s portable chargers instead?
In 2023, there are plenty of portable phone chargers, Qi wireless chargers, and power solutions that also offer surge protection. But Anker has built a great reputation in this space, offering a wide variety of charging solutions, from Anker portable chargers for juice on the go to AC-powered plugs, and Anker power adapters, meaning there are choices for every possible power need and situation.
Best Anker Chargers At a Glance
Why Anker Chargers?
Any quick Google search for a portable charger will reveal a handful of brands to choose from, many with four-star reviews or higher. Thus, you may be asking yourself, “Why Anker chargers over any other brand?” For starters, Anker is a well-vetted charger manufacturer with a long, reputable track record of high-quality products, and a super-respected position in the world of consumer tech. That same reputation extends to the confidence you’ll have when buying any Anker phone charger.
The company itself offers fairly inclusive warranties for most of their chargers, along with connected equipment premiums in the event that a personal device is damaged while plugged into an Anker device.
There is also the wide variety that Anker provides. Whether you’re looking for a quick charging device, a charger that can fit in your pocket, a multi-port hub with several types of USB connections, or a monstrous power bank that can keep your lights on in the event of a power outage, you can bet that Anker makes something that satisfies whatever need you and your devices demand.
Anker GaNPrime 733: Dual AC +Power Bank
Best for: This Anker power adapter is insanely useful and versatile for both at-home, office, and travel use. And for that reason, it’s our top pick.
Why we chose it: Anker’s GaNPrime 733 has everything charge port and connection you could need for at-home usage and on-the-go applications.
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- 10,000 mAh battery
- 65-watt output (when connected with wall charger)
- (2) USB-C, (1) USB-A
The Anker 733 takes all the benefits of the 737 (below) and adds even more functionality. This plug can be used at home to convert your standard wall socket into a multi-device charger with its two USB-C ports and single USB-A power port. The added benefit of this one, aside from those now ubiquitous folding prongs, is that this outlet doubles as a power bank, making it extremely versatile. Use it at home plugged in or pull it free and take it to go. The design of this Anker wall charger is chic and minimalist and smooth to the touch, featuring charcoal and silver styling.
This device has more of a stacked design, meaning it shouldn’t tip out of the wall very easily. Plus, it can also support fast-charging devices. While it does have a decent amount of heft, the fact that this plug is also a powerful portable battery pack more than makes up for its weight. Like its cousin, the 737, it is also compatible with both Apple and Samsung devices.
What we particularly like about the GaN line of products from Anker is that they feel extremely well-built and high-end, and like we’ll have them for life. I also appreciate that the company has thrown in a small bag for storage and travel, ensuring devices and cables won’t get messed up in a bag.
- Well made
- Storage bag and cable included
- Folding prongs
- Power bank and AC power
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- Compatible with iPhone 13/12 models
- Compatible with several AirPods models
- Wireless charging and 20-watt USB-C
This charging station can charge an iPhone and a set of wireless earbuds, making it a handy gadget to keep on a desktop, and perfect for iPhone and AirPods users.
Anker’s Wireless Charger 623 is specifically designed for boosting any MagSafe iPhone and your AirPods Pro or AirPods 2 (with wireless charging case) with no lightning cable needed. The magnetized charging dock has a heavyweight base and easily grips your iPhone plus it can be rotated up to 60 degrees so you can keep it in view. Do that and you’ve got a convenient spot behind the pad to rest and charge your earbuds. There’s even an LED indicator for monitoring the charge status while your devices are asleep. We love the dual-purpose utility of this Anker iPhone charger and it comes in some cool color options too.
- Ideal for Apple devices
- LED indicator
- Fun colors
- Round shape may not work for all applications
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- Offers wireless charging
- (1) USB-C, (1) USB-A
- 10,000 mAh battery
An ideal gadget for travelers, the PowerCore III will fit in pretty much any pocket, purse, or other small space. Plus with MagSafe, you don’t need to bring cables with you.
iPhone 14, Samsung, and Airpods Pro 2nd Gen users will appreciate the ability to wirelessly charge their devices thanks to Qi-certified technology from the PowerCore III. If the 5W wireless charging isn’t speedy enough, you can connect your device to this Anker battery pack using one of the two 12W USB ports. It will even charge your devices while it’s plugged in. This is evidence that portable battery power banks are getting smarter.
