Review: Anker 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger

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The more ports that wall chargers have, the more limited its portability is and the more its design changes. When the 3 port design is reached, it’s usually apparent that a wall charger should use a power cord, rather than use installed plug pins on the wall charger itself. However, that’s not always the case and instead, the case is that the wall charger is actually able to hold all its charging ports and still have an extremely portable design.

This is the Anker PowerPort 4 that has 4 charging ports and yet it’s still able to have its plug-ins installed directly on itself. Let’s see if this kind of design is actually able to fair well.

Power

Output Charging

If you don’t know yet, nearly every wall charger that you get from now on should have an optimum charging speed. This goes for the individual charging speeds through each of its charging ports and the Max Output that it’s able to give all at once.

For the PowerPort 4, a fast charging speed is no problem. Each of the charging ports is able to deliver a Max Standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A and it has a Max Output of 8 Amps. So it doesn’t have Quick Charge, so Quick Charge compatible devices won’t be able to charge at their max charging speeds. With that said, nearly any other device that you use with the PowerPort 4 will be able to charge at its max charging speed. This is very true for tablets like the iPads with their max charging speeds of 2.4 Amps.

Even if you’re pushing the wall charger to its powering limits, each of the charging ports is able to usher out 2 Amps of current and that’s still enough power to charge many devices at their max charging speed. There really are no limits with the PowerPort 4, unless you want a wall charger that has Quick Charge. Then we recommend other wall chargers by Anker that do have Quick Charge like the PowerPort 6.

Design

Weight and Size

Just by looking at the PowerPort 4, it’s not a large wall charger and it’s basically a square shape device.

It has a length and width of 2.5 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches. It weighs 3.2 ounces. Now, at the beginning of this review, we debated whether or not wall charger beyond the 3 port threshold should have a power cord or not. With the PowerPort 4, it would have served it well. The PowerPort 4 wall charger isn’t large in a portable sense, but when it comes to actually using it, that’s where the installed plug pins is actually a bad design.

This is because when the wall charger is plugged into either a wall outlet or a power strip, it can block other outlets. The use of a power cord would be able quell this problem. Other than that, the weight of it is light, but it still holds quite a lot of its weight on a single side, and as a result, if you’re using a wall outlet that’s old then the PowerPort 4 can very well fall out of it.

Even with its problems of having installed plug pins, we still like what Anker’s aim was.

Functional Components

It’s a really easy wall charger to use. It has retractable plug-ins and once you retract the plug-ins the wall charger becomes a square shape. All 4 charging ports are on a single side and are placed horizontally.

Build

Structure and Material

The wall charger is basically split into 3 pieces and they’re all made of plastic. Other than that, there’s not much to say about the physical build quality, since it’s not used nearly the same way a power bank is used.

Tech

The tech that backs up the PowerPort 4 is all charging tech that can be found within most of Anker’s products. With its PowerIQ charging and Voltage Boost technology, they’re able to ensure that charging is constantly fast for every device that you connect. Then there’s the Anker Mult-Safe Protection system that is able to provide a constantly safe experience even when you’re charging 4 devices at once. Sure, the wall charger does get warm when you’re pushing it to its limit but at no time does it get hot.

Reliability

For what you need it for, the PowerPort 4 is exceptionally reliable. Not only can you charge 4 devices at the same time, you can charge 4 devices at the same time at a very good charging speed. The Max Output is what really provides great value with it being able to have a max Output of 8 Amps, even when the Max Output is reached, each of the charging ports is able to deliver 2 Amps of power.

Power is near flawless, the design could be better if they tested the waters with a power cord and build quality is great.

Summary:

Power:

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Each of the charging ports is able to deliver a Max standard charging speed of 2.4 Amps, and the Max Output of 8 Amps is still enough for the wall charger to give lots of power.

Design:

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The use of installed plug-ins right on the wall charger is really questionable because the wall charger can block outlets and fall outlet of Old wall outlets. However, the portability is amazing with retractable plug-pins.

