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Best portable laptop battery chargers and power banks of 2020

Best portable laptop battery chargers and power banks
We handpicked the best portable laptop chargers on the market for you. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Although finding the best portable laptop chargers can be difficult, it’s not impossible. 

The best portable laptop chargers may not be as prevalent as power banks for mobile phones and tablets – perhaps because most people simply find an outlet at a cafe to charge their notebooks. However, they’re out there; you just have to know where to look.

It does take a bit of research, though. Many portable laptop chargers are finicky and don’t always work. Some are even too big and too heavy to be worth carrying, so you’re better off just going to a cafe and paying for a cup of coffee or charge at an airport or a train station when you’re traveling.

However, if you do find one that works for you, it’s definitely worth it for the convenience. The best portable laptop chargers are some of the most useful gadgets for digital nomads and remote workers. 

That’s where we come in; we found the most reliable and best value portable laptop chargers on the market. This way, you don’t have to sift through the bad; you just have to pick the best for you.

MaxOak Laptop Power Bank

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1. MaxOak Laptop Power Bank

Compatible with a wide variety of laptops

Capacity: 50,000mAh | Outputs: 1 x DC20V/5A, 1 x DC12V/2.5A, 2 x USB 5V/2.1A and 2 x USB 5V/1A | Power: 130W

Comes with DC adapters
Compatible with a variety of laptops
Not TSA approved

Laptop power banks are a tricky thing. Most of them are only compatible with specific portables, depending on the available output port as well as the transfer rate of energy. Luckily, you’ve got the MaxOak Laptop Power Bank. With a maximum power of 130W and two DC outputs – not to mention, a variety of DC adapters included – this power bank is compatible with many laptops. That makes it useful for households with multiple types of laptops and devices. Unfortunately, this isn’t TSA approved, due to its 185Wh, which is over the 100Wh TSA standard. However, it’s great for road trips, campings and train rides.

OmniCharge 20+ 20000mAh

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2. OmniCharge 20+ 20000mAh

Versatile and airline-friendly

Capacity: 20,000mAh | Outputs: 1 x AC Output, 1 x DC in/out, 1 x USB-C in/out, 2 x USB-A | Power: 100W AC and DC, 60W USB-C PD

Has an AC outlet
Features passthrough charging

With just 70wh, the OmniCharge 20+ 20000mah is TSA-approved, making it an excellent companion for work trips abroad and if you have long layovers. It’s compatible with 60W USB-C laptops like the MacBook Pro 13-inch and Dell XPS 2-in-1, but with its 100W AC outlet, it’s great for other laptops and other tech gadgets like DSLRs as well. Finally, it features passthrough charging, so you can charge it while simultaneously powering to devices via the AC or USB-A ports. It is a bit more expensive than the MaxOak Laptop Power Bank. However, it’s versatility does make it worth the higher price tag.

HALO Bolt 58830

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3. HALO Bolt 58830

Multiple uses

Capacity: 57,720mWh | Outputs: 1 x AC outlet, 2 x 5V/2.4A USB-A, 1 x Jump Start Output | Power: 65W

Has an AC outlet
Can jumpstart a car
Not very sturdy

The HALO Bolt 58830 isn’t just a portable laptop charger, although it is an effective one thanks to its AC outlet. Great for laptops that draw up to 60W of power, this portable charger is also designed to jumpstart a car. It even has its own jump start port and comes with its own set of jumper cables. And, unlike other portable laptop chargers, which only come in one or two colors, this one comes in seven different colors/design patterns, making it ideal for folks who don’t care for the minimalist approach. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a USB-C port, which the AC outlet should take care of most of your laptop charging needs.

ZMI USB PD Backup Battery & Hub

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4. ZMI USB PD Backup Battery & Hub

For Apple fans who want to travel light

Capacity: 20,000mAh | Outputs: 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C | Power: 45W@15V, 40W@20V

Best for MacBook users
Lighter than the competition
Not compatible with many laptops

For MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users that only require up to 30W of power and utilize USB-C charging, the ZMI USB PD Backup Battery & Hub is a terrific option to consider. It doesn’t have an AC outlet, but its USB-C port lets you charge your older MacBook units. ZMI also promises HP Spectre x360 13-inch and Samsung Chromebook Pro compatibility. Thanks to its two USB-A ports, you can charge your other devices as well. More importantly for travelers and digital nomads, it boasts a svelte and lightweight design – at 405 g, it’s a lot lighter than the iPad Air.

