Back to School: Charge into the Semester with a New Portable Power Bank


Smartphone, tablet, and laptop use is about to shift into high gear as students prepare to juggle their work and social lives in the new school year. Prepare yourself and your gadgets with a portable power bank, or risk facing that “Shutting Down…” message at the worst possible time.

It’s been a long summer, so before we get started let’s refresh on a couple of core terms you’ll need to know. Don’t worry—there’s no quiz after this.

mAh: This is the battery’s capacity. More mAh equals more power. If your phone has a 3000mAh battery, a 6000mAh bank can charge it twice. Simple.

Amps: You’ll see 1A, 2A, 3A, and it’s all how fast that port can charge your device. Get the one that matches what your phone can handle.

Now that you’re up to speed, let’s get started with some solid portable power options from mophie and POM GEAR.

Mid-Range Power Banks

mophie powerstation: This power bank delivers 6000mAh of power that should be good for two or three phone charges, depending on your specific model. It has two USB Type-A ports that let you charge two devices simultaneously. It also features Priority+ Charging, so if you have the powerstation plugged in to recharge, your devices will get power before the powerstation does.

If you want to bump up your capacity to handle more demanding devices, or just to keep from having to recharge the powerstation 6000mAh so often, take a look at the 10,000mAh mophie powerstation XL .

mophie Powerstation XL Dual-USB 10,000mAh Battery Pack

POM GEAR Power2Go 5: The Power2Go 5 is a convenient option because it comes pre-charged and ready to go right out of the package. It offers 5000mAh of power to two USB Type-A ports. Each port offers a different amperage. One charges at 1A and the other at 2.1A.

Bump up your capacity to 10,400mAh with the Power2Go 10 and gain the ability to charge up to three devices at once. It can output at 4.4A overall, but each port can max out at 3A, giving you the ability to fast-charge a single device, if needed.

POM GEAR Power2Go 10 10,400mAh Power Bank

High-Capacity Power Banks

POM GEAR Power Plus 20: If you’re afraid everyone on campus will want to borrow your power bank, or you have a lot of power-hungry devices to feed, then maybe you should check out the Power Plus 20. It can contain 20,000mAh of power and has two USB Type-A ports. One outputs at 1A and the other at 2.1A. Charge up to two devices at once, and like all POM GEAR batteries, it comes pre-charged and ready to go.

The mophie powerstation XXL gives you the same 20,000mAh, but bumps the USB Type-A ports to three. Two of them can deliver power at 2.1A, while the third supports 1A.

mophie Powerstation XXL Three-USB 20,000mAh Battery Pack

mophie powerstation AC: This power bank covers all the bases and can fit into your backpack easily. You get a massive 22,000mAh of capacity, which you’ll need to power the USB Type-C PD port. The USB-C PD port can output up to 30W of power to demanding devices, such as a laptop. There’s even a 100W/110V AC port to cover notebooks and other devices that require a wall outlet for recharging. There’s also a USB Type-A port capable of 2.4A to charge your mobile gadgets.

Naztech VOLT Power Station: The VOLT is another AC option that can store a massive 27,000mAh of power and delivers 85W/110V to a notebook or other device that can charge via an AC outlet. It has two USB Type-A and one USB Type-C charging port, as well. If you have a smartphone that’s Fast Charge-compatible, like an iPhone 8, X, or Galaxy S9/S9+, then you can use one of the USB Type-A ports to take your device from 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. It also has a built-in LED flashlight that can come in handy when trying to find a charging cable in a messy dorm room.

Naztech Volt Power Station AC Outlet 27,000mAh Battery Pack

Power Bank + Phone Case

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s: The combination of a power bank and phone case is ideal for those who just want to make sure their smartphone has emergency power. It can also save you from carrying around a second device. This model from Apple fits the iPhone 6 and 6s and provides you with hours of additional power. Charging status and case capacity is conveniently displayed on the lock screen and in Notification Center. There’s also a Smart Battery Case for iPhone 7 owners.

Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case

mophie juice pack for Samsung Galaxy 9: Android owners aren’t left out, with the mophie juice pack. This one is designed for the Samsung Galaxy S9. Its battery has a 2070mAh capacity for around 32 hours of additional power. The back of the case features a touch-activated power button and LED status indicator. It’s also designed to not interfere with the S9’s Qi wireless charging capabilities. There’s also a version of the mophie juice pack for the Samsung Galaxy S9+.

mophie juice pack for Samsung Galaxy S9+

Charging Cables

One important accessory you should probably pick up for your new power bank is a new charging cable. It’s always handy to have a spare, just in case, and there are plenty to choose from at B&H. We’ve got you covered with micro-USB, USB Type-C, and Lighting USB cables from Belkin, Apple, and more.

Xuma 6.6' (2m) Lightning Charge & Sync Cable

Did you find a portable power product that fits your needs for the new school year? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think of our suggestions. This is just a small sampling of Power Battery Banks from B&H, so if your favorite isn’t here, I’m sure we can help you find the one that’s right for you.