Gone are the days of skipping on your green juice or morning banana smoothie because you’re running late for work or travelling. Thanks to portable blenders, you can blend, cap and go anywhere these days, AND save money on store-bought drinks at the same time. If you’re thinking you need one in your life, here’s our guide to the best portable blenders and everything else you need to know.
What’s a portable blender?
A portable or travel blender is a cordless, compact, travel-size version of a traditional kitchen bench blender and is typically battery or USB powered (i.e. computer, car charger, etc.). This eliminates the need for a power socket, which means you can blend your favourite smoothie anytime, anywhere. This is the ideal option for people who often rush out the door in the morning on an empty stomach and time poor households in general. Portable blenders are also cheap to buy, typically costing under $100.
Are portable blenders good?
Portable blenders are great to make smoothies, shakes, juices and cocktails (hello margaritas)! They’re powerful enough to pulverise ice and blend soft ingredients like fruits and veg, ice cream and yoghurt, as well as nuts and seeds. They’re best suited for office use, picnics, campsites or just anywhere you don’t have access to a power source. They’re also a godsend for whipping up a protein shake after the gym or puréeing baby food on the go. The only downside of personal blenders is that most models don’t work while charging and some will actually require to be fully charged before use.
7 best portable blenders
Looking for the best portable blender to take with you on the go? Here are some affordably priced options to consider:
- Kmart Anko Portable USB Blender − $19
- SOGA 380ml Portable Mini USB Rechargeable Fruit Mixer Juicer − $39.99
- Morphy Richards Personal Blender − $49.95
- PopBabies Personal Blender − $53.99
- BlendJet One − $57.95
- Vitamer Portable Juicer Blender − $66.50
- Blendy Portable Blender − $66.95
Kmart Anko Portable USB Blender − $19
For a budget, fuss-free option to prepare all your favourite fresh juices in a jiffy, you can’t go past Kmart’s Anko portable USB blender. It can work 10 times continuously on a single full charge (2.5 hours of charging time) and comes with a 300ml cup, magnet contact charging, an electroplated decoration ring and indeed a rechargeable lithium battery with USB cord. It’s waterproof, BPA-free and for just $19 − an absolute steal! Available instore and online.
SOGA 380ml Portable Mini USB Rechargeable Fruit Mixer Juicer − $39.99
This SOGA portable blender features a 380ml container with a built-in rechargeable battery that can be easily charged by a power bank, computer, mobile phone and other USB devices. It has a smart safety protection device with a magnetic sensing switch, making it safe to use and clean with a detachable cup and base. It comes in just three colours, including white, pink and blue. This model can be purchased on Kogan or Amazon.
Morphy Richards Personal Blender − $49.95
This Morphy Richards lightweight personal blender comes with an anti-slip silicone carry strap and cup sleeve to easily carry your gadget with you anywhere and make smoothies on the go. It features a high-grade stainless-steel concealed blade, one-button operation and USB charging port and retails for $49.95. It’s available from House or the Morphy Richards website.
PopBabies Personal Blender − $53.99
This PopBabies blender offers something unique. It can blend while charging, just like a standard plug-in blender, but with less mess and fewer parts to clean up afterward. It features a 400ml dishwasher-safe detachable cup, USB adapter charger, a reverse and switch on button, and BPA-free and FDA approved materials, perfect for making baby food! It’s on sale on Amazon for $53.99.
BlendJet One − $57.95
The BlendJet One is one of the most powerful portable blenders in the market (using a 5V motor), next to the BlendJet 2. It can whip up eight to 12 beverages on a single one-hour charge with any USB port. It’s stated to be able to blend smoothies or shakes in just 40 seconds and with a single-button operation. This model also has built-in safety features to prevent overheating and ensure the blades don’t spin if the jar is not attached to the base. The BlendJet One comes in 10 assorted colours and is available to purchase on the BlendJet website.
Vitamer Portable Juicer Blender − $66.50
This Vitamer model is claimed to boast up to 30 uses on a single three-hour charge. It comes with a rechargeable lithium battery inside that can be easily charged by a power bank, laptop and other USB devices (with a provided USB cable). It also has a detachable large capacity 500ml container, making it great for traveling, shopping and outside sports. It’s available to purchase on Amazon.
Blendy Portable Blender − $66.95
Blendy may just be the answer to healthy drinks on the go. This stylish, compact portable blender comes with a 400ml BPA-free borosilicate glass container, 2500mAH rechargeable battery and can make 10-12 cups per charge (with three hours charging time). It’s claimed to be capable of whipping up a smoothie or juice in just 45 seconds. Its best feature is by far its wireless charging (power bank) for travelling and it also comes with power socket and USB charging. This model is available to purchase on the Blendy website.
Can you put a portable blender in the fridge?
Yes and no. This will depend if you have a portable blender with a detachable container or not. If the juicer cup can detach from the electronic base, then yes – the cup can go in the fridge without trouble. As a general rule, you should avoid putting devices with electronic components in the fridge, so if you have an all-in-one personal blender, you’ll have to keep it out of the refrigerator and freezer. Don’t forget to also check instructions for dishwasher and microwave use.
What is the most powerful portable blender?
Both Blendy and the BlendJet One models are powerful options, containing a 3.7V and 5V electric motor respectively and boasting of producing more cups per charge than most other portable blenders. Both also offer relatively quick charging times of one to three hours. These brands are also well regarded for being reliable and of high quality.
How long does it take to charge a portable blender?
This will depend on the specific model. The more efficient portable blenders will only take an hour or so to charge, but the average charging time for most models is around three hours. Some may even require a four-hour recharge time. This will ultimately depend on the type of battery your blender has.
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