Review: Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger

USB wall chargers can have many different technologies implemented into them which is why they’re one of the most reliable ways to charge our electronics. One of the most prevalent technologies that this wall charger uses is “Smart Charging” and Quick Charge. Most charging electronic companies have their own Smart charging and what that really means is that the charging ports are able to Output a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Then there’s the Quick Charge technology that’s able to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speeds.

This is the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 that brings the two main technologies together into the same charging port. In this case, there’s the Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ charging that go together.

Power

Output Charging:

The PowerPort Speed 5 is separated into 2 parts. There’s the 2 Blue charging port that features Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ charging. Then there’s the normal PowerIQ charging ports.

2 Blue Charging Ports:

The two Blue charging ports feature Quick Charge 3.0 charging that will be able to charge your Quick Charge 3.0 and 2.0 devices at their max charging speeds. The Quick Charge speeds are 3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A.

Also, the Quick Charge port still uses PowerIQ charging and that means you can still use Non-Compatible Quick Charge devices and the charging ports will still output 5V/2.4A charging speeds to those devices.

3 PowerIQ charging ports

The 3 normal charging ports are the ones that don’t feature Quick Charge tech but do use PowerIQ charging and each of these charging ports have a charging Output of 5V/2.4A.

Ultimately, you can use your standard charging devices with any of the charging ports and they’ll be able to charge at their max charging speeds, it’s just that if you have a Quick Charge compatible smartphone, then that should be used with the Quick Charge ports.

The Max Output of the PowerPort Speed 5 is 8 Amps all at once.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a small USB wall charger and you can take the PowerPort Speed 5 with you on your travels if you wanted to.

It has a length of 3.9 inches, a width of 2.8 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of the charger is 7.5 ounces.

Functional Components:

The spacing between the charging ports is similar to lots of other wall chargers, take for example the AllMaybe 6 Port wall charger; so if you’re charging 5 devices at once with the PowerPort Speed 5, things can look disorganized.

There’s a 5-foot power cord that comes with the wall charger and that makes it useful to place the wall charger wherever you’d like. Once the wall charger is plugged in, then there’s a Blue Light above the charging ports that turns on to indicate that it’s ready for charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

The PowerPort Speed 5 is made of plastic, but it’s very durable and doesn’t have any weak parts to it. The charging port receptacles hold a charging cable very well and won’t fall out even if you give it a slight tug, which makes using your device while they’re charging a great experience.

Tech:

On the tech side, the PowerPort Speed 5 uses Anker’s Multi Safe Protection to make sure that charging is safe for you and your devices.

Reliability

We think that even though the PowerPort Speed has 2 charging ports that have Quick Charge, that it’s still reliable for everyone to use; Since even the Quick Charge ports have PowerIQ charging and you can use standard charging devices with it. In the past, Anker did have this kind of technology, because the Quick Charge ports would have ONLY Quick Charge and not PowerIQ charging. That changes here.

As a result, this wall charger is reliable for everyone that uses it.

Summary:

Power:

There are 2 charging ports that make use of Quick Charge and PowerIQ charging; the other 3 ports use PowerIQ charging. Overall, the charging power doesn’t hinder no matter what device you’re charging with it.

Design:

It’s a small and lightweight charger that can be portable. The charging ports are quite close to each and that can be a hassle if you’re charging many devices at once.

Build:

It has a strong build and makes use of Anker’s Multi Safe Protection system to make sure that things don’t get heated up and dangerous even when you’re using all the charging ports.

Reliability:

Even though the normal the consensus for a wall charger like this would be that it’s mostly reliable for those that only Quick Charge compatible devices. That’s not so much the case here because even the Non-Quick Charge compatible devices are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds because the Blue Charging ports have PowerIQ tech.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger:

  • Output:

Blue Charging Ports with Quick Charge:  3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A       AND      5V/2.4A

Power IQ Charging ports: 5V/2.4A

  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: Yes
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 3.9 x 2.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces

Conclusion:

We appreciate what Anker has done not only with the PowerPort Speed 5 but what other of their wall chargers are doing. Which is combining their Smart Charging technology along with Quick Charge tech to ensure that everyone gets their fast charging no matter what port they use.

