The 7 Best Portable Laptop Battery Chargers of 2020

Make sure your laptop never runs out of juice with these portable chargers

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The Rundown
"If the best is what you want, the Omni USB-C+ is a definite contender."
Best for MacBooks:
ZMI PowerPack 20000 at Amazon
"If you’re looking to charge up a MacBook, the ZMI PowerPack 20000 is a single-device solution."
"The POWERADD Pilot Pro2 is a portable charger that is very clearly focused on the laptop market."
Best High Capacity:
Halo Bolt 58830 at Amazon
"The Halo Bolt is a high-capacity portable laptop charger with plenty of juice to meet all your needs."
"For charging everything from a smartphone to a 15-inch laptop, the Mophie Powerstation AC is a must-have."
"The MAXOAK External Battery is a versatile power beast."

When your laptop battery is in the red, you don’t want to have to scramble to find an outlet. A portable power bank lets you bring an extra charge with you wherever you go, whether you’re on a plane, in a cab, or simply caught in a power outage. When shopping for a laptop power bank, it’s important to find one with the right ports and power capacity for your needs. You’ll also be carrying this device with you, so factors like size and weight are an important consideration. We’ve researched and reviewed the best portable laptop battery chargers to find the best ones for different needs.

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Best Overall: Omni 20+ Wireless Power Bank

What We Like
  • Plenty of ports

  • Hyper-specific display

  • Wireless charging

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Fairly heavy

  • No case or accessories

The first thing you notice about the Omni 20+ is how different it looks from an average portable charger. From the unique trapezoidal corners to the super-bright OLED screen that displays (probably) way more information than you’ll ever need to know, the visual features on this charger are truly eye-catching. The other standout aspect on the Omni is its versatility, this power bank is like the swiss army knife of adapters and chargers. 

Along the perimeter there are two 60W USB-C ports (ideal for charging up power hogs like a laptop or a Nintendo Switch), two 45W USB-C ports for less power draw, two full-sized USB-A ports that are QC 3.0 compatible, a full-on wall socket, and a DC in/out port. This spread of functionality is pretty compelling, but there are two additional features that Omnicharge has thrown in. First, there’s the ability to use the ports as a USB 2.0 file transfer hub, doing away with the need to throw a bunch of USB-C dongles in your bag on top of your charger. And arguably the coolest feature is the ability to use the flat side of the brick as a 10W wireless charging pad. The whole unit has a 70h capacity, and that full charge can be achieved in as little as 3 hours using the 45W USB-C input. All of this functionality does come at a cost as this unit will run you around $200, more than double what you’d expect to pay for more limited, similar-capacity charger. But if the best is what you want, the Omni USB-C+ is a definite contender.

Best for MacBooks: ZMI PowerPack 20000

What We Like
  • Doubles as a USB hub

  • Compact design

  • Compatible with both Android and iOS mobile devices

What We Don't Like
  • Limited laptop compatibility (mostly MacBook)

If you’re looking to charge up a MacBook, the ZMI PowerPack 20000 is a single-device solution for just about all of your portable charging needs. At 20,000 mAh, it doesn’t have the highest power capacity compared to some of the other models on this list, but it makes up the difference with a multi-port design and compatibility with a wide range of other devices. In terms of laptops, the ZMI PowerPack is suited for the Apple MacBook (2015 and newer), MacBook Pro (2016 and newer), and MacBook Air (2018 and newer). It also can charge your iPhone and iPad, your Samsung, Google, Motorola, or LG smartphone, and your Nintendo Switch. The handy three-port design includes two USB-A and one USB-C connection. These ports support Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery 2.0 respectively, so you’re getting the quickest charge possible for your devices up to 45W.

But what makes this charger unique — and a particularly good choice for MacBook users — is its USB Hub mode. The ZMI PowerPack allows you to transfer data by connecting accessories (like a mouse or external drive) to the charger and then connecting the charger to your laptop without extra dongles. This PowerPack weighs less than a pound and has the dimensions of a thick smartphone, making it the perfect backup for commuters or students who need to top up their devices once or twice during the day without weighing down their bag.

