Best High Capacity PowerBanks (26800 mAH+)

If your portable power backup needs exceed the limited few recharges provided by the normal powerbanks, then 26,800 mAH is the maximum point  at which portable and reasonably priced powerbanks are available. 26,800 mAH (or 100 watt-hours) is also the maximum powerbank capacity allowed by TSA for cabin or carry-on luggage in flights. The latest 26800 Mah massive capacity powerbanks will offer you the ability to recharge most of your smartphones up to 7-10 times (iPhone X and iPhone 8+ about six times, iPhone 8/7/6S about eight times, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S7 five+ times, iPad Air 2 two times).

The latest 26800 mAH+  power banks weigh as much as previous generation 20000 mAH powerbanks and enable smartphone use for nearly a week without  coming near a wall outlet – an incredibly handy feature for professional users, disaster preparedness kits, mobile gaming and entertainment enthusiasts, power users, outdoor lovers and campers as well as survival enthusiasts.

Here is our pick of four best 26800 mAH power banks that offer the best mix of battery capacity, features, reliability, quick-charging capability, portability and price –

#1 Best Future-proof High Capacity Powerbank

Highest TSA-allowed capacity powerbank compatible with fastest charging modes for Macbooks and latest and upcoming phones including iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, iPhone X & Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Note 8, S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, Note 4,  Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD & RAVPower 26800 PD

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD  and RAVPower 26800 PD are our top picks among the currently available highest TSA-allowed capacity powerbanks. Both these powerbanks support the fastest charging speed (50% in 30 minutes) for the latest iPhones (iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8s) and also support the fastest charging mode (9 volts @ 2 amp =18 watt) for the latest Samsung smartphones Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S7 etc. as well as most other Android smartphones.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is an ideal choice if you want a future proof fast charging powerbank with a bundled USB-C PD wall charger. The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD  has three charging ports (one USB-C and two USB 3-amp ports). The powerbank itself can be charged in just 4.5 hours using the bundled 30 watt USB-C wall charger or any other 30 watt+ USB-C wall charger such as Macbook or iPad or Pixel wall charger.

Best USB-C PD powerbanks for iPhone X
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD comes with a 30-watt USB-C wall charger and can charge the latest iPhones & Macbooks at maximum speed

The feature that makes RAVPower 26800 PD and Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD  so future proof is that both these powerbanks support USB-C PD 30 watt output. USB-C PD supports a large range of varying voltages and currents (including QuickCharge 2.0 used by Galaxy S8, S7 etc.). With both Apple and Google Android now supporting 18 watt USB-C PD fast charging in their latest phones, you can be sure that these powerbanks will support upcoming phones for some time.

Both the powerbanks can also recharge the latest Macbooks and iPads at speeds equal to that of stock Apple wall charger thanks to the 30 watt maximum output. Additionally, many USB-C ultrabooks such as Pixelbook can also be charged with the  RAVPower 26800 PD and Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD powerbanks.

Best Macbook powerbank
From Macbooks to Ipads and iPhones – all devices can be charged at fast charging speeds with the Anker 26800 PD or RAVPower 26800 PD

The 9 volt @ 2 amp max (18 watt) mode of USB-C PD ensures that both Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD and  RAVPower 26800 PD  support QuickCharge 2.0 used by the latest Samsung smartphones (S8, S8+, Note 8 etc.). The Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL series phones also use 9 volt @ 2amp maximum charging current.

The 5 volt @ 3amp max mode of USB-C PD ensures support for Google Nexus 6/5P series phones.

The 15 volts @ up to 1.2 amp support charges the latest iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8+ at speeds (50% in 30 min) that even the stock Apple iphone wall chargers can not provide.

The prices of both these powerbanks are very close when you consider that the higher priced  Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD comes bundled with a USB-C PD wall charger that costs about $30 if purchased separately.

Anker 26800 PD portable charger review
RAVPower 26800 PD can be charged in two ways – with any standard USB wall charger (14 hrs) or with a USB-C 30w+ wall charger (5 hrs). 

