USB-C high power output (80-watt+) chargers and battery packs for Premium laptops

To follow-up from my previous Surface power supply article, I wanted to point out how easy it is to find USB-C chargers and battery packs lately. A search on Amazon returns more than 10,000 results. But if you have a premium laptop like the Surface Book 2 or MacBook Pro, you don’t want just any USB charger – you probably want the most capable charger that can supply 20 volts at 4+ amps (80-watts+) that meets or exceeds the OEM charger so you can be assured of the same performance. Here is a handy list of the most powerful readily available USB-C chargers and battery packs for premium laptops. We compare the travel weights, charge rates, and features of each power supply and battery pack so you can make an informed choice.

 

What about Surface Go or 12″ MacBook? Do I really need all that power?

For smaller laptops like the Surface Go or the entry-level MacBook 12″ there is no advantage in getting a high-power output charger or battery pack – 29-60 watt chargers will work just fine. Similarly 29-45 watt output battery packs will work fine. We recommend not using 5-15 watt phone chargers on these devices – while many will trickle-charge your laptop overnight, they will often have no effect while the laptop is switched on.

 

Can I use a USB-C power supply or battery pack on older Surface devices?

Yes. There are three products on the market that make this possible:

  • Microsoft official power/data USB-C dongle
    • Intended for Enterprise deployments where universal USB-C docking stations are used across an organization that has Apple, Surface, and other PC brands.
    • Bulky, but passes power and data (DisplayPort alt-mode and USB 3.0) via 40-pin Surface connector
    • Works with Surface Pro 2017, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, and Surface Laptop 2 (does NOT work with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book 1, or Surface Book 2 as of October 2018)
    • Requires a USB-C power delivery 2.x or 3.x capable charger or hub that delivers 15v @ 1.8 amps+ or 12v @ 2.25 amps+
      • may accept 20v PD modes, but not 9v
      • Max charge rate: TBD
    • Terminates in USB-C receptacle
  • BETOP Surface USB charging dongle
    • Compact but only provides power via 12-pin Surface connector (no data connectivity)
    • Works with Surface Pro 3 and later devices
    • Requires a USB-C power delivery 2.x or 3.x capable charger that delivers 15v @ 1.8 amps+ or 12v @ 2.25 amps+
      • 12v or 15v USB PD mode is required – 20v or 9v PD modes will not work
      • Max charge rate: TBD
    • Terminates in USB-C receptacle for use with chargers that have a non-detachable cable
  • BETOP Surface USB charging cable
    • Compact but only provides power via 12-pin Surface connector (no data connectivity)
    • Works on Surface Pro 3 and later devices
    • Requires a USB-C power delivery 2.x or 3.x capable charger that delivers 15v @ 1.8 amps+ or 12v @ 2.25 amps+
      • 12v or 15v USB PD mode is required – 20v or 9v PD modes will not work
      • Max charge rate: TBD
    • Terminates in USB-C plug for use with chargers that have a detachable cable

 

AC/Mains Wall chargers (80+ watt output)

 

BatPower P90B

  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes detachable 5 amp PD USB-C cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • includes two USB A receptacles and one type-C receptacle
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~6% slower than OEM charger
      • note that while the rate peak power is 6% less than the OEM MS charger, in practical use it is unlikely that will not notice a difference in charge rate or gaming performance since the OEM charger rarely uses the absolute peak rate and tends to fluctuate different negotiated charge rates depending on battery/system temperatures and system loads.)
  • supports quick charge (QC 3.0) for cell phones/tablets
  • white or black color
  • ~0.57 pounds
  • available at Amazon

 

Apple MNF82LL/A

  • 87-watt output (20 volts @ 4.3 amps)
  • requires separate detachable charge cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one type-C receptacle
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~10% slower than OEM charger
  • white color
  • ~0.85 pounds (with USB-C cable)
  • available at Amazon, Apple, and other retailers
  • 3rd-party clones at various quality levels and price points are available from many Chinese brands: (Ergoway, AirsFish, Nuoooc, Kuppet, Basevs, Raydosom, Belker, Elflight, Hoton, Yidashun, Amavasion, Runpower, Yihunion, Queen Power, Goksu, Stouchi, Moca, Runnerway, Staigo, etc.)
  • Notes: Karatekid430 claims that Apple models fail to adhere to the USB-C spec and do not enable charging at 15 volts though they do provide 12 volts and 20 volts.

