If you love working in a cafe or library — like me — or a co-working space with fewer power outlets, you require extra juice for your MacBook. Why? Although MacBook Pro promises “10 hours” of battery life, it’s not always the case.
The reason being: a device’s battery life depends on a few factors. Among them, the most important ones are the device’s age and its usage. For instance, a web browsing session drains less battery juice than a high-end gaming session. Then, you may work for a longer time — sometimes — if your work is piled up.
That said, it’s logical and safe to carry a portable battery (aka power bank) if you work on the go — especially if you’re not sure about power outlets at your go-to workplace. That’s why I’ve compiled the best portable batteries for MacBooks. I’m going to talk about their specs, pros and cons, and more.
HyperJuice is one of the most powerful battery packs that offer the maximum capacity of battery juice that’s allowed for air travel. What’s more? It boasts of recharging its battery from empty to full in just an hour. Amazing, right?
It can power multiple devices at a time — even two MacBook Pro! It offers three output ports: 18W USB-A, 60W USB-C, and 100W USB-C. It also features pass-through charging, letting you charge HyperJuice along with the connected devices simultaneously. Moreover, it packs in various essential safety features.
BatPower PDE 2 is one among the battery packs that offer a humongous amount of battery juice. It almost offers double the juice as offered by HyperJuice. It features five output ports: 60W USB-C, three 30W USB-A, and 15W USB-A.
Zendure SuperTank is another high-capacity portable charger that packs in a 100W USB-C port, just like HyperJuice. It supports powering two devices at the same time while charging itself (surprisingly!), thanks to its UPS Mode. Also, it offers a Low-Power Mode, which allows charging wearable devices.
It features four ports: 15W USB-A, 18W USB-A, 60W USB-C, and 100W USB-C — which functions as both an input and an output port. Also, it has a digital display that shows the exact amount of the juice left. And it can rapid-charge two devices — even laptops or tablets — as is supported by HyperJuice and BatPower.
Mophie Powerstation is another high-capacity battery bank which can charge two devices at once. However, it can’t charge two MacBooks since it has just one 45W USB-C port, unlike the above devices. It has got just two output ports: 45W USB-C and 12W USB-A; and the latter only works for mobile devices.
Moreover, its priority+ charging allows powering a device while the battery bank is being charged — all at the same time. That means you can charge a device along with Powerstation and find them both charged when you wake up.
Omni-20 is one-of-its-kind power bank with very powerful features. What’s its amazing and unique feature? It features a wall socket, allowing you to charge almost any mobile device — even if it can’t be charged using a USB cable.
It has got many output ports — 100W wall socket, 100W DC, 60W USB-C, and two 18W USB-A. It features Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for USB-A ports and wireless charging as well. Last but important, it has an OLED display, which shows charge capacity, battery temperature, and a few more items.
Pilot Pro is another high-capacity battery bank, which packs more battery juice than all the above devices except BatPower. That too for a lower price tag. Also, it hosts three ports: a DC port with adjustable V and two 5V USB-A ports.
However, it doesn’t come without its disadvantages. First and foremost, it has got no USB-C port, so you won’t be able to charge the latest devices. Also, its ports don’t support fast charging such as Power Delivery or Quick Charge.
USB-C Power Bank is a cost-effective battery bank that can charge a MacBook. Also, it packs a hefty amount of battery juice; however, it has some cons too. At the least, it doesn’t offer some superb features like HyperJuice or Omni-20.
It features a proprietary technology called “iSmart Charging“, which judges the connected device and delivers the current accordingly. It has three output ports: a USB-C and two USB-A. However, it provides max. 30W output.
MAXOAK K2 is a high-capacity battery bank which offers almost twice as battery juice as offered by many devices on this list except BatPower.
It features six output ports: 3A DC, 2.5A DC, two 2.1A USB-A, and two 1A USB-A. That’s why it supports recharging multiple devices at a time; however, it can’t power two laptops simultaneously, unlike HyperJuice and Omni-20.
PowerCore+ is an elegant battery bank with a sufficient battery juice. It features two proprietary technologies — PowerIQ and VoltageBoost — to provide fast charging support for most devices, especially via its USB-C port.
It features three output ports — 3A USB-C (which also doubles down as an input port for charging the battery bank itself) and two 2.4A USB-A ports.
BatteryBox is one of the most intelligent battery banks, thanks to a proprietary artificial intelligence software called BatteryOS. It manages the battery juice and learns your usage to improve the life and performance of BatteryBox.
It offers just one output port — 2.1A USB-A. For charging MacBooks, it includes a high-power cable that works with SnapFits — a compatible charging clip which attaches to a laptop’s power jack and charges the laptop via BatteryBox.
PowerPack 2000 is an elegant and small-sized portable battery that can charge multiple devices at once. It features three ports: two 18W USB-A and one 45W USB-C. Thanks to the latter, it supports two-way fast charging as well.
It offers a unique feature named “USB Hub“, which allows the PowerPack 20000 to work as a power bank as well as a USB hub at the same time. That means you can connect it to your laptop and then connect additional devices (say a mouse and a pen drive) to it, then use them all even if your laptop has just one port.