Power efficiency plays a big role in extending the battery life of portable devices. As battery technology stagnates, hardware manufacturers seek to do more with the power they already have.
That means the new laptop uses less power than the older laptop. Not only does it extend the life of your existing battery, it makes charging your machine with a portable battery a more viable option.
So here are six battery packs that will charge your laptop on the go, and some features to keep in mind while shopping.
Make sure your laptop is compatible
The exact power drain will vary with each machine. Aim for at least a 30W USB-PD rating, though there are some price alternatives that can deliver 100W and more. To find out which is best for you, check your model’s power rating against the manufacturer’s specifications.
Even if your laptop ships with a 60W or 100W charger, the 30W USB-PD battery will still work. It will not charge your laptop quickly. In some cases, the laptop you’re trying to charge won’t increase its charge percentage when plugged in (but will still extend your overall lifespan).
Mophie AC Power Station
AC powerstations are beasts that can charge almost every device in your bag. It is armed with a bona fide AC port that delivers 100W of power at 110V, a USB-C charging port that delivers 30W, and a standard USB-A port with 2.4A fast charging capability.
Best of all, you can use all of these outputs at once to charge three separate devices. The battery holds a generous 22,000 mAh which is enough to power a 90W laptop for an hour. If you’re using a USB-C laptop that only draws 30W, you’ll get 15 hours out of it. Most smartphones will exceed 100 hours.
The downside is that it’s not cheap, and it’s quite heavy. Weighing in at 26.7 oz, the AC powerstation should stay in your bag rather than in your pocket. It’s wrapped in a tactile cloth, and allows for a recharge that will give your device priority before charging the internal cell.
If you’re looking for a higher output laptop power plan that’s cheaper than the mophie above, check out Jackery PowerBar. It delivers 85W output with a built-in 20,800 mAh battery, for about half the price of a mophie.
The tradeoffs you make are brand, slightly lower capacity, and an 85W cap (which is still enough to charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro with USB-PD at full speed). The Jackery includes a full-sized AC output, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C port. This includes support for 5V at 2.4A (USB-A) and the 3A USB-C fast charging standard.
Be aware that this power pack includes a fan to keep the internals cool, so they don’t freeze like your standard smartphone battery. It weighs in at 24.3 oz, and is also available in a 23,200 mAh capacity version if you’re willing to pay more.
TYLT Energi Pro Power Backpack
If you’re in the market for a laptop power bank, you’re probably already aware that it’s going to weigh a bit. One remedy for this situation is to carry a convenient bag that is built with cable management in mind. The TYLT Energy Pro is one such bag.
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Capable of storing a 15” laptop with 11 separate charging pockets, the TYLT has internal routing to keep things tidy. It ships with a 20,100 mAh fast-charging battery that can deliver 45W in USB-PD mode, enough for most lightweight laptops like the Apple MacBook and Google Pixelbook.
The battery again includes two USB-A outputs, a USB-C output (with 3A quick charge) and a micro-USB input for charging. The bag is TSA friendly for frequent flyers, and features an RFID blocking pouch plus a “weatherproof” pouch to keep the contents dry.
RAVPower 26800 PD
While many of the chargers on this list emphasize high power output and extreme capacity, this RAVPower keeps it simple. The 26,800 mAh capacity is within the limits set by many airlines, and the star feature is around five hours of fast charging using the USB-C input.
RAVPower keeps this within the 30W spec. As such, it’s best for less thirsty machines like the standard MacBook or Dell XPS 13 (but will still work with more demanding models). You get one USB-C PD output, and two fast 5V/2.4A USB-A ports for smartphones.
This battery has received great reviews, especially for its capacity and fast charging via USB-C. It is also the cheapest charger on this list.
MaxOak MacBook Charger
If you have a MacBook made between 2006 and 2018, the MaxOak MacBook Charger is for you. It offers a staggering 36,000 mAh capacity, which means that’s above the 27,000 mAh limit set by many (but not all) airlines. The result is also quite heavy, weighing in at 1.98 pounds.
It comes with every type of MacBook adapter, and it’s also compatible with USB-C PD to power other laptops at up to 45W. This will charge your iPhone X nearly nine times, or double the life of your 15-inch MacBook Pro. It has even been styled to perfectly complement your Apple gadget.
There are four outputs in total, and you can use all of them at the same time. One 16.8V / 4.6A output for MagSafe 1 and 2 devices, one USB-C PD up to 45W, and two other 5V / 2.1A USB-A adapters for smartphones and tablets. MaxOak rates the charger for 1,000 cycles, and it’s a pretty decent price considering the capacity and flexibility on offer.
This is not a portable battery for regular use; in fact, it doesn’t even fit comfortably in most bags. Instead, it’s a great power solution that’s perfect for cars, mobile homes, camping trips, or anywhere else that doesn’t have a power outlet.
Featuring a total of 11 outputs, RIVER provides two AC, two DC, one 12V car, two USB-C with Power Delivery, and four USB-A outlets (two of which feature 5V/2.4A fast charging). It will hold the 412Wh charge for up to a year as well.
It’ll be fully charged in six hours using the included AC input, or nine hours with the included car charger. You’ll get more than five full laptop charges out of it, and you can use all 11 outputs simultaneously. At 11lbs, it is not light but does come with a built-in handle.
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