RAVPower 26800 PD is an ideal choice if you just want to buy a high capacity powerbank and already have a USB-C wall charger or if you want to use your existing USB wall charger. You can charge the RAVPower 26800 PD powerbank using any standard USB wall charger in about 13-14 hours or by using a USB-C PD 30 watt+ wall charger in 4 to 5 hours. This selectable dual charging feature makes RAVPower 26800 PD the best option if you want a quality high capacity USB-C PD powerbank at minimum cost.

RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD comes with a USB-C reversible cable but does not come with a USB-C PD wall charger, which has to be bought separately.

Please Note: Only a 30-watt+ USB-C PD wall charger such as Anker 30 watt PD charger or RAVPower Super-C 36 watt Type-C  charger or iClever 45 watt USB-C PD wall charger will charge RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD in 4 hours. A regular (non-PD) 30 watt USB-C wall charger will not charge RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD in 4 hours and will take about 10 hrs to charge it. 

…And of course both , Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD  and RAVPower 26800 PD  are allowed to be taken in carry-on luggage on flights, both domestic inside US as well as internationally. The total power capacity is 96.4 Wh – less than the 100 Wh maximum limit set by TSA and other international airline safety authorities.

#2  Best High Capacity powerbank for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 6s/6s plus/6/SE/5/4/4S

# Best Reasonably Priced High Capacity Powerbank for Android Smartphones

RAVPower 26800

Nov 25 Pre-Cyber Monday Deal Alert: RAVPower 26800 mAH high capacity powerbank is available at a huge discount (almost half its regular price) on Amazon US on Nov 25 . This robust heavy-duty powerbank will charge most Android phones 0 to 50% in one hour or less and almost all iPhones 0 to 50% in 45 mins or less. It has 3 charging ports and gets charged in 13-14 hours using any 2.4 amp wall charger.

If you have iPhone 7, 7Plus, 6S or older iPhones and require the fastest charging powerbank for your current needs than there are many reasonably priced models available in the market with 2.4 amp maximum charging. These portable chargers will also charge Android smartphones at more than twice the speed of regular wall-chargers & powerbanks (though about 30-40% slower than QC 3.0 or USB-C PD 18 watt).

RAVPower 26800 external battery pack is our top recommendation as a massive capacity reasonably priced powerbank for iPhone 7 and 6S. iPhone 7 and 6S support a maximum charging current of 2.1 amp and the RAVPower 26800 portable charger pack offers enough battery power to charge two iPhone 7 or 6s at the maximum charging speed at once with a port to spare. This feature is of great utility to families with multiple iPhones. The RAVPower 26800 powerbank is scratchproof and has a very sturdily build that inspires confidence.

This powerbank will also charge all Android phones at quite fast maximum speed of 12 watt. Even though this is not “fastest possible  charging”, this is still very good charging speed as the fastest charging speeds for even the latest Android phones are 18 watt in the beginning with charging current gradually dropping to 10 watt and lower levels as the battery gets full.

RAVPower 26800 powerbank comes with three charging ports – one fast charging 2.4 Amp port, one fast charging 2.1 A port and a regular 1 Amp port. Total output comes to 5.5 Amp.

It also offers 2 Amp rapid input charging which allows you to charge the powerbank in about 14 hours – twice as fast as regular  1 Amp chargers.

RAVPower 26800 USB battery bank measures 6.8 inches x 3.2 inches x .9 inches and weighs about 1 pound.

What We Like!

  • Price!!! 🙂 Great for those who do not require 50% in 30 minutes fast-charging feature for iPhone 8, 8+, X.
  • Fast charging 2.4 A ports charge iPhone 7 or 6s at maximum possible speeds.
  • 12 watt fast charging is great for both iPhones and Android phones & charges devices in less than half the time of traditional 5 to 2.5 watt USB charging
  • Charges almost all Androids or iPhones from 0 to 50% in 1 hour or less.
  • Reliability and robustness
  • Scratch proof design and compact powerbank for its capacity (6.5 inches x 3.2 inches x .8 inches) with weight of 16oz.

What we do not like!

