[58 Tested] The Best Affordable USB-C PD Power Banks 7953

The Best Affordable USB-C PD Power Banks

Sneak  Peek

  • After researching and testing 58 PD power banks, we picked out 7 affordable models which feature reliable charging performance.
  • When buying PD power banks, you may be confused by lots of specs and charging ports. After reading this guide, you can pick out the optimal one with ease.
  • Power Delivery Standard boosts the power output of USB to 100W. So, PD power banks can not only fast charge smartphones but also your USB-C laptops.
  • Apple officially claims that Power Delivery can fast charge your new iPhone to 50% within 30 minutes. That means Power Delivery can quickly juice up your phone in fragmented time.

Sneak  Peek

  • After researching and testing 58 PD power banks, we picked out 7 affordable models which feature reliable charging performance.
  • When buying PD power banks, you may be confused by lots of specs and charging ports. After reading this guide, you can pick out the optimal one with ease.
  • Power Delivery Standard boosts the power output of USB to 100W. So, PD power banks can not only fast charge smartphones but also your USB-C laptops.
  • Apple officially claims that Power Delivery can fast charge your new iPhone to 50% within 30 minutes. That means Power Delivery can quickly juice up your phone in fragmented time.

Last updated: October 10. 2019

In this update, we tested 5 newly released PD power banks. Some of them are from famous brands of charging accessories (like Anker, Zendure, ZMI). They have some seemly good highlights, but they cost a ton more than our existing picks, and paying extra premium isn’t worth doing. In contrast, the Benks 20000mAh 18W PD Power Bank blows me away. With a compact size and an impressive look, it becomes our More Power Juice Pick now.

Everyday Carry Pick

Our Pick

Baseus 10000mAh USB-C PD + QC Slim Power Bank

For daily use

It is small enough to slip into your pocket. With the maximum output of 18W, it can deliver PD fast charge to most smartphones, tablets, MacBook Air (2018), and Nintendo Switches.
US$ 24.99 from DIGSHOPAED 69.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Portable size+18W PD fast charge & recharge+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Wallet-friendly
Cons:
-It offers only two output ports.

If you want a PD power bank that can fast charge your smartphone, laptop, or Nintendo Switch, and expect it to be pocketable for easy carrying on the go, Baseus Slim PD Power Bank is the best choice for you. This power bank provides the maximum output power of 18W, which can fast charge your iPhone 11 Pro from 0% to 50% within 30 minutes. With 10,000mAh capacity, it can fully charge your phone twice or more times, so that you no longer worry about your phone running out of power even if you use your phone intensively throughout a single day. Meanwhile, it is smaller than most of 10000mAh power banks, so you can easily put it to your bag or pocket.

 Read our detailed review here. 

Upgrade Pick

QUANHAN 10000mAh 30W USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Slim Power Bank

A portable power bank ready for laptop charging

It supports 30W PD output, meaning that it can charge your MacBook Air (2018) at full speed. And needless to say, it can fast charge smartphones and Switch. Importantly, its 30W quick input greatly shortens its recharging time.
US$ 32.99 from DIGSHOPAED 99.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+30W PD output+Super-fast recharging time+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge
Cons:
-Slightly pricey

This 10000mAh power bank supports 30W input and output, which is rare to see. With that said, it offers you one more choice for laptop charging — you just need to take such a fairly portable power bank to effectively juice your laptop. Though we all know that 10000mAh capacity will be quickly run out by the laptop, you will pretty appreciate it for prolonging your laptop’s battery life a bit in a pinch. Of course, with 30W PD output, it has no problem to charge smartphones, tablets and Switch at full speed. What’s more, it supports 30W input, meaning that you just need about 1.5 hours to recharge it fully. 

 Read our detailed review here.

Upgrade Pick

Baseus 10000mAh Wireless USB-C PD Slim Power Bank

The best combination of wireless charger and power bank

Besides 10W Qi wireless fast charging, its USB-C port and USB-A port both can deliver up to 18W wired fast charging. So, this power bank can give you a convenient and fast charging experience.
US$ 32.99 from DIGSHOPAED 99.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+10W Qi wireless charging+18W PD fast charge & recharge+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Compact and lightweight+Hidden phone stand
Cons:
-The price is higher than the regular 10000mAh power banks.

When you’re on the go, you may be stuck in an awkward position: You try to charge your phone with your power bank, but find that you left the charging cable at home. Now, with this Baseus 10000mAh Wireless USB-C PD Slim Power Bank, you can get rid of the cable hassle.

This power bank makes charging simple and easy. If you find yourself with no cables on the go, you just need to place your phone on the top surface of the power bank to charge wirelessly, as it supports 10W Qi wireless charging. If you have cables, you can fast charge your devices, since it supports Power Delivery, QC3.0, HUAWEI FCP, and Apple 2.4A fast charge. 

 Read our detailed review here.

More Power Juice Pick

Our Pick

Benks 20000mAh USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Power Bank

Hit the right balance of price, performance, and appearance

It is highly cost-effective. With 20,000mAh capacity and 18W PD output, it can fast charge your phone and provide enough juice during a weeklong trip.
US$ 32.99 from DIGSHOP Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+18W PD fast charge & recharge+20000mAh offers a week's worth of juice for a phone+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Wallet-friendly
Cons:
-Charges laptops at a relatively slow speed

If you only need a high capacity PD power bank that helps you get rid of wall chargers, then Benks 20000mAh USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Power Bank with 18W maximum output is a more affordable pick. It’s hard to buy a 20000mAh PD power bank at this price point on the market. In addition, it’s way smaller than other 20000mAh power banks, so you won’t even know it’s there in your backpack or laptop bag until you need it. Also, it is aesthetically pleasing. 

 Read our detailed review here.

Upgrade Pick

XIAOMI Power Bank 3 - 20000mAh 45W USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Portable Charger

A great option for USB-C laptops

This PD power bank is the most suitable for laptop users. It not only offers a whopping capacity of 20000mAh, but most importantly it comes with 45W PD output that can charge everything from phones to laptops.
US$ 39.99 from DIGSHOPAED 149.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+45W PD fast charge & recharge+20000mAh to replenish extra juice for a laptop +Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Solid build quality
Cons:
-A bit large in size

Before Xiaomi Power Bank 3 launched, RAVPower 20100mAh 30W PD Power Bank had been our previous upgrade pick in this category, as we didn’t came across any better choices at reasonable prices. Luckily, Xiaomi Power Bank 3 was launched, which fulfilled our requirements. It provides 45W PD output which can effectively fast charge high-powered laptops. Moreover, its 20000mAh huge capacity is able to charge most 13-inch laptops once or fully juice a smartphone five times or more. The most attractive point is the price which is even far lower than our previous pick.

 Read our detailed review here.

Also Great

ZMI 45W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub

Specific for Amazon users

It also offers 45W PD output, and comes with USB-hub function. It’s probably the best 20000mAh PD power bank with a relatively affordable price you can buy on Amazon.
US $69.94 from Amazon US£69.95 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+45W PD fast charge & recharge+20000mAh to replenish extra juice for a laptop+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Data transfer function
Cons:
-More expensive than XIAOMI

Except the USB-hub function, this ZMI power bank is actually the same as the Xiaomi in performance. Up to now, we haven’t found any Xiaomi Power Bank 3 sold on Amazon. Therefore, ZMI 45W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub is currently the best 20000mAh PD power bank with a relatively affordable price you can buy on Amazon. If you are willing to wait for 20-38 days of delivery, you can buy Xiaomi Power Bank 3 on Aliexpress. In this way, you can save a lot of money.

 Read our detailed review here.

Ultra-high Capacity Pick

Our Pick

RAVPower Xtreme 26800 PD Power Bank (RP-PB058)

A high-capacity 30W PD power bank with a reasonable price

The whopping 26800mAh capacity can effectively prolong your laptop’s battery life. Plus, its 30W PD output is able to charge most laptops at fast speed.
US $63.99 from Amazon USCA$59.99 from Amazon CA£59.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+30W PD fast charge & recharge+26800mAh ultra-high capacity+Reasonable price
Cons:
-Doesn't support QC 3.0 fast charge

If you always need to carry your laptop on business, then RAVPower RP-PB058 Power Bank will give peace of mind to you. It features a massive 26800mAh capacity which can effectively prolong your laptop’s battery life. And 26800mAh is the maximum battery capacity you can take on board. That is to say, it allows you to use your laptop safely during a 10-hour international flight. That’s something other regular power banks can’t provide. Its USB-C port can push out the maximum output of 30W, delivering fast charging to USB-C laptops, Nintendo Switch, tablets, and smartphones.

