Best Portable Chargers for iPad Air 2020

ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C and AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

A portable charger (aka power bank) can mean the difference between stressing over your iPad Air 2020’s battery life. Or being able to use it all day long without worry. The best portable chargers for iPad Air 2020 can all fast charge. While also offering enough capacity to keep you going, whether for a busy work day or long trip.

Looking to charge at home, work, or for travel? Check out Best Fast Chargers for iPad Air 2020.

ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C and AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal for iPad Air 2020

ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C and AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal for iPad Air 2020

Fast Charging iPad Air 2020

The iPad Air 2020 supports both USB Power Delivery (USB PD) and Apple 2.4A. Its USB-C charger offers 18W USB PD. But the iPad Air 2020 is able to go up to 30W USB PD with a higher output charger.

Learn more about USB Power Delivery and other fast charging standards.

USB-C to USB-C Cable

The iPad Air 2020 is the first Air model to use USB-C rather than Lightning. It will need to use a USB-C to USB-C cable to connect with a USB-C PD charger. Such a cable is included with the newest iPad Air. But you may want to buy a new one to keep with your new charger.

Find a good selection of USB-C cables here. Stick with USB 2.0 cables. They offer as fast a charge rate at a lower cost.


Best Portable Chargers for iPad Air 2020

20,000mAh Power Banks

These portable chargers approach and meet the max power draw rate of the iPad Air 2020. While providing enough battery capacity to recharge it more than once.

  • iPad Air 2020: 1.5 charges
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

A full service charger bundle that works well with the iPad Air 2020. The power bank itself offers 24W, near the 29-30W limit of an iPad Air 2020. Close enough you don't notice a difference in charge time. Its included wall charger is a full 30W, working even better with an iPad Air 2020. Both power bank and wall charger are USB-IF certified.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output: 24W USB-C PD, 10W USB-A
  • Capacity: 20,100mAh
  • Bundled with a 30W USB-C wall charger, also able to fast charge iPad Air 2020
  • USB-IF certified
  • Size: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in | 12.7 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60W

Offering up to 60W, it has more output than an iPad Air 2020 can use. But it also offers a unique form factor and a lower price than some slower options.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output: 60W USB-C PD, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Size: 6 x 2.6 x 1 in | 13.2 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C

A more budget friendly alternative to the popular brands. The USB-C port tops out at 27W, just shy of the 29-30W an iPad Air 2020 can handle. But the highest charge rates only occur when the battery is below 20%. You'll likely not notice a difference in charge time, but you will in price.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • Output: 27W USB-C PD, Quick Charge 3.0
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Unique dot matrix display to show remaining charge
  • Size: 5.9 x 2.8 x 1 inches | 13.4 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

Review of the ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C

ZMI PowerPack 20000

This power bank's 45W can support small laptops, as well as an iPad Air 2020. It offers a wide range of fast charging standard support and features. A good option if you have more than just an iPad Air 2020 to worry about charging on the go.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • Output: 45W USB-C PD, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Size: 6.3 × 3.2 × 0.8 in | 14.3 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

Review of the ZMI PowerPack 20000

26,800mAh Power Banks

These portable chargers meet the max power draw rate of the iPad Air 2020. While providing enough battery capacity to recharge all but the largest iPad Air 2020 more than twice. They also meet all FAA regulations about lithium batteries on US flights.

  • iPad Air 2020: 2 charges
AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

This large power bank was designed for fast charging a laptop and phone together. Given its high output it can do the same for an iPad Air 2020 and phone. Or even fast charge an iPad Air 2020, though not at best possible speed, while still supporting a full laptop.

  • Ports: USB-C x2, USB-A
  • Output: 60W USB-C PD, 18W USB-C PD, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
    • Use USB-C In/Out port to max charge iPad Air 2020
    • Use USB-C Out port to fast charge iPad Air 2020 while a larger device is on the USB-C In/Out port
    • 63W max total output
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • Size: 6.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 in | 24.6 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

Review of the AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

Provides 30W USB-C PD to maximize the charge time of an iPad Air 2020. With as much capacity as you can take onboard any US and most international flights. Either of the USB-A ports will also fast charge an iPhone using the older Apple 2.4A standard.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • Output: 30W USB-C PD, 12W USB-A
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 16.3 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

Review of the RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800


Comparison of All Recommended Portable Chargers for iPad Air 2020

 

Charger NoteOutputCapacitySizeWeightPrice
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 wall charger
Review
(4.9)
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable and 30W USB-C PD wall charger

USB-IF certified
24W USB-C PD20,100mAh6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in12.7 oz$65.99
RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60WIncludes USB-C to USB-C cable60W USB-C PD20,000mAh6 x 2.6 x 1 in13.2 oz$49.99
ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-CReview
(4.6)
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable27W USB-C PD20,000mAh5.9 x 2.8 x 1 in13.4 oz$35.95
AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 UniversalReview
(4.6)
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable60W USB-C PD

18W USB-C PD
26,800mAh6.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 in24.6 ozPrice not available
RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800Review
(4.6)
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable30W USB-C PD26,800mAh6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in16.3 oz$59.99

Don’t see a power bank you quite like? Or which is available in your region? Take what you’ve learned here and check out my larger power bank comparison list.

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2020-12-01.