Best USB-C Powerbanks

USB-C is fast becoming the standard charging and connectivity technology of choice among the latest released Android smartphones, iPhones, laptops including Macbooks, and even gaming devices. Latest released smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, iPhone Xs, Xs Max, X, Xr, X, 8, 8+, Google Pixel 3, Pixel 2, Motorola Moto Z2, LG G6, Sony XZ, XZ Premium and Oneplus 5T/6/6T,  all support USB-C or USB-C PD charging. Nintendo Switch – currently the the most popular handheld gaming console – and most high-end laptops now support USB-C charging as well.

Anker USB-C battery bank for Galaxy S8
A 30+ watt USB-C PD powerbank can also charge Macbooks and many latest USB-C laptops besides charging flagship phones such as Samsung S9, S8, latest iPhones Xs/X etc, iPads, and Nintendo Switch

USB-C PD is now preferred and recommended charging standard for both Apple’s new and upcoming iPhones, and the future Android phones. It is safe to say that buying a USB-C PD powerbank is a future-proof investment.

Even if you have a QuickCharge 3.0 phone, you can buy dual QC 3.0 + USB-C powerbanks such as Zendure Slim 10000, Aukey 10000 PD  RAVPower 20100 USB-C Input/Output with QC 3.0 for maximum compatibility and future-proof  usability.

Unfortunately, the USB-C standard is highly confusing due to various versions/supported voltages and the vast range of power output it supports. We have, therefore, simplified the choice by recommending suitable USB-C powerbanks according to their exact supported charging modes.

Features to look for in USB-C powerbanks

Minimum 15 watt USB-C PD charging –  This is the absolute minimum that a USB-C powerbank should offer and this is usually the maximum power output offered by the  older first generation USB-C power banks. 15 watt is also the maximum charging speed supported by the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X phones.

18+ watt USB-C PD charging support – Almost all latest  smartphones in the market today support 18 watt fast charging over USB-C PD. This includes Samsung phones (S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 9, Note 8, S7 etc.) and new Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR, X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.  Nintendo Switch also requires 18 watt USB PD to charge it while playing.

30 or more watt USB PD support – This feature applies if you intend to charge Macbooks or USB-C laptops with the powerbank at fast speeds. Your Macbook or laptop will only charge very slowly with a 15-watt USB-C powerbank. In fact, many Windows laptops will not charge at all with the 15-watt USB-C powerbank. In order to charge your Macbooks or compatible laptops at the fastest speed, you will need a 30-watt or 45-watt USB-PD powerbank.

USB-C input charging for quickly charging the powerbanks – High capacity powerbanks will take forever (up to 24 hrs or more) to charge with traditional USB wall chargers. Powerbanks with USB-C input can get charged in as little as 4 hours!

Why buy a 18+ watt USB-C PD Powerbank instead of lower priced 15 watt USB-C powerbanks?

A 18 or more watt (such as 18/24/30/45 watt) USB-C charger/powerbank offers four big differences over lower-cost 15-watt USB-C portable chargers:

  • An 18 or more watt USB-C PD powerbank will charge laptops and Macbooks way faster as such powerbanks can charge at higher voltages (9/12 volts or even 20 volts). Powerbanks with 45 or 30 watt charging output will effectively halve your charging time for Macbooks. A 45 or 30-watt charger also offers a reliable charging setup for high current drawing USB-C ultrabooks and laptops as lower wattage chargers can cause charging circuit failures and overload.
  • An 18+ watt USB-C PD powerbank will support the new fast charging mode for the latest iPhones – iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, 8, 8+, and iPhone X (50% in 30 minutes)
  • It will fast-charge most of the latest Android smartphones. Most latest Android phones such as S9, Note 9, S8, Pixel 2,  support a maximum of 18 watt (9 volt @ 2 amp) over USB-C PD in fast charge mode. A 18/24/30/45 watt charger will support this mode as it can output 9 volts but a 15-watt charger won’t. 15 watt powerbanks can only charge at maximum output of 5v @ 3 amps.
  • 18/24/30/45 watt powerbanks can charge a Nintendo Switch AND the joy-cons  at the same time. Switch can draw as much as 18 watt of power while playing docked with joy-cons and this cannot be handled by lower-cost USB-C chargers which max out at 15 watt. So, in order to get the maximum charging speed for Switch, it is best to use a 30-watt charger.

Here is our selection of top USB-C portable battery banks that deliver the best charging performance with robust and dependable build quality, best selection of features, and responsive customer care.