 Read our detailed review here.

OUR DISCOVERY

Who is this for

USB Power Delivery is a kind of fast-charging technology. It can supply higher power to your devices via USB-C charging cables and charging gears. Power Delivery Standard boosts USB power output to 100W. That means Power Delivery can not only fast charge smartphones and other mobile devices, but also juice up higher-wattage devices, such as tablets, game consoles, laptops and so on. So, PD power banks can fast charge your devices even when the power outlets are out of reach.

Besides, if you plan to buy a power bank to charge your QuickCharge 3.0 phone or old Apple devices, we recommend you to buy one that supports not only USB PD but also QC 3.0 and Apple 2.4 fast charge. Such a power bank allows for maximum compatibility and future-proof usability. It is a future-oriented investment which will fast charge both your current device and your future USB-C device.

How to choose a suitable PD power bank

As Power Delivery is still in a rapid development process, various manufacturers haven’t formed a good standard yet, and the voltage levels vary among devices. If the voltage level that your device supports is incompatible with the charger, then the charger may fuel your device at a slow speed or even fail to charge. Thus, before buying a PD power bank, we suggest you to read this guide to know which power levels that the mainstream devices support and the power banks on the market generally offer.

At present, more and more devices support USB Power Delivery fast charge. The mainstream devices include iPhone models after 8, Google Pixel/Pixel 2, Samsung S10, Xiaomi MI 9, iPad Pro, Nintendo Switch, MacBook 12″, MacBook Pro 2016 and later, and other USB-C laptops, all supporting USB PD fast charge.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.
27W*: Ship with 18W PD power adapters and support up to 27W charging from compliant chargers
Note*: Some smartphones with Type-C ports do not support PD fast charge, such as Huawei P10, Huawei Mate 9, OPPO and One Plus phones currently available. They are complied with their exclusive fast charging protocols which ensure the devices charge at their fastest-possible speed. But the dedicated charging gears are required if they want to trigger fast charging.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.
27W*: Ship with 18W PD power adapters and support up to 27W charging from compliant chargers
Note*: Some smartphones with Type-C ports do not support PD fast charge, such as Huawei P10, Huawei Mate 9, OPPO and One Plus phones currently available. They are complied with their exclusive fast charging protocols which ensure the devices charge at their fastest-possible speed. But the dedicated charging gears are required if they want to trigger fast charging.

For iPhone

From the table above, we know that, from iPhone 8 to the latest iPhone 11, they all support 18W PD fast charging, and almost support all voltage levels below 20V, including 9V, 12V, and 15V. Now PD power banks available on the market mainly provide 18W output power and support these three voltage levels. That is to say, most of them can charge your iPhone at the fastest speed.  

It is worth noting that iPhone models after 8 all support PD fast charge, but in our test, they vary in the peak power of PD fast-charging from only 12W for iPhone 8 to about 18W for others. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is 1821mAh, much smaller than other models. Apple reduces the charging speed of the iPhone 8 to protect the battery while ensuring the same charging time of these models. Therefore, for iPhone 8, whether you charge it with a PD charger or an Apple 2.4A charger, the charging speeds are the same. 

The iPhone X is charging with a USB PD-compatible power bank.

For Android Phone

Since different Android phone manufacturers use different standards, the situation here is a bit tricky. The maximum charging speed they support vary from each other, and many of them have their exclusive fast-charge technologies. Even so, we still did lots of researching and testing. Then we found that most of Android phones that launched in recent years, like Samsung S10, Google Pixel 3, and XIAOMI MI 9, all support 18W (9V=2A) PD input. Frankly speaking, for phone charging, 18W is already a decent charging speed. Therefore, a PD power bank that can output 18W will basically cover most phones’ fast charging needs.

For iPad Pro & MacBook 12'' / MacBook Air (2018)

Both iPad Pro, MacBook 12” and MacBook Air (2018) support three voltage levels of 9V, 12V, and 14.5V (15V), featuring great compatibility. However, only at 14.5V (15V) can they reach up to the fastest 29W (30W) charging speed. In our test, they deliver up to 18W power at 9V and 24W power at 12V. This is already a fast charging speed. If you want to reach a fastest-possible charging rate, the PD power bank must be able to pump out at least 30W power at the voltage level of 14.5V (15V).

The iPad Pro is charging with a USB PD-compatible power bank.

For Nintendo Switch

If your Nintendo Switch is connected to its dock and need to be charged, we advise you to use a 39W+ charger. If it is in the handheld mode, you can charge it with a PD power bank. The Nintendo Switch in the handheld mode supports three voltage levels of 9V, 12V, and 15V, and the fastest charging speed can reach up to 18W.  We guess that this would help extend the battery life of the Nintendo Switch. Thus, if you need to charge your Nintendo Switch in the handheld mode when traveling, then any PD power banks with 18W output that support 9V, 12V, or 15V can realize fast charging for your Nintendo Switch.

However, our test shows that it generally keeps only about 10W (it can trigger PD fast charging protocol, while the current would drop down). When we play games that require more processing power, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or when the Nintendo Switch is at a low battery level, PD power bank can charge it at a faster charging rate.

The Nintendo Switch is charging with a USB PD-compatible power bank.

For MacBook Pro (2016 and later)

MacBook Pro (2016 and later) are basically compatible with all voltage levels, so all PD power banks on the market can fuel them. Laptops, as high-wattage devices, tend to consume power at a faster rate in daily use. Therefore, only 30W or above PD power banks are able to effectively extend their battery life.

Laptops, as high-wattage devices, tend to consume power at a faster rate in daily use. Therefore, only 30W or above PD power banks are able to extend their battery life effectively. Click to Tweet

Some PD power banks with 20000mAh capacity or more are capable of delivering over 30W charging speed. Moreover, the 20000mAh capacity is enough to provide extra juice for your laptop throughout the day, making it hassle-free from finding any available power outlets when charging.

If you need to leave away from power outlets to work for a long time, then 26800mAh capacity can offer you longer battery life for your laptop. If you need to do more intense photo-editing or graphic design work with applications that require more power, you may expect a PD power bank that at least supports 45W charging.

The MacBook Pro is charging with a USB PD-compatible power bank.

So far, USB PD power banks on the market offer five voltage levels: 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, and 20V. Generally speaking, almost all 10000mAh PD power banks can deliver up to 18W output and support three voltage levels of 5V, 9V, and 12V. Some 20,000mAh+ models are able to pump out 30W and even more power, compatible with five voltage levels of 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, and 20V. When purchasing, you should carefully check out the parameters marked on the PD power banks so as to choose the suitable one for your device.

Specifications on RAVPower 20100mAh Type-C PD Hub Power Bank.

We need to mention that at present PD power banks are more expensive than other regular power banks, but it is worthwhile to pay extra for the fast charging speed. Of course, if your current devices don’t support PD fast charging, you can turn to our Guide of Power Banks to pick out an optimum power bank for yourself.

How we picked

We’re constantly hunting for PD power banks that feature reasonable prices and reliable performance, and staying on top of technology news. Finally, we found the models that we need on some well-known e-commerce platforms, including Taobao, JD, Amazon, AliExpress, and Souq.com. These picks are from famous brands or the best-selling ones. Since April 18th, 2018, we’ve bought 58 power banks for testing.

We bought 14 PD power banks back to test.

Updated on March 11. 2019. We tested another 21 PD power banks.

Another 21 PD power banks we tested

Updated on August 16. 2019. We found many new products on the market and bought 18 PD power banks for testing.

Another 18 PD power banks we tested

Updated on October 10, 2019. We bought 5 newly launched PD power banks for testing.

Another 5 PD power banks we tested

To pick out what users really need, we classified the PD power banks into Everyday Carry Pick, More Power Juice Pick, and Ultra-high Capacity Pick according to the charging demands of different people. Everyday Carry Pick have the right balance of portability and capacity. With 10000mAh capacity, they can provide 18W PD fast charging for most PD smartphones, tablets and Nintendo Switches in the handheld mode.

