Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

The Best Ultra-Compact Portable Phone Chargers

posted by Suzanne Kantra on October 16, 2020

My family of five has a lot of portable chargers in a wide range of sizes and capacities. But the ones that we use the most are the tiny pocketable ones. They fit in a pants pocket or clutch along with the phone and barely add any weight. While these tiny chargers deliver at best a full phone charge, they're often a better choice than a bigger, higher-capacity charger. Here are my favorite portable chargers, one of which is bound to suit your needs.



If you want to always carry a charger for emergency battery top-offs, look no further than the TravelCard. Measuring just 3.6 by 2.4 by 0.2 inches and weighing a mere 1.9 ounces, the TravelCard is built to easily fit in your wallet. The charging cables are built-in. You can choose from a model with a built-in lightning, USB-C, or microUSB connector. The downside is capacity. It doesn't support quick charging and it has a small 1500mAh battery, which means it only delivers a third to half a charge to most smartphones. But it's enough to get you through an emergency. Choose from eight colors: black, red, blue, light blue, gray, silver, gold and green.

Price: $29.00 on

Anker PowerCore+ mini

Anker PowerCore+ mini

The Anker PowerCore+ mini is considered a lipstick charger at just 3.7 by 0.9 by 0.9 inch and 2.7 ounces. Packed inside is a 3350mAh battery, which will provide a full charge for most smartphones, including the iPhone 8. It has adaptive charging to deliver the fastest charge up to 1 amp and Anker's MultiProtect Safety System to ensure your phone is safeguarded against shorts and surges while charging. An LED light lets you know how much juice is left, so you don't walk out the door with a dead charger. Available in black, gold, silver, pink and blue.

If you're willing to carry a slightly larger charger (4.2 by 1.3 by 1.3 inches and 4.8 ounces), the PowerCore 5000 packs a 5000mAh battery, which fully charges all smartphones and adds quick charging at up to 2 amps. 

Price: PowerCore+ mini is $16.99 on Anker (check price on Amazon), PowerCore 5000 is $19.99 on Anker (check price on Amazon)

Don't forget the short charging cable

When you're trying to stuff a tiny charger in your pocket, the last thing you want is to have to do is find room for a three or six-foot cable. You can buy a four-inch lightning, microUSB or USB-C cable for less than $10 that's perfect for the job. I like the AmazonBasics lightning cable, the Anker PowerLine Micro USB and CableCreation USB-C to USB.

[Image credit: Anker, TravelCard]


Phone Accessories, Phones and Mobile, Guides & Reviews, Top Picks

Discussion loading


From Irene Gates on August 08, 2018 :: 2:00 pm

I am surprised these little chargers were not mentioned.They come in a LOT of sizes,2000 mah,4000 mah,up to 35000 .They are pocket sizes,the first two are under 10.00,the biggest under 30.00.Available on ebay,amazon,etc.


Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.