8 of the best external laptop battery chargers you can buy today

Laptops have become essential devices in the lives of many of us, especially for people that are highly mobile. Regardless if we’re traveling or going on a business trip, we tend to take our laptops with us. And ever so often we run out of battery power. Sometimes during some highly important moments such as letting the boss know that you’re going to be two days late from the vacation.

Actually, laptop batteries get less performance as they age. So a laptop that would run for 4-5 hours when new, will end up working for just 30 minutes after a few years of use. For this and many other reasons, external laptop batteries can come in very handy.

Instead of squatting next to an airport plug as people pass you by, you can very easily take out a portable battery and charge your laptop as you’re comfortably sipping a drink at the cafe bar. Or how about binge-watching the last season of Game of Thrones on a mountaintop? Yes, you can do that too, with one of these external laptop batteries.

1. MAXOAK 50000mAh

MAXOAK Laptop Power Bank 185Wh/50000mAh(Max.130W) Portable Laptop Charger External Battery Pack for...

  • Long-lasting DC Power Bank for Laptops: Ultra High Capacity 50000mAh(3.7V)/185Wh(130W Max.).
  • Can charge laptops Max.130W-135W.
  • 6 outputs for different digital devices: One 20V/5A, one 12V/2.5A, two USB 5V/2.1A and two USB 5V/1A.
  • Can Be Recharged in Just 6-8 Hours.
  • Emergency Battery Backup for Outdoors. Size 8.1 in x 5.3 in x 1.3 in And Weight 2.77lb.
  • Includes 1 x AC Adapter, 1 x DC cable, and 14 x DC connector for Laptops.
  • Support 2 Recharge Way: AC Wallout/Car.
  • Supports Pass-through Charging.
  • Built-in multi-protection function including overload protection, over-current, low-current protection.
  • Not TSA approved because of high capacity (185Wh/50000mAh 3.7V).

Last update on 2020-09-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This hefty external battery works with most laptops (but not Macs!) and features 6 output ports:

  • One 20V/5A port for laptops
  • One 12V/2.5A port for digital cameras
  • Two 5V/2.1A and Two 5V/1A for smartphones and other battery-charged devices

Multiple devices can be charged at once, which is very handy if you have a laptop and a phone that need juice at the same time. Or if you too have friends that never bring their own power banks and always rely on you.

The size of this battery is 8.1″ x 5.3″ x 1.3″ (20.6cm x 13.5cm x 3.3 cm), which is quite a good ratio for this amount of power. But in case it’s difficult for you to visualize its size, here’s an image with a person handling it in real life.

And at 2.77 lb (1.2 kg) it has a decent weight, although you wouldn’t want to take it jogging.

The MAXOAKKK 50000mAh comes with the following items included (besides the battery itself):

  • Battery charger
  • DC cable
  • 14 (!) different connectors
  • A carry-on bag
  • Manual
  • A message card

mAh/$: 384.91

PROS
  • Sleek design
  • Multiple outlets
  • 12-month warranty
  • Fantastic customer service
  • Supports pass-through charging
  • Has shorting protection
CONS
  • Does not charge all laptops (especially Apple)
  • Cannot be taken on planes
  • Takes about 6h to charge

 

2. RIVER Portable Power Station 116000mAh

EF ECOFLOW River Portable Power Station Generator 412Wh 114000mAh High Capacity 500W Output Max...

  • Holds 111,4000mAh capacity and delivers 500W of total AC/DC output.
  • Power up to 11 devices at the SAME time - (2) USB Quickcharge 2.0, (2) USB, (2) USB-C Type, (2) AC Outlets, (2) 6mm DC Outlets, and (1) 12V Car Port.
  • Recharges via Wall (6 hours), Solar (10 - 15 hours), or Car (9 hours).
  • Contains a display to monitor power station performance from moment to moment.
  • The battery holds a charge for up to 1 year,
  • Supports Pass-through Charging.
  • Intelligent Auto-sensing port to and supplies exactly demanded current.
  • Designed to operate at temperatures ranging from -4° to 140° Fahrenheit.
  • Includes Safety Protection System.
  • 18-month warranty.
  • Not TSA approved because of high capacity.

Last update on 2020-09-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This is a beast of an external battery which is perfect for long trips in remote areas. At 116,000 mAh it trumps almost any other battery on the market in terms of charging capacity. And with a 300W AC electricity output, it’s in a class of its own.

You can use it to charge not one, but multiple laptops at the same time, as it comes with 4 USB-A ports and 2 USB-C ports. But besides those 6 ports, it also features another 5: 2 DC ports, 2 AC, and 12V car port. All-in-all 11 different ports, more than any other external battery for laptops.

