The Best Portable Power Banks for Backpacking and Hiking
Having a power bank when you are backpacking or hiking can be a really important piece of your gear. Being able to charge your smartphone or tablet when there is no power outlet available can be a lifesaver. There are a lot of options for consumers but unfortunately, most of the power banks are not good enough to have as a fail safe should there be an emergency. We have researched loads of power banks and have come up with 5 that we love and would like to recommend.
What to consider when buying a power bank for hiking and backpacking
- Weight, you want as lightweight as possible.
- Low idle drain on the internal battery. The battery should not lose any significant charge over a couple of days.
- Weather- and water-proof. At the very least it should be rainproof.
- Capacity, aim to get a power bank that can charge your device at least three times.
- USB output ports, more than one is desirable.
Dark Energy Poseidon
This portable power bank is nicknamed the virtually indestructible battery, the Poseidon is engineered to be nearly unbreakable. Certified with the highest waterproof rating of IP68 and able to endure crushing pressures in excess of 1,000lbs. The Poseidon is extremely efficient and able to retain over 80% of its power over three years. For being one of the most compact portable chargers on the market, the Poseidon packs an good enough amount of power. Able to power multiple devices at once and charge an average smartphone 3-5 times on one charge. The Poseidon is able to recharge from 0% to 100% overnight. We consider this to be the best battery pack for backpacking. There are others that have better capacity but they do not come close to being as lightweight and compact
Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 3.5 in (152 x 20 x 89 mm)
Weight: 11.2 oz (317.5 g)
Capacity: 10,000 mAh
Ports: 2 USB
Output: 3.4 A
- Extremely durable
- Very compact and lightweight
- Quick recharge times
EasyAcc Rugged Outdoor Power Bank
Weatherproof. Dustproof. Shockproof: Can be immersed under 1 meter water for 30 minutes. With an IP67 rating and rugged design, the power bank effectively resists water, mud or bumps in outdoor activities (with waterproof lid closed). This is the largest power bank of the article, 20000mAh rechargeable lithium battery packs 7 charges of an iPhone 6s, or 5 charges of a Galaxy S6. With combined current of 3.4A, the power bank charges your device at full speed at up to 2.4A. The 2A input allows fastest full charge for the power bank itself overnight (about 12 hours). Industrial-grade plastic and screws ensure build quality. CE, FCC, RoHS certified. Multiple circuit protection prevents short circuit, over-discharging and over-charging.
Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.5 x 1.2 in (160 x 89 x 31 mm)
Weight: 1.23 lbs (558 g)
Capacity: 20 000 mAh
Ports: 2 USB
Output: 3.4 A Max
- Very durable
- Great capacity 20 000 mAh
- Quick recharge times
- Not ultra lightweight
Jackery Armor Power Bank
Jackery Armor is designed for Outdoor, A waterproof, shockproof and dust-proof power bank. UL certified Safety: featuring UL certified battery cells, with professional management system, Jackery ensures comprehensive protection for you and your devices. Made of durable and reliable ABS+PC material, Designed to be snow proof, dirt proof, drop proof, and water proof IP67. Jackery is very lightweight although not very compact. As an added bonus this power bank has both a compass and a LED flashlight. We consider this power bank a very solid budget pick.
Dimension: 3.98 x 2.54 x 1.06 in (101 x 65 x 27 mm)
Weight: 0.49 lbs (222 g)
Capacity: 9000 mAh
Output: 5V / 2A
Ports: 1 USB Output: 5V / 2.1A
- Bonus accessories
- Smaller capacity: 9000 mAh
- Somewhat bulky design
- Only one USB output port
GiDgat Solar Charger- Power Bank
Built-in lithium polymer battery equipped with a compact solar panel, for emergency charging. It is lightweight, compact, reliable, with a long lifespan of more than 500 recharges. Battery hold enough power to charge an iPhone as much as 2 to 4 times. Five light indicators show battery status and solar charging. Bright 21 LEDs flashlights. Perfect in darkness, emergencies, and for outdoors use such as backpacking, hiking, etc. Hands-free, weatherproof, dust-proof, shock resistant, non-slip design. Goodfor camping, hiking, backpacking , climbing and other outdoor activities. This power bank has 3 USB ports only two of them has the 2A output though. You should note that smaller solar chargers like the one on this device is far from enough to charge the internal battery. It will simply decrease the rate the battery gets drained. We really recommend a more powerful portable solar charger, you can read this article for more info Best solar chargers for backpacking and hiking
Weight: 0.48 lbs (220g)
Size: 5.61 x 3.0 x 0.80 in (143 x 76 x 22 mm)
USB ports: 3
Output 1: 5V 1A
Output 2: 5V 2A
Output 3 :5V 2A
Solar Charging: 5V 200mA
- 3 USB ports
- Solar charger - although very weak still good to have
- Smaller capacity 8000 mAh
- Not as durable or weatherproof as the other options
What weather conditions and environment you want to be able to use your power bank in and how much capacity you need is what decides which is the best portable power bank for backpacking and hiking. If you only need to charge one device and are not going to treat it too rough we recommend Jackery Armor Power Bank. If capacity and charging more than one device at once is important EasyAcc Rugged Outdoor Power Bank is a solid pick! Best of the best and the pick we really love here at Jungle Sentry is Dark Energy Poseidon. So small and so durable still with great capacity this really is the top pick. The only downside with Dark Energy Poseidon is the price.