Review: Anker PowerCore Fusion

The goal of power banks is to become the best portable power source, and that is one of the main reasons that power banks are one of the best charging electronics today. Since it’s charging power that you can anywhere, every other charging electronic out there is going to have you chained down to just a charging cable. However, power banks come in different sizes, and categories and each of them bring new innovation to how the power banks can be useful. With that said, the main thing for a power bank is having the ability to be a lot of things while still holding power and portability.

That’s what Anker has achieved with this Anker PowerCore Fusion. It’s a USB wall charger as well as a power bank.

Power

Power Capacity:

This Anker PowerCore Fusion has a power capacity of 5,000mAh. You’re going to be getting a pretty average conversion during charging with a 70% conversion of its initial power capacity. With that, you’re going to be able to get a 3,500mAh power capacity to actually use with the devices that you charge.

Anker PowerCore Fusion for Smartphones

So this means that this power bank is most useful for charging smartphones because most smartphones have a power capacity that is as high as the Output power capacity or near it. This isn’t a bad thing though since high capacity smartphones like a Galaxy S7 is going to be able to charge to its full power once, and for a large capacity smartphone that’s actually a lot. For smaller capacity smartphones like a normal iPhone 6 will be able to get about 2 full charges.

That’s really the purpose of this power bank in the first place, is to be used by smartphones.

 Anker PowerCore Fusion
(Output Power Capacity = 3,500mAh)
Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore Fusion
iPhone SE3,500mAh 1,624mAh1,876mAh
iPhone 63,500mAh 1,810mAh1,690mAh
iPhone 6 Plus3,500mAh 2,915mAh585mAh
iPhone 6s3,500mAh 1,715mAh1,785mAh
iPhone 6s Plus3,500mAh 2,750mAh750mAh
Samsung Galaxy S63,500mAh 2,550mAh950mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge3,500mAh 2,600mAh900mAh
Samsung Galaxy S73,500mAh 3,000mAh500mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3,500mAh 3,600mAh0mAh

You need 100mAh more power capacity for a Full Recharge
Apple iPad Mini 23,500mAh 6,470mAh0mAh

You need 2,970mAh more power capacity for a Full Recharge
Apple iPad Mini 43,600mAh5,124mAh0mAh

You need 1,624mAh more power capacity for a Full Recharge

Not Really for Tablets

Using the Anker PowerCore Fusion with larger devices like tablets isn’t going to bode well since not even this power bank is able to charge Mini tablets to their full power.

Output Charging:

There are two USB ports on the PowerCore Fusion.

When you have the PowerCore Fusion plugged into an AC Outlet

The Anker PowerCore Fusion is able to plug into an AC Outlet because it has a built-in AC adapter. However when you plug the power bank into an AC Outlet, the charging speeds of the ports go down and this is mainly done so the power bank doesn’t damage itself with overheating; since when you plug the power bank in an AC Outlet, it’s recharging and that is called Pass Through charging. As you can use the power bank and recharge it at the same time.

So while the power bank is plugged in, the charging speed of each port is 5V/2.1A.

PowerCore Fusion by Itself

When the PowerCore Fusion is being used as a power bank, then each of the ports is able to Output 5V/3.0A. That’s a very fast charging speed as most smartphones are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds. Additionally, a 3 Amp charging speed is going to be able to charge USB-C compatible devices near their max charging speeds; but it’s important to know that USB-C compatible devices are really only able to charge at their max speeds when you’re using a USB-C to USB-C connection.

This power banks and other Anker power banks like this Anker PowerCore II are taking the first steps to making 5V/3.0A charging speeds a standard on power banks now.

Input Charging:

There are two ways to recharge the PowerCore Fusion. You can use the AC Adapter by plugging the power bank into an AC Outlet, or you can use the Micro-USB Input port.

Recharging Using the AC Adapter

The charging speed of the AC Adapter is 100-240V~0.5A 50-60Hz; however, it’s important to know that if you’re charging your smartphone while the power bank is plugged into an AC Outlet, that charging your smartphone is the priority and recharging of the power bank happens after your smartphone or other device is fully charged.

Recharging Using the Micro-USB Input Port

The Micro-USB Input port has a max recharge rate of 5V/2.0A. So you should use a 2 Amp wall charger or higher to get the fastest recharge speed. Either way, using both recharging methods will result in the same recharge time of 3-4 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a very small and lightweight power bank. Or is it a USB wall charger?

It has a length and width of 2.8 inches and the thickness of the fusion is 1.2 inches. Very small, although the thickness is quite large and might make it difficult to place into a pocket. It weighs 6.7 ounces, so it’s very lightweight and when you couple that with its very small size, then this power bank can easily be held in a single hand.

Functional Components:

It’s as easy to use as it’s easy to hold.

On the front facing side is where there are 2 USB ports and the Micro-USB Input port. On the side of the power bank is where there’s the power button, and 3 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

Lastly on the other end of the power bank is the AC Adapter that is able to fold in and out of the power bank. This is very convenient because when you fold the AC Adapter in, all the sides are even and the PowerCore fusion practically becomes a square.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank to recharge, and that leaves the power bank with the ability to check the power capacity left.

Build

Structure and Material:

Even though the PowerCore fusion is made of plastic, it’s built very well with none of its parts being loose or poorly placed. With that said, don’t go dropping it because it will get damaged, but in a constant use kind of way this power bank is very strong.

Tech:

The Anker PowerCore Fusion makes use of Anker’s Multi Safe Protection System that is able to keep charging safe for your and your devices. Best of all, it’s great that charging speed decreases when the power bank is plugged into an AC Outlet so the power bank doesn’t overheat and damage itself during charging.

Reliability

This is basically a Mini power bank because it has a 5,000mAh power capacity that is able to charge most smartphones one single time. So you’re not getting this power bank for a long lasting power capacity.

However, the reliance is on the double feature that it has. Since you can use this as a USB wall charger, have the power bank fully charged, and then disconnect it. Once disconnected, the USB wall charger becomes a portable charger that can practically be taken anywhere and offers fast charging.

The main reason this power bank has 2 USB ports is because it’s a USB wall charger and is basically like the Anker’s PowerPort 2. Having the 2nd port in power bank mode is just a plus.

Summary:

Power:

It’s a USB wall charger and power bank in one. The power capacity is only going to be able to charge smartphones to their full power at least once or twice. The charging speed is lower when the power bank is plugged into a USB wall charger and speeds are faster when it’s in power bank form.

Design:

The size is very compact with the power bank basically being a small square and very light weight.

Build:

There aren’t any reinforcements to save the power bank from a fall but it’s still a solid power bank.

Reliability:

This is not only a reliable power bank, it’s also a reliable wall charger as you can use it while you’re stationary and keep the charging going while you’re on-the-go.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore Fusion:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,000mAh            Real Capacity: 3,500mAh
  • Output: 

Used as a USB Wall Charger: Each Port Outputs 5V/2.1A

Used as a Power Bank: Each Port Outputs 5V/3.0A

  • Input:    Via AC Adapter: 100-240V~0.5A 50-60Hz        Via Micro-USB Input Port: 5V/2.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 3 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 6.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

Power banks like these are very helpful because they combine two of the most helpful and use charging technologies. Some as limited as wall charging are able to become very free by becoming a power bank.

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Review: Anker 2nd PowerCore 20000

Anker has made some of best portable chargers in the market, which is really one of the reasons why they’re on our list as being one of the best brands that produce such awesome power banks. Their portable chargers are able to lead in this changing space because they always continue to innovate. Not only is the innovation within their tech like the power capacity and charging speed of Anker power banks great, but it’s also their stylization. Their chargers look insanely aesthetic.

This is one of Anker’s newest portable power bank chargers, the 2nd PowerCore 20000 and it really brings a full package to the portable charging space of chargers. Let’s a take a deeper look at why this power bank is able to deliver on nearly all cylinders.

Power

Power Capacity:

The 2nd PowerCore has a power capacity of 20,000mAh and for the Output power capacity, it can fluctuate because the power bank has 3 Output charging ports. Overall it’s going to depend on how many devices you’re going to be charging at once to really say how much Output power capacity you’re actually going to be receiving.

With that said we’re going to assume that for the most part, you’re going to be charging 2 devices at once and the max current that’s being Outputted will be about 3.5A. Then you can expect an Output power capacity of about 17,000mAh. It’s important to know and remember that this power bank does not use Panasonic battery cells, and instead, it uses Lithium Polymer ones which is why conversion may be poorer than other Anker power banks.

With that said, you can still get lots of full charges on plenty of devices, because this power bank is still a high capacity one. For most smartphones, you’ll be able to get 5 full charges or more. As for the tablets, you can expect 2 full charges for small tablets like the iPad Mini 1 and 2 versions. For full-sized tablets, you’ll be able to get a full charge if you’re only charging it alone because that way you’ll be using the entirety of the power capacity.

It’s a large enough power capacity that you can use for days and possibly for weeks depending on the way you use it. The power capacity is indeed reliable enough for the 3 charging ports it has, it’s just that it’s very reliable when you’re charging small devices like smartphones. This is mainly because smartphones don’t require a massive amount of power capacity, and the charging speed is going to be at a rather intermediate rate.

DevicesAnker 2nd PowerCore 20000(Output Capacity = 17,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker 2nd PowerCore 20000
iPhone SE17,000mAh1,624mAh15,376mAh
10.4X
iPhone 617,000mAh1,810mAh15,190mAh
9.3X
iPhone 6 Plus17,000mAh2,915mAh14,085mAh
5.8X
iPhone 6s17,000mAh1,715mAh15,285mAh
9.9X
iPhone 6s Plus17,000mAh2,750mAh14,250mAh
6.1X
Samsung Galaxy S617,000mAh2,550mAh14,450mAh
6.6X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge17,000mAh2,600mAh14,400mAh
6.5X
Samsung Galaxy S717,000mAh3,000mAh14,000mAh
5.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge17,000mAh3,600mAh13,400mAh
4.7X

Output Charging:   Per Port: 5V/3.0A       Max Output: 6 Amps

This is where things get the most interesting for the 2nd PowerCore 20000. That’s because it has 3 charging ports and Anker made sure that each one of the Output ports is very capable of providing an optimal charging experience. Most of the time with powerful power banks, their standard ports are able to give a Max Standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A. That’s not the case here. Instead, this PowerCore takes it a step further with each of the Output ports being able to Output 5V/3.0A.

So if you have a Quick Charge compatible device, this power bank can charge it near its max charging speed. However, it’s important to know that this power bank does NOT feature Quick Charge but it’s able to reach very close to Quick Charge speeds. This means that you can charge nearly any USB charging device at its max charging speed. This is definitely true for tablets, as their max charging rate is 2.4 Amps. As for Non-Quick Charge smartphones, this will be able to charge them as their max charging speeds as well.

