Building a USB Type-C PD Powerbank the Super Simple Way. Power bank usbc

Introduction: Building a USB Type-C PD Powerbank the Super Simple Way

In this small project I will show you how to create a DIY USB Type-C PD powerbank the super simple way. To do that I will firstly test a powerbank PCB based around the IP5328P IC I got from Aliexpress. The measurements will show us how suitable the PCB is for creating a DIY powerbank. Afterwards I will then show you how I created a Li-Ion battery pack and a custom 3D printed enclosure before I will put all the components together to form the powerbank. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Watch the Video!

The video gives you pretty much all the information you need to create your own USB Type-C PD Powerbank. During the next steps though I will present you some additional information.

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Step 2: Order Your Components!

Here you can find a parts list with example seller (affiliate links):

Step 3: 3D Print the Enclosure!

Here you can find the.stl files for my enclosure! 3D print them!

Step 4: Do the Wiring!

As soon as you got your battery pack, enclosure and PCB, it is time for the wiring. You simply connect the plus terminal of the battery pack to the B solder pad and the minus terminal to the B- solder pad and you are done.

Step 5: Success!

You did it! You just built your own USB Type-C PD Powerbank!

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Does anyone know the maximum voltage for the Powerbank PCB?

Hi,I want to charge my laptop using this power bank, and also charge this power bank using my laptop, how will the board detect if it should charge the battery from the laptop or vice versa? If not, can you suggest how can it be possible? can I use this board with 3S lithium battery.

How does the battery bank charge? I don’t see where the charge plug in goes to.

It charges through the USB c male connector in front of it. when drawing power out of it the c connector acts like a outlet and when charging the c connector acts as a inlet

Can lifepo4 batteries be used or voltage and charging method will be an issue?

can i get the dimensions of the 3D printed encloser

Hi there! The 6x NCR18650B Li-Ion Cell: http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_BfiUCF06 does no longer redirects to a listed project. Can I use any 18650 alternative? for instance a 18650 Battery Lithium 3.7V 6000mAh? Could it be used for powering a raspberry pi 4?

Hello! Any 18650 cell should work, as long as they are matched. So be sure to purchase them all frome the same manufacturer, and test their reference voltage before mounting them. Alternatively you can also use a LiPo battery.

But be ware of 6Ah cells. Chinese sellers on AliExpress tend to inflate the advertised capacity of their cells, as Great Scott already showed in an older video: https://www.instructables.com/ID/DIY-Constant-cur. Personnally I consider anything above 3.5Ah as shady.

however I had good experience in the past with products from this seller: https://liitokalahongkong.fr.aliexpress.com

I havent tested it on a Raspi4 yet, but should work just fine.

Thanks a lot for the answer! Sadly I already order them, but I guessed that the stated amperage was not the true capacity and mostly hopping for a real 2.5. 3A from each of them. If they can provide that, then I’m most than happy. Once I receive them I will test them and post here the results in case it is useful for anyone else.

High-Capacity USB-C Battery Pack Comparison and Review

A few years ago, it was difficult to find a USB-C battery pack capable of charging a MacBook at a speed of 30 or 45W, but with Apple and other companies increasingly embracing USB-C technology for everything from smartphones to laptops, high-powered USB-C battery packs have become more readily available.

Higher-watt USB-C battery packs are ideal for fast charging iPhones and iPad Pros, providing power for MacBooks and MacBook Air models, and even charging up a MacBook Pro when charging speed isn’t an issue.

In this guide, I’ll be comparing 27, 30, and 45W battery packs with capacities ranging from 19,000 mAh to 26,800 mAh from companies that include Mophie, Anker, RAVPower, Jackery, and ZMI to help MacRumors readers find the best USB-C battery packs.

USB-C Battery Pack Basics

All USB-C battery packs suitable for use with devices like the MacBook or MacBook Pro are large in size and generally just under or over a pound in weight. You’re not going to want to stick one of these in your s, but they fit into a bag or a backpack.

Each of the battery packs we tested are 45W or less, because there are no higher watt battery packs available on the market. They all come in at under 100Wh, which is the limit that you can take on a plane in your carry-on luggage (power banks like these can’t go in checked baggage).

All of these battery packs have additional USB-A ports so that you can charge more than one device at a time, but keep in mind that the maximum power for each one is distributed between devices when you have more than one thing plugged in. If you want the fastest charging for something like a MacBook that takes all of the available power, charge it alone.

For recharging these battery packs, you’re going to want a USB-C PD power adapter that provides 30 to 45W of power. Some of them come with an appropriate power adapter, while some of them don’t. You’re going to get the fastest recharging speeds over USB-C, and when dealing with a power bank of this size, faster recharging is essential. Most of these will recharge in 2 to 4 hours using a 30 or 45W power adapter.

While all of these battery packs are between 19,000 and 26,800 mAh, no battery pack provides the maximum stated capacity because some power is always lost when transferring charge from one device to another.

Charging iPhones

All of these USB-C battery packs are able to fast charge compatible iPhones, which includes the iPhone 8 and later. With fast charging, if you use a USB-C to Lightning cable, you can charge an ‌iPhone‌ to right around 50 percent within 30 minutes, and to about 80 percent in an hour.

Charging slows as an ‌iPhone‌’s battery gets fuller, which is why it doesn’t get to 100 percent within an hour.

I tested all of these battery packs with an ‌iPhone‌ XS Max and an ‌iPhone‌ X just to make sure everything was functional, and every single one was able to charge these devices to 50 percent in a half an hour with very little deviation, and to about 75 to 80 percent in an hour.

As for capacity, these battery packs are able to charge an ‌iPhone‌ multiple times over. Expect to see at least three charges for an ‌iPhone‌ XS Max from the smaller ~20,000mAh battery packs, and somewhere around 4 to 5 charges from the 26,000mAh battery packs. You’ll get more charges for the ‌iPhone‌ 8, ‌iPhone‌ X, and ‌iPhone‌ XS, and similar performance from the XR.

Charging iPads

For the current-generation 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, if you use a USB-C to USB-C cable, you can charge them faster with one of these USB-C battery packs than you can with the standard 18W charger that comes with them.

On average, the 18W USB-C power adapter from Apple charges my ‌iPad Pro‌ to 45 percent in an hour. With a 30 or 45W USB-C battery pack, the ‌iPad Pro‌ consistently charges to 65 to 66 percent in an hour. The higher capacity battery packs provide about two full charges to an ‌iPad Pro‌, while the lower capacity ones are about a charge and a half.