 

Wacom ACK42714

  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable integrated USB type-C charge cable
  • requires separate detachable AC/Mains cable
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: same as OEM charger
  • OEM replacement power supply for Wacom Mobile Studio Pro devices
  • black color
  • ~1.1 pounds (with AC/Mains cable)
  • available at Amazon

 

Dell LA90PM170

  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable three-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~6% slower than OEM charger
  • black color
  • ~0.92 pounds
  • available from Amazon, Dell, and other retailers

 

CYD 90W USB Type-C Laptop Charger

  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable integrated USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable three-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~6% slower than OEM charger
  • black color
  • ~0.88 pounds
  • available at Amazon

 

Kamera PD90Charger

  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable integrated USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • includes one USB A receptacle
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~6% slower than OEM charger
  • black color
  • ~0.59 pounds
  • available at Amazon

 

Energear USB 85-watt PD charger (MobileConn ATRODM85)

  • 85-watt output (20 volts @ 4.25 amps)
  • includes detachable USB type-C charge cable (6 feet)
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one USB C receptacle
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~10% slower than OEM charger
  • black or white color
  • ~0.5 pounds
  • available at Amazon
  • notes: similar to CYD brand but with color options and lower output rating

 

Insignia NS-PWLC908

  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable (very short cable according to reviews)
  • includes non-detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~6% slower than OEM charger
  • black color
  • ~0.77 pounds
  • available at  Best Buy and Amazon

 

HP 90W USB-C Power Adapter

  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable three-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • peak charge rate:
    • Surface Book 2 Core i5: same as OEM charger
    • Surface Book 2 Core i7: up to ~6% slower than OEM charger
  • black color
  • ~1.3 pounds
  • available from HP retailers

 

There are dozens of other brands that appear to be clones of the same designs. If you are skeptical of the price point and durability of a new brand, contact the company and ask for their USB-IF certification number. If they are not certified, it may be better to go with an alternate brand.

 

Portable Battery Packs (60+ watt output)

Most portable laptop and tablet battery packs deliver 15-30 watts which means your premium laptop will take a long time to charge and may not deliver enough power to keep your machine running at full performance. Battery packs that deliver 60-watts or more (20 volts at 3 amps) are preferred. When evaluating the overall capacity of the battery pack to understand how long it will keep your device running on the road, compare the watt-hour rating of the laptop vs the battery pack.

  • Surface Book 2 15″ devices have two batteries totaling ~90 watt-hours
  • Surface Book 2 13.5″ Core i7 devices have ~75 watt-hours total
  • Surface Book 2 13.5″ Core i5 devices have ~69 watt-hours total
  • Surface Pro 2017/Pro 6 / Surface Laptop ~45 watt-hours
  • Surface Go has ~26 watt-hours
  • MacBook Pro 15″ has 83.6 watt-hours
  • MacBook Pro 13″ has 54.5 – 58 watt-hours
  • MacBook 12″ has 41.4 watt-hours

Note that the capacity is in watt-hours which describes how much energy the battery pack can store. The charge rate is described in watts or volts & amps and is an indicator of how quickly you can charge your laptop. Below are the most robust battery packs suitable for Surface Book 2 and similar premium USB-C chargeable laptops. (For the Surface Go, you need not search for a 60+ watt output unit – 29-45 watts is fine.)

 

Dell PW7018LC Notebook Power Bank

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 65 watt-hour capacity (~18,000 mAh @ 3.6 volts)
    • ~0.9 charges for SurfaceBook 2 13.5″ Core i5
    • ~0.7 charges for SurfaceBook 15″
  • 1.1 pounds
  • includes 1 USB A port suitable for data+quick-charging, 1 USB-C port, and one barrel receptacle to charge the battery pack
  • includes AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack
  • black color
  • available at Amazon and other Dell retailers

 

PoderCamino P2680 (alternate brand to BatPower)

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 98 watt-hour capacity (26,800 mAh @ 3.66 volts)
    • ~1.4 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~1 charge for 15″ SB2
  • 1.25 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes type-C charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon

 

BatPower P26B

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 98 watt-hour capacity (26,800 mAh @ 3.66 volts)
    • ~1.4 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~1 charge for 15″ SB2
  • 1.25 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes type-C charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon

 

BatPower P40B

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 148 watt-hour capacity (40,000 mAh @ 3.7 volts)
    • ~2 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~1.5 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.25 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon
  • permitted for air travel with airline permission

 

BatPower P60B

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 210 watt-hour capacity (56,000 mAh @ 3.75 volts)
    • 3 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • 2.25 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.56 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon
  • likely prohibited for air travel

 

