The fastest-growing type of charging technology is definitely USB Type-C, also known as USB-C. This port has found its way on most portable devices over recent years, which is due to a few reasons. One of the main reasons is that it’s a powerful port that can deliver more charging power; most notably, USB-C can take advantage of Power Delivery charging, which can output 100W of charging power. With that much power, you’re able to use a single charger to fast charge a smartphone and charge a laptop.
That is exactly what is happening, with there now being many wall chargers on the market that can charge an iPhone or an Android smartphone that can be used to charge Macbooks. This is because a 30W USB-C Power Delivery charger can charge those smaller devices, too. Along with the faster charging speed, USB-C also offers faster transfer file speeds.
USB-C is reversible, too, which means that you can plug it into a port either way, and it still fits. This flexibility of features also extends to the devices that are compatible with USB-C, with tablets, smartphones, and laptops now being compatible, even the iPhone is compatible to charge with a USB-C port, even if it uses a Lightning port because you can use a Lightning to USB-C cable.
In this guide, we’re covering USB-C chargers that you should consider getting, as the ones in the guide will be able to cover a wide range of your charging needs.
Aukey Mini 18W Power Delivery Wall Charger
At this point, with the iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 no longer including a wall charger, you now have to provide your own wall charger if you don’t already have one handy. They’re basically assuming that you already have a faster charger, which is not the greatest move, but the good thing is that it’s not difficult to get a mini fast charger that would be the equivalent of what you would get with a new smartphone.
This Aukey USB-C 20W Power Delivery wall charger is one of the smallest that you can get, as the charger has 1-inch dimensions on all of its sides. To add to the small size, this charger also has a foldable plug that makes it easy to place the charger into your pocket, or you can have it in a bag without having to worry about the plug breaking.
The charging is minimal with this charger, as it only uses a single USB-C Power Delivery port with a 20W charging speed. The 20W charging speed covers fast charging for most Power Delivery compatible smartphones, and this includes nearly all Android smartphones, and it can also be used to fast charge iPhones. That said, to fast charge an iPhone with a USB-C port, you do need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable.
|Aukey 18W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V 3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A (18W PD)|
|Input||AC 100–240V 50/60Hz|
|Size||1.4 x 1.4 x 1.2 inches|
Aukey 36W USB-C Power Delivery Dynamic Wall Charger
Another USB-C charger from Aukey uses two USB-C Power Delivery ports, and it features dynamic charging. If you’re charging two devices simultaneously from this Aukey wall charger, then each of the USB-C ports will only output 18W; this is enough for fast charging two smartphones at the same time. The dynamic part of this charger is that when you’re charging only a single device, the single USB-C port being used can output 30W of charging power. With a 30W Power Delivery charging speed, it enables you to charge USB-C chargeable laptops, not all, but most can charge with a 30W PD charge rate.
This charger does have a foldable plug that makes portability easier.
|Aukey Focus 36W PA-D2 PD Wall Charger Specs|
|Each Port when used at the same time||18W Each Port | 36W Max Output|
|One USB-C Power Delivery Port Used||30W|
|Input||AC 100–240V 50/60Hz|
|Size||2.5 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches|
PowerAdd 45W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger
The advantage of USB-C Power Delivery charging is using higher wattage PD charging for laptops. This enables you to use the same charger for nearly everything, and that’s what you can do with this PowerAdd PD wall charger. This charger has a 45W USB-C port that can fast-charge most USB-C chargeable laptops. You don’t have to worry about it damaging smaller devices that require less charging power, such as smartphones, as the charging speed adjusts.
There are two USB-A ports on his PowerAdd wall charger that each share a 12W charging speed. The USB-A ports don’t feature Quick Charge, but the good thing is that the wall charger has 57W max output so that you can use the full power of the USB-C port and the USB-A ports at the same time. This charger does maintain a foldable plug wall charger design, so it’s easily portable.
|PowerAdd 45W Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery port||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A (45W)|
|Both USB-A Ports||Share 5V/2.4A (12W)|
|Power Indicator||Red Light|
|Size||2.6 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches|
CIO 3-Port 100W USB-C Power Delivery Desktop Charger
A few years ago, it would have been rare to see a charger use multiple USB-C ports, but that is becoming the more common approach to chargers, as USB-C is becoming the new normal port to use. This CIO charger has three USB-C Power Delivery ports. The first two USB-C ports use a 65W USB-C Power Delivery charging speed, and with a 65W PD output, you’re able to fast charge most USB-C chargeable laptops. The third USB-C port has an 18W charging speed, which is primarily for fast charging smartphones, and there is also a USB-A port that features Quick Charge 3.0.
So this CIO wall charger can charge two laptops simultaneously and two smartphones at the same time. Not many chargers can do that yet. What makes the charging power even better is that the wall charger has a max output of 100W, which ensures that you can use a lot of power at the same time.
