One of the things that the MacBook has going for it is its pretty solid battery life except if you have to be on the move a lot. It is not advisable to leave your MacBook plugged into a power source for long periods of time as it will shorten your battery’s lifespan. But if you are always travelling with your MacBook, it won’t be easy to find a power source to plug in, when you are running low on juice. That’s where portable batteries come in to save the day.
Portable batteries power your laptops like powerbanks power your smartphones and tablets – giving you a constant power source, at your disposal. They are also compact and light, and thus easy to bring about. If you are looking for external power packs to keep your MacBook running for longer, here are 10 great battery backups you should check out. Note that most of the battery packs in this list do not come with the Apple Magsafe connector.
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1. GreatShield LuminousPower External Battery Pack
GreatShield LuminousPower is a 7800mAh capacity external battery pack made for portability. It comes with a built-in short circuit to prevent your MacBook and the battery from over-charging or over-heating. There are 4 LED lights to show the battery level and charging status plus a dual-LED flashlight that can be used as a torchlight, if you need it. GreatShield is powered by a Samsung lithium-ion battery that promises over 500 charge cycles.
[Get one – $29.99]
2. 52,800mAH Ultimate External Battery For Macbooks
This battery can power up your MacBook for days and has multi-voltage capabilities ranging from 9V to 20V plus two USB ports capable of charging 2 iPads at the same time. There’s even a multiple safety system protection to help you charge your MacBook safely. To know the battery’s current remaining power and what voltage it’s running at, just look at the smart display in the center of its body.
[Get one – $449.95]
3. Lizone 40,000mAh High Performance Mac External Battery
The USB port on this battery will provide MacBooks with an output of 5 volts while the DC voltage output is around 15-24 volts. It uses Li-ion Panasonic cells, with overcharge and discharge circuits included for device protection. The main DC output port is compatible with all Apple MacBook Air series, MacBook Pro series and any other MacBook series. If you’re looking for a size bigger than 40,000mAh, Lizone has you covered here.
[Get one – $199.99]
4. Mobile Freedom External Laptop Battery
This universal lithium battery pack provides charging capabilities to most laptops, including the MacBook. It comes with a battery capacity of 130Wh. If your MacBook lasts for 3 hours, this external battery can provide your MacBook with another 9 hours of run time. If you’re looking for an external battery pack that can both charge your MacBook and your other laptops, this one will do the trick.
[Get one – $199.99]
5. 12/16/19-100 External Battery Pack
This is another battery pack for both laptops and MacBooks that come with 100Wh battery capacity. It should provide around 4-6 hours run time. The LEDs indicate the current running voltage (12V, 16V and 19V) as well as battery life indicators. The battery weighs around 1.8 pounds, thus it is easy to carry around as a backup battery. This external battery pack is also capable of charging most of your USB devices.
[Get one – $199.99]
ChugPlug is the perfect companion if you dislike having your MacBook connected to an outlet all the time. It charges and powers your MacBook Air and 13 inch MacBook Pro easily using your existing cables. The battery is based on lithium polymer. ChugPlug supports both 45 and 65W MagSafe power adaptors and it provides enough power for you to use your MacBook, even while it’s being charged.
[Get one – $159.99]
7. Hyperjuice 1.5
The Hyperjuice 1.5 is designed to support all MacBooks including those with retina display. It also comes with two 12W USB ports, which lets you charge your other USB devices plus a 4-stage LED light indicator. This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously. Hyperjuice 1.5 is available in 4 different capacities which are 60Wh (16,000mAh), 100Wh (27,000mAh), 150Wh (41,000mAh) and 222Wh (61,000mAh); prices vary.
[Get one – $169.95-449.95]
8. Hyperjuice 2
Just like the Hyperjuice 1.5, Hyperjuice 2 is also designed to support all Macbooks including those that comes with retina display. It also comes with dual 12W USB ports plus an advance OLED battery status display. Moreover, Hyperjuice 2 comes with an upgradeable battery cell, casing and logic board. The Hyperjuice 2 is only available with a battery capacity of 100Wh at the moment.
[Get one – $299.95-399.95]
BatteryBox is a portable battery pack that can fit in the palm of your hand yet can still power your MacBook. BatteryBox can provide up to 12 hours of power for MacBook Air and 6 hours for MacBook Pro, which is also equivalent to 8 iPhones. It runs on its own BatteryOS to ensure that the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is properly controlled. Besides MacBooks, BatteryBox can also charge any device via its USB port.
[Get one – $139.95]
10. Energizer XP18000 Universal AC Adapter with External Battery
Energizer XP18000 is an external battery pack that weighs around 1 pound and can extend your MacBook’s battery life by doubling its running time. It’s even powerful enough to charge up to 3 devices at the same time. This external battery also comes with inbuilt short circuit protection to provide a safe charge. Its 18,000mAh battery capacity translates to up to 6 hours of battery life. You will need to get the MagSafe connector though, before you can start charging your MacBooks.
[Get one – $164.99]