One of the pleasures of heading out into the wild is having a chance to disconnect, and get back to nature. But there are still occasions when we require technology, and travelling off the beaten track is dangerous without a way of communicating.
However, we very rarely stumble across outlets in the wilderness.
In that case, you need a power bank. And you may want a power bank with some extra protections. If you plan on hiking trails, heading to the seaside, or even on a trip to the local pool, you need a waterproof and rugged power bank.
To help you find the right power bank, we’ve put together this list of rugged and waterproof portable chargers. They’re arranged from least to most power, so you can find a power bank that provides a consistent charge throughout your trip.
OUR TOP PICK
Starting with the least powerful of our options, the myCharge 6700mAh portable power bank is a fantastic choice for day trips and weekends. The average smartphone can get up to 4x extra battery with this compact power bank.
It might seem small, but this portable power bank is well-prepared to handle the elements. IP67 rated, the power bank can be submerged in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.
There’s also a rubberized finish, to protect against accidents and spills. Dirt-proof and drop-proof, there’s plenty of protection for intense days out.
The myCharge power bank comes with 2 sealed USB-A ports, allowing different devices to be charged at the same time.
Lightweight and strong, this is a great option for keeping on hand.
- IP67 rated - Waterproof and submersible.
- Included carabiner - Clip into your backpack, for hands-free use.
- Rubberized finish - Protects against drops and accidents.
- Less power - 6700mAh is decent, but lacks the capacity needed for longer trips.
The impressive Novoo portable charger provides fast charge at a low price. Waterproof, shockproof, and dust-proof, the protected pack is ideal for longer trips, and overnight stays.
With the USB-C power port, the user can charge an iPhone 11 from 0% to 50% in just half an hour, while the pack itself can be fully charged in just 4 hours.
The Novoo has a few additional features to sweeten the deal. A built-in flashlight has up to 45 hours of use, and the carabiner clip allows the pack to be attached to a backpack or belt.
Despite the many features, the Novoo remains small and portable. It can be easily slipped into a pocket, and the textured finish prevents the power bank from slipping around.
- IP67 waterproof rating - Submersible for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
- Protective cover - Shockproof and dust-proof, great for use on trails.
- Built-in flashlight - Reduce the carry load with this 2-in-1 power pack.
- Weak carabiner - For a rugged charger, the attached clip is surprisingly breakable.
The FosPower power bank is a stylish and rugged charger, designed for camping trips. A tough finish provides the power pack with strength in adverse weather conditions, so you always have back up power on hand.
IP67 waterproof resistance allows the charger to be submerged in water for 30 minutes without suffering from damage.
The sturdy outer casing is drop-proof, and guaranteed to withstand a fall from 1 meter. So you can hand this one to the kids, and not worry about dents and scratches affecting performance.
Safe to use, the FosPower charger has built-in short-circuit, over-charge, and overheat protection.
- IP67 waterproof rating - Tested for waterproofing, can withstand 30 minutes at 1 meter deep.
- Snow-proof - Waterproofing and a tough outer shell make this power bank ideal for hitting the slopes.
- Compass and flashlight - Additional features for campers.
- Compass is low quality - While the rest of the power bank is well constructed, the compass feels cheap.
There are some clear advantages to the solar charger, with the most obvious being continuous charging. As long as you have regular access to sunshine, it’s possible to rely solely on solar power to charge your devices.
The Blavor solar power bank has several foldable panels, designed to catch as much sunlight as possible. The four foldable panels can produce a maximum of 1.2A current, recharging the bank via sunlight alone.
Blavor combines the solar charging with a fast charge capability, auto-pairing your device with the best charge level.
The Blavor power bank has IPX5 waterproofing, protecting against a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray. This means the charger can’t be submerged, but can resist showers and splashes.
- 4 solar panels - Charge on the go with solar power providing energy.
- Flashlight - Three light modes allow you to use the charger as a flashlight and SOS light.
- Fast charge - Charge an iPhone 11 Pro to 50% in just 30 minutes.
- Bulky - To accommodate the solar panels, this is a larger power bank.
The 25,00mAh provided by this OUTXE power bank could be enough to keep your cell phone charged for a week. Perfect for those long adventures, when you may not touch base for a while.
IP67 waterproofing, dust-proofing, and even crush-proofing, come together to create a power bank for serious exploration. And with a 2W Solar power unit, this is a power bank that really can last.
Qi enabled, you don’t need additional wires to get tangled up in as you explore. The power bank can also support quick charging, so your phone is ready to go as soon as you are.
The OUTXE is also suitable for flight, but only just. At 25,000mAh, this power bank can be taken on a plane.
- IP67 waterproof rating - Can withstand water 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.
- Qi enabled - Charge without wires.
- Simultaneous charging - Provides power for 3 devices at once.
- Poor solar - You can boost the power bank with solar energy, but not enough to support a charge.
A Techsmarter charger may not come cheap, but this incredible rugged power bank is worth the extra cost. Three USB ports, 45 W power delivery, IP66 waterproofing, and a flashlight with four LED modes; there’s much to love from this innovative charger.
One of the real stand-out features of the Techsmarter power bank is that it supports pass-through charging. Pass-through charging allows a power bank to be charged and discharged at the same time, for an adaptable charging experience.
The Techsmarter power bank is drop-tested for durability up to 3 feet, dust-proof, and shock-proof. With an IP66 rating, the power bank can withstand prolonged rain, but can’t be submerged.
- Pass-through charging -Charge and discharge at the same time.
- 30,000 mAh - Can power the average smartphone 13 times.
- USB-C port - Charge a huge number of devices with this useful port.
- Not allowed on planes - At 30,000mAh, the Techsmarter power bank isn’t safe to fly with.
At 38,800mAh, the QiSa power bank is the most powerful charger on our list. The solar-powered bank can provide an incredible charge to a number of devices, even if the large capacity means it can’t be taken on airplanes.
For families and long trips away, there are plenty of reasons to consider the QiSa. The massive battery, supported by four solar panels, ensures you don’t have to struggle with battery anxiety.
The two outlets and Qi enabled function allows you to charge 3 devices at once, and the capacity means there’s charge available for days at a time.
Shockproof, waterproof, and dust-proof, the QiSa charger is fantastic for all kinds of adventures. The only real downside is the size. To fit the battery, some portability is sacrificed.
- Qi enabled - Charge your smartphone wirelessly.
- Solar charge - Continuous power, even when you’re away from outlets.
- LED flashlight - A versatile flashlight, useful for camping trips.
- Not allowed on planes - At 38,800mAh, the QiSa more than exceeds the flight limit.