As it turns out, the River has been born as an Indigogo campaign which where it gathered over 1.1 million dollars in funds. With this amount, they were able to successfully bring it to market and sell it worldwide.

In terms of size, it’s rather bulky at 12″ x 12″ x 12″ (30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm) and also on the heavy side weighing in at 11 pounds (4,9 kg). So you would not want to take it on hikes, but if you travel by car or attend a summer festival, then this will be your best friend.

mAh/$: 213.23

PROS
  • The largest capacity
  • 11 different ports
  • Holds charges for up to one year
  • Fast loading time (compared to capacity)
  • Can be charged by solar power
  • Charges any laptop (including Mac)
  • 1-year warranty
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Cannot be taken on planes

 

3.  Crave PowerPack CRVPP101 50000mAh

PD Power Bank 50000mAh, Crave PowerPack Portable Battery Pack Charger [Power Delivery PD 3.0 USB-C...

  • At 50000mah, you can charge your devices to full capacity quickly and efficiently.
  • 6 outputs for different digital devices: (2) USB 5V/2.1A, (2) USB 5v/1A, (1) DC 20V/3A, and (1) DC 12V/2.5A.
  • Compatible with a wide array of Laptops under 5 Amps (Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Lenovo, NEC, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba). Does not support Apple Macbooks.
  • 10 Laptop Charger Adapters and 1 Micro USB Cable included.
  • Highly portable at a size of just 8 x 6 x 2 inches and a weight of 1.98 lbs.
  • Contains a LED indicator.
  • Not TSA approved because of high capacity 50000mAh.

Last update on 2020-09-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This is a highly versatile external laptop battery which will charge almost all laptop models. But before purchasing make sure that your laptop draws under 5 Amps, otherwise the battery will shut off automatically.

In terms of port variety the Crave PowerPack features the following:

  • one 20V/3 Amp port for charging laptops
  • one 12v/2.5 Amp port for charging cameras,
  • two 5v/2.1 Amp USB ports for charging tablets
  • two 5v/1.0 Amp ports for charging mobile devices

This portable charger also comes with a set of different adaptors that will fit popular laptop models such as Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Acer and more. All-in-all there are 10 different adapters included in the package.

When it comes to size, the Crave PowerPack comes in at 8″ x 6″ x 2″ (20 cm x 15 cm x 5 cm) and weighs 1.98 pounds (0.8 kg) making it one of the lightest items on this list.

mAh/$: 250.01

PROS
  • Light weight
  • Charghes almost all laptop models
  • 6 output ports
  • 10 charge adaptors
CONS
  • Has a maximum output of 5 Amps
  • Laptop charger cord is short
  • Cannot be charged via USB

 

4. Anker Powerhouse 200

Anker Powerhouse 200, 213Wh/57600mAh Portable Rechargeable Generator Clean & Silent 110V AC...

  • 218.8W/57600mAh capacity
  • Total Output: 130W Max
  • 5 Outputs: 1x AC Outlet 100W 110V/0.9A, 1x DC Car Outlet 12V/5A, 1x USB-C 30W 5V/3A, and 2x USB A 15W 5V/3A.
  • 3 Input modes: 1x USB-C PD 5V/3A,
  • LCD display that indicates the percentage of the total charge remaining.
  • Recharges via USB-C, AC, or Solar.
  • Recharge time of:
    • 6.5 hours via AC adapter
    • 8 hours via a 30W PD wall charger
    • 4.5 hours via 60W PD wall charger
  • Superior Safety with MultiProtect
  • AC/DC adapter and power cable included.
  • Compatible with 5-22V DC output solar chargers.
  • Supports Pass-through Charging via AC wall outlet/Car.
  • 18-month warranty.
  • Not TSA approved because of high capacity.

Last update on 2020-09-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Anker Powerhouse 200 is an all-in-one power station with multiple output ports. It’s designed not only to power smartphones, laptops, and other USB devices. Through its AC Outlet 100W 110V/0.9A, it’s capable of powering small appliances, such as mini-fridges, table lamps, fans, and even emergency equipment. The AC outlet can also charge the MacBook and other Apple laptops up to 3 times, by simply plugging them into it as you would do with a regular wall outlet.

Besides the AC outlet, the Anker Powerhouse 200 features 4 other ports:

  • A DC Car Outlet (12V/5A).
  • A single USB-C 30W (5V/3A).
  • Two USB A 15W (5V/3A).

Through these ports, the Anker Powerhouse 200 can recharge smartphones over 12 times (iPhone 8 battery for more than 20 times), iPad Air 2019 battery more than 6 times, a mini-fridge over 4 times, and it can provide up to 50+ hours of power for lamps (Up to 5W). So, it’s very powerful.

