Razer's Power Bank boosts your laptop battery while charging two smartphones

Razer's latest product is an external battery that can charge up to three devices at once.

Gaming laptops have woefully short battery lives. It's par for the course when you're packing that much power into a portable notebook—but it's also a flaw that popular gaming hardware company Razer is taking aim at with the sleek-looking Razer Power Bank external battery.

The Power Bank is a 12,800mAh battery housed inside a black CNC aluminum case with the Razer logo on top. Razer says the Power Bank can help a Blade Stealth ultrabook stay alive for as long as 15 hours when paired with the device’s built-in battery. No Blade Stealth? No problem. The Razer Power Banks works with any laptop that relies on USB-C for power, including the Dell XPS 13, the Asus Zenbook, and—gasp!—even Apple's MacBook.

If you haven’t joined the USB-C revolution yet—and I’m guessing that’s most people reading this article—then the Power Bank won’t help bolster your notebook as it lacks any DC outlets. But it does charge more than just laptops. 

razerbank5 Razer

Razer Power Bank

The Power Bank also comes with two standard USB ports that can charge smartphones and other devices at the same time as a laptop via USB-C, for a total of three devices at once. Razer's Power Bank also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and Apple fast charge. For power inputs, the Power Bank has USB-C and microUSB ports.

Razer plans to roll out the Power Bank in March for $150. It will come with the external battery, as well as a USB Type-C cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable. It will not come with a wall charger for the Power Bank itself, however. Razer recommends its own 45W USB-C wall adapter, which sells for $50. Using its wall adapter, the company says the Razer Blade takes two hours to come to a full charge.

The impact on you at home: Razer’s price is expensive, but it’s not a crazy amount of money to spend on an external USB-C laptop charger like this. MaxOak products, for example, sell for a little bit less at around $135 on Amazon and also charge mobile devices at the same time as a laptop. Single purpose laptop chargers can be even cheaper. But with those products you don’t get the Razer style, or the exclusivity of charging only USB-C laptops. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether that’s a good thing or not.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?