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Review: Poweradd 5-Port USB Wall Charger with USB-C and QC 3.0

USB wall chargers are the basis of charging electronics and this is mostly because they must be relied on for many other charging electronics. Power banks may be portable powering devices, but after they run out of power capacity they have to be recharged using a USB wall charger. The same goes even for Wireless chargers, and even though there isn’t a wire going into your smartphones, the Qi wireless charger must have a charging cable going into it that’s plugged into a USB wall charger.

Overall, USB wall chargers are vital for the charging technology circle as they play vital roles into other charging electronics functioning properly.

This USB wall charger is wall charger that takes advantage of some very important and powerful charging technologies that are now slowly growing.

Power

Output Charging:      USB-C: 5V/3.0A    |     3 USB Ports: 5V/2.4A    |      Quick Charge 3.0:  3.6-6.5V/3.0A    –   6.5-9V/2.0A    –    9-12V/1.5A

The most important aspects of this Poweradd USB wall charger is that it uses a bunch of fast charging tech that is able to accommodate nearly every way of charging for devices that can use the tech. Let’s go through them all.

3 USB Ports  – 5V/2.4A

The 3 USB ports in the middle of the wall charger are able to Output a Max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A each. This means that you can charge all your standard charging devices, which are basically a device that doesn’t use USB-C or Quick Charge, at their max charging speeds. This is very useful for not only smartphones but VERY useful for charging tablets at their max speeds like a tablet; since tablets like iPads have a max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Even if you want to charge your Quick Charge and USB-C compatible device with these Standard Output ports, there’s really no negatives as the 2.4 Amp charging speed is basically the max charging speed before getting into Quick Charge territory and it should still be fast enough to charge those device still quite fast.

Overall, using these 3 ports can provide a perfect recharge speed not only for smartphones, and tablets but also for devices like power banks. Since most power banks have a recharge rate of 2 Amps or higher, you can very well charge 3 power banks at the same time at their max charging speeds.

Quick Charge 3.0 Port:

The Quick Charge port is able to accommodate those devices that are compatible with Quick Charge tech and when done so you’re able to receive blazing fast charging. This is because Quick Charge speeds are up to 3 Amps with increased Voltage of up to 6.5 Volts. Even when Amperage charging goes down, the Voltage increases and this means that you’re charging for Quick Charge compatible smartphones is able to stay more constant. It’s with this port that you can very well charge your smartphones that are compatible with either Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 to a power capacity of 60% in about just 30 Minutes.

USB-C:

Lastly, there’s the USB-C Output port that can be used with smartphones and other devices that use USB-C for charging. This port must be used with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable for it to actually be used. It’s with this port that you can charge your USB-C charging devices at their max charging speeds, or you can use the Quick Charge port for max charging as well if your smartphones are compatible with Quick Charge.

The Type-C charging ports is able to Output 5V/3.0A, so it’s not enough to charge MacBooks at their max charging speeds but it’s still enough to accommodate a USB-C device to charge very quickly.

Overall Output Charging:

So the max Output of the USB wall charger is 8 Amps and this means even if you’re pushing all the charging ports to their limits, the max charging speed for each of the ports is going to be 5V/1.6A. This isn’t that bad in terms of how the charging speeds of 5 devices are. with that said, if you want the fast possible charging for the device that you’re charging, then it’s best to know what the max charging speed of each of the devices you’re charging is.

This is mainly to ensure that you’re charging your devices at the fastest possible charging speed, and this is absolutely vital for when you’re using the USB-C and Quick Charge 3.0 port, since those charging ports offer the fastest charging speeds, and you can don’t want your Quick Charge or USB-C compatible device to charge 5X times slower than it should.

The Max Output of the wall charger is pretty good, it’s just that you’re going to need to limit charging for a certain amount of devices.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a very small wall charger that is perfect for traveling as its dimensions are short and the weight is really light.

The Poweradd USB wall charger has a length and width of 3.1 inches, and a thickness of 0.78 inches. So its can easily just fit into a backpack, purse or any bag for that matter. Weight won’t be an issue as the wall charger weighs only 5.7 ounces.

It’s perfect for traveling, taking to the office, or library.