Among More Power Juice Pick, 20000mAh models can even push out at 30W-45W, which means that they can not only deliver PD fast charging to low power-consumption devices, but also effectively extend the working time of USB-C laptops.

If you often need to take out your laptop to play games or do video-editing with apps that require more power, then Ultra-high Capacity Pick can ensure your laptop work for you longer. Or, if you have many power-hungry devices, the 26800mAh capacity can offer enough power for them so that you don’t need to worry about your devices running out of juice during a short trip.

What we concern most is how fast a PD power bank charges a device. We think 18W is the minimum output that a PD power bank should offer, because such a power bank can fast power up the latest iPhone 11, most new-launched Android phones, and Nintendo Switch in the handheld mode, while those PD power banks with 30W or more output can meet the charging needs of large-power devices, like laptops.

Different devices support different voltage levels, thus we need to pick out the PD power banks that are able to provide as many voltage levels as possible so that they can be compatible with most PD-capable devices on the market. If you wonder which voltage levels that each device supports, please check out How to choose a suitable PD power bank.

We also take into account the compatibility of each output port on the power bank. If the USB-C port can support PD fast charge, QC 3.0 as well as 2.4A fast charge for most Apple devices, then this is a versatile USB-C port that we desire. When it comes to the USB-A port, if it supports both QC 3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge, we think it as a widely-compatible power bank.

Whether PD power banks recharge themselves fast enough is another considered factor for selection. A USB-C port of a PD power bank that supports PD fast input means that it can quickly refill itself via this port. In addition, some PD power banks pack an extra Micro-USB port for recharging. Whether this port supports QC 3.0 fast input is also important. For example, if the input speed of a 20100mAh power bank is typically 5V⎓2A, it will take 10.5 hours to fully recharge itself; if it supports QC 3.0 or 18W PD fast charging, then it will be topped up in about 8 hours; if it is a PD-capable model with 30W PD fast input, refueling it will only take 4-5 hours.

Based on the criteria above, we picked out 58 power banks in total as our test models.

How we tested

We tested PD power banks in various aspects, including the voltage level, charging speed, compatibility, recharging speed, size and weight.

Voltage level

PD power banks involve a variety of voltages. And various devices can trigger PD fast charge at different voltage levels. Therefore, we used a monitor to check out which voltage levels that each power bank supports. In this way, we can know these power banks can offer PD fast charging for which devices.

We used a monitor to check out which voltage levels that each power bank supports.

Charging speed

We used an iPhone X and MacBook Pro 15”(2016) to test the output power of each model’s USB-C port. Because an iPhone X supports the maximum input power of 18W, we can test out whether the PD power banks can reach the rated 18W output. A MacBook Pro 15″ is compatible with all the voltage levels that PD power banks can provide, and supports maximum 87W charging speed, so we can measure the maximum output power of all test models.

We charged an Anker PowerCore II 20000 and iPad mini 4 over each USB-A port to measure its output power, because the Anker PowerCore 20000 supports QC 3.0 fast input and the iPad mini 4 supports Apple 2.4A. For USB-A ports that are capable of 2.1A charging (non-Apple 2.1A fast charging), we also used the Anker PowerCore II 20000 as a testing tool, since its Micro-USB port supports both QC 3.0 fast charge and 2.1A charging.

During testing, we charged all devices at a low battery level (below 30%), because this could ensure that they were charged at the fastest-possible speed. In this way, we could see whether the voltage, current, and power of each power bank’s charging ports are consistent with their rated output.

We used a MacBook Pro 15”(2016) to test the output power of each model’s USB-C port.

Compatibility

We charged an iPad mini 4 to check whether the USB-C port of a PD power bank is capable of 2.4A fast charging for most Apple devices, since iPad mini 4 only supports Apple 2.4A fast charge. To test out whether the USB-C port is compatible with QC 2.0/3.0 fast charge, we chose Huawei Honor 9 as a testing tool, because this phone only supports 18W QC fast charging protocol and it charges over its USB-C port.

Meanwhile, we tested the USB-A port that supported QC 3.0 fast charge to see whether it is compatible with Apple 2.4A fast charge. Similarly, we used an iPad mini 4 to test whether each QC port supports Apple 2.4A fast charge. If they can’t automatically identify Apple devices, it means that the target audience of the PD power bank is limited to QC device users, so for non-QC device users (especially Apple users), they have to tolerate the potentially slow charging speed.

We used the HUAWEI Honor 9 to test if each USB-C port is compatible with QC 3.0 fast charging.

Recharging speed

We used NetEase Power Delivery 65W USB C Wall Charger to test the recharging speed of each power bank. Since this wall charger is capable of delivering up to 65W PD input and supports five voltage levels of 5V, 9V, 12V, 15Vand 20V, we can use it to measure the input power of USB-C ports. For the power bank with an additional Micro-USB input port, we recharged it using an Anker PowerCore II 20000 which has a USB-A port that supports QC 3.0 fast charge and regular 5V⎓2A output. Therefore, we can know the input speed of a Micro-USB port through the test.

We used NetEase Power Delivery 65W USB C Wall Charger to test the recharging speed of each power bank.

Size and weight

Additionally, we measured and compared the weight and size of each PD power bank. It is because the lighter and smaller a model is, the more portable it is.

Wireless Charing

As wireless charging is gradually becoming ubiquitous in our lives, we start to experience the convenience it brings to us. So, we selected several eligible wireless power banks for testing and updated the review on August 16th. For this kind of power banks, besides using the above criteria to test their wired charging speeds, we also tested their wireless charging performance based on the following criteria.

The first criterion is the design, which includes not only the physical size we mentioned above (of course we prefer smaller and more compact power banks), but also the grip feeling when you hold your phone and the power bank next to each other. So, whether a wireless power bank has a curved-edge design around its frame is important, as it determines how comfortable it is for holding it in hand.

In addition, whether its surface comes with an anti-slip design for holding a phone in place is also a major checkpoint. Because this feature can help you align your phone properly on the power bank surface, so that the specific coils inside the power bank and phone can transmit and receive power each other. If there’s no anti-slip design, your phone can easily slip off and won’t charge.

The top priority is the wireless charging speed. It should be noted that we can’t count on the wireless charging speed to be comparable with the wired charging speed. Our tests showed that the output level just made little influence on how quickly most phones charge; your devices won’t receive much faster charging from a higher-wattage charger. Therefore, we can’t purely justify how fast the wireless charging speed is by checking which output level they support. Instead, we used an iPhone X to test each product and recorded how long they take to charge the iPhone X from 0% to 50%. In this way, we used the real-world charging time to intuitively test the wireless charging speed of each wireless power bank.

At last, we made comparisons among all PD power banks in several aspects, including price, material, and the sturdiness and shape of the port position, and then to make our final decision.

Everyday Carry Pick

Our Pick: Baseus 10000mAh USB-C PD + QC Slim Power Bank

Our Pick

Baseus 10000mAh USB-C PD + QC Slim Power Bank

For daily use

It is small enough to slip into your pocket. With the maximum output of 18W, it can deliver PD fast charge to most smartphones, tablets, MacBook Air (2018), and Nintendo Switches.
US$ 24.99 from DIGSHOP AED 69.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Portable size+18W PD fast charge & recharge+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Wallet-friendly
Cons:
-It offers only two output ports.
Smaller than most of 10000mAh power banks

If you want a pocket-sized PD power bank for easy carrying, then Basues 10000mAh USB-C PD + QC Slim Power Bank is the way to go. To our surprised, its size is almost the same as the ultrathin Anker PowerCore Slim 5,000. And it is the lightest one among all 10000mAh PD power banks we tested. Performance-wise, it can max out at 18W to deliver PD fast charge to your smartphones, tablets, or Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.

Meanwhile, with 10000mAh capacity, it is able to fully charge your phone two times or more, which means that you no longer worry about your phone running out of power even if you use your phone intensively throughout a single day.

Initially, we did doubt whether its actual power capacity would fall short of what it claims due to its small size. But through testing, it showed that all our concerns were unnecessary. Its actual power capacity is almost identical to that of Xiaomi 2i Power Bank which features a much larger size.