Best for USB-C: Anker PowerCore+ Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Battery Pack

What We Like
  • USB-C fast charging

  • TSA approved

  • Comes with wall charger

What We Don't Like
  • Laptop compatibility limited to MacBooks and Dell XPS

This bundle from Anker is ideal for MacBook owners. It includes the PowerCore+ 26,800mAh power bank, a wall charger, and a USB-C charging cable. The power bank includes two standard 15W USB ports and a 45W USB-C port. This faster connection, plus the included USB-C wall charger, makes this bundle a fantastic option for USB-C compatible laptops like the MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 13.

The Anker PowerCore+ power bank is TSA-approved and weighs about 1.5 pounds. Unlike many other laptop batteries on this list, it’s surprisingly compact at 7.7 x 3.5 x 2.4 inches, making it an easy addition to your carry-on or commuter bag. And it holds a lot of power for its size. The PowerCore+ can charge a smartphone up to six times or completely recharge a 13-inch MacBook Pro. That’s hours and hours of extra time on your devices without ever having to find a wall outlet.

Best for PCs: POWERADD Pilot Pro2

What We Like
  • Solid capacity

  • Plenty of included adapters

  • Flat and professional-looking

What We Don't Like
  • No USB-C

  • Somewhat cheap accessories

  • Wide and bulky

The POWERADD Pilot Pro2 is a portable charger that is very clearly focused on the laptop market. This charger ships with ten different adapters that allow for native connection to notebooks from Sony, Lenovo, Asus, Samsung, Dell, HP, and more. The outputs are a bit more limited than you might expect from a high-capacity power brick, as there are only two USB-A ports that max out at 5V/2.5A.

This should be plenty for phones and tablets, and POWERADD does state that you can charge an iPhone up to 8 times and a larger screen phone like a Galaxy Note up to 6 times. However, it’s the max 20V barrel-style port that you’ll need to use to charge a laptop. As such, you don’t get any USB-C support right out of the box, though an adapter should allow for this expansion. The charger sports a bright LCD screen to monitor the remaining charge, a comparatively moderate capacity of 23000mAh, and a bright silver aluminum build.

While the POWERADD does look good at less than an inch thick, it’s a little bulky on the overhead footprint, measuring almost seven and a half inches tall and almost five inches wide. If you want the latest and greatest, with USB-C charging out of the box, then you should look elsewhere. But if charging a variety of different PCs with different style connectors is your priority, this could be a great bet.

Best High Capacity: Halo Bolt 58830 Portable Laptop Charger

What We Like
  • Lots of battery capacity

  • Includes AC plug

  • Can jump start cars

  • Built-in protection against over voltage

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

The Halo Bolt is a high-capacity portable laptop charger with plenty of juice to meet all your needs. It's a big, hefty power bank with two USB-A 2.4V charging ports, a 120V AC wall outlet, and the ability to double as a portable jump starter.

The battery has a 58,830mAh capacity, making it one of the most capacious chargers we've seen. It can charge a phone for up to 116 hours, a tablet for 19 hours, and a laptop for 11 hours, which is more than enough to keep most of your devices topped up for a workday. With the two USB outputs and AC plug, you can charge three devices simultaneously.

The jumper cable features has over voltage protection, auto power off, short circuit protection, reverse polarity protection, reverse current protection, timer circuit protection, and jumper cable spark protection.The charger also does double duty as a car emergency kit. It has an LED light and included jumper cables, along with a carrying pouch which should make it a nice tool to have in your glovebox.