Older ‌iPad Pro‌ models that support fast charging capabilities will be able to fast charge using these USB-C power banks paired with a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Charging MacBook and MacBook Air

All of these USB-C battery packs will charge the USB-C MacBook and ‌MacBook Air‌ at the same speed that you would get with the standard MacBook or ‌MacBook Air‌ power adapter. There’s no benefit to using over 30W, so each of these offers about the same charging speed with the only difference being capacity.

The higher capacity battery packs will charge a MacBook or a ‌MacBook Air‌ one and a half to close to two times, while the smaller capacity models offer about a full charge and then another 20 percent.

Charging MacBook Pro

Because the 15-inch MacBook Pro models ship with a 85 or 87W Power Adapter for charging, it might come as a surprise that you can also use all of these 30W and 45W chargers with the MacBook Pro.

Charging is a good deal slower than what you get with the more powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro power adapter, but it works. In fact, as you’ll see in my testing below, it even works when the MacBook Pro is in use for tasks that are not super system intensive like web browsing, using social media, writing, sending emails, light graphics editing, watching YouTube videos, and more.

I have seen people ask whether using a lower-powered power adapter is going to damage the battery of the MacBook Pro, and from what I can tell from my research, the answer is no. It will charge slower, but it shouldn’t ultimately impact performance compared to a standard charging method.

Most battery packs from major brands like Anker and Mophie max out at 45W, but there are some 60W options on the market that are more expensive but would offer faster charging speeds for MacBook Pro models. There are also a few Kickstarters for 100W chargers, but these battery packs are not yet widely available for purchase.

I didn’t test these battery packs with the 13-inch USB-C MacBook Pro because I don’t own one, but everything that pertains to the 15 inch model is also true of the 13-inch model. These battery packs will charge the 13-inch MacBook Pro even faster (though not at 61W speeds) and will provide more capacity than with the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

W vs. 45W

Most of the USB-C battery packs available are 30W, with a few 45W options on the market, so both options are included in this review.

For most Apple devices, there is no functional difference between 30W and 45W because MacBook, ‌MacBook Air‌, ‌iPad Pro‌ models, and iPhones are not going to charge faster with a 45W power bank than with a 30W power bank. All of these devices max out at 30W, and some, like ‌iPhone‌, max out at 18W.

Where 45W does make a difference over 30W is charging a 13 or 15-inch MacBook Pro. MacBook Pro models will charge noticeably faster with the 45W power bank than with a 30W version. 45W is, of course, lower than the 61W or 85/87W chargers 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models ship with, so don’t expect standard charging speeds with these power banks.

Testing Parameters

I wanted to test these batteries in real world conditions with real world devices rather than relying on testing equipment to give potential buyers an idea of the actual performance they can expect from a USB-C battery pack.

Tests were conducted with a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2016 (76Wh), a 12-inch MacBook from 2016 (41.4Wh), an 11-inch USB-C ‌iPad Pro‌ from 2018 (29.37Wh), and a 2018 ‌iPhone‌ XS Max (12.08Wh). iPads and iPhones were discharged to 1 percent before testing, and Macs were discharged to 5 percent. Charging tests were done in Airplane Mode and with displays off, with the exception of the in-use MacBook Pro test.

Anker PowerCore 26800 PD (30W)

Anker’s 30W PowerCore 26800 is a simple, no-frills battery pack that gets the job done. At 1.27 pounds, 6.5 inches long, and 3.1 inches wide, this was the biggest of the battery packs that I tested. It’s not able, and it’s going to add a good bit of weight to a purse or a small bag, but on the plus side, it comes with its own 30W USB-C power adapter.

It has a brick-like design with rounded edges and a flat top and bottom, with one USB-C and two USB-A ports for charging. While it’s not the most attractive power bank, it’s simple and unobtrusive, except for the size. My favorite PowerCore feature is the button on the front side, which, when pressed, lights up with up to 10 LED dots to let you know how much charge is left. That’s a more granular look at remaining charge compared to most of the other battery packs.

Anker’s PowerCore 26800 PD does not support passthrough charging, so you won’t be able to plug other devices into it to charge while it’s charging itself.

  • Price:129.99
  • Capacity: 26800mAh, 96.48Wh
  • Ports: Two 5V/3A USB-A, one 30W USB-C
  • Cables: USB-C to USB-C included
  • Power Adapter Included: Yes

Usage Tests

  • MacBook Pro in Use. The 26800 mAh PowerCore gave me approximately 4.5 additional hours of battery life using the usage metrics in the charging section above. I plugged it in at 3pm with my MacBook Pro battery at 10%. Three hours later, the battery was drained, and my MacBook Pro’s charge level was approximately 30 percent, which lasted another hour and a half.
  • MacBook Pro Capacity Test. The PowerCore offered approximately one full charge for my MacBook Pro, charging it from 5% to 100%.
  • MacBook Capacity Test. Nearly two full charges. From 5% to 100% the first time, and from 5% to 90% the second time.
  • MacBook Charging Speed Test. Charged to 61% in an hour and nearly full within two hours while MacBook wasn’t in use.
  • iPad Pro Charging Speed Test. Charged from 1% to 66% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPad Pro‌ from 5% to full twice over, and then to 20% before it ran out of battery life.
  • iPhone Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPhone‌ to full four times and then to 54 percent on the fifth charge.
  • Recharging Speed. It took four and a half hours to charge the Anker PowerCore from 0 to full using the 30W PD USB-C charger that comes with it. I started charging at 6pm, it was half full at 8pm, and done charging at 10:25pm.

RAVPower 26800mAh PD Portable Charger (30W)

RAVPower’s 26800mAh power bank is similar in design to all of the other battery packs in this review. Compared to Anker’s model, it’s slightly less tall (6.77 inches), wider (3.15 inches), and with rounded corners instead of the flatter edges of the Anker.

At 0.82 pounds, it’s not quite as heavy as the Anker model, but it’s still bulky and will add noticeable weight to a bag. It does not come with a power adapter, and to charge it in a reasonable amount of time, you’re going to want to have a 30W USB-C power adapter on hand, so that will need to be purchased separately.

RAVPower’s power bank has 2 USB-A ports, a USB-C port, and a micro-USB port used for charging, which isn’t useful because you’re not going to want to charge a power bank of this size using micro-USB because it will take forever. There’s a button on the front of the RAVPower that lights up 4 LEDs to give you a vague idea of how much battery life is remaining. Passthrough charging is not supported.

The RAVPower consistently underperformed for me on all of the tests and though it’s a 26800mAh battery pack, its performance was poor and it didn’t keep up with the other battery packs I tested. I don’t recommend the RAVPower for its questionable performance during some charging tests.