18W PD fast charging

Baseus supports three power levels: 5V⎓2A, 9V⎓2A, and 12V⎓1.5A. Therefore, it is able to deliver 18W PD fast charge to most devices on the market, including iPhone models after 8, most new-launched Android phones, iPad Pro, MacBook Air (2018) and Nintendo Switch in the handheld mode.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

Its USB-C port is so versatile

To test the output power of its USB-C port, we used it to charge a MacBook Pro 15” (2016). The charging speed reached up to 12V⎓1.69A (20.28W), perfectly triggering PD fast charge.

Baseus 10000mAh Power Bank is charging the MacBook Pro 15” at up to 20.28W.

Then, we charged an iPad Mini 4 over its USB-C port which provided 2.37A current. This means that it can deliver 2.4A fast charge to most Apple devices. We also found that its USB-C supports QC 3.0 fast charge and can charge a Huawei Honor 9 at 15.86W (9.01V⎓1.76A). 

You know what, that’s something not every power bank’s USB-C port can do.  Thus, this USB-C port is so versatile that it is compatible with most mainstream fast-charging protocols. It literally brings huge convenience to our real-life use. Right now, we just need to take one USB-C to Lightning cable out to charge different Apple devices. Likewise, Android users also just take one USB-C cable and can get everything done.

The USB-A port also supports multiple fast charge

In addition to the USB-C port,  Baseus also has a USB-A ports, which supports QC3.0 fast charge and can quickly charge QC devices. During testing, we charged an Anker PowerCore II 20000 over this port. It activated QC 3.0 fast charge, and put out 16.77W. When charging an iPad Mini 4, it maxed out at 2.36A, which means that this QC port is compatible with Apple 2.4A fast charge. In other words, this USB-A port can fast charge most devices available on the market.

The USB-A port is charging the Anker PowerCore II 20000 power bank at 16.77W.

Dual-port fast recharge

Aside from its faster charging rate, we also appreciate its decent recharging speed. We used a 30W Anker PowerPort Speed PD 5 Ports to test the recharging speed of this Baseus 10000mAh power bank and obtained 17.74W. It showed that the USB-C port is capable of fast input.

Besides the USB-C port, its Micro-USB port can also function as an input to recharge itself. We charged it using an Anker PowerCore II 20000, and the input power was 17.87W (9.01V 1.98A). This shows that this power bank can enable QC 3.0 fast charge to refill itself. So, you can connect an appropriate charging cable to one of these two ports to quickly top up this power bank.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Compared with our previous pick, Baseus lacks a USB-A output port. We admit that we lean toward the power bank with three output ports. But after testing, we found that this kind of 18W power bank actually charged very slowly to three devices at once. So, we believe that having an extra output port is a bonus rather than a must-have criterion. Our previous pick is a good option, but we were not that satisfied with the plastic texture of its casing. We’ve been struggling to look for a better one at the same price range, and finally we come across this Baseus. It’s the only one that can offer excellent charging performance and solid-built casing at this price range.

Upgrade Pick: QUANHAN 10000mAh 30W USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Slim Power Bank

Upgrade Pick

QUANHAN 10000mAh 30W USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Slim Power Bank

A portable power bank ready for laptop charging

It supports 30W PD output, meaning that it can charge your MacBook Air (2018) at full speed. And needless to say, it can fast charge smartphones and Switch. Importantly, its 30W quick input greatly shortens its recharging time.
US$ 32.99 from DIGSHOPAED 99.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+30W PD output+Super-fast recharging time+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge
Cons:
-Slightly pricey
30W PD output for various usage scenarios

This 10000mAh power bank supports 30W input and output, which is rare to see. With that said, it offers you one more choice for laptop charging — you just need to take such a fairly portable power bank to effectively juice your laptop. Though we all know that 10000mAh capacity will be quickly run out by the laptop, you will pretty appreciate it for prolonging your laptop’s battery life a bit in a pinch. In our tests, its USB-C port can deliver 29.64W PD output.

The QUANHAN is capable of laptop charging.

Needless to say, as a 10000mAh power bank, its major duty is to refill small devices, like smartphones, tablets, and Nintendo Switch. It supports five power levels: 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓2A, 12V⎓2A, 15V⎓2A, and 20V⎓1.5A. We used it to charge an iPhone XR, and found it could reach up to 21.29W. That is to say, it truly can charge these small guys at the fastest-possible speed.

The QUANHAN is charging an iPhone XR at 21.29W.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

It just takes 1.5 hours to fully recharge itself

Except for laptop charging, its 30W Power Delivery can greatly shorten its recharging time. In general, a 10000mAh power bank with 18W input needs 4 hours to fully recharge itself. In our tests, this QUANHAN power bank just took 1 hour and 37 minutes to get a full charge (via a 30W PD charger). That means a lunchtime is enough to fill up this power bank and your stomach.

The QUANHAN is recharging itself via a 30W PD charger.

Don’t fret. It’s widely compatible.

The same as our pick, this power bank’s USB-C port is compatible with QC 3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge. During testing, it charged an iPad mini 4 at 12.38W and an Anker PowerCore II 20000 at 17W.

Beyond that, it has two USB-A ports. One of them supports both QC 3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge. When respectively charging an iPad mini 4 and Anker PowerCore II 20000 via this USB-A port, it can trigger those two fast-charging protocols. The other USB-A port only supports Apple 2.4A fast charge. Overall, this QUANHAN power bank is quite versatile.

Upgrade Pick: Baseus 10000mAh Wireless USB-C PD Slim Power Bank

Upgrade Pick

Baseus 10000mAh Wireless USB-C PD Slim Power Bank

The best combination of wireless charger and power bank

Besides 10W Qi wireless fast charging, its USB-C port and USB-A port both can deliver up to 18W wired fast charging. So, this power bank can give you a convenient and fast charging experience.
US$ 32.99 from DIGSHOPAED 99.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+10W Qi wireless charging+18W PD fast charge & recharge+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Compact and lightweight+Hidden phone stand
Cons:
-The price is higher than the regular 10000mAh power banks.

When you’re on the go, you may be stuck in an awkward position: You try to charge your phone with your power bank, but find that you left the charging cable at home. Now, with this Baseus 10000mAh Wireless USB-C PD Slim Power Bank, you can get rid of the cable hassle. It makes charging simple and easy. If you find yourself with no cables on the go, you just need to place your phone on the top surface to charge wirelessly. If you have cables, you can fast charge your devices through its ports. 

No more hassle with cables

To be honest, I was expecting to be unimpressed with the wireless charging speed of these power banks initially, because we tested lots of wireless chargers before and found their charging speeds were very slow, let alone these power banks whose wireless charging function is just a bonus.

What I wasn’t expecting was that the Baseus could deliver such decent wireless charging speed. It supports up to 10W Qi wireless charging. In our tests, it wirelessly charged a drained iPhone X to 50% in only 1 hour and 12 minutes. That means it will take about 3 hours to fully charge an iPhone X. Its wireless charging speed is at the leading level in this category. Compared to some top-notch wireless chargers, the difference is only ten minutes or so.

In our tests, it wirelessly charged a drained iPhone X to 50% in only 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Without a doubt, wireless charging is slower than wired charging at present. This is due to the limitation of current technology development. But wireless charging is more about convenience than speed. The greatest value of wireless charging is that it helps you get rid of cable hassles and lets you charge in a more convenient way.

Imagine this, when your phone is dying, you just need to place your phone on the top surface of the power bank, press the power button, and start to charge. When it’s done, you just grab and go. In the entire process, you don’t need to fumble in your bag to find a cable and plug it into the power bank. That’s the real charm of advanced technology which makes our lives more convenient.

Wireless charging helps you get rid of cable hassles and lets you charge in a more convenient way.

It can also fast charge your devices.

In any emergent moment, wireless charging is not the best choice, while the Baseus with an 18W PD USB-C port can play a big role at this time. Unlike the dedicated Qi wireless chargers which totally abandon fast wired charging, this Baseus offers you all. When you need to fast charge your devices in a pinch, you can use a charging cable to solve your urgent need. In our tests, it juiced a MacBook Pro 15” at 12.1V = 1.47A (17.81W), perfectly triggering PD fast charge.

This USB-C port not only supports PD fast charge but also supports QC3.0, HUAWEI FCP, and Apple 2.4 A fast charge. Such wide compatibility reflects on both of its USB-C port and USB-A port. Its USB-A port also supports QC3.0, HUAWEI FCP, and Apple 2.4 A fast charge. That means whichever port you use, you can get a fast charge from it.