Build:

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There’s nothing special about the build quality but it’s the Tech build is what makes it very strong to use. The use of Anker’s safety technology ensures that your devices and you are safe during charging; this is especially true if/when you charge 4 devices at once.

Reliability:

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It’s reliable wall charger and there’s no doubt about that. If you want to charge 4 devices at the same time with this wall charger, it can be done. If you want to charge 4 devices at the same time and charge them fast, that can be done as well.

Specs of the Anker 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger:

  • Output:          Max Output Capabilities: 8A             Max Output Per Port: 5V/2.4A
  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: No
  • LED Power Indicator: 1 Blue LED at the top of the Charging ports
  • Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

Conclusion:

The PowerPort 4 wall charger is a great addition to the wall charging arena. It delivers an optimal level of power and portability. However, just beware of the design that we mentioned, since it can indeed cover other outlets and fall out of old outlets, and that can be very frustrating to experience.

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Review: Anker PowerPort+ 6 with Quick Charge 3.0

 

When it comes to wall chargers, there’s a lot of options of what kind of wall charger you want to get. More precisely you’re going to have to choose how many ports you want with your wall charger. You can have anywhere from 1 single port to a USB wall charger with a total of 10 ports (Yeah it does exist, it’s called the Anker PowerPort 10). Your choice of determining what wall charger you want is a very important choice because it can affect your overall charging life. You’re going to need a wall charger with enough ports, with enough power, and with a great design.

In this review, we’ve got this Anker PowerPort+6 wall charger that is pushing the limits of what USB wall chargers are able to offer. It might just be able to give you what you need when it comes to charging your devices and recharging your power banks in a timely manner.

Power

 

There’s a total of 6 charging ports with this wall charger and there’s a lot of power to go around.

Output:        Power IQ: 5V/2.4A Per Port          Single Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 3.6-6.5V/2.4A      6.5-9V/2A       12V/1.5A

There are 5 charging ports that feature Anker’s PowerIQ charging, which is basically saying the PowerIQ ports are standard charging without Quick Charge but are still able to deliver fast charging. Each of the PowerIQ ports is able to have an output of 5V/2.4A, which means that they’ll be able to charge most non-compatible Quick Charge devices at their max speeds. iPads are a great example because the max charging speed for an iPad is 2.4 Amps, so using this wall charger to charge an iPad is ideal. The same goes for smartphones because most smartphones that aren’t Quick Charge compatible have a max charging speed of 1A to 2A. Overall, you’d use the PoweIQ ports for nearly all your non-Quick Charge compatible devices simply because it’s able to deliver the most power for those devices.

Then there’s the Single Quick Charge 3.0 charging ports that should be used by Quick Charge 3.0 or 2.0 compatible devices. The charging speed that you’ll get from the Quick Charge port is actually quite good. It’s not really different in terms of Amperage Current that you’ll be receiving, however, there’s an increase in voltage during charging from the Quick Charge port. As a result, you can expect faster charging for your Quick Charge compatible devices with Amp current being more stable throughout the charging process. Also, as we mentioned before, you can use this Quick Charge 3.0 port with Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices as well because it’s backward compatible.

With all the faster charging going on, there’s still a limit to the Output charging. The Total Output of the charger is 12 Amps, which means that the charging speed will be capped at 12 Amps if you keep adding devices. So you can actually charge 5 iPads with all 5 PowerIQ ports at 5V/2.4A at the same time because at that point the total Output will be 12 Amps. However, if you plug a device into the Quick Charge port, then the charging speed of the PowerIQ ports for the iPads will be lowered to be equal to the 12 Amp limit. With that said, this kind of limit will most likely not be reached unless you’re actually charging more than 3 iPads at a single time. If you’re charging 6 smartphones, then the wall charger will most likely not reach its limit because smartphones require less Amperage Current.

This is one the best USB wall chargers we’ve ever seen because it will not only provide plenty of power for charging smartphones or tablets, but it also applies to charging a power bank. Many power banks have 2A Input changing and some power banks like the Anker PowerCore 268000mAh or EasyAcc 26,000mAh power bank have 2 Micro-USB Input ports. So using this wall charger would be ideal to recharging a power bank at full speed. Actually, it can charge many power banks at full speed.

