The 4 Best USB-C Laptop and Tablet Chargers of 2024


Our pick

This compact charger can power almost any USB-C laptop at top speed, and it works great for lower-powered devices, too. Despite its affordable price, it even includes a cable.

Whether you need to replace your original charger or you just want to have an extra at home or the office, you should get the Nekteck 60W USB-C GaN Charger. It will charge almost any laptop 13 inches or smaller at full speed, and it can fast-charge most lower-powered laptops, tablets, and phones, as well.

The Nekteck is smaller and lighter than just about any other laptop or tablet charger we’ve found, it has a convenient fold-up plug, and it comes with a detachable cable, which is something that usually costs $10 to $20 on its own.

This charger is cheaper than many less powerful models, and like most of Nekteck’s products, it’s certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), which means an independent third party has tested it and ensured it meets performance and safety specifications.

Port 1: 60 W USB-C
Dimensions: 1.97 by 1.97 by 1.2 inches
USB-C cable: 6.5 feet, detachable

Runner-up

This charger is about the same size as our top pick and charges just as quickly, but it’s not independently certified for safety and performance.

Nekteck makes the best all-around charger we’ve tested, but if it’s out of stock (or if the price jumps to over $30), we recommend grabbing ZMI’s zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD Wall Charger instead.

The ZMI has plenty of power for most laptops and any tablet, and like the Nekteck charger, it comes with a sturdy cable. The main reason it’s not our top pick is that the ZMI charger isn’t USB-IF certified. While that’s not a dealbreaker altogether, we think it’s worth a few more dollars to get the Nekteck charger.

Port 1: 65 W USB-C
Dimensions: 1.97 by 1.97 by 1.1 inches
USB-C cable: 4.9 feet, detachable

Also great

This model has all the power of the charger included with a 15- or 16-inch MacBook Pro but is smaller and costs much less. The included cable is removable and replaceable, in case it gets damaged.

Almost all computers that charge via USB-C have a maximum charge speed of 60 watts, but a handful can charge even faster with more power—most notably, the MacBook Air (2022 or later) reaches its peak charging speed at 67 W, the 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019) at 87 W, and both the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021 or later) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019) at 96 W. For these laptops, we recommend Nekteck’s 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger.

This 100 W charger, which is notably smaller than Apple’s own charger, comes with a detachable USB-C charge cable and costs less than half the price of what a full replacement set would cost from Apple. Like our 60 W top pick, it’s independently tested and certified for safety.

Port 1: 100 W USB-C
Dimensions: 2.7 by 2.7 by 1.2 inches
USB-C cable: 6.5 feet, detachable

Also great

With more power from one port than most models we’ve tested, this compact charger has two USB-C PD ports capable of delivering 140 W apiece or 145 W total. It’s pricey, but it comes with a long, 8-foot cable.

If you have a laptop that requires more than 100 W (such as a 16-inch MacBook Pro from 2021 or later), or if you’d like to fast-charge two smaller devices simultaneously, the Insignia 140W Dual Port USB-C Compact Wall Charger is your best bet.

Its two USB-C ports can deliver up to 140 W apiece or 145 W total, and it’s small and light (weighing just 10 ounces), given its high output.

Like our other picks, the Insignia has a handy fold-up plug, it’s USB-IF certified, and it comes with a cable. Not only is the 8-foot-long cable longer than that of the rest of the bunch, but it’s more powerful—capable of passing up to 240 W—and adds premium features like a woven-nylon sheath and an attached hook-and-loop cable tie.

Port 1: 140 W USB-C
Port 2: 140 W USB-C
Dimensions: 3.3 by 2.8 by 1.3 inches
USB-C cable: 8 feet, detachable


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