  • Price:79.99
  • Capacity: 26800mAh, 99.16Wh
  • Ports: One 30W USB-C, two USB-A (5V/3A), one micro-USB
  • Cables: USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to micro USB
  • Power Adapter Included: No

Usage Tests

  • MacBook Pro in Use. The RAVPower 26800mAh battery offered approximately 3.5 additional hours of battery life. It was plugged in at 10:00 a.m. with the MacBook Pro battery at 10 percent. Two and a half hours later, the battery was drained, and the MacBook Pro’s charge level was about 22 percent, another hour of battery life.
  • MacBook Pro Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook Pro from 5% to 76% before dying.
  • MacBook Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook to full 1 time, and then to 50 percent the second time.
  • MacBook Charging Speed Test. Charged the MacBook to 65% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Charging Speed Test. Charged the ‌iPad Pro‌ to 66 percent in one hour.
  • iPad Pro Capacity Test. Two full charges.
  • iPhone Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPhone‌ to full 3.5 times over two days.
  • Recharging Speed. It took 3 hours and 45 minutes to recharge the RAVPower empty to full using a 30W power adapter (not included).

Mophie Powerstation USB-C 3XL (45W)

Mophie’s 45W USB-C Powerstation 3XL is the most expensive battery pack that I tested, and it’s one I’ve previously reviewed here. I like everything about the Powerstation 3XL with the exception of its price tag, which is quite a bit higher than most competing products.

There are two USB-C ports (one for charging the power bank and one for charging your devices) along with a USB-A port for charging an additional device. Mophie’s Powerstation 3XL does not come with a power adapter, which is a little bit outrageous given its cost. If you want to charge it at maximum speed, you’ll need a 30W USB-C power adapter.

There’s a Priority charging feature that allows you to plug in a device and charge it while the power bank itself is plugged in, so you can charge everything at once. It’s the only one of the power banks I tested that supports passthrough USB-C charging because it’s the only one with dual USB-C ports. The top right side of the Powerstation 3XL has a button that lights up four LEDs to show you charge level, but it’s a little hard to find because it’s so small, which has been one of the more irritating aspects of the power bank in day to day use.

  • Price:200
  • Capacity: 26000mAh, 94.30Wh
  • Ports: Two USB-C (one input, one output), one USB-A (5V/2.4A)
  • Cables: USB-C to USB-C, USB-A to USB-C
  • Power Adapter Included: No

Usage Tests

  • MacBook Pro in Use. Mophie’s 26000mAh battery pack gave me right around four and a half hours of additional battery life. I started the test at 6:00 p.m. when my battery was around 10 percent, and by 8:00 p.m., the battery was dead and my MacBook Pro was at 45 percent.
  • MacBook Pro Capacity Test. Fully charged the MacBook Pro from 5% to 100%, but was dead afterwards.
  • MacBook Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook to full once and then to 82 percent on the second round.
  • MacBook Charging Speed Test. Charged to 53% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Charging Speed Test. Charged to 66% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPad Pro‌ to full twice over.
  • iPhone Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPhone‌ to full 4.5 times over three.
  • Recharging Speed. Recharged in three hours using a 45W power adapter (not included). It took four hours to recharge using a 30W power adapter.

Jackery Supercharge 26800 PD Portable Charger (45W)

Jackery’s Supercharge 26800 PD Portable Charger is similar in design to Anker’s version, but with a few notable exceptions.

It’s 45W instead of 30W, which means that it’s able to charge a MacBook Pro faster and it’s able to charge faster itself, too. Charging a battery pack of this size takes forever, so it’s nice having it charge as fast as possible with the higher 45W support. Jackery’s power bank does support passthrough charging, so it can charge something plugged into the USB-A port while it charges.

Jackery’s battery pack is a little less heavy than Anker’s at 1 pound, and it measures in at 6.69 inches long and 3.18 inches wide, so it’s pretty similar in size to other options. There are just two ports, a USB-C port and a USB-A port, which is less than most of the other battery packs.

What I like about the Jackery is a digital readout of the current charge level when you press a button at the bottom, which is by far the most granular readout of remaining charge for any of these battery packs.

The Jackery delivered the exact amount of power I’d expect from a battery pack of this size, and I was on the whole impressed with its performance. This is one of favorite battery packs that I tested, especially because it comes with its own 45W power adapter.

Usage Tests

  • MacBook Pro in Use. The Jackery battery pack added around 4.5 hours of extra in-use battery life to my MacBook Pro. My MacBook Pro was at 10% when I plugged it in at 3:40, it charged to 33 percent at 4:40, and by 5:40, it was at 53 percent and the power bank was dead.
  • MacBook Pro Capacity Test. Offered one full charge for the MacBook Pro.
  • MacBook Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook to full the first time and then to 67 percent.
  • MacBook Charging Speed Test. Charged to 60% in one hour.
  • iPad Pro Charging Speed Test. Charged the ‌iPad Pro‌ from 1% to 68% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPad Pro‌ two full times.
  • iPhone Capacity Test. Charged my ‌iPhone‌ XS Max 5 times over three days.
  • Recharging Speed. It took two hours and 40 minutes to charge the Jackery 28600 from empty to full, which was one of the fastest charging times.

Anker PowerCore 19000 PD Portable Charger and USB-C Hub (27W)

Anker’s PowerCore 19000 PD was one of the two lower-capacity power banks that I tested. Some people don’t need a full 26,800mAh, and a smaller power bank provides a good compromise between decent capacity and bulk.

The PowerCore 19000 PD isn’t quite as small as the ZMI that’s a similar capacity, but it’s close. It weighs in at 15 ounces and measures 6.7 inches long by 3 inches wide.

Like the other Anker battery pack, its charge can be seen by a ring of 10 LEDs on the front, which is nice for seeing remaining charge. Compared to the ZMI, it’s prohibitively expensive (60 more), though it does come with a 30W power adapter and it has an extra USB-A port.

It is only 27W, though, compared to ZMI’s 45W, though that won’t make a huge difference for iPhones, iPads, or MacBooks. Passthrough charging is not supported.

You can use the PowerCore 19000 PD as a hub, so if it’s plugged into your MacBook, you can also plug in a USB-A hard drive or other device and it will read the data. This is a handy feature limited to the lower capacity power banks I tested, and it can be a bit fidgety because you need to put it into a special mode.

