Most power banks deliver the standard 5V power output. However, if you require to charge a device that requires a 12V input, then you need to get a power bank that is capable of delivering the extra power. Usually, this is done via a USB port, a 12V DC port, or via a car cigar lighter type of port.
This is why we have created this curated list of what we believe to be the best 12V power banks that you can buy today.
1. Renogy 72000mAh 12V Power Bank
Our first pick is a five-port power bank introduced by Renogy. The most notable characteristic of this power bank is that it features two 12V outputs, one of which is a DC 12V/5A (150W max), and the other one is a 12V/15A cigarette lighter. What makes the cigarette lighter distinctive is that you can attach it to CPAP machines when there is no wall outlet nearby.
Additionally, Renogy equipped this model with a 72000mAh battery and a 150W output power to ensure the consumer sleeps better while away from home. However, keep in mind that a CPAP adaptor (also known as a car power inverter) is required and not included in the packaging.
The DC port also functions as an input for charging the Renogy. This port supports an input voltage of 18-24V/4A (84W maximum), and the battery can be recharged using solar panels rated between 20 and 100W. Renogy can be recharged in 4 hours or less using solar panels, which is incredibly fast compared to other power banks of similar size.
Furthermore, Renogy added three additional ports, two of which are USB-C and one of them is USB-A. In addition to being an output port, one of the USB-C ports also serves as an input connector, allowing you to recharge the power bank even if you don’t have the DC cable around. Also, the USB-C port is rated at 60W, allowing for fast charging of laptops. It’s worth noting that this Renogy power bank is only compatible with non-gaming laptops because of the high power consumption of gaming laptops.
When comparing the USB-C port’s recharge time to the DC port’s, the USB-C port is around an hour slower than the DC input. Both USB-C ports support Power Delivery, allowing for the quickest possible charging of your devices. The other USB-C port on this model is 27W, while the USB-A port is 5V/4.5A, making them ideal for devices with lower power requirements.
Also, Renogy has included a 10W wireless charging pad with this power bank, so you can keep charging your compatible devices even if the ports are all taken. Besides, this model allows for the simultaneous charging of multiple devices.
Last but not least, Renogy’s 7200mAh battery can charge a phone with a 2815mAh battery around 14.8 times, a tablet with a 7729mAh battery approximately 5.8 times, a 45W laptop around 5, and a 43.6Wh drone about 4.9 times.
Read our full review of Renogy 72000mAh 12v Power Bank
2. Omnicharge 20000mAh Power Bank
The Omni 20+ power bank from Omnicharge is one of the most famous power banks on the internet. When it first came out, it blew the competition out of the water with its advanced technology. And although it’s been a few years since its release, it’s still one of the most advanced portable chargers you can buy. This power bank is in a league of its own.
Like all the power banks in this list, it comes with a 12V DC port. This is both an input and output port that can deliver up to 100W of power. This is more than enough to charge power-intensive devices such as laptops or CPAP machines.
However, the Omni 20+ comes with so much more besides the 12V DC port. As you can see in the image above, next to it, there’s a USB type C port that can output a max of 60W. Then, it also features 2 USB type A ports and one AC port. The AC port can be used as a regular wall socket and it can also output a max of 100W. It also features a wireless charging pad on the top side of the device. The entire charging port options make the Omni 20+ one of the most versatile 20000mAh power banks you can buy.
It also features a very informative LCD screen, unlike the vast majority of power banks that have 4-5 LEDs to showcase the charging level. The LCD screen of the Omni 20+ showcases much more information than just the charging level. For example, you can see which ports are currently in use and exactly how much power is flowing through each of them.
The outer casing of the Omni 20+ is made out of a rubbery plastic that is not prone to fingerprint marks. It feels like it’s built with premium materials. Even the overall black color hints towards luxury. And the reality is that this is indeed a more luxurious power bank which is also reflected in the price. It’s also twice as expensive as the Renogy which has almost 3 times the capacity. But the overall build quality alone more than makes for the price difference.
Read our full review of the Omni 20+ Power Bank
3. TalentCell Rechargeable 12V 6000mAh/5V 12000mAh DC
If you don’t have a lot of gadgets to charge and merely want a power bank with a medium capacity and a 12V DC output, this TalentCell power bank is ideal for you. This power bank features a 6000mAh lithium-ion battery with a DC port that serves as both an output and input. The output function operates between 9V and 12.6V and can deliver a maximum current of 3A.
Additionally, the TalentCell’s power bank’s input capability supports a maximum of 12.6V/3A. In contrast to the DC port, which can be used to power up gadgets such as routers, LED strip lights and IP cameras, the USB-A port with the 5V/2A output is better suited for charging devices with lower power consumption, such as phones.
Furthermore, it has safety features such as over-charging, over-discharging, and short-circuit protection to safeguard the power banks and connected devices. TalentCell’s power bank is 3.35×1.1×5.7 inches, which is smaller than the other power banks on our list, making it easier to carry in your backpack. Also, the LED indicators on the power bank display the battery level.
So there you have it, the best power banks with 12V output. Let us know if you believe any other power bank model should make the list.