When it comes to size, it’s not as compact as other external laptop battery chargers, measuring in at 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 in (19.05 x 13.97 x 11.94 cm). Despite being a little uncomfortable to carry around, it’s one of the lightest on this list as it weighs 96 ounces (2721 g).

Overall, thanks to its the many ports, huge capacity, versatility, and portability, the Anker Powerhouse 200 comes perfect for keeping all your devices powered during a camping trip, meaning you won’t need to take another portable charger.

mAh/$: 192.01

PROS
  • Huge charging capacity: 218.8W/57600mAh
  • Multiple output ports
  • AC port & car lighter port
  • Supports solar charging
  • Very fast charging time considering the capacity
CONS
  • A little heavy and bulky
  • Cannot be taken on planes
  • Incompatible with USB-C laptops with input over 30W

 

5. Voltaic Systems “Arc 20 Watt Rapid Solar Laptop Charger” – 24000mAh

Voltaic Systems Arc 20 Watt Rapid Solar Laptop Charger, 24,000mAh | Includes a USB-C PD Battery Pack...

  • Rated at 24,000mAh / 88Wh of Eco-friendly power.
  • Powers laptops (including MacBook and Surface laptops with optional adapter), DSLRs, smartphones and other USB devices.
  • Output: DC (12- 24V), USB Qualcomm Quick Charger (5V/2A) and USB-C (5V/3A).
  • Input: 14-25V.
  • High-performance solar powers made from industry-leading monocrystalline solar cells.
  • Fully charges in 7 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Easy to read LED display.
  • Designed to last 3x longer than similar folding solar panels.
  • Water- and UV-resistant.
  • Compact, Travel-Friendly Design weighing just 3.5 lbs.
  • 24-month warranty.
  • Allowed by TSA and FAA.

Last update on 2020-09-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

If you’re into long camping trips then you’re going to love the Arc 20 Watt Solar Charger Kit simply because it comes with a foldable solar charger. In full sunlight, the power bank can be completely charged in 5 hours!

external laptop battery

This is a great device to have with you when going to remote places for longer time periods. When the battery gets depleted, you simply need to unfold the solar panels and point them at the sun. You can even use the Arc 20 as it’s being charged by sunlight.

It works for most laptop models, including Macs, but it can also power other types of devices such as digital cameras & smartphones. It’s also very light, as the whole system (power bank + solar panels) weight in at 3.5 pounds (1.58 kg).

Besides solar energy, the battery can be charged by traditional wall charger and by car adapter, both of which are included in the package.

mAh/$: 120.60

PROS
  • Solar charging ability
  • Charghes Macs
  • Light weight
  • 2-year warranty
  • Very good customer service
CONS
  • High mAh/$ ratio
  • Issue with LED indicator: does not always match the charge level

 

6. RAVPower external laptop battery charger 20100mAh

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USB C Portable Charger RAVPower 20000mAh 60W PD 3.0 Power Bank 2-Port Power Delivery Battery Pack...

  • 20100mAh capacity to power laptops and smartphones.
  • 3A Type-C Input & Output for faster charge.
  • 2.4A USB output ports (x2).
  • 2A Micro-USB input port (x 1).
  • Compatible with MacBook.
  • Dual Charging and Data transfer Functions through iSmart 2.0 port.
  • 1 Type-C connector and 2 Micro USB cables included.
  • LED Battery Status Indicator.
  • Smart Protection System.
  • Recharges in just 4 hours through the 3A USB Type-C port.
  • Easily portable.
  • 18-month warranty.
  • Allowed by TSA and FAA.

Last update on 2020-09-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Although not the most powerful or cheap (compared to output) item on the list, this is definitely one of the lightest at only 1.08 pounds (490 g). And considering it’s size of 6.7″ x 3.1″ x 0.8″ (17cm x 6.7cm x 2cm) it’s also one of the slimmest laptop chargers you can find. Unlike many power banks on this list, this one can actually fit in a pocket (albeit not a very tight one).

It charges most laptop models including the often troublesome Macs using the Type-C plug that matches the MacBook’s original 30W charger. However, a Type-c charger is not included in the packages and must be purchased separately.

mAh/$: 371.057

PROS
  • Very Light
  • Slim
  • Charghes Macs
  • Can charge multipe devices at once
  • Very durable
  • Good customer service
CONS
  • On some laptop models it reverse-charghes, drawing power from the laptop instead of the other way around
  • Type-C charger not included

 

7. Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

  • 26800mAh of power charges most phones over 7 times, tablets at least 2 times or laptops at least once.
  • Boast 1 USB-TypeC 30W Input & Output for faster charge.
  • Compatible with MacBook ( USB-C laptops which require an input over 30W may not be compatible).
  • 2 USB Output ports (5V/3A each) with PowerIQ technology offer faster-charging speeds.
  • LED Battery Status Indicator.
  • Recharges in just 4. 5 hours through the 3A USB Type-C port.
  • Includes 30W USB-C wall charger (x1) , 1 Micro USB cable (x1), and USB-C to USB-C cable (x1).
  • Compact and Portable with a size of just 3.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches and 1.28 pounds of weight.
  • 18-month warranty.
  • Allowed by TSA and FAA.

