Review: Griffin's Best Portable Chargers for iPhone

If you can't find a Power Bank (starting at $19.99) from Griffin that meets your needs, you're just not trying! The company has a wide variety of portable chargers, all reasonably priced, starting at around $20 for 2,600 mAh of power up to $45 for a 18,200 mAh power bank capable of charging your iPad several times over. It is about the size of a VHS tape, for those of you who remember VCRs!

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The Survivor Rugged Power Banks come in 3,000, 6,000, and 10,050 mAh capacities and have a nice textured rubber grip and flaps that can protect the ports from the elements. but these rugged portable charger features don't add much to the price, which start at $29.99 for the 3,000 mAh version. The larger capacity Survivor and Reserve Power Bank (with capacity up to 18,200 mAh) models have two USB ports in addition to the microUSB port used to charge the portable phone charger itself; however, none of the portable chargers have have an integrated Lightning cable, though Griffin will be happy to sell you one separately. There's also no digital display, so you don't know if you have 26 percent or 49 percent battery power left, which can be a big difference for an 18,200 mAh power bank. It also takes a long time to charge such a big battery; but if you plan ahead and charge it overnight, you should have plenty of power for even the longest flight!

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Wide variety of sizes and capacities
  • Rugged options
  • Up to 18,200 mAh battery capacity

Cons

  • Lightning cable sold separately
  • No digital display

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a power bank, Griffin has a variety of affordable, well-designed models.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.