Power banks are an absolute necessity for heated clothing. While most heated gear comes with a power bank, not all of them do and it never hurts to have additional batteries in the event you end up out in the cold for longer than you expect.
Power banks are also great for charging your phone or other electronics when you are out and about. Many of the power banks we recommend can run your heated tear while also charging your phone which can be super convenient when you are out skiing, snowboarding, hunting, fishing or just wandering around town when the weather is less than ideal.
When it comes to power banks it helps to know what you are buying as well as have an understanding of the terms that relate to portable chargers. Let’s have a quick look at what you need to know before buying a power bank.
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a portable charger:
This is how much power the portable charger holds in total. This number is usually measured in milliamp hours (mAh). As an example, many pocket power banks have capacity ratings up to 10,000 mAh while larger power banks can have ratings over 20,000 mAh.
The term mAh stands for Milliamp Hours and it indicates how long a battery will last if power is drawn constantly from the power bank. As an example, a 3000 mAh battery will power a device drawing 100 mAh for 30 hours. This rating will impact how long a power bank will run your heated gear as well.
This is the amount of power that is required to recharge the power bank itself. In most cases, the battery input ranges from 1Amp up to 2.4Amps. When it comes to input, the bigger the number, the faster it will charge so a 2.4-amp power bank will charge your device twice as fast as a 1-amp portable charger.
This refers to the amount of power the charger can give to other devices, and it will impact how quickly it will charge your device. This is usually measured in amps and watts. As an example:
1 AMP/ 5WATT power bank: This will charge a smartphone and tablet but it may charge them a bit slowly, this is not the ideal power bank for charging a phone or other device.
2.4 AMP / 12WATT: A power bank with these specifications will charge most smartphones and tablets at the fastest possible speed and will easily power heated gear.
4.8 AMP / 24WATT: This is one of the fastest power bank speeds and will easily charge two tablets simultaneously.
As technology continues to change, these ratings continue to head up, leading to quicker charging times.
This is the type of socket or connector that the power bank includes. In most cases, the power bank will have more than one port. These can include a USB-C port as well as a USB-A port. In some cases, the power bank may also charge devices wirelessly.
Below are the power banks we like best. They vary in both mAh ratings as well as USB ports. One is designed for off-the-grid adventures while another one incorporates wireless charging and others are just solid well reviewed power banks that will easily run your heated gear for hours and charge electronics such as phones and tablets.
KAPURUI Power Bank Solar Charging
This power bank is a bit different than the others as it can be charged via solar in an emergency. This 36800mAh power bank will keep your electronics and heated gear running for hours and if you are out in the woods when the power bank runs dry you can sit it in the sun to charge.
The KAPURUI has two USB ports so you can run your heated gear while also charging your phone or other electronics if necessary. In addition to powering your heated gear this power bank can light up the night with two built-in flashlights and if you manage to get lost out in the woods there is a compass that will point you back in the right direction.
This power bank was designed for getting out into the wilderness, its waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and can be charged by the sun if you are desperate. There is a tradeoff for all of this durability, this power bank is a bit heavier and bulkier than our other choices but if you are going to be seriously out in the wilderness this may be the best choice.
The reviews for this power bank are excellent, as long as you charge it by plugging it into the wall. The solar charging feature probably needs to be emergencies only unless you like a very slow charging power bank. Other than that little issue, everyone loved the Kapurui and this is a great choice that you can buy with confidence.
INIU Portable Charger
The Iniu is a 20000mAh LED Display Power Bank that is powerful, long lasting and slim. As a bonus this is a two-pack deal so you get two power banks to keep your heated clothing running as well as charge your phone and other electronics.
This power bank has a 22.5W power delivery 3.0 USB C port which is an in and out port so you can charge the power bank with the as well as dual 4.0+ USB outputs so you can quickly charge two devices at the same time. The Iniu will bring the latest iPhones from 0% charge to 52% in just 25 minutes and will run your heated gear for hours. This power bank also has a built-in flashlight that can be helpful out in the dark.
One feature that we loved was the digital display that shows the exact amount of power left in the power bank, so you don’t have to guess when it is going to run dry. Once it does need to be recharged it can go from 0% to full in less than 6 hours. While this power bank is not as slim as some of the others, it is still very slim and light so you can easily carry it in a pocket.
The reviews for this power bank were outstanding with just about every reviewer giving it five stars. They loved how quickly it charged their devices as well as the digital readout and the built-in flashlight. The fact that you get two power banks with this bundle makes it a sweet deal and one that you can buy with confidence.
Anker Portable Charger
The Anker portable charger combines 10000mAh/20W power with a super slim design making it one of the most popular power banks we could find. Anker is one of the most well-respected brands in the power bank industry, producing high quality power banks at a reasonable price.
This model can fully charge an iPhone 12 twice before it needs to be plugged in again and the USB-C port can charge that iPhone 12 to 50% in just 30 minutes. The Anker also has an additional 12W USB port if you need to charge another device, or your current device doesn’t use a USB-C charging port. It takes about five hours to recharge the power bank.
This power bank will easily fit into your pocket, purse or backpack, its super slim design is only 0.6 inches thick and weighs less than half a pound. The Anker also features fireproof exterior, advanced temperature control, and overcharge protection so you could use with confidence.
The reviews for this power bank are stellar with reviewers raving about how long the power lasts as well as its slim design which makes it easy to carry around with you. This power bank will easily power any of your heated gear and keep the warmth flowing for hours.
Anker PowerCore III
The Anker PowerCore III is a 10K Wireless Portable Charger that allows you to charge your devices wirelessly or use a USB-C or USB -A port to run your heated gear. Wireless charging makes it easy to just set your phone on top of the portable charger and let it charge your phone, you can even charge your wireless earbuds.
