Question: Should or would 3rd party portable USB-C chargers work with a Dell XPS 13 9365 hybrid? They work with a 13" Macbook at and it'd be ultra convenient if they also worked for this. Anyone have a similar setup?
I see Dell is trying to sell something similar, but it's a little lacking in features/charge capabilities:
This is what I was considering:
Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C
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RAVPower 20100mAh Portable Charger QC 3.0 Type-C/USB-C In/out
Any recommendations greatly appreciated. I have to ditch the Macbook if I switch jobs and the 9365 will be my only machine.
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With regards to your question. You can surely purchase 3rd party portable USB-C chargers, the hardware will function fine. Having said that, we do not recommend the same and we cannot guarantee the performance.
3rd party chargers work as long as they have PD (USB Power Delivery) standard with at least 30W (original charger power rate).
I've been using one from tronsmart and it works great: https://www.geekbuying.com/item/Tronsmart-USB-PD-Type-C-Charger-US-373741.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA9f7QBRB...
The charger usually to specify this. If it won't, probably doesn't have it.
First, the USB-C charger would need to support USB Power Delivery, which some don't because they're only intended to charge smartphones and the like. Second, Ideally you'd want a charger that can supply the same wattage your AC adapter can. Sometimes PCs can use lower wattage chargers by reducing charging speed and/or system performance (or you can use those lower-wattage chargers only while the system is powered off), and this flexibility is handy because USB Power Delivery only allows 100W while some systems are sized for 130W AC adapters. I don't know about the XPS 13 2-in-1, but the regular XPS 13 uses a 45W AC adapter. There are definitely "wall wart" style chargers that can handle that, and Anker actually has a brick that has a 45W USB Power Delivery port as well as some regular USB-A ports (although it's a brick with a power cord, not something that goes straight into the wall), but I don't know if portable battery packs can go that high yet. As I said, you might still be able to make them work even if they only supplied 30W, for example, but I'm not sure.