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The Best Rugged and Waterproof Power Banks 2020 (Review)

Going on an adventure? Take a look at our picks.


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    For adventure junkies and outdoors enthusiasts, finding a power bank to suit your needs is a tough task. Not only should a good adventure power bank have good efficiency, the correct fast charge protocols, and decent output speeds but they should also be rugged and hopefully water resistant to some extent. Additional features such as built-in lighting and compatibility with a portable solar phone charger are also a big plus. That is why we’re here to present to you the best rugged and waterproof power banks!

    Each of these packs are best in class, and most of these are equipped with the latest Power Delivery charging technology (something surprisingly hard to find in a power bank tailored to the outdoors). We have selected packs that have a wide range of battery capacity and function, Our recommended packs below are designed to ease your anxiety while you’re away from a power source, and can let you experience the best of the outdoors without much hassle!

    Best Rugged and Waterproof Power Banks

    Novoo 10000mAh Portable Charger

    BEST RUGGED 10K

    Size: 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.7 inches / 140 x 71 x 17 mm

    Weight: 280.66 g.

    Outputs per Port:

    USB-C 18W PD: (DC 5V/3A, 9V/2A)

    USB 18W: (DC 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

    Inputs per Port:

    USB-C 18W PD: (DC 5V/3A, 9V/2A)

    Micro-USB 18W TS+ Fast Charge: (DC 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

    Features: 

    1. Dual charging enabled.
    2. Built-in loop that can be clipped with a carabiner (also included in the package).
    3. Built-in LED flashlight that can be used for up to 45 hours.
    4. Shockproof.
    5. Dustproof and Water-resistant: IP67 rating.
    6. Exterior casing is a “high-grade flame-retardant plastic shell”

    Recharge: < 4 hours (using USB-C port)

    Price: $79.99

    Pros:

    1. Capable of charging two devices at the same time.
    2. Efficient fast-charging on PD-compatible devices. Provides great charging on QC-compatible smartphones. 
    3. Capable of charging tablets.
    4. Has a built-in LED flashlight that can be useful for up to 45 hours.
    5. Shockproof and dustproof.
    6. Water-resistant. Can withstand water immersion for 30 minutes (150-1000 mm deep).
    7. Exterior casing can protect the pack.

    Cons:

    1. Fast-charging for PD and QC disabled when charging two devices at the same time.
    2. PD charger adaptor is not included in the actual package. Should be purchased separately.
    3. Can’t provide great charging for laptops and notebooks.
    4. Recharge time can be a bit longer than other power banks of similar capacity.
    5. No pass-through charging.
    6. Not for lengthy camping trips due to its capacity.

    For a 10000 mAh pack, this portable charger by Novoo is impressive due to features that are not present in typical power banks in the 10,000mAh capacity. Its external casing, for instance, ensures protection for the pack. This makes the pack shockproof, dustproof, and can withstand water immersion in shallow waters for 30 minutes. It also has a commendable 18W PD output that can fast-charge PD-compatible phones such as iPhones, Google Pixel phones, and iPads using the USB-C port; and a fast-charge feature for QuickCharge (QC) 3.0-compatible smartphones such as some Samsungs and Xiaomi Mi phone models using the USB port.

    However, while it may perform well with smartphones and iPads, when charging two devices at once, you can’t fast-charge both devices. Thus, charging two devices simultaneously can only give you a standard, non-fast charging rate. In addition, this 10000 mAh pack, much like any other power banks, has a relatively small capacity. Thus, this pack is not ideal to bring on adventure trips that will last for days.

    RAVPower Rugged Power Bank 10050mAh

    BEST OVERALL 10K

    Size: 4.6 x 3 x 0.95 inches / 116.84 x 76.2 x 24.13 mm

    Weight: 300 g.

    Outputs per Port: 

    USB-C 18W PD (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

    USB (5-6V/3A, 6-9V/2A, 9-12V/1.5A)

    Inputs per Port: 

    USB-C (5V/2A, 9V/2A)

    Micro-USB (5V/2A, 9V/2A)

    Features: 

    1. Compatible for PD-devices using USB-C.
    2. Compatible for QC-devices using its USB port.
    3. Has a built-in protection feature against short-circuit, overheating, and overcharging.
    4. Has a built-in LED flashlight.
    5. Has a tough casing which is shockproof, dustproof and water-resistant: IP67 rating.