Usage Tests

  • MacBook Pro in Use. The PowerCore 19000 PD Portable Charger from Anker had a hard time keeping up with basic MacBook Pro use. I connected it at 2:45pm when my MBP was at 10%. An hour later, it the MBP was at 6%. At the third hour, the MBP was at 5%, and a half hour later the PowerCore died. It gave me an extra 3.5 hours of battery life, but would not have held up to more intensive work. I don’t recommend this one for MacBook Pro use.
  • MacBook Pro Capacity Test. From 0, it charged my 15-inch MacBook Pro to 60%.
  • MacBook Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook to full, and then again to 20%.
  • MacBook Charging Speed Test. Charged the MacBook to 57% in one hour.
  • iPad Pro Charging Speed Test. Charged from 1% to 62% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPad Pro‌ to full once and then to 50%.
  • iPhone Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPhone‌ to full just about 3 times.
  • Recharging Speed. It took three hours and 20 minutes to charge the PowerCore 19000 from zero to full using the 30W power adapter that it came with.

ZMI USB PD Backup Battery Hub (45W)

ZMI’s 20000mAh USB-PD Backup Battery is the smallest of the battery packs that I have on hand, and the lightest, which is a big plus. I think for most use cases, like charging a MacBook, ‌iPad‌, or ‌iPhone‌, sacrificing ~6000mAh can be worth it for the better portability and convenience of a smaller package.

The ZMI Backup Battery is similar in functionality and design to the Anker PowerCore 19000, but it’s higher powered at up to 45W. There’s no real benefit to this with most devices, but that does mean that it recharges faster than some of the other options and it’s better for use with a MacBook Pro. The ZMI power bank does offer passthrough charging for connected USB-A devices.

I wasn’t a fan of the ZMI’s limited four LED power indicator, but it was on par with some of the other more affordable power banks I tested. It does have a useful feature that you don’t often see. hub functionality. You can use it as a hub, so if you have it plugged into a MacBook, you can also plug in a USB-A device and it will read the data. You do need to switch on the hub mode, but ZMI offers clear instructions and provides an indicator light so you know when it’s active.

  • Price:69.95
  • Capacity: 20000mAh, 72Wh
  • Ports: One USB-C, two USB-A (5V/2.4A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A, 18W max)
  • Cables: USB-C to USB-C
  • Power Adapter Included: Yes

Usage Tests

  • MacBook Pro in Use. ZMI performed well charging my MacBook Pro because of its higher wattage. It was able to charge the MacBook Pro from 5% to 25% in an hour while it was in use, and then to 33% before it died itself. It added about 3-4 extra hours of battery life in total.
  • MacBook Pro Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook Pro from 5% to 71% before dying.
  • MacBook Capacity Test. Charged the MacBook from 5% to full once and then again to 25%.
  • MacBook Charging Speed Test. Charged the MacBook from 5% to 62% in an hour.
  • iPad Pro Charging Speed Test. Charged to 67 percent in one hour.
  • iPad Pro Capacity Test. One full charge and then one charge to 55 percent.
  • iPhone Capacity Test. Charged the ‌iPhone‌ to full three times and then had 10% left over for a fourth charge.
  • Recharging Speed. Using a 45W charger because it supports 45W charging, the ZMI recharged to full in 2.5 hours. Using a slower 30W charger would likely take about a half an hour longer.

Which charger is best?

All of these chargers are solid options, but there were a few standouts for different use cases. If you’re wanting to get something that can be used to charge a range of devices like the MacBook Pro, MacBook, ‌iPhone‌, and ‌iPad Pro‌, the Jackery wins.

It’s 26,000mAh, providing enough capacity for a full MacBook Pro charge, and it’s 45W, so it can charge MacBook Pro models faster than other power banks. It also works well with all other devices, though 45W is overkill for anything other than the MacBook Pro. It recharges fast and comes with a power adapter.

The Jackery power bank is expensive, but it’s on par with the similar Anker model (also great, but heavier and it charges a MacBook Pro slower). You can go much cheaper with the RAVPower 26,000mAh power bank (it’s 80) but you’ll need to supply your own power adapter, it’s limited to 30W, and I did find that model to be less reliable than options from Jackery and Anker.

If you don’t need to charge a MacBook Pro and want something primarily for use with the ‌iPad Pro‌, ‌iPhone‌, and even MacBook, the 20,000mAh ZMI power bank is a great option at 70. It’s smaller, works well, and can even double as a hub, though you will need to provide your own power adapter.

I liked the Mophie Powerstation 3XL and the Anker PowerCore 19000, both of which performed well and have a useful feature set, but they’re more expensive than competing options. The Powerstation 3XL, which is on par with the Jackery, RAVPower, and larger Anker power banks, is 200, 70 more than the next most expensive option.

The Anker PowerCore 19000 is 130, which makes it 60 more expensive than the ZMI. Both of these power banks have similar capacities and hub functionality, which makes the ZMI power bank the better deal.

In a nutshell, I think most people are going to be happy with either the Jackery power bank or the ZMI power bank based on their needs, but any of these power banks are good options that will sufficiently and reliably charge all USB-C compatible devices. For the Anker models and the Mophie, I wouldn’t hesitate to snap them up, but I’d wait for a sale.

How to Purchase

All of the power banks from this review are available on Amazon, with the exception of the Mophie Powerstation 3XL, which you can get from either Mophie or Apple. Links are below:

Questions?

If you have questions about any of these power banks, please feel free to ask in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below. I’ve spent a lot of time with all of them over the course of the last few months and I’m happy to cover anything in the guide (or not in the guide) in more detail.

Note: Anker, Jackery, Mophie, RAVPower, and ZMI provided MacRumors with USB-C power banks for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

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Compatibility: Keeping in mind what kind of device you need to charge, and how many devices you’ll want to charge at once, which will make a difference when shopping. All of our chargers work with both iPhones and Androids, though be sure to note the type of cable you’ll need to connect to your device.

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Keep in mind the power bank itself will need to be charged up after it juices your devices. The best power banks can dispense enough charge to power up a phone 2-3 times, or fully charge a laptop once. After that, they will need to be plugged in to recharge, a cycle that could take a few hours.

Anker PowerCore Fusion 10000

If you only need something to quickly power up your phone while you’re out and about or in an emergency,we like Anker’s PowerCore Fusion.

The 5,000mAh battery can fully recharge an iPhone 12 Pro once, and its ultra-fast USB-C power can charge it from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes. The PowerCore Fusion also has a USB-A port, so you can charge two devices at the same time.

We like Anker’s PowerCore Fusion because it has a power plug built into it, so you don’t have to carry around a separate power adapter to charge its battery. You can also use this model to charge your devices while it’s connected.

It may not have the highest battery capacity, but the PowerCore Fusion’s convenience more than makes up for that.

Mophie Power Boost Mini

At four inches long Mophie’s Power Boost Mini is the smallest battery pack we’re recommending, and a great pick if size is your main concern.

The Power Boost Mini has a capacity of 2,600mAh, so you should expect it to extend the life of a typical smartphone by three or four hours. This is a battery pack to keep in your during a night out, not an international flight.

