We buy laptops to work on the go. However, it’s incredibly frustrating to see the low battery icon flashing on them when you have some very important work to attend to. And scrounging for a power plug, laptop in hand, is definitely one of the clumsiest things to see in the world. This dilemma is being solved by the several laptop power banks that have started invading the market recently. Let’s take a look at the best ones among them.
The MAXOAK K2 is a one-stop shop for solving all your on-the-go charging needs. Shaped like a solid brick, this power bank comes with a total of 6 output ports. One of them is 20V/3A, and can be used for charging laptops, whereas the other is 12V/2.5A and meant for digital cameras. The remaining four are full-size USB ports for charging your smartphones. The 14 different connector pins provided with this power bank fit 90 per cent of all the laptops available out there.
This one’s a very sleek and inexpensive option compared to others. It comes with 10 connector pins in total, and a multi-voltage port (9V-20V) for your laptops. It even bears an LED display to show the battery levels and the voltage. Apart from this, the Poweradd Pilot Pro 2 also offers two USB ports for charging regular devices. Compared to its competitors, this product is quite small and light in size, despite the fact that it packs a 23000mAh cell inside it.
Like most laptop power banks, this one too comes with a set of adaptors to make sure more laptops are compatible with it. Its 20V/3A output port ensures that most laptops will be charged by it at their maximum charging speeds. There’s even a 12V/2.5A for lower powered devices, apart from 4 USB ports. This power bank from Crave benefits from a sturdy body which makes it look sleek and modern. Not to mention, this product offers 50000mAh worth of juice.
If you own one of the new MacBooks which charge using USB Type-C ports, this power bank is meant for you. Its 5V/3A output can charge the laptop easily, and the 20100mAh capacity ensures that you have enough juice at hand to charge one MacBook, one iPhone and one iPad Air 2 on a single charge. Unfortunately however, it does not come bundled with the Type-C to Type-C you need to charge your MacBook.The PowerCore+ also has two regular-sized USB ports for charging other devices.
This option puts an actual power socket into your backpack, allowing you to easily harness its 27000mAh power any time you wish to. What this means is that you can directly insert your laptop’s charger in it, instead of using connector pins. The only problem is that the socket is not compatible with Indian plugs, and you will need to purchase an adaptor for the same separately. It also comes fitted with two USB ports for charging smartphones and other gadgets.
Take note of the fact that most power banks made for laptops are very bulky and huge in size. Despite them being portable gadgets then, they end up being an inconvenience if you don’t own bags that can fit them easily along with your other stuff.
Although most of these products try to include connectors for all known brands of laptops, they do miss out on some. It’s hence advisable to check whether they come with connectors for the laptops you own.
For MacBook users, there are very few options available in India. And these just include those which come with USB Type-C charging ports. So if you own older MacBooks, finding a power bank for them is incredibly hard.
|Poweradd Pilot Pro 2||14,539||8.8|
|ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet||36,797||8|