    Price: $55.07 (Price vary per shopping sites)

    Pros:

    1. Can provide fast-charging for iPhones and other PD-compatible smartphones using USB-C port.
    2. Can provide fast-charging for QC-devices such as Samsung phones and Blackberries using the USB port.
    3. Has a built-in LED flashlight.
    4. Shockproof and dustproof.
    5. Water-resistant: Can withstand water immersion for 30 minutes (150-1000 mm deep water).

    Cons:

    1. Hard to find in mainstream online shopping sites.

    Now here’s a slightly higher pack but still belongs to the 10000 mAh category. Much like every other power bank model from RAVPower, this product will definitely impress you as it is capable of providing huge amounts of power for your devices. Through its USB-C port, for instance, this pack can provide 18W worth of charge for PD-compatible devices. In addition, this pack can be utilized for fast-charging QC-compatible phones using the USB port. 

    Outside of its charging functions, this rugged power bank is definitely fit for camping and other outdoor travels. Having an IP67 rating, this pack is definitely shockproof and dustproof, and can survive after submersion in shallow waters for 30 minutes.

    Finding this product can be very challenging though, as it is not available on mainstream online sites such as Amazon. However, you can still be able to purchase this elsewhere on the Internet — particularly on more obscure and local online sites — but the price may vary. You can look this product up on this website.

    MyCharge Adventure H20 15000mAh

    BEST HANDY 15K

    Size: 7.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches / 111.76 x 60.96 x 25.15 mm

    Weight: 189.94 g.

    Outputs per Port: 2xUSB (5V/2.4A)

    Inputs per Port: USB-C (5V/2.4A)

    Features: 

    1. Dual-charging enabled.
    2. A built-in carabiner
    3. Rubberized finish.
    4. Shockproof.
    5. Dustproof and Water-resistant: IP67 rating.
    6. Supports pass-through charging
    7. The package includes USB-C to USB cable.

    Price: $59.99

    Pros:

    1. Dual-charging enabled.
    2. Shockproof and dustproof.
    3. Water-resistant: Can withstand water immersion for 30 minutes (150-1000 mm deep water).
    4. Supports pass-through charging.
    5. Has a built-in Carabiner.

    Cons:

    1. Doesn’t support any fast-charging for PD and/or QC-compatible devices. 
    2. Expensive considering its charging offers.
    3. Doesn’t have a charger adaptor.

    The MyCharge Adventure H20 15000 mAh is a handy power bank pack. Its rubberized finish makes this pack easy to carry by hand and is also shockproof, dustproof, and water-resistant to the point that it can survive water submersion for 30 minutes. Sadly, this doesn’t support any fast-charge protocols such as PD and QC. Instead, it can only provide a 12W (5V/2.4) charging rate. 

    If you’re looking for packs that offer fast-charging, this one might not be for you. However, you might want to consider its charging capacity. 15000 mAh is a step-up from the usual 10,000 mAh packs out there, and since there are no fast-charge features here, you should be able to make the most out of the pack’s charging output even in camping trips that can last for a few days!

    Panergy Solar Charger 26800mAh

    BEST AFFORDABLE 26K

    Size: 8.43 x 5.28 x 1.26 inches / 215.9 x 129.54 x 33.02 mm

    Weight: 503.49 g.

    Outputs per Port:

    USB 1 10W (5V/2A)

    USB 2 18W PD (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

    Inputs per Port:

    USB-C 18W PD (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

    Solar Input (5V/1.5W/300mah per panel)

    Features:

    1. Multi-device charging enabled.
    2. Have two built-in flashlights: two flashlights at the short edge, and a panel light.
    3. Panel light has a mosquito-repellent orange-hued light mode.
    4. Shockproof and dustproof: Outer case made from durable ABS material.
    5. Rainproof but not waterproof: IPX1.
    6. Has a solar panel feature with 1.5W input.
    7. Package includes USB-C to USB-A charging cable.

    Recharge: est. 8 hours using PD charger (adapter not included).

    Price: $35.99

    Pros:

    1. Enables simultaneous charging among its three ports.
    2. Efficient fast-charging on PD-compatible devices. Provides great charging on non-PD devices using USB ports.
    3. Have two flashlight options which are useful for certain emergencies.
    4. Panel light has an orange-hued light mode that is mosquito-repellent.
    5. Outer casing makes the pack shockproof and dustproof.
    6. Has a solar charging function.
    7. Pretty cheap considering its various charging offers.