Best USB-C Powerbank for Smartphones & Laptops (Overall)

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD (24 watt USB PD output) with USB-C PD wall charger

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is our top choice as the USB-C powerbank for smartphones. It offers 24 watt of maximum USB-C PD output, making it perfect for charging all the latest smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, S7 etc. and Apple iPhone Xs, 8, 8+ at their maximum supported charging speed.  The new iPhones Xs/8/8+/X  can be fast charged to 50% in just 30 minutes over USB-C PD 18 watt.

PowerCore Speed 20000 PD will fully charge iPhone 8, 7, and 6S about 6+ times and iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 7 Plus 4+ times. It will charge Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, S7, LG V30, V20 etc. 4+ times as well.

The powerbank comes bundled with a quality 30-watt USB-C PD wall charger, which you can also use to fast charge your phones directly or to charge your Macbook at 30-watt fast speed (same as Apple’s stock 29 watt Macbook wall charger).

PowerCore Speed 20000 PD has two charging ports (one USB-C and one standard USB) and weighs about 14oz. A sturdy body with 18 months warranty further assure continued functioning under heavy use.

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD  will also charge the latest Macbooks and iPads at pretty fast 24 watt charging output. If charging Macbooks even faster is important for you than we will instead recommend a 30-watt USB-C PD powerbank such as RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD or Anker’s PowerCore+ 26800 PD .

Pros:

  • Fastest charging for all Samsung smartphones & latest Apple iPhones
  • Fastest charging for Nintendo Switch – can charge Switch while it is being played.
  • Macbook compatible 24 watt charging
  • Bundled with a quality USB-C wall charger that can also act as fast charger for iPhone Xs, Xs Max, X, 8, 8+.
  • Gets charged in just 4 hours with the bundled wall charger
  • Narrow, long, easy to hold design
  • Lightweight charger at 13.6 oz (360 gm)
  • Solid build quality and customer service assurance

Cons:

  • An option without the bundled USB-C wall charger would have been great
  • Limited compatibility with portable solar panel chargers. If you plan to extensively charge your powerbank using portable solar chargers, then we do not recommend this portable charger. For portable solar panel charging, we instead recommend RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD .

Best USB-C Powerbank for All Android Smartphones 

RAVPower 20100 USB-C Input/Output with QuickCharge 3.0 (18 watt QuickCharge output and 15 watt max USB-C output)
Does not support 18-watt USB PD fast-charging mode for new iPhone Xs Max, Xs, Xr, X, 8, 8 Plus

USB-C power bank reviews
RAVPower 20100 USB-C comes with both USB-C and QC 3.0 and can charge a Nintendo Switch while playing

Without QC 3.0   With QC 3.0  
Wall charger       Wall charger 

RAVPower 20100 USB-C Input/Output with QC 3.0 is our top choice for USB-C powerbanks for all Android smartphones (in fact it is ideal for all smartphones except the Apple’s latest iPhones Xs, Xs Max, Xr, X and 8/8 Plus). RAVPower 20100 comes with USB-C Input (for charging the powerbank) and USB-C Output for charging your USB-C devices.  It also has with the latest  QuickCharge 3.0 charging port, thus making it an excellent buy if you currently own a QC 3.0 or 2.0 smartphone such as S9/S8 etc. And all this is available with a solid build quality and at an incredible price.

RAVPower 20100 has a total of three USB charging ports – one USB-C, one USB Quickcharge 3.0 port, and one smart 2.4 amp USB port.

Best USB C powerbank for S9
RAVPower 20100 has three charging ports – one USB-C, one USB Quickcharge 3.0, and one 2.4 amp USB port

Please note that RAVPower 20100 USB C will fast charge Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, S7 etc. with its QuickCharge 3.0 port. It will also recharge all Quickcharge 3.0 phones such as LG V30, Sony XZ1, Nokia 8, HTC U11/Ultra etc. via the QuickCharge 3.0 port. RAVPower 20100 USB C will fast charge Google Nexus 6 & 5X through the 15 watt USB-C port.

RAVPower 20100 delivers maximum 15 watt over USB-C but can deliver 18 watt over QuickCharge 3.0. This is the reason why it can fast charge the latest Samsung S9/S8/S7 and all the latest Android smartphones with its Quickcharge port.

RAVPower 20100 USB-C Input/Output with QC 3.0 can be fast charged by any QC 3.0 wall charger as well as most wall-chargers that come with Android phones, or any USB-C wall charger. Charging time for this massive 20100 powerbank is just 5 hours with a QC 3.0 wall charger or a Samsung S9/S8/S7/Note 9/8 wall charger.