Then there’s the fantastic Max Output. The Max Output of this power bank is 6 Amps, and this means that it can Output 6 Amps all at once. So if you’ve got 3 very high power demanding devices, like 3 iPads connected to the power bank at the same time, then it will be able to Output 2 Amps out of each of its ports so the Max Output of 6 Amps is reached. Even when you’re pushing the charging speed to its max potential it’s still able to give fast charging to nearly any device connected to it. It’s true for iPads and it’s very true for smartphones.

If you’re charging 3 smartphones all at once, then it’s very rare for the power bank to have difficulty providing the optimal amount of power to them; unless if you’re charging 3 Quick Charge compatible devices at once.

Input Charging:    Both Micro-USB Input Ports: 5V/2.0A       Max Input: 4 Amps

One of the most welcoming parts of this power bank is the usage of 2 Micro-USB Input ports. This is an awesome feature that is mostly used with power banks that go beyond the 20,000mAh power capacity but this PowerCore 20000 takes advantage of it.

Each of the Input ports is able to recharge at a 5V/2.0A charging speed. So if you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger or higher that has 2 charging ports rated at 2 Amps, and you’re using the 2 Micro-USB Input ports; then this power bank will be able to fully recharge in just under 6 hours. This is a phenomenal recharge speed because with another one Anker’s power banks, the PowerCore 20100, that only has 1 Micro-USB Port, the recharge time is about 9 hours long. The usage of 2 Micro-USB Ports is a great step in the right direction because it can ultimately make recharge times for even larger capacity power banks quite short.

In this case, the PowerCore 20000 is able to recharge at 4 Amps! Anker also has another portable charger, the PowerCore 26800, that also uses 2 Micro-USB Input Ports.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s quite a large power bank and a heavy one at that as well. With that said, it’s nothing absurd and we think that the size is very compliant for what the power bank is capable of concerning its power capacity and charging ports.

It has a length of 6.2 inches, a width of 2.6 inches and a thickness 1.1 inches. It’s quite heavy at 12.3 ounces and yet it’s still not a pound, so we think that’s actually a plus. It’s indeed possible to hold this power bank while you’re charging something like your smartphone but if you’re charging 2 devices or 3 devices at the same time, then this portable charger isn’t going to be very portable as you’ll have no choice but to set it down.

Placing it into a bag will hold no problems, though.

Functional Components:

We absolutely love the design of this 2nd PowerCore 20000 power bank. It has all the aesthetic design queues that Anker is known for. With this one, the charger has slightly curved top and completely flat bottom to it. The bottom part is where most of the functional components are and this is where you can find the 3 Output ports on the same short-side, there’s a power button on the long side, and the 2 Micro-USB Input ports are on the other long side of the power bank. On top is where there are 4 Blue LED Power capacity indicators.

It’s just as easy to use as other Anker power banks with charging automatically starting when you connect a device to any of the charging ports and charging stops when there aren’t any devices connected. This leaves the power button mainly to be used to check the power capacity when the unit is not in use.

Build

Structure and Material:

This thing is built really well. Anker doesn’t create any rugged power banks and most of the time we feel that is perfectly fine. This is because their power banks are just naturally built like their meant to last forever. Sure, this power bank isn’t waterproof or shockproof from falls. However, it keeps itself together with just 2 separate pieces keeping it together and it’s all made of plastic.

It’s a perfect portable charger to take with you on road trips, possibly camping and is really meant for everyday use.

Tech:

On the tech side, the PowerCore follows in the footsteps of its predecessors because it uses Anker’s Multi-Safe Protection system that is able to keep charging stably even when you’re charging 3 devices at once. Also, the usage of PowerIQ and Voltage Boost keep charging fast.

Anker states that it uses Advanced Cells for their batteries but we’re pretty sure that it’s just a marketing scheme on their part because they’re not Panasonic battery cells and if they were, then they should have stated it.

Reliability

This power bank is reliably universal. We say that because it isn’t exclusive to any kind of charging technology like Quick Charge or USB-C. This way, anybody can take advantage of the charging power that this power bank has to offer.

Whether it’s people that have USB-C or Quick Charge compatible device, this power bank is still able to accommodate those devices, not only that, they’re able to accommodate those devices very well. With its fast charging through each of its ports that are up to 5V/3.0A and a Max Output of 6A, this power bank is able to provide a max charging rate for most devices from smartphones to tablets. This power bank can even charge a MacBook that can take USB-C for it to charge since the PowerCore is able to provide 30W of power.

Overall, if you’re looking for a standardized power bank that is at the optimal level of power, design and build; then this one is it. It even has 2 Micro-USB Input ports so it can be reliable to you even faster!

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity doesn’t suffer too much and it mainly matters with the way that you’re using it. It has 3 charging ports and each of them is able to give a charging rate of 5V/3.0A and the Max Output is 6A. It’s really rare, but this power bank has it, there are 2 Micro-USB Input ports that allow even this high power capacity power bank to fully recharge within 6 hours or less.

Design:

Its size and weight match the power capacity and charging capabilities. With that said, it’s actually possible to hold and use it only if you’re charging your smartphone alone. If you’re charging more than one device it’s going to need to be set down. The look and functions are that of Anker’s usual design with its minimalistic and sleek look.

Build:

There’s nothing rugged about the charger but it is built very well even though it’s made of plastic. On the inside, there’s range of safety tech features that charging tech that makes this power bank really stand above the rest.

Reliability:

One of the most reliable power bank on the market, this one nearly has it. Even though it’s lacking all the usual special charging tech like USB-C and Quick Charge, this power bank doesn’t need things like that. This is mostly because all the Output ports are optimized to provide a charging speed near that standard.

Specs of the Anker 2nd PowerCore 20000:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,000mAh            Real Capacity: 17,000mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/3.0A       Max Output: 6 Amps
  • Input:      Both Micro-USB Input Ports: 5V/2.0A       Max Input: 4 Amps
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.2 x 2.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 12.3 Ounces

Conclusion:

This new addition to the Anker portable chargers is not only just an addition, it’s a great one. It’s in all the areas that this charger is able to deliver in. Not just its Power, Design, and Build. It’s getting to the point where Anker truly has made a system to know just how to make their portable chargers absolutely powerful, while still maintaining a high-quality charging experience. No matter how absurd they go with the power capacity or charging speed.

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Review: PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C

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We’re pretty big fans for Anker’s power banks and to be honest there’s no secret that the Anker is able to provide plenty of value with nearly all their products. If you’ve read our many reviews of Anker’s power banks, then you know that they’re able to give their charger the quality that should be expected, and in a way, they have a done a great job at giving a certain standard that other portable chargers should aspire to reach.

This is the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 with Type-C and the main difference between this one and PowerCore 20100 is that this one has a USB Type-C charging port. For a such a small difference, you’d be surprised what the benefits this power bank will be able to provide if you actually take advantage of the Type-C charging.

Power

Power Capacity: Initial Power: 20,100mAh   Output Power Capacity: 16,080mAh

Of course like Anker’s many other power banks, this one thankfully uses Panasonic battery cells, and if you don’t know yet, Panasonic battery cells are able to offer overall longevity to a power bank and give the power capacity a better conversion rate during charging. With that said, this power bank offers a variety of charging options and it can also provide very fast charging through each of its charging ports. Ultimately it will depend on how you’re using the charger and what Output power capacity you’ll actually receive but in this case, Anker approximates that you’ll be receiving about 80% of a conversion rate and this will result in an Output power capacity of 16,080mAh.

Even though it’s not the exactly close to the initial power capacity that power banks that have Panasonic battery cells are able to promise, the PowerCore 20100+ still does very well. With its Output power capacity of 16,080mAh, you’ll be able to give your smartphone about 5 full charges or much more if you have a smartphone that has a smaller than normal battery capacity. Tablets will really have no problem charging fully and this goes for full sized and Mini tablets. However, if you’re charging full-sized tablets, then it’s best to take advantage of the entire power capacity that the power bank has, so conversion rate is better and the power capacity isn’t being sent to another device.

Overall, the power capacity of the power bank is plenty and it can last for days and even weeks, if all you’re charging, is your smartphone and other small devices.

DevicesPowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C (Output Capacity = 16,080mAh)Phone CapacityPowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C
iPhone SE16,080mAh1,624mAh14,456mAh
9.9X
iPhone 616,080mAh1,810mAh14,270mAh
8.8X
iPhone 6 Plus16,080mAh2,915mAh13,165mAh
5.5X
iPhone 6s16,080mAh1,715mAh14,365mAh
9.3X
iPhone 6s Plus16,080mAh2,750mAh13,330mAh
5.8X
Samsung Galaxy S616,080mAh2,550mAh13,530mAh
6.3X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge16,080mAh2,600mAh13,480mAh
6.1X
Samsung Galaxy S716,080mAh3,000mAh13,080mAh
5.3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge16,080mAh3,600mAh12,480mAh
4.4X

Output Charging: Both USB Port: 5V/2.4A for Each  Type-C: 3A  Max Output: 6A

Charging capabilities with this power bank are phenomenal and we think you’re going to agree. This is not only because the 2 USB charging Output ports are able to provide a Max Standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A out of both of its charging ports, but it’s with the addition of the Type-C port, that makes the powering great. A very important thing to know is that the Max Output of the power bank is 6 Amps, so altogether it can only send out a Max Output of 6 Amps, and when you keep in mind that it has 3 charging ports and this is a portable charger, this is not a very common aspect.

USB Ports

The USB ports are able to charge nearly any device you connect to them at its max charging speed. This goes for most smartphones because some smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge won’t be charging at their max speeds with the USB ports since this power bank does not have Quick Charge. However, it will be able to charge tablets at their max charging speeds, like the iPad with its max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Type-C Port (Output)

Then there’s the main attraction of this power bank. The Type-C port can charge the compatible device with it being an Output port if you’re using a Type-C to Type-C cable. This means that you can charge Type-C compatible smartphones at or near Quick Charge speeds since the Type-C port has a charging speed of 3 Amps. Also, the power bank can even charge Macbooks that are Type-C compatible.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: If you want to charge a Macbook with the Type-C port, then you must plug the Type-C charging cable into the PowerCore first, then press the power button to begin charging; otherwise, the device that you intend to charge will instead begin charging the PowerCore power bank.

Overall, the charging capabilities that this power bank has to offer are fast, but it really makes sense to consider getting this PowerCore+ 20100 only if you intend to use the Type-C port as an Output port to charge compatible devices. Otherwise, it’s best to save money and default to the normal PowerCore 20100.

Input Charging: 5V/2.4A

We’re glad to see that Anker is optimizing their charging in the recharging department as well. If you’re using a 2.4 Amp wall charger, then the PowerCore will be able to recharge at its fastest speed and be fully recharged within 10-11 hours. If you’re using something lower like a 2 Amp wall charger then it will take 14-15 hours. Using an even slower charging wall charger can result in a 24 hours recharging period.