    Cons:

    1. Rainproof but not waterproof.
    2. The solar charger should only be used for emergency purposes. Not intended as a primary power source.
    3. Longer recharge time.
    4. PD charger adapter is not included in the package. Should be purchased separately.
    5. Doesn’t charge laptops.

    A portable charger with a built-in solar panel? Now, this is interesting! You see, the Panergy 26800 mAh Solar Charger works as a power bank whose energy source is through electric currents from charging on outlets and through solar energy using its built-in solar panel which can gather up to 6W (1.5W per panel) worth of electric current. And, guess what? It only costs less than $40! This is very cheap and affordable.

    This portable charger offers great fast-charging on PD devices using its USB-C port which amounts to an output of 18W. It also has two USB ports with outputs of 10W and 18W respectively, and you can charge all three ports at once! In addition, it has two flashlight options which can be useful in emergency situations: an ultra-bright flashlight on its shorter edge, and a panel light. Fun fact: the panel light has an orange-hued light mode that can protect you and your group from mosquitos.

    Despite having a built-in solar charger, its solar charging function shouldn’t be used as your primary charging source. For one, recharging this one fully can take a very long time due to its 5V/1.2A input which makes it only functional for emergency situations. This also means that you should always plug it into electric outlets when possible using a PD charger (adapter not included). 

    In addition, when going outside, you need to handle this with extra care. The Panergy Solar Charger is rated IPX1, which means that it is rainproof, but not waterproof. Thus, it is most likely that this product will not withstand high powered jet water and even submersion in shallow waters.

    Techmaster TSBar 30000 Rugged

    BEST HEAVY DUTY 30K

    Size: 6.69 x 3.15 x 0.79 inches / 169.93 x 80.01 x 20.07 mm

    Weight: 544.31 g.

    Outputs per Port:

    USB-C 45W PD: (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)

    USB 18W TS+ Fast Charge: (5-6V/3A, 6-9V/2A, 9.2-12V/1.5A)

    USB 12W: (5V/2.4A)

    Inputs per Port:

    USB-C 45W PD: (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)

    Micro-USB 18W TS+ Fast Charge: (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

    Recharge: < 4 hours (using USB-C port)

    Features: 

    1. Built-in LED Light with four modes (High torch, low, strobe, SOS)
    2. TurboGuard Feature
    3. Shockproof: Can withstand a three-foot drop.
    4. Dustproof and Water-Resistant: IP66 rating.
    5. USB Ports are protected by plastic caps
    6. TSCable 4-in-1 Cable and Carabiner included.
    7. One-year warranty.

    Price: $79.99

    Pros:

    1. High-power fast charging for PD compatible devices using USB-C. 
    2. TS+ Fast Charge feature on USB port can provide great charging results to QuickCharge 2.0/3.0 compatible devices.
    3. Can also provide fast and efficient charging for laptops and notebooks.
    4. Shockproof, water-resistant, and dustproof.
    5. Has a built-in flashlight that can be useful in emergency situations.
    6. Shorter recharge time as compared to its 20000 mAh counterpart.
    7. Supports pass-through charging.

    Cons:

    1. Can’t be carried on board planes. Can’t pass through TSA checkpoints.
    2. PD charger is not included in the actual package and should be purchased separately.
    3. Despite being waterproof, charging ports can still get wet if these aren’t capped properly.
    4. Can’t withstand water immersion.

    Finding a portable charger that could provide fast-charging to phones, tablets, Nintendo Switches, and even laptops and notebooks? The TSBar 30000 Rugged suits your needs! Its impressive 45W PD output via USB-C can give your iPhone and much larger other PD devices a boost and its 18W USB Output with TS+ FastCharge can fast-charge QC-compatible smartphones from 0-54% in just 35 minutes. You can also use the standard USB ports for other devices that you have and can still receive an efficient 12W charge. It is also equipped with TurboGuard technology which prevents the pack and the device from overheating, overcharge, and short circuit.

    Considering its IP66 rating, this pack can withstand heavy jet water but not water immersion. In addition. While you can carry this on flights within the United States, many international flights still prohibit carrying this high-capacity power bank. Nonetheless, this is perfect for those who want power banks that can charge laptops on the go. If you want a lighter option with the same features as this one, you might want to try its 20000 mAh counterpart, the TSBar 20000 mAh Rugged. The 20000 mAh pack is $20 less expensive which is great for those who are in a tight budget. The downside is that it recharges three hours longer than the 30000 mAh pack.

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