Losing a laptop charger is always a painful experience. Not only does it renders your laptop useless if you don’t have a backup, but they can be expensive to replace. But things are quickly changing when it comes to the best laptop chargers.
More and more laptops feature USB-C ports these days, and in addition to helping laptops to be thinner, USB-C also delivers enough power that you can use it to charge a laptop. As a result, if you break or lose your laptop charger, you no longer need an expensive, proprietary charger. Replacing it is as simple as picking up a USB-C charger that’s properly rated for your laptop.
Figuring how powerful of a USB-C laptop charger you need will depend on your specific laptop, but you can typically figure out what the wattage of the original charger was by searching for your laptop’s tech specs. As long as you get a USB-C charger that is as powerful or more powerful, everything will work exactly the same.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best laptop chargers you can buy for small laptops, large laptops and everything in between.
1. Anker Nano II 65W USB-C Charger
BEST LAPTOP CHARGER OVERALL
Anker has quickly become one of the most trusted and respected brands when it comes to USB chargers of any sort, but with the 65W Nano II USB-C charger, the company has really outdone itself and made the best laptop charger around (provided your laptop has a USB-C port). The 65W Nano II uses the latest and GaN II technology, and it’s not just a marketing gimmick. By using Gallium Nitride semiconductors, this charger is able to generate less heat, which means that you can deliver more power through a smaller charger without having to worry about overheating.
As a result, this 65W charger isn’t a whole lot bigger than Apple’s iconic iPhone charging brick which means that it takes up less space in a bag, on a wall or along a power strip. While it might not be the cheapest option, this is the USB-C charger we’d choose for our small or medium-sized laptop.
2. Nekteck 60W USB-C Charger
Simple and affordable, the Nekteck 60W USB-C charger is powerful enough to charge most USB-C laptops at full speed. Thanks to the use of GaN technology, the size of this charger is relatively small compared to something like Apple’s 61W charger. And included with the charger is a USB-C cable at no extra cost. If you’re really looking for a budget-friendly replacement or secondary charge, this is definitely the way to go.
3. RAVPower 90W Dual-Port USB-C Charger
BEST FOR BIG LAPTOPS
If you have a more power hungry laptop (typically ones with screens 15-inches or larger), then a 60W or 65W charger simply won’t do. For most people, a 90W charger will work just fine, and in those instances, we like RAVPower’s dual-port USB-C charger. Like our other picks, this charger makes use of GaN semiconductors which means that it’s extremely small relative to the power it puts out. And it’s able to dynamically allocate power to each USB-C port based on what’s plugged in. So if you have a laptop plugged in that needs 90W, it will send 90W to one port as long as it’s the only thing plugged in. Or if you have one device that requires 35W and another that requires 65W, it will send 35W to the first device and the remaining 55W to the second.
All of this is to say that this is an extremely flexible charger that is not only one of the best laptop chargers around, but one of the best USB-C chargers to have around the house or to travel with.
4. Belkin Boost Charge 68W Dual-Port USB-C Charger
While we stand by each one of our picks on our list, we know that some of you err on the side of caution when it comes to the best laptop chargers. And if you want a USB-C charger from a brand with a longer history, then the Belkin Boost Charge is the pick for you. A 68W, dual-port charger, the Belkin Boost Charge will get the job done, even if it’s not the cheapest or most pocketable.
5. HyperJuice 110W Ultimate Charger
Looking for a laptop charger to end all laptop chargers for your home office desk? Consider the HyperJuice 110W Ultimate Charger, which has a whopping 10 USB ports (5 USB-C, 5 USB-A) to go with a pair of wireless charging pads. Able to deliver as much as 100W of power to a single device, this charging station can power the beefiest laptops, and you can rest assured that you’ll never have to search for a charging brick or power outlet again.
6. RAVPower 4-Port USB-C Charging Station
If you need a charger with more than a couple of ports that will mostly be used at your desk, then you may want to consider the RAVPower USB-C Charging Station. Unlike some of the other best laptop chargers, it has two USB-C and two USB-A ports. And best of all, it supplies 100W of power, which means that there will be very few laptops it can’t charge at full speed. That said, you will pay a premium for this luxury.
7. Dell 130W Type-C AC Adapter
If you have a Dell XPS 15 or 17 laptop and need a replacement charger, you’re more than likely going to need a 130W charger in order to refill that laptop’s battery at max speed. You might have already noticed that a third-party USB-C charger that delivers 130W of power isn’t commonly available which means you’ll have to go with the official Dell option in this case. But luckily, this charger is still USB-C which means you can use it with any other USB-C device.