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The best USB chargers: What are your options?
Maybe you misplaced or damaged the USB charger that came with your device. Maybe you just want another USB charger because you have several devices and you want to charge them simultaneously on one charger. Whatever the reason, make it easier on yourself and check out our list of the best USB chargers you can buy today below.
The best USB chargers:
Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best USB chargers over time.
1. Anker PowerPort II PD
The Anker PowerPort II PD gets its name from the USB-C port’s support for Power Delivery. The regular USB port doesn’t support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, but you get PowerIQ 2.0. According to Anker, output through the USB-C and regular USB ports tops out at 30W and 19.5W, respectively.
The Anker PowerPort II PD is available for $29.99.
2. RAVPower PD Pioneer
Similar to the aforementioned Anker PowerPort II PD, the RAVPower PD Pioneer has a USB-C port with Power Delivery support and a second regular USB port. The USB port doesn’t support Quick Charge, but it supports RAVPower’s iSmart 2.0 charging protocol for up to 12W of output.
The big difference is with the PD Pioneer’s use of gallium nitride technology. This is why the charger is so small, yet the USB-C port delivers up to 61W of output. Better yet, the USB-C port supports Power Delivery. The port’s output is cut to 45W when the other USB port is in use, but that’s still enough to charge many laptops.
The RAVPower PD Pioneer is available for $35.99.
3. Scosche HPDC8C8 PowerVolt
There aren’t many USB chargers with dual 18W USB-C ports, but one of them is the Scosche HPDC8C8 PowerVolt. Output remain the same, even though you might charge two devices simultaneously. Even better, this is the only model of its kind certified safe by the USB Implementation Forum (USB-IF).
The Scosche HPDC8C8 PowerVolt is available for $34.99.
4. Aukey USB-C Charger
The Aukey USB-C Charger doesn’t include gallium nitride technology, so it’s not as small as it could be. That said, it still only weighs 4.8 ounces and smaller than other USB chargers.
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Port selection includes a USB-C port and a regular USB port. The USB-C port outputs at up to 46W and supports Power Delivery, while the regular USB port tops out at 10W. You can still charge smaller laptops like the Apple MacBook, thanks to the 46W output.
The Aukey USB-C Charger is available for $34.97.
5. Anker PowerPort I
We return to Anker with the Anker PowerPort I, but this is more of a charging station than a regular USB charger. That means we have four regular USB ports and a USB-C port.
None of the regular USB ports support Quick Charge, but there’s support for Anker’s PowerIQ. Even better, the USB-C port features Power Delivery and up to 30W of output. Keep in mind you won’t get the 30W output if other devices use the other USB ports.
The Anker PowerPort I is available for $49.99.
6. Google 45W USB-C Charger
The Google 45W USB-C Charger comes included with the Google Pixelbook, but you can use it for any of your USB-C devices. It’s a simple USB charger with one USB-C port. Output tops out at 45W and the USB-C port features Power Delivery 3.0. Included is a two-meter USB-C cable.
The Google 45W USB-C Charger is available for $59.
7. Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter
Apple offers much larger USB chargers with a USB-C power, but the best for most Apple fans is the Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter.
Because of the lower output, the charger won’t properly charge your MacBook. That said, it charges your iPhone and iPad just fine. Just don’t expect to charge them at the same time, since there’s only one USB-C port.
The Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter is available for $23.
8. Aukey PA-Y16
The Scosche HPDC8C8 PowerVolt isn’t the only USB charger with two USB-C ports. Meet the Aukey PA-Y16, the only other USB charger we’ve seen with dual USB-C ports.
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The PA-Y16 doesn’t have the USB-IF certification of the PowerVolt, but the two ports support Power Delivery 3.0. Each port supports up to 18W of output when used simultaneously. You can’t go around charging your laptops, but at least your smartphones and tablets will charge just fine.
The Aukey PA-Y16 is available for $31.99.
That’s it for our list of the best USB chargers. In the comments below, let us know your thoughts on our list and if you have recommendations of your own!