As many of us will finally be starting to receive our Steam Deck, there's never been a better time to check out some of the most essential accessory options to choose from at the moment. This includes powered USB hubs, Bluetooth headphones, and SD cards, but you might want to consider this one as well. You'll never get the full potential out of your Steam Deck if you're not equipped with a decent portable charger.
Using the Steam Deck on the go can zap the power tremendously quickly, so coming ready with an impressive power bank is an absolute must. For instance, when playing most games at 60 FPS, you're likely looking at four hours of battery life, at most. During our review, we even found games like God of War would tap out in under 2-hours as well. Here are all the absolute best Power Banks to use with your Steam Deck.
Best Steam Deck Portable Chargers in 2023
Our Top PickELECJET 65W 10K mAh Apollo Ultra A10X Portable Power Bank Good mix of function and affordability.$89.99Top Power PickAnker 737 Power Bank (PowerCore 24K) Can charge your Steam Deck and Laptop at the same time.$159.99Pricey But GreatAnker PowerCore+ 26800mAh PD 45W with 60W PD Charger $159.99Another Incredible PickAnker Portable Charger, PowerCore III Elite 19200 60W Power Bank Bundle $109.99Top Affordable PickTechsmarter 20,000mAh 45W Power Delivery USB C PD Power Bank $49.99
What to Look For When Buying a Power Bank
Most portable chargers in 2023 start off at around 10,000mAh capacity or higher. But, just to be safe, we'd recommended going for power banks that store 15,000mAh or more. If you go for our top pick, Elecjet PowerPie P20 45W Charger (see here), you're looking at just under four extra charges for your Steam Deck.
Once you've decided on capacity, the next thing you need to consider is the overall charging speed your new power bank will be able to deliver. Some portable chargers will offer much higher charging capabilities with increased voltages.
Most chargers will use a standard such as Power Delivery to connect with your device and send over the most amount of energy it can. So it's also a good idea to check what sort of output capabilities the charger has. For example, if you have a 20000mAh battery, but it only supports 5w input or output, the efficiency of the device is going to be quite bad. Steam Deck's charger uses 45W, so we'd recommend anything with an output of 45W or more.
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