Best Portable Chargers for MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60W and AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal for MacBooks

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

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60W and AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal for MacBooks

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60W and AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal for MacBooks

Fast Charging MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

All MacBook laptops with a USB-C port support USB Power Delivery (USB PD) as their fast charging standard. The max power draw rate varies between models.

  • MacBook (12-inch) – 30W USB-C PD
  • MacBook Air (13-inch) – 45W USB-C PD
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch) – 60W USB-C PD
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch) – 87W USB-C PD
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch) – 96W USB-C PD

These max power draw rates are not required in a lot of cases. MacBooks, like most other lithium battery based devices, only reach their max power draw when the battery is below 20% and the device is being taxed. In most cases the charge rate is less. This allows lower outputting charger to work fine with a larger laptop. Especially if the battery is already charged up and fans aren’t running at full speed.

The USB-C PD standard allows for a higher outputting charger to work with a lower power draw device. So a 45W USB-C PD charger meets the max charge demands of either the MacBook or MacBook Air. But can also keep a MacBook Pro 13-inch running under many conditions. A 100W USB-C PD will support every MacBook model with USB-C, but is generally overkill.

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

USB-C to USB-C Cable

All model MacBooks will need a USB-C to USB-C cable to connect with a USB-C PD charger. Such a cable is included with each MacBook. But you may want to buy a new one to keep with your new charger.

The MacBook (12-inch), MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro (13-inch) can use any kind of USB-C to USB-C cable. But stick with some that supports 3A/60W output, as they are usually cheaper.

The MacBook Pro (15-inch) and MacBook Pro (16-inch) will want a USB-C cable that supports 5A/100W. With a standard USB-C cable you won’t get more than 60W out of the charger, even if it and the laptop supports more.

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.

A Note About Capacity

Laptops can be used for a lot of different activities. As such there isn’t an easy and accurate formula for figuring out how much extra time you’ll get out of a power bank. Higher capacity does mean longer run time, but also higher cost and more weight. If you only need a few hours more than a 20,000mAh will usually do. But if you need as much time as possible stick with 26,800mAh. You can find even larger options out there, but they may not pass all airline regulations.


Best Portable Chargers for MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

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MacBook Power Banks

Support ~30W USB-C PD for optimal charging of the 12-inch MacBook model.

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

A full service charger bundle that works well with the MacBook. The power bank itself offers 24W, near the 30W limit of a MacBook. Close enough you don't notice a difference in charge time. Its included wall charger is a full 30W, working even better with an MacBook. 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 MacBook
  • 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

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 Pro 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

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

Provides 30W USB-C PD to maximize the charge time of an MacBook. 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

MacBook Air Power Banks

These can also support a MacBook Pro (13-inch) in my experience. Provided the battery isn’t nearly dead, or if you charge while it sleeps.

ZMI PowerPack 20000

This power bank's 45W can support mid size laptops like the MacBook Air. It offers a wide range of fast charging standard support and features. A good option if you have more than just a laptop 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

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

This large power bank was designed for fast charging a laptop and phone together. It offers more output than a MacBook Air needs, but is a better value than 45W/26,800mAh options.

  • 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 charge the MacBook Air
    • 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

MacBook Pro Power Banks

There aren’t many good power bank options between 60-90W output. So consider any of these for any size MacBook Pro you use.

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60W

Offering up to 60W, perfect for a MacBook Pro (13-inch) and good enough for the larger models. It also offers a unique form factor and a lower price.

  • 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

The 65W output gives a bit more juice to the larger MacBook Pro models, without affecting the 13-inch model. Plug in just your laptop for the best charge rate.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • Output: 65W USB-C PD, 60W PPS, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Size: 6.3 x 3.2 x 0.8 in | 15.5 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable

Review of the ZMI PowerPack 20K Pro

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

This large power bank was designed for fast charging a laptop and phone together. It offers enough output for a MacBook Pro (13-inch) and sufficient power for the larger models. Plug in just your laptop for the best charge rate.

  • 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 charge the MacBook Air
    • 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


Comparison of All Recommended Portable Chargers for iPad Pro

 

MacBook ModelCharger NoteOutputCapacitySizeWeightPrice
MacBook (12-inch)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
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
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
MacBook AirZMI PowerPack 20000Review
(4.6)
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable45W USB-C PD20,000mAh6.3 × 3.2 × 0.8 in14.3 oz$59.99
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 oz$79.99
MacBook ProRAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60WIncludes USB-C to USB-C cable60W USB-C PD20,000mAh6 x 2.6 x 1 in13.2 oz$44.99
ZMI PowerPack 20K ProReview
(4.8)
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable65W USB-C PD20,000mAh6.3 x 3.2 x 0.8 in15.5 oz$89.95
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 oz$79.99

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