Design

Size and Weight

We’re going to put it simply as possibly, the PowerCore 20100+ is large and heavy. Anker made it a point to provide lots of value in their Power area and the design aspect has somewhat suffered.

It’s a large power bank with a length of 7.2 inches, a width of 2.4 inches, and a thickness of 0.9 inches. So it’s big and the best thing to do is to place it into a bag for the best case of portability. Then there’s the heavyweight at 2 pounds. Yes, at 2 pounds, this not the kind of portable charger that you’d use and walk with. So it’s best to set it down and use.

Functional Components

Minimalism is the name of the game.

There’s the 2 USB charging ports and the Type-C port on a short side of the power bank. On top is the power button and the power button has 10 LED power capacity indicators on top of it. Charging begins when you connect a device to the power bank, however, charging with the Type-C port is a little different because you have to press the power button to make the Type-C port into an Output port. Charging automatically stops either when there aren’t any devices connected to the charger or if all the devices connected to the power bank are fully recharged.

The use of 10 LED power capacity is a much-improved system than just 4 LED indicators that most power banks tend to use. This is especially useful for high power capacity power banks.

Build

Structure and Material

The usual case with large power banks like this one is that structure build quality isn’t exactly the best but it does better than most.

So the PowerCore+ 20100 is put together via 3 pieces with the large main centerpiece and two side panels. All of the pieces are made of Aluminum and even though the Aluminum material is what makes it strong, it’s also what’s on the inside that counts.

Under the main top layer, there’s a plastic reinforcement layer that the power bank uses in case it were to fall, then the shock damage would hit the reinforcement layer first. It’s a great system that other portable chargers, like Jackery power banks are starting to take advantage of.

Tech

On the inside, a lot of things have been optimized.

On the charging side, the use of Panasonic battery cells that it has, results in a really good conversion rate and longevity of the batteries in the long-term. It uses Anker’s PowerIQ and Voltage Boost tech to make charging speeds constant and the use of Anker’s Multi-Safe Protection System ensures that safety is a priority even when you’re charging 3 devices at once.

Reliability

The thing with reliability with the PowerCore+ 20100 and portable chargers like it, it that they hold a LOT of potential but it’s going to depend on whether you take advantage of that potential that is ultimately going to decide the reliability.

In this case, you’re most likely going to use the 2 USB Output ports, however, you have to ask yourself if you’re going to use the Type-C and if you even own a Type-C compatible device. If not, then it’s best to go for the PowerCore 20100 that simply does not have a Type-C port.

Then there’s the opposite case. If you do have a Type-C compatible device, then this power bank will be VERY useful, as you can fast charge with it.

Summary:

Power:

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There’s nothing bad about its powering capabilities. It has a max Output of 6 Amps. The two USB charging ports have a charging speed of 2.4 Amps each. The Type-C port can be used as an Output port and can charge compatible devices by using a Type-C to Type-C port. You can even use the Type-C port to charge the newer MacBooks that use Type-C to charge.

Design:

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It’s large and heavy. This isn’t the type of portable charger that you’d walk and use with. Instead, it’s best to set it down and use. The stylization is very minimal and that’s a great thing as it makes it easy to use. The use of 10 LED power capacity indicators is very helpful, especially with a power capacity as high as this power bank has.

Build:

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Build quality is great, not only above but below the charger is a plastic reinforcement layer that takes shock damage in the event of a fall. On the tech side, the PowerCore+ features all that you’d expect from Anker’s exceptional technology.

Reliability:

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To be completely honest this power bank is amazing, it’s one of the best power banks in the market, but only if you’re using the Type-C port. If you don’t expect to use the Type-C, then there’s really no reason to purchase it.

Specs of the PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,100mAh            Real Capacity: 16,080mAh
  • Output:   Both USB Port: 5V/2.4A   USB-C: 3A
  • Input: 5V/2.4A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 8 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 7.2 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 2 Pounds

Conclusion:

When you put innovation to its greatest length in the portable charging arena, you can get the Anker PowerCore+ 20100. It has lots of power, just enough portability and it’s simply to use. It doesn’t experiment with anything crazy but it optimizes what has been done and that’s what really matters.

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Review: Anker Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10,000mAh Portable Charger

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As time moves forward, there’s one thing that is certain. It’s that power banks will continue to advance further and further with their capabilities. This is because power banks are able to fit larger power capacities into small compartments. Not only that, portable chargers have better charging technology and even the ability to charge more than a single device. When it’s all pulled off right, a power bank that has it all, something that should really be considered for a purchase.

This is the Astro E3 from Anker. Just like Anker’s many other power banks, this one is able to deliver on the same level and at the same it surpasses.

Power

Power Capacity

So first thing. The power capacity of the power bank is really good, even with the Output capacity being lower than the initial. We know that Anke uses Panasonic battery cells on a lot of their chargers but that’s not the case here. Instead, the Astro E3 opts to use Lithium Polymer batteries and by doing so the power bank is quite slim and makes it much more portable. Also, at the same time, the power capacity can suffer during charging and this can result in an Output capacity of 8,000mAh or even lower.

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So with an Output capacity of 8,000mAh, there’s still a lot you can do. Charging most smartphone about 3 times or more won’t be a problem. As or tablets; if you want to charge tablets to their max potential then it’s best to charge them alone. This is because since this power bank has 2 charging ports if you connect 2 devices at once, the 2 devices are going to charge from the same source of power. You’re going to want to take advantage of the entirety of the power capacity if you want to charge most tablets fully.

With all that said, this power bank can last you for a few days.

DevicesAnker Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10,000mAh (Output Capacity = 8,000mAh )Phone CapacityAnker Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10,000mAh
iPhone SE8,000mAh 1,624mAh6,376mAh
4.9X
iPhone 68,000mAh 1,810mAh6,190mAh
4.4X
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh 2,915mAh5,085mAh
2.7X
iPhone 6s8,000mAh 1,715mAh6,285mAh
4.6X
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh 2,750mAh5,250mAh
2.9X
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh 2,550mAh5,450mAh
3.1X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh 2,600mAh5,400mAh
3.0X
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh 3,000mAh5,000mAh
2.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh 3,600mAh4,400mAh
2.2X

Output Charging: Per Port: 5V/2.4A  Max Output: 3.0A

It has 2 Output charging ports and it shares an open current between the 2 ports. This means that the Max Output of 3.0A is shared, which makes the charging very versatile. However, the Max charging speed per port is 2.4 Amps, which is really impressive since it’s the Max Standard charging speed and with it, nearly any device that you connect to this power bank will be able to charge at its max charging speed. Although that’s only possibly if you’re charging only a single device with it. Once you connect 2 devices to the charger, then the charging power is split between the 2 charging ports.

When you are charging 2 devices at once, then each port basically becomes a 5V/1.5A port since the Max Output of the power bank is 3 Amps, it only makes sense for the charging current to adjust accordingly. We don’t think this is a flaw, though. In fact, we really like this kind of design or charging power since it creates an efficient charging environment. Most power bank with a Max Output similar to that of the Astro E3 is that they make the charging speed out of each of the ports fixed and this leads to a limited/slow charging speed for 1 port. That’s not the case here. Instead, the Astro E3 power bank is able to provide a fair charging experience to any 2 devices that are connected.

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Input Charging: 5V/2.0A

The recharge matches the power capacity very well, as E3 is able to recharge at 2 Amps. If you want to recharge the power bank as its fastest charging speed, then we suggest using a 2 Amp wall charger or greater and that will result in a recharge time of about 5-6 hours. Using a wall charger that is slower than 2 Amp could leave you waiting for double the time.

To know more about the best wall chargers to recharge a power bank, check out our Wall Charger Review Section.

Design

Size and Weight

One of the most noticeable and likable things about this power bank is the way it’s designed.

The Astro E3 isn’t that big, even for what it’s capable of. It has a length of 5 inches, a width of 2.6 inches and thickness of 0.65 inches. The weight is quite light as 8 ounces. So it nearly has the same dimensions as a smartphone, as long as you’re not counted the thickness of it. It’s possible to hold this charger in your hand while you’re using and you can even fit it into either your front or back pocket. However, you can’t really fit this power bank along with your smartphone in your pocket.

We’re really surprised that a power bank with a 10,000mAh power capacity and 2 charging ports is able to fit into a pocket, but the Astro E3 is able to accomplish just that.

Functional Components

The Astro E3 lives up to the standards of Anker’s other portable chargers, with all the functional components being easily accessible and even easier to use.

The 2 charging ports are on the same side, the Micro-USB Input port is on a long side of the charger. On top of the power bank is where you’ll find the power button and 4 LED power capacity indicators. The four LED power capacity indicators aren’t just dots, they’re circles.

Charging works like most modern power banks should function, with charging automatically starting once a device is connected to the power bank and the charger automatically shuts off when there aren’t any devices connector when all the devices connected to it are fully charges. This makes the power button barely even usable and you’ll find that the only usage that you’ll have for it is to just check the power capacity.

Build

Structure and Material

There’s really nothing special about the build quality that this power bank holds but then again there’s nothing wrong with that. It just has a top and bottom piece with the entirety of the power bank being made of plastic. It may not sound like it’s much but the charger can very well take a few falls and it’s very ready for being an everyday use portable charger.

It’s what on the inside that you should be more worried about because Astro E3 actually has a very common pit for power banks that use Lithium Polymer battery cells.

Tech

As we mentioned before in the Power section, this power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries and when a Lithium Polymer batteries get into a high-temperature range they tend to expand. A little expansion isn’t that much of a problem but for this one, it can be. When the Lithium Polymer batteries expand too much, then that can lead to the structure of the power bank breaking and ultimately rendering the charger useless. This is a somewhat common case with the Astro E3 and if it does somehow occur with it for you, then you can always take advantage of Anker’s 18-Month Warranty.

Reliability

This a very reliable portable charger when you take each of its parts into consideration and this most starts with the design aspect. It’s a small and slim-ish power bank that can be very portable and that means you can take it anywhere. Couple the awesome portability alongside the powering and build structure and you’ve got yourself a strong charging experience. There aren’t many power banks that are this small, while still being able to provide a high power capacity and 2 charging ports at the same time.

The Lithium Polymer build could use some work, as it can’t be very reliable in the long-term, though.

Summary:

Power:

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The power capacity is high enough to accommodate charging smartphone very well, but if you want to charge tablets then that can be done but it’s best to charge tablets along to take advantage of the entire power capacity. Charging speed is impressive with the Charging Current being shared between the 2 charging ports and it has a Max Output of 3.0A.

Design:

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It has a top tier design and there’s no denying that with the dimensions similar to that of a smartphone. You can easily hold this and use or you can place the Astro E3 portable charger into your pocket.