The PowerCore can charge three devices at once with one wireless charging, and the other two being plugged into the two USB ports. You can even charge your devices while the PowerCore III is charging up so you will never struggle to charge your devices. This power bank will also run your heated gear for hours, usually via the USB-A port. It has a built-in stand to make it easy to prop your phone up while watching videos.
Anker is a very well-respected brand in the portable charging market and the reviews for the PowerCore reflect how fantastic this portable charge works. Everyone loved the slim size and weight which makes it easy to carry as well wireless charging. While there were a few complaints about the wireless charging being slowed or non-functional, Anker immediately resolved the issue by sending a new charger. This is an excellent power bank if the option for wireless charging is a feature you want.
DEWBU 7.4V Power Bank
The Dewbu power bank works with all of their heated clothing and can also be used as a simple power bank. The Dewbu is designed to be used with heated gear that requires a 7.4 5000mAh charge and uses a 4MM-interface to plug into the heated gear. It also has a USB Type-C so you can charge your phone while powering your heated gear.
The Dewbu is an excellent size that fits easily into the battery pocket in a heated gear or a purse or backpack. It has a digital readout, so you always know how much power is left in the charger and the built-in safeguard systems include over-current, overheating, overcharge, and over-voltage protections.
The reviews for this power bank were excellent with most reviewers loving the size and how long it holds a charge. One thing to remember is the 4mm plug, while this works great for some heated gear, not all heated clothing uses this type of plug so verify it works for your gear before ordering.
Miady 10000mAh Portable Charger
This Miady two-pack gives you twice the charging time with two 10000mAh battery packs for one low price. These batteries can put out 5V 2.4A which is more than enough power to run most heated gear for hours. Each of these power banks can fully charge an iPhone X 2.4 times before running out of juice so when it’s not charging your electronics it will absolutely keep your heated gear running for hours.
The Miady has two USB ports so you can be heating your coat or other gear while also charging your phone or other electronics. When it’s time to recharge the power bank, a USB-C port will have it fully charged in 5 hours. The USB-C port is for charging the power bank only, you cannot charge a device through it.
This power bank is a good size, it’s only 218 grams and 16mm thick so it will easily slip into your pocket and is easy to carry around, even if you are outside for hours. It has a grippy design making it easy to hold and gets fantastic reviews from just about everyone. Reviewers loved how long the charge on the power bank lasted as well as how quickly it charged their devices. Many reviewers also mentioned it was a great size and easy to carry.
Mophie Powerstation Power Bank
The Mophie Powerstation is a 10,000 mAh power bank that can quickly charge your devices or power your heated gear while looking great. It has a classic look with a fabric finish that really makes it stand out.
While the Powerstation looks great, it will also quickly charge your device or power your heated gears for hours. It can charge most phones 2.1 times before it needs to be recharged and the 18W USB-C power delivery output will make sure that your devices charge quickly. It also has a USB-A port so you can charge another device or charge your phone while the power bank is powering your heated gear.
This power bank is nice and slim and will easily fit in your pocket, purse or backpack as well as most battery pockets in heated clothing. It gets great reviews from just about everyone in regard to battery life, its look and how easy it is to carry. Buy this one with confidence.
ORORO Rechargeable Battery/Power Bank
This is another power bank made by a heated gear company. Ororo is a leading manufacturer of heated gear, selling heated jackets, vests and other heated products. They are very well regarded in the industry and this power bank is a good example of why they have such an excellent reputation.
This 10,000mAh @3.7V power bank will keep your heated jacket going for up to 10 hours on low. It can also charge your iPhone twice before needing a top up. It has a USB port and a USB-C port so it can charge your phone while also running your heated gear.
The size of this power bank is perfect for small pockets or an interior pocket in a heated jacket or vest. It is fairly lightweight and gets excellent reviews all the way around. While there were some defective units sent out, customer service addressed the issue quickly, sending out new power banks. Ororo is always a brand you can trust, buy this one with confidence.
TIDEWE Power Bank, Rechargeable Battery
This power bank is actually from heated clothing maker TIDEWE so you know it will work great in heated gear. It also works as a power bank for charging your phone and other electronics.
The TIDWE is one of the lighter power banks we found, coming in at 6.7oz. It has a capacity of 10000mAh, which can run your heated gear for up to 10 hours on low or recharge your iPhone 12 a total of 2.2 times before you need to charge it up again. The 5V/ 2A dual micro type-c input design enables you to fully charge this battery pack in 3-4 hours.
This portable charger has 2 USB ports that push the power out at 5V/2.4A. This power bank can be used in any TIDEWE vest, coat or other heated products or simply as a portable charger to keep your phone charged when you are out and about. The 2 USB ports allow you to power your heated gear while also charging your phone.
Reviewers loved the size of this power bank and said it worked great in their TIDWE coats but some had an issue with how long it held a charge. If you have a TIDWE product this is an excellent choice, but if you just want to charge your phone there are probably better choices.
iHood Rechargeable Battery/Power Bank
The iHood power bank comes from the same manufacturer as the iHood Vest, which is one of our favorite heated vests. This 7.4V, 14400mAh power bank will run your heated gear for approximately 9.5 on low, 6.5 hours on medium, or 4.5 hours on high. It can also charge your electronics with two USB ports as well as a USB-C port.
The iHood is a great size, fitting great in heated gear as well as a purse or jacket pocket. The reviews for this power bank were excellent with most reviewers raving about how long it will crank out the power. Reviewers also love the digital readout which makes it easy to know exactly how much power you have remaining. Regardless of whether you need to power heated gear or just charge your phone on the go, this power bank is an excellent choice.