 1 iPad Charging2 iPads Charging3 iPads Charging4 iPads Charging5 iPads Charging
1st iPad Speed5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2.4A
2nd Pad Speed5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2.4A
3rd iPad Speed5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2.4A
4th iPad Speed5V/2.4A5V/2.4A
5th iPad Speed5V/2.4A
Total Output5V/2.4A4.8A7.2A9.6A12A

Design

Of course, this wall charger does not feature built-in plug pins because if that were to happen, then the charger would be sagging from the wall outlet and falling out. Instead, it opts to use to use a power cord, for easier access and an overall better user experience. The wall charger itself is perfectly designed with a very predictable size. It’s 4.1 inches in length, 3.1 inches wide and 1.1 inches thick. It weighs 7.8 ounces. Overall the dimensions and weight of the wall charger are to be expected for a 6-port wall charger.

 

The power cord that comes with the wall charger is 5 feet long, and when you connect it to an outlet or a surge protector, you can freely place it on a desk or whichever surface is easy to access. The best thing about wall chargers like these is that the charging ports are all on aligned one after another in a horizontal orientation. It’s very easy to plug in 6 charging cables and to charge 6 devices all at once.

For traveling purpose, there’s really nothing hold you back. If you find that the power cord or the size of the wall charger itself is a hassle to travel with; then it would be best to search for a lower port wall charger. This is because nearly every 6 port wall charger will have the same design scheme.

Build

Most of the wall charger is made with a plastic, except for the faceplate that’s made of Aluminum Alloy. It’s a brushed metal surface that makes the wall charger look quite good and is strongly placed so it won’t fall out. Overall, the outer structure of the wall charger is great and there’s nothing wrong with it unless you drop it.

It’s on the inside that the 6 Port wall charger is supposed to excel and it does well at it. It has Anker’s Multi-Protection safety system which has various safety tech like Temperature control, Total Current Limiter, Surge Protection and Short-Circuit Protection. When 5 or 6 devices are connected to the wall charger all the same time, the charger can tend to get quite hot. This is because there’s a lot of Amp current that’s being pushed out during charging, which generates heat. As a result, the temperature controller is able to limit Amp current if the wall charger becomes too hot and by doing so it avoids damage to the wall charger and your devices.

Reliability

This is near the max potential that wall chargers can be taken. Not only can you charge 6 devices all at once, but you can most likely charge nearly all of them at max speed. This wall charger is perfect if you expect a to be charging many of your own devices all at the same time, or if you have many people that need to charge their devices in a single place; then this would be the ideal charging machine. It’s definitely a wall charger that would make the best use of in a college dorm.

If you’re worried about traveling with this wall charger, there’s not much reason to be. This is because the power cord is removable and the charger itself is quite small considering the amount of ports it has.

 

There’s nothing to complain about here. The PowerPort 6 has 6 charging ports to charge 6 devices at the same time. You’ll most likely be charging every single one of your devices at its max speed. Additionally, one of the 6 ports uses Quick Charge 3.0 that can be used to charge Quick Charge 3.0 or 2.0 compatible devices at a fast charging rate. Even with the 12 Amp Output limit, there’s not much holding this wall charger back.

 

The one real problem that few people will have is the use of a power cord. This is because you may want to travel and the power cord may be just another thing to worry about. However, everything else is good from the short dimensions to the relatively light weight. Although there’s no LED light to indicate that the wall charger is working, that would have been nice to have.

 

It’s a strong and solid build on the outside with  Aluminum Alloy plate where the charging ports are. The real build is on the inside with plenty of safety tech, but the wall charger can heat up if you’re charging 5 to 6 ports at the same time.

