It wasn’t that long ago that USB Type-C was a pretty uncommon port. A lot has changed since then. In 2017, essentially any phone that’s mid-range or better is going to come with USB Type-C, and even many budget choices have made the switch as well.
Needless to say, USB-C is here to stay. One of the biggest downsides to the new standard however, is that you have to either buy a ton of adapters so you can keep using your chargers, portable batteries, and other microUSB accessories — or you have to start over again from scratch. If you already have invested heavily into power packs and other accessories, going the former route might make the most sense. That said, a portable battery charger designed for USB Type-C has its advantages over using an adapter with one designed for microUSB. First, charging speed will be much faster with a Type-C connection. Second, less adapters and other cables to bring along with you.
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Below we listed just a handful that we felt were worth highlighting due to their brand recognition, as well as their positive ratings and reviews.
AUKEY portable charger 30,000 mAh
The AUKEY portable charger comes with a massive 30,000 mAh capacity, which should be more than enough to charge your smartphones and tablets multiple times. The device comes with two regular USB ports with one of them featuring Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support, as well as USB-C port, and for those you may find it useful, there is also a flashlight. The USB-C port can also be used to recharge the device itself, and can be coupled with the microUSB input to fully charge the power bank faster. This AUKEY power bank isn’t the most portable option out there, but is compromise that is worth it given the huge capacity it has to offer.
- Capacity: 30,000 mAh
- Output: 1 x USB port 5V/2.4 A, 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A, 1 x QC 3.0 port 3.6V~6.5V/3A or 6.5V~9V/2A or 9V~12V/1.5A
- Dimensions: 150 x 84 x 28 mm, 578 grams
- Current price: $59.99
RAVPower battery pack 26,800 mAh
RAVPower is a trusted name when it comes to external battery packs, and this particular option offers it all. To start with, you get the high capacity of 26,800 mAh, that is more than enough to fully recharge your smartphone or tablet multiple times. The power bank comes with three USB ports, including a USB-C port with a 30W output that will let you charge some laptops. Four LED indicators let you know how much charge is left on the power bank, and charging the device itself is quite fast, when using the USB-C port for input.
- Capacity: 26,800 mAh
- Output: 2 x USB port 5V/2.4 A each (5V/3.4A total), 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A or 9V~15V/2A or 20V/1.5A
- Dimensions: 173 x 79 x 20 mm, 377 grams
- Current price: $74.99
Anker PowerCore+ 20,100 mAh
Anker is one of the most popular makers of portable battery packs, with a variety of options available, ranging from slim,ultra-portable ones to those like the PowerCore+. This battery pack comes with an impressive capacity of 20,100 mAh, that should be enough to fully charge your smartphone or tablet multiple times. You get two USB ports that utilize PowerIQ technology, as well as a USB Type-C port that can be used to charge current generation smartphones, tablets, and even the new Macbook.
- Capacity: 20,100 mAh
- Output: 2 x PowerIQ ports 5V/3A max (2.4 A per port), 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A
- Dimensions: 182.9 x 61 x 22.9 mm, 454 grams
- Current price: $65.99
iMuto X5TC power bank 16,750 mAh
This iMuto X5TC is a portable power bank with a capacity of 16,750 mAh. The device comes with two regular USB ports and a USB-C port, and you can charge your smartphones or tablets multiple times, and even fully charge the new Macbook fully once. A digital display shows you exactly how much charge is left on the power bank, and there are multiple protections in place from over-charging, over-voltage, over-current, and short circuit.
- Capacity: 16,750 mAh
- Output: 2 x 5V/2.4A max, 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A
- Dimensions: 129.5 x 79 x 20 mm, 295 grams
- Current price: $34.99
Tronsmart Presto 10,400 mAh
The Tronsmart Presto is a compact power bank that comes with a capacity of 10,400 mAh. The device comes with one USB port with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 and a USB-C port. 4 LED indicators show you how much charge is left on the power bank, and included in the box is a USB-C to USB-A cable and a USB-C to USB-C cable as well. The Tronsmart Presto power bank is available in two color options, white and black.
- Capacity: 10,400 mAh
- Output: 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A, 1 x QC 3.0 port 5V~6.5V/3A or 6.5V~9V/2A or 9V~12V/1.5A
- Dimensions: 157.5 x 53.5 x 18 mm, 240 grams
- Current price: $26.99
Eighty Plus power bank 10,000 mAh
Looks aren’t an important criteria when picking a power bank, but the Eighty Plus portable charger is definitely one of the sleeker and more stylish options out there. A capacity of 10,000 mAh ensures that you can charge your smartphone multiple times, and the device comes with one Quick Charge 3.0 port and a USB-C port. Included in the box is a microUSB cable and and a USB-C cable.
- Capacity: 10,000 mAh
- Output: 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A, 1 x QC 3.0 port 5V/3A or 6.5V~9V/2A or 9V~12V/1.5A
- Dimensions: 148 x 74 x 13.5 mm, 270 grams
- Current price: $29.99
Heloideo portable charger 5,000 mAh
The Heloideo portable charger comes with a built-in USB input cable, USB-C cable, and AC adapter, which means that you don’t have to worry about carrying around extra adapters and cables with you. For additional non USB-C devices, the device also comes with two regular USB ports. This portable charger may not offer as fast a charge or as much capacity as the others on the list, but the convenience of not needing additional cables may supersede that for some people.
- Capacity: 5,000 mAh
- Output: 1 x built-in USB-C cable 5V/2.4A, 2 x USB ports 5V/2.4A
- Dimensions: 140 x 63.5 x 15 mm, 204 grams
- Current price: $27.99
Any other solid options you are aware of that didn’t make it onto our list? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll be sure to take a look.