  • No QuickCharge (18 watt) charging support. The  2.4 amp and 2.1 amp ports can charging at more than twice the speed of regular 1 Amp USB ports but the speeds are lower than QC 3.0 or USB-C PD
  • No fast-charging for the power bank.  This massive powerbank will take long to charge (14 hours+), with a  2 Amp charger.  For powerbanks with this high capacity, fast recharge is useful. USB-C (~ 4.5 hours) or Quickcharge charging. (~5 hours) greatly cut the recharge time.

#3 Best 26800 mAH Power Bank for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 6s/6s plus/6/SE/5/4/4S

Best High Capacity reasonably priced powerbank for Android Smartphones

(Runner Up)

EasyAcc Monster 26000mAh Power Bank- 12 watt max

EasyAcc Monster 26000mAh Power Bank has a real capacity of 26800 mAH (higher than given on the package). This monster capacity powerbank has an innovative 2-input feature that allows you to charge the powerbank in just 8 hours using two 2 Amp input ports! This clever feature allows you to charge it in half the time taken by the RAVPower 26800 at #2 in the list.

Another distinguishing feature of EasyAcc Monster 26000mAh is its 4 dynamically adjusting USB charging ports. All the four “smart” ports automatically adjust current and can deliver fast charging current up to 2.4 Amp at a single port. Total overall power is limited to 4.8 Amp.

Such a large number of ports may allows you to charge phones for your entire family at once!

The EasyAcc Monster 26000mAh Power Bank measures 6.57 inches x 3.1 inches x 0.86 inches and weighs 1 pound.

Easyacc powerbank review and best quickcharge powerbanks
Easyacc 26000 Monster powerbank can be charged by two input USB cables at once in 8 hours flat

We are ranking it almost as equal to RAVpower 26800 even though it has a total power output of 4.8 Amp compared to 5.5 for the RAVPower 26800. EasyAcc’s Monster’s dynamically adjusting ports mean that you can plug your phone in any port for fast charging of up to 2.4 Amp per port. However, only two maximum fast charging 2.4 amp ports can be used at a time as total power is limited to 4.8 amp.

The 8 hour fast charging using dual input ports makes it twice as fast to charge than RAVPower 26800. Overall, the two powerbanks compete closely in terms of features and flexibility.

What We Like!

  • Price!!
  • Unique 4 Amp dual input that charges the powerbank in 8 hours
  • 4 dynamically adjusting ports for up to maximum 2.4 A fast charging at one port.
  • 12 watt (2.4 amp) charging gives fastest charging speeds for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, SE and good charging speed for Android phones
  • Four charging ports
  • Built-in Flashlight – a nice feature for emergency use.

What we do not like!

  • A bundled dual USB wall charger would have been very convenient.

#4 Best QuickCharge 3.0 26800 mAH Powerbank for Samsung S8, S8+, S7, Note 8, HTC U11, Sony XZ Premium
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 (with Quick Charge 3.0)

Without QC3.0       With  QC3.0
Wall Charger          Wall Charger

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 is hands down the winner when it comes to massive capacity powerbanks with support for the latest QC 3.0 input/output thanks to its smooth output and rock-solid build and finish.  The Anker PowerCore+ 26800  is a sleek and slim device measuring 7.1 inches by 3.1 inches that is just .9 inches thick. It comes with both QuickCharge 3.0 input and output. The QuickCharge 3.0 output feature charges your QuickCharge compatible smartphones up to 80% in just 30 minutes.

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800  comes with a QuickCharge 3.0 wall charger and weighs about 20.8 ounces (590 grams). Here is a list of Quickcharge compatible smartphones/tablets.  Even if your phone does not have QuickCharge compatibility, the PowerIQ feature in this battery pack senses the maximum charging current for your device and can charge at up to 3 Amps – nearly 3 times faster than a standard wall 1 Amp charger.

The QuickCharge 3.0 input feature allows you to charge your massive capacity power bank in about 6.5 hours flat!

