- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 9/22/2022
If you're someone who is constantly on the go, keeping your phone charged can be a bit of a challenge. After all, your battery only has a limited amount of power available and with how reliant we are on our devices these days, you can blow through that pretty quickly. If your phone is constantly running out of juice, it may be time to pick up a portable charger. Learn about your portable charging options at Batteries Plus and find out how to choose a portable charger that's compatible with your phone.
When shopping for a portable charger, quality is very important. High-quality chargers are designed with safety systems in place to prevent them from causing damage to your phone. Low-cost or counterfeit chargers often don't provide these same safety features.
The easiest way to tell the difference between a high and low-quality portable charger is by reading the fine print. High-quality chargers will provide information about their design and performance capabilities. They also typically provide safety guarantees and warranties. If the charger you're looking at doesn't provide any of those things, it's best to look elsewhere.
When shopping for a portable charger, you want to be sure that the model you select is compatible with your phone. In order to do that, you need to pay attention to something called milliamp-hours (mAh). Milliamp-hours measure electric power over time, with a higher number of mAh equalling a greater amount of power.
Start by finding out the number of mAh that your phone has. Let's use a Samsung Galaxy S8 as an example. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery. When shopping for a portable charger, be sure that the one you select has more milli-amp hours than your phone, otherwise, your phone won't receive a full charge. In this case, you'll want a charger with more than 3,000 mAh.
The number of milli-amp hours will also determine how often you can use the charger before it needs to be recharged. So, if you purchase a 10,000 mAh charger, you will be able to charge your Galaxy S8 three full times before recharging the charger itself.
Here is a brief look at the different types of portable chargers available at Batteries Plus.
These chargers allow you to charge your Qi enabled devices without the hassle of cords and connectors.
Goal Zero products enable you to collect solar energy using portable solar panels and store it in a portable power bank.
Car chargers allow you to charge up your phone using the auxiliary power outlet (cigarette lighter) on your car.
If you're looking for phone cases, accessories or spare charging cords, you'll find everything you need on our Phone Essentials Page. Batteries Plus also offers fast, expert battery replacement and cell phone repair service. It's easy to schedule an iPhone, Samsung or other model phone repair appointment online. Don't feel like scheduling ahead? That's fine. Just stop into your nearest Batteries Plus location when it's most convenient for you.