Thoughtful detail design

In all wireless power banks we tested, they vary not only in charging performance but also in user experience. Like UGREEN Wireless Power Bank, it’s thick and bulky overall, so it’s hard to hold it together with a smartphone in one hand. And Mcdodo Wireless Power Bank uses a plastic casing which makes it look cheap and feel slippery when you hold it in hand.

In comparison, Baseus is much more user-friendly. It’s just in the right thickness, and its edge is slightly curved, so holding it with a phone in one hand is quite easy and comfortable. Moreover, there’s an anti-skid silicone pad on the top surface to prevent your phone from slipping off, and allows you to easily locate the wireless charging spot.

Hidden phone stand

Somewhat surprisingly, Baseus has a unique hidden phone stand, while other power banks don’t have. This stand can help your phone lay in a landscape position, allowing you to watch videos and charge your phone at the same time.

Initially, we considered it a gimmick more than a practical selling point. However, after using it for a long time, one of our colleagues can’t live without it. Especially at lunch or dinner time, he usually watches videos on his phone while eating. With this cute stand, he no longer worries about where to place his phone.

How does it compare with XIAOMI Wireless Power Bank?

We are always confident with XIAOMI’s power banks. So, at the beginning we had high expectation on this XIAOMI Wireless Power Bank and hoped it would become our pick. But after comparing with the Baseus, it turned out that this XIAOMI Wireless Power Bank has no advantages.

Firstly, design-wise, this XIAOMI is similar to the UGREEN we mentioned above in thickness. It’s too thick to hold with a phone in one hand. Secondly, it lacks a Micro-USB input port. Although we’ve already stepped into USB-C era, it’s always handy to have a spare for recharging, because you never know when you might need it in a pinch. While the Baseus supports USB-C and Micro-USB fast input, you can connect an appropriate charging cable to one of these two ports to recharge the power bank quickly.

More Power Juice Pick

Our Pick: Benks 20000mAh USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Power Bank

Our Pick

Benks 20000mAh USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Power Bank

Hit the right balance of price, performance, and appearance

It is highly cost-effective. With 20,000mAh capacity and 18W PD output, it can fast charge your phone and provide enough juice during a weeklong trip.
US$ 32.99 from DIGSHOP Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+18W PD fast charge & recharge+20000mAh offers a week's worth of juice for a phone+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Wallet-friendly
Cons:
-Charges laptops at a relatively slow speed

If you only need a high capacity PD power bank that helps you get rid of wall chargers, then Benks 20000mAh USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Power Bank with 18W maximum output is a more affordable pick. It’s hard to buy a 20000mAh PD power bank at this price point on the market. In addition, it’s way smaller than other 20000mAh power banks, so you won’t even know it’s there in your backpack or laptop bag until you need it. Also, it is aesthetically pleasing.

18W power output

Its USB-C port supports USB PD protocol (18W max), which means that it can charge compatible devices as fast as this standard allows. Our test result shows that the USB-C port supports three voltage levels of 5V, 9V, and 12V, meaning that it is compatible with most smartphones, tablets and Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.

Compatibility

The USB-C port of this power bank can output up to 18W power. In our tests, this port perfectly triggered USB PD fast charge for an iPhone X and charged it at up to 17.63W (8.95V⎓1.97A). Regardless of the limitation of its output that makes it charge laptops at a relatively slow speed, it is able to deliver fast charging to most PD-capable devices on the market.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

Compatible with multiple fast-charging technologies

Besides, we found that this USB-C port also implements QC 3.0 fast charge. It charged an Honor 9 at 15.82W (9.04V⎓1.75A) during testing. Aside from its USB-C port, its two USB-A ports also support QC 3.0 fast charge. In our tests, when connected via the USB-A ports to an Anker PowerCore II 20000, they triggered QC 3.0 fast charge, pushing out up to 17.09W and 17.53W respectively. So, all these three output ports allow for fast charging to QC 3.0 devices. 

Its two USB-A ports charged an Anker PowerCore II 20000 power bank at 17.09W and 17.53W respectively.

In addition, these three ports all support 2.4A fast charging, and they are able to deliver the fastest-possible charging to most iPhones and iPads. In our test, they charged an iPad mini 4 at 2.25A, 2.33A, and 2.34A, respectively.

High-speed recharge

Its USB-C port supports two-way PD fast charge and can max out at about 18W input. In our tests, its recharging speed reached up to 17.04W, which was very close to its rated 18W input speed. You can see that it doesn’t make sacrifices on its performance for the affordable price.

Fast recharging itself at 17.04W via its USB-C port

The perfect commuting and travel companion

I believe that when it comes to 20000mAh power banks, the first impression in your mind must be a big, bulky, chunky guy. Personally, taking such a big guy on the go is much of a headache in the past. But now, this Benks power bank greatly changes my mind. It’s way smaller than the regular 20000mAh power banks. You can always find a place for it in your bag, and you won’t even know it’s there until you need it. It’s definitely the perfect sidekick either for commuting or traveling. What else? Its special and cool appearance is a spotlight, which makes it stand out from the crowd. Its charm will ignite the passion within you to use it.

Upgrade Pick: XIAOMI Power Bank 3 - 20000mAh 45W USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Portable Charger

Upgrade Pick

XIAOMI Power Bank 3 - 20000mAh 45W USB-C PD + QC 3.0 Portable Charger

A great option for USB-C laptops

This PD power bank is the most suitable for laptop users. It not only offers a whopping capacity of 20000mAh, but most importantly it comes with 45W PD output that can charge everything from phones to laptops.
US$ 39.99 from DIGSHOPAED 149.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+45W PD fast charge & recharge+20000mAh to replenish extra juice for a laptop +Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Solid build quality
Cons:
-A bit large in size

Before Xiaomi Power Bank 3 launched, RAVPower 20100mAh 30W PD Power Bank had been our previous upgrade pick in this category, as we didn’t came across any better choices at reasonable prices. Luckily, Xiaomi Power Bank 3 was launched, which fulfilled our requirements.

Effective laptop charging

As we mentioned above, RAVPower 20100mAh 30W PD Power Bank was our previous upgrade pick in this category, but now we remove it because only 30W PD input is difficult to effectively juice your laptop, especially for the large-sized laptops. Take my personal experience for example, using a 30W PD power bank indeed can charge my MacBook Pro 15” but at a relatively slow pace. Once I did some photo- or video-editing work on my MacBook Pro, 30W input just can keep the battery level not falling down.

However, using the Xiaomi Power Bank 3 that supports 45W PD output offered some peace of mind. Whether I did heavy work on my laptop or not, this power bank at least ensured that the laptop’s battery level kept increasing. In our tests, it charged my MacBook Pro 15” at 44.85W.

Xiaomi Power Bank 3 is charging my MacBook Pro 15” at 44.85W.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

iPhone 8*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

Massive 20000mAh capacity

Even if a 10000mAh power bank features a fairly high output, it just does little to refill juice for your laptop. Therefore, to effectively charge your laptop, you should have a 20000mAh power bank at least. The 20000mAh capacity is huge enough to offer daylong extra juice for your laptop, or a week’s worth of juice for your mobile devices.

Simultaneously fast charge 3 devices

With a huge 45W PD output, it can not only charge your laptop, but also can simultaneously fill up two devices at full speed. In addition to the USB-C port, it has two USB-A ports. In our tests, these three ports all support QC 3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge. Thus, you can fast charge your new iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning cable and. Meanwhile, you can quickly juice a QC 3.0-enabled Android phone or an old Apple device that supports Apple 2.4A.

Xiaomi Power Bank 3 has three output ports (two USB-A + one USB-C).

Although there are many power banks with three-port output on the market, their output power tend to be limited. So, it’s hard to expect them to charge three devices at once at a speedy rate. But I am pleased to say that Xiaomi Power Bank 3 with 45W output does a capable job in full-load charging. When you’re on a trip with your family or friends, you will much appreciate it.

Xiaomi Power Bank 3 is charging three devices at once.