Build:

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The structure and material build quality are solid but it’s what’s on the inside that you should be worried. The somewhat common problem is that the Lithium Polymer batteries tend to expand under high temperatures.

Reliability:

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It’s a reliable power bank when you combine all of its capabilities of charging power paired with its awesome portability. It’s just that the poor conversion rating and ensure build quality leave from being truly superior.

Specs of the Anker Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10,000mAh Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh             Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:   Max Output Per Port: 5V/2.4A     Max Output Overall: 3.0A
  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5 x 2.6 x 0.65 inches
  • Weight: 8 Ounces

Conclusion:

Anker has done it again, by delivering a power bank that is up to standards of give a powerful charging experience and leaving a lasting impression with its design. There aren’t many other power banks out there that are able to give so much and let us be free to use it how and wherever we’d like. We really hope that other electronic charging companies innovate the same way Anker has done and continuously does so.

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Review: Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger

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2-port power banks are able to deliver more than just a 1 port power bank. This isn’t to say that portable chargers with just a single port aren’t able to give a great charging experience. It’s just that when a charger has 2 charging ports, it means that it’s ready to offer more to the user. Not just with the ability to charge 2 devices at the same times, it also means that other aspects such as power capacity, charging speed and tech are greater than a 1 port charger.

This is the Anker PowerCore 13,000mAh portable charger, and it SHOULD NOT be mistaken for the PowerCore+ 13,400. Let’s take a look at what this very similar charger has to offer and if it’s truly worth getting; in this Charger Harbor Review.

Power

Power Capacity

The initial power capacity that this charger has is 13,000mAh and it actually has a really good conversion rate of about 93% but that conversion rate is all dependent on your usage of the charger. Along with the times, you can charge smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6s, the conversion rate may be lower than just 93%. With that said, if the power bank does perform at a 93% conversion rate then you can expect  an Output lower capacity of 12,000mAh but we’re gonna take the pessimistic route because Anker doesn’t mention the usage of Panasonic battery cells and we’re assuming that it just does very well with its temperature control and charging management; as a result it could more likely have about 10,500mAh.

10,500mAh of Output power capacity is still a lot of power that can charge smartphones about 4 times or more. As for tablets, you can very well expect some tablets to charge to their full capacities but only if you’re using the entire capacity. This is because when you have another device connected to the power bank then it’s pulling from the power capacity and more Amp Current is being used, which ultimately leads to less Output Power Capacity. Of course, these are just estimates and the Output capacity can very well be the 93% that Anker has stated and we would hope that’s the case with every charging round.

DevicesAnker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger (Output Capacity = 10,500mAh)Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger
iPhone SE10,500mAh1,624mAh8,876mAh
6.4X
iPhone 610,500mAh1,810mAh8,690mAh
5.8X
iPhone 6 Plus10,500mAh2,915mAh7,585mAh
3.6X
iPhone 6s10,500mAh1,715mAh8,785mAh
6.1X
iPhone 6s Plus10,500mAh2,750mAh7,750mAh
3.8X
Samsung Galaxy S610,500mAh2,550mAh7,950mAh
4.1X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge10,500mAh2,600mAh7,900mAh
4.0X
Samsung Galaxy S710,500mAh3,000mAh7,500mAh
3.5X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge10,500mAh3,600mAh6,900mAh
2.9X

Output Capacity: Both Ports Capable of 5V/3.0A    Max Output: 3.0A

This is where the powering capabilities of this power bank are kind of weak. There are 2 Output charging ports on this charger, so that’s good. Both of the ports are able to send a Max Output of 5V/3.0A but at the same time, the Max Output of the entire power bank is 3.0A. This means that if you want to charge a tablet at its max speed of 2.4 Amps, you can, but if you want to charge a smartphone at the same time then the power bank will split the 3 Amp Output between the ports; this will result in both ports possibly outputting 1.5A each and the Tablet will be charging much slower than it’s supposed to. Most power banks with 2 charging ports at least at have a Max Output of 3.4A or 4.8A like Anker’s other power bank the Anker PowerCore 20100.

With that said, this isn’t to say that the charging is absolutely bad. It’s still able to go above the Max Standard charging rate of 2.4 Amps and push into the 3 Amp range. This charging speed is especially useful for Quick Charge smartphones because they’re able to charge near their max charging speed. However, it’s very important to know that this power bank DOES NOT have Quick Charge; 5V/3.0A is not a Quick Charge charging speed but it comes close and it’s able to charge Quick Charge smartphones faster than just 5V/2.4A.

The Max Output is really the only disappointing aspect because if you’re charging 2 devices with High Amperage needs, the power bank won’t be able to do a good job at providing sufficient power to both devices.

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Input Charging: 5V/2.0A

The recharging speed is alright with a 2 Amp Input charging rate and if you do use a 2 Amp wall charger with the power bank, then you can expect a recharge time of 5.5-6 hours. Although we expected a faster recharge rate of 2.4 Amps because the Output is lacking and 2.4A Input would have redeemed it quite well.

Design

Size and Weight

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It’s a really compact charger and that comes as a surprise with its power capacity and 2 port features.

The length is 3.8 inches, it’s 3.2 inches in width and 0.9 inches in thickness; it weighs 11.2 ounces. So it’s a small charger but the weight is where the portable charger will feel less portable than it looks. Of course, you can carry this power bank in a single hand and if it’s possible, you can fit it into a big enough pocket. Although it’s best to place it down and use it, especially if you’re charging 2 devices at the same time.

Functional Components

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Functional components are in the same general area. The 2 USB Output ports and Micro-USB Input port are on a side panel. The power button is on the long side of the power bank and there are 4 LED power capacity indicators on top of the charger.

The PowerCore 13,000 functions the same as other power banks from Anker and many other portable chargers on the market. This means that charging automatically begins when a device is connected to the charger and charging turns off if there aren’t devices connected to the power bank. Overall, it’s user limited interaction makes the charger easier to use and you’ll find that you’re going to use the power button mainly to check the power capacity of the power bank.

Build

Structure and Material

This is one of Anker’s best built power banks because of its build that holds a lot of solidarity. Sure the power bank is just made of plastic and is separated into 4 pieces but the way it’s put together makes it very strong. Anker states that the PowerCore 13000 has been Impact, Vibration and Temperature tested. Okay so that makes this power bank sound like it’s on the level of a Rugged charger like the RAVPower’s or EasyAcc’s rugged portable chargers but that’s not the case. Sure the power bank can take falls but only now and then and it’s best not to drop it on hard flooring. As for Temperature build, it’s quite amazing because the charger can still function in -40F and 158F.

Tech

There’s not much surprise pertaining to its build quality, of course, the Anker PowerCore 13000 takes advantage of Anker’s Multi Safe Protection that is able to provide a wide range of safety features during charging. It uses charging tech like PowerIQ and Voltage Boost that’s able to charge devices as fast as possible.

Reliability

When it comes to reliability, this power banks really meets a good standard. It does well with its power capacity since it has a good conversion rate but the same can’t be said about the charging speed. Anker tried to make a highly objective charging power bank and they did achieve it, but with only a Max Output 3A to rely on for a 2 port power bank isn’t the best design or way to channel power. However, both of the ports are able to Output 5V/3.0A at any one time and as a result, if you’ve got a Quick Charge compatible device then this will charge it NEAR Quick Charge charging speeds.

It’s a small charger for a 2 port power bank, so you can take it nearly anywhere but the weight is what makes it seem larger than it really is.

Summary:

Power:

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The Output power capacity is actually really good because of a good conversion rating, although each person’s conversion might be different depending on what devices you charge and if you charge 1 or devices at the same time. The Max Output is rather weak with the only 3.0A, so if you’re charging something like 1 tablet and a smartphone then the tablet will charge slowly.

Design:

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It’s a surprising small power bank and for a 13,000mAh 2 port charger, we welcome its small size. The weight is what can make it seem larger than it really is. The user experience is very easy with charging automatically starting when a device is connected and the charging turning off when there is nothing connected.

Build:

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The physical build is strong and can go halfway of considering it to be a rugged power bank because its been impact and extreme Temperature tested.

Reliability:

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The power bank is reliable enough to be used for all your charging needs. The charging speed could use some work with having had a higher Output Max but we understand what Anker was trying to do and how it can charge Quick Charge compatible smartphones at a faster speed.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 13,000mAh             Real Capacity: 10,500mAh
  • Output: Both Ports Capable of: 5V/3.0A    Max Output: 3.0A
  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 11.2 Ounces

Conclusion:

The PowerCore 13000 isn’t exactly what we expected, especially with an Output of 3.0A, we were hoping for something like 4.8A for a Max Output but the 3.0A charging through a single port can be very helpful for some devices. It’s surprisingly portable and for what it’s capable of, the charger is really good to take on the go.

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Review: Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger

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Most single port portable chargers are going to have a power capacity to match with their 1 port. That’s not always the case, though, there are some power banks that have very limited usage and yet they’re capable delivering a superb charging experience. These kinds of power banks are meant to be used by a single person while still being able to give the amount of power that higher end chargers would have.

This is the PowerCore 10,000 from Anker and it shouldn’t be a mistake for their PowerCore+ 10050 because that one has Quick Charge. Let’s take a look at what make this single ported charger so special, in this Charger Harbor Review.

Power

Power Capacity

The first thing to that you should know about every portable charger is the power capacity. This one has it in the name with an initial power capacity being 10,000mAh and although there’s going to be a decreased Output capacity, it’s not going to be by much. This is because the Anker PowerCore uses Panasonic battery cells that have great conversion rates and are able to last longer. As a result, you can expect a very close Output capacity to the Initial one with it being about 8,000mAh, but of course, it could be more and it could be less depending on the Output charging speed for the device that you’re charging.

An Output capacity of 8,000mAh is a very intermediate amount of capacity that is great for smartphones because it’ll be able to charge most smartphones about 4 times or more. As for tablets, you can expect it to do about 1 full charge or possibly 1.5 charges. This is actually quite a good power bank for a tablet because it has only 1 charging port, which means that the Amperage is focused and no power is being given to other devices; since a 2-port or 3-port power bank will be pulling power from other ports if other devices were connected to it.

DevicesAnker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger (Output Capacity = 8,000mAh )Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger
iPhone SE8,000mAh 1,624mAh6,376mAh
4.9X
iPhone 68,000mAh 1,810mAh6,190mAh
4.4X
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh 2,915mAh5,085mAh
2.7X
iPhone 6s8,000mAh 1,715mAh6,285mAh
4.6X
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh 2,750mAh5,250mAh
2.9X
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh 2,550mAh5,450mAh
3.1X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh 2,600mAh5,400mAh
3.0X
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh 3,000mAh5,000mAh
2.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh 3,600mAh4,400mAh
2.2X

Output Charging: 5V/2.4A

One of the most bizarre aspects of the PowerCore 10,000 is that it only uses a single charging port, and for its capacity, you’d think that it would have 2 charging ports. With that said, it makes sense and it’s actually a great power factor when you put things into perspective. The Output capacity is enough to make it a 1 port power bank because having 2 charging ports would put the Output capacity into dangerously lower levels.

