Review: Anker PowerCore 13000 C Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore 13000 C Portable Charger

9

Power

8.6/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

8.8/10

Reliability

8.5/10

Pros

  • Has a very small form factor that makes it simple to place into a pocket
  • Enough power capacity to charge a smartphone to full power at least twice
  • Each port is able to output 5V/3.0A
  • Features a USB-C input port

We’ve done quite a lot reviews for many of Anker’s portable chargers on the market and that’s simply because they’re one of the best brands to purchase charging electronics from. As each of their chargers are not only powerful, but they also have some great build quality to them. Another thing to factor in with Anker is that their power banks and other products are always being innovated on, even if it’s a small change.

That’s basically what their PowerCore 13000 C portable charger is like. This Anker power bank of theirs is very similar to their original PowerCore 13000, but because Anker knows that the new standard of charging and connectivity if now becoming USB-C, they’ve made a PowerCore 13000 model that uses a USB-C input port, while still keeping the other parts of this charger quite the same time.

So let’s take a closer look at if you should purchase this more modern take on portable charging.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this PowerCore charger is, of course, 13,000mAh, as the name basically implies. This amount of initial power capacity for a power bank is actually one of the best that a portable charger can have and that’s because it’s great for charging smartphones to full power and also for portability purposes, too. That said, let’s see just how much of this power bank you’re actually able to use.

13,000  x 3.7 = 48,100 / 5 = 9,620

So, overall, you’re really able to use about 9,000mAh of the power capacity this Anker power bank has, and that is still a lot of power. At least, it’s a lot of power for charging a smartphone as most smartphones on the market these days have a 3,000mAh battery capacity. These types of smartphones include the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, iPhone X, and LG V35 ThinQ, all of which have a 3,000mAh battery capacity or at least close to it.

As a result, this PowerCore 13000 C is able to able to charge most smartphones to their full power about 3 times. That’s not bad at all and you can potentially use this power bank constantly without having to recharge it over the course of three days if all you’re using the power bank for is charging your smartphone.

Charging tablets with this power and is also possible, that said, if you’re charging a tablet such as the iPad Air 2, that has a battery capacity of 7,340mAh, then you can expect just a single full charge for it. So charging a tablet is going to take nearly the entire power capacity for this power bank.

Output Charging:

There are two charging ports on this PowerCore charger and it has the same charging power that standard PowerCore 13000 features. With this power bank also using two USB-A ports and each of the USB ports has a 5V/3.0A charging speed. At the same time, the max output of this power bank is 3A, so 3A is shared with both of the ports.

It’s still powerful standard charging, but if you want to charge a single device at its fastest possible charging speed that’s possible with this power and then it’s best to charge it alone; otherwise, the charging output is likely going to be split if you’re charging two devices at once. This power bank does not feature Quick Charge, so it cannot fast charge Quick Charge compatible smartphones.

Input Charging:

The recharging port for this power bank is the main reason to get this charger and that’s because it uses a USB-C input port. Most standard power banks on the market that don’t use Quick Charge and just use standard ports end up using a Micro-USB input, but this PowerCore 13000 C is different as it uses the new standard of USB-C that’s being used with many new Android smartphones now.

So if you’re getting this power bank it’s best to have a UBS-C compatible Android smartphone as you can always use the same cable that you use to charge your smartphone with, to recharge this power bank. The recharging speed of the PowerCore 13000 is 5V/2.0A, we actually expected a 5V/3.0A recharge rate as that’s what’s most common with many USB-C input ports.

Also with the use of a USB-C input you have easier access for recharging as USB-C is reversible and so you’ll always put the cable in the right way.

Design

Size and Weight:

The size of this power bank is very small and we commend Anker on always creating a small form factor portable charger despite its power capacity. With this power bank having a length of 3.8 inches, a width of 3.1 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the charger is 8.5 Ounces. So the power bank is able to fit into your pocket, or you can hold it while you charge your smartphone.

Functional Components:

On the functional side, just like all of Anker’s power banks, you’re going to find a highly minimalistic design. All the charging ports are on a single side, and at the top of the power button is where there are 4 Blue power capacity indicators. Then off to the long length side, is where the power button is.

Charging automatically starts once you plug a device into any of the two charging ports, and so the power button is really only useful for checking how much power capacity you have left.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of this PowerCore 13000 C portable charger is very good even though it’s all made of plastic. The charger has a sturdy feel and no loose parts, and perhaps something that Anker does very well is making their charging ports hang on for dear life onto the charging cable that you connect into them.

Tech:

On the tech build side, the power bank doesn’t get warm at all, as there are only 3 Amps that can be outputted at once with this power bank and overall, Anker has done a very good job at heat management with many of their charging electronics.

Reliability

This PowerCore 13000 C portable charger is highly innovative with its use of a USB-C input port. However, it’s going to be the most useful power bank if you own an iPhone, as you’d have to make sure that you have a USB-C cable to recharge the power bank.

So this power bank is most reliable for those that own a USB-C compatible smartphone.

Summary:

Power:

There’s enough power capacity to charge a smartphone to its full power about three times, and the use of a USB-C input is highly useful for those that are now regularly using the new standard.

Design:

The power bank is very small and can easily fit into a pocket if you want to place it there.

Build:

The build quality is great for a regular power bank and there are no heating issues to speak of.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable portable charger for those that own a USB-C smartphone because you can use the same cable that you use for charging your smartphone, tor recharge this power bank. If you’re an iPhone user, this PowerCore 13000 C power bank is useful with charging your iPhone, but it’s just a matter of if you think it’s worth always having a USB-C cable around for it.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore 13000 C Portable Charger:

  • Power Capacity: 13,000mAh | Output Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • Output:

Each Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input: 5V/2.0A
  • LED Power Indicator: Four LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 8.5 Ounces

Conclusion:

The PowerCore 13000 C portable charger is a modern addition to Anker’s portable charger lineup, with its standard charging and use of a USB-C input port, to normalize the use of USB-C on the market.

Anker PowerCore 13000 C (USB-C Input only), Compact 13000mAh 2-Port Ultra Portable Phone Charger, Power Bank with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost Technology, for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More

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Features

  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 20 million+ powered by our leading technology.
  • USB-C Power: Identical power and size to PowerCore 13000, now with USB-C input.
  • Light and Compact: A super-high 13000 mAh capacity with two high-speed USB output ports is all contained in a portable charger smaller than a wallet.
  • High-Speed Charging: PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver a max speed charge to any device (up to 3A - Qualcomm Quick Charge not supported). Input: 5V / 2A.
  • What You Get: Anker PowerCore 13000 C Portable Charger, USB to USB-C cable, 60cm Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

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