Review: Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore 10,000 Portable Charger
9.8

Power

10.0/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Reliability

9.0/10

Pros

  • Has Enough power capacity to charge a single smartphone about 3 times or more. Tablets can possibly charge 1 full time.
  • Very compact size that allows you to place it into a pocket or you can easily hold it in your hands.
  • Fast Output charging of 2.4 Amps. So it can charge nearly any device you connect to it at its full charging speed.
  • Very Easy to Use with Charging Auto-Start and Auto-Shutoff charging.
  • Strong Build

Cons

  • It only has a single charging port.

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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 makes this single ported charger so special, in this Charger Harbor Review.

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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 Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE8,000mAh 1,624mAh6,376mAh

4.9 Full Charges
iPhone 68,000mAh 1,810mAh6,190mAh

4.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh 2,915mAh5,085mAh

2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,000mAh 1,715mAh6,285mAh

4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh 2,750mAh5,250mAh

2.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh 2,550mAh5,450mAh

3.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh 2,600mAh5,400mAh

3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh 3,000mAh5,000mAh

2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh 3,600mAh4,400mAh

2.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S8+8,000mAh 3,500mAh4,500mAh

2.2 Full Charges

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.

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Design

Size and Weight

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Anker PowerCore 10,000 has a VERY Small size for its Power Capacity

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 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.

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 lifespan. 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.

Check Out: Anker’s Upgraded PowerCore II 10000

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.

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Summary:

Power:

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:

It’s a portable power bank that has really small dimensions and lightweight that makes it possible 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:

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:

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.

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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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