Friggin impressive appearance

We have tested many different power banks from Xiaomi and ZMI. Among them, the appearance of Xiaomi Power Bank 3 is the most gorgeous. Unlike Xiaomi Power Bank 2i whose casing is made of aluminum material, this Xiaomi Power Bank 3 delivers you a delicate touch feel, and it’s scratch-resistant. All in all, other than upgrading its performance, it also enhances its appearance and build quality.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Undeniably, it is slightly bulkier than other regular 20000mAh PD power banks. However, most people would not like to put such a big guy into their pockets. Therefore, if you have a backpack or other bags, to carry it out is not a big deal.

Also Great: ZMI 45W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub

Also Great

ZMI 45W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub

Specific for Amazon users

It also offers 45W PD output, and comes with USB-hub function. It’s probably the best 20000mAh PD power bank with a relatively affordable price you can buy on Amazon.
US $69.94 from Amazon US£69.95 from Amazon UK *The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+45W PD fast charge & recharge+20000mAh to replenish extra juice for a laptop+Supports QC3.0 and Apple 2.4A fast charge+Data transfer function
Cons:
-More expensive than XIAOMI

Except the USB-hub function, this ZMI power bank is actually the same as the Xiaomi in performance. Up to now, we haven’t found any Xiaomi Power Bank 3 sold on Amazon. Therefore, ZMI 45W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub is currently the best 20000mAh PD power bank with a relatively affordable price you can buy on Amazon. If you are willing to wait for 20-38 days of delivery, you can buy Xiaomi Power Bank 3 on Aliexpress. In this way, you can save a lot of money.

This ZMI power bank is charging my MacBook Pro 15” at a similar speed to Xiaomi Power Bank 3.

But if you are a local consumer in the Middle East, Xiaomi Power Bank 3 is obviously the best bang for your buck. There’s no doubt that the USB-hub is indeed a very good selling point, while it just can handle your basic needs and its data-transfer rate is not that fast. So, we recommend you to buy a dedicated USB hub that can meet your different demands. In our views, there’s no point paying 100 AED more for it.

This ZMI power bank can function as a USB hub.

Ultra-high Capacity Pick

Our Pick: RAVPower Xtreme 26800mAh PD Power Bank

Our Pick

RAVPower Xtreme 26800 PD Power Bank (RP-PB058)

A high-capacity 30W PD power bank with a reasonable price

The whopping 26800mAh capacity can effectively prolong your laptop’s battery life. Plus, its 30W PD output is able to charge most laptops at fast speed.
US $63.99 from Amazon USCA$59.99 from Amazon CA£59.99 from Amazon UK Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+30W PD fast charge & recharge+26800mAh ultra-high capacity+Reasonable price
Cons:
-Doesn't support QC 3.0 fast charge

If you always need to carry your laptop on business, then RAVPower Xtreme 26800 PD Power Bank (RP-PB058) will give peace of mind to you. It features a massive 26800mAh capacity which can effectively prolong your laptop’s battery life. If you have a gaggle of drained devices, this power bank can provide more juice for them.

The jaw-dropping capacity of 26800mAh

The RAVPower is larger than other regular power banks, but such a compromise is acceptable. After all, for laptops users, the whopping capacity of 26800mAh can effectively prolong their laptops’ battery life. Moreover, when you are out on business, it’s powerful enough to let you use your laptop safely during a 10-hour international flight. That’s something other regular power banks can’t do. Also, 26800mAh is the maximum battery capacity allowed by TSA or international airlines on the flights to pack in your carry-ons or cabin luggage.

30W huge power output

Its USB-C port supports both input and output at these five power levels: 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓2A, 2V⎓2A, 15V⎓2A, and 20V⎓1.5A. It can charge PD-enabled smartphone, tablets and Nintendo Switch at full speed.

Besides, its 30W output can add a few extra percentage points to your USB-C laptops’ battery life (MacBook 12”, MacBook Pro 2016 and later). But a quick reminder is that if your laptop is about dying, 30W input can not give a quick charge to your laptop when in use.

iPhone XS / XS Max / XR / X / 8 / 8 Plus*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

iPhone XS / XS Max / XR / X / 8 / 8 Plus*: The PD charging speed of iPhone 8 can only max out at 12W output. It is because the battery capacity of iPhone 8 is much smaller than that of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS. In order to ensure the same charging time of these three iPhone models, Apple slow down the charging speed of iPhone 8 to protect its battery.

In our tests, the RAVPower’s USB-C port respectively charged a MacBook Pro 15” (2016) at 30.98W (15.7V⎓1.97A) and an iPhone X at 17.13W (9.21V⎓1.86A). That means it is capable of charging laptops effectively and juicing iPhone X at full speed.

RAVPoower 26800mAh Power Bank is charging the MacBook Pro at 30.98W.

Two USB-A ports included

Besides, it has two iSmart ports that both support Apple 2.4A. We used them to charge an iPad mini 4 and both of them reached 2.36A, meaning that they can charge old Apple devices at the fastest-possible speed.

The two iSmart ports both can charge an iPad mini 4 at 2.36A.

Fast 30W refilling speed

Its USB-C port supports bidirectional PD fast charge at 30W for both input and output, significantly increasing its recharging speed. The power bank recharged itself via an Anker PowerPort Speed 5-port wall charger at 34.37W (20.4V⎓1.68A) which was higher than its advertised 30W. Plus, it also has a Micro-USB port that supports 5V⎓2A input.

As we mentioned before, the recharging speed of a high-capacity power bank could have great positive effects on user experience. Picture this, if a 26800mAh power bank doesn’t support fast input, it will take a dozen hours for a full recharge, while a power bank with PD input can vastly shorten its recharging time.

How does it compare with the popular Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD?

The RAVPower 26800 has a similar charging performance to Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD, but it comes with an extra Micro-USB port. If you can’t find a USB-C cable or a charger, you can also use a Micro-USB cable or a standard USB-A charger for 5V⎓2A recharging. By the way, If you don’t need a USB-C wall charger, the RAVPower 26800 is a better choice, because the Anker power bank is bundled with its $30 USB-C wall charger, you have to buy together.

Products to avoid

PD power banks at dirt-cheap prices

In this update, we came across several power banks that allegedly support PD fast charge and sell at a very low price. Some of them are even cheaper than many power banks without PD support, which made us quite surprised. In order to fact-check them, we bought them back and had a test. As we expected, they sail under false colors. Our tests have proved that although they have USB-C ports, they actually do not support PD fast charge.

You know, you wouldn’t get pie in the sky. So, just beware when you see some dirt-cheap PD power banks. You should pay more attention to their detailed information, such as their PD output power or the PD power levels they support. In general, the products from responsible brands will mark with this detailed information, while others from off brands just add the “Power Delivery” before their products’ name but without any detailed info. In brief, you’d better buy products from well-known brands, or those that have been tested on some review sites alike.

Also, non-MFi certified USB-C to Lightning cables

During testing, we found that some non-MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cables failed to trigger PD fast charge and even lost charging connection. As Apple hasn’t allowed any other manufactures to produce MFi-certified USB-C to Lightening cables yet, we haven’t write any guides for this kind of cables. So, these non-MFi-certified cables without quality assurance may fail to charge your devices or fuel at a very slow speed, or even cause damage to your devices.  Perhaps they perform normally right now, but they probably fail to work after your phone updating iOS system.

Left: The iPad Pro supports PD fast charging using the Apple original USB-C to Lightning cable.
Right: The iPad Pro cannot charge using cables without MFi certification.

MFi is short for “Made For iPhone,” “Made For iPod,” “Made For iPad.” MFi-certified products refer to the electronic accessories that are specifically designed to connect iPods, iPhones and iPads. And these accessories have been authorized and certified by Apple Inc. to meet Apple performance standards.

Apple official MFi logo

For users, safety is the biggest and the most obvious difference between the MFi-certified and non-MFi-certified products. To guarantee the safety of the charging cables and the connected devices, Apple requires that all MFi-certified products should have their internal structures reinforced with metal protective housings and be equipped with authentication chips which work together with the power management chips inside iOS devices to form a complete charging scheme. 

Therefore, even though there are many cheap charging cables way cheaper than the MFi-certified cables available on the market, we still suggest you to avoid buying those charging cables that fail to juice up your devices and even pose potential safety hazards to you.

The Rivalry

10000mAh

ROMOSS Sense4+: It features excellent charging performance, though, it is the thickest and heaviest one among all 10000mAh PD power banks we tested. In addition, it is more expensive than QUANHAN. Thus, we didn’t have it as our pick.

