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Thanks to technologies like Bluetooth and inductive charging, staying connected no longer means literally staying connected. You can listen to music without first detangling your earbuds and charge your phone without first making sure you have the right kind of cord. And while consumer Bluetooth has been around for long enough to buy a drink at a bar, Qi-charging is more recent, having been established in 2008.
You might have assumed that Qi charging is just a nickname, but it’s actually the standard by which wireless charging devices are judged. Having a standard system promotes compatibility across brands and helps ensure safety. Qi-charging is still relatively niche and not available on every device, but its convenience and compatibility all but ensures that it’ll become a standard feature. In order to properly enjoy the benefits of Qi-charging, you need a quality wireless power bank.
Many wireless chargers are specifically designed to be stationary, intended for places like your desk or nightstand. But one of our favorite kinds of chargers is a wireless power bank — they’re more like portable batteries, giving you the ability to take them on the go and easily keep your phone charged. We’ve rounded up some of the best wireless charging banks so you never run out of juice when you need it most. Most of these wireless power banks have ports and even built-in cables that allow them to be used as a wired charger, which is why, whether you have a Qi device or not, you may want to invest in one of these options.
1. Omni Wireless Power Bank
If you have a lot of devices to charge, this wireless charger from the aptly named OmniCharge will ensure that you can power your cameras, phones and even laptops. In addition to a wireless charging surface for your phone, there are AC and DC power ports that you can plug your computer charger into the three-prong port like you would into a wall. Plus, there are USB-A and USB-C ports. And all that power is jammed into a square package that’s just under 5″ x 5″ and under an inch thick.
Pros: Plenty of charging ports for everything from computer chargers to USB-C and USB-A ports, plus a wireless charging surface on top and a DC power port.
2. Samsung 2-in-1 Portable Fast Charge Wireless Charger
Samsung is one of the top brands for smartphones (and consumer tech in general), so it’s no surprise that they make some of the best phone accessories. This power bank also has fast charging capabilities for compatible devices, cutting down on typically slow charging times. You can also use it to charge your phone with a wired connection or plug the charger in to use it as a stationary charging pad. Plus, it can even charge multiple devices at once.
Pros: Fast wireless charging. Can be used to charge two devices at once.
Cons: Battery drains somewhat quickly.
3. Sanag Wireless Portable Charger
The design of Sanang’s wireless charger is so slim and sleek that you may end up mistaking it for a smartphone. It has a large charging surface for powering your devices, and an LED display indicates how much power the wireless charger has remaining. As for recharging the power bank, it has three-input ports, meaning you can use either your micro-USB, lighting cable or USB-C cable to recharge the power bank. Hidden, built-in cords can be used in lieu of the wireless charger for any of those aforementioned connection types.
Pros: Sleek design with a power display. Hidden cables for USB-C, micro-USB and lightning cable if you want to charge with a wired connection.
Cons: Charges more slowly than the advertised speed.
4. Gnceei Wireless Portable Charger
This wireless charger has a unique look featuring a shiny black surface and bright red sides. The wireless charging surface also has an LED that indicates how much power is left on the unit. There are three USB-A output ports and a USB-C and micro-USB input port for recharging the power bank. It’s designed to be able to recharge an iPhone or Galaxy phone between five and seven times on a single charge.
Pros: Plenty of ports, intuitive LED display gives a percentage readout of how much power is left. Sleek red and black look.
Cons: Recharging the power bank takes a long time.
5. RLERON Wireless Portable Charger
This wireless charger has a matte black surface with red detailing, giving it a unique look. There’s also a display screen that shows the battery percentage remaining for the wireless charger. It has USB-C and micro-USB inputs for charging the charger, and the three USB-A ports and the surface charger allow you to power multiple devices at once. There’s even a row of LED lights on the back of the unit, allowing it to be used as a flashlight in a pinch.
Pros: Features multiple ports, plus a wireless charger, allowing you to charge multiple devices at once. LED lights on the back for use as an emergency flashlight.
Cons: Somewhat slow charging.