If your USB-C device won't charge from a wall plug it's likely because you're trying to use a USB charger incapable of delivering the required amount of power. A standard USB charger, such as that for your phone or tablet, won't do the job; instead you need a USB-C PD (Power Delivery) charger, which can deliver up to 100W.
So far so straightforward, although that 'up to' 100W can really cause some headaches. Some laptops, such as the 12in USB-C MacBook, can get by on 30W. Other brands might require 45- or even 85W. You can charge these power-hungry laptops with a lesser PD charger but it will take longer to charge that battery.
Before you choose any of the laptop chargers listed below, you need to find out one piece of information: how much power is required to charge your laptop?
That information might be found on the charger that came with your laptop, or on the manufacturer's product page. You're looking for a figure in Watts, although it may be expressed in Volts and Amps. If so, simply multiply these two numbers to get the figure you need. For example, a laptop that requires 12V/2A to charge will need a 24W USB-C PD charger (12x2=24).
Once you know what power rating you're looking for, finding a USB-C PD charger for your laptop or console is easy. Sometimes it can pay to get one a little faster than you need - it may be more expensive, but you'll be pleased you bought it if you later decide to upgrade your laptop.
Then all you really need to decide is how much you want to spend, and whether you just want a single USB output or multiple ports for charging all your various USB devices at once.
If you're after a device that can add extra USB 3.0 ports to your laptop, take a look at our best USB-C hubs roundup.
Also see: Best laptop power banks
Best USB-C PD Chargers
1. Mackertop 65W USB-C PD Charger
If you want to charge only one device and your primary concern is power, and lots of it, this Mackertop charger with a single 65W USB-C PD output is among the highest-output chargers you'll find, and it comes at an amazing price.
The plug is built directly into the power brick, which means no unsightly cable mess. US customers will be able to fold the two prongs back against the body for easier transport, while in the UK you simply need to slide the provided adaptor over those prongs.
2. Anker 60W PowerPort Atom III (2 Ports) USB-C and USB-A Charger
The PowerPort+ Atom III utilises the latest PowerIQ 3.0 fast-charging chips that are compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery.
It can output a total of 60W via its two ports - one USB-A and one USB-C – so you can charge a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop at the same time as a smartphone or tablet.
The USB-C PowerIQ 3.0 port charges at 45W, and the USB-A PowerIQ 2.0 port at 15W. Apple’s iPhones, for example, ship with a puny 5W charger in the box, so this 15W phone charger will power up your mobile much faster.
It’s not a huge unit either, being 15 percent smaller than a MacBook 60W or many other laptop stock charger. Anker claims this is because it uses efficient GaN (gallium nitride) semiconductors instead of silicon. We'll take its word for it, but it is noticably smaller than other similarly powered chargers - so great for travel.
Anker also sells an even smaller charger, with just a USB-C port - the PowerPort III Mini charges a laptop or other USB-C device at 30W, so slower than the PowerPort+ Atom III and with no USB-A port, but cheaper (£29 or $30) and smaller.
3. Apple 87W USB-C Power Adaptor
The price of this Apple USB-C PD charger is somewhat frightening, but we can't ignore the colossal 87W USB-C PD output it offers. That's insane.
It's probably also overkill for what you need, so check how much power your laptop can actually accept before you buy.
4. RavPower 60W 5-Port USB Wall Charger
RavPower is a big name in the charging world, and its USB-C PD charger has an additional four outputs - much like the below example from Anker. This one has a higher 45W USB-C PD output, however, with an additional 15W reserved for those extra iSmart 2.0 ports.
Though they can't all run at 12W at once, if you've only one extra device to charge you'll find the RavPower is a very quick tool for the job.
5. Aukey 58.5W Amp USB-C Wall Charger with Power Delivery 3.0
This two-port USB charger from Aukey plugs directly into a wall outlet and offers both a 48W USB-C PD output and a standard 12W USB output, meaning you can charge your phone and laptop at once - and both at full-speed, with a max total output of 58.5W.
The Aukey offers pretty good value at Amazon for £38.99/$37.99. It has a reasonably compact design, too, but with no folding plug for easier storage.
6. Satechi Type-C 75W Travel Charger
A more powerful alternative is the Satechi Type-C 75W Travel Charger, which boasts three extra standard USB 3.0 ports so you can charge your phone, tablet or other device at the same time as your laptop.
One of those USB ports features Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 that offers up to 38 percent faster charging than Quick Charge 2.0.
The USB-C PD port is powered up to 60W, and charges a laptop in good time.
It's portability is helped by the removable power cable. If travelling abroad, just buy the power cable with the local plug and you can do away with the clunky travel adapter, and still charge all your devices.
7. Anker PowerPort+ 5 USB-C
Anker is one of the biggest names in charging tech, and its PowerPort+ combines a 30W USB-C PD output with four full-size fast-charging USB ports for your other USB devices. These can each run at up to 12W, with a maximum of 30W output shared between the four. (That's in addition to the 30W PD output.)
Anker calls it a 60W charger, but that's adding all the ports power together.
The Anker is super convenient for charging multiple devices, but if your priority is to charge a USB-C laptop then you should check first and foremost that 30W is enough to meet your requirements.
8. DockCase for Apple MacBook Pro Power Adapter
Apple’s USB-C Power Adapter is a fairly monstrous size but offers nothing extra than its charging capacity – to be fair, very impressive at up to 87W.
The DockCase Adapter (originally launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, but now available on Amazon) takes the Apple Power Adapter and places it in a protective case that turns it into a super dock.
With it, you can connect an external drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse and phone to your MacBook Pro at the same time as syncing your documents, music or photos at a speed of 5Gbps, and charging your devices up to 3X faster.
The DockCase has a USB-C male connector embedded, which connects with the Apple charger. And the case then adds up to four USB devices, or three USB and a 4K HDMI port. Because it’s a just a case (with docking ports) for the Power Adapter, the price is almost nothing, but offers so much.
There are QC and HD versions for the 13in and 15in MacBook Pros. The QC DockCase for 13in MBP (from a pledge of $29) includes three USB-A ports and a passthrough-charging USB-C port. The HD version for 13in ($36) has two USB-A ports, a 4K HDMI and the USB-C port. The QC DockCase for 15in MBP ($35) includes four USB-A ports (one with quick charging) and a passthrough-charging USB-C port. The HD version for 15in ($42) has three USB-A ports, a 4K HDMI and the USB-C port.
Note that this is a case for the Apple charger, and doesn't include the charger itself, unlike the other PD chargers reviewed here.