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The Best USB-C Chargers and Power Banks for Travel

With the iPhone’s long-awaited transition to USB-C, you can now streamline your travel essentials by packing just one charger for all your devices, from your phone to your Kindle. Whether you’re seeking ultra-compact chargers that won’t take up any space in your bag or fast-charging power banks that will save you from a dead battery, we’ve curated the best USB-C accessories to accompany you on your journeys.

Clutch Pro USB-C Power Bank

Clutch® Pro USB-C
Clutch Charger

A portable battery is only useful if you actually have it with you. The Clutch Pro USB-C Power Bank is so compact that it’s easy to carry it at all times, guaranteeing you’ll never be caught off guard by a drained battery. Despite its diminutive proportions and weighing a mere 3.7 ounces, this tiny powerhouse packs an impressive 5,000 mAh of power.

What sets the Clutch Pro apart is its built-in charging cable that folds neatly into the battery itself, eliminating the need to carry an extra cable. Additionally, it comes with a magnetic sticker that can be attached to magnetic-safe cases, making it even more convenient to keep this essential accessory within reach at all times.

OtterBox Premium Pro Fast Charge Kit

USB-C to USB-C Wall Charging Kit - 30W Premium Pro Fast Charge

There’s nothing worse than having to hang around in your hotel room while you wait for your phone to charge. Thankfully, advancements in fast charging technology have come to the rescue, and OtterBox’s Premium Pro Fast Charge Kit is a prime example. This powerful charger can revive a dead phone battery to a remarkable 70 percent charge in just 30 minutes, so you don’t have to waste valuable vacation time waiting for your phone to fully charge. 

The kit’s USB-C to USB-C wall plug is not only compact, weighing just 0.26 lbs, but it also features folding prongs that can be neatly stashed away, ensuring easy packing and portability for your travels. The cable’s generous 6.6-foot length makes it perfect for charging at airports or any location with less-than-ideally positioned outlets. 

USB-C Headphone Adapter

USB C to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter for iPhone 15/15 Pro/Pro Max/Plus, Type C Aux Dongle Cable Cord Compatible with iPad, Samsung Galaxy S23/S23/S22/S21Ultra, MacBook,Note

No traveler wants to endure the frustration of having their wireless headphones run out of battery during a long-haul flight. To ensure I’m always prepared (no matter how delayed my flight), I keep this USB-C Headphone Adapter in my carry-on bag, along with a trusty pair of wired headphones.

This tiny adapter allows me to use regular wired noise-cancelling headphones with my iPhone 15 (or any other USB-C device). Whether I need wired headphones to connect to the seatback TV for in-flight entertainment or have to use my phone to stream, the USB-C Headphone Adapter ensures I’m covered, even if my Bluetooth headphones die. 

STM Goods USB-C to USB-C Dux Cable

Dux Cable USB-C to USB-C

One of the most invaluable travel tips I’ve learned is to always pack an ultra-long charging cable. Too often, I’ve found myself in hotel rooms where the single available outlet is inconveniently located, forcing me to charge my phone far from the bed or any comfortable spot. This frustrating scenario can be easily avoided by having a cable that offers ample length and flexibility.

Enter the STM Goods’ USB-C Dux Cable, a true game-changer for travelers. Not only does this cable boast fast charging capabilities, ensuring your devices are powered up swiftly, but it also features an extra-long length that provides the versatility to charge from any location within the room comfortably. Its tough, flexible outer sleeve, designed to prevent frustrating fraying or damage, even with frequent use and packing, sets this cable apart.

OtterBox Fast Charge Power Bank

USB-A, USB-C, 10000 mAh Fast Charge

Never run out of power when you pack OtterBox’s Fast Charge Power Bank. This portable battery isn’t much bigger than a deck of cards, measuring 5.55 in x 2.87 in x 0.64 in, but this portable powerhouse can charge your devices up to an impressive 3.6 times faster than a regular charger.

What sets this power bank apart is its versatility. It features both USB-A and USB-C ports that allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously. Like all Otterbox gear, this battery pack has undergone rigorous drop-testing to ensure it can withstand even the most rugged adventures, giving you peace of mind that your power source will remain reliable no matter the terrain or conditions.

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