- Works on many devices
- Qi or corded charging
- Super portable
- May not have enough backup power for some users
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- 20,000 mAh battery
- (2) USB-A, (1) USB-C
- Comes with USB-C and Lightning cables
This portable Anker PowerCore charger has a ton of battery power stored in a tiny form factor. You can expect to charge an iPhone 14 over four times or an iPad Air 2 one-and-a-half times before you need to fill it back up. It takes about 10 to 20 hours to completely recharge (depending on your wall charger) and it’s available in four different colors. No wonder it has over 43,000 ratings on Amazon with an average of 4.7 stars.
- Charges many times over
- Can charge a tablet
- Gets great ratings
- Long recharging time
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- 5,000 mAh battery
- Comes with 2-foot USB-C cable
- (1) USB-C port
The Anker 622 might be the smallest, most portable Anker charger on our list, but it’s also the most versatile.
This charging stand doubles as a power bank, and its tiny size means you can connect the charged power bank to your phone and charge away while it’s connected. It also has a USB-C port that both charges the power bank and can be used for device charges. It also has a cool flip-out folding stand made of thin plastic that allows it to double as a stand while charging. It’s made for iPhone 12 and up, but you’ll need to be careful about cards, keys, and pop grips interfering with the charge.
- Stand + Power Bank in one
- Wired or Qi charging
- Not all cases may work with it
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- (1) USB-C, (1) USB-A
- 30 watt USB-C, 19.5 watt USB-A
- Cables not included
This Anker car charger can be a lifesaver on long road trips or when you’re on your way to the airport and realize your phone is about to die. The PowerDrive Speed 2 boasts both a USB-C cable port and a standard USB port and quick-charging technology to make quick work of bringing your devices back to life.
This is a handy item to leave in your car or keep in a travel bag for use in a rental car. This might be our new favorite gadget for its simplicity, it’s versatility, and fast charging speeds. The way this Anker car charger is configured you can easily connect and charge two devices at the same time. Despite its dual-purpose charging slots, the head of the charger is not too deep or large, meaning it shouldn’t take up more space in a car console than it needs to.
- Inexpensive enough to keep in every car
- Connect USB or USB-C
- Fits in most auto power ports
- Charges two devices at once
- Nothing we don’t like
- 24,000 mAh battery
- (1) 45 watt USB-C, (2) USB-A, (1) 100W AC outlet
- Comes with USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables
Not many of the best portable Anker chargers have a 100W AC (wall plug) adapter built into them, but that’s exactly what the PowerHouse 100 has.
It stores enough juice to charge a MacBook Air once with a bit to spare or an iPhone multiple times. It’s quick, too, charging a MacBook Air in just two hours. No power outlet? No problem. The only downside to this device is it’s quite heavy.
- Multiple connections
- AC plug option
- Multiple charges inside
- Great for laptops
- Big and heavy
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- 7.48 x 5.47 x 4.69 inches
- 57,600 mAh battery
- (1) AC outlet, (2) USB-A, (1) USB-C, (1) 12-volt DC
If you keep one of these on hand, you’ll never be without power in an emergency, plus it’s great for camping and RV use.
This can be a total luxury out in the RV, but it might be most useful when the power goes out in your house or during emergency situations. This Anker power bank can power lamps for hours on end, store up to 20+ phone charges, and can even keep a mini-fridge going for anywhere from two to five hours. This is one of the best Anker portable chargers to have around, especially when crises arise.
- Ideal for emergency use
- Plenty of power inside
- Multiple connection types
- Big and heavy
Anker PowerCore Slim
Best for: Adding portable charging to your list of go-to accessories, and for a great price.
Why we chose it: It may not be as powerful as some of the other chargers in this roundup, but the Anker PowerCore Slim will give a nice boost to your phones and tablets for a low cost.
- (1) USB-C, (1) USB-A, (1) Micro USB
- 10,000 mAh battery
- Cables not included
However, this isn’t just one of the best Anker portable chargers. With a low price tag, it’s also one of the best Anker values you can find.
