Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

It's no secret that keeping your phone's screen, processor, mobile network and GPS ramped up for hours on end is going to kill your battery off pretty quickly, and those are precisely the things you're doing when out in the wild playing Pokémon Go. If you haven't had a need for a portable battery pack before, you definitely do now.

Since you're going out for hours on end, and you're buying the battery pack just for your gaming sessions, chances are you're more worried about capacity, ports and charging speed than you are portability and looks. We have a few solid battery packs that will offer you just that, and keep you out there catching new Pokémon without looking for a wall charger.

Update: Pokemon Go Gen 2 is out now, and it's a big deal. 80 new creatures, plenty of powerups to find, and lots of brand new reasons to get back in the game.

CHOETECH 10400 mAh Portable Charger

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CHOETECH 10400 mAh Portable Charger

CHOETECH is a name you'll see around if you've been looking at mobile batteries, and this battery pack kind of has it all. Not only do you get a USB port with Quick Charge 3.0 speeds, it also can handle 5V/3A charging for non-Quick Charge devices like the Nexus 6P. Better yet, there's a second USB port that outputs at a slower 5V/1A (slower, but better than nothing) for your friends when they come along with you.

A real distinct feature here is that there are two charging inputs on the CHOETECH battery — one Micro-USB for use with your stockpile of Android phone chargers, but also one Apple Lightning port, so you have yet another route to juice up the battery even if you don't have your usual Micro-USB cable with you.

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Anker PowerCore 10000

Anker PowerCore 10000

Anker's another name most of us know, and the PowerCore 10,000 mAh battery should be on your list if you just need one charging port and have a phone that's capable of Quick Charge 3.0 speeds. It's built well with a hard plastic shell, as you'll know if you've used any Anker battery pack, and it keeps things simple with just one USB output. You can also rest assured that you have an investment here, as Anker offers an 18-month warranty.

With this much capacity and Quick Charge on board, you'll be able to power up your phone a couple times over, even while you're actively playing Pokémon Go. If you want to go way overboard, there's a 20,000 mAh version (opens in new tab) that adds another USB output (and would likely double as a nice self defense device if you get into trouble).

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Aukey 16000 mAh Power Bank

Aukey 16000 mAh Power Bank

If you don't have a need for Quick Charge 3.0 support, you can pick up a last-generation battery pack that has just Quick Charge 2.0 and get some better value for your money. This Aukey battery is a perfect example — for the same price as the 10,000 mAh packs above, you can get 16,000 mAh in a good form factor with two USB ports. One port can handle Quick Charge 2.0 speeds, and both can put out up to 5V/2.4A to non-Quick Charge devices as well.

If you're all about capacity for the dollar and need Quick Charge 2.0 support, this is where you go. You can also save $8 and go with a 10,000 mAh size of the same battery (opens in new tab), which is a fantastic deal.

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EasyAcc Monster 26000 mAh Power Bank

EasyAcc Monster 26000 mAh Power Bank

Want to be everyone's best friend when you show up at a Pokémon hotspot? Bring a 26,000 mAh battery pack with four USB ports. This EasyAcc model is nothing special when it comes to output — max of 5V/2.4A, with no Quick Charge support — but where it gets the job done is being able to charge four devices at once, and having a massive amount of juice to fill them all up. There's even a built-in flashlight if your Pokémon Go excursion takes you into the night.

Normally a battery pack this large would take forever to charge up back at home, but this one smartly has dual Micro-USB inputs, so it can top up twice as fast when you're at a wall charger. It'll still take about eight hours to charge up (at a rate of 4A), but we're going to assume at some point you'll stop playing Pokémon Go and sleep while it's charging.

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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

