Best Portable Chargers for Travel

Power banks or portable chargers can be lifesavers during travel. Both professional and leisure travellers rely heavily on their portable chargers to power battery hungry smartphones, tablets and laptops. Latest high capacity power banks are much lighter than before and at the same time are capable of powering even laptops and Macbooks for extended periods. Portable chargers today also get charged and charge phones/laptops two to three times faster than power banks from a few years ago.

We have carefully handpicked the best power banks for travel use as well as car use that offer a combination of portability, charging speed, versatility, weight, and reliability for travellers.

All our recommended power banks are TSA approved for carry in cabin baggage (carry-on baggage) on flights. If you are asked by the TSA agent regarding the safety worthiness of your powerbank, point out the Wh rating on the powerbank. TSA and other international flight safety agencies allow power banks less than 100Wh, (that is less than 26,800 mAH).

Here are our top 6 picks in best power banks for travel:

Best All-Purpose High Capacity Portable Charger for Travel (for Phones, iPads, Macbooks, Chromebooks & Dell XPS Laptops)

RAVPower 20000 45-watt PD Portable Charger

Best High Capacity Power Bank for iPhone XS Max
RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD supports upto 45-watt PD output which enables it to charge Macbook Air and Macbook Pro at speeds comparable to their stock Apple chargers

RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD portable charger is our overall #1 pick as it offers a balance of high capacity, weight and extremely versatile charging features. RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD can charge almost all latest smartphones (including Samsung S10, S9, Note 9/8, iPhone XR, XS, iPhone 8/8+ etc. ) at the highest possible speeds of zero to 50% in just 30 minutes over USb-C PD. It will also charge all the iPads including the latest ipad Air 2019, iPad mini 2019, and iPad Pro 2018 at their fastest possible speeds. But what is more,RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD charges Macbooks at an incredible 45 watt charging speeds – the highest output provided by any premium portable charger in the market.

The 45-watt output also allows it to charge most newer Dell XPS 13 and even XPS 15 laptops as well.

Besides this RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD, also charges older iPhones (iPhone 7, 7 Plus,6s, 6/6s+, SE etc.) at more than twice the speed of Apple iPhone chargers.

You can fully charge iPhone 8/7/6s about 7 times with this portable charger. Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S8 and iPhone XS/XR/8 Plus can be fully charged more than almost 5 times with it.

The RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD gets fully charged with a USB-C PD wall charger or any Macbook charger in just 4-5 hours – making it a great travel companion. It also has a micro-USB port for charging itself and can be charged in about 12 hours with Android phone chargers.

RAVPower 20100 45 watt PD has a two charging ports, USB-C PD port and a regular USB port. It weighs 14 oz pound (about 400 grams) which is decent weight for a charger of this capacity.

What We Like!

  • Supports fast-charging of all latest iPhones, Samsung, LG, Moto and Pixel phones
  • Fast charges all iPads at maximum speed
  • Can charge Macbook Pro and Air at high 45-watt speed.
  • Good build quality
  • Can be charged in two ways – USB-C or micro-USB
  • Gets charged in 4 hours via USB-C PD port
  • Gets charged in 12 hours via micro- USB as well

What we do not like!

  • Two ports is a bit less. Three ports would have been better for travel use.

Best High Capacity Portable Charger for Travel (Maximum TSA-allowed capacity)

RAVPower 26800 PD

powerbank for macbook
RAVPower 26800 PD 30 watt comes in maximum TSA-allowed battery capacity and fast-charges everything from latest iPhone XS/XR/8 to Samsung S10/S9/Note 9/8 to Macbooks and iPads

RAVPower 26800 PD 30 watt is our top pick as ultra high capacity portable charger for travel. It will charge nearly all popular latest smartphones (including iPhone XR, XS, iPhone 8/8+, Samsung S10, S9, Note 9/8, LG G8/G7/V40 etc) at the highest possible speeds of zero to 50% in just 30 minutes with its 18-watt USB-C PD output. RAVPower 26800 PD 30 watt charges Macbooks at quite fast 30 watt charging speeds and will also charge all iPads including the latest iPad Air 2019, iPad mini 2019, and iPad Pro 2018,

iPhone 8/7/6s can be fully charged nearly nine times with this portable charger. Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8, S7 and iPhone XS/XR/8, 8 Plus can be fully charged almost 6 times with it. The portable charger has a total of 3 charging ports – one USB-C and two regular USB – and this is handy for charging multiple phones/tablets at once.