Then there’s the charging speed, with it being 5V/2.4A, the PowerCore is able to deliver a Max Standard charging rate. At 2.4 Amps of Output power, nearly any device that you connect to this power bank will be able to charge at its maximum speed. This goes for most smartphones; except for Quick Charge compatible smartphones because this charger does not feature Quick Charge. The 2.4 Amp Output is most helpful if you’re charging tablets like iPads because the max charging rate for an iPad is 2.4 Amps, and the same goes for many other tablets on the market.

The main thing about the power aspect of this charger is that it’s focused on precision. It may have a few powering capabilities but the few ones it does have, it does very well with.

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Input Charging: 5V/2.0A

The recharging speed is standard with the power bank being able to recharge through a Micro-USB port at 2 Amps. If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger or higher (Which we highly recommend you use for the fastest recharge speed) then you’re going to be able to recharge the PowerCore in about 5-6 hours. If you’re using a 1 Amp wall charger (What we DON’T recommend) then you can expect a recharge time of about 10-11 hours.

Make use of fast wall chargers by taking a look at our Wall Charger Review section.

Design

Size and Weight

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The best thing about this power bank is the form factor. The length of the PowerCore 10000 is 3.6 inches, it has a width of 2.4 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the charger is 6.4 ounces. Overall, the size is really small and you won’t have any problems hold it in a single hand. What’s even better is that you can fit it into a big enough pocket but more precisely, you can fit it into a back pocket. This is because the small size and the thin thickness make it possible for the charger to be placed into very small places.

The length of the PowerCore 10000 is 3.6 inches, it has a width of 2.4 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the charger is 6.4 ounces. Overall, the size is really small and you won’t have any problems holding it in a single hand. What’s even better is that you can fit it into a big enough pocket but more precisely, you can fit it into a back pocket. This is because the small size and the thin thickness make it possible for the charger to be placed into very small places.

Attach the charging capabilities and the size of this charger and you’ve got yourself a very powerful portable charger that is able to go with you anywhere.

Functional Components

All the functional parts of the charger can be found in the same general area. The Output and Input charging ports are on a short side panel of the charger. There’s a power button on the long side and there are 4 LED Power capacity indicators on top of the charger.

Charging behaves the same way like most of other Anker’s power banks like the PowerCore 5000 and PowerCore 20100, with this power bank being able to begin charging automatically once a device is connected. The charger turns off if there is no device connected to it. Altogether, the power button is mostly used for checking the amount of power capacity that’s left in the power bank.

A simple and very few user interaction need to be done.

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Build

Structure and Material

The PowerCore is made of plastic and is separated into 3 pieces with a large main centerpiece, and two side panels. It’s a very well made power bank, just as Anker is known for and there’s no need to worry about the charger warping its shape since it’s NOT using Lithium Polymer batteries. With that said, dropping the power bank isn’t actually that bad either. No, you shouldn’t take dropping this power bank lightly because it might get damaged but it actually does well with its shape and lightweight.

It’s not a Rugged power bank but it is built to a certain standard that has made it very tough.

Tech

The PowerCore users Anker’s Multi-Safe Protection system that takes advantage of an array of Safety tech features from Short-Circuit and Over-Current Protection.

On the charging tech side of things, as we mentioned before, this charger uses Panasonic battery cells that are able to provide a superior conversion rate that normal Lithium Ion batteries aren’t capable of. Panasonic batteries are also able to have a longer life span. Along with the awesome batteries comes Anker’s PowerIQ, which is able to provide max charging to whichever device is connected to it and Voltage Boost, which is able to keep Voltage stable during charging.

Reliability

What we perceived to be a power bank that needed 2 charging ports to fulfill its true potential ended up being false.

The PowerCore 10000 is able to do just perfectly with its 1 port and power plenty of capacities. It’s usually thought of that power banks with just  single port don’t have too much to offer because they usually have lower capacities but in this case, this power bank is very reliable in the way it can serve just a single person and focus in on charging a single device.

Couple the powering with the form factor and weight, and you can very well take this powerful charger with you anywhere.

Summary:

Power:

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Output Power capacity is quite good with it losing about 2,000mAh on average but you may be left with more or less depending on the charging speed that’s being delivered to your device. Even so, there’s still enough capacity since there’s only 1 port with this power bank so the power capacity is more focused. Charging speed is 2.4 Amp, which is the Max standard charging speed.

Design:

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It’s a portable power bank that has really small dimensions and lightweight that makes it possibly to put this small charger into a pocket. Of course, you can hold it in your hand as well. It takes advantage of Auto-Start charging and automatically turns off if there’s nothing connected to the power bank.

Build:

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The PowerCore 10000 has a surprisingly strong physical structure for being made out of plastic and even though it wasn’t made for falls, it can take them quite well. Just don’t test it. The charging tech is top tier with Anker’s Multi Safe Protection system, the use of Pansonic battery cells, PowerIQ and Voltage Boost.

Reliability:

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Other than being limited to a single charging port, this 1 port power bank does very well and is so reliable because of how objective it is.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh             Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:   Max Output: 5V/2.4A
  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

Most power banks try to push more ports in because the logic is that the more ports you have, the better the power bank will be, but that’s simply not the case here. In this case, the PowerCore 10000 strives on its usage of using a single port and is able to take advantage of all the elements that make a power bank a great one.

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Review: Anker PowerCore+13400

 

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If you’ve read our review on the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 power bank, then you know that we really liked that the charger was designed heavily on a purpose base. The power capacity wasn’t exactly near the original power capacity, but everything else that followed matches the Output power capacity that you’d actually receive. Its single port made sense along with Quick Charge and PoweriQ, it was a great power bank charger that has precision in nearly every way.

In this review, we’re reviewing Anker’s PowerCore+ 13,400mAh power bank charger. It has some very similar traits from the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh one but just with a few things added on and some taken away. However, to call it a degrade or upgrade is something that we’ll decide in this review.

Power

Power Capacity:

When I reviewed the PowerCore+ 10,050 what was found was a somewhat poor conversion rate and as a result, the real power capacity that you’d receive was 7,000mAh. This time, with this high capacity power bank, you’d think that a simple experience awaits. That’s somewhat the case.

Actually, power bank has a really good conversion rate during charging and you can expect a real power capacity of about 11,000mAh If you’re charging a single device. As a result, you can expect 4 full charges for nearly all smartphones. As for charging a tablet from a single port, you can expect the charger to charge a tablet like an iPad 1.5 times.

That’s the power capacity that you can get by charging through a single port.

However, the power bank has two charging ports. If you’re using the two charging ports at the same time, you can expect the Output power capacity to be even lower than 11,000mAh. Also, it comes down to just how fast your device is charging. The faster charging that is happening, the lower the capacity will be. However, based on common usage of a power bank, this charger sits at about 11,000mAh of power capacity that you will most likely take advantage of.

Onto the charging options and speed, this power bank has two charging ports. Each of the USB ports features Anker’s PowerIQ tech, which means that both of the ports are able to charge at 5V/2.4A.

 Anker PowerCore+13400 (Output Capacity = 11,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore+13400
iPhone SE11,000mAh1,624mAh9,376mAh
6.7X
iPhone 611,000mAh1,810mAh9,190mAh
6.0X
iPhone 6 Plus11,000mAh2,915mAh8,085mAh
3.7X
iPhone 6s11,000mAh1,715mAh9,285mAh
6.4X
iPhone 6s Plus11,000mAh2,750mAh8,250mAh
4X
Samsung Galaxy S611,000mAh2,550mAh8,450mAh
4.3X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge11,000mAh2,600mAh8,400mAh
4.2X
Samsung Galaxy S711,000mAh3,000mAh8,000mAh
3.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge11,000mAh3,600mAh7,400mAh
3.0X

Both USB Ports – 5V/2.4A Total Output 4.8A

This where the power bank shines the most because it’s able to deliver a max standard charging speed with both of its ports at the same time. This means that you can charge two iPads at a max charging of 2.4A because the total output capabilities of this charger is 4.8A. It’s also great for smartphones because smartphones will charge at their max speeds, expect for Quick Charge compatible smartphones. Unlike its other version, the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh; this PowerCore 13,400mAh power bank does not feature Quick Charge. Although that isn’t to say this power bank is worse and has slower charging. That’s not it at all because it can still provide a fast charging rate out of both of its ports. You can connect an iPad to one port to charge as fast as possible and connect a smartphone to the other port and it will charge at its max speed if it’s not Quick Charge compatible (This is assuming that Quick Charge charging is the real max speed for Quick Charge compatible devices.)

Unlike its other version, the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh; this PowerCore 13,400mAh power bank does not feature Quick Charge. Although that isn’t to say this power bank is worse and has slower charging. That’s not it at all because it can still provide a fast charging rate out of both of its ports. You can connect an iPad to one port to charge as fast as possible and connect a smartphone to the other port and it will charge at its max speed if it’s not Quick Charge compatible (This is assuming that Quick Charge charging is the real max speed for Quick Charge compatible devices.)

There really isn’t a limit to the charging speed this fast charging power bank has to offer. The usual case for chargers like these is for one port to be 1 Amp and other 2.4A, but the PowerCore+ goes all the way and is able to provide max power to any two devices that are connected to its ports.

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Input Charging

Unfortunately, the power bank does not recharge at Quick Charge speeds. The power bank is recharge through a Micro-USB input and is able to recharge 5V/2.0A speeds. I highly recommend using a wall charger with an Output of 5V/2.0A or higher because the power bank will be able to recharge at its max speed by doing so. If the charger is charged at its max speed, then it will be able to recharge fully in about 5-6 hours. If you recharge it with a wall charger that supplies 5V/1.0A charging speed, then you can expect a full recharge in 8-9 hours.

Design

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It’s got a similar shape but an overall bigger size than the PowerCore+ 10,050 power bank. It is 5.7 inches in length, a width of 4.3 inches and a thickness of 1.3 inches. The charger weighs nearly a full pound at 13 ounces, so it’s quite heavy. We said that the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh charger can very well hold in the hands and used but in this case, with this 13,400mAh power bank it won’t be too easy. It’s larger and heavier than the other version. With that said, it’s best to opt for setting the power bank down and using, and this will especially be the case if you plan on charging two devices at the same time. However, the power bank is still very much a portable charger because you can still carry it around in your hands but it won’t be the most comfortable experience; or you can place it into a bag and transport it with you.