Slim is the name of the game with this ultra-compact, minimalist-design Anker charger. About the size of an iPhone, this power bank has only one standard USB charger. Though it does have both a Mini-USB and USB-C, these are input-only and used to recharge the power bank. Using the device is simple — just plug in a standard USB plug into the end of this device and tap the power button to get the juice flowing. Four tiny blue LED lights on the button also report back on the overall battery power remaining. This device can be used to charge a phone or a tablet, headphones, or smart watches; essentially anything that will connect with a standard USB port.
Anker has included a stretchy mesh bag to keep it protected and from knocking around. Also tucked in the package is a micro-USB cable for recharging. With the PowerCore Slim 10,000, you can power devices quickly when you need battery life, stat. You can also trickle-charge low-powered devices, which is what makes the Anker PowerCore Slim such a versatile and resourceful pocket-sized power pack. Once the power pack is drained, 4.5 hours on the charger fills it back up. It’s a slim, powerful, and affordable option that’s great for travel.
- Slim and portable
- LED lights for confirmation
- Bag and cable included
- Long-ish recharge time
Anker GaNPrime 737 AC Charger
Best for: Providing safe and powerful charging to multiple workstation devices at once.
Why we chose it: The GaNPrime 737 features Anker’s ActiveShield 2.0 tech, ensuring your hardware is protected from things like power surges and temperature spikes while charging.
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- (2) USB-C, (1) USB-A
- Comes with 24-month warranty
- No internal battery
Anker’s GaN lineup is meant to be a smarter, better, and more efficient lineup of charging products. With more energy and charging efficiency, better power delivery and distribution, faster speeds, and built-in temperature sensing to avoid overloading, Anker GaN products are at the higher end of the product lineup.
One of the key features is that these devices monitor the power needs of multiple connected devices in real-time and intelligently distribute power accordingly to ensure the best charge every time.
On the Anker GaN 737, which is compatible with both Apple and Samsung devices, you get 120 W of charging power, with two USB-C plug-ins, and one standard USB-A. The two USB-C ports support more dynamic power distribution, which means you can actually connect a laptop and still get full charging power to it. Interestingly, this gadget comes with an odd silicone frame with tiny suction cups attached. By the looks of the diagram that’s included, this will keep the rather long and heavy plug from potentially tipping out of the wall. This device is also made for travel, if you need to, with folding collapsible prongs.
- Works with Apple and Samsung devices
- Lots of plug options
- Good power/wattage
- Works with laptops
- Might be too big for some outlets
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- (3) USB-A, (1) USB-C
- 65-watt output
- 45-watt USB-C charging (max), 20-watt USB-A (total)
Okay, so this isn’t a portable power bank. It is an Anker wall charger and it allows you to quickly charge up to four different devices at once with a single power source. It can charge an iPhone just as well as Samsung and Google Pixel phones. This is a handy device to keep beside a desk or to toss into a suitcase when traveling. In terms of wall chargers, this is one of the best. The only missed opportunity we thought of here is that the flat top of the charger could have been made into a Qi wireless pad. Maybe in the next generation version?
- Works on Apple, Google, Samsung devices
- Ideal powerbar alternative
- Must be plugged in to provide power
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- 10-watt charging for Galaxy phones
- 5-watt charging for iPhones
- Comes with 3-foot Micro USB cable
This convenient wireless charging stand comes ready to both charge and display your phone for executing device charges in a pinch while still keeping an eye on your screen.
Optimized for Samsung Galaxy devices, both chargers deliver 10 watts of power to select Galaxy phones and 7.5 watts for select iPhone models (requires Quick Charging connections for both brands). Want to kick back and watch some YouTube while your phone gets boosted? No issue there, as you’ll be able to dock and charge in both portrait and landscape positions.
- Handy stand
- Qi wireless charging
- Not as compact as other options
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- 20-watt USB-C charging
- Includes ActiveShield
- Cable not included
Small enough to be tossed into any carry-on accessory, this 20-watt USB-C charger is a saving grace for compatible phones and honestly, you can never have too many AC adapters around the house.
The Anker 511 is super small, and with its folding prongs, it’s an ideal plug for tossing in your bag while traveling both domestically and abroad. It weighs next to nothing, and the chic shiny face gives it a bit of a luxe look. Cables connect easily and hold securely into the plug, and it actually takes a bit of force to remove the USB-C cable end, so no accidental unplugging.