104 Comments
  • Keep em coming Posted via the Android Central App
  • I LOVE IT. Hope the whiners continue to get pissed off. MOAR POKÉMON GO! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The anguish sustains me lol. Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • That signature! AHHHHHH lol Posted via the Android Central App
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  • LOLOLOL.....!!! I mean...... LOLOOOLOLOL!!!1!1ONE
  • I wonder if they're trolling us just to troll at this point. If so, well played AC...
  • That's what I was wondering Posted via the Android Central App
  • lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm pretty sure they are. Andrew doesn't normally do the SEO focused "articles".
  • Yeah, Andrew mostly does carrier stuff, and is pretty good at it too. Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Well, I played Pokemon Go for an hour and lost like 60% of my battery, so this one actually hit close to home. You need an external battery to play this game for any length of time.
  • I was thinking the same thing. Especially since this an Andrew article.
  • How is well played? So we're all just a joke here? C'mon dude. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well we are kinda a joke here, the readers have no say or influence when it comes to content. It just went downhill since the whole podcast thing, although Phil will be quick to quote numbers. Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I'm one of the most vocal commentators against them over-using SEO. I've even sent in feedback and received a response regarding a few specific articles that were blatantly misleading. So from my perspective, this was them making fun of themselves.
  • It's never a troll just to troll ;)
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  • This is hilarious Rodeo time, time to get er on down the road.
  • What is funnier is that they pushed this article back up the queue from yesterday for SEO. Also bunch of comments are getting deleted. Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • That's too bad Rodeo time, time to get er on down the road
  • Wow you did it, combine two of the worst posts possible!! Congratz!! LOL!!
  • Droid Life combined them all in one post, how hard is that?!?! http://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/11/pokemon-go-tips-and-tricks/
  • I don't have a Pokemon Go. Will this work for my Android phone?
  • ? Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Troll dude. Check username. He's saying that, because this article is labelled to be only for Pokémon go, it may not work without pokemon go. Posted via the Android Central App
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  • I see what you did there Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are these Quick Charge 3.0 external battery packs "backward compatible" with Quick Charge 2.0 devices?
    Will they provide the "fastest" charging speed available for the 2.0 devices? Thank you.
  • Yes. Quick Charge will charge at the fastest speed supported by all the devices - your power supply, USB cable and the phone. Say you have a Quick Charge 3.0 power supply and cable, but a QC 2.0 phone. The phone will receive power at QC 2.0 speeds.
  • Nice! Thank you.
  • Yup they are backward-compatible to Quick Charge 2.0 and 1.0 — they'll also work with other non-branded (but compatible) Quick Charge things like Samsung's Fast Charging.
  • Thanks for the info!
  • Is there a standard for portable power packs that applies to usb c charge speeds? I know there are lists of cables and wall plugs but I wasn't sure how portable chargers worked in that way.
  • I can't wait for the "Best Cases for Pokemon Go" article. If anything, all this junk is just underlining how utterly stupid journalism has become.
  • Yes. Exactly.
  • If anything, all this junk is just underlining how utterly stupid journalism has become. Their job is to write articles that interest their readers, like it or not Pokemon Go is incredibly popular right now. You are reading Android Central not the New York Times. The only thing utterly stupid here is comments like yours.
  • No. The problem is the chasing of money that leads them away from the core purpose of a site named Android Central. If there isn't enough readership delivering real Android news then rename the site to something general or get out of the game. I wouldn't read GameSpot and expect to see articles about the latest Android phone, much less a wholesale takeover of the content. This reminds me of cable television. Many TV channels have morphed away from their original subject matter to become something different entirely. The History Channel doesn't show history anymore. AMC certainly isn't dedicated to showing American Movie Classics anymore. TLC aka The Learning Channel is now consumed with mindless reality shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. When's the last time there was music on MTV? Independent films on IFC? Sadly, the worst of the lot is the recent decline in the Science channel. It's been flooded with shows about aliens and metaphysics. Disgraceful. This is a larger problem. AC's deterioration as a reputable tech blog is just part of it.
  • Spot on Scott Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Then leave, or just stop clicking on articles you have no interest in. Android Central has done stuff like this forever, you are either new or at one time had the ability to ignore things on the internet you didn't care about. Either way, just don't read crap that you aren't interested in. Also lol I didn't read your second paragraph because you are whining like a child but think you are being deep, stop son.
  • I've been here since November 2013 and never have seen it this bad. Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I think they are trying to thin the heard around here Rodeo time, time to get er on down the road
  • I have to agree with you on this one. They could create a forum or discussion thread of some sort like they do on Ars so that if you want all things Pokémon, then it's there for you..just sayin' On My Note 4
  • "Then leave, or just stop clicking on articles you have no interest in." It's not about clicking. It's about spamming the news feed. "Android Central has done stuff like this forever," No. They haven't. Not like this. Your rebuke would be devastating if it weren't the fact that the vast majority agree with me, son.
  • Android Central has always been about android stuff in general; hell, there's a weekly article about nothing but apps, wallpapers, stuff of the sort. Russell in particular has done quite a bit of articles on games. That's nothing new. The reason he hadn't done this many is because no game has been as popular. Now I admit, many of these articles are unneeded (this article and the Galaxy s7 articles are the ones that stick out in particular). But you can't say it's unusual, just uncommon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "But you can't say it's unusual, just uncommon." Unusual and uncommon are synonyms.
  • Unusual generally refers to the quality of an action, uncommon generally refers to how often an action occurs Posted via the Android Central App
  • No. You are wrong. They mean the same thing.
  • Codius.....for get it. Just....stop commenting, Scott #REKT you with his comment, just go take a nap. Or play Pokemon go. Posted via the Android Central App
  • All I read was blah blah blah. Its summer man, Android news is on a low and they are having fun. You must be real fun at parties
  • Is that English?
  • So you don't get invited to parties then?
  • "So you don't get invited to parties then?" Would someone obsessed with Pokemon be invited to a party?
  • +111101010101001010101010101010101010101011101010101010000000000000000000000000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. I hate the game, but I kinda laughed when I saw what they're obviously doing here. I mean, at least they have a sense of humor about it. But like you said, that pretty much does sum up the whole Journalism scene lately.
  • Guess Phil's mentality is if you can't beat em join em.... Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yup, they're in "Jumped the shark" territory here! As a long time member (5+ years) it only pushes me toward other Android sites! Don't think that's what they're aiming for but it's what they're risking.
  • They won't miss you or Scott.
  • If it were only the two of us. With each worthless article more loyal readers reach their breaking point.
  • Please go
  • No
  • Lol
  • You're missing the point here. AC does have good writers and they can provide quality content. That's what keeps me (and I'm guessing others in the same boat) coming back - to find the 1 out of every 10 "articles" that provides quality content and information. Therefore we have every right to let them know that we don't like the SEO and click bait mess in which the good articles are buried.
  • Ssshhhhhhhh* go take a nap... Posted via the Android Central App
  • What I got out of this article with my jaded thinking is that we need removable batteries back in sammy phones Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or, just "Best external battery packs" Posted via LG G5
  • SSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Of course these will work for other things, but I think that people are specifically looking for capacity and charge rate here ... whereas for general use you may be looking for other features like specific sizes or form factors. With a game like this, it's all about high mAh and high output.
  • I'm uninstalling my AC app. Had enough. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd give it another go. Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • It will stay on until I find a suitable replacement. Kinda tired of it anyway. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Uh-oh, has the first domino just fallen?! Posted via the Android Central App
  • He's definitely not the first Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Don't be thatguy... greanmachine's comment is dripping with sarcasm.