The 8 Best Portable Laptop Battery Chargers to Buy in 2018

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

The whole point of having a laptop is so you can be connected on-the-go, but sometimes your laptop's battery life might have other plans. Portable laptop chargers will help keep you powered up, but choosing the right one to purchase can be tricky. The best chargers work with a variety of systems, are lightweight and have the proper power outputs needed to juice up your device. So if you're stumped on which to buy, our list of top portable laptop chargers available in 2018 can help.

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. Third, 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.

The Crave PowerPack CRVPP101 is a powerful portable charger for recharging nearly any device you can throw at it. It measures 6 x 8 x 2 inches, weighs two pounds and has 50,000 mAh in battery capacity, which means it could charge your phones and laptops multiple times before it needs a recharge. For ports, the device has four USB charging ports and two laptop power supply ports. It’s compatible with many laptop brands, including Sony, Acer, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu, HP, NEC, Toshiba, Samsung and Lenovo. However, it does not work with Apple laptops and you should be sure to check if your specific connector is compatible with this charger before purchasing. Also be sure double check that your laptop charger draws less than five amps for compatibility. On top of all these features, it also includes a micro-USB cable and a travel pouch, so you can go anywhere with it, whether it’s camping or a road trip.

ChargeTech Enterprises is a fascinating small company that got its start on Indiegogo, raising about $450,000 to make “the best portable AC power supply.” Since that time, the ChargeTech Portable AC Battery Pack has become a popular item that anyone can buy on Amazon. This unit measures 7.5 x 5.2 x 1 inches and weighs 1.56 pounds. It offers 27,000 mAh of battery and can charge electronic items that are up to 85 watts, including laptops, digital cameras, curling irons and more. On top of having an AC outlet, it also has two USB ports that charge at 2.4 amps, so you can easily charge your phone or tablet too. On the top of the unit, you’ll find four blue LED lights that tell you how much battery the device has left. Keep in mind that with this battery only being able to charge electronics up to 85 watts, you’ll want to closely check the settings on what you are attempting to charge before charging.

DBPOWER’s powerful 26400 mAh portable battery is suitable for basically anything you’ll need in your mobile office. We’re talking full-on laptop charging, a quick bump for your tablet, all the way down to a full charge for your phone. In fact, the 80-watt 2 prong standard outlet will charge any 110v household item, so you could even stretch this portable power to cover lamps, small appliances and more. They’ve outfitted the bank with smart quick-charging, supplying 3 amps to each of your devices to ensure that they charge at lightning fast speeds, while the Multi-Protect protocol keeps all plugged in devices safe. There are four LED lights on the outside to indicate the power level at a glance, and it regularly monitors temperature to make sure the device doesn’t overheat. It’s all just over two pounds with dimensions of 15 x 18 x 4 inches.

This external charger has the capability of charging your laptop, as well as two USB devices at the same time. It comes with a number of connectors and has adjustable voltage outputs to meet the needs of your various devices. An LCD display window lets you know exactly how much power you have left, and as a safety feature this charger will automatically shut off when a short circuit or overload happens, in order to keep your devices safe. The ten included notebook connectors will fit DC models A through K and each USB output is 5V. This is a little heavier and larger than the RAVPower model, at 8.5 x 6.9 X 3.3 inches and 2.1 pounds, but it’s still worth buying, especially with the 24-month limited product warranty. With the low price and the ability to adjust the voltage needs, this charger is a great for someone who has a variety of devices with differing power requirements; it also eliminates the need to buy multiple portable chargers.

This Nexgadget charger isn’t as flashy-looking as some of the other options on this list, but it does give you some seriously impressive specs on the charging front. It features three separate standard USB outputs, as well as a three-prong A/C charger, but the manufacturer has even thrown in an international A/C adapter so you’ll be set to charge on the go, even when “the go” brings you to a foreign country.

The internal, grade A lithium ion battery promises a full 500+ life cycles before it degrades significantly, so this will be your travel sidekick for years. The high-efficiency speed charging gives you hyper fast juice-ups with 5V/5.4 amps via USB and 110V/60Hz A/C outputs, which falls in line with the standard consumer protocol. They’ve built the internal circuitry with heat-resistant ABS and PVC copper wire, so you’ll be able to charge your devices safely. They’ve even included a standby-off feature as an added layer of temperature overclock safety. This NexGadget charger measures 7.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches and weighs only 1.37 pounds. It’s rounded out with an LCD display that shows you power levels and statuses.

The Lizone Extra Pro external battery charger is capable of charging most 13” laptops a full two times on one charge. This lithium-ion battery includes a full-speed laptop DC port (up to 4.5A 90W) and USB port charge up to 2.1A. Available in both black and silver, the aluminum body Lizone is just 1.5 pounds and measures 6.5 x 4.8 x .8 inches. It can perform more than 600 charges over its lifetime and it has a battery bar on the side that displays the current charge of the external battery. Alongside your laptop, the Lizone can power your iPhone 6s Plus more than 14 times before running out of power. However the DC output port likely means you’ll need to provide your own cable.

The Jackery portable charger has a slightly different look than most of the slim, rectangular chargers you’ll find on this list. But the brick-looking, tower aesthetic is pretty refreshing on this device. They’ve done this to minimize weight, and it weighs only 1.5 lbs, which the company promises will be ideal for camping and on-the-go outdoor activities. The 85W A/C output is designed for all the latest laptops, including 12-inch MacBooks, the new MacBook Pros, Dell & HP laptops, the Microsoft Surface and more.

On the flipside, there are a few varieties of USB outputs from USB-C to the new USB 3 for the fastest charging at 5V/2.4 amps. The device promises 6 to 10 full charges for iPhones, 6 to 10 full charges for Samsung phones, 8 to 10 cycles for GoPros and 1 to 3 charges for tablets. There’s built-in protection for temperature overheating, unexpected surges and overcharges, so you won’t mess up any of the devices you’re trying to juice up. The company has even taken steps to make sure the device meets TSA regulations in case you want to bring it in your carry-on.

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