In this article, you will learn the four best power banks for backpacking and prepping.
You’ll undoubtedly need some power throughout your backpacking trip, whether it’s for your phone, GPS tracker, camera, or lights.
A backpacking portable power bank is the simplest method to ensure that your electronics do not die on you while you are on the move. Fortunately, power banks have become much lighter over time and can now deliver more than 1,500mAh of power per ounce.
A basic, affordable power bank or the external battery may provide your devices—phone, GPS, torch, or lantern—two to eight times the duration they have on their own.
Here are some of the best power banks for backpacking.
1. Anker Astro E1 6700
This is the best power bank in my experience. Weekend warriors make up the majority of campers and backpackers we know, and the Astro was designed with them in mind.
When it comes down to it, the Astro is a pretty modest battery pack, with a power capacity of 6700 mAh and only one output connection.
That is, however, what makes it ideal for our needs. It is one of the smallest and lightest battery packs for its battery capacity, weighing only 4.3 oz. It has adequate power to charge a smartphone 1.5-2 times, which is ideal for 2-4 days of light phone use.
Its maximum input fast charging speed of 1A, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired.
This isn’t a big deal unless you need to charge it frequently throughout your journey, such as while thru-hiking. If not, you may just recharge it when you reach home. You can charge your device with it’s simple USB port.
This is the best pick for a well-rounded, well-priced power bank.
2. Anker PowerCore II 10000
I spent some time researching relevant conversations in prepper forums and subreddits before picking different battery packs to test.
The PowerCore II 10000 and the first-generation PowerCore 10000 are two of the most popular battery packs among ultralight travelers, according to that information. It turns out that the fame is well-deserved. The battery life is mind-boggling for the amount of weight it carries.
This is the pack we recommend if you need additional power. The pack weighs 6.9 ounces, according to Anker. It is the greatest option in terms of power per ounce (mAh/oz) because of its low weight and large capacity. You can easily charge your device with it’s USB charging port which fits USB c and micro USB.
This is an amazing pick for those who want a ton of power.
3. YPWA Power Bank Solar Phone Charger
This is a state of the art solar power bank. It’s the best solar charger. With a stated capacity of 30,000 mAh and a weight of 12.5 oz, the YPWA struck out as a possible budget-friendly choice.
The price of the YPWA varies regularly, as it does with many other goods from these obscure businesses that are only accessible online. The YPWA is worth a look as long as it doesn’t creep too high.
It’s quite little, measuring just about half an inch in height. The YPWA includes twin output connections, allowing you to simultaneously quick charge two devices. It also comes in a variety of colors for a change of pace.
Additionally, the YPWA is also solar-powered with a mini solar panel, has a portable solar charger, and is storm-proof. I think using solar energy is neat because you’ll always have it.
This is a great option but is a little heavy.
4. Belkin Valet Portable Charger
On the surface, this Belkin power cell appears to have nothing going for it: poor capacity, sluggish charging, and a single stinky port.
However, it comes with a key bonus for Apple fans: wireless charging for your iPhone and your fancy Apple Watch, a feature that only a few others have. The Belkin Valet Charger combines this functionality in a clean, compact, and durable aluminum shell that fits comfortably in any pocket.
While the absence of pass-through capabilities and expensive price tag compared to other tried and reliable (and reasonable) solutions is a turnoff, the sheer convenience of this model may make it worthwhile, especially for individuals who rely on their wrist-mounted device.
Overall, good for Apple users.
While the power delivery system goes down or when bugging out, our contemporary devices can accomplish much too much for us to be ignored or abandoned.
It’s useful to know how to get along and exist without them, but a wise prepper would employ all of his resources to guarantee that they will survive and thrive.
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