Best Waterproof Power Banks For Travel in 2018

Best Waterproof Power Banks For Travel in 2018

best waterproof power banks for travel

Best Waterproof Power Banks For Travel in 2018

For the backpackers, travelers, and digital nomads of today, technology is a staple that cannot be ignored. Whether it be a smartphone, tablet, laptop or camera, they all need a supply of power to run. Finding that power supply is not always easy in remote places which is why we recommend getting one of these best waterproof power banks to keep you going along the way.

As someone who resisted smart phones for about 5 years or more, since I started using one I really appreciate how easy it is to stay in touch with people. This is especially true when I am traveling and either need to make plans on the fly or keep in touch with people at home – the phone is crucial to making this happen. It doesn’t take long to realize that the battery runs out pretty fast and so a power bank is essential for traveling.

Having relied on my smartphone to get me out of sticky situations on the road many times before, I can say that a power bank is one of the most well-used items in my backpack. Not only are the best waterproof power banks ideal for backpacking but they actually come in handy more often than you might think on a daily basis. Maybe you forgot to charge your phone last night and need to use it in the morning? No problem, just use your power bank.

Features to Look for

There are a few things to take into consideration when choosing the best waterproof power bank for you and it is not always clear what they mean. Below is a breakdown of some of the features to look out for and what they mean in terms of performance. Bigger doesn’t always mean better but if you have specific requirements then this power bank guide should help you figure out the specs.

Capacity

Capacity is the amount of power that can be charged and stored in the unit and is measured in mAh (milliamp hour). To give you an idea of what to look for I would say that anything below 5,000 mAh will likely be too small for your needs and anything over 20,000 mAh would be considered to have a very large capacity. I personally like to mix and match a large and a small power bank on longer backpacking trips but a medium sized power bank for travel works well too (12,000 mAh – 18,000 mAh).

Charge Cycles

This relates directly to the capacity but is worth knowing before you buy. For example, you might get 3 full charges of a smartphone but only one charge of a laptop. Knowing what you can expect to get out of a portable battery pack is important and can often be estimated fairly accurately using the capacity rating.

Charge Time

‘The larger the capacity of the battery the longer it takes to charge’ is a fair enough statement to make. But some batteries are notoriously slower than others and understanding how long it will take to recharge your power bank is good to know before you buy. Most brands make the charge time available in the specifications but if not you can usually read some Amazon reviews to find out.

IP Rating – Waterproof, Shock and Dust Resistance

Ingress Protection or IP Rating is the standard referencing system for the level of dust and water protection on a device. The first number refers to solid particle protection (dust) and the second refers to liquid ingress protection (water). As you can see from the chart below, an IP68 would be the highest possible rating. However, most of the best waterproof power banks are rated to IP67 which is more than enough protection for rugged outdoor use.

Power Bank IP Rating Meaning

Size

The size of the unit can be important for people who are short of space in their back pack or plan on keeping it in their pockets at times. You don’t really want to be carrying a big old brick of a battery around with you anyway. Most power banks are very compact and portable but if you check the dimensions before you buy there won’t be any surprises when it arrives

Weight

Much like the size of the power bank, the weight can be an important factor for lightweight packers and distance hikers who cannot afford the extra weight. Sometimes, two small power banks can weigh less than 1 large power bank of the same combined capacity which can be worth taking into account.

Input and Output Ports

How does it charge and how does it recharge? How many output sockets are there? Can they be used more than one at a time? What is the amp output? If you have a specific use in mind for the rugged power bank then you should make sure that it has the ability to fulfill that task before you buy.

Torch

Some power banks have an in-built LED torch which is a fantastic benefit to have in your bag and used as a flashlight alone would last a very long time. Even a small charge display can be a big advantage as knowing how much power you have left allows you to ration it better.

Best Waterproof Power Banks For Travel


Dark Energy Poseidon 10,000 mAh Waterproof Power Bank

Dark Energy Poseidon 10,000 mAh Waterproof Power Bank

Capacity: 10,000 mAh

Waterproof Rating: IP68

The Dark Energy Poseidon Waterproof Power Bank is our number one choice for traveling because of the fact that it almost indestructible. With the highest possible IP rating, you can be sure that this portable battery pack will work no matter where you take it. The 10,000 mAh battery can charge most smart phones three to six times and will recharge in just over a couple of hours. Featuring a built-in light and two charging ports with 3.4 amp output.

