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 2 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 5/12/20v
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 MAXOAK 50000mAh comes with the following items included (besides the battery itself):
- Battery charger
- DC cable
- 14 (!) different connectors
- A carry-on bag
- A message card
2. RIVER Portable Power Station 116,000 mAh
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.
3. Crave PowerPack CRVPP101 50000 mAh
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.
4. Jackery PowerBar 77Wh/20800mAh
The Jackery PowerBar is specially designed to power laptops. And unlike many similar products, it can handle the MacBook and other Apple laptops. Furthermore, it features a very handy AC port, which means that you can plug your laptop directly into it just as you would do with a regular wall plug.
Notice: If you’re connecting to the AC plug, you can do so by holding the power button pressed for 2 seconds. And after, you’re done, the AC should be switched off, as the battery will drain even if nothing is plugged in!
Besides the AC plug, the Jackery PowerBar features 3 other ports:
- USB charger (5V 2.4A)
- USB C (5V 3A)
- USB 3.0 quick charge
When it comes to size, it’s pretty compact compared to other external laptop battery chargers, measuring in at 6.29″ x 2.55″ x 2.55″ (16cm x 6.4cm x 6.4cm). It’s also pretty light at only 1.5 pounds (690g).
5. Voltaic Systems “Arc 20 Watt Rapid Solar Laptop Charger” – 24,000mAh
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!
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.
6. RAVPower external laptop battery charger 20100 mAh
Althought not the most powerful or cheap (compared to output) tiem on the list, this is definitely one of the lightest at only 1.08 punds (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 slimest 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.
7. Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
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.
8. AIVANT KR-899 42000mAh external laptop battery
Although not as famous as other brands in this list, AIVANT, delivered a sound product in the KP-899. It’s one of the few powerbanks that’s been made primarely for laptops. With it’s high-end capacity, it can power almost all laptop models, with the exception of those that operate with a DC current over 10A/120W.
One of the most appealing features of the AIVANT KR-899 is the fact that it comes with two AC outlets. So if you’re into activities that require the use of two laptops at the same time, then this is could be one the best alternatives. Besides the 2 AC outlets, it also features four USB ports (5V/2.1A*2, 5V/1A*2) and one 12V output port for jacks.
Another handy feature of the AIVANT KR-899 is the solar input port. This means that you can charge it using solar panels, which is very useful if you’re planning long trips off-grid.
In terms of size, it comes in at 7.9″ x 5.7″ x 1.8″ (20cm x 13.7cm x 4.5cm) and it weighs 3.31 pounds (1.5 kg). So it’s definitely not the most nimble on the list.
This concludes our list. Now, depending on your specific requirement, some of them might be better than other. So we here’s our take on the best choice for some of the most popular needs:
- Best price/power ratio: MAXOAK 50000mAh 5/12/20v
- Largest capacity: RIVER Portable Power Station
- Lightest: RAVPower 20100
- Best choice for Macs: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
- Best for solar charging: Voltaic Arc 20
- Most AC plugs: AIVANT KR-899
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 nervs 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!