Review: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with 30W Power Delivery Charger

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with 30W Power Delivery Charger

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with 30W Power Delivery Charger
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Power

10/10

    Design

    10/10

      Build

      10/10

        Reliability

        10/10

          Pros

          • Has a Very High Power Capacity to charge devices multiple times to full power
          • Uses Power Delivery with its USB-C Port for Output and Input
          • Comes with a Power Delivery USB-C Wall Charger
          • Two of the USB-A Ports have a 5V/3.0A Charging Speed
          • Full Body Aluminum Build

          Cons

          Knowing what charging technologies your device uses is imperative to have the best charging experience for your device. Also, let’s not downplay just how important charging is for our portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

          They’re portable for a reason and that would because they use on-board batteries that can be recharged and be relied upon without a constant energy source. However, when it comes time to recharge your device you want to do it as fast as possible.

          Charging tech is changing for the better and more devices are starting to use Power Delivery it’s able to provide a lot more power than just your regular charging speed and is also faster than Quick Charge.

          USB-C Power Delivery Offers a Lot More Flexibility

          Power Delivery is currently mostly used with larger USB-C compatible devices such as MacBooks and Chromebooks, but there are still a few smaller devices that also use Power Delivery to charge at their max speed such as the iPhone X and also the Google Pixel.

          Power Delivery charging with USB-C wall charger is quite prevalent on the market but the key thing is to be portable with power and that’s why we’re reviewing this Anker PowerCore+ 26800 portable charger that uses Power Delivery.

          It’s from a very well-known brand within this market segment, so we really want to see what Anker is capable of when it comes to a rising charging technology.

          Power

          Power Capacity:

          This is one of Anker’s most heavy duty power banks, with its 26,800mAh power capacity. As a result, this is going to be a portable charger that’s able to provide you with lots of full charges for your devices no matter what you’re charging.

          However, before we go any further I think it’s important to know the Output capacity that you’re actually able to use with this charger for your devices.

          3.7 x 26,800 = 99,160 / 5 = 19,832

          Overall, you’re able to get about a 20,000mAh power capacity that you can actually use and even though it’s about 6,000mAh less than the initial capacity, this is still very good.

          Tons of Power for Smartphones, Tablets, and Laptops

          The reason that this amount of power capacity is great is that you can charge most smartphones to their full power about 8 times or more. That still includes high capacity battery smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy phones.

          Charging tablets will also result in numerous charges, but of course not as much as with smartphones as they have higher capacities but you’re likely able to get about 4 full charges for most medium sized tablets.

          Or if you’re charging full-sized tablets such as the iPad Pro 12.9 inch then you can expect about 2 full charges since it has nearly a 10,000mAh battery capacity.

          With all that said, even though you’re likely going to use this power bank to charge smartphones and tablets, the most notable device that Anker and other brands are expecting you to charge this with are larger devices such as laptops.

          Since this PowerCore+ 26800 portable charger uses Power Delivery.

          Capacity for Laptops

          MacBooks and Chromebooks that use USB-C are able to charge using this power bank’s Power Delivery capabilities. As a result, if you’re using the entirety of the capacity to charge those two types of laptops, then you can expect about 2.5 full charges.

          You might be thinking why you won’t be able to get any more than that, well that’s because the conversion rate during Power Delivery charging worsens and therefore there’s less power capacity to actually use.

          Also, you’re able to charge the Nintendo Switch gaming console to its full power about 4 times if you’re solely using the capacity to charge the Switch.

          Output Charging:

          There are a total of three ways to charge your devices with this Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD power bank.

          There are two USB-A charging ports that each have a charging speed of 5V/3.0A and that’s very good as 3 Amps of power is enough to charge most standard devices to their max power.

          Fast Charging with Power Delivery for Large & Small Devices

          However, just something important to know about this power bank is that it does not feature Quick Charge, and so it cannot charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speed.

          The main event of this power bank is the USB-C port and that’s because it’s the port on this power bank that uses the Power Delivery charging power by being able to output 30W of power.

          You have to use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to charge USB-C compatible devices with the port.

          Or you can use a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge smartphones like the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 at their max power as both of them are compatible with Power Delivery.

          With 30W of power, you’re able to charge most larger USB-C compatible devices at their max power and this one of the best things about power banks like these as you get the same power of a USB-C wall charger while you’re on-the-go.

          Read Review for Aukey 26,500mAh Power Bank with USB-C Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0

          Input Charging (Comes with a Power Delivery Wall Charger) :

          Input charging with this power bank is very good and that’s because you can recharge it at Power Delivery speeds too. That’s because this PowerCore+ 26800 comes with a 30W Power Delivery USB-C wall charger and therefore you can use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to recharge this power bank at 30W.

          By recharging at Power Delivery speeds, you’re able to have a full recharge time within just 4.5 hours. Which is a lot shorter than a normal 12 hour recharge time as most power banks within this segment have.

          Read Review for ZMI 20,000mAh USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger and USB HUB

          Design

          Size and Weight:

          Of course, since this power bank has a very high power capacity you can expect it to be quite large and heavy.

          Large but Just Right

          However, at the same time, Anker, like most other tops brands for portable chargers does a great job at keeping the form factor as small as possible no matter how high the capacity is with a charger.

          This PowerCore+ charger has a length of 6.5 inches, a width of 3.1 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of this power bank is 1.3 pounds.

          Yes, it’s quite big and heavy, but at the same time, when you consider just how much power capacity and charging capabilities you’re getting with this charger, then those size/weight specifications don’t really mean a whole lot.

          Functional Components:

          The functional components of this power bank are very well organized. As most of them are in the same general area.

          On the short side of the power bank is where there’s the two USB-A charging ports and the USB-C port. On top of the charger is where there’s the power button and ten White LED power capacity indicators are on the power button.

          Most portable chargers only have four LED capacity indicators but since one has ten you’re able to more accurately consider how much power you have left since each LED light is basically 10%.

          Charging automatically starts once you plug in a device with any of the charging ports, and you can press the power button simply check how much power you have left.

          Build

          Structure and Material:

          The entire power bank is made of Aluminum Alloy and this is to be expected with this power bank as it’s from Anker’s PowerCore+ line of chargers and those are the ones that are made of Aluminum.

          Build quality is absolutely great and even though this power bank is not a rugged one, it’s built for everyday use. Not meant for dropping on a hard floor though, so you should still be careful.

          Tech:

          On the tech of things, this charger stays relatively cool. But it does get a little warm once you’re using its Power Delivery capabilities. That said, it’s to be expected as this charger outputs a lot of power when you use Power Delivery.

          Reliability

          Reliability with this PowerCore+ 26800 portable charger will differ from person to person and that’s because it depends on whether or