The best USB-C PD chargers of 2021

These days, nearly every device in your bag has a rechargeable battery -- your phone, tablet, wireless headphones and laptop probably being your main priorities. But even if you're carrying four or more devices around, you don't need a separate wall charger or outlet or cable for each one. That's because you can charge nearly everything -- including newer laptops -- through a one-size-fits-all USC-C device charging technology: USB-C power delivery, or USB-C PD.

OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration -- but not much.

The fact of the matter is that if you're packing the right kind of charging cable (or dongles), and your laptop or device was released in the past couple of years, you'll be in very good shape. The key, of course, is getting one of the latest and greatest USB-C power delivery chargers. Thankfully, I've spent the past few weeks testing some of them and I've found some go-to choices for fast charging on the go. 

Get the CNET Deals & Promotions newsletter

Save money on your tech products with our hottest deals.

Delivered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This list goes way beyond a simple phone charger. A few commonalities to the models we focused on: Most of these use a new material called Gallium Nitride (or GaN) that enables high-power adapters to be made in much smaller sizes.

As a result, these adapters generally deliver 60 watts of power output or better, putting them in the same ballpark as the 65-watt chargers that many laptops ship with. (That also blows away the puny 5-watt output charger that still defaults pack-in for the iPhone 11 and earlier models, though the iPhone 11 Pro models ship with an 18-watt USB-C model.)  Most of our top picks below include dual charging outputs instead of one, allowing for simultaneous charging of multiple devices. And they all have folding AC prongs for easy travel.

We also want to note, we didn't include car charger options here, but if you're in the market for a USB car charger, check this one out. If you're looking for the best USB C charger, read on to see which of the tried and true devices below will charge best for you. All of the products below have been independently chosen and tested by CNET editors.

We'll update this list periodically. Read more: Best portable chargers and power banks for iPhone