True 20100 mAh capacity of  RAVPower 20100 means that you can charge even the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 five times. Similarly, you can charge an iPhone 7  eight+ times and even charge iPad air fully once. A Nintendo Switch can be charged 3+ times with the RAVPower 20100.

RAVPower 20100 comes with a high quality QC 3.0 charger and is available at an unbeatable price, which when combines with RAVPower’s record of excellent customer service makes it one of the nest USB-C powerbanks available.

Pros:

  • Best of both worlds – QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output + USB-C Input/Output
  • You can also use your phone’s USB-C wall charger to charge it directly. Also charges with old micro-USB wall chargers!
  • Fast charges all Samsung smartphones – S9/S8/S7/Note 8 using 18-watt Quickcharge 3.0 port
  • Fast charges all Quickcharge 3.0 Android smartphones (LG V30, Sony XZ1, Nokia 8, HTC U11/Ultra) as well as Nexus 6/5X
  • Macbook compatible – 15 watt USB-C Macbook charging output
  • Option to purchase with bundled QC 3.0 charger
  • Bundled QC 3.0 wall charger deal offers excellent value for money.
  • Gets charged in 5 hours via QC 3.0 wall charger. You can also use a USB-C wall charger to charge it in 4.5 hours
  • RAVPower’s excellent 18+ 12 months customer support/warranty
  • Solid build quality
  • 13.4 oz weight
  • Price! Unbeatable value for the features provided.

Cons:

  • Cannot fast charge the latest Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iphone 8 Plus as it does not have 18-watt USB-C PD support.
  • Cannot fast charge Nintendo Switch at its maximum supported 18-watt as the powerbank lacks 18-watt USB-C PD support.

Best Reasonably Priced High Capacity 30-watt USB-C PD Powerbank 

RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD (30-watt USB-C PD)

 powerbank for macbook
Ravpower USB C PD 26800 has a massive battery – the maximum allowed by TSA with 30-watt heavy duty Macbook original equivilant charger

Our next pick is – incredibly enough- also from RAVPower but this time with the all important 30-watt USB-C PD output. This allows it to fast charge the latest Apple iPhones – iPhone Xs, Xs Max, X, 8, 8 Plus – to 50 % in just 30 minutes. It can also recharge Nintendo Switch  at its maximum supported 18-watt current.

RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD has all of the same features as RAVpower 20100 PD (at #3 below) but with one big difference – it has  a huge 26800 mAH battery – the maximum battery size allowed by TSA or international airlines on the flights for carry-on/cabin luggage.

This means that RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD can charge a Samsung Galaxy S8 almost 7 times (!!) and an iPhone 7 almost 10+ times.  A Nintendo Switch can be charged 4+ times.

The RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD can be charged in 4 hours with a 30 watt USB-C PD wall charger. RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD comes with a USB-C reversible cable but does not come with a USB-C wall charger, which has to be bought separately. Hence, remember to buy a 30 watt or more USB-C PD charger such as Anker 49.5 watt PD charger (and not a regular 30 watt USB-C wall charger) to go with this powerbank.

Please Note: Only a 30-watt+ USB-C PD wall charger such as Anker PowerPort II PD charger or RAVPower Super-C 36 watt Type-C  charger will charge RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD in 4 hours. A regular (non-PD) 30 watt USB-C wall charger will not charge RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD in 4 hours and will take about 10 hrs to charge it. 

Pros:

  • Fast charges Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/S7 at fastest speed.
  • Fast charges iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr,  X, 8, 8 Plus, iPad Pro
  • 30-watt USB C PD power – suitable for Macbooks and other USB-C ultrabooks
  • Massive true 26,800 mAH capacity – the maximum allowed in cabin baggage
  • Solid build quality
  • Comes with USB-C reversible cable
  • RAVPower’s excellent customer support & 30 months warranty
  • Price!

Cons:

  • No bundled USB-C wall charger option

Best 30-watt High-Capacity USB-C PD Powerbank with bundled PD Wall Charger

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with PD Wall Charger (30 watt USB-C PD)

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is a recent release by Anker and is a solid 30-watt USB-C PD power bank. This is at the moment Anker’s  highest capacity (and top-priced) portable power bank . The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD comes with one 30-watt USB-C PD charging port and two standard USB high speed (2.4 Amp, maximum supported by Apple iPhone) charging ports. Impeccable build quality and backing by Anker’s excellent customer service makes it our top recommended USB-C powerbank if you want to purchase a high capacity USB-C powerbank with a bundled quality USB-C wall charger. The price of  Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD may seem high but it comes with a 30-watt USB-C wall charger which will otherwise cost almost $30 to buy separately.