- Nice looking
- Solid connection point
- Very small, portable
- Might not have the power for larger devices
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- 5,000 mAh battery
- (2) USB-A, (1) Micro USB, (1) AC outlet
- Comes with Micro USB cable
More than just an Anker wall charger, this portable charger provides quick charging speeds when plugged in. The genius of this wall charger is that when it’s plugged into a wall, it will charge itself once it’s finished charging your devices. No need for extra wires or power sources. Away from the wall, it can give an iPhone about one charge.
- Fast charging
- Recharges itself
- Only a few charges stored
- No USB-C
What To Consider When Buying an Anker Charger
Portable chargers are convenient accessories for whatever devices you’re lugging around. That said, not all of these charge packs will be relevant to you on a day-to-day basis. Depending on what kind of hardware you tout around or where you’ll be using your gear, there are several key parameters to know when shopping for an Anker portable charger.
Features and Design
Do you often find yourself in the great outdoors? In settings where wall outlets are nowhere to be found, a portable charger with a solar attachment would really come in handy. Or perhaps you’re shopping for a truly diesel amount of power for blizzards and summer storm outages. This kind of re-powering calls for something like the PowerHouse 200, a heavy-duty charger that can power lights and even mini-fridges.
Traditional portable chargers are great, too, but it’s good to know about the unique features and design considerations (like the literal size of the charger) you need prior to forking over the dough.
Size and Weight
When it comes to mobile charging, the more compact and lightweight the charger, the better. But this doesn’t necessarily translate to the types of equipment you’ll be re-juicing throughout the day. Think of it this way: a busy commuter with a bounty of workflow hardware (phone, tablet, and laptop) is going to need a bigger charger.
Why, you ask? The largest chargers will carry the greatest milliamps (mAh) and the most charging inputs, allowing you to re-power an entire backpack’s worth of gear for longer charge cycles. Large chargers (especially ones with dedicated power outlets) do tend to be heavy, though.
Now consider the basic commuter that only needs to re-juice an iPhone once a day or so. In cases like this, a much smaller, pocket-sized portable charger with fewer inputs and milliamps should be just fine.
Depending on what kind of devices you’re recharging, you’ll want to match your hardware to a battery that will get you the most charges. For instance, our “runner-up” choice in this roundup, the Anker PowerCore 20, will charge an iPhone 14 up to four times before the charger itself requires a recharge.
While smaller Anker power adapters and chargers will generally take longer to boost up your gear, a bite-sized battery might be just fine for situations and settings where you don’t need to power as many devices at once. Likewise, a battery with fewer milliamps or a smaller footprint will give you fewer full-device charges, but maybe you don’t charge your phone more than once a day, and that’d be just fine.
What to Consider When Buying Hard-Wired Anker Chargers
Unlike portable options, hard-wired charging solutions are designed to stay plugged in and stay put. But this type of charger is designed to do what portable chargers don’t do as well — charge more devices at once and manage power-hungry gadgets like laptops without draining completely.
When choosing an AC-powered charging device, it’s often best to select one with more ports and connections than you think you need. This will give you room to connect not only the gadgets you know about, but the ones you forget require immediate charging as well, such as your earbuds, smartwatch, and even your Vape pen.
Another consideration is to look at the length of the cable it comes with. No one wants to be stuck facing the wall waiting for devices to charge. A nice long connection cable allows you to continue to access your devices on your desk or countertop while they’re getting full power.
A final consideration, particularly these days, is to opt for a device that can handle additional AC outlets, as well as traditional USB, and USB-C cable connections. The world is moving to a more USB-C-centric world, but that doesn’t mean USB is out the window. In fact, there are still plenty of devices landing on our desks these days that have annoying and inefficient micro-USB connections. Sigh. So USB (or USB-A) isn’t going away completely, at least not yet.
How We Chose the Best Anker Chargers
There’s only one way to know for sure what you’re getting — using it. That’s why we insist on being hands-on with each of these products to feel it, try it, and share with you what we’ve discovered.
We consider durability, usefulness and versatility, size, and power output. And if there are a few “extras” thrown in, like a carrying case or a thoughtful design element, we factor that in too.
To choose the best Anker chargers, we looked at which Anker charging devices would be most useful to the majority of people, but if you have other thoughts (or ones you prefer) we want to hear about them in the comments.