The Power Boost Mini has a single USB-A port, so you can plug in a phone or tablet, and a MicroUSB port for charging. Four LEDs on the side of the battery pack indicate how much juice it has left, so you can know when to charge it.

It may not have as much power as the other battery packs we’re recommending, but its small size makes it the best choice if you don’t want to feel weighed down by your tech.

Nimble Champ Portable Charger

Nimble’s Champ Portable Charger is the smallest battery pack we’ve ever tried but doesn’t skimp on any features.

The 10,000mAh battery can fully charge an iPhone and has two USB ports, so you can top up two gadgets at once. The battery supports Quick Charge 4.0 technology, which it says can charge devices up to three times faster than normal.

We’re recommending Nimble’s Champ because of its performance, but it’s also the most eco-friendly pick in our guide. The power bank’s case is made out of 72.5% post-consumer plastic, and its packaging is completely plastic-free.

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If you want a fast-charging battery pack you can feel good about getting, Nimble’s Champ is the clear choice.

AUKEY 20000mAh USB-C Power Bank

AUEKY’s USB-C Power Bank is the most fully-featured small battery pack we recommend, and is basically the Swiss Army Knife of on-the-go charging.

At 6.26-inches long it’s the largest battery pack we’re recommending, but it’s still small enough to fit comfortably in the front of a backpack, or inside a purse. It has a 20,000mAh capacity, which AUKEY says can fully recharge an iPhone XS over five times. It has a USB-A port and a USB-C PD (power delivery) port, which can output up to 18W (Watts) of power.

The USB-C PD port allows you to fast charge an iPhone or Android Phone, or extend the battery life of a larger gadget like the Nintendo Switch. You can use both ports to charge two devices simultaneously.

Besides being a traditional battery pack AUKEY’s USB-C Power Bank is also a portable wireless charger. You can set your device on top of the battery to use it as a charging pad, or prop the battery up using its built-in kickstand to use it as a wireless charging stand. It can output up to 10W of power as a wireless charging pad, which means it can charge an iPhone or Android phone at full speed. You can use this battery pack’s wireless charging feature while your phone is in a case, but it will slow the charging speed down.

I’ve tested this power bank for myself, and all of these features work very well. It’s rare to find a single charging gadget that supports wireless charging, fast charging, and multi-device charging, but AUKEY’s USB-C Power Bank manages to nail all three with no obvious downsides. It may be a little bigger than the other battery packs on this list, but its features more than make up for it.

I NIU Portable Charger

If you’re looking for a budget pick that doesn’t compromise on power or features, go with the I NIU Portable Charger.

It’s extremely thin and light, weighing just seven ounces, meaning you can carry it with you while you travel or when you’re commuting for work. It’s also got a 10000mAh power capacity, putting it on par with some of the pricier power banks on this list. This is enough capacity to fully charge up an iPad Air at least once, according to the brand.

You’ve also got both a USB-C input and output, allowing you to easily charge up any devices that may require that. There are also two other USB ports built-in, allowing you to charge up to three devices at once. You’ll even get a travel pouch as well as a USB-C cable to help you charge on the go.

The best power banks 2022

Choosing a power bank can be a minefield. There are cheap ones, pricey ones, and sometimes you’re paying simply for a name – but there’s a lot more to finding the perfect portable charger than looking at price alone.

Some other things you might consider include speed, both in charging your connected device and recharging the bank when it empties. Capacity is important, too: it needs to be high enough to get your through the day with juice to spare – even share – without weighing down your or bag.

Ports and connections matter, too. What are you charging? A phone, a laptop, a watch? The number and range of ports is important, and if you want to avoid carrying multiple cables then you could look for a version with built-in cables or wireless charging.

While we care about design, it’s actually much lower on our priority list than the things we mention above – unless, of course, we have need for a particularly rugged model or something that supports solar charging because we’re going to be away from mains power for an extended period. That’s not to say we won’t appreciate added extras such as an LCD screen and waterproofing – don’t you want the coolest and most convenient power bank you can get for your money?

These days, it’s even possible to rent power banks as and when you need them (check out ChargedUp). Mind blown. To ensure you get the very best power bank for your needs, whatever that looks like, read on for more detailed buying advice below our chart.

Best power bank reviews

Zendure SuperMini X3 – Best 10000mAh Power Bank

The Zendure SuperMini X3 certainly isn’t the cheapest 10000mAh power bank around, but it makes up for that in specs.

The headline is the 45W USB-C PD charging – for both input and output. That means you can re-charge the power bank itself in just an hour or so, but also that this is fast enough to meet the max charging speeds on most Apple and Samsung phones, and can even keep many laptops running.

The same port also supports the PPS standard at up to 33W speeds.

There are also two USB-A ports, one at 18W and another at 15W, and you can use all three ports simultaneously with 15W speeds from each.

Throw in the small LCD display to report battery life and the light and compact design (in a range of four colours, no less) and it’s easy to see why you might want to spend a little extra for the SuperMini X3.

Charmast 10,400mAh Power Bank – Best Value Power Bank with LCD

There was a time when power banks with LCD displays were rather expensive, but have now come down as the screens filter through to even affordable models like this.

The power bank also has three outputs, which will come in handy if you have multiple devices to charge. There are two full-size USBs, plus a USB-C PD port that can act as both input and output, and all three support 18W Quick Charge – although only one at a time.

On the side is an additional Quick Charge 2.0-compatible Micro-USB, which can also be used for charging the bank. It will charge in about 3.5 hours with a Quick Charge/PD adapter, but about 5.5 hours with a standard 10W charger.

The downside of the design is that it’s a bit bigger than many of the super-slim, similar-capacity models on the market. This Charmast is roughly the same width as a phone, but a little shorter and a fair bit chunkier. It weighs in at 228g, which you may decide is better suited to a bag than your

Charmast supplies a soft mesh carry case and a short USB-A to USB-C cable in the box, a nice touch.

Zendure SuperMini Go

  • Interesting camera-inspired design
  • Supports 15W wireless charging
  • Strong device support
  • Available only via IndieGoGo (for now)
  • LCD is a little dim and can be difficult to read

The Zendure SuperMini Go is something a little different: a power bank that tries very hard not to look like one.

Zendure’s design is inspired by classic cameras, which is if nothing else a fun way to incorporate the large ring required for wireless charging – which here sits right where a camera lens would be. Instead of a viewfinder, there’s a rear LCD display to show battery percentage – though be warned that this is quite dim and hard to read.

It’s available in silver and black finishes, along with our more out there ‘Sunset Cyan’ gradient.