Best for AC power: Mophie Powerstation AC

What We Like
  • Cool design

  • 30W output over USB-C

What We Don't Like
  • Single USB-C port

  • Fan gets loud when using AC power

For charging everything from a smartphone to a 15-inch laptop, the Mophie Powerstation AC is a must-have. The 100W output is best-in-class with the option to plug in devices through AC, USB-A and USB-C ports. At 2.4A, this power bank can safely handle just about anything you want to charge. It even has USB-C 30W input for fast-charging certain compatible devices — it’s one of the few chargers currently capable of fast-charging the iPhone X or iPhone 8 smartphones.

The 22,000mAh internal rechargeable battery can provide up to 15 hours of dedicated charging for a laptop. LED lights indicate battery levels and charging status. And with the Priority+ charging feature, you can plug in a device and then plug the Powerstation into the wall overnight, and both will be charged by morning. All this capability is built inside a 7.5 x 4.5 x 1.1-inch and 1.7-pound frame. The exterior is wrapped in premium fabric so your devices won’t get scratched if they’re packed together.

Best Versatility: MAXOAK 185Wh/50000mAh External Battery Power Bank for Laptop & Notebook

What We Like
  • High capacity

  • Includes a ton of adapters

What We Don't Like
  • Absolutely massive

  • Slow and underpowered ports

The MAXOAK External Battery is a versatile power beast. First, it features six charging ports. One is a 20-volt/3-amp port for laptops, one is 12-volt/2.5-amp port for digital cameras, two are 5-volt/2.1-amp USB ports and two 5 volt/1 amp USB ports. Second, it has 50,000 mAh of battery life, meaning you could recharge your laptop and phones many times before having to recharge the external battery power bank.

Our tester also liked that it measures just 8.1 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches and weighs 2.77 pounds, so it could easily fit into your camping bag and it won’t be that much heavier. Finally, it includes 14 types of laptop connectors, so it covers most models but not Apple laptops. If you don’t have an Apple laptop or a laptop that uses USB Type C, you’ll likely be able to plug it in, but be sure to check if your laptop is supported before purchasing.

"At 50000mAh/185Wh, the MaxOak power bank offers one of the highest capacities out there for a device of its size." Gannon Burgett, Product Tester

Final Verdict

If running low on power is a concern, the best portable laptop battery charger to get is the MaxOak external battery. It's a beast with six charging ports, plenty of output, and 50,000mAh of battery life to keep you topped up for days.

How We Tested

Our expert reviewers and editors evaluate laptop batteries based on design, capacity, setup, and functionality. We test their real-life performance in actual use cases, how well they provide charge for productivity tasks like working at home or at the office, as well as they hold up under heavier loads, like gaming and rendering. Our testers also consider each battery as a value proposition—whether or not a product justifies its price tag, and how it compares to competitive products. All of the models we reviewed were purchased by Lifewire; none of the review units were furnished by the manufacturer or retailer.

About Our Trusted Experts

Gannon Burgett has been writing for Lifewire since 2018. Specializing in computers and peripherals, he's previously been published on Gizmodo, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, and other sites. He tested several of the batteries on this list, using them with his personal MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and other devices. He liked the MaxOak for its huge capacity and the Jackery for its rugged design and ability to charge MacBooks.

Emmeline Kaser previously worked as an editor for Lifewire’s commerce content. She has been in the eCommerce space for several years and specializes in consumer tech.

What to Look for When Buying Portable Laptop Battery Chargers

Capacity - When picking a portable laptop battery charger, one of your primary considerations should be its capacity to store energy (measured in mAh) — this denotes the device’s battery life before it needs to be recharged. Be sure that the battery has equal or more capacity than the one already inside your machine so that you can expect a full charge.

Output - Some portable chargers can be a bit slow when outputting a charge, so be sure that the battery you’re purchasing has an output equal to or higher than the wattage of your typical laptop charger.

Connectors - Obviously, it’s critical to make sure that you can plug your laptop into your new portable charger. Check to see the type of inputs the charger supports — whether that’s a standard wall outlet plug, a USB-C port, or other universal solutions.