I’ll admit: I am somewhat of a prepper. No I don’t have 6 months of food rations in my garage, or a bunker. But I do like to be prepared. I’ve lived through a major disaster (Hurricane Wilma) and went without running hot water and electricity for 2 weeks. So I know the struggle.
Today we won’t be focusing on how much dry rice can fit into a 50 lb drum, but portable chargers.
Like it or not, powering USB devices is a fact for preppers. Even if you have a “dumb phone” that can last 30 days, there may be scenarios where you need to recharge it. Below, we are going to compare our absolute favorite portable chargers for preppers.
The real fact is, if you want to really have a reliable backup system, you need to have a generator along with an alternative power supply (gas, propane) or a solar system.
Before we go any further, let’s do a side by side comparison of our favorite portable charger for preppers. Essentially what most of these chargers have in common are size. They can hold a lot of juice and keep your phone (or other device) charged for long periods of time.
Omnicharge 20,400 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger
The cool thing about this device, is that it started out as an Indiegogo project, and raised over $3 million dollars in about a year. What made this charger so powerful is its ability to charge “any device” with the fact that it has an AC/DC power outlet and 2 USB fast charging ports. This new brand scored a ton of really great press and already has some really solid reviews. Prior to this it was only available via website, but now you can buy it on Amazon.
It has a steep price tag and is still relatively “untested” but thus far its been making the grade.
Another really badass portable charger that has an AC outlet. This one has been around a tad longer than the Omnicharge, so it has a lot more reviews. Also in general it is about half as cheap as the Omnicharge. I personally haven’t used this charger but I am going to get my hands on it.
This bad boy has USB-C capabilities about hundreds of solid reviews on Amazon. One issue is that it is out of stock quite often, so if you want it grab it while you can. It is usually available from some “other sellers” so you can go that route as well.
Also note the RAVPower 27000 its larger counterpart is basically the same thing, with a different body style but it is larger and also includes an AC outlet.
(Our favorite) The Aukey 30,000 mAh Type C Power Bank
This monster is pretty much 1 step below a car battery. It is big, and it is heavy but it has a ton of juice. For starters, let us talk about the ports. It has 4 USB ports total
- 1 “regular” USB port for charging your devices
- 1 “quick charge” USB port for charging your devices (quickly)
- 1 micro-USB port to re-charge your portable charger
- 1 USB-C port to re-charge your portable charger
*note – you can re-charge this device using both the USB-C and the micro-USB port at the same time, to cut down on the amount of time it takes to re-charge.
It also contains an indicator light, to let you know how much juice it has left.
The power button also has a visible indicator, to let you know the status.
On the back, the device is inscribed with “30,000 mAh” along with the QC 3.0 logo.
We are not going to lie, this device is heavy, but that’s what you get with 30,000 mAh, so you just need to deal with it.