Chromebooks are some of the most portable, easy to use, secure, and speedy laptops out there, not to mention affordable. They’re chargers are just as good too. But don’t you find that the chargers are so easy to lose?
It’s like if you put it down in the wrong place then poof! It’s gone, and you find yourself having to miserably fork out for a new one.
But did you know that not all chargers are the same? Sure they might have the same connection type, but some of them are just built differently.
There are some that are capable of charging your chromebook insanely fast, while others will take so long that you could’ve gone and built a whole new charger in the time it takes to get to 50%.
What we’re saying is, don’t get caught out. Particularly now that there are new charging alternatives out there.
A couple of years ago it was just a simple charger with a plug, but now with so many other charging devices out there, like power banks and USB-C chargers, you need to be extra careful in selecting the right one.
Below we’ve researched some of the best chromebook chargers out there along with other charging alternatives!
Before we dive into the alternative chargers out there, let’s have a look at some of the more traditional ones. The benefit of these chargers is that you don’t have to worry about adapters or anything of that sort. All you need is a plug and a chromebook and you’re sorted.
OUR TOP PICK
Let’s start the list with one of the most basic chargers out there. And just to clarify we don’t mean basic, like basic in a bad way. We mean basic in a good way.
It follows all the standard rules and regulations for a chromebook charger and meets all the requirements. It’s wholly average in the best way, and works! Hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this charger is called Bluetip because it has a blue tip. In fact, none of this charger is blue, and it actually only comes in black. So we have no idea where it gets the name from but doesn’t it just sound cool?
The Bluetip charger is designed to last. It has an extra long cord that’s been tested for durability, which means you won’t have to fret about your charger not being able to reach the plug.
The Bluetip charger has about 19.5 volts and 3.33 amps going through it. Why is this important? When looking for the charging speed of a charger, the general way to know is by looking at the volts and amps.
The higher the voltage the better, as well as the higher the amperage. But remember, your chromebook is only designed to take so many volts and amps before short circuiting.
Luckily this charger complies with the limit and won’t do any damage. In fact the Bluetip’s charging speed, while it may not be lightening fast, is pretty decent for a charger of this price.
- Extra long cord
- Average charge speed
- One color
Next on the list we have a similar charger in design and look, but it’s a little slower. Though the Ostrich chromebook charger is actually what you’d label as a fast charger because of it’s volts and amps.
At 12 volts, with 2.2 amps, the charging speed of this chromebook charger is relatively speedy. Which is fantastic news, and made even better when you consider the price.
Along with the charger they’ve provided a case and band to help with storage. It’s design and accessories are what make it so compact and portable. The charger itself is actually a lot more flexible and durable than you’d think.
In fact Ostrich, the company behind this charger, are so confident in it’s flexibility that they’ve estimated that you could bend this charger over 1000+ times and it would barely get a kink.
Ostrich is a North American based company that specializes in making electronic accessories. They’re responsible for making some of the most durable and safe chargers already in the market.
By using high quality polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (trying saying that ten times over) material they’ve ensured that their charger is fireproof.
We don’t know if you’ll be in a fire, neither do you, but it’s always handy to know that your charger will survive even if you don’t.
- Relatively fast charging
- Only comes in one color
Okay so now you’ve had a look at some of the more traditional chargers, we’re moving on to the more alternative ones. The easiest way to explain what a USB-C charger looks like, is to think of the end of a samsung charger, the oval tipped looking thing.
You may be wondering why people would even go for those. Simple. USB-C connections are one of the quickest and most efficient ones out there. They make transferring data lightning quick. The same principle applies to charging. They’re some of the quickest chargers out there.
Yongerwy present to you this USB type-C, or USB-C for short, adapter for chromebooks. USB-C connectors are some of the fastest chargers out there. The Yongerwy charger is no exception.
At 20 volts, this connector gives you some speedy charging, making sure you’ll spend no time at all waiting for more battery life.