Anker PowerCore 26800 review
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 is our pick among best high capacity power banks 

What We Like

  • The latest QuickCharge 3.0 – Both Input and Output
  • Charges iPhones  7, 7 Plus, 6s, SE and below at maximum speed.
  • Charges Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 plus, Note 8, S7, S7 Edge, HTC U11, Sony XZ Premium at maximum speed
  • 3 amp charging charges Nexus  6, 5X etc. at maximum speed
  • Slim, long and stylish design
  • Robust construction and QC 3.0 wall charger included
  • Reasonably priced considering its feature-set
  • 10 LED indicator
  • Three charging ports
  • 6A total output for simultanous charging

What We Do not like

  • No USB-C port. (USB-C PD version now available, though at a higher price. See update below.)
  • Will not charge iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 plus at fastest possible speed

Update: Anker has recently released a version of its PowerCore+26800 powerbank with USB-C PD charging port. The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD features a 30-watt USB-C/USB PD port for charging USB-C devices such as the latest Macbooks, many latest laptops, latest high-end phones such as the IPhone X, iPhone 8+, iPhone 8, & other devices such as Nintendo Switch. The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD can also be fully charged using the accompanying 27-watt USB-C wall charger in just 4.5 hours!!

Please note that the  Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD also includes support for QuickCharge 2.0 compatible charging used by phones such as Galaxy S8, S7, S6, etc. The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD  comes with a 30-watt USB-C wall charger and its ability to charge USB-C laptops and Macbooks, besides the latest USB-C phones makes it Anker’s most versatile portable charger ever and among the best portable chargers  available.

#4 Best High Capacity Powerbank for Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X

RAVPower 26800 USB-C Dual Input PowerBank

RAVPower 26800 USB-C is hands down the winner when it comes to massive capacity powerbanks that support the 3-Amp USB-C charging required for Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X phones. This powerbank also features dual inputs for charging the powerbank quickly and offers a rock-solid build and finish.

The RAVPower 26800 USB-C is a sleek looking portable charger measuring 6.8 inches by 3.2 inches that is just .79 inches thick with a weight of 16 oz. It  has a total maximum output of 5.4 amps and has 2 USB ports and one USB-C port.

The RAVPower 26800 USB-C  portable charger features a unique dual USB-C and USB input feature, meaning you can charge this massive capacity battery  in just 7-8 hours using USB-C wall charger AND regular 2 amp USB wall charger simultaneously.

26800 mah USB-C powerbank
Ravpower 26800 USB-C offers 3 amp USB-C charging at a reasonable price and in a compact format

What We Like

  • Support for 3 amp USB-C charging used by Google Nexus 6P & nexus 5x phones
  • Charges iPhones  7, 7 Plus, 6s, SE and below at maximum speed.
  • Compact and sleek design for a battery of such capacity
  • Robust build
  • Reasonably priced
  • Three charging ports
  • Slim at just .79 inches thickness
  • Dual-input charging for charges the powerbank in 8 hrs
  • Lifetime warranty after registration

What We Do not like

  • No bundled dual USB-C/USB wall charger.
  • Will not charge Galaxy S8, S7, etc. and at maximum speed (9volt @ 2 amps or 18 watt)

Please note that the   RAVPower 26800 USB-C  is not suitable for charging USB-C laptops as laptops require much higher charging currents than 15 watt. If you intend to charge Macbooks and other USB-C laptops, the best alternative is RAVPower 26800 USB PD which offers 30 watt charging for Macbooks as well as 4.5 hr charging of the Powerbank itself over USB-C.

