The new generation of charging is here and it’s called USB-C. What makes USB-C so special is that it’s basically going to become our universal method of charging our devices and that is a very good thing. That’s because soon, we’re going to be able to use just a single charger to charge our portable devices. For example, the same charger we use to charge our smartphone will be able to be used to charge our laptops too, so we don’t have to worry about bringing two different charges for our devices, and as a result, USB-C not only makes charging better but it also makes our life experience better.
That said, USB-C is being implemented within a lot of our charging electronics. It all started with USB wall chargers but now portable chargers are using the new standard too. The use of USB-C with power banks is really good as we can charge our devices on the go. One of the most useful devices to use a power bank with is a MacBook. As Apple has made a pretty large statement with their new MacBooks which use USB-C and are now paving the way for a new standard of charging.
The best USB-C power banks for the MacBooks are quite few, as there aren’t many that deliver Power Delivery but we’ve selected as much as we could.
RAVPower 26800 PD Power Bank
The main thing to look out for when you’re purchasing a USB-C charger for your larger USB-C devices is to look for ones that use Power Delivery with the USB-C port. This allows for more power output, thus charging your device at a faster speed.
Has Quite a Few Options when it comes to Charging
That’s what this RAVpower portable charger features. There are a total of three USB ports with this power bank, two of them are USB-A ports and the third one is a USB-C port. Each of the two USB-A ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and then we have the USB-C port which is able to output 30W of power and that’s the Power Delivery charging that you’re going to want to use to charge your MacBook. You have to use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable with the USB-C port.
Then there’s the recharging of this power bank’s massive power capacity. There are two input ports for recharging, but you can only use them once at a time. The input that you’re going to want to use first is going to be the USB-C port and that’s because you’re able to use the Power Delivery even when you’re recharging this power bank. To use Power Delivery when recharging this power bank, you have to use a 30W USB-C PD wall charger and you still have to use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable in order to take advantage of the PD power.
The other option for recharging this power bank is through its Micro-USB input port, and it only has a standard speed of 5V/2.0A, and so you’re ultimately going to have a longer recharging time. Perhaps the main highlight of this charger other than Power Delivery charging is its 26,800mAh power capacity that can charge a MacBook to its full power a few times.
Specs of the RAVPower 26800 PD Portable Charger:
- Capacity: 26,800mAh
USB Ports: 5V/2.4A Each
Type C Output: 5V/3A |9V/2A | 15V/2A | 20V/1.5A
Micro USB Input: DC 5V/2A
Type-C Input: 5V/3A | 9V/2A | 15V/2A | 20V/1.5A
- LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 6.77 x 0.79 x 3.15 inches
- Weight: 13.3 ounces
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
There’s another portable charger that is very similar to the above RAVPower charger and it’s called the PowerCore+ 26800 PD. It has the same power capacity of 26,800mAh and so there’s no shortage of power when it does come to charging laptops or other small devices such as a smartphone. You can very well keep using this power bank constantly for about a week without needing to recharge it.
The charging power from this power bank is just slightly different but very similar to the charging that you get from the RAVPower charger. There are two USB-A ports that each have a charging speed of 5V/3.0A and then there’s the USB-C Power Delivery port that’s able to output 30W of power when you use a USB-C to USB-C cable.
Comes with a USB-C Wall Charger
When it comes to recharging this power bank there’s only one input port that you can use, and that would be the USB-C Power Delivery input. You’re able to use Power Delivery to recharge this power bank and perhaps the best part about getting this PowerCore+ 26800 PD charger from Anker is that it comes with a 1-Port USB-C 30W wall charger, so you can just recharge it as fast as possible right out of the box.
Specs of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with 27W Portable Charger:
- Capacity: 26,800mAh
Both USB Ports: 5V/3.0A
- Input: 27W
- LED Power Indicators: 10 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 3.8 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches
- Weight: 1.3 pounds
ZeroLemon JuiceBox 20100mAh Power Bank
The next Power Delivery power bank that’s great to use with your MacBook, is ZeroLemon JuiceBox 20,100mAh power bank. It might have a lower power capacity than the two other portable chargers that we have in this guide but it’s not too much of a setback at all when you consider what the charging ports on this power bank are able to do.