The RAVPower 26800 PD 30 watt gets fully charged with a PD wall charger in about 4 hours. The powerbank can be charged via two types of ports – USB-C or micro-USB.

The powerbank weighs around 1 pound (450 grams).

Please note: To charge Dell XPS 13 laptops with this power bank, charge the laptop while it is switched off.

What We Like!

  • Maximum TSA-allowed battery capacity for carrying on flights
  • 30 watt USB-C PD supports latest iPhones and Samsung/LG/Pixel/Moto smartphones
  • Charges iPhone XR/XS/X, iPhone 8, all iPads, Samsung S10, S9, S8 etc at maximum speed
  • Charge Macbooks at high 30-watt speed.
  • Sturdily built power bank
  • Three charging ports
  • Can be charged in two ways – via USB-C pr micro-USB
  • Gets charged in 4-5 hours
  • Great price

What we do not like!

  • None really

Best High Capacity Portable Charger for Travel (Runner-Up)

Anker PowerCore 26800 PD

USB PD portable charger for iPhone 9
Anker PowerCore 26800 PD can charge Macbooks and 2 iPhones simultaneously

Anker PowerCore 26800 PD 30 watt has maximum battery capacity allowed by the TSA for air travel and can charge all your latest smartphones (including Samsung S10, S9, Note 9/8, iPhone XR, XS, iPhone 8/8+ etc. ) at the highest possible speeds of zero to 50% in just 30 minutes. Anker PowerCore 26800 PD will also charge the latest iPhone XR/XS/X, and iPhone 8/8+ at their fastest possible 18-watt charging speed (zero to 50% in 30 mins) over USB-C PD. This portable charger also charges Macbooks at 30 watt charging speeds.

You can fully charge iPhone 8/7/6s nearly nine times with this portable charger. Samsung Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS/XR/8 Plus can be fully charged almost 6 times with it.

The Anker PowerCore 26800 PD 30 watt gets fully charged with the included wall charger in just 4.5 hours – making it a great travel companion. It has a total of 3 charging ports, which ensures you have can charge multiple devices at once.

The 1.1 pound (about 500 grams) total weight is lighter than other chargers of similar capacity in the market.

Please note: This portable charger will not charge Dell XPS 13 laptops

What We Like!

  • Maximum TSA allowed battery capacity
  • 30 watt USB-C PD supports latest Android and Apple smartphones
  • Charge iPhone XR/XS/X, iPhone 8, ipads, Samsung S10, S9, S8 etc at maximum speed
  • Charge Macbooks at high 30-watt speed.
  • Very premium build quality
  • 10-position battery status indicator
  • Gets charged in 4.5 hours
  • PD wall charger included
  • Great warranty and service

What we do not like!

  • No option to buy without the included power adapter

Best High Capacity Compact Portable Charger for Travel

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

USB PD portable charger for iPhone X
PowerCore Speed 20000 PD perfectly balances portability with adequate battery capacity

If PowerCore 26800 PD or RAVPower 26800 PD seem too large and heavy at around 1 pounds, then PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is a great compact, light weight and high capacity portable charger weighing just 13 oz (360 grams). PowerCore Speed 20000 PD charges all the latest Android and Apple smartphones at the highest possible speeds. It can also charge Macbooks Pro/Air at pretty decent 24 watt charging current.

iPhone 8 can be fully charged nearly 7 times with it while Samsung Galaxy S0 can be charged almost 5 times with it. The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD has 2 charging ports – one USB-C port and a regular USB port.

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD power bank can be fully charged in just 4 hours using the bundled 30 watt PD wall charger.

What We Like!

  • Great balance of portability and high capacity
  • Can charge the latest iPhone XR/XS/X, iPhone 8, iPads, Samsung S10,  S9, S8 etc at maximum speed – zero to 50% in just 30 minutes. 
  • Charges iPad Pro 2018, iPad mini 2019 and iPad Air 3 at fastest possible speed as well
  • Charge Macbooks at pretty decent 24 watt charging output.
  • 10-position battery status indicator
  • Gets charged in just 4 hours
  • 30-watt PD wall charger included.  Included wall charger also works as fast-charger for new iPhones and iPads
  • Superb Anker 18-month warranty and service

What we do not like!