It is 5.7 inches in length, a width of 4.3 inches and a thickness of 1.3 inches. The charger weighs nearly a full pound at 13 ounces, so it’s quite heavy. We said that the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh charger can very well be held in a hand and used but in this case, with this 13,400mAh power bank, it won’t be too easy. It’s larger and heavier than the other version. With that said, it’s best to opt for setting the power bank down and using, and this will especially be the case if you plan on charging two devices at the same time. However, the power bank is still very much a portable charger because you can still carry it around in your hands but it won’t be the most comfortable experience; or you can place it into a bag and transport it with you.

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The design of the functional parts of the charger is very similar to the 10,050mAh PowerCore+, it’s just that this one has another charging port added. You can find the USB charging Output ports on a side panel and the Micro-USB Input there as well. There’s a power button on the top of the power bank that has 10 LED power indicator lights. The 10 LED power system to indicate power capacity is one the best ways to indicate power capacity because each of the lights is basically telling 10% of power is available. If 7 lights are on that would mean the power bank is at 70% of power. Rather than taking the traditional 4 light paths, this charger is able to give a more accurate way tell the power capacity.

Build

Just like its other traits, the PowerCore+ 13,400mAh power bank is built just like its other versions. There are three main pieces that make the body. A center body piece of Aluminium Alloy and two side panels that are made of plastic. Under the large Aluminum alloy center is a plastic reinforcement layer that can take falls or anything that can cause shock to the power bank, and if that happens the reinforcement layer is what keeps the power bank more safe than one without it.

Of course, the PowerCore+ feature Anker’s Multi Protection system that has many safety protection protocols such as Over Voltage Control, Over Current Control, Short Circuit Prevent and Surge Protection.

However, the most useful tech and build quality aspect of this power bank and nearly all of the Anker’s power bank is the use of Panasonic battery cells. It’s one the reasons that the conversion of this charger is so good. Also, Panasonic battery cells are able to last long in the long-term with holding onto their original power capacity for a long amount of time.

Reliability

It’s a highly reliable power bank if you plan on using both of the charging ports. Don’t get me wrong, the power bank can do a very good job at providing an awesome charging experience with just a single port, but to rely on both of its charging ports will provide a better charging experience. This is because both of the USB charging Output ports are able to supply a 5V/2.4A amount of power and total power output can be 2.4A. If you’re only using a single port, then you’re only taking advantage of half the potential that this charger is able to provide. With that said, if you do plan on only using a single device, that’s okay too because you’ll probably have more capacity as well but it might be better to go with the PowerCore + 10,050mAh version.

If you’re using the two charging ports, both of the devices will be able to charge at their max speed. It’ll be at its most reliable level if you plan on charging 2 iPads at the same time because then you can really take advantage of that max output of 4.8A.

In terms of portability, it’s not portable enough to be carried with one hand and to use the device you’re charging comfortably. Of course, you can hold the charger in a single hand but it won’t be very long before holding it becomes cumbersome. So you’ll have to set it down if you want to rely on it in a comfortable manner.

Summary:

 

Power

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The actual power capacity that you’ll be able to receive can fluctuate depending on the charging speed that you’re getting. However, 11,000mAh of power is basically the base of where the power bank can supply the most amount of power. The two charging ports are able to charge at a max standard charging speed of 2.4A and the Max Output of the power bank is 4.8A. So you’re always going to be getting fast charging to your devices regardless if you have one or two devices connected to the charger.

Design

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It’s a medium to slightly large power bank but what makes it seem large is the weight at 13 ounces; so it’s actually quite heavy. The functional parts are all easy to find and use. The 10 LED power indicators are really helpful to know what the power is at in the charger.

Build

There are 3 main pieces that make up the power bank’s structure: The Aluminum centerpiece, and two plastic side panels. There’s a plastic reinforcement layer under the large center body. It has Anker’s Multi Safety Protection system and makes great use of Panasonic battery cells.

Reliability

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It’s a reliable power bank no matter how you look at it but it’s most reliable when you take advantage of the two charging ports at the same time. This because the total ouput capabilities of the charger is 4.8A, which means that any two devices that you connect to it will charge at its max speed.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore+13400:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 13,400mAh             Real Capacity: 11,000mAh
  • Output:  Both Ports: 5V/2.4A    Max Output: 4.8A
  • Input: 5V / 2A, 9V / 2A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 10 LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.7 x 1.4 x 4.3 inches
  • Weight: 13.8 ounces

Conclusion:

A higher capacity, an additional charging port, and a bigger size/weight are basically when comes with this power bank In comparison to its very comparative version, the PowerCore+ 10,050mAh power bank. Although this one does not have Quick Charge, it’s still very possible to charge nearly any device that you connect to it at a fast charging rate. The capacity that you receive can fluctuate depending on the charging speed that you’re taking advantage of but overall it’s enough to last for few days. Its larger size isn’t anything to worry about and it’s still very portable but to get the most value out of this power bank, you should use both of the charging ports; otherwise, take a look at other 1 port power banks that feature similar specs such as this one.

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Review: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 With Quick Charge 2.0

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There are some power banks that have just enough high capacity to be a portable charger with two ports but some power banks are designed to just have one port, while maintaining their 2 port possibility. They’re designed with only one person in mind using the portable charger along with a high capacity and some awesome charging tech. That’s what this Anker PowerCore+ is able to achieve with its capacity, that you’d expect two charging ports from, it instead rides solo and for good reasons as well.

Let’s take a look at why this power bank charger may very well be a perfect singular usage power bank to purchase in this Charger Harbor Review.

Power

Power Capacity:

As I mentioned previously, this power bank has quite a high power capacity at 10,050mAh. It’s the kind of power capacity that you’d expect a two port charger to have but that’s not the case here; for a really good reason too. The reason why the power bank doesn’t have two charging ports is because of the power capacity that you’ll actually be receiving, sits at about 7,000mAh, and this is mostly if you’re using standard charging that ranges from 1.2A to 2.0A current of charging speed. The heat that’s generated during charging is what makes the power capacity go down. faster the charging speed that you take advantage of, the less Output power capacity that will be available.

For example, if you’re taking advantage of the Qualcomm Quick Charge tech that this charger features, then you can expect a lower Output capacity. Consider it equivalent exchange or a disappointment. The charging speed that you ultimately end up using will then change the power capacity accordingly.

With that said, even with the power capacity being well below the original; nearly any smartphone can charge 2 times or more depending on what smartphone you’re using. If we’re talking about iPhones, then you can expect 3 full charges, since iPhones tend to have lower battery capacities. However, for the higher tier smartphones like Android, a Galaxy S7 Edge will only be able to charge two full times. If you plan on charging a tablet to its full power, then you’re going to have to use the entirety of the power capacity of the power bank charger, because tablets can take high amperage currents, resulting in fast charging and a lower Output capacity.

Will the power capacity last for a few days? most definitely if you’re using it moderately. But it can very well last a single day if you’re using it the entire day.

Going into the charging speed of the charger, its got the speed to fill your needs. There’s a single Output charging port that features Quick Charge 2.0. This means that Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 are compatible with the port for fast Quick Charge charging speed.

DevicesAnker PowerCore+ 10050 With Quick Charge 2.0 (7,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore+ 10050 With Quick Charge 2.0
iPhone SE7,000mAh1,624mAh5,376mAh
4.3X
iPhone 67,000mAh1,810mAh5,190mAh
3.8X
iPhone 6 Plus7,000mAh2,915mAh4,085mAh
2.4X
iPhone 6s7,000mAh1,715mAh5,285mAh
4.0X
iPhone 6s Plus7,000mAh2,750mAh4,250mAh
2.5X
Samsung Galaxy S67,000mAh2,550mAh4,450mAh
2.7X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,000mAh2,600mAh4,400mAh
2.6X
Samsung Galaxy S77,000mAh3,000mAh4,000mAh
2.3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,000mAh3,600mAh3,400mAh
1.9X

Output Charging:

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The Output of the charger falls into two main categories. Quick Charge and PoweriQ charging. PowerIQ is basically the normal charging that Non-Quick Charge compatible devices will receive.

The Quick Charge speeds are: 5-6V ⎓ 3A / 6-9V ⎓ 2A / 9-12V ⎓ 1.5A

The Quick Charge speeds are nearly what you’d expect from Quick Charge. The fastest speed that you can get are 5-6 Volts at 3 Amps; this speed is quite fast but Quick Charge is supposed to supply higher voltage amount for Quick Charge 3.0 devices and that’s not what’s happening here. Even so, this will still provide that fast charging to both Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

The next two brackets of charging speeds drop Amperage but with more voltage. So if the charging speed does drop it will be more constant at that Amperage current. By doing so, you can still expect fast charging for your Quick Charge compatible devices, because that’s what Quick is all about. It’s about fast constant charging, not just the Amperage amount. So if you’ve got a Quick Charge smartphone and you’re looking for a power bank with Quick Charge, this power bank is a really great option.

PowerIQ

Then there’s the PowerIQ charging speed for Non-compatible Quick Charge devices. The charging speed that you can get with this is: 5V/2.4A

This is the max standard charging speed, so if you’re connecting just any device, then you can expect it to charge at its maximum charging speed. This is great because this power bank doesn’t have to be just for Quick Charge devices, it is for regular charging smartphones because they’ll be able to charge at their max speeds. This charging is extremely helpful for charging tablets like an iPad because the max charging speed for iPads is 5V/2.4A.

The two charging tech options that this charger has with just a single port is great because no matter what device you’re charging, you can rest assured that you’re receiving a fast charge.

Input (Recharge Speed): 5V/2.A   9V/2.0A

The PowerCore+ is able to recharge at a normal pace, with a 2 Amp recharge rate. However, it can only charge at 2 Amps if you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger. If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge the power bank, then you can expect it to be fully recharged within 3.5 hours. This short recharge time can be attributed to the 9 Volts that it can recharge at which allows the PowerCore+ to keep its fast recharge rate more constant.

Design

Being a singular port power bank with a high power capacity this power bank is highly portable. With a length of 3.8 inches, a width of 2.4 inches and thickness of 0.9 inches; the weight is 8.4 ounces. So everything about the charger is compact, although not compact enough to fit into a pocket, it’s still small enough that you can hold it and use your smartphone will it’s charging. With that said, the charger is still quite heavy at being half a pound, so that’s something to take into consideration if you’re looking for something being portable, while still being light. With that said, holding it and putting it into a bag is a very viable option. The most common option that most people use it is just setting it down and charging their device.

The charger has a rectangular shape with no sharp edges and has functional things like the Output, Input ports, and the Power button in very easy access places. You can find the Output and Input port on a side panel. The USB charging port is colored green on the inside to signify that it uses Quick Charge. Then to the side, there’s a PoweriQ logo to shown that it also supports fast standard charging. You can find the Micro-USB Input right next to the PowerIQ symbol.

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The power button is at the top of the charger and has 10 small LED power indicators on it. This kind of design choice to show power capacity is very uncommon but it’s also very helpful. This is because each of the lights indicates 10% of battery power, so if 8 lights are on, you can easily gauge that the power capacity is at 80%.