Minimal but Very Powerful Charging Options
There are two output ports on this charger. There’s one USB-A port that uses Quick Charge 3.0, which can charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max speeds. Then there’s the USB-C port that uses Power Delivery and the Power Delivery speed with this port is able to output more power than the other two Power Delivery power banks in this guide. As the USB-C port on this charger has an output of 45W and can, therefore, charge your MacBook at a faster-charging speed.
There are two input ports too. One of the input ports is a Micro-USB port that has a recharging speed of 5V/2.1A. The other input is the same USB-C port and you’re going to want to use the USB-C port for recharging the power bank and that’s because it uses Power Delivery when it comes to recharging and the same 45W power can be used when you use a Power Delivery USB-C wall charger to recharge it.
Overall, this is definitely another great Power Delivery power bank on the market that’s able to charge a MacBook very quickly while you’re on the go. Also, if you have a Quick Charge compatible smartphone then it’s even more worth getting because you can then charge your phone at its max charging speed too.
Specs of the ZeroLemon JuiceBox 20,100mAh Power Bank:
- Capacity: 20,100mAh
USB-A Port: 5-6V/3.0A | 6-9V/2.0A
Type-C: 5-20V, 45W
Type-C: 5-20V, 45W (MAX)
- LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 6.3 x 3 x 0.8 inches
- Weight: 12.9 Ounces
Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank with USB-C Power Delivery
The best thing about power banks that use Power Delivery is that most of them have very high power capacities as you’ve probably noticed with the other power bank within this guide. Well, it can go even higher than the 26,800mAh power capacities, as this Aukey power bank has a 30,000mAh power capacity that can charge your MacBook and other devices to full power multiple times over.
Uses Two USB-A Ports, with One Quick Charge Port
The great part about this Aukey portable charger is not just its power capacity, but also its charging ports and the power that they’re able to output. There are two USB-A ports, one of them is a Quick Charge port that can be used to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max power; there’s also another USB-A port that has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A to charge most Non-Quick Charge Compatible devices at their max speed.
Then the third output with this power bank is its USB-C port that uses Power Delivery and can, therefore, charge your MacBook at its max charging speed. You have to use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to take advantage of the Power Delivery from this power bank.
There are also two input ports with this power bank too. One of them is the USB-C port that can recharge the Aukey 30,000mAh power bank at a Power Delivery rate when you use a USB-C to USB-C cable along with a USB-C wall charger. There’s also a Micro-USB input port that you can use in case you don’t have a USB-C wall charger, and want a more accessible recharge method. That said, the Micro-USB input, just like other power banks in this guide is going to recharge slower than the Power Delivery input port.
Specs of the Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank with USB-C PD:
- Capacity: 30,000mAh
USB-A 1: 5V/2.4A
Quick Charge USB-A Port: 5-6.5V/3.0A | 6.5-9V/2.0A | 9-12V/1.5A
USB-C PD Port: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/2.0A | 14.5V/2.0A
Type-C: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/2.0A | 14.5V/2.0A
- LED Power Indicators: Changing LED Light
- Size: 5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
- Weight: 1.2 Pounds
Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C:
The final power bank that we want to recommend for MacBooks is this PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C portable charger. It’s a power bank from Anker and even though this charger doesn’t feature Power Delivery, it still does a great job at charging your MacBook and standard devices as well.
There are two USB-A ports that each have a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and the USB-C port on this power bank is able to output a speed of 5V/3.0A. So it won’t charge your MacBook at its max power, but it’ll at least charge it while you’re on the move. The best part about the max output of this power bank is that its 6A and that means you can use the max power of a single USB-A port and the USB-C port at the same time since the max output of this PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C won’t be reached.
Recharging this PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C is done through the USB-C input port and does not use Power Delivery. The recharge rate of this power bank is 5V/2.4A and so you should use a 2.4 Amp USB wall charger to recharge the power bank as fast as possible.
Specs of the PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C:
- Capacity: Advertised: 20,100mAh Real Capacity: 16,080mAh
- Output: Both USB Port: 5V/2.4A USB-C: 3A
- Input: 5V/2.4A Via Micro-USB Input
- LED Power Indicators: 8 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 7.2 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
- Weight: 2 Pounds