HOCO J12: Its footprint is the largest among all 10000mAh PD models we tested. In our test, under the full-load state, one of its three ports failed to work. Although its two QC ports could support Apple 2.4A fast charge, the total output power was only 18W. And it cannot offer the fastest-possible charging for two QC-compatible devices simultaneously. Therefore, there’s no point paying extra money for these two QC ports.

MOMAX IP65: It is well-made and has good charging performance, however, its footprint is larger than that of QUANHAN. More importantly, it costs three times as much.

PADO X100G: Its charging performance is similar to our pick QUANHAN 10000mAh. Both have three output ports and sell for the same price, but the PADO is physically larger and heavier. Therefore, we prefer QUANHAN 10000mAh which is more portable.

ROMOSS WA10: Its output power is a bit lower than that of QUANHAN 10000mAh. In our test, it charged an iPhone X at only 8.09W and a MacBook Pro at 14.07W, and failed to trigger PD fast charge, which makes us disappointed.

QUANHAN 10000mAh PD + QC 3.0: It is comparable with our pick due to its excellent performance and reasonable price. However, through long-term testing, we found that it will occasionally break off while charging.

20000mAh

iWALK F20P: Our test showed that it could charge a laptop at up to 45W and recharge itself at a surprising charging rate of 58W, but costs 50% more than RAVPower 20100mAh. We think that the 30W output power of our pick is enough to juice up your laptop for the everyday use, while more output power won’t make a big difference. Moreover, we can purchase a massive-capacity RAVPower 26800mAh at a similar price, because higher capacity can provide longer service time of your laptop. Therefore, based on these two factors above, we weed out iWALK even though it has faster charging speed.

ROMOSS WA20: During testing, we found that its USB-C port failed to activate PD fast charge, juicing an iPhone X at only 10.37W, so we dismissed this model.

ZMI 15000: It features great charging performance with the maximum output power of up to 40W. But with only 15000mAh capacity, it will be quickly drained when charging a laptop. According to our using experience, the 30W PD power banks are enough to power up your laptops for everyday use, while the 40W versions essentially do not improve the charging efficiency much. In this case, the power banks with larger capacity can better prolong the service time of your laptops.

Tronsmart PBD20: In our test, its two VoltiQ ports delivered slower charging speed than RAVPower 20100mAh. At the same time, it recharged itself at only 23.5W rather than its advertised highest 30W. Tronsmart PBD20 did not employ curved-edge design, giving you an uncomfortable grip when you hold it. Moreover, its price is higher than RAVPower 20100.

RAVPower 20100mAh Type-C PD Hub Power Bank: As we mentioned before, in our initial test models, it was our pick thanks to its 30W PD output. But it is overshadowed by Xiaomi’s and ZMI’s new PD power banks which are much more affordable than the RAVPower. Xiaomi Power Bank 3 is nearly 30 dollars cheaper than it. More importantly, they both can offer up to 45W PD output.

ROMOSS Sense 6+ 20000mAh PD Power Bank: It is a decent PD power bank in early time. But as tech goes, more and more new generations have emerged. This power bank becomes less competitive, while our budget pick has one more USB-A port and is one-third smaller than it.

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Last updated: March 11. 2019

Last updated: March 11. 2019

It has been more than half a year since the last time we tested PD power banks. As tech goes, more and more devices have already supported PD fast charge. We are thrilled to see that many PD power banks that launched recently are available for us to select. In this update, we tested 21 PD power banks in total, and we found 6 models that are better than our previous picks. In this guide, we believe that you can find out one that meets your different charging demands in each category.

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JDB 10000mAh 18W PD + QC Power Bank: It was our previous budget pick in 10000mAh category. Through testing, we found that it failed to trigger PD fast charge of the latest iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, while our present pick has no problem with this matter. So, we ruled it out at last.

Baseus M21 10000mAh Power Bank & TORRAS TSRZ21 10000mAh Power Bank: These two power banks are typically what we said in “Products to avoid” sections of this guide. On the surface, they have USB-C ports and claim to support PD fast charge. But don’t be fooled. They actually do not live up to what they promise. In our tests, they were limited to charging at 15W or so.

ZMI 18W PD 10000mAh Power Bank & Hub: To be honest, we were indeed impressed with its unique and charming look. It’s refreshing to that its case surface is wrapped with fabric material, which makes it a high-profile look. Furthermore, similar to its 20000mAh version, it also has USB-hub function. However, for a 10000mAh power bank with only 18W PD output, it’s really expensive, which costs as much as our upgrade pick (with 30W PD output).

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Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD Hybrid Portable Charger USB-C Hub: Anker is a famous brand, but its PD power banks somehow disappoint us. This 19000mAh power bank with only 27W PD output sells at up to 119.99 dollars. In comparison, ZMI 45W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub just costs 69.99 dollars, and Xiaomi Power Bank 3 is even more wallet-friendly, just at 40 dollars. These two power banks feature 20000mAh capacity and support 45W PD output.

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD: This one is slightly cheaper than the above version, but it is still priced at 99.99 dollars. Plus, it just supports 24W PD output, so it can not give an effective charge to your laptop.

Baseus M29 20000mAh Power Bank: This power bank doesn’t support PD fast charge. No wonder its price is much lower than many 10000mAh PD power banks.

MORUI 18W PD 20000mAh Power Bank: Its PD output basically can live up to its rated 18W, capable of 17.38W charging. However, its USB-A port doesn’t support Apple 2.4A fast charge. It only charges an iPad mini 4 at 5V⎓1A, which means it will charge Apple devices at a very slow speed. Well, this matter is common in many cheap PD power banks, but rest assured that our budget pick gets you covered.

Yoobao 18W PD 20000mAh Power Bank: Its USB-C port doesn’t support QC 3.0 fast charge and just offers 11.5W charging.

ROMOSS New Sense 6+ Power bank, ROMOSS SW20 PRO Power bank, Baseus 20KP203 Power bank, Baseus 20000mAh Power bank Pro: These four power banks have a common issue. Their USB-A ports are not equipped with Apple 2.4A standard. It is glad to see that they are capable of 18W PD charging, but they neglect the compatibility issue for the old devices.

ZMI QBB22 27W PD 20000mAh Power Bank: Previously, it was still competitive. However, the 45W Xiaomi Power Bank 3 has launched which eclipses this ZMI 27W PD power bank. One more thing to mention, these two power banks sells at the same price. Therefore, we prefer the Xiaomi.

UGREEN pb109 18W PD 10000mAh Power Bank: It includes a Type-C cable, which is a nice bonus. It supports 18W PD output, but it is as pricey as the 45W Xiaomi Power Bank 3. We don’t think that cable is worth the splurge. Worse still, it’s way bulkier than Xiaomi Power Bank 3.

Last updated: August 16. 2019

Last updated: August 16. 2019

As wireless charging are increasingly commonplace, the market is gradually flooded with many wireless charging power banks which allow for easy charging on the go. We selected 7 eligible models from the marketplace and bought them for testing. Finally, we picked out one – Baseus 10000mAh Wireless USB-C PD Slim Power Bank which supports 10W Qi wireless charging and up to 18W wired fast charging.

Beyond that, we also found that there are many new PD power banks available on the market. In order to ensure the products we recommended are the best, we selected a few new models for testing. But unfortunately, these new models lost the competition.

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XIAOMI 3 10000mAh PD Power Bank: Unlike its 20000mAh version, this 10000mAh version didn’t impress us so much. It comes with only two output ports. What’s worse, its USB-A port doesn’t support Apple 2.4A fast charge.

OKZU 10000mAh PD Power Bank: This is a new and cheaper product from OKZU, but it has the same defects as XIAOMI 3 10000mAh PD Power Bank. We didn’t recommend it at last, as we shouldn’t lower our product selecting standard for cheaper price.

JDB 10000mAh PD Power Bank: Its charging performance is similar to our pick. But it’s more expensive than our pick. For the products with similar performance, we usually consider the price to make the final decision.

USAMS 10000mAh PD Power Bank: It’s almost the same as the JDB 10000mAh. However, it costs even more than the JDB. So, we also weeded it out.

iQunix 10000mAh PD Power Bank: iQunix is a well-known brand specializing in accessories for digital products. Most of its products have their own special characteristics. This one is no exception. Its appearance design distinguishes it from other power banks. However, except that, there’s no other feature that can surprise us. It doesn’t come with a Micro-USB input port. Still, its price is way higher than our pick. Therefore, we think it isn’t worth the high price for that special appearance design.