The power button can be used to tell how much power is left on the power bank, and that’s about it.

Charging begins once you connect a device to the charger, if you unplug a device from the PowerCore+ it will automatically shut off. Overall the power bank is very hands off and is almost like using a wall charger, expect it’s very portable.

Build

The power bank has 3 main pieces. The main large center body piece has an Aluminum Alloy body with a nice edge that’s been laser cut. Then there are the two side panels that are made of plastic. It’s a compact body design with a strong structure with a small size. As a result, you can expect this charger to be used every day without any sort of physical damage.

On the inside, you can rely on Anker’s Multi Protection tech. It features things like Surge Protection, Short-Circuit Prevention, Voltage Control, Current Control and of course their Voltage Boost tech. The voltage boost tech is able to up Amperage if it’s getting too low and as a result, the charging speed will be more constant.

The PowerCore+ uses Panasonic battery cells and they’re supposed to have wonderful conversion rate and in this case, the Output power capacity that you’re receiving is supposed to be pretty good. However, just remember the faster charging you get, the worst the conversion rate will be. Ultimately, the main reason why Panasonic battery cells are awesome is because they’re able to hold their original battery power for many charge cycles.

Reliability

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Its power capacity may be lower than its original power, but that really shouldn’t be enough for you to not purchase it. Considering its output capacity of about 7,000mAh, this power bank is still able to charge any smartphone 2 times, and some can even charge even more. If you plan on using only smartphones with the power bank then it’s an awesome choice. Tablets will require the entire capacity because of their large batteries.

The charging tech is the best. You can expect any device that you connect to this charger, to charge at its fastest speed. This is due to the PowerIQ tech that can offer devices a possible max charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Then there’s the Quick Charge 3.0 that Quick Charge compatible devices are able to rely on for even faster charging.

It’s a small and sturdy enough portable charger that can be taken nearly anywhere. Combining all its attributes make it a strong candidate to be used on the daily for any device that you plan on charging.

Summary:

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The power capacity is actually significantly lower than the original capacity and it can fluctuate depending on how fast the power bank is charging. With that said, it can provide enough charges to keep you going for a day or two. Charging speed is always at a high with PowerIQ and Quick Charge 3.0; the recharge rate is somewhat standard but can be charged at 9 Volts

design

A very small size and just little heavy at 8 ounces, the power bank is highly portable. You can use it in your hands or place it into any bag its size or bigger. It has a very minimalistic design on the charger, with the ports on a side panel and a power button on top of the power bank. The best feature is the 10 point LED power indicators on the power button.

build

3 main body pieces make the charger very durable. The main center body piece is made of Aluminum and the two side panels are made of plastic. On the inside is Anker’s Multi Safe Protection tech. The batteries used are Panasonic batteries that can have a longer life even through many charge cycles.

reliability

Ultimately, it’s a very reliable charger when you combine the capabilities of each of its traits.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 With Quick Charge 2.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,050mAh             Real Capacity: 7,000mAh
  • Output:     PowerIQ – 5V/2.4A       Quick Charge: 5-6V ⎓ 3A / 6-9V ⎓ 2A / 9-12V ⎓ 1.5A
  • Input: 5-9V/2.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 10 LED Power capacity indicators on the power button
  • Size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 8.3 ounces

Conclusion:

There aren’t many power banks like it and that’s a bit of a disappointment because this power bank is able to pinpoint all of its traits and as a result, it comes together to make a very strong package. Through one single port, it’s able to provide fast charging through PowerIQ and even faster charging for Quick Charge compatible devices. It’s smart to have just a single port because of its decreased power capacity during charging and as a result, this dissolves quite a lot of disappointment. It’s power bank charger that really knows what it’s doing and knows how to do it.

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Review: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Portable Charger

 

You may or may not have noticed that many high capacity external battery packs have more to offer than just a simple high power capacity. They make use of more charging tech that will ultimately make the charging experience better. This is the case because of the larger size of the power bank, the easier it is to manipulate. The goal of a high capacity charger isn’t exactly made to be as portable as possible. Instead, they provide more in terms of value.

In this case, though, this Anker portable charger does things a little differently by providing a minimalist charging experience while still maintaining its high power capacity status.

Power

Power Capacity

The power capacity of the PD portable charger is 20,000mAh and is quite comparable on the level of Anker’s PowerCore 20100 and the PowerCore 26800 charger. As a result, the Output power capacity that you’re receiving will be about 18,000mAh at the average but it can fall lower depending on how you’re using the charger. If you’re charging a device that requires high Amperage to charge, you can expect the power capacity to be lower because of more heat generation. This will especially be true if you’re charging through the USB Type-C port as an Output port, and you’re charging a device like a Macbook or Chromebook Pixel; since these devices can take higher speeds of charging, you’re going to be left with less power capacity. With that said, though, it’s not going to be so driven down that you won’t be able to charge your devices multiple times.

The average Output capacity that you’ll be receiving of 18,000mAh is very much enough to charge plenty of smartphones multiple times over. This goes for iPhones especially because of their lower capacity batteries. Charging high capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Edge version are ideal for charging with because this power bank will be able to accommodate their large batteries. Tablets are another device that is usually used with power bank chargers like these because you’re going to be able to charge an iPads about 1.5 times or maybe even twice depending on what version of an iPad you have.

DevicesAnker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Portable Charger (18,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Portable Charger
iPhone SE18,000mAh1,624mAh16,376mAh
11.0X
iPhone 618,000mAh1,810mAh16,190mAh
9.9X
iPhone 6 Plus18,000mAh2,915mAh15,085mAh
6.1X
iPhone 6s18,000mAh1,715mAh16,285mAh
10.4X
iPhone 6s Plus18,000mAh2,750mAh15,250mAh
6.5X
Samsung Galaxy S618,000mAh2,550mAh15,450mAh
7.0X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge18,000mAh2,600mAh15,400mAh
6.9X
Samsung Galaxy S718,000mAh3,000mAh15,000mAh
6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge18,000mAh3,600mAh14,400mAh
5X

Output Charging:    USB Charging- 5V/2.4A        USB Type-C – 5V ⎓ 3A / 9V ⎓ 3A / 12 V⎓ 2.5A / 14.5V ⎓ 2.1A / 20V ⎓ 1.5A

 

So the main reason why we think that this power bank is quite strange is because it uses only a USB charging port and a Type-C port that can either be used as an Output and Input. The usual case is 2 USB charging ports, but this one is more geared towards to those that own a device that will take Type-C.

The USB port is just like any other USB port found on other power banks, but this one features Anker’s PowerIQ charging speed and as a result, it can deliver a max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A. If you connect a smartphone to this port, then it will most likely charge at its full charging speed (Assuming it’s not Quick Charge compatible). This port is also perfect for charging tablets because in most cases, a tablet’s max charging speed is 2.4A. Overall, the USB charging port is a universal port that should be used if you’re charging a device that can’t take Type-C because devices that can take Type-C should use the Type-C port.

Type-C Port

Speaking of the Type-C port, it can be used as an Output port, and oh boy does it deliver when done so. When you’re using the Type-C, that’s when the Power Delivery is able to kick in. Power Delivery is basically the ability to apply more power during charging and in this case, the Type-C port is able to output more Watts to devices like a Macbook and Chrome books to make the charging speed faster.

For devices like smartphones that are able to use Type-C, the Type-C port is a must use because you can get close or as faster charging as Quick Charge. This is because, at the high charging speed, the Type-C port is able to deliver 5-9V/3.0A charging, so the voltage is increased with 3 Amp current delivery and you can expect your compatible smartphone to charge at a very fast speed. Even if the charging speed is lowered, it isn’t exactly slower, because when Amperage goes down voltage speed goes up to ensure that charging speed is still moderately faster than standard charging.

We are actually really proud of Anker to be using Type-C in such an objective way because the Type-C charging area is growing more and more every year in the charging industry. For good reasons too, since it can be a universal option for charging and the charging speed/sync capabilities are overall faster. Take a read on why Type-C charging could be the future.

Input Charging: 5V/2.4A

So the recharge rate of the power bank is as fast as the Output charging. If you recharge the power bank at 2.4A, then you can expect it to be fully recharged within 7 hours. Anything slower, and you’re going to be waiting 10 hours or possibly even more. This is why we recommend using a 2.4 Amp wall charger, and nothing lower. The usual standard of recharge speed for power bank is 2 Amps but this one goes above the rest. So we either recommend Anker’s own PowerPort 2 that is capable of 2.4A Outputs or any other wall charger that is capable of doing the same.

Design

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Even though the powering capabilities are quite different than most high capacity battery packs, the design isn’t very much different at all. The length of power bank is 6.7 inches, the width is 3 inches and thickness is 0.9 inches. The weight is quite heavy at 12 ounces. Although the dimensions are quite large and the charger is heavy, it’s still not 1 pound. We think that the charger wouldn’t be too bad to hold it in a single hand while using your smartphone. Of course, to charge anything bigger like a tablet or laptop, then you’re going to have to set it down and charge your devices. This is especially the case if you’re charging two devices. Overall, the sizing and weight isn’t something to be surprised about when you match the powering capabilities of the charger.

All the functional parts of the charger follow the same design scheme like many of other Anker’s power banks does. The two charging ports are on a single side, with quite a lot of distance in between the two ports. The power button is on the long side of the power bank which actually has quite a few functions and there are 4 LED power indicators on top of the charger.

You have to press the power button to begin charging, so it doesn’t auto-detect the device when it’s inside. To turn off the power bank, you have to double click the power button. Then you’re able to connect a Type-C to USB-A into the power bank to begin charging. If you don’t turn off the charger before recharging, the power indicators won’t turn on, so it’s to indicate that you need to turn off the power bank before beginning to recharge it.

Build

The power bank almost has a uni-body build, but it’s separated into 3 parts. There are the large center body and two side panels on the sides of the charger. The material that’s used is plastic. There isn’t really protection to go with the power bank; sure the charger is really well built and all the functional parts work perfectly but if you drop the charger you can’t expect it to not get damaged. So it’s not shockproof or other structurally strong resistants to go with it.

On the inside, you get Anker’s Multi Safe protection that has many safety techs charging features. The most useful tech that’s inside the power bank is the use of Voltage boost which is able to keep voltage amount during charging at an acceptable rate so the charging speed isn’t slowed down during charging. It’s a really awesome tech feature because most of the time when a device is charging for a long duration, the Voltage and Amperage can go down; Voltage boost is able to avoid that.

Reliability

In most cases when you use the USB charging port, this power bank is very reliable as it can charge nearly any device that you connect to the USB port at full charging speed. However, if you don’t have a device that is compatible with charging with Type-C then you won’t be using the Type-C port as an Output; therefore you’ll only be using the Type-C port as an Input to recharge the power bank. Then, in that case, the charger isn’t too reliable since you’ll be using a single port to charge with. So if you want the PowerCore Speed to deliver an optimum and reliable charging experience, it would be better if you could take advantage of both of the charging ports.

