Best Portable Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air

iPad Air with Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD

A portable charger (aka power bank) can mean the difference between stressing over your iPad’s battery life. Or being able to use it all day long without worry. The best portable chargers for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air 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.

iPad Air with Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD

iPad Air with Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD

Fast Charging iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air

The iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air series use Apple 2.4A for their fast charging standard. An older standard, made for the original iPad in 2010. The standard has been supported by all model iPhones and iPad to follow. And most of today’s iPads still support only this fast charging standard.

Most USB-A chargers offering 5V/2.4A support Apple 2.4A. But so do many USB-C chargers. That’s where the future proofing comes in. You can continue with a USB-A charger and regular Lightning cable. Or you can get a USB-C charger and USB-C to Lightning cable. The USB-C charger will continue to support future device. Using the more modern USB-C Power Delivery standard.

Learn more about Apple 2.4A and other fast charging standards.

USB-C to Lightning Cable

To connect your iPad to a USB-C charger you’ll need a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Find a good selection of USB-C to Lightning cables here. All listed cables are MFi certified by Apple. Meaning they meet Apple’s standards and testing to work with iPhones and iPads. Pick your cable based on length, color, and price.


Best Portable Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air

Compact

These portable chargers offer 10,000mAh capacity. Their compact size makes them easy to fit in your bag for commute or travel. But that won’t fully recharge a larger size iPad. These are best for getting a few more hours for minimum weight and cost.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

Anker's compact, portable fast charger. The USB-A port will fast charge your current iPad. While the USB-C port offers future proofing, as well as fast charging for a new iPhone. Includes a trickle charge mode, good for earbuds and fitness trackers.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD, Apple 2.4A
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh
    • iPad: 0.5 charges
    • iPad mini: 1.25 charges
    • iPad Air: 0.75 charges
  • Size: 4.2 x 2 x 1 inches | 7.0 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable to facilitate recharging

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

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Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000

A budget friendly alternative to the more popular brands. Can fast charge your iPad with either USB-C or USB-A ports.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD, Apple 2.4A
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh
    • iPad: 0.5 charges
    • iPad mini: 1.25 charges
    • iPad Air: 0.75 charges
  • Size: 2.9 x 2.3 x 1 inches | 6.3 oz

Review of the Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000

Camping, Hiking, Rugged Work

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Novoo Explorer 10000

Need a portable charger for the great outdoors? This one is designed with camping and hiking in mind. It is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. Without being over designed. Will fast charge the iPad with either USB port.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD, Apple 2.4A
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh
    • iPad: 0.5 charges
    • iPad mini: 1.25 charges
    • iPad Air: 0.75 charges
  • Size: 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.7 inches | 7.7 oz

Review of the Novoo Explorer 10000

High Capacity

These portable chargers offer 20,000 – 26,800mAh capacity. Enough to completely refill the largest model iPads, and then some. All are legal to fly within the USA.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD

Anker's cheapest high capacity portable charger. Made specifically with mobile devices in mind. The USB-A port will fast charge your current iPad. While the USB-C port offers future proofing, as well as fast charging for a new iPhone.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD, PowerIQ 2.0 (supports Apple 2.4A)
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
    • iPad: 1 charge
    • iPad mini: 2.5 charges
    • iPad Air: 1.5 charges
  • Size: 6.4 x 2.9 x 1 inches | 15.8 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable to facilitate recharging

Review of the Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD

ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C

A more budget friendly alternative to the popular brands. All USB ports support fast charging of an iPad. And a unique dot matrix display for remaining charge and status.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • Output: 27W USB-C PD, Quick Charge 3.0
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
    • iPad: 1 charge
    • iPad mini: 2.5 charges
    • iPad Air: 1.5 charges
  • Size: 5.9 x 2.8 x 1 inches | 13.4 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable to facilitate recharging

Review of the ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-C

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

If you need to carry as much capacity as possible a 26,800mAh portable charger is for you. RAVPower's exceeds the iPad's needs. And allows for enough charges to get you through almost a full week. Either USB-A port will fast charge your iPad.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • Output: 30W USB-C PD
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh
    • iPad: 1.5 charge
    • iPad mini: 3.5 charges
    • iPad Air: 2 charges
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 16.3 oz

Review of the RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800


Comparison of All Recommended Portable Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air

 

Charger NoteOutputCapacitySizeWeightPrice
Xcentz xWingMan Dual 5000Review
(4.5)
Smallest18W USB-C PD

18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
5,000mAh2.9 x 1.4 x 1.1 in3.6 oz$19.99
AUKEY PB-Y25 Sprint WirelessReview
(4.8)
Wireless charging18W USB-C PD

18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A

12W USB-A

10W Qi Wireless
8,000mAh5.8 x 3 x 0.6 in7.0 oz$29.99
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD ReduxReview
(4.8)
Popular and compact18W USB-C PD

12W USB-A
10,000mAh4.2 x 2 x 1 in7.0 oz$39.99
Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000Review
(4.5)
Budget friendly18W USB-C PD

18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
10,000mAh2.9 x 2.3 x 1 in6.3 oz$19.99
Novoo Explorer 10000Review
(4.6)
Camping, outdoors18W USB-C PD

18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A
10,000mAh5.5 x 2.8 x 0.7 in7.7 oz$25.99
Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PDBest selling high capacity18W USB-C PD

18W PowerIQ 2.0 USB-A
(Quick Charge 3.0 compatible)
20,000mAh6.2 x 2.9 x 0.8 in12.1 oz$49.99
ZMI PowerPack Aura 20K USB-CReview
(4.6)
Budget friendly high capacity27W USB-C PD

18W Quick Charge USB-A

12W USB-A
20,000mAh5.9 x 2.8 x 1 in13.4 oz$35.95
RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800Review
(4.6)
Highest capacity good for all USA flights30W USB-C PD

12W USB-A x2
26,800mAh6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in16.3 oz$59.99

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