Yongerwy have made sure to make this connector from only the most quality materials.
In the motherboard, the high energy capacitor and high quality transformer are what store and control the use of the energy in the connector, and give it an even distribution of energy.
This means that the likelihood of this charger short circuiting or having any other internal electrical faults are low. Which means, this is one long lasting charger.
This charger has even got great cooling technology to intercept any overheating before it can even think about getting too hot and short circuiting.
At 270cm in length overall, it may not be the longest charger but considering the fact that it’ll go into a power bank which is portable, the length doesn’t leave it at too much of a disadvantage.
You might find with some chargers that the quality of the wires deteriorates over time. We all live in fear of the quadruple chinned charger with the exposed wires.
But because of the Yongerwy charger’s flexibility the wire is actually pretty durable and long lasting. And best of all, it’s incredibly affordable for a product that will last so long.
- High quality materials
- Cooling technology
- Fast charging
- Safe from short circuiting
- Not that long
As good as the Yongerwy charger is, the King EBOYEE USB-C charger is a worthy opponent. It has just as much safety built into it as the Yongerwy.
Designed with short circuit protection, overcurrent protection, and over voltage protection, all this charger wants to do is show your laptop a good time. With 20 volts it’s also just as powerful as the yongerwy, so in terms of features they’re pretty much equal.
Since a USB-C connection, there’s automatically a faster charge with this King EBOYEE charger compared to a traditional chromebook charger. Since it’s designed to go into a portable power bank, or even a plug, the wire is flexible and compact.
You can wrap it up without fear of twisting or breaking it. Attached to the wire is a velcro strap designed to help you keep the wire nice and neat when you’re putting the charger away. Given how annoying a tangled wire can be, that’s very handy.
The wire itself is around 300cm long. So it’s actually a lot longer than the Yongerwy charger.
While the length of it probably won’t make much impact given that these connect to portable power banks, it’s always nice to have some extra length just in case.
The affordability of the King EBOYEE USB-C connector/charger is probably it’s biggest selling point. In the rare event that something does happen to it, you won't be financially hit that badly. Replacing it won’t cost you a fortune.
- Fast charge
- Flexible and Durable
- Velcro strap
- Extra long
- Similar to the Yongerwy
It’s all very well and good for us to show you USB-C charging alternatives, but you may be thinking, what on earth do you plug these into? Some USB-C connectors are actually designed to go into anything with a USB-C receptor.
Or to give you an actual example, power banks. Power banks are essentially portable batteries with outlets for USB and USB-C connectors. Occasionally some of them may even have plug outlets.
These are a fantastic alternative to traditional chargers because they don’t cost electricity to use at the moment, are portable, and some of them even offer faster charging than a wall outlet might.
The Xiaomi Mi Redmi 20000mAh Powerbank is a sleek, black rectangle of pure energy. When looking at power banks, the higher the mAh (milliampere) then the more energy they have.
With 20,000mAh of power, that’s enough to charge your laptop fully in one sitting, or an electronic camera 5 times over. All that power needs to have electrical protection too.
The last thing you’d want is the power bank heating up or having a surcharge and electrocuting your devices.
To combat this the Xiaomi Mi Redmi power bank has temperature resistant technology. It uses a chip thermal shutdown feature to automatically turn off the power bank if it gets too hot. And it has a reset mechanism for starting back up again.
As well as the expected short circuit, overcurrent, over voltage, and over charge protection, it also has protection from incorrect insertion.
So you don’t need to fret about ruining your power bank when you go blindly stabbing the wrong end of the wire into the slot.
The high density lithium ion polymer battery gives excellent, long-lasting, battery life and there’s no need to constantly be charging up the power bank, but it does need to be recharged when the battery life is finished as it is a finite source of power.
Because of how compact the Xiaomi Mi Redmi power bank is, it’s very portable. It’s made to be able to fit into bags or large pockets for your convenience.
