Everyone hates running out of battery life when they are out and about, and power banks have long been a solution that many phone users turn to to keep their mobile devices alive when they are away from an outlet. When it comes to your MacBook Pro, finding a power bank that will charge it up can be tricky, as it requires a lot more power than your iPhone. Don't worry; we've scoured the earth and found you some options that will help keep your MacBook Pro from dying in between places.
- Tronsmart Presto 10400mAh Type-C Battery Pack
- Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD Battery Pack and Charger
- mophie powerstation AC
- TYLT Energi Pro Powerbag
If you just need a battery pack that can tide you over during a particularly long commute, the Tronsmart Presto 10400mAh Type-C Battery Pack can do the trick.Weighing about half a pound and still small enough to fit in a large pocket, the Tronsmart Presto allows you to be just as portable as your laptop.The Wirecutter put it to test on multiple devices and was impressed with its reliability."We charged a MacBook Pro, then a USB-C device, then a USB load tester set to zero current, all while using the USB-C–to–C cable included in Tronsmart's packaging. Each time, the Presto 10400mAh delivered the same power, without variations in voltage or amperage, as brand-name wall chargers we knew to be reliable."While it won't charge a MacBook Pro as fast as the included wall charger, it will still charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro and allow you to extend its life while you're out and about.For only $27, this is perfect for any 13-inch MacBook Pro users who just need a little more life to make it through the day.
Starting at around $120, the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD Battery Pack and Charger is a beast of a charger.With a 26,800mAh battery, the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD can charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed and give it about 80% of its full battery on-the-go. Plus you can use this power bank to charge more than just a USB-C powered laptop because it has one USB-C and two USB- A ports, making it perfect for charging phones and tablets too.Weighing at around 1 pound, it may be a little too heavy and bulky to fit in your pocket but can easily fit inside a purse, backpack, or bag.
Mophie has been a trusted brand in the battery accessories market for a long time, so it's no surprise to find the mophie powerstation AC on our list.This bad boy is the powerhouse of all power bricks. It's got a 100W wall plug. That's right. Just like you'd plug your MacBook Pro into your wall at home, you can charge it up with the wall plug in the powerstation AC. It's also got a USB-A 2.4 quick charge port, a 30W USB-C fast charge port, and reversible charging capabilities so you can re-up the powerstaion using your MacBook Pro.It's a pretty thick brick, meaning you'll probably have to carry it around with a bag or backpack rather than your pocket.When I was asking the iMore team about their favorite power banks for the MacBook Pro, both Serenity Caldwell and Lory Gil recommended I put this on the list; it's definitely iMore approved. You can pick one up from Mophie for about $200.
When you start looking into battery packs this big and bulky, you're going to need a bag to carry them around, so why not knock out two birds with one stone at getting the TYLT Energi Pro Powerbag.Not only is the backpack comfortable to wear, it's big and can fit a lot of cargo. Not to mention the built-in (but removable) battery pack is an absolute beast that can charge your MacBook Pro while you're lugging it around.I find to truly appreciate the TYLT Energi Pro Powerbag, you need to see it in action. Here's trusted tech reviewer Mr. Mobile talking about the TYLT Energi Pro Powerbag:
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Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way.
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$120? $150?? Are you high? That is beyond absurd pricing. The first one at $27 is fine, if a bit much for only 10,400 mah. I bought a 20,000 mah power bank a few months ago on eBay for $30, including shipping. It has a nice digital display showing the exact battery percentage remaining (100%, 37%, etc.). None of this "5 lights, 3 lights" crap. I use it for my phones, iPads, everything.
That’s pretty good for 20,000 mah. Are you able to charge your laptop with it too? There’s tons of options out there for different smart devices (I even use a solar panel one), but there aren’t many that are priced fairly that have the appropriate attachments and plugs to charge my old 2010 MacBook Air. It has the old mag charger, not this fancy USB-C business.
itech900a can power 12/18Vdc, charge via two USB2 ports, jump start a car. 20,000mAh https://itechworld.com.au/collections/12v-batteries/products/jump-starte... Doesn’t have USB-C onboard but can plug in an inverter.
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