Using Anker Battery Pack to Charge Macbook

CYKBC

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You need the more expensive version with USB c charging that they sell. It's something like $80 to $90 on anker site. Works great. I lost mine recently!
 

Mike Boreham

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I have a 2016 Macbook, and am considering purchasing an Anker portable power pack to bring with me during trips for my laptop and iPhone. Does anyone know if something like this will work?

https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerC...1494810810&sr=8-5&keywords=anker+battery+pack

If so, i would imagine i'll need a USB-C to USB converter to charge the Macbook?
Have a look at this thread before buying anything.

https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...th-battery-packs.2035431/page-2#post-24456345

As far as I know the RavPower discussed there is the only battery pack which is USB-PD which means it will charge your MacBook at the full 30W using 15V, same as the wall charger. All other battery packs charge at standard USB 5V and will barely keep up with a MacBook in use, or charge very slowly. But the RavPower has some quirks.
 

apb87

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I have a 13000 mAh Anker battery that I originally bought for my phone and iPad. I don't think it generates enough power to USE the Macbook while its charging, but I have used it on multiple occasions to charge the Macbook in my backpack when its closed and it charges quickly when the machine is closed/asleep. You'll need a standard USB to USB-C cable through.
[doublepost=1495064511][/doublepost]You can also slowly charge it (while it's closed) using a USB - USB-C cable with an iPad charger in a pinch. It's good to have for emergencies..
 
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Ixidor

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I have a 13000 mAh Anker battery that I originally bought for my phone and iPad. I don't think it generates enough power to USE the Macbook while its charging, but I have used it on multiple occasions to charge the Macbook in my backpack when its closed and it charges quickly when the machine is closed/asleep. You'll need a standard USB to USB-C cable through.
[doublepost=1495064511][/doublepost]You can also slowly charge it (while it's closed) using a USB - USB-C cable with an iPad charger in a pinch. It's good to have for emergencies..
The iPad charger (and power banks with similar power output) takes about twice as long to charge the 12" MacBook than the default charger. It is still able to charge the MacBook even while using it, just much slower.

There may be heavy use cases where the power consumption exceeds the charging speed of the power bank/iPad charger, but I haven't experienced those situations.

Personally, I find it more useful than just "good for emergencies". I usually keep my USB-C charger in my office and my iPad charger at home. That way, I can still charge the macbook overnight with the iPad charger if I need to. This is awesome because I don't need to buy additional chargers for added convenience and I don't have to lug my chargers around.
 
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