LifePowr A3

  • 86-watt output (20 volts @ 4.3 amps)
  • 99 watt-hour capacity (27,000 mAh @ 3.67 volts)
    • ~1.4 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~1 charge for 15″ SB2
  • 1.8 pounds
  • includes 2 USB A outputs
  • includes AC/Mains inverter output up to 120VAC 60Hz @ 120W
  • includes 45w or 65w AC/Mains charger
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes charge cable
  • grey color
  • available via Indiegogo Indemand web store (funded project already shipped)

 

Omnicharge Omni20 USB-C

  • 60-watt output (20 volts @ 3 amps max when single USB output in use)
  • 72 watt-hour capacity (20,100 mAh @ 3.6 volts)
    • ~1 charge for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.8 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.1 pounds
  • includes 2 USB A outputs and 2 USB type-C outputs
  • includes charge cable
  • includes AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack
  • black or white color
  • available via Indiegogo Indemand web store (funded project already shipped)

 

Romeo Power Saber with 120VAC inverter

  • 60-watt output (20 volts @ 3 amps)
  • 86 watt-hour capacity (24,000 mAh @ 3.6 volts)
    • ~1.2 charges for 13.5″ SB2
    • ~0.9 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 2.2 pounds
  • includes 2 USB A outputs and USB-C output
  • includes AC/Mains inverter output up to 120VAC 60Hz @ 90W
  • includes AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack
  • blue or black color
  • available at Amazon

 

 

100-watt 5-amp USB-C PD certified cables

By default, USB-C cables only support up to 3 amps for 60 watts maximum power delivery. Premium 100-watt certified cables have thicker wires and internal  electronics that enable safe, reliable, and fast charging at up to 20v @ 5 amps. This is the one exception where you probably don’t want to mess around with off-brand cables. Get a name brand USB power delivery cable if you are working with >60 watts power delivery. Some of the cheaper USB-C charging cables do not offer full USB-C Gen 3.1 or Gen 3.2 data syncing capabilities and are intended for power/charging only. If you need high speed data syncing, make sure to check the specifications closely.

 

 

USB-C power delivery metering hardware and software

If you have doubts about the capabilities of a laptop or charger, a PD compliant hardware power meter can be helpful in diagnosing issues:

 

 

Notes

 

 

Further reading

 

 

 


Please let me know of additional AC/Mains chargers that supply 80+ watts or portable battery packs that supply 60+ watts and I’ll add them to the list.

 

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  1. Hey man,

    Just wanted to say, well done on this list! I’ve been researching Type-C power banks and chargers, and like you would have noted, it’s hard to find quality stuff that is rated for 60W plus.

    The Wacom charger in particular is quite interesting.

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    1. Avoid Apple USB-C stuff. Their chargers are non-compliant.

      For a start, they lack the 15V alt-mode required for compliance. It is the superset rule. A larger wattage charger must do everything a lower wattage charger will. That means if it has 20V then the 15V mode must be presence. The exception is with the 12V mode, which is optional.

      I would advise the author to put a note on the Apple stuff.

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      1. Interesting, I will have to research this further. Have you got logs showing the negotiation? I suspect many chargers are not fully compliant since they share the same basic design.

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  2. Love your list! I’ve been looking around for =>60W battery and power supplies… I too have the SB2 15″ and looking for alternative power supply.
    Can you update your article to include this 60W charger: http://www.myinnergie.com/sg/product/136?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8obGj8qg3QIV2IWPCh0_vAZNEAEYASAAEgLeIvD_BwE I ordered it during Kickstart and is very happy with it, charging my own SB2 15″, Lenovo L380 (work laptop) and Samsung Note8 and Note 9. It is quite small and easily portable.

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      1. It gets hot at full power, about as hot as a Surface Book 13.5″ standard charger gets at full power… and it is smaller. I would expect that even at twice the volume for100W, the surface area only increased incrementally, so it would be hotter. that said the 60W charger is more than enough for most use cases. The only fully 100W-compliant charger that I’ve found is the Wacom’s https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Power-Adapter-USB-C-ACK42714/dp/B074HDZ3QP

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  3. Hi Dan, great info on your blog, thanks a lot! I bought the Apple 87W wall charger with the Apple usb-c charge cable to charge my Surface Book 2 15″. Charging works, however, when I connect the cable, I get an error. In the device manager it says: Unknown USB Device (Port Reset Failed). In the details the error code is Code 43. I haven’t succeeded yet in solving this problem. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Dan, I made no progress with the issue with the Apple 87W wall charger and the Apple usb-c charge cable.
      I still have this error in device manager: Unknown USB Device (Port Reset Failed).
      In the details the error code is Code 43. Would you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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