 

Of course, it’s reliable with the ability to charge 6 devices at the same time and near their max charging speed. Portability can be a tough thing with the power cord, though.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort+ 6 with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Output:     Possible Per Port – 5V/3.0A       Max Output – 8A
  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: Somewhat. The Wall Charger is able to deliver speed of 5V/3.0 but the Voltage does not match Quick Charge rates
  • LED Power Indicator: No
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 7 ounces

Conclusion:

If you’re questioning whether you should get this wall charger, then the answer is a “Yes”. It really doesn’t have any limit unless you want to charge more than 6 devices at once. It’s not even charging smartphones, and tablets at what it’s great at; recharging devices like power banks will be done at their max speeds. Ultimately, for any USB charging needs, this fast charging 6-port wall charger has got you covered.

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Review: Anker PowerPort 2 Wall Charger

The Anker PowerPort 2 is a wall charger that meets expectations on the edge of what you’d expect. What do we mean by that? It’s a wall charger that was built with a simple purpose of being a charging device that is compact and powerful enough to give a charging experience that’s worth something.

Power

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The PowerPort 2 wall charger is a two port USB wall charger. Both of the charging ports feature Anker’s PoweriQ charging. This means that both of the ports are able to have a output of 2.4A. This is the fastest type of standard charging that you can get before going into special charging tech like Quick Charge.

Power is not a concern when it comes to this wall charger.

Design

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Design of the PowerPort 2 is great for the purpose of the wall charger. With just two ports, the wall charger is able to be small and is a curved rectangular size that’s perfect for fitting into nearly all bags for portable carrying. What makes the PowerPort 2 even more convenient for portability is the retactable plug, and when it’s folded, the wall charger becomes a simple cube.

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A small amenity that comes with the wall charger is a LED charging indicator light that shows when charging is taking place to a device that’s connected to the wall charger. When the LED light is green, a device is being charged. When the LED light is Blue, nothing is being charged or all the devices have been fully charged.

Compact and convenient indicating technology.

Build

PowerPort 2 is a solidly built wall charger because there’s nothing about the wall charger that is unnecessary. The main components of the wall charger: The plug and the two USB charging outputs are placed in predictable areas. The retractable plug avoids damage to the plug if it’s being carried for traveling reasons.

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The size and the shape of the PowerPort 2 wall charger is where it excels the most. The shape has curved corners, this means that if the wall charger were to fall, there would be less chance of damage because with curved corners there’s less force taken. The curves on the wall charger dampen the shock taken from a fall and can make the wall charger simply roll to avoid damaged

Reliability

PowerPort 2 is a wall charger that can serve your needs with the way its designed. Two charging ports are available to charge two devices at the same time, with a speed of 2.4A. It’s a wall charger that is easily portable to take with you when you’re out and about.

The wall charger also has an array of safety features that makes the wall charger reliable for safety:

  • Short Circuit Protection: A way to deactivate the wall charger so everything stays safe: Your device, the outlet and the wall charger
  • Surge Protection: Able to protect devices from voltage spikes and keep voltage stable to keep devices safe
  • Temperature Control: The wall charger is able to keep temperatures cool as a way to prevent a fire.
  • Current Stabilizer: Ensures that the current sent to your phone is managed, so it doesn’t damage your device.

To put it simply, if your looking for a objective wall charger that allows you to charge two devices at the same time, the PowerPort 2 is where you’ll get just that.

Power

The power output is the most that you’re going to get with charging speed of 2.4A. Most of all, that 2.4A charging speed for two devices at the same time.

Design

The retractable plugin makes the wall charger highly portable, it’s a got a overall objective small size and even has a LED light to tell you when charging is taking place.

Build

The build of the PowerPort 2 is done in a smart way. There are curves at the corners to protect it from fall damage, the small and light design allows it to experience less wear and tear

Reliability

The PowerPort 2 wall charger is built with the purpose charging two devices at the same time, with the most ease. It accomplishes its goal, along with safety features that makes the wall charger a near fail proof charging electronic.

Conclusion: If you’re in the market for a simple wall charger but still want your expectations exceeded, then the PowerPort 2 wall charger will exceed nearly every expectation that you have for wall chargers. It’s nothing special, because it’s just a wall charger, but it’s a wall charger that has been optimized for its purpose.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort 2:

  • Ports: 2
  • Quick Charge: No
  • Output: 2.4A Per Port
  • Protective Technology: Yes
  • Size: 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Price: $12.49

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