Features
RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 USB-C PD with PD wall charger
RAVPower 26800
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 QC 3.0 with QC wall charger Anker PowerCore 26800
USB-C PD for Macbooks, Galaxy S9, S8, iPhone X, 8, 8+
iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone X, 8, 8+ USB PD fast charging 50% in 30 mins
Special Features 30 watt USB-C PD charging for Macbooks, Nintendo Switch etc. 30 watt USB-PD port for charging Macbooks, Nintendo Switch etc. Maximum 2.4 Amp fast charging. No USB-C or QC 3.0 Has QC3.0 input and output Gets charged in 7 hours using dual-input, No USB-C or QC 3.0
Time to charge the powerbank 4~5 hrs 4-5 hrs ~14 hrs 4-5 hrs ~7 hrs
QuickCharge 3.0 Support but has better 30-watt USB-C PD input/output has better 30-watt USB-C PD input/output
Number of Ports 3 3 3 3 3

22 thoughts on “Best High Capacity PowerBanks (26800 mAH+)

  1. Hello. I have smartphone Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (845 Snapdragon), Xiaomi Mi 6 (835 Snapdragon) – both smartphones support Quick Charge 3.0 and two Xiaomi wall chargers (supporting Quick Charge 3.0).

    Tell me, please, what better choice powerbank for me?

      1. Thank you for answer. Tell me, please, can I buy Anker PowerCore+ 26800 without wall power adapter? Also are Anker PowerCore+ 26800 and Anker PowerCore+ 26800 and PowerPort+ 1 the same?
        Can I charge powerbank from Xiaomi wall power adapter (from Xiaomi complect)? Is Xiaomi ZMI 10 Power Bank 20000 mAh Type-C Black (QB820) better in quality?

        1. Hi Gregory, Yes, you can buy PowerCore+ 26800 without wall power adapter (link to PowerCore+ 26800 without power adapter). Yes, you get the same powerbank in the two listings that you mentioned.

          You can fast charge PowerCore+ 26800 with the Xiaomi QC 3.0 wall adapter. Xiaomi ZMI 10 Power Bank 20000 mAh Type-C Black (QB820) powerbank is not exactly better in quality when compared to Anker powerbanks with both having similar build quality. ZMI/Xiaomi powerbanks are excellent alternatives to Anker/RAVPower . However, in the US, Anker/RAVPower, in general have better customer service at present.
          Thanks!

  2. Going on a 2 week trip abroad. hoping to buy a charger to power cell phones for movies if kids are having trouble on the flight. whats the largest charger allowable on flight in the $50 range? we have Moto G 4th generation and Samsung S7. Maximum charging is not priority, only capacity and durabilty.

    1. Hi Lalo, We recommend the EasyAcc 26000. Available within your price range, it offers massive 26000 mah capacity, which is well within the maximum allowed on flights and has plenty of ports to charge phones of entire family. It is easily the best high capacity durable powerbank available in your price range.

      Thanks!

  3. Great article. Just want to know some facts more. I am thinking of buying Anker PowerCore + 26800 PD with 30W Power delivery Charger bundle and i am using a pixel 2 xl. The catch is that the power bank will also be used charging several of my friends’ phone which includes Iphone 5s, iphone X and some other androids so is it still wise to buy the Anker PowerCore +26800 PD ? Should i switch to other models of Anker ? Most of the time it will be chargin my phone

    1. Hi Mickey, Besides Google Pixel 2 XL, Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD will also fast charge iPhone XS,X, XR etc. (thanks to 18 watt PD support), o (lder iPhones such as iPhone 7, 6s, 5s etc. (as it supports 2.1 amp charging) and also fast-charge almost all Android phones (all Androids of last few years either support PD fast charging or 2.1 amp fast charging).

      This makes PowerCore+ 26800 a safe choice for your charing requirements. Thanks!

  4. Great article. I would love if you guys could help me with my question. I need a 26800 mAh powerbank to be used solely for extended backpacking/mountain treks. It will be used to recharge phones, headlamps, tablets, laptops (if possible). The charging for the powerbank will be an Anker Powerport 21w solar charging panel. I have other powerbanks and chargers for home and travel use, this powerbank would be exclusively for use with the 21w solar charger and I would like the battery bank that will charge the quickest using the Anker 21w solar charger.

    I am not overly concerned how fast the powerbank will charge other devices since that will occur at night while I sleep, so fast charging of devices is not my interest, rather how fast I can charge the bank using the Anker solar charger is the main concern.

