Where Can I Find A Good USB-C Laptop Charger?

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Dear Lifehacker, I just bought a new laptop with USB type C charging. The manufacturer's wall charger is rated 45W, and is not modular - the USB-C cable is all one piece with the power adaptor. I'd love to minimise the gear I take on the go, so ideally I'd like a wall charger that is modular so I can plug in a micro USB cable for my phone / Bluetooth headset, and a USB-C cable for my laptop.

But I'm having trouble finding a modular wall charger that can output 45W. I'd also love to use a modular external battery that can output 45W, but can't find one either. Any recommendations? Or do I just need to bring multiple chargers? Thanks, Carrying Cumbersome Chargers

Dear CCC,

As a general rule of thumb, you should only use chargers that were made and/or approved by the same manufacturer as your laptop. Otherwise, you could run into compatibility issues ranging from a sluggish charge to a fried battery. In extreme cases, it can even cause fires. If the manufacturer doesn't offer modular chargers and there are no approved partners on the market, you're basically out of luck.

With that said, if you're willing to risk a third-party product, we'd go for a multi-port wall charger with USB type-C and 2.0 on board. These products are obviously a bit bulkier than a standard charger, but it means you can plug in multiple devices at the same time. (There are plenty of options over on eBay - just be sure to buy a reputed brand from a local seller.)

It's also worth keeping in mind that you don't necessarily need to match the wattage of your laptop - if the power supply has a higher rating, it just means your laptop will draw the required watts and the PSU will probably run cooler as a result. (You definitely don't want a charger under 45W though, and the output voltage needs to match.)

We've heard good things about the Anker PowerPort+ which boasts a USB-C port, four PowerIQ USB ports, surge protection, temperature control and an aluminum construction. As for external battery packs, our friends over at Gizmodo just put together a guide on this very topic. You can read it here.

Alternatively, just bring your phone's cable (sans charger) and plug it into your laptop's USB port whenever you need some extra juice.

Cheers Lifehacker

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    . The manufacturer's wall charger is rated 45W, and is not modular - the USB-C cable is all one piece with the power adaptor.

    That's got a lot to do with the rating of the cable. If you had a 45W charger with a USB-C port for you to use your own cable, you'd have to be very sure that the cable you use is actually rated to carry that much current, and isn't a cheap knock-off with C ports. This way the manufacturer can be sure that everything from the wall to the battery is kosher.

    That being said, you can get something similar to the link below. The linked one will provide the USB-C laptop charge port, and a USB-A port for anything else you might want to charge. The C port's rated up to 60W, and the A port's 12W (2.4A). Check compatibility first, of course.

    http://www.fosh.com.au/product/60w-usb-c-power-adapter-and-usb-c-cable

    Last edited 17/07/17 4:47 pm

      This is a really good point. Last thing you would want are readers houses catching fire because they found a great modular power supply yet their cable isn't rated.

    So I can use my Jackery external battery to charge my macbook if I get a USB to usb-c cable?

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