- Protected against internal issues
- Must be recharged
Did you know that omni basically means all? The Omni power bank was named that because it’s the be all and end all of alternative chargers.
Before we delve into the features you should be aware that it is expensive, but the cost is worth it when you consider everything that it does. At 20,000mAh this powerbank is strong enough to charge up your chromebook without any problems.
Either by using a USB-C connector, or even a classic charger with a plug, it doesn’t matter which, since the Omni power bank comes with multiple different outlets.
Unlike most power banks that come with a small light indication of the battery, the Omni power bank has a whole user interface that allows you to control your energy usage as well as the battery level.
An inbuilt power button allows you to turn the power bank off when it’s not needed so you can conserve your power too, making the Omni power bank last all that much longer.
When you do need to charge your chromebook, you won’t be waiting around forever because of the built in fast charging. Regardless of whatever outlet you use, you’ll always get a quick charge.
The Omni power bank itself requires about 3 hours to fully recharge. This may seem like a long time and like it may take up a lot of your electric bill, but wait until you hear about this next feature.
The Omni power bank has the ability to convert solar energy in order to recharge. You read that right, it’s got solar recharge. And guess what? The sun is free. So you don’t need to worry about a sky high electric bill.
Also, if you’re looking for a powerbank that can do a little bit more than just recharge your chromebook, then it’s worth noting that the Omni power bank actually has the ability to wirelessly charge certain phones as well.
You definitely get a lot more for your money with this power bank.
- Multiple outlets
- Wireless phone charger
- User interface
- Fast charging
- Power button
- Solar recharge option
- Fast recharge
Whether it’s a traditional chromebook charger, an alternative one, or even a frickin lawn mower, buying anything is tricky. There are so many things to think about and take into consideration.
You’ve got to think about the kind of features you need, maybe some features you want, what you can afford, the purpose of what you’re buying, and so many other things. It can be a nightmare when it’s your first time shopping for that product.
That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide. Not about lawn mowers, sorry, about chromebook chargers and their alternatives.
Traditional Chromebook Chargers
A traditional chromebook charger is probably one of the easiest chargers, from our list, to buy and use. You don’t need to worry about buying any connectors or accessories with these. Though they do have their pitfalls.
The quality of the chargers can vary, and some of them may not last as long as alternatives. They may not charge as fast either.
When you buy a chromebook they come with a charger made by the original manufacturers. Chances are you’ve probably not got that anymore which is why you’re looking to buy a new one. The safest thing to do would be to buy another original chromebook charger.
That way it’s guaranteed to connect with your chromebook. The issue with this is that sometimes it can be expensive. And sometimes you may even have an older chromebook where the original charger is no longer available, so you have no choice but to go alternative.
Buying a chromebook charger that’s not from the original manufacturer is a lot cheaper, there’s the very rare issue that it might not work, but that’s with every product. The best thing to do would be to check the specs of your old charger and buy one as close to that as possible.
The thing to watch out for is the voltage. Chromebooks are only designed to take about 20v from their charger, any more than that and you risk short circuiting your whole chromebook and damaging it.
Most chargers are below that many volts anyway, so don’t be concerned, just be on the lookout. However you don’t need to worry about the number of amps as this doesn’t affect the charging in the same way as the volts.
You should consider the length of the charger you need as well. A longer wire is great for when you’re not too close to a plug, but sometimes there can be such a thing as too long. You don’t want it unnecessarily spread about the place like a tripping hazard.
Just make sure, whatever length you get, that there’s a velcro strap attached to the wire for ease of storage.
USB-C Connector charger
USB-C connectors have an oval shaped tip on the end. They’re a great charging choice because, essentially, they work like an interface. Similar to a HDMI cable, they transfer data at a very quick speed.
Some newer chromebooks come with inbuilt USB-C ports. This means you can easily hook up a connector, or even a USB-C charger straight to the laptop without the need for an adapter.
