Best USB C power banks with PD (Power Delivery)

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, or you’ll be giving up on speed and efficiency.

This is why we made a thorough 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 – more on this at the end of the page
  • Under 100Wh so that they would be accepted on planes

This list contains multiple great power banks. However, it’s difficult to single out just one of them, due to the fact that there are so many different needs for which people actually buy power banks. This is why we sorted them according to their battery capacity, starting from the lowest to the highest capacity (mAh).

And while there is no real inferior limit, the upper limit in terms of capacity is at about 20000mAh. This is where the portable chargers tend to go over the 100Wh limit imposed by airline regulations. Over this limit, it can be risky to take any battery packs on board of planes, as they might get confiscated at the security check. More info here.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

Anker is known for its high-quality and high-performance power banks. And the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux only confirms their solid reputation. This is a compact portable charger that packs enough power for most people that seek to have 2-3 extra charges for their phone. With its 18W PD USB, it can charge the average smartphone in about one hour. Furthermore, provided you have a PD wall charger, the PD Redux can be recharged in just about 3.5 hours, otherwise it would take about 9h using a normal wall charger.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

  • 10000 mAh charging capacity
  • 1 USB C input/output port with PD
  • 1 USB A port
  • 18W max output
  • 38Wh
  • LED power indicator

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • Small and compact
  • Fast charging technology
  • One USB-C PD port
  • Sleek mate case
  • 18 month warranty
CONS
  • Only two ports

 

RAVPower 10000mAh USB C Power Bank

This compact portable charger from RAVPower is pretty similar to the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux. They have the same capacity and similar sizes. However, the RAVPower 10000mAh has one extra Micro USB port, which can prove to be useful in some cases.

RAVPower 10000mAh USB C Power Bank

  • 10000 mAh charging capacity
  • 1 USB C input/output port with PD
  • 1 Mico USB port
  • 1 QC USB A port
  • 18W max output
  • 37Wh
  • LED power indicator

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • Small and compact
  • Fast charging technology
  • 3 different ports including USB C
  • 18 month warranty
CONS
  • No real cons

 

ENERGEAR 45W USB C Power Bank 10000mAh

This is an interesting package from ENERGEAR as, besides the 10000mAh USB-C portable charger, they also include a compatible 45W wall charger. This is a great combo with more power bank produces should consider producing since basically all fast charging power banks come without a fast-charging wall charger. Due to this great combo, this ENERGEAR portable charger can recharge in 1.5h, which is almost unbeatable by similar products. And yet another uncommon feature of this power bank is the fact that it’s waterproof!

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ENERGEAR 45W USB C Power Bank

  • 10000 mAh charging capacity
  • 1 USB C input/output port with PD
  • Waterproof standards: IP55 & IP67
  • 45 W max output
  • 37 Wh
  • LED power indicator

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • Comes with a wall-charger
  • It charges in just 1.5h
  • One USB C with PD
  • Powerful enough to charge laptops
  • Waterproof
CONS
  • Only has one single port

 

XCOREsion 15-45 by J-Go Tech 15000mAh

This 15000 mAh portable charger from J-Go Tech has a more premium feel, being smaller and lighter than other models with similar features. With a power output of 45W, it can charge almost any device including the Nintendo Switch, iPads or the MacBook Pro.

XCOREsion 15-45 by J-Go Tech

  • 15000 mAh charging capacity
  • 1 USB C input/output port with PD
  • 2 USB-A ports (one of which with QuickCharge technology)
  • 45W max output
  • 55.5Wh
  • LED power indicator

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • Small and lightweight for its capacity
  • Fast charging technology
  • 3 different ports including USB C
  • 2-year warranty
CONS
  • Rather pricey for this capacity

 

RAVPower Portable Charger 20000mAh

This high-capacity power bank is very versatile, having no less than 5 different ports. It comes with a sleek design, scratch-proof case and it features a stylish LED indicator that displays the amount of power left in the charger. One of the selling points of this power bank is that it comes with advanced surge protection for each of the 5 ports. This means you don’t have to worry about short circuits or overheating.

RAVPower Portable Charger 20000mAh

  • 20000 mAh charging capacity
  • 3 input ports: Micro USB; USB-C; Lightning port
  • 3 output ports: USB-C; USB 3.0; USB 2.0
  • The USB-C port works for both input and output, and also has PD
  • 18W max output
  • 74Wh
  • LED power indicator

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • Very versatile in terms of ports
  • High capacity
  • Durable case
  • Ultra-high port protections
CONS
  • On the heavy side for this capacity

 

Omni 20+ with USB Type C and AC/DC plugs

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 charge only by simply placing them on top of the power bank.

Omni 20+ with USB Type C and AC/DC plugs

  • 20000 mAh charging capacity
  • 1 USB C input/output port with PD
  • 2 USB-A ports
  • One AC output and DC in/out port
  • 100W max output on AC port
  • 60W on the USB-C port
  • 72Wh
  • OLED screen

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • A lot of ports, including AC/DC
  • It can easily power laptops
  • Wireless charging feature
  • Fast charging
  • Comes with useful accessories
CONS
  • Quite bulky
  • Premium price

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

 

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with 30W Power Delivery Charger

This monster of a power bank from Anker is basically built with the largest capacity that is accepted on flights, just shy of the 100 Wh limit. You can easily take this battery pack with you on vacation and power everything form your camera, to your iPad and even laptop, provided it has a USB-C PD power plug. Furthermore, Anker also delivers a high-speed wall-charger which allows the power bank to charge in just 4.5h, which is a great time considering its huge capacity.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with 30W Power Delivery Charger

  • 268000 mAh charging capacity
  • 1 USB C input/output port with PD
  • 2 USB-A ports
  • 30W max output
  • 99.16Wh
  • LED power indicator
  • Comes with a 35W wall charger
  • Premium aluminium-alloy shell

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

PROS
  • Huge capacity
  • Comes with a fast wall charger
  • One USB C with PD
  • Metal case
  • Charges in just 4.5h
CONS
  • On the heavy side at 1.28 pounds

 

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. More and more devices are starting to adopt this new type of port. Even Apple is on the way of replacing its famous thunderbolt and lightning plugs 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 with 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 which 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 ports, 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 these 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 of a power bank that we did not cover, please let us know in the comments or via our contact page.