Finding a battery pack that's optimized to charge the Google Pixel isn't as simple as you'd think.
Looking for a battery pack for your Google Pixel? Great! But before you do, you need to keep a lookout for a few things.
For starters, forget about Quick Charge 3.0. Qualcomm's fast-charging technology doesn't work over USB-C — instead, the Pixel uses USB-PD, a newish standard for charging devices via USB-C. That's not to say that you can't use a battery pack with Quick Charge technology; you just won't get any use of the rapid charging features.
Ideally, you're going to want to find battery packs that let you use USB-C to USB-C cables and make mention of USB-PD compatibility. Fortunately, there's been a ton of great discussion on the topic which pointed us towards this great Google spreadsheet that's color-coded with charging accessories you should buy and those which you should avoid.
We've broken down some of your best options below and have ordered them base on battery size!
- Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD battery pack
- Nomad Powerpack 9,000 mAh backup battery
- ORICO 10,000 mAh portable battery
- Kanex GoPower 15,000 mAh portable battery
- Jackery Titan S 20,100 mAh battery pack
- RAVPower 26,800 mAh external battery
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD battery pack
Anker is one of the most trusted brands of external battery packs, and its PowerCore+ 26800 is an absolute beast. With 26,800mAh of battery capacity, you'll be able to get multiple charges out of this battery pack. It comes with a 30W fast charging USB-C wall charger for topping up the battery pack, some charging cables, and a travel pouch.
Using Anker's PowerIQ 2.0 technology, this stylish battery pack will intelligently charge your devices as fast as possible and is even capable of recharging bigger devices like laptops or a Nintendo Switch. This is a versatile battery pack that you'll want to stow away in your bag whenever you travel or don't think you'll be near an outlet to charge your phone. But a premium product comes at a premium price, and the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD can be yours for $120 on Amazon.
Nomad Powerpack 9,000mAh backup battery
At only 9,000mAh, the Nomad Powerpack is the smallest battery pack on this list, but it makes up for that shortcoming with its rugged casing and integrated Bluetooth tracking by Tile.
This battery pack features USB-C ports for input (charging the power pack) and output (charging your Pixel), along with a USB-A port for charging any other devices you may have kicking around. It's definitely on the pricier side, but if you like the idea of keeping a battery pack in your bag, the fact that this one doubles as a Bluetooth tracker may be especially appealing to some.
This battery ships with a USB-A to USB-C cable, but if you want to get the fastest charge you'll want to use a USB-C to USB-C cable like the one that came with the Pixel.
ORICO 10,000mAh portable battery
ORICO's battery pack features a USB-C port that appears to be USB-PD compatible, but you'll once again need to supply your own USB-C-to-USB-C cable to get the most out of it.
This battery pack is made with a stylish aluminum alloy casing for an upscale and durable look. There are LED indicators that show you the remaining battery life and includes all the protection features you require, including voltage and current surges, over-charging, and more. Orico also offers an 18-month warranty on its battery packs, along with lifetime technical support. It's also one of the cheaper options on this list at just $27.
Jackery Titan S 20,100mAh battery pack
The Jackery Titan S is a beefy option for keeping your Pixel topped up. With a generous 20,100mAh battery capacity, this battery features a USB-C port that supports 5V/3A.
It also has a USB-A port that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for those devices, but it most importantly comes with a USB-C cable for charging your pixel.
This battery pack is Wirecutter's top pick for USB-C-compatible portable batteries, so you can buy with confidence knowing this is a highly recommended battery pack. You can snag one of your own for just under $50.
RAVPower 26,800mAh external battery
Last but certainly not least is the massive RAVPower 26,800mAh external battery, which is optimized for USB-PD devices such as the Pixel.
RAVPower claims you'll be able to recharge this battery pack in a fraction of the usual time, just four to five hours compared to the standard 14 hours. For charging your Pixel, you'll want to use the USB-C port along with the included USB-C cable, but you also have two standard USB-A ports for charging other devices, which include iSmart 2.0 technology which intelligently detects and adjusts the charging current to obtain the fastest charging for your device. Get yours for just $45 on Amazon!
Got any battery packs you've tried and tested?
Have you tried any of the battery packs on our list? Got one that's been working great for you? Let us know in the comments!
Update February 4, 2018: Added the Anker PowerCore+ to our list and removed options that are no longer available.
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