This CIO wall charger still uses a foldable built-in AC adapter, even with all of this charging power.
|CIO Swift Charge 100W 3 Port USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port 1 / 2||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/5.0A|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port 3||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/2.5A | 15V/2.0A | 20V/1.5A|
|USB-A Port||4.5V/5.0A | 5V/4.5A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/2.5A |20V/1.5A|
|Size||3 x 2 x 1 inches|
RAVPower Pioneer PC145 65W Power Delivery Wall Charger with USB-C to USB-C cable
Another Power Delivery wall charger uses two USB-C ports. This one is different from the previous Aukey one mentioned, with this one using more powerful charging. If you’re only using a single USB-C port on this RAVPower charger, then that single port will be able to output a 65W Power Delivery charging speed. With a 65W Power Delivery charging speed, you’re able to charge most laptops at or near their max charging speed.
If you’re charging two devices simultaneously, such as a smartphone and a laptop, the smartphone can fast-charge at 18W, and your laptop can use the remaining 65W. It’s a versatile charger that offers fast charging when you need to charge one or two devices at the same time, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a USB-C chargeable laptop such as a Chromebook, Macbook, or a smartphone.
Even with its powerful dynamic charging, this RAVPower wall charger is small thanks to its use of a GaN, making it small with powerful charging.
|RAVPower PC145 65W Dual USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery (Both Ports)||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/3.25A 65W Max|
|Input||100-240V, 50/60Hz, 1.5A|
|Size||2.2 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches|
CHOETECH B688 10,000mAh 18W Power Delivery Power Bank with Built-in Cables
USB-C also extends to other types of chargers, another reason why it’s the future. In this case, we’re talking about power banks, also known as portable chargers. Using USB-C on a power bank allows you to use fast charging no matter where you are. The days of having to hold a large DC portable charger are gone, as there are now USB-C power banks that can fit into your pocket and can charge laptops.
This CHOETECH power bank may not be able to charge laptops, but it is reliable for fast-charging USB-C Android smartphones and Apple iPhones. The power bank does not have any output ports, but it has a built-in USB-C cable and a built-in Lightning cable that uses an 18W Power Delivery charging speed.
It has a USB-C PD input port to recharge this power bank, allowing you to recharge the power bank at Power Delivery speeds.
|CHOETECH 10,000 B688 Power Delivery USB-C / Lightning Built-in Cable Power Bank Specs|
|Built-in USB-C Cable||5V 3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A|
|Built-in Lightning Cable||5V 3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A|
|USB-C (Input)||5V/3A | 9V/2A|
|Size||5.75 x 2.72 x 0.67 inches|
RAVPower 30,000mAh 90W USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank
Like we said before, certain Power Delivery power banks can charge laptops, and this RAVPower charger provides a wide blanket when it comes to its compatibility with laptops that it can charge. That’s because this power bank has a 90W USB-C Power Delivery port, most power banks don’t have such a high PD charging speed, and with a 90W charge rate, you’re able to charge Macbooks, Chromebooks, Microsoft Surface laptops, and many other USB-C chargeable laptops at their max charging speed.
Along with the Power Delivery port, this power bank also has a Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A port. If you’re charging two devices at the same time with this power bank, then the PD port will output 65W, while the Quick Charge port outputs 18W.
This RAVPower charger can also recharge at 60W, but you will have to provide your own Power Delivery wall charger. With the powerful charging, you also get a 30,000mAh power capacity to charge most laptops to full power about two times. Charging smartphones with a 30,000mAh power capacity will get you about six full charges.
The power bank also includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, so you can start using the power bank right out of the box.
|RAVPower 30,000mAh 90W Power Delivery Power Bank PB232 Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/4.5A, 90W Max|
|USB-A Quick Charge Port||5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A, 18W Max|
|Max Output when using Both Ports||PD 65W + iSmart 18W, Total 83W Max|
|USB-C (Input)||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/3A, 60W Max|
|Size||5.9 x 3.4 x 1 inches|
UGREEN 18W USB-C Power Delivery Car Charger
USB-C car charging is also useful if you’re someone that uses navigation apps such as Google Maps often, as these apps tend to drain battery power quite quickly. This UGREEN car charger has an 18W USB-C Power delivery port and a Quick Charge 3.0 port, so it’s great for fast charging smartphones. The car charger is not useful for charging laptops.
The main setback of this car charger is that the max output is 18W, so you can only fast charge a single device at a time.
|UGREEN CD130 Power Delivery Car Charger Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||18W|
|USB-A Quick Charge Port||18W|
|Size||3.86 x 2.36 x 1.1 inches|
Nekteck 45W USB-C Power Delivery Car Charger
If you’re searching for a car charger that has a higher Power Delivery charging speed that can charge laptops while you’re driving, then consider this Nekteck car charger. The USB-C port has a 45W charging speed and a standard 12W USB-A port. The max output of this car charger is 57W so that you can use both of the ports at their max power at the same time.
Another reason to get this car charger is that it comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, while most car chargers don’t come with any cable at all.
|Nekteck 45W USB-C Power Delivery Car Charger Specs|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/9V/12V/15V-3A | 20V-2.25A (45W)|
|Size||2.9 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches|