Best Power Banks for Gaming, Smartphones, Consoles, VR

Gaming has turned into more of a portable experience, even with consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. That’s because the new DualSense controller for the Playstation 5, and the new Xbox Series X controller have a built-in battery. What’s even better is that these two controllers also use USB-C ports to be charged from, making the case of USB-C being the universal way of charging and connectivity even stronger.

Another way portable gaming is taking off is the Nintendo Switch, a console that can be played on your TV or on the console itself. The best part of the Switch is that you’re able to charge it while being portable with it because the Switch has a USB-C Power Delivery port that it can be charged from. The same thing is true for the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Smartphone gaming has also taken off in recent years with their being Gaming smartphone released from Asus and Razer, and developers making quite high-end gaming apps that push the barriers of what smartphones are capable of. You also have VR gaming that has become wireless with the release of the Oculus Quest and the Oculus Quest 2.

With all this portability surrounding gaming, the use of a portable charger, or power bank is more important than ever, as you can practically use the same power bank for charging nearly all your gaming accessories. In this guide, we’re taking a look at power banks you should consider getting for the best charging experience for gaming.

Aukey 10,000mAh 18W Power Delivery Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0

Aukey 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W USB-C Power Delivery

The first few power banks that we want to start with, are ones that are going to be useful for charging gaming smartphones. Gaming smartphones use a lot of power, and this is especially true if you’re playing a highly demanding game which there are many of as the mobile gaming industry has grown exponentially in recent years.

The good thing is that many smartphones are compatible with fast charging such as Power Delivery or Quick Charge. Power Delivery is becoming the more accessible fast charging technology, and this Aukey power bank features both.

The above Aukey power bank has an 18W Power Delivery port and a Quick Charge port. The charger has a 10,000mAh power capacity, which is the minimum you should consider getting when it comes to gaming in general, and most smartphones these days have a 4,000mAh battery size. You should be able to keep your phone charged up to give you many more hours of gaming.

A mid-range power bank with an 18W PD charging speed can also be useful for fast charging controllers, and wireless VR headsets such as the Oculus Quest 2.

You can also recharge this power bank at Power Delivery or Quick Charge speeds. Not charging related, but one of the best parts of this Aukey power bank is its slim form factor that can easily fit into a pocket.

Read Review for Aukey 10,000mAh PD Power Bank

Specs of the Aukey 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W USB-C Power Delivery:

  • Power Capacity: 10,000mAh
  • Output:

Standard USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge Port: 5V–6V/3A | 6V–9V/2A | 9V–12V/1.5A

USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input:

USB-C Input: 5V/1.5A | 9V/2A

Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A

  • LED Power Indicator: Four LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.3 Ounces

RAVPower 20,000mAh 18W Power Delivery Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

This RAVPower portable charger is very similar to the Aukey power bank that we mentioned, but with a few things added in. First, this one has a 20,000mAh power capacity which can charge most smartphones to full power about three times.

Charging remains the same with this RAVPower portable charger, with it featuring an 18W Power Delivery port, a Quick Charge 3.0 port, and a standard port. The recharging for this power bank has three input ports to recharge from, with there being a USB-C PD port, a Micro-USB, and a Lightning input port to recharge the power bank from. The Lightning input port is a welcome addition as most portable chargers don’t use the Lightning port at all, and this can be useful to use for iPhone 12 users that use a USB-C to Lightning cable to fast charge their iPhone, and they can use the same cable to recharge the power bank.

This RAVPower charger also has a digital display that shows the remaining power capacity and the fast charging status of the device that you’re charging.

Review for RAVPower 20,000mAh Power Delivery Power Bank

Specs of the RAVPower 20,000mAh USB-C PD Power Bank:

  • Power Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Output:

Quick Charge Port: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)

USB-C Power Delivery Port: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)

Standard USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A (12W)

  • Input:

USB-C Input: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)

Micro-USB Input: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)

Lightning Input: 5V/2.1A

  • LED Power Indicator: Digital Power Display
  • Size: 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 1 Pound

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 45W Power Delivery Power Bank

On the higher capacity side with more powerful charging, this Anker PowerCore+ portable charger is more for charging an actual gaming console such as the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite. First off, this Anker power bank has a high 26,800mAh power capacity, with the Switch using a large battery itself, and using tons of power when gaming portably on it, having a high capacity power bank is key.

With a 26,800mAh power capacity, you’re able to game without having to recharge the power bank for days, making this PowerCore+ portable charger a must if you’re going on a road trip with your Switch.

Along with the high power capacity, this charger also has a powerful charging, the main part being the 45W USB-C Power Delivery port. With a 45W PD port, you can charge a Nintendo Switch, to add to that, you’re still able to charge your smartphone, controllers, VR headsets, and any other USB-C devices with this power bank.

Two USB-A ports share a 15W charging speed. You’re also able to recharge this power bank at Power Delivery speeds, and you can do this right out of the box as this power bank comes with a 60W Power Delivery wall charger. You may also use this 60W wall charger to charge your devices, too.

Read Review for Anker PowerCore+ 26800 30W PD Power Bank

Specs of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with 45W Power Delivery Charger:

  • Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • Output:

Both USB-A Charging Ports: 5V/3.0A

USB-C Port: 45W

  • Input: 45W through USB-C input with a Power Delivery USB-C Wall Charger
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 6.5 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 Pounds

RAVPower 20,000mAh 60W Power Delivery Power Bank

We already mentioned another RAVPower portable charger, but this one is a more powerful version of the other one that we mentioned with a few parts missing. That said, it’s worth getting if you want more charging power.

This RAVPower power bank has a 20,000mAh power capacity, so nothing too special with the power capacity but it should give you many hours of portable gaming. The charging is the best factor of this RAVPower charger, as it has a 60W Power Delivery port, one of the highest that you can find on a power bank. With this much Power Delivery charging power, you’re able to charge most USB-C Power Delivery compatible laptops, too.

You may also charge two devices at the same time, as there’s a USB-A port on this power bank. However, if you’re charging two devices, the Power Delivery port has a 45W speed and the USB-A port has a 15W output.

This charger comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable but does not come with a Power Delivery wall charger. So if you want to recharge it at Power Delivery speeds, then you have to provide your own PD wall charger.

Specs of the RAVPower 20,000mAh 60W PD Power Bank:

  • Power Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Output:

USB-C PD Port: 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 14. 5V/2A | 15V/3A | 20V/3A (60W max)

USB-A Port: 5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1. 5A | (18W)

  • Input: 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/2.5A | 15V/2A | 20V/1. 5A (30W)
  • LED Power Indicator: Four Blue Power Indicators
  • Size: 5.9 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 13 Ounces

Crave 50,000mAh 60W Power Delivery Power Bank

Gaming can be a constant in someone’s life, and we don’t mean that you’re always focused on gaming, but it’s one of those things where you want to be able to jump into whenever you want. If you’re traveling a lot, or if you want a power bank that will hold power even after many full charges, then this Crave PowerPack portable charger is for you and that’s because it has a 50,000mAh power capacity.

Yes, a 50,000mAh power capacity that can charge most smartphones to full power about ten times, and you’re also able to charge a Nintendo Switch to full power about ten times, too. You can use this Crave power bank for about a week without having to recharge it.

This charger also has two USB-C Power Delivery ports and two Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A ports. One Power Delivery port has a 60W charging speed, and the other is an 18W PD port. Along with the power bank itself, in the box, you’ll find a 45W Power Delivery wall charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable.

Read Review for Crave PowerPack 50,000mAh Power Bank

Specs of the Crave PowerPack 50,000mAh:

  • Power Capacity: 50,000mAh
  • Output:

USB-C PD 18W: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A | 15V/1.2A

USB-C PD 60W: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/3.0A

USB-A Quick Charge 3.0: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A

USB-A Quick Charge 3.0: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A

  • Input:

18W Input: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A | 15V/1.2A

45W Input: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/2.25A

  • LED Power Indicator: 4 White power indicators
  • Size: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 3 Pounds

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

 

 

Another Anker power bank that we wanted to add to this guide is this Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD portable charger. The charger has a slower charging speed and a lower capacity than teh PowerCore+ that we mentioned previously. This one has a 20,000mAh power capacity and a 22.5W USB-C Power Delivery charging speed.

A Slower charging speed, yes, but even so, you’re able to change a Nintendo Switch with it, and you’re also able to fast charge smartphones with the PD port. The capacity may prove to provide less full charges, but it gets the job done, but you may have to recharge the power bank sooner, rather than later.

This charger has also had a USB-A port with a 15W charging speed. Along with the power bank, you’ll be getting a 30W Power Delivery wall charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable. So you’re able to recharge the power bank at its max charging speed and you can use the included wall charger to charge your own devices.

Read Review for Anker PowerCore Speed 20000

Specs of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD:

  • Power Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Output:

USB-C Power Delivery Port: 5V=3A | 9V=2.6A | 15V=1.6A (30W)

USB-A Port: 5V/2.0A (10W)

  • Input: 5V=3A | 9V=3A | 15V=2A | 20V=1.5A
  • LED Power Indicator: 4 Blue LED Power Indicators
  • Size: 6.5 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 13 Ounces

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