This is also an excellent two-in-one laptop/smartphone charger for owners of Macbook Pros (or other USB-C laptops) and flagship smartphones, complete with the maximum TSA-allowed powerbank battery capacity for carry-on baggage in flights.

30-watt Macbook compatible output, smooth and consistent USB C PD output, fastest charging for latest Apple and Samsung phones, bundled PD wall charger and maximum TSA-allowed capacity makes one of the best portable chargers options available.

Pros:

    • Will fast charge Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/S7 at fastest speed.
    • Will fast charge iPhone Xs Max, Xs, Xr, X, 8, 8 Plus
    • Charges Macbooks at 30 watt
  • 26,800 mAH capacity – the maximum allowed by TSA in cabin baggage
  • Solid and sturdy build
  • Anker’s well-known reliability and customer support
  • 10-position charging indicator
  • USB-C to USB-C cable included

Cons:

  • No option to buy without the bundled USB-C wall charger. If you find the price too high or do not need a USB-C wall charger RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD is a great alternative.

Best USB-C PD Powerbank if you want to charge Macbook Air at fastest possible speed (45 watt)

Zendure A6PD 20100 USB-C PD Portable Charger (45 watt USB-C PD)

Recommended for Macbooks, iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, X, 8/8+, USB-C ultrabooks, Samsung S9, S8, S7, S6 Note 9, Note 8, all Android smartphones, Nintendo Switch

USB-C battery bank for macbook
Zendure A6PD delivers 45 watt charging power and charges Macbooks and USB laptops at fastest speed than any other quality powerbank in the market

45 watt USB-C charging enables you to charge USB-C laptops and Macbooks at almost 50% faster rate than 30-watt charging. USB-C PD is fast becoming the standard for charging laptops with all Apple Macbooks and most other latest laptops supporting USB-C PD charging. Laptops require much higher charging output than smartphones. Most phones can only take a maximum of about 18 watt charging output from the powerbank. However, most USB-C laptops can benefit from much higher charging USB-C PD outputs – 30 watt and higher. A powerbank with higher USB PD output will charge your Macbook/laptop much faster.

If you want a powerbank that can not only fast-charge all smartphones (Apple/Android) but also charge laptops at fastest possible speed currently possible from powerbanks, then our top choice as 45-watt powerbank is Zendure A6PD 20100 45 watt. This powerbank  features an incredible 45 watt USB-C PD charging output, full support for fastest charging of all latest smartphones (both iPhones and Android) and stellar build quality.  Zendure A6PD 20100 45 watt delivers 45 watt charging power  – more than the original Apple MacBook Air’s 29 watt wall charger. This means that it can charge your Macbook Air faster than it takes to charge it by the original Apple wall charger.  We highly recommend this powerbank if you have a USB-C chargeable laptop, especially Macbooks.

If you want a quality 45 watt USB-C PD powerbank at lowest cost and do not need a bundled USB-C wall charger than Zendure A6PD 20100 45 watt is currently the lowest cost quality option in the market. Its only other 45-watt competitor is the Jackery Supercharge 20000 PD but we found Zendure A6PD to be lighter and better built than Jackery. It can be charged with a regular USB wall charger in 10-12 hours or with a 30-watt USB wall charger such as Anker Powerport II USB-C PD 49.5 watt wall charger in just about 4 hours.

Also, remember to buy a 30 watt or more USB PD charger such as Anker Powerport II USB-C PD 49.5 watt wall charger  (and not a regular 30 watt USB charger) to go with this powerbank. Apple’s standard Macbook wall chargers will work fine as well.