Rock 10000mAh PD Power Bank: What made us impressed was the size of this power bank. It’s as small as our pick. But when it comes to price, this Rock is put to shame by our pick. It’s quite pricey, while our pick offers the right balance between performance, size, and price.

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XIAOMI 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank: We are always confident with XIAOMI’s power banks. So, at the beginning we had high expectation on this XIAOMI Wireless Power Bank and hoped it would become our pick. But after comparing with the Baseus, it turned out that this XIAOMI Wireless Power Bank has no advantages.

Firstly, design-wise, XIAOMI is similar to the UGREEN we mentioned above in thickness. It’s too thick to hold with a phone in one hand. Secondly, XIAOMI Wireless Power Bank lacks a Micro-USB input port. Although we’ve already stepped into USB-C era, it’s always handy to have a spare for recharging, because you never know when you might need it in a pinch. While the Baseus supports USB-C and Micro-USB fast input, you can connect an appropriate charging cable to one of these two ports to recharge the power bank quickly.

Samsung 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank: It has a thoughtful design with just-right thickness and size, making it hold well in hand. Also, it has a big anti-slip pad on the top surface to prevent your phone from falling off easily. But alas, its charging speed is inferior to the Baseus. It delivers only up to 15W wired fast charging. And the point is, its price is twice more than the Baseus.

MOMAX 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank: If we didn’t consider its price, this MOMAX literally would be our pick, because it performed very well in our tests. However, this isn’t in line with our values. It’s always easy to buy high-quality stuff at a high price, while our mission is to offer you some equally good products with excellent performance at a half or even lower price. Obviously, the Baseus is exactly what we want.

UGREEN 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank: Similar to XIAOMI 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank, it’s also too thick to hold with a phone together, and it doesn’t have Micro-USB input port either.

ROMOSS 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank: This power bank is very close to the Baseus in most aspects. It can nearly outmatch our pick. But in the wireless charging test, it took 1 hour and 37 minutes to charge an iPhone X from 0% to 50%, while the Baseus only took 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Mcdodo 10000mAh PD Wireless Power Bank: It employs a plastic casing which looks chintzy and easily attracts fingerprints. What’s worse, this kind of material makes it less grippy, and easily slip off your hand.

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OKZU 20000mAh PD Power Bank: It has decent charging performance. But comparing to our pick JDB, it’s much bulkier in size, making it not that convenient to take on the go.

JDB 20000mAh PD Power Bank: This is the cheaper version of our pick. To get the cost down, it sacrifices the useful digital display function and the aluminum case. Though it’s more wallet-friendly, it loses much on the practical user experience and the textured feel on its appearance.

2-in-1 Portable & Wall Charger

This kind of charger is very versatile. They offer superior portability for travel. But currently, there are not many competitive products available on the market, so we can’t pick out a cost-effective one that meets our criteria. We tested three products and found that they all have different defects.

Anker 10000mAh 2-in-1 Portable & Wall Charger: Anker is an outstanding brand, but this product is a far cry from the perfect 2-in-1 Portable & Wall Charger in our eyes. The pro is that unlike other 2-in-1 chargers, it offers 10000mAh of capacity rather than 5000mAh. That means it can provide you with enough power. However, the cons of it are deadly. Its USB-C port doesn’t support PD fast charge, and it can deliver only 15W charging, so it can’t fast charge many devices.

AKAVO 5000mAh 2-in-1 Portable & Wall Charger: It’s no match for Anker. The capacity is only 5000mAh, and it doesn’t support PD fast charge either.

Baseus 10000mAh PD 2-in-1 Portable & Wall Charger: It doesn’t have the defects that occur in the above two products. It comes with 10000mAh and supports up to 18W PD fast charge. But the point is that it’s too big. I believe that you wouldn’t want to take this huge stuff on a trip. It’s not portable at all.

Last updated: October 10. 2019

Last updated: August 16. 2019

In this update, we tested 5 newly released PD power banks. Some of them are from famous brands of charging accessories (like Anker, Zendure, ZMI). They have some seemly good highlights, but they cost a ton more than our existing picks, and paying extra premium isn’t worth doing. In contrast, the Benks 20000mAh 18W PD Power Bank blows me away. With a compact size and an impressive look, it becomes our More Power Juice Pick now.

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Zendure SuperMini 10,000mAh USB-C PD Portable Charger: Zendure is a successful new-emerged brand on Kickstarter. It has released many decent charging products before. However, its products are usually of high specs, which means they will be more high-end and pricier than the common products. And this Zendure SuperMini 10,000mAh Portable Charger is no exception.

Honestly, right out of the box, there was not much to say about its size other than “wow.” It’s sooo small and light. I can say it is the most compact 10000mAh power bank I’ve ever tested. Moreover, its appearance with blue gradient design is downright impressive. But with so much wow factors, it certainly comes with a high price — about 1.6 times of our pick. Looking back to our pick, it’s also compact enough and still offers an extra Micro-USB input port. Obviously, our pick is a more cost-effective choice.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD: Kind of weird, as a famous brand of charging accessories, Anker doesn’t have many product lines of PD power banks. This Anker 10000mAh power bank is recently launched. Its selling point is similar to the Zendure above, hyping as a compact and lightweight power bank. However, it’s less competitive than the Zendure. On the one hand, it is not that compact as the Zendure. On the other hand, it sells at a higher price for $45.99, which is even more expensive than XIAOMI 45W PD Power Bank.

Benks 10,000mAh USB-C PD Power Bank: The appearance and performance are basically the same as our pick for more power juice. The only difference is the power capacity. But in the 10000mAh category, comparing to our existing pick Baseus, it lost the game, because our pick is much more affordable.

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ZMI Pro 65W USB PD Backup Battery & Hub: This is an upgraded version of the ZMI 45W PD Power Bank. Theoretically, it should be a nice upgrade, but the more meaningful upgrade should increase its capacity to 26800mAh and, at the same time, enhance its output power to 65W. It is because there’s no much difference between 65W and 45W for laptop charging. With only 20000mAh capacity, it will soon be used up by a laptop. Therefore, 26800mAh capacity will make more sense to let the laptop last longer. So, this upgraded version — which is double the price of our pick — actually doesn’t do much

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  • susanw says:

    Great Review. I’m currently looking for a slim yet powerful battery pack that will fit into a pouch with my phone. The Baseus is my pick. Thanks for your help!

  • Abdur Rokib says:

    Whoa.. Well done in testing and reviewing power banks. Do all of these have the capacity printed clearly on the outside? You know, that’s a requirement of airport security in some countries.

  • Alex says:

    It’s XIAOMI. It’s always been XIAOMI…lol

  • Peter says:

    Just a quick maybe even stupid question (I’m kinda sloopy): You say the RAVPower Xtreme will charge a MacBook Air but what about the MacBook 12”? It works with the iPhone 8, right?

  • Richard says:

    I purchased the JDB based on your review and I’m very pleased with it.

  • najib says:

    The RAVPower Xtreme 26800 PD Power Bank is such a brick, but I love the solid built quality. I’m sure the power is enough for anybody’s use.

  • Tahir H says:

    I’m not addicted to phones, so i don’t spend much time on it. so a small capacity is enough for me. Portable, light, and suitable power for 3 hrs. That’s my needs. Do you have such options? Thank you.

  • MAR says:

    XIAOMI 20000mAh is a great laptop charger. It is a must-have. Keep it with me every day.

  • Jimmy says:

    With so many affordable brands, these are very helpful guides! As what you guys say, better life is not expensive:)

  • Crayon says:

    I am looking for the real high-capacity power bank. Seems like RAV is great.

  • Maya says:

    Nice review!!

  • […] to take advantage of USB PD, aside from a USB-C to USB-C cable, you also need a USB-C charger or a USB-C power bank that supports USB Power Delivery […]

  • Carballo says:

    Props to the editor, this guide is AWESOME

  • Blitzpaladin says:

    Great post – thanks for the detailed analysis!

  • Ayron says:

    Hey thanks for the guide! Definitely buying the xiaomi powerbank 3, still within the range of my budget. Tnx!

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