Choosing The Right Portable Backup Battery for Your iPhone And iPad

September 08, 2014


Battery drain has always been a issue for iPhone users. Despite Apple's continuous effort to increase battery life, the abundant range of apps available in the App Store nowadays makes it so hard for people to put their phones down. Extra juice has become almost a necessity for today's mobile lifestyle. Today we are reviewing 10 quality backup batteries from 4 renown brands and help you find the right one that suits your needs.
A fresh face in the battery arena. But make no mistake, the PowerPacks are as sophisticated as the brand's name suggests. Manifesting itself as the crossroad of design, technology and heritage, Swiss Mobility gained immediate attention in the market with it's great features and moderate price tags.
The bestseller in the family. This compact, yet capable battery comes with an impressive IP63 dust and water resistant rating. Powerful enough to charge your iPhone for 3-4 times, this battery is built for your adventurous lifestyle.
Pros: 
  • Water and durst resistant
  • Built-in safety lights and lanyard slot
  • Dual port design (1A & 2.1A)
  • Tablet charging
  • Competitive price 
Cons:
  • Limited tech support from the company
  • BYO lightning cable required
  • Doesn't look sexy enough
Being the bigger brother of the 6000, PowerPack 10000 is capable of keeping our iDevices alive for a long trip. Packed with customer oriented details such as a lanyard slot and safety light, this gadget is perfect for your next weekend away.
Pros: 
  • 10000mAh high capacity 
  • Built-in safety lights and lanyard slot
  • Dual port design (1A & 2.1A)
  • Tablet charging
  • Cheaper than other 10000mAh batteries
Cons:
  • Limited tech support from the company
  • BYO lightning cable required
  • Doesn't look sexy enough
A company well known for their revolutionary induction charing solution for Apple's input peripherals, Mobee shifted it's focus to mobile devices since last year and rolled out a few iPhone oriented battery products. The most outstanding feature of Mobee's mobile battery is that it inherited the wireless charging technology the company had for years.
This is one of the very first battery that matches Apple's requirement for 2.4Amp output. Along with it's induction charging feature and Applesque appearance, this gadget is a must have who those crave for a niche travel companion.
Pros:
  • Apple-like design
  • 2.4A high output for speed charging
  • Inductive charging option (base not included)

 

Cons:
  • Single port
  • BYO lightning cable required 
 
 
 
Founded by an unconventional young entrepreneur during the iPod wave and later being redirected to become the pioneer of the integrated battery case category, Mophie has firmly established it's brand image in the premium Apple accessories market. Sold in every single Apple retail store, the brand offers a range of quality charging solutions for Apple users. 
 
Designed with ultra portability in mind, the Power Reserve is small enough to be chained with your keys, yet powerful enough to give your dying iPhone that extra kick when it's urgent.
Pros:
  • Integrated keychain ring
  • Ultra portability
  • Built-in lightning connector
  • 3 different colour options
Cons:
  • Low capacity
  • Pricy for a little gadget
A slim yet powerful battery that suits everyone. With a dual-port design and 6000mAh capacity, this gadget can charge two devices at the same time, including an iPad. With the sexy aluminum finish and sleek design, PowerStation DUO complements the look of your hot iDevices.
Pros:
  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Dual port configuration (1A & 2.1A)
  • Tablet charging
  • Available in black and white
Cons:
  • BYO lightning cable required
  • $$$$
If you are after a rugged yet elegant battery pack for your next adventure, then look no more. Built with solid aluminum and steel construction and impact resistant exterior, PowerStation PRO is made to sustain the harshest condition. 
Pros:
  • Impact resistant
  • Tablet charging
  • Available in black and orange
  • tough yet elegant design
Cons:
  • Doesn't support simultaneous charging
  • Bulky and heavy
  • BYO lightning cable required
As it's name suggests, PS XL is an absolute powerhouse for your hungry devices, With 12000mAh battery capacity, this powerful yet beautiful gadget is a must have for people who travels a lot with their iPhone and iPad.
Pros:
  • Large capacity
  • High output dual port configuration (2 x 2.1A)
  • Apple-like elegance
  • Tablet charging
Cons:
  • BYO Lightning cable required
A brand that differentiates itself from others by innovation and dedication, Moshi jumps into the battery arena not long ago with it's IonBank series. The design is simple and Apple like, but what really sets the product apart and justifies it's price tag is the higher grade lithium battery cells under the hood. Yet Moshi's innovation doesn't stop here. The IonBanks can allegedly detect and deliver optimal charging for different devices using its DPS (Dynamic Power Sharing) technology. 
Designed with an integrated Lightning cable, it allows users to charge their devices with convenience. There's also a built-in USB port that can be used to charge a second device. With DPS and high grade lithium cells, IonBank is surely the most innovative battery in the market. With a total out put of 10W, it allows users to charge 1 iPad and 1 iPhone simultaneously on either ports.
Pros:
  • Integrated Lightning connector
  • DPS technology for optimal charging
  • Ultra durable high grade lithium cells
  • USB port for second device charging
Cons:
  • $$$$$
10K is the big brother of 5K. With the same premium lithium cells, intelligent DPS technology, and travel pouch, IonBank is 10K is perfect for Apple geeks on the go. It is also one of few batteries in the market that allows users to charge 2 iPads simultaneously on either ports.
Pros: 
  • High capacity
  • DPS technology
  • Ultra durable high grade lithium cells
  • High output dual port configuration (2 x 2.1A)
  • Convenient travel pouch
Cons:
  • BYO Lightning cable required
A market leader in outdoor Bluetooth speakers, Braven has recently release it's water resistant smart battery series. Strongly influenced by the brand's successful rugged speaker lineups, Braven's portable batteries are packed with features not seen anywhere else.
Designed exclusively for outdoor usage, BRV-BANK has attracted lots of attention as soon as it's released. Except being a powerful dual-port battery with 2.4A high output, it is the only battery in the market that can be controlled via Bluetooth and is IPX5 water resistant at the same time. A detachable LED light and lanyard make it a perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure.
Pros:
  • Smart Bluetooth control
  • 2.4A high speed charging
  • Dual port configuration (1A & 2.4A)
  • IPX5 water resistant
  • Detachable LED light and lanyard
  • Available in black/cyan and grey/pink
Cons:
  • BYO Lightning cable required
  • $$$$$
 
 
 
 

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