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Hobest 12,000 mAh Waterproof Solar Charger Power Bank

Hobest 12,000 mAh Waterproof Solar Charger Power Bank

Capacity: 12,000 mAh

Waterproof Rating: Unknown

The Hobest Solar Charger is one of the best waterproof power banks for outdoor enthusiasts because not only can it hold enough charge to charge your phone up 3 or more times, it can also be recharged using the sun. But the features don’t end there. Dual charging ports with 1A and 2.1A outputs for smartphones and tablets, LED power level display, and dual LED torch lights with three modes. The casing is tough and sold as waterproof but no IP rating is given.

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EasyAcc 20,000 mAh Rugged Outdoor Power Bank 

EasyAcc 20,000 mAh Rugged Outdoor Power Bank 

Capacity: 20,000 mAh

Waterproof Rating: IP67

The EasyAcc 20,000 mAh rugged outdoor power bank is our close third choice because of its larger capacity and overall reliability. It has been around for a while and is trusted by many outdoor people to charge their personal electronics on the go. Ideal for multiple devices like your smartphone, GPS tracker, and GoPro camera. With dual charging ports and a built-in LED light you have some great features to work with. With the 20,000 mAh capacity you can expect to charge any smartphone at least five to seven times as well as being big enough to charge iPad’s and tablets up to two times.

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FosPower PowerActive 10,200 mAh Power Bank

 

 

FosPower PowerActive 10,200 mAh Power Bank

 

Capacity: 10,200 mAh

Waterproof Rating: IP67

The FosPower PowerActive portable USB charger is a rugged waterproof power bank that is great for outdoor use and backpacking. The tough casing can withstand drops of up to 1 meter and has been tested to stay watertight under 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. A built in flashlight helps to find cables at night as well as light the way to the bathroom in crowded hostel rooms. At just 7.7 ounces it is compact to fit in your pocket or can be attached to your bag with the carabiner/compass that’s included without fear of breaking it.

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Unifun 10,400 mAh Waterproof External Battery Power Bank

Unifun 10,400 mAh Waterproof External Battery Power Bank

Capacity: 10,400 mAh

Waterproof Rating: IP66

The Unifun 10.400 mAh waterproof power bank has been around for a while now and featured on our previous list of power banks. It is still one of the best waterproof power banks for sale and is now even cheaper than it was before. Dust, shock, and waterproof to a high level, the battery is plenty big enough for 3-5 day adventures into the wild and the wide lense LED torch helps on a night. A nice cheap option for chucking in your rucksack on day trips and overnighters and easy to spot so less likely to get lost in the woods.

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RAVPower Battery Pack 10,050 mAh Outdoor Portable Charger

RAVPower Battery Pack 10,050 mAh Outdoor Portable Charger

Capacity: 10,050 mAh

Waterproof Rating: IP66

The RAPower Battery pack is a decent portable charger for the money and can be coupled with another small battery to beef up your supplies. Much like the other waterproof power banks on this list, there are dual USB output slots of 2.4A and 1A for smartphones/tablets, a small LED torch, battery indicator and saftey features. Two things that the RAVPower has going for it are its small size and the large loop at the top is really useful for attaching it to your bag.

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Digital-Kingdom 20,000 mAh Solar Charger Power Bank (Honourable Mention)

Digital Kingdom 20,000 mAh Solar Charger Power Bank

Capacity: 20,000 mAh

Waterproof Rating: Not waterproof

This device isn’t waterproof and doesn#t really belong on this list but it does deserve an honorable mention. The Digital-Kingdom Solar Charger Power Bank is perfect for outdoor use because it can be replenished without having to plug into the grid. With a massive 20,000 mAh capacity and the means to recharge in cases of emergency, this is the complete package you need for your backpack. Also boasting dual USB ports, built in compass on the back, and a powerful dual LED torch with multiple settings, this is more than your average power bank. The only downside is that it isn’t waterproof.

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