Best Reasonable Price High Capacity Portable Charger for Travel for Samsung Phones

Anker PowerCore II 20000

Best portable phone charger for samsung S9
 PowerCore II 20000 can fast charge latest Samsung S10, S9, Note 9 etc at fastest speed

Anker PowerCore II 20000 is our pick as the most reasonably priced travel portable charger. PowerCore II 20000 will charge the latest Android smartphones including Samsung S10, S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8, etc at the fastest supported 18 watt charging output. It will also charge all iPhones at twice the charging speed of your Apple iPhone charger as it supports the  2.4 amp fast charging mode for iPhones and iPads.

PowerCore II 20000 weigh just 13.3 oz (360 grams) and can be fully charged in 5 hours using the any Quickcharge wall charger such as the Samsung S10, S8/S9/Note 9/Note 8 phone chargers. If you do not have an Android phone charger, you can also choose to buy a low-cost quality Quickcharge charger such as Anker Quickcharge 3.0 charger or RAVPower dual port charger to charge it in 5 hours.

What We Like!

  • Excellent balance of portability and high capacity
  • Can charge the latest Samsung S10, S10+, Note 9, Note 8, S9, S8,  etc at maximum speed
  • 10-position battery status indicator
  • Gets charged in just 5 hours

What we do not like!

  • Can’t fast charge iPhone X, iPhone 8 at zero to 50% in 30 mins as it lacks USB PD support. It will still charge all iphones quite fast at zero to 50% in 40-50 mins charging speed

Best Ultralight 2-in-1 Wall charger + Portable Charger Combo for Travel

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000

Best travel portable charger
PowerCore Fusion  combines a wall charger with a 5000 mah powerbank 

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 is our pick among ultracompact and ultralight travel portable charger. This handy device combines a 5,000 mah powerbank with a wall charger – meaning you do not have to pack your wall charger and powerbank separately

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000mah charger weighs just 7 oz and can charge almost all Android phones such as S9, Note 9 etc once. It can charge most iPhones almost twice.

When used as a wall charger, Anker Fusion 5000mah charger first charges your device and then charges itself, This means that you do not have to remember to separately charge your powerbank. It gets fully charged in about 2.5 hours.

What We Like!

  • Great travel charging solution
  • Maximum 2 amp output makes it great for both iPhones and Android phones
  • Very light and compact at just 7 oz (210 grams)
  • Excellent Anker build quality

What we do not like!

  • None

Best Heavy Duty Super High Capacity Portable Charger for Road Travel

Crave 50000 mah

Best laptop power bank for travel and car use
Crave 50000 mah portable charger is great as as car powerbank for use on family and outdoor trips

Crave 50000 mah portable charger is especially designed as a charging solution for road warriors. This heavy duty portable charger has adequate juice for charging most iPhones about 18 times and most Android phones about 12 times! But its real strength is its capacity to charge laptops and Macbooks.

Crave 50000 mah portable charger has an incredible 6 charging ports –

  • One 20 volt port for laptops
  • One 12 volt port for various devices such as cameras.
  • 4 USB ports – two 1-amp ports and two 2.5 amp ports
powerbank for laptops
Crave 50000 is a great portable charger for laptops with support for a huge variety of brands

Crave 50000 mah portable charger can charge most laptops including the popular HP Spectre 13 and Dell XPS 13 series of laptops thanks to its maximum output of 60 watt via the 20 volt port. Crave 50000 mah portable charger charges laptops via a dedicated 20 volt DC port, which is the best way to charge laptops using a portable charger is it eliminates energy wastage involved in charging via AC outlets. The Crave 50000 mah portable charger comes with a set of pins to suit a 14 types of laptops charging pins/ports.

Crave 50000 mah portable charger comes with its own dedicated wall charger that charges it fully in just 7-8 hours.

This heavy duty portable charger weighs 2.77 lbs which is pretty decent given the provided functionality and the fact that it is primarily intended for car and emergency use.

Please Note that Crave 50000 mah portable charger cannot be taken onboard flights as it exceeds 100WH limit set by international air safety regulators.

sony laptop powerbank
Maxoak 50000 comes with power connector pins for 14 types of laptop connectors including those of Acer, Toshiba, Dell, HP, Sony, Fujitsu etc.

What We Like!

  • Charges a huge range of laptops
  • Dedicated 20 volt laptop charging ports
  • Dedicated 12 v DC output for cameras and other equipment
  • Charges iPhones at two-times the charging speed of Apple chargers
  • 4 USB charging ports
  • Huge capacity
  • 14 types of provided laptop pins cover a huge range of laptops

What we do not like!

  • No USB-C PD support
  • Can’t charge Macbooks

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