Lightweight Powerbank for Hiking? 10000mA or less

Hi kids,

I'm a long distance, multi-day hiker. I'd love to know what is the best value, lightest powerbank available out there. Looking for 10000mA

Basically something to charge my phone up a couple of times and maybe a bit of juice to a Go Pro battery. I've been a position where I've been caught out before and would prefer for that not to happen again.

Not interested in solar, they've not worked for me in the past.

Best value to weight ratio appreciated!

I'm a big fan of Xiaomi, but haven't bought one for a couple of years, so maybe there are better ones out there now? Not sure.

Thanks in advance!

Comments

  • +2 votes

    Always recommend Anker products. Not the cheapest but certainly best performance and quality. Worth investing in a decent unit to last you.

  • +1 vote

    I did a bit of research for a powerbank to take on multi-day hikes (Mainly to recharge my inreach). The best capacity-to-weight/size that I found was the Nitecore NB10000. Managed to pick it up for around $70 from memory

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      Can I ask what the weight of that one is?

      • +1 vote

        About 150g

  • +1 vote

    I swear by these. https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/cygnett-chargeup-reserve-... lightweight, small enough to sit in your pocket, fast charging. Oh and a Australian (Melbourne) based company.

    They were $60 at JB a few weeks back. Probably will go on sale again.

    For multi day hikes you might want a couple though. Especially if one gets wet or you use your phone for tunes or nav the battery goes down fast.

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      It's only for use in emergencies, so one is plenty. I've done 8 days with nothing before, so I'll be fine (probs wouldn't do that again though, to be fair!)

  • +3 votes

    I have around 10 different power banks, 3 of those are Xiaomi's (none have failed me), 1 of those is a "Golf" (via eBay Plus) which is old and slow, 3 Kogan power banks (2 are large capacity ones, the other I lost in restaurant but actually has been part of a recall due to exploding battery) and a few DIY ones I made out of 18650 cells I bought from Fasttech.

    The Xiaomi's are probably still my favourite and they are decently priced. Cygnetts are typically fairly expensive, you get what you pay but I feel they are overpriced simply because of brand name and not just of build quality. Buy only when they are discounted at half price.

    You can get 50% off Made for Apple power banks using this coupon code. Test working just now

    Anker is also a well known brand, they've been making cell phone batteries for android phones even before power banks were a common thing. Some of their products are falling behind the curve however, some neg votes on previous deal because their Quick Charge 3 powerbank is using old school MicroUSB

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      +1 to this comment.

      I have also owned 2 x Xiaomi Powerbanks for years with heavy usage. Both still working.

    • +1 vote

      I like Xiaomis too. I have three old versions. About 5 years old and still going strong. Waiting for the QB810 10,000mAh to go on sale. 177g. 27g more than the Nitecore but about $50 less.

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        Yes I'm a big fan of Xiaomi. Good to know they're still the standard. I'm keen on getting another one. The lightest one I can get. I trust them.

        I had one for 5 years before I had to hold the cable at the port a certain way with an elastic band for it to work (and it still worked! But I gave it away to a family member after that, with instructions on what angle to rubber band the cable at haha)

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      Thank you for your insight Scrimshaw! I think I'll stick with Xiaomi after all

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    I've had one of the 20000mah xiaomi's expand after leaving in the car… I like the 20000mah romoss ones since they're pretty good value and support multiple charging inputs.

  • +2 votes

    A light 10000 power bank would be the one that is lying about true capacity. I wouldn't chase the lightest.

  • +1 vote

    I'm doing the Bibbulmun Track shortly, I went for a no-name powerbank from Amazon https://www.amazon.com.au/10000mAh-Portable-Charging-Intelli...
    10000mAh, 200 gram, $27. But the big selling points for me were the power display (0-100%), and the built-in light.
    The Bibbulmun is a multi-month hike, so I'm doing solar recharging as some of the legs are up to 12 days between power sockets.

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      A word of advice - make sure you test, properly test, the solar charger. I ended up with a solar charger on an 8 day hike that was taking charge out of my devices to charge itself!

      This is what I mean when I say I got 'caught out'

  • +1 vote

    The Xiaomi ZMI QB810 is 177 grams which is 50 grams lighter than most 10,000mAh power banks, and there have good deals for it - although I always seems to miss them.