Although all the Type-C Powerbanks can charge your MacBook, most of them are slow and don’t provide sufficient output. To break it down, based on charging MacBook’s can be divided into 3 types – the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the new 16-inch MacBook. Both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 inch charge at 30W of power. Whereas, the 15-inch MacBook Pro charges at 65W and the MacBook Pro 16 inch charges at 96W of power.
So we need power banks that not only have a lot of capacity but also are powerful enough to charge these batteries quickly. So, here is a list of the best power banks for your MacBooks that can also be carried on flights.
Best Power Banks For MacBook in 2020
1. Zendure SuperTank Portable Charger
Capacity 27,000mAh or 100Wh | Connectivity USB-C, USB-A | Maximum Output 100W| Dimension 4.7″ x 2.8″ x 1.6 inches | Weight 481g | Warranty 2 Years
If you want a dedicated power bank that’s sturdy and powerful at the same time, Zendure’s SuperTank is a great deal. It uses Samsung Powered cells and has a large battery capacity that can provide a maximum output of 100W. Besides the two USB-C ports that can churn 100W and 60W, you also get two USB-A type ports with 15W and 18W respectively. It can really handle any type of device and even if you’ve something as small as a wearable, it supports low charge as well.
The only drawback is that even though it’s portable, it’s still clunky, too shiny and almost looks like a miniature suitcase to me. All the ports are on one-side, with a capacity indicator at the center. The box has all the necessary items you’d require like a 100W USB-C to USB-C cable, cloth pouch, and a manual.
- Samsung Powered Cells
- Enough number of ports with a max output of 100W
- Glossy finish; attracts a lot of dust
2. Anker Power Core+
Capacity 26,800 mAh | Connectivity USB-C, USB-A | Maximum Output 60W | Dimension 7.09 x 3.15 x 0.94 inches | Weight 725g | Warranty 18 months
The Anker Power Core looks like a normal power bank but it does the job well. It is super sturdy due to the all-aluminum alloy build. In total there are 2 USB-A ports that provide an output of 15W and 1 USB-C port which churns out 45W. You get a 60W USB-C wall charger that can quickly charge your power bank. In the box, you get USB C to USB C, cable as well. It also comes with a case to protect the power bank which for me is an added benefit. So, if you have to power your Nintendo, your phone or your laptop, it’ll perform like a breeze.
- Aluminum Casing
- 60W wall charger in the box
- Single Type-C port
3. RAVPower Portable Charger
Capacity 20100 mAh | Connectivity USB-C, USB-A | Maximum Output 45W | Dimension 6.9 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches| Weight 521 g | Warranty 30 Months
The shell is made up of plastic and doesn’t really bother to look extraordinary. It is powered by a single USB Type-C Port which supports both inputs to recharge and output for other devices. What makes it different is that it comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, so if you have a mobile device that supports it, you can take advantage of faster-charging speeds. While it can charge a phone multiple times because of its huge capacity, the strength lies in 45 W charge output that can easily charge a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. You get a USB-C to USB-C cable, a USB-A to Micro USB converter in the box, so you don’t have to purchase any extra accessories.
- Supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- Comes with USB-C to USB-C and USB-A to Micro USB converter
- Plastic Build
4. Omars 26800mAh 90W Portable Power Bank
Capacity 26800mAh | Connectivity USB Type-C, USB-A, AC Outlet | Maximum Output 90W AC Output| Dimension 7.17 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches | Weight 1.6 Kg| Warranty 12 Months
Omar’s portable Powerbank is more of a power station. This Powerbank can charge any device. It supports USB-C PD, native DC charger and you can even use a solar panel if you’re up to hiking and have no other source. Indoors, it can be easily placed on a study table using the inbuilt stand and be used as a charging hub. Talking about ports, there are 2 USB-A ports that support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and also a USB-C port which comes with Power Delivery and supports a max output of 29W. If that doesn’t suffice, you can use the AC port to get a max output of 90W.
All in all,
- Built-in stand and a huge number of ports
- Both Qualcomm Quick Charger 3.0 and Power Delivery
- Supports solar charging as well
- Whopping 1.6 Kg weight
5. RAVPower AC Portable Laptop Charger
Capacity 20,100mAh | Connectivity USB Type-C, USB-A, AC Outlet | Maximum Output 65W | Dimension 7.5 x 7.4 x 3.5 inches | Weight 1.08 Kg| Warranty 12 months
It has a rubberized look and you’d often get weird glances as it looks more like a speaker. The package is premium for the cost as it comes with a solid case with a strap and an extra bag for the charger. There are LEDs that tell you the battery percentage. All the ports are on top, which are USB A (5V/2.4A), USB C (5V/3A), and the AC port which can go up to 65W along with a button to enable it.
The only drawback is that it uses a DC charger which obviously doesn’t have a Type-C port.
- Easily accessible ports
- Solid case
- Only uses a DC charger for charging
6. NOVOO Laptop Power Bank
Capacity 22,500mAH | Connectivity USB Type-C, USB-A, AC Outlet| Maximum Output 85W(AC) | Dimension 3.1 x 3.1x 5.8 inches | Weight 759g | Warranty 12 month
It has a very unique design and if you love soda cans, you know what I mean. All the ports are placed on the top of the power bank. It has one USB A which can go up to 18W max, USB C, and an AC port as well which can be enabled using the power button. It is smart as it automatically cuts the power to the AC port if it doesn’t detect a device within one minute. There is a battery level indicator to the side as well.
- Looks like a soda can
- Automatically goes on stand-by when idle
- Inaccurate Power Indicator
In case you have the older Macbook’s, you might be using the old MagSafe charger. While these can’t really extract the ease and functionality of Type-C port, you can replace it with a converter. You can either use a Magsafe to Type-C converter or a Type-C to Magsafe converter. Here’s another one if you have a different Magsafe 1 port.
Power Banks manufacturers have also dipped themselves in the innovation current. Similar to smartphones, they’ve become less bulky, have more power and can charge multiple devices at one time. A good example is Graphene power banks. Although the technology is still under development, it seems like the future ahead. While most laptops are capable of running for an extended period of hours, you have to have a safety net to fall on when you’re working remotely. So if you’re not sure if you’d be working on the beach-side or the mountains, pick one from the list of the best Power Banks to keep your Macbook running.
Also Read: How to Check Battery Health on the MacBook