Surface Pro

Not using a standard connector for charging limits your options with the Surface Pro and mobile charging. While phones are easily connected to battery packs or car chargers, the Surface Pro requires a little more thought when you're shopping for power accessories.

Nevertheless, there are some options out there, though they're limited: Battery packs and car chargers.

Surface Pro battery pack


The problem with using a battery pack with the Surface Pro is two-fold. First, you need sufficient capacity and output to actually charge the thing. The second is the first-party connector.

That means you need a battery pack that comes with a suitable cable as well as being an all-around beast. Those are hard to come by. Fortunately, there are a couple options, and one, in particular, stands out.

The Batpower power bank is a battery pack that comes with a 98Wh capacity, and it has a whole bunch of USB ports to plug your various devices into. It also comes with a Surface charging cable in the box, so you can use it while you're out and about to charge your machine.

It weighs 20oz and costs $129.99. The reviews are pretty good, and the only real drawback is that it'll take a bit of time to charge back up. But it's just small enough to be allowed on a plane, which makes it a perfect carry everywhere for your Surface Pro.

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Surface Pro car chargers


Like the portable battery packs, the problem is mostly that you have to find one with the Surface connector on it to actually use it at all. There are a few out there, but one company seems to have the best all-around solution, one that can also help you out with a battery pack.

Batpower offers not only a 110W car charger powerful enough to fill up the battery in your Surface Pro but also a separate USB cable. You get one included with the car charger, but if you only need the cable you should give it a look as well.

Again, the reviews are good. The Batpower charger isn't cheap at $49, but it comes well recommended and is strong enough to actually be of use charging your Surface Pro. There is also a decent selection of other options out there to choose from.

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Alternatively, you could always throw in a 110 AC inverter, which provides power outlets for a whole host of devices via your vehicle's power supply, including your Surface Pro. There are USB ports that can be used when the inverter is turned off (which shuts down the power outlets and cooling fan). Something like a BESTEK 300W Power Inverter ($29.99) would suffice for not only your Microsoft tablet, but also a few smartphones and other hardware.

Just be sure to keep the use when the engine is off to a minimum to preserve your vehicle's battery.

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If you have a favorite portable charger for your Surface Pro that we didn't mention, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Updated August 27, 2018: Our new top battery pack for charging a Surface Pro on the go is the Batpower. Only partly because of its name!

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