    1. Hi Enoch,

      If solar charging is your only priority and fast charging of the powerbank and fast-charging via the powerbank are not a priority for you, then the best ~26800 mAH powerbank that we will recommend is the EasyAcc 26000 MAH powerbank. This powerbank as excellent compatibility with Anker 21 watt solar panel, excellent 4.8 amp total output, and adequate number of ports (4) to charge multiple devices at once. Dual input charging ports further ensure that it gets charged at the fastest possible speed with the solar charger.

      In case fast-charging of phones, PD charging, and fast-charging of powerbank via wall charger in ~4 hours are also important, then the best solar-charger compatible 26800 mah powerbank that we recommend is the RAVPower 26800 PD portable charger.

      Thanks!

  5. Hi!

    Good thing I came across this site as I’m looking for a high-capacity power bank for my Samsung Galaxy Book 12 which is USB-C powered. Any recommendations? Would really need your expertise on this. Will the USB-C power delivery ports of either the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD or the RAVPower 26800 PD be capable enough to power my Galaxy Book 12?

    Thanks in advance and more power!

    1. Hi,
      The great thing about Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is that it supports both Quickcharge and USB PD charging. This is because the 18 watt “Adaptive Fast Charge” used by Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is compatible with Quickcharge 2.0. This means that both Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD and the RAVPower 26800 PD will perfectly charge your Galaxy Book 12. You can even use the much lower cost Anker Powercore+ 26800 with Quickcharge 3.0 to fast charge your Galaxy Book using a USB to USB-C cable.

      A big benefit of choosing USB PD powerbanks is that if you have an iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 plus, the USB PD powerbanks will also fast charge your iPhone X/8/ 8 Plus. USB PD powerbanks will also fast charge all Samsung phones (S9/S8/Note 9/Note 8) as well.

      If you go for the RAVPower 26800 PD and require a wall charger, we will highly recommend the Anker Powerport II 49.5W PD wall charger. This 49.5 watt wall charger will allow you to simultaneously charge your Powerbank in 4.5 hrs at maximum speed with its 30 watt USB-PD port and also fast charge the Galaxy Book 12 with its 19.5 watt QC 2.0 compatible port. This means that you have to pack just one wall charger to charge both your Galaxy Book 12 and your powerbank at the same time.

      All these powerbanks will fully charge the 5070 mAh battery of Samsung Galaxy Book 12 at least three times.
      Thanks!

  6. Hi Experts,

    Thanks for the great review on powerbanks you created, allowing us to pinpoint the exact model or brand we require.

    However I do have a question for you. Do we need a PD (30W) wall charger to fast charge the 26800MAH PD powerbanks (regardless of Anker or RAVpower)? Or any USB-C wall charger, such as the 60W 6 port USB-C RAVpower wallcharger will be able to do the job just the same?

    Many thanks!

    1. Hi,
      Yes, Fast-charging 26800mAH PD powerbanks requires a 30 watt+ USB-C PD power bank. This is because fast charging requires high input current and regular USB-C wall chargers can only deliver maximum 15 watt of charging current.

      For example, the 60 watt 6 port USB-C RAVPower wall charger can only deliver a maximum of 12 watt charging current from any port and this is not adequate to fast-charge the 26800 mah PD powerbanks. It will only slow charge the 26800 mah powerbanks in about 16+ hrs.

      However, RAVPower 5-port 60-watt USB-C PD wall charger will fast charge any 26800 mah powerbank in about 4 hours as it has a maximum output of 45 watt over USB-C PD port.

      Thanks!

  7. Hi

    Thanks for the guide, found it really useful, but looking for some advice regarding products

    I am looking for a large capacity power bank to use for motorcycle camping trips when away from mains power. The power bank will be charged on the bike during riding, and will be from either a USB socket connected to cigarette lighter socket (the socket on the bike gives out 5amp max power output), or from a direct feed to the battery which has this USB charger connected to it https://www.optimate.co.uk/products/o100-usb-charger

    At night time, the power bank will be used for charging iPhone X, iPhone 8, and also a very low power Bluetooth headset Schuberth SC1 Advanced Bluetooth headset (I have a feeling this headset draws less that 1amp when charging, as I am currently struggling to make my existing power bank stay on, without automatically turning off because it thinks the unit is charged due to low power demand). Possibly a camera too, and might be nice to be able to charge a MacBook or iPad too, but this is not critical.