Last update on 2020-09-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Anker is one of the top brands when it comes to power banks. This model is a good fit for anyone that wants to power their laptops, especially MackBooks or other USB Type-C devices. One of the features that stands out for this battery is it’s fast charging time. At only 4.5 hours, it’s one of the fastest on this list. A great advantage if you’re in a hurry.

As a plane-safe device, that is also small and nimble, this is a great option for traveling. At 1.3 pounds (590 g) it can easily be carried in a backpack and at 6.5″ x 3.1″ x 0.9″ (16.51cm x 7.8cm x 2.2cm) it might even fit in a pocket.

Although perfect for Macs, the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is not compatible with a series of laptops such as  HTC 10, Dell XPS series, Lenovo ThinkPad 470s, ThinkPad X1, HP Spectre, and the Huawei MateBook. And for some other models, it doesn’t support high-speed charging.

mAh/$: 268.02

PROS
  • Light wieight
  • Fast charching time (4h)
  • Very suitable for Macs
  • Surge & short circuit prevention
  • Can be taken on planes
CONS
  • Does not support some laptop models
  • Does not support pass-through charging

 

8. Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank

Renogy 72000mAh 266Wh 12v Power Bank, CPAP Battery for Camping, High Capacity Power Bank with DC 12v...

  • Ultra-High Capacity of 266Wh/72000mAh
  • High power conversion rate up to 90%
  • Compatible with most popular laptops and notebooks (Does NOT charge laptops and home appliances with DC current over 150W).
  • 4 Outputs:
    • 1x Laptop output port (12V/ 4a, 16V/ 4a, 19V/ 3. 5a, 21V/ 3. 2a).
    • 1x cigarette lighter port 12V/15A (Max).
    • 1x USB-A 5V/2.4A.
    • 1x USB-A 5V/2.1A.
  • DC 15V/2A USB input.
  • Recharges in around 6 or 7 hours.
  • Built-in LED flashlight.LED power indicator and Laptop Voltage indicator.
  • Built-in 6 security protections to ensure safety use and 500+ recharge cycles.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Includes 11x adapters for mainstream laptops, 1x laptop power cable, 1x AC power adapter.
  • 12-month warranty.
  • Not TSA approved because of high capacity.

Last update on 2020-09-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Although not as famous as other brands in this list, Renogy, delivered a sound product in the Renogy 72000mAh. It’s one of the few power banks that’s been made primarily for laptops. With its high-end capacity, it can power almost all laptop models, with the exception of those that operate with a DC current over 62.7W.

One of the most appealing features of the Renogy 72000mAh is the fact that it comes with two DC outlets; a Laptop output port, and a cigarette lighter port.  So if you’re into activities that require the use of two laptops at the same time, through a car inverter to laptop adapter, this is could be one the best alternatives. Besides the 2 DC outlets, it also features two USB-A ports (5V/2.1A, and 5V/2.4A) and one 12V/15A cigarette lighter port for small medical equipment or devices with an extra car power inverter.

In terms of size, it comes in at 8.98 x 4.92 x 1.73 in (20cm x 13.7cm x 4.5cm), and it weighs 44.64 oz (1265.5 g). Despite not being the lightest and most compact on the list, it is highly portable considering its huge capacity.

mAh/$: 450.02

PROS
  • Huge capacity
  • 2 DC outlets
  • Excellent mAh/$ ratio
  • LED flashlight
  • Versatile and highly compatible
  • Water-resistant.
CONS
  • Cannot be taken on planes
  • Does not support the latest MacBook and iPad models
  • Does not support laptops with DC current over 62.7W
  • Does not support pass-through charging

This concludes our list. Now, depending on your specific requirements, some of them might be better than others. So here’s our take on the best choice for some of the most popular needs:

Before purchasing any of these it’s wise to make sure that your laptop is fully compatible with the external battery you’re interested in. So check details such as laptop model and power input specifications. Most of the time you’ll be able to figure it out by reading the product page details. But sometimes you’d need to get in touch with the supplier. This short research can save you loads of time and nerves in the unfortunate event that you’ll order an incompatible charger. It pays to do your homework!

This being said, do you know of any other external laptop battery that is so good that it should be included in our list? If so, please let us know in the comments and we’ll take it into consideration. If we consider it to be good enough, we’ll add it to the list!