The SuperMini Go isn’t all about looks though, and it has some solid specs to match. The total capacity is 10,000mAh, and in addition to 15W wireless charging (with a magnet to keep phones steady) there’s 20W USB-C charging and 22.5W USB-A charging.

Compatibility is impressive too – not only will this work with both iOS and Android devices, but the ‘X-Charge’ mode is capable of topping up lower power devices like wearables and headphones, which not all power banks support.

The SuperMini Go is available now for backers on IndieGoGo with discounted launch pricing from 44 (down from an official price of 69), but with Zendure’s track record it’s very likely this will be in stores including Amazon before long.

JIGA 30,000mAh Power Bank – Most Versatile Power Bank

JIGA is a new name to us in terms of power bank tech, but its 30,000mAh power bank is interesting for a number of reasons – and not least the huge capacity, which will be some comfort on trips away from mains power.

While it’s something of a throwback to power banks from a couple of years back, with its built-in LED flash (certainly useful for camping trips) and durable but plasticky design, it also takes us back to the days where you didn’t have to sacrifice ports for portability.

It’s surprisingly small for such a high-capacity bank, but it’s more bag- rather than.friendly.

The JIGA has USB-C, Micro-USB and Lightning inputs, allowing you to fill its battery using whatever cable you have to hand. It’s a shame that the USB-C port doesn’t also work as an output, but there are three full-size USB-A outputs, each rated at 10.5W.

This isn’t the Power Delivery speeds we’re becoming increasingly familiar with today, but it’s plenty fast for charging a phone (or multiple phones).

If all you need is a healthy stream of power to keep topped up a number of mobile devices, this JIGA power bank will be a very handy device to have around.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000 PD – Best 20,000mAh Power Bank

Hailing from Anker, a respected brand in the power bank market, this 20,000mAh portable charger represents very good value at this capacity.

The 345.5G Essential is a black plastic brick, though relatively compact for the amount of power it can hold. It has a textured top surface that improves grip in the hand, as well as the overall appearance.

We’re pleased to find support for Power Delivery, but do note that it’s only up to 18W, and therefore not likely to be sufficient to charge a USB-C laptop. Still, for quick-charging a phone or tablet, this is a useful device.

A full-size USB output that uses Anker’s PowerIQ smarter charging algorithm is joined by a USB-C port that is both input and output. On top is a power button with four integrated LEDs that reveal remaining capacity, and you can use this to enter a trickle-charging mode suitable for smartwatches and earbuds.

A USB-C to USB-C cable and soft mesh carry case are provided in the box, which is a nice touch.

Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless – Best Wireless Power Bank

The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless is a Qi wireless charger with a special feature: you can use it as a portable power bank, too, which can be super handy.

You can use it at home or work plugged in, and carry it around with you for wired or wireless charging when you are away from a power socket. Because it’s wireless, there’s no need to carry a cable around with you.

As the name suggests, the PowerCore III 10K has a decent sized 10,000mAh battery, which should offer at least three charges from the power bank before it needs recharging itself.

The wireless charger is rated at 10W. Place your device on the centre of the circle. We didn’t find the placement too sensitive, as some wireless chargers can be. It’s not auto-start, though – as a power bank it requires you to push the button first.

You can also charge from the two USB-A ports at one end – at a total of 18W, so charging two or three (one wireless, two wired) devices will split that power output.

Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K – Best MagSafe Power Bank

This portable wireless charger is one of the best accessories you can get for your iPhone.

In essence, it’s a 5,000mAh palm-sized power bank that will charge your compatible iPhone simply by snapping it onto the back with MagSafe.

It works through some cases, charges over USB-C, comes in a range of colours and, even if you don’t have MagSafe, can be used to charge almost anything via cable.

A handy set of LEDs indicates how much charge the PowerCore has remaining.

Moshi IonGo 5K Duo – Best Design

It’s expensive, but you’ll pay out for the IonGo 5K Duo from Moshi if style is as important to you as is functionality.

Almost identical in design to the IonGo 5K before it, but here with both USB-C and Lightning cables built-in (hence the name Duo), the Moshi is an undeniably cool-looking power bank that comes tucked away inside a vegan-friendly soft leather case with a magnetic clasp and an anodised aluminium faceplate.

The additional cable means it’s now suited to Android as well as iPhone users, although as before this is Made For iPhone-certified.

This is a truly premium device with a colossal 10-year warranty going a long way to account for its higher asking price. It’s also possibly the dinkiest 5,000mAh power bank we’ve seen, suggesting there are some serious high-tech components inside.

At this capacity, expect a full charge for any Android phone, and potentially two for iPhone. Moshi claims the bank will also retain that power for up to 27 months when left unused.

Charging is up to 15W over USB-C and 12W over Lightning. Use Lightning and USB-C together and you’ll see slightly slower charging speeds, with a max total output of 3.4A (17W).

You can also use the USB-C cable for recharging the bank, again up to 15W. Better still, the Moshi supports passthrough charging, allowing you to charge both it and a connected device at once, but given that there’s no separate input here that’s going to work only with iPhone.

The Duo is currently out of stock at Amazon, but you can still pick up the iPhone model.

Chargeasap Flash Pro / Flash Pro Plus – Fastest Charging Power Bank

  • Unbeatable recharging speed
  • High-capacity (25,000mAh)
  • Range of outputs
  • 5-year lifespan
  • Expensive
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Attracts fingerprints
  • No charger or cable supplied

These graphene-composite power banks are able to charge cooler than ordinary lithium-polymer batteries, and thus can do significantly faster: you’ll get to 80% of these 25,000mAh batteries in just 45 minutes.

In addition to this there is a healthy smattering of ports, with three USB-Cs running at 100W, 60W and 20W, a 50W USB-A that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and SVOOC, plus wireless charging. You get a 15W MagSafe pad and a 5W Apple Watch charger in the Flash Pro Plus, and a 15W Qi charger in the Flash Pro.

Down sides include an expensive price tag, and a bulky, heavy design, but for sheer performance and functionality the Chargeasap banks are among the most capable we’ve ever tested.

FAQ

What capacity power bank do I need?

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a 3,000mAh power bank will give your 3,000mAh battery smartphone a full charge, and that a 9,000mAh power bank will charge it three times. No portable charger runs at 100% efficiency. In truth, most average between 60- and 70%, with the best-performing models able to reach 80- or 90%. Wireless charging models may be less efficient still.

To work out what capacity bank you need, first check the spec of the device you want to charge to find out its battery capacity, then decide how many times you want to be able to charge it. For a rough estimate, calculate Connected device battery capacity x Number of recharges x 1.6 = Minimum power bank capacity you should look to buy.