Sometimes, with older models, you will need an adapter. The adapter will have a traditional chromebook charger on one end and a USB-C port on the other. If that’s the case then you will need a power bank to connect the USB-C side into.
A power bank is a portable charger that has USB type C outlets, USB-C, or even plug outlets to connect to and charge your device on the go.
They’re great because they don’t need to be plugged into anything and depending on how many Milliamps per hour (mAh) it produces, can pack a lot of power.
Milliamps per hour
This is how much electricity is generated by the power bank per hour. The general rule of thumb is that the more mAh the power bank has, the longer it lasts.
On average, 20,000mAh is enough for one full charge of a laptop, or 5 full charges of a phone, before it requires recharging. But be wary because the higher the mAh of a power bank then the more expensive they tend to be.
Before investing in a power bank think about the kind of outlets you will need. In particular whether it has a plug or USB-C outlet.
Try to look for one with a USB-C outlet as they allow for faster charging and will fit the USB-C connectors we’ve discussed, if you’ve chosen to go with them.
But this shouldn’t be too much of a scavenger hunt as most portable chargers come with USB-C outlets nowadays. All power banks on our list have USB-C outlets.
One of the biggest selling points of a power bank is its portability. Do not get lumped with one that needs constant recharging, or is too big and too heavy to fit in whatever you want to carry it.
Be it laptop bag, handbag, or even your pocket, check the dimensions and have a look at the power banks that fit them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is My Chromebook Not Charging?
Having a chromebook that’s not charging is probably one of the worst things tech fails to have.
Either the chromebook is dead and you’re crying while shoving and re-shoving the charger in, screaming why won’t you work, or you can see the battery dying and it’s a race to get that little lightning symbol over the battery one. Either way it’s not something you want.
If your chromebook isn’t charging it could be for several different reasons. Let’s start with the most obvious. Check that you’ve connected the charger fully and it’s not halfway in. Check any and all connections.
If you’re using a traditional charger make sure the powerpack is fully connected and so is the plug. The same applies for any other connection, make sure they’re fully in.
Barring all that, try a different plug socket if that’s what you’re connected to. If it’s still not working then the issue is either with your chromebook or charger. Try a different charger before ditching the whole chromebook.
If the kind of charger you have isn’t working, then maybe try an alternative one. For example, if you’re using a traditional charger switch to a USB-C one. If that works then it’s not just a charger issue, it’s a port issue.
And if all else fails, and nothing is working, then that means your chromebook has an internal issue. It’s likely that you have a bad battery that needs replacing.
What Happens If I Charge My Chromebook Overnight?
The earth will split open, the skies will rain coal, and the birds will all fall from the sky. Just kidding. If you charge your chromebook overnight then not much will happen to the laptop, except that you get a fully charged chromebook.
Be careful though. With older chromebook models, leaving them to charge overnight may cause a decrease in the battery longevity and the battery could start to bloat. However, if your chromebook has a lithium battery then that shouldn’t be a problem.
The problem is with the charger. Some chargers have been reported to overheat and get damaged if left on too long. Lithium chargers, not so much. So just be cautious of the material.
Why Does My Chromebook Go Off When I Unplug The Charger?
If your chromebook turns off when you unplug it from the charger, then there’s very clearly something wrong. But the main problem is finding out what’s wrong. In most cases it’s a battery issue.
The way you can check your battery life is by using the chrome operating system. Follow these steps:
- Hold CTRL + ALT + T
This will bring up the chrome OS code area. If you’re not familiar with code then it will just look like garbage to you. That’s okay.
- Type in: battery_test 1
(Don’t type it in italics, just type the words exactly as they are).
- 3 things will then come up on your screen.
- Whether your chromebook is being charged
- Battery life
- Battery Health
You need to pay attention to where it says the battery health. If the battery health is bad, then the battery needs replacing.
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