Not that long ago, USB Type-C was pretty uncommon. Now, essentially any mid-range or better phone has it, and a growing number of budget choices have even made the switch as well.
Needless to say, USB Type-C is here to stay. One of the biggest downsides to the new standard, however, is buying a ton of adapters to keep using your chargers, portable batteries, and other Micro USB accessories, or having to start over again from scratch. If you’ve already invested heavily into power packs and other accessories, going the former route might make the most sense. However, a portable battery charger designed for USB Type-C has its advantages. First, charging speed will be much faster with a USB Type-C connection. Second, less adapters and other cables to bring along with you.
Below we listed just a handful of what we feel are some of the best USB Type-C portable battery chargers. Our picks relied on brand recognition as well as positive ratings and reviews.
Aukey portable charger 30,000mAh
The Aukey portable charger comes with a massive 30,000mAh capacity, which should be more than enough to charge your smartphones and tablets multiple times. The device comes with two regular USB ports — one featuring Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support — as well as a USB Type-C port. For those of you who may find it useful, there is also a flashlight. The USB Type-C port can also recharge the device itself, and couple with the Micro USB input to fully charge even faster. This Aukey power bank isn’t the most portable option out there, but it’s worth the compromise, given the huge capacity.
RAVPower battery pack 26,800mAh
RAVPower is a trusted name in the world of external battery packs, and this particular option offers it all. You get the high capacity of 26,800mAh, which 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 to 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 Type-C port for input.
Anker PowerCore+ 20,100mAh
Anker is one of the most popular makers of portable battery packs, with a variety of options available, ranging from slim, ultra-portable devices to those like the PowerCore+. This battery pack comes with an impressive capacity of 20,100mAh, which should be enough to fully charge your smartphone or tablet multiple times. You get two USB ports with PowerIQ technology, as well as a USB Type-C port that can 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. You can charge your smartphones or tablets multiple times, and even fully charge the new Macbook once. A digital display shows you exactly how much charge is left on the power bank, and there are multiple protections in place to stop over-charging, over-voltage, over-current, and short circuit.
Eighty Plus power bank 10,000mAh
Looks shouldn’t be the most important criteria when picking a power bank, but the Eighty Plus USB Type-C battery portable charger is definitely one of the sleeker and more stylish options out there. Its 10,000mAh capacity means you can charge your smartphone multiple times, and the device comes with one Quick Charge 3.0 port and a USB Type-C port. Included in the box is a Micro USB cable and a USB Type-C cable.
Charmast 26,800mAh Battery Charger
If you would like a USB-C battery charger that’s both large in capacity and also thin, check out the Charmcast 26,800mAh battery pack. It’s only 14mm thick, and less than a pound in weight, but it can hold enough of a charge to handle multiple phones at once, or one phone several times. The external battery’s USB Type-C port also serves as its input source to charge up the large battery. In addition, the Charmast battery has three standard Micro USB output ports. The battery has a Micro USB input and even a Lightning input port if you want to charge your battery via other cords. Finally, there are four LED lights on the side to indicate how much charge is left in the battery.
The Charmast battery is available on Amazon for as low as $42.99, and it comes in a variety of color choices, including black, white, and even pink
ZeroLemon ToughJuice Battery Charger
The ZeroLemon USB-C battery charger is supposed to be tough. This 30,000mAh battery has a hard shell case, and a softer layer under the shell to make it shock resistant. Also, all of the six ports on this battery can be covered with flaps when not in use. This should be perfect for taking your smartphone outdoors, and don’t want to worry about dropping it or letting dust get in.
As we said, the ZeroLemon ToughJuice Battery Charger has a total of six ports. Three of them are standard USB ports offering an output of 1 amp of charging speeds. A Quick Charge 2.0 port offers faster charging for compatible smartphones. The USB Type-C port can handle an output of 5V/2.5A, again for devices that already have a USB Type-C port. Finally, the battery has an input power port with a charging speed of 2 Amps. You will likely have to wait up to 13 hours to fully charge this battery if it gets down to zero, which admittedly is a long time.
This product is especially heavy at 1.5 pounds, so this is likely not going to be your everyday extra portable power source for your smartphone. However, it’s perfect for taking your phone, tablet, or even notebook out camping when you don’t have access to power outlets. Amazon currently sells the ZeroLemon ToughJuice Battery Charger for $136.07.
Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL
ChargeTech PLUG Portable Power Supply
If none of these USB Type-C battery chargers have enough capacity for you, maybe you should check out the ChargeTech PLUG. If this device doesn’t satisfy your mobile power needs, nothing else will. This battery, which weighs in at two pounds and three ounces, has a 54,000mAh battery capacity, which should keep any phone you use charged up for days. The battery uses its own dedicated recharging port. When connected to an AC outlet, the battery should charge in about eight hours.
The ChargeTech PLUG includes a USB Type-C port, along with two standard USB Type-A ports, which means you should be able to charge up to three devices at once. If that wasn’t enough, the battery also has two full AC outlets. That means that in addition to charging your smartphone, laptop, or tablet, this device could even power a TV and game console at the same time, — you know, just in case you wanted to take your 4K television or Xbox One into the woods for some reason (not that we would actually do this, but it is possible with this battery).
Obviously, the ChargeTech PLUG is the kind of external battery people might need if they know they’ll be without power for an extended period of time. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you really, really want to get a battery that will keep your USB Type-C phone charged for a long, long time, you can purchase the ChargeTech PLUG right now on Amazon. Be prepared to spend a lot for this big battery; it currently costs $369.
iWALK Secretary 10,000mAh battery charger
Any other solid USB-C battery charger options that didn’t make our list? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll be sure to take a look.