As a rule of thumb, a 5,000mAh bank is a single-charge device, 10,000mAh hits the sweet spot between capacity and portability, and you want to look for closer to 20,000mAh for a laptop. We’ve got some of those high-capacity power banks here – just don’t try to stuff any of them in your !

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How long does it take to recharge a power bank?

The time required to recharge a power bank will depend on its capacity, what you are using to recharge its battery and whether or not it’s empty.

For the fastest charging you should look to the new breed of power banks that support graphene technology and charge over a DC input (such as the Chargeasap Flash Pro – a 25,000mAh bank that can get to 80% in 45 mins and 100% in 70 mins), but these tend to be pricey.

For mainstream power banks, the fastest you’ll find is a USB-C inout/output that supports Power Delivery. This standard now goes up to a maximum of 240W, but in portable chargers you should expect to find an 18W port. Using such a port, the average 10,000mAh power bank might recharge in 2-3 hours from empty.

The cheapest models still tend to charge over Micro-USB, usually at around 10-12W. Avoid 5W power banks like the plague unless they are very low in capacity or you’re not in a rush.

What is passthrough charging?

Passthrough charging allows you to simultaneously charge devices connected to a power bank and the power bank itself. It’s a very handy solution if you are short on mains power outlets and need to get multiple devices charged up overnight, for example. However, not all power banks support it, so be sure to check the spec of your portable charger before you buy.

How do I know how much power is left in my power bank?

Assuming you know how much capacity it had when full, you can work out how much power remains either through a series of LEDs on the casing (usually activated by plugging in a device to charge or pressing a button on the side), or via the LCD if your power bank supports one. LCDs are preferrable, because they give a more accurate readout, particularly when it comes to higher-capacity power banks.

What are GaN power banks?

GaN is short for gallium nitride. It requires fewer components than traditional silicone chargers, which means power banks that use the technology can be less bulky and more efficient. If portability is your primary concern, then as well as considering the power bank’s capacity you should also look for one that uses GaN.

What charging speed should I look for in a power bank?

The first power banks on to the market ran at 5W, which is the same speed as the original iPhone chargers (aka slllllloooooowwwww). We wouldn’t recommend anything below 10W these days. This speed is known as ‘fast charging’, and it’s still rather common in cheaper models, but it’s not really the fast charging we’ve become accustomed to today. So many of the latest smartphones now support super-fast wired charging, and it seems crazy not to buy a portable charger that supports that top speed if possible.

The standard your phone uses to achieve its top charging speeds is important here. Some have proprietary technologies that work only with accessories manufactured and sold by that company. Some offer fast charging through Quick Charge or Power Delivery. Some support neither Quick Charge nor Power Delivery, but do support protocols such as PPS (Programmable Power Supply) or SCP (Super Charge Protocol). Make sure the portable charger you buy matches the fast charging standard supported by your phone.

The term Power Delivery does not in itself denote a performance rating. It could be capable of delivering anything between 18W and 240W. This is particularly important if you’re looking to charge a USB-C laptop – anything under 30W won’t cut it, many laptops will refuse to play ball below 45W or even 60W, and some larger laptops might require 90W. You will need to check the spec of your laptop to know what speed it requires.

At the other end of the scale, if you need to charge a low-power device such as a smartwatch or a pair of wireless earbuds, look out for a power bank that is certified for low-power devices. Many of those that are not will simply cut out when you try to charge these devices, because they aren’t able to detect a significant drain on the battery.

Power bank manufacturers rarely provide the speed of their outputs in watts. Instead you’ll see a rating in amps, which you multiply by the voltage rating (usually five) to get the rating in watts. So 2A x 5V = 10W.

What is Power Delivery?

USB-C and USB PD are often confused, but the important thing to remember is that USB-C is a reversible connection type, while USB PD is a power delivery specification, overseen by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and often expressed simply as ‘PD’. With version 3.1 of the specification, Power Delivery is able to carry up to 240W of power plus data over USB-C (previously limited to 100W), but devices that support Power Delivery can range from 18W right up to 240W.

What is Quick Charge?

Quick Charge is a Qualcomm fast-charging protocol that runs on the Snapdragon processors we see inside many smartphones, hence it has become commonplace in the mobile market.

The latest version is Quick Charge 5, which operates at up to 100W and supports USB PD PPS. However, while they are often seen together, Quick Charge and Power Delivery are not the same thing.

Quick Charge 5 is a massive jump up from Quick Charge 4/4, more efficient and able to run cooler and safer, and Qualcomm says it can get a device to 50% in just 5 mins. It is backwards-compatible with earlier versions of the protocol, including 18W Quick Charge 2/3, which are still very common in power banks.

Which outputs should I look for in a power bank?

The type and number of outputs you will need on a power bank depends entirely on what device or devices you want to charge. Pretty much all power banks have a full-size USB output that you can use to plug in your own cable, but it’s not always going to be the fastest way to deliver a charge to your device. You’ll also find USB-C and Lightning outputs, magnetic wireless charging pads and AC outlets if you shop around. Some power banks even have built-in cables to stop you needing to carry around your own, though you will still need one handy to recharge the power bank itself.

Why is the maximum output of a power bank important?

Some power banks have multiple outputs for charging your connected devices, but few power banks are able to simultaneously support all of them at the top advertised speed. Watch out for those that have a lower maximum output than the sum of all ports together. Also be wary of those that have multiple outputs but a very low capacity – these aren’t really designed for plugging in multiple devices, only to be versatile.

What happens when my power bank is more powerful than my connected device?

There is no need to worry about plugging devices into ports that are capable of delivering more power than the device is able to accept, since USB devices will draw only the power they need. Many power banks include technology that is able to intelligently dole out this power among ports more appropriately, depending on what devices you are attempting to charge (often known as Power IQ or similar).

Can I take a power bank on a plane?

Yes, but it must be in your hand luggage, and if it is higher in capacity than 27,000mAh (100Wh) you will need to check with the airline before flying. Make sure you take it out your bag as you pass through security. If a power bank is damaged then it will not be allowed on the plane as it could become a safety hazard. You should also ensure the specifications are clearly printed on the side of its case, as is the norm.

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The Best USB C Power Banks With PD (Power Delivery)

USB C technology became quite popular in recent years, with more and more devices using it by default. So if you happen to have a phone, tablet, or laptop with USB-C ports, then you might also want to have a 100% compatible power bank as well. Otherwise, you’ll either end up using all sorts of adapters and you’ll be giving up on speed and efficiency.