    Are any of the devices you review above suitable for this application? I was erring towards the Anker Powercore+ 26,800 PD, as this would give me the fast charge for the iPhone X, and would be able to be used to charge my MacBook Pro, on the rare occasions I ever need, but reading above it is not clear if it is possible to charge this from a normal USB/cigarette lighter socket, or if it only charges from mains power/plugs?

    Any assistance or suggestions you could offer would be fantastic! I have spent hours trying to find something suitable, but manufacturers are far more interested in boasting about how powerful their units are, than they are about telling you the minimum power input required to charge, and the minimum power draw required to keep the units from turning themselves off every time you try to use them!

    Thanks

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom,

      # Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD is a good choice and it can be charged perfectly well with the Optimate O100 2.4 Amp USB charger using an USB to USB C cable. PowerCore 26800 PD can withdraw a maximum of 3 amp current over regular 5V USB but will charge fine at lower current as well such as with the O100 or any other such charger.

      # Regarding the Bluetooth headset charging, Powercore+ 26800 PD supports minimum charging current of .050 Amps (50 milliamps). It does charge my Bluetooth headset which has a powerdraw of .060 amps or 60 milliamps. I went through the Schuberth SC1 Advanced manual but could not find its power draw anywhere in it or on the web. The only powerbank that I know (and also personally use) which supports lower current draw (.020 amps/20 milliamps ) for ultra-low power devices is Mi PowerBank Pro 10000. It is not as well known as Anker/RAVPower etc. but is an excellent powerbank from the world’s #3 smartphone maker Xiaomi and one of our top picks for 10000 mAH range. I am quite confident that power draw of a bluetooth headset is unlikely to be below 20 milliamps. I will hence recommend the following:

      Buy the PowerCore 26800 PD for the high-capacity requirements and check if it charges the Schubert SC1. Most likely it should. If it does not charge the headset, then getting an additional Mi PowerBank Pro is a better (and lower cost) option than buying additional SC1 batteries/charger. Mi PowerBank Pro is a lightweight (7.8oz/225 gm), slim and pocketable portable charger (compared to PowerCore 26800 PD) and will make for an excellent backup powerbank.

      Thanks!

      PS. Please accept my apologies for the query/comment not displaying immediately. All comments automatically go for moderation due to unusually high spam comment activity. We go through all comments daily and try posting the response within 24 hrs.

  8. Hi guys love the guide.

    Any chance you could add to the comparison table a mAh/volume or a mAh/weight ratio.

    I find the biggest disadvantage of checking this kind of product online is the real life physical characteristics and feel of each bank.

    Ciao
    Marco

    1. Thanks Marco! The reason we do not give mAH to volume/weight ratios is that the mAH/weight/volume ratio for the latest powerbanks from top brands are almost same with very minor differences. For example, all top 26800 mAh powerbanks weigh about 1 pound (about 454gm) The similar levels of relative bulkiness of top powerbanks in the market means that mAH/weight ratios are not really helpful for readers while comparing.

  9. Hey guys i’m extremely confused about whether i should take the RAVPower or the anker 26800 mAh, i would really appreciate if you guys tell me which one you guys like more and regardless of the price which one is the best fit

    1. Hi Fadi, RAVPower 26800 mAh powerbanks are our top pick at the moment as they offer great build quality at very reasonable prices.
      However, if price is NOT a factor, our recommendations are –

      #If you do not need USB-C PD & if you plan to charge only iPhones only at maximum charging speed, go for RAVPower 26800. If you plan to charge latest USB-C Android smartphones at max charging speed, go for Anker 26800 as it supports 3 amp charging.

      #If you need USB-C PD and plan to charge USB-C laptops such as Macbooks, Ipads, Nintendo Switch, and USB-C smartphones, go for RAVPOwer 26800 USB-C PD

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