POWERADD Pilot Pro 32000mAh Power Bank

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5. POWERADD Pilot Pro 32000mAh Power Bank

Feature-rich laptop charger

Capacity: 32,000mAh | Outputs: 1 x DC Output, 1 x USB 5V/2.4A, 1 x USB 2 5V/1A | Power: 118.4W

Nice design
Has an LCD display
Comes with 10 different connectors

The POWERADD Pilot Pro might be as versatile as laptop chargers come. It comes equipped with a LCD display showing important information like battery level and voltage. It also has two USB outputs and a DC output to accommodate a whole host of devices, from smartphones and tablets to power-hungry laptops. The charger also comes with 10 different connectors making it compatible with most laptops. It also has fast-charging and has built-in safety features like over-charge, over-temp and short-circuit protection.

MaxOak Type-C Power Bank for Laptop

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6. MaxOak Type-C Power Bank for Laptop

For power Apple users

Capacity: 36000mAh | Outputs: 1 x 16.8V/4.6A, 1 PD 2.0 Type C 5V.9V.12V.15V.20V/3A, 2 USB x 5V/2.1A | Power: 133.2Wh

Best for MacBook user
Comes with DC to MacBook connectors
Has a USB-C port
Limited compatibilities

For anyone who’s bought into the Apple ecosystem or has multiple Apple devices, the MaxOak Type-C Power Bank is the perfect portable solution. Via its DC port and included Magsafe 1 and 2 cables, this laptop charger can power up any Apple laptop from 2006 to 2018. And, its PD 2.0 Type C port not only covers any of the newer USB-C only macbooks, but can also charge any laptop equipped with a USB-C port. The type-C port can also be used to charge the power bank, if you happen to misplace the Maxoak’s charger. If that’s not enough, it fits right in aesthetically with its silver aluminum shell and rounded edges.

Krisdonia 50000mAh Laptop Power Bank

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7. Krisdonia 50000mAh Laptop Power Bank

The everything charger

Capacity: 50,000mAh | Outputs: 1 x DC 5V/8.4V/9V/12V/16V/20V, 1 x USB 5V/9V/12V, 1 x USB-C 5V/9V/12V | Power: 185Wh

Great for long drives
Passthrough function
LED display
Not TSA approved
Overnight charging

This incredibly high capacity laptop power bank might have too much power to take on a flight. However, it’s ideal for long road trips. It’s also incredibly versatile, with 28 different laptop connectors and a Magsafe 2 adapter to accommodate just about any laptop under the sun. The laptop charger also has a passthrough function that can be easily turned on and off, as well as a LED display that shows the voltage and current battery level. Unfortunately, even though it is the highest capacity charger on this list at 50,000mAh capacity, it can fully charge in 6-8 hours – charging overnight, therefore, is obligatory.

Voltaic Systems V88 Portable Laptop Power Bank

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8. Voltaic Systems V88 Portable Laptop Power Bank

Solar-optimized Power Bank

Capacity: 24,000mAh | Outputs: 1x USB 5V/2A, 1x USB-C PD 5V/3A-20V/2.2A, 1x Hi-Voltage Laptop Port 12V/6A, 16V/5A, 19V/4.5A, 24V 3.5A | Powe: 88Wh

LCD display
A bit bulky

The Voltaic Systems V88 Portable Laptop Power Bank has all the necessary features that any great laptop power bank should have including four outputs, passthrough functionality, and an easy to read LCD display for monitoring the battery level and voltage. It’s fairly versatile, as it includes 10 laptop adapters that should cover most user’s needs. At 88Wh, it’s also airplane-friendly. What makes the Voltaic power bank unique, though, is that it’s solar-optimized. This means that it works with solar chargers and solar panels when traditional power sources are not available. While those do have to be purchased separately, this feature does make the Voltaic Systems V88 particularly useful for those going off-grid.

Dell Power Companion PW7015L

Dell Power Companion PW7015L is a far sleeker battery pack.

9. Dell Power Companion PW7015L

Great if you have a new Dell laptop

Capacity: 18Ah | Outputs: 2 x USB Type-A, DC-out | Notebook Connectors: 0

Relatively affordable
Extra ports available
Dell only

Dell sells the Power Companion with various battery capacities. It is more compact than the RAVPower models, and the unit looks like a Dell power brick that charges your laptop. When you're at your desk, you can daisy-chain to recharge the Power Companion and your Dell laptop by connecting your Dell charging brick to the Power Companion, and then connecting it to your notebook.

Dell's Power Companion is a far sleeker battery pack if your office relies on Dell Inspiron, Latitude, XPS or Venue laptops and tablets, with the added benefit that it has extra USB ports should you need them.