Razer's new Power Bank will recharge your stuff and be smart about it too

Despite all the advancements in processors, display, and GPUs in our mobile devices one thing that's still rough is batteries. Luckily, the tech around charging is improving, and you don't have to look further than Razer's new Power Bank coming in March.

Of course, you may want to ask what makes this power bank so unique? After all, companies like Dell make their own as do many third-parties. As usual, Razer has a few tricks up its sleeves to put this mobile charging station on your short list.

Here are some of the Razer Power Bank's features:

  • Large 12,800 mAh capacity
  • Unlocks up to an extra six hours of usage on the Razer Blade Stealth
  • Dual USB-A ports for mobile device charging
  • Intelligent Device Detection
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and fast charge technology
  • Durable and lightweight CNC aluminum

A few things stick out that I find interesting. For one, Quick Charge 3.0 is huge for USB Type-C. Devices like the HP Elite x3 and Alcatel IDOL 4S both use the technology to recharge quickly. This one power bank could charge those phones three to four times over, which is great if you went camping for the weekend.

The extra USB-A ports are also welcomed as you can charge multiple items and devices at once. Finally, Intelligent Device Detection "…can identify the type of device that is plugged in instantly. A fast-charge feature unlocks up to six hours of battery life in a Blade Stealth in less than two hours of charging."

Razer is aiming the Razer Power Bank primarily at its Razer Blade Stealth gaming Ultrabook owners who want a light, elegant laptop but who may need some extra power as well. Having said that, you can use this Razer Power Bank with any device that charges via USB Type-C or regular USB Type-A. Combined with that cool, black, metal design and it is certainly compelling.

Availability for the Razer Power Bank starts in March at Razerzone.com. Pricing is set at US$149.99 / €169.99 / £144.99, and it will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

Windows Central will, of course, get its hands on one ASAP and put it through its paces. While $150 is not cheap if it's a quality product – and Razer is known for that – we're willing to part ways with our cash.

You can find more information on Razer's site (opens in new tab).

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • So it can't charge any other laptops? (except MacBook) LOL
  • There are more and more USB-C laptops all the time. ASUS Zenbook 3 springs to mind as one I've recently seen. It'll take time, but you can't expect Razer to include adapters for all the various laptop ports out there.
  • Say what? HP's entire Spectre line is USB Type C. Even Dell's XPS line can charge via Type-C. Time to get with the times man, you're a year late. Also, my old rule still applies: First to coment is usually wrong.
  • not any of the Surfaces, though!
  • ...and? Surfaces make up 3% of the PC market, how is that even a thing? Furthermore, what do you think the chances are next gen Surfaces this year will have Type-C? I say 100%. So I still do not see your point.
  • What percentage of the market are laptops that can charge with Type-C compared to to all the laptops that can't. I bet it is a real small percentage as well. Type-C is the future, but that still leaves all those laptops in use out to dry. I suppose that converting DC current to AC would make any portable charger too expensive and bulky to be practical. I guess I will just have to wait till my next upgrade to get this feature. 
  • I imagine people who are wondering power banks that can supply 2.1 amps max would be able to do same albeit at a slower rate? As at first glance it's no different then any other power bank unless you dwelve into the specs that the Type-C port can supply 1 to 3 amps max. Specifically: 5V 3A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 15V 3A / 20V 2.25A.  
  • What about SP4? Disappointed
  • Microsoft should have used a USB-C port on that
  • Just get the https://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-23000mAh-Portable-External-Smartphones/d... and DC charging cable. Save money, get double the power and many times the versatility... Think outside the box(apple/razer) ;)
  • 145 quid for a 13Ah power bank? Are they having a laugh?
  • That's the going rate for portable chargers powerful enough to charge a laptop at full speed. 
  • I think you're missing the key differences between this and some dummy power bank on Amazon for phones.
  • I'm really not. It's an impressive battery pack to be sure, but a battery pack nonetheless. If you need it, or just want it and are willing to pay then great. But it's a crazy amount for a battery pack.
  • The less expensive ones don't output nearly enough power to charge a laptop. That extra power costs money.
  • I know that. You seen to be under the impression that I don't, but I do. This thing will output up to 45 watts by my calculations. As I said, that makes it a very impressive battery pack, but it's still a battery pack, and it's still expensive. If you don't agree that's fine, buy one, I don't care. But if you really want to convince me that it's not expensive you'll have a hard job.
  • That's like people who say the Surface Studio is expensive. It IS expensive, but complaining about the costs of something unique is pointless. 
  • While I don't think the two are comparable, don't you think arguing with people who think something is expensive when you agree that it is expensive is also a little on the pointless side? I don't see £150 worth of hardware here, if you see the value, more power to you, buy one.
  • Would be great though if it also had qi charger
  • I hate it honestly that consumers see a product that's specifically for a certain product line (though you can use it for other things as well) but they will talk trash just because it doesn't meet their expectations or it's a new product that supports new technology and it doesn't work with their older model of a product. Consumer mindsets are in the wrong place.
  • Seems to me that there are plenty of lower priced alternatives... Am I missing something? https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Ultra-High-Capacity-Portable/dp/B...  
  • That doesn't support Qualcomm Quick Charge, and doesn't output enough power to charge a laptop. 
  • Or you can get  Qualcomm Certified 15600 mAh, quick charge 3.0 capable power bank at just $37 shipped or $33 after applying coupon, here is the link for people not willing to pay $150 for the Razer one:   http://www.banggood.com/Qualcomm-Certified-BlitzWolf-BW-P5-15600mAh-Quic...
  • The max output is 12 volts at 2.4 amps, which equals 30 watts. Powerful, but not nearly powerful enough to charge a laptop.