The best USB-C PD chargers of 2021

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These days, almost every device in your bag has a rechargeable battery – your phone, tablet, wireless headphones, and laptop are probably your main priorities. But even if you’re carrying four or more devices, you don’t need a separate wall charger or outlet or cable for each one. That’s because you can charge almost everything — including new laptops — via one-size-fits-all USC-C device charging technology: USB-C Power Delivery, or USB-C PD.

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OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration – but not much. The fact is, if you’re packing the right kind of charging cable (or dongle), and your laptop or device has been released in the past few years, you’ll be in pretty good shape. Of course, one of the most important is USB-C Power Delivery chargers. Thankfully, I’ve tested a few of them over the past few weeks and have found a few options for fast charging on the go.

This list goes far beyond a simple phone charger. Some similarities to the models we focused on: Most of these use a new material called Gallium Nitride (or GaN) Which enables high-power adapters to be made in much smaller sizes. As a result, these adapters typically provide 60 watts of power output or better, putting them in the same ballpark as the 65-watt chargers that many laptops ship with. (It also blows out the 5-watt output charger that still packs-in defaults for the iPhone 11 and older models, though iphone 11 pro Models ship with an 18-watt USB-C model.)

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Most of our top picks below include dual charging outputs instead of one, which allows for multiple devices to be charged simultaneously. And they all have folding AC prongs for easy travel. We’d also like to note, we didn’t include car charger options here, but if you’re in the market for a USB car charger, check out this one Outside.

If you’re looking for the best USB C charger, read on to see which of the tested and true devices below will charge best for you.

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All of the products below have been independently selected and tested by Nerdshala editors. We will update this list from time to time.

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How We Selected the USB-C PD Charger

You’ll notice that this list only includes two brands: Anker and RAVPower. We focused on them because of our positive prior experience with both the brands. Also, we have noticed that some of these fast charging products get encouraging mentions on shopping sites like List, and their Amazon user reviews are generally overwhelmingly positive, regardless of whether people are talking about Android, Apple, Kindle, really any kind of device.

In our tests (see below), the Anker and RAVPower models performed very closely to each other. But the reason the final list is almost entirely skewed for RAVPower is because the company is only beating it in the price zone. In almost every face-to-face match, the RAVPower charger beats its counterpart Anker model in terms of price. But, if you see an Anker PowerSport model on sale, it’s definitely worth scooping up.

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We’re not saying there aren’t other good brands out there, but now that we’ve tested the ones listed above, we can confirm that they offer great value for money. If and when we see viable options at these price points, we’ll update this story accordingly.

How We Tested the USB-C PD Charger

I did my actual testing on these models by running the three products to zero battery life, charging them, and checking the battery life indicator at 30, 60, and 90-minute intervals. The USB devices I used were a 2019 macbook air, recently hp specter x360 convertible And an iPhone X.

In most cases, I run at least two chargers per product and average them together if they fall within a reasonable percentage of each other. The asterisk indicates dual-port chargers that were charged with one cable for the laptop and one for the iPhone.

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Charging Speed, Comparison

accuser device 30 minute. 60 min. 90 min.

RavPower Dual-Port*

hp laptop

46%

64%

81%

RavPower Dual-Port*

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