Anyone who owns a smartphone knows that you need a way to recharge it when you’re on the go. The most versatile way to ensure power away from an outlet is to carry a trusty battery pack. If you own a modern Android phone, that portable charger probably needs to support USB-C. (See our Best power banks of 2017 roundup if USB-C is not a requirement and our roundup of USB car chargers if you spend a lot of time in a vehicle.)

Of course, inexpensive battery packs abound, particularly on Amazon, with each one claiming faster charging and better efficiency than the next. To help you make an informed choice, we went out and purchased fancy testing equipment, then gathered batteries priced high and low, with capacities all over the place.

Below you’ll find our picks for various classes of USB-C battery packs, but be sure to read through our list of reviews, linked at the bottom of this page, to help you find the right battery pack for your needs.

Best overall: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

This is a tough one. After another round of testing, we again found that most of the packs tested performed well, with little to differentiate them. A battery pack not only needs to charge your devices in a timely manner, it has to charge itself without taking a lifetime. It’s not as straightforward as picking the pack with the highest capacity, most ports, or best efficiency.

That said, my overall pick has changed from the Aukey 30000 Type-C Power Bank to the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Between capacity, recharge time, charging capabilities, USB-C, and the wide range of devices it can charge—not to mention what’s included in the box—the price point is worth it (see our full review).

Yes, it’s big and bulky. But being able to quickly top off your phone while trekking through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch is worth the added weight and the price.

Most portable: iVoler Type C Power Bank 10000mAh 

The iVoler Type C Power Bank 10000mAh is my pick for the best performing, most portable battery pack. Its overall footprint is similar to a small water bottle. It has a USB-C and a USB-A port, and indicator lights to show you how much juice it has in the tank.

Quick Charge 3.0 is nowhere to be found, but in testing the Google Pixel fast-charged when connected to the USB-C port.

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