Functional Components:

There’s not much to say about the functional side of things since the USB wall charger simply has all of its charging ports on a single vertical side. It doesn’t use any built-in plug pins and instead it just uses a power cord that’s about 5 feet long and this allows you to conveniently place it onto a desk and keep the devices that you’re charging close to you.

The wall charger has a single LED light on top of it that turns on when the wall charger is plugged in.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s made of plastic and it holds quite strong with just 3 pieces holding it together with the center piece and 2 large side panels. Other than that, there’s not much to say, but the wall charger is built well enough for traveling purposes.

Tech:

Of course, what would a powerful multi-port USB wall charger be without its safety tech? The wall charger has a multi-safe protection system that is able to keep charging smooth no matter how many devices you’re charging at the same time.

Reliability

It’s really reliable, and with that said, we feel that this USB wall charger really means for those that either own USB-C or Quick Charge compatible device; it’s even better if you’re using both because then you can take advantage of both of those fast charging options.

We say this because if you’re just buying the wall charger to just use the Normal USB ports, then all you have are 2 Ports that are completely useless to you. Then, in that case, it’s better to search for a USB wall charger that is more universal like this RAVPower 4 port wall charger that has all of its standard USB charging ports at Max standard charging rate, and no usage of special charging tech.

We do think it’s reliable USB wall charger, but we think that it’s the MOST reliable for those that can use the 2 main fast charging technologies.

Summary:

Power:

Even though it does have a power cap that can result in all of the USB ports being limited to just 1.6 Amps each, the charging speeds of each of the ports are very fast. The 3 standard charging ports are able to Output 5V/2.4A and that’s the max standard charging speed. The other 2 ports can provide blazing fast charging for the devices that are compatible with them like USB-C and Quick Charge compatible smartphones.

Design:

It’s small and really light, it’s those qualities that make it perfect for traveling. The usage of a power cord is completely understandable as it provides better versatility for placing the wall charger to where you want it and having your charging devices close by.

Build:

The build is nothing special but it holds well and has a Multi-Protection safety system in place to keep charging smooth.

Reliability:

For the most part, this Poweradd USB wall charger is highly reliable but it’s much MORE reliable for those that can take advantage of the Quick Charge and USB-C port.

Specs of the Poweradd 5-Port USB Charger Desktop Charging Station:

  • Output:  USB-C: 5V/3.0A    |     3 USB Ports: 5V/2.4A    |      Quick Charge 3.0:  3.6-6.5V/3.0A    –   6.5-9V/2.0A    –    9-12V/1.5A
  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: Yes
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.78 inches
  • Weight: 5.7 ounces

Conclusion:

We’re now in an era where USB wall chargers, just like power banks, are able to make use different charging technologies. So now it’s gotten to the point that you can purchase wall charger based on your special charging needs. If you want a USB wall charger with a few max standard charging ports, along with USB-C and Quick Charge ports, now you can. This is because this Poweradd wall charger is able to provide that.

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Review: Poweradd 40W/8A 5-Port USB Wall Charger

In a power bank’s case when the portable charger has many charging ports, it’s expected that some of the charging ports are going to be offering slower charging speeds than the other ones, and ultimately a short Output ceiling will be hit. Then there’s the other side of the spectrum with USB wall chargers. The usual case with USB wall chargers is that they’re expected to stay powerful through their charging speeds no matter how many ports they have and no matter how many devices are charging at the same time.

This is the PowerAdd 5-Port USB wall charger and it’s able to give lots of charging power. However, let’s see if it’s able to stay powerful when things get heated.

Power

Output Charging:      Per Port: 5V/2.4A     Max Output: 8 Amps

So to start with, the wall charger has 5 charging ports, and that means that you can charge 5 devices at the same time. Each of the charging ports is capable of Outputting a Max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A; so it’s basically the charging speed before Quick Charge speeds.

The max output of the wall charger is 8 Amps, and that means once the max output of the wall charger is reached, then each of the charging ports will lower their charging speed so they can all total the max Output capabilities.

As an example, if you’re pushing the wall charger to its limits by connecting 5 iPads all at once to charge, then each of the charging ports will only be outputting 5V/1.6A and that’s because 1.6 times 5 equals 8 Amps in total. With that said, let’s say that you wanted to charge multiple iPads at the same time at their max charging speeds. You can only connect 3 iPads at once because then the max output will be only 7.2 Amps. Adding another will reduce the charging speeds of the ports.

Charging smartphones, on the other hand, can be done however you want and even if you’re pushing the wall charger to its limits, a charging speed of 1.6 Amps per port isn’t that bad for charging smartphones; as some smartphones have that much as their max charging speed.

Design

Size and Weight:

For something that has a 5 port and is this big, this wall charger has to use a power cord. The wall charger itself isn’t that large at all with its length being 3.9 inches, a width of 2.4 inches, and a thickness of 1 inch. It weighs 5.6 ounces. The power cord that the wall charger uses is about 5 foot long.

Overall, there’s nothing difficult about traveling with this wall charger as you can either have the power cord wrapped around the wall charger itself or simply having the power cord and the wall charging block separately.

Functional Components:

On the functional side, the wall charger is designed pretty well, for the most part, expect for just a few flaws.

Let’s just state the good first. The good thing is that the charging ports are placed a little apart from each other that good if you want to unplug and plug charging cables in while there are other charging cables connected to the wall charger. It also makes it better for the organization. The use of the power cord allows you to place it on a desk and keep all your devices that are charging with the PowerAdd plus really close.

On the other hand, the PowerAdd’s general oval shape doesn’t make it easy to stand up straight and there’s no LED light to indicate that the wall charger is either ready to charge or actually charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

The building side, the PowerAdd 5-port wall charger is made of plastic and it does a great job at keeping itself together. There’s just the center and 2 side pieces that make the wall charger whole.

The outer casing of the wall charger is made of fire-resistant material and basically what that means is that the plastic is most likely coded with resin so it’s resistant to fire.

Tech:

On the tech side, for wall chargers like these, the most important thing is the usage of proper of safety tech and the usage of right material on the outside of the wall charger.

The safety tech this charger includes is Over-charging, Over-Voltage, Surge, Short-Circuit, and Over-temperature protection. It’s with these technologies that make charging 5 devices at once extremely safe.

Reliability

Charging 5 devices at once is already reliable enough, then there’s the case of whether you want to charge 5 devices at once at their fastest charging speeds.

In the PowerAdd’s case, this wall charger is capable of quite a few great feats. One of them being able to charge 3 iPads at the same time at their max charging speeds. If you want to mainly use this wall charger to charge smartphones and other devices that are charged using USB, then this wall charger can most likely deliver.

The only case of when we think this wall charger can’t be reliable is if you expect faster charging technologies like Quick Charge and or USB-C. Other than that, it does a fine job even when it’s being pushed to its limits.

Summary:

Power:

Charging power isn’t much of a problem unless you were expecting a wall charger that is able to charge 5 iPads all at once at their max charging speeds. The 5V/2.4A charging speed per port is great and the Max Output of 8A isn’t too limiting.

Design:

It’s a small wall charger that can be taken for traveling purposes regardless of the power cord, it’s still really portable and light. We’re thankful that the charging ports have some spacing between them. It would have been nice to have a LED light to show when the wall charger was on or when charging was happening.

Build:

It has a strong build in regards to its structure and material being made of fire-resistant material and a wide range of safety technologies that are able to keep charging safely.

Reliability:

For the most part, it’s a reliable wall charger and this goes for all of its aspects and the only time we think that it won’t be reliable is for those that own Quick Charge and USB-C charging devices that want to charge their devices at max charging speeds. In that case, take a look at our wall charger reviews and choose what wall chargers fit your needs the best.

Specs of the Poweradd 40W/8A 5-Port USB Wall Charger:

  • Output:     Possible Per Port – 5V/2.4A       Max Output – 8A
  • Input:
  • Quick Charge:  No
  • LED Power Indicator: No
  • Size: 3.9 x 2.4 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces

Conclusion:

The PowerAdd 5-Port wall charger follows the right steps that a USB-wall charger is supposed to follow. In that, it makes use of full charging power per port and a high enough max output that can charge many devices at once at their max charging speeds.

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