This is why we made this in-depth research on the USB C power banks available on the market and shortlisted the best of them here. The main criteria we took into consideration were:

  • USB C ports for both output and input
  • The power banks must use the PD (power delivery) technology
  • They should have a fast recharging time

So without further ado, here are the best USB C power banks in our opinion:

Best overall: RAVPower 20000mAh PD 60W

  • Recharging time: 3 hours
  • Weight: 14.4 oz / 408 g

RAVPower has truly outdone itself with this 20000mAh power bank from their PD Pioneer series. They managed to create a device that’s not only powerful and fast but also has a great design. Considering the price point too, we can go on a limb and say that this is one of the best options on the market for someone looking to buy a truly dependable USB type C power bank.

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Capacity-wise, it’s not too small but not too large as well. It holds enough charge to replenish an iPhone 11 Pro Max 2.6 times, an iPad Pro 2018 1. 6 times, or a MacBook Pro 13″ 2018 0.84 times. This makes it perfect for daily use. You can even depend on it for several days at a time if you only need it for your smartphone.

Regarding the power output, it comes with a generous 60W maximum output via its USB C port with Power Delivery. This is enough to charge power-hungry devices such as laptops, gaming consoles, drones, etc. Besides the USB type C port, it also features a USB type A port that comes with a fast-charging technology called iSmart.

It’s also worth mentioning that the RAVPower 20000mAh PD power bank has a sturdy build. The casing is made out of thick, scratch-proof plastic with a matte surface which gives it non-slip properties. The only real downside we see to this device is the fact that it could have featured one or two extra ports.

Unboxing video

  • Generous capacity
  • Can charge laptops
  • It recharges in just 3h
  • Sturdy build

Check out our full review of the RAVPower 20000mAh PD.

Highest capacity: Renogy 72000mAh PD

  • Recharging time: 3-4 hours
  • Weight: 2.79 lbs / 1265 grams

This Renogy 72000mAh power bank is impressively powerful! The huge capacity will supply more than enough energy to all your connected devices simultaneously. It boasts one USB-C 60W PD port that is very proficient at charging your laptop and a USB-C 27W PD port ideal for charging your smartphone. Meanwhile, the DC 12V/5A cigarette lighter port is capable of powering CPAP machines, such as Philips Dreamstation, Resmed Airsense/Aircurve 10, and Resmed S9. However, to take advantage of this, you will need a CPAP adapter.

This power bank is suitable for your needs if you’re going camping, on a road trip, or hiking. Place it inside the storage bag, and you’re good to go! It has a built-in flashlight for your lightning needs when you’re in a dark environment. Even cooler, you can wirelessly charge your smartphone. Put it on the charging pad and track its charging status via the Smart indicator.

The Renogy 72000mAh power bank provides 14.8 charges to a 2815mAh smartphone, 5.8 charges to a 7729mAh tablet, and 5 charges to a 45W laptop. There are three different ways to recharge this power bank. One method, which takes about 3-4 hours, involves using a 100W solar panel with a two-way DC port. You can also fully charge it in 5-6 hours by using the bi-directional USB-C port. Using a wall outlet will take 7-8 hours.

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  • Massive capacity
  • Wireless charging
  • Can charge laptop
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Universal compatibility

Check out our full review of the Renogy 72000mAh power bank

Best build quality: Omni 20 20000mAh

  • Recharging time: 3 hours
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs / 635 g
  • Wireless Charging

The Omnicharge Omni 20 is one of the highest-quality power banks you can find. Everything about it from the matte outer case to the display screen and charging ports simply conveys attention to detail and an overall high build quality. But all this comes at a cost, since this power bank has a premium price, this is maybe the only real downside we can see. If you have the budget, then you simply can’t go wrong with the Omni 20.

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In this product bundle, Omnicharge has included the Omni 20 power bank which has a capacity of 20000mAh, but also some very useful accessories such as a UBC-C fast charger, a USB-C to USB-C cable, a USB-A to USB-C cable, and a protective hard case. This is one of the most complete portable charger bundles you can get.

But what sets the Omni 20 aside, is the fact that it has an AC/DC plug which you can use to charge any type of laptop, as the device has a massive output of 100W! And last but not least, it also comes with a wireless charging feature which allows for phones with matching technologies to be charged only by simply placing them on top of the power bank.

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  • Highest build quality
  • A lot of ports, including AC/DC
  • It can easily power laptops
  • Wireless charging feature
  • Fast charging
  • Comes with useful accessories

We have reviewed this product previously on our site. You can read the full review here.

USB C technology explained

For a long time, the general standard in device connectivity was the USB Type-A with its micro and mini versions. Regardless of the USB A ports version (1, 2, 3), the rectangle connectors that never fit on the first time, were ubiquitous. And to some extent, they still are.

However, things are about to change with the new USB Type C technology which shapes itself up to be the new standard in terms of connectivity. and more devices are starting to adopt this new type of port. Even Apple is on the way to replacing its famous Lightning ports with USB-C ports. And this speaks volumes about the new kid on the block, as Apple has been notoriously defensive towards their own patented technologies.

The main benefits of USB C technology are:

  • it can transmit both power and information simultaneously
  • information can be transferred at much higher speed rates of up to 10 Gbps
  • the plugs can be inserted either way, there is no right way up as in the case of USB A ports
  • these ports can be used for both input and output of power and/or information

Things tend to get a bit more complicated when you factor in the fact that USB-C is more of an umbrella term. In fact, these connectors can utilize different types of protocols such as USB 3.1 or PD (power delivery).

Power Delivery (PD)

USB-C output ports with Power Delivery (PD) can supply up to 100 watts of power. This is an important feature, as older generation USB ports could supply just 2.5 watts on average, enough for a phone but definitely not enough for a laptop that requires at least 60 watts. This is why for the list of power banks we only selected ones that have the PD feature.

However, this is not to say that all PD ports supply 100W. There can be different values of power output, but the most common ones are:

  • 18W – this is enough for all types of smartphones and tablets, including devices such as the Nintendo Switch.
  • 30W – 45W – from these levels, you can start charging more power-intensive items such as laptops, just that they will take longer to charge than usual
  • 60W – starting with 60W most laptops will charge without an issue, not to mention tablets, cameras, or phones.

Wrap-up

It’s pretty clear that the USB-C ports are here to stay and that they are very likely to become the next standard in terms of connectivity. As more and more devices will come with this type of port, then it makes sense to make sure any power bank you buy also has USB-C compatibility.

But besides plain old compatibility, one of the biggest advantages of USB C power banks is their increased speed, where PD technology plays a key role. The maximum loading speeds of traditional ports, don’t even come close to the ones provided by USB-C with PD.

This product recommendation list is dynamic. As newer models of power banks with USB-C ports get launched, we’ll update it in order to feature the best models available on the market. If you have a suggestion for a power bank that we did not cover, please let us know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев or via our contact page.

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