Then, in that case, the charger isn’t too reliable since you’ll be using a single port to charge with. So if you want the PowerCore Speed to deliver an optimum and reliable charging experience, it would be better if you could take advantage of both of the charging ports.

The power capacity isn’t a problem and you’ll be able to use the power bank for a few days before it needs to be recharged. Lastly, portability is actually quite reliable if you’re charging a single device because that way you’ll be able to hold the battery in your hand while using it. Of course, you’re going to have to set it down if you’re charging two devices.

power

The Output power capacity can change depending on the charging speed that’s being outputted; even so, you’ll be able to get many charges for smartphones, a few for tablets and one whole charge for devices like the Chromebook and MacBook. The charging with this power bank is highly objective with only a single USB Output port and a Type-C port that can be used as an Output and Input.

design

It’s just like many other high capacity power banks, with it being rather large and heavy. If you’re charging a single device like a smartphone with it then you can most likely carry and use your phone at the same time.

build

it’s a solid build, but don’t expect it to survive a fall unscathed. The tech with it is really great with Anker’s Voltage Boost and Power Delivery capabilities.

reliability

It’s a reliable charger indeed, but it’s not going to be very reliable if you’re only using the single USB Output port. You’re going to get more out of it by using both the USB and Type-C port.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,000mAh             Real Capacity: 18,000mAh
  • Output:   USB Charging- 5V/2.4A        USB Type-C – 5V ⎓ 3A / 9V ⎓ 3A / 12 V⎓ 2.5A / 14.5V ⎓ 2.1A / 20V ⎓ 1.5A
  • Input: 5V/2.4A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity
  • Size: 6.7 x 3.0 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 12 Ounces

Conclusion:

This is somewhat a new breed of power banks, with it being so minimalistic. Its power capacity will last long most of the time unless you’re charging something heavy duty like a laptop. If you want to get the most out of this high capacity portable charger, then we recommend only getting it if you have a compatible device to use with the Type-C port; this way, you can use the Type-C as an Output port and use the USB port to charge your non-compatible Type-C devices. Type-C is a growing way of charging, hopefully, in the future, this power bank is able to have more stable foot then.

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Review: Anker Astro E1 5200mAh

 

Smaller capacity power banks are still the most preferred version of power banks because they’re so so portable and capable at the same time. It makes sense for more charging electronic companies to put more of their time into developing power banks that are meeting super portable needs of their customers and that’s what this Astro E1 charger is able to achieve.

Coming from Anker, this small power bank charger is supposed to deliver a well-rounded powering package that can be taken nearly anywhere.

Power

Output Charging (5V/2.0A):

The small power bank features only a single Output USB charging port, so this is really a single use portable charger. The Output charging speed of the Astro E1 is 5V/2.0A; it’s standard fast charging and will charge your smartphone or any other device that you connect to it relatively fast. Just to compare. Most mini power banks have a charging speed of 5V/1.0A, which is nearly the slowest charging speed. In this case, you can expect your smartphone to charge as fast as it does with a wall charger.

Tablets like iPad may not charge at full speeds but 2 Amp charging is definitely better than 1 Amp charging.

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the Astro E1 is what this charger is most known for. The Astro E1 features a power capacity of 5,200mAh. However, the real capacity that you’ll be receiving is 5,000mAh; It’s hardly any any different than the real capacity and we’re really glad about that considering that many power banks lose qute a lot of their capacities during charging. With that said, the power capacity is really meant to charge smartphones and any other devices that have batteries within the 3,000mAh or lower range. Charging tablets like an iPad is definitely possible but expect the tablet to only be charged 2/4 or 3/4 of the way through to its full charge. Other than that, you can expect the power capacity to do very well for smartphones that have medium sized battery capacities at 2,000mAh. As a result, the power bank can last with a charge for about a day or even two if you choose to charge your smartphone fully only once with it a day.

Input Speed (Recharge):

The recharging speed of the power bank is 5V/1.0A. A slow charging speed, indeed. However, considering the power bank’s capacity is relatively low, it doesn’t effect the experience with it that much. You can fully charge the power bank in about 5 hours. If you really strategized, you can recharge it during the day and still use it that same day. In my opinion, having a 5V/2.0A recharge speed would have been much better because the recharge rate would have doubled and the power bank would be fully charged within 2.5 hours.

 Anker Astro E1 5,200mAh (Real Capacity 5,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker Astro E1 Power Bank
iPhone SE5,000mAh1,624mAh3376
3.0X
iPhone 65,000mAh1,810mAh1,810mAh
2.7X
iPhone 6 Plus5,000mAh2,915mAh2,085mAh
1.7X
iPhone 6s5,000mAh1,715mAh3,285mAh
2.9X
iPhone 6s Plus5,000mAh2,750mAh2,250mAh
1.8X
Samsung Galaxy S65,000mAh2,550mAh2,450mAh
1.9X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge5,000mAh2,600mAh2,400mAh
1.9X
Samsung Galaxy S75,000mAh3,000mAh2,000mAh
1.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge5,000mAh3,600mAh1,400mAh
1.3X

Design

 

The Astro E1 is a power bank that is sitting at the edge of being considered mini. The Astro E1’s dimensions are really good by measuring at 3.8 inches of length, 1.7 inches in width and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the portable charger is 4.2 ounces, so it’s extremely lightweight. It’s a perfectly manageable small power bank that won’t give you a hard time if you’re holding it and it can easily fit into any bag. When it comes to putting the power bank into your pocket, that’s when the portability can be quite difficult. Most mini power banks have no problem fitting into pockets because they’re cylindrical and small. In this, it’s mainly the thickness of the power bank that makes it hard to put the portable charger into your pocket.

The form factor of the charger is done very well. Its got a capsule-like shape with no straight edges and easy access functional components. The Output and Input port are on a side panel. There’s a power button on the side of the charger and 4 LED power indicators at the top of the power bank. The charging habit of the power bank acts the same way like most portable chargers from Anker. Just like the PowerCore 5000 that we’ve reviewed, the Astro E1 begins charging automatically without needing to press the power button. So the power button is mainly used if you want to check what’s the capacity on the power bank.

Here are what the power indicators mean at each of their levels:

  • 1 LED Light Blinking – less than 25%
  • 1 LED on and One Blinking – 25 to 50%
  • 2 LEDs On and One Blinking – 50 to 75%
  • 3 LEDs on and One Blinking – 75 to 99%
  • 4 LEDs on means the power bank charger is full

The Astro E1 turns itself off automatically after not charging anything about 5 seconds later. I really like this kind of design because the user experience is very smooth and it’s basically like using a wall charger but you’re not using a wall charger. Instead, you’re free to this power bank nearly anywhere you want and take advantage of its small and easy to use design.

Build

 

The Astro E1 is made of plastic and that’s to be expected from a lot of power banks. With that said, the portable charger is built nearly perfectly just like Anker’s other charging electronics. There are 3 main pieces of the power bank: The large center and the two side panels. The panels are placed very well and there’s no sign of warping even after constant use.

The components of the power bank are constantly reliable and functional. Especially the USB charging output port with its stong hold onto the charing cables that are connected to it; as a result, there’s less worry that your charging cable will be unplugged from the power bank. The LED power indicators work perfectly even with their blinking features to give you a more pin point estimate on what the power capacity of the power bank is.

Along with the stong physical build of the power bank, it features safe charging technology like Surge Protection, Over-Current Protection, Low Voltage Protection and auto sleep mode. Most of the safety features are basically standard nowadays with power banks, but the auto shut off feature is something that should become more common, because if you’re not using a power bank then it should shut off automatically. This is to save energy and to make sure the power bank doesn’t cause harm to itself or to its surroundings.

Like many mini power banks, they’re built strong and optimized for everyday use. The same goes for this Astro E1. By being small, its efficiency is able to be maximized. With a weight of 4.2 ounces; dropping the charger won’t do much damage and considering that its charging ports are depressed into the power bank and not an on an outward facing panel, you can expect this portable charger to take the everyday things that life has to offer.

Reliability

Mini power banks are reliable in their own small world. In this case, the Astro E1 is one that is most reliable when it’s used for what it was made for. The power bank is made for on-the-go purposes and this means that it’s meant to be taken for a walk if you’re out playing Pokemon GO. Most of all, it’s a power bank that’s meant to be used by single person. It’s not just because the power bank features only a single charging port, but it’s also because it has a capacity of 5,000mAh only. Sure, you can share it, but the power capacity is going to be depleted very quickly.

To make this portable charge the most reliable, it’s best to use it on smartphones only and to be the sole user of it. It’s a step above from just your regular mini power bank but doesn’t expect it to be breaking any record. The most it can last is for 2 days straight before it needs to recharge again. This power bank is perfect for traveling and everyday use. But I don’t recommend using this power bank for an Outdoor week adventure.

It has the ability to go anywhere, charge fast, and deliver just enough power capacity to keep you going further.

 

The charging output speed of the Astro E1 is able to deliver a moderate speed of 5V/2.0A and a recharge speed of 5V/1.0 could have impressed even more if it were at 5V/2.0A. You can expect the power capacity to last 2 days at most and a recharge time of 5 hours.

 

Its design is different than most mini power banks by harboring a capsule-like shape, the bank is still very small with not sharp edges and there aren’t any unnecessary facets on the portable charger. The Output and Input ports are on a side panel, there’s a power button that’s barely used other than checking the power capacity and the LED indicators that shown an in-depth analysis of the power capacity. The power bank begins charging automatically once a device is connected to it and it automatically shuts offs.

 

Being made of plastic means nothing, so long as you know how to use it. The power bank’s main body piece and the side panels are placed very well and showed no sign of moving. The components are high quality and work like new even after constant use. Like most mini power banks, this one can be used day-in and day-out that provides a seamless charging experience.

 

This is a personal power bank before anything. It only has a single charging port that delivers fast charging and power capacity that can charge smartphones up to 2 or 3 times. We recommend using this power bank as an everyday use kind of charger rather than one you’d take to rely on for weeks. Perfect for traveling but not perfect if you’re going to be without power for a few days.

Specs of the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,200mAh             Real Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • Output:   5V/2.0A
  • Input:   5V/1.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: Four-LED Power Indicators
  • Size: 3.8 × 1.7 × 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 4.16 ounces
  • Comes with Micro-USB Cable

Conclusion:

From its stark design to its versatile power delivery, the Astro E1 portable charger is able to deliver on the brim of what a mini power bank is supposed to deliver on. We think that this power bank and the PowerCore 5000 are ushering in a new age mini power banks. Fasting charging, high power capacity for its size and great design that delivers a exceptional user experience. This is a model of what mini power banks should be like and what they can be capable of in the future.

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