Pros:

  • Supports pass-through charging meaning it can be charged from wall-charger while it is charging your devices . This is a rare feature in powerbanks and allows you to use a powerbank as a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) device.
  • True 20,100 mAH capacity
  • Supports the new fast charging mode for iPhone Xs Max, Xs, Xr, 8, 8+, and iPhone X (50% in 30 minutes).
  • Supports fastest charging mode for Samsung Galaxy S9/S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note 9, Note 8
  • 45-watt power – suitable for fast charging USB-C chargeable laptops, specially Macbooks
  • Gets charged in just 3.2 hours with a 45 watt USB-C PD wall charger. 4 hours with a 30-watt PD charger
  • Zendure’s excellent 24 months customer support/warranty
  • USB-C to USB-C cable included
  • USB hub feature – enables you to connect a USB-pendrive or hard disk for data transfer to the laptop while charging
  • 15v and 20 v USB-C output support
  • Sturdy build quality and quality construction

Cons:

  • An option with bundled USB-C PD wall charger would have been nice. To charge Zendure A6PD in 4 hours or less, you require a 30 or 45 watt PD wall charger such as Anker Powerport II USB-C PD wall charger .
  • Price is slightly higher than any other 20100 mAh powerbanks though 50% faster charging speed makes it worth it for Macbook owners.
  • The shiny outer shell may not be to everyone’s liking!

Best Value for Money USB-C PD Fast-charging Powerbank for iPhones Xs, Xs Max, X, 8, 8 Plus

Aukey 10000 18-watt USB-C PD + QuickCharge 3.0

18-watt USB-C Power Delivery portable charger
Aukey 10000 mAh USB-C PD powerbank is slim at .5 inches width and comes with both USB PD and QC 3.0

Aukey 10000 18-watt USB-C PD powerbank is an excellent value for money USB-C PD portable charger. This incredibly priced powerbank can fast-charge all the latest iPhones 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes and also fast-charge almost all popular Android smartphones including all Samsung smartphones and all Android phones supporting QC 3.0.

Weighing about 8 oz (230 gm) and at just .5 inches thick. Aukey 10000 18-watt USB-C PD powerbank is easily one of the the most pocket friendly USB-C PD powerbank in the market.

This powerbank can be fully charged in 4 hours with any 18+ watt USB-C wall charger. We recommend the excellent Anker 30-watt dual port USB-PD wall charger for this powerbank. This wall charger delivers 18 watt from USB-C PD for fast charging new iPhones (or the Aukey 10000 USB-C PD powerbank) and also has a 12-watt port allowing you to charge your phone and powerbank with one wall charger.

Pros:

  • Lowest priced decent quality fast charging powerbank for latest iPhones Xs, Xs Max, Xr, X, 8, 8 Plus etc.
  • QC 3.0 output fast charges almost all Android smartphones including S9, Note 9, S8, S7 etc.
  • Slim design makes it pocketable
  • USB-C input allows you to charge it quickly in 4 hours using a USB-C PD wall charger
  • Incredible Price

Cons:

  • Build-quality is not as good as Anker or RAVPower

Best Lightweight USB-C Powerbanks for Charging iPhones & Android Smartphones

(18-watt USB-C PD and 15-watt USB-C)

Features Zendure 10000 USB-C PD 18W + QC 3.0 Aukey 10000 PD 18W + QC 3.0 RAVPower 10000 15W USB-C RAVPower 20100 USB-C QC 3.0
18-watt PD fast charging for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone X, 8, 8+ 50% in 30 mins
Fast charging for Samsung S9, S9+, Pixel 3/2/XL, S8, S8+, S7 50% in 30 mins Fast charges S9,S8, S7 & QC3.0 phones over QC 3.0
USB-PD for charging Macbooks
Max PD output 18 watt 18 watt No PD 15 watt USB-C No PD 15 watt USB-C
Time to charge the powerbank ~3 hrs ~4 hrs ~4 hrs ~5 hrs
Weight 7 oz 8.5 oz 7 oz 15 oz
QuickCharge 3.0 Output Full QC 3.0 support Full QC 3.0 support

Best USB-C PD Powerbanks for Charging Smartphones and Macbooks

(24/30/45 watt USB-C PD)

Features Anker PowerCore+ 26800 USB-C PD 30-watt with PD wall charger RAVPower 26800 PD 30-watt PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with USB PD wall charger ZenDure A6PD 20000 PD 45-watt ZMI 20000 45-watt USB-C PD
18-watt PD fast charging for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone X, 8, 8+ 50% in 30 mins
18-w fast charging for Samsung S9, S9+,S8, S8+, S7 50% in 30 mins
USB-PD for fast-charging Macbooks 45 Watt 45 Watt
Max PD output 30 watt 30 watt 24 watt 45 watt 45 watt
Time to charge the powerbank ~4.5 hrs ~4.5 hrs ~4 hrs ~3.2 hrs ~3.5 hrs
Number of Ports 3 3 2 2 3
QuickCharge 3.0 Output Has USB PD, which is better Has USB PD, which is better Has USB PD, which is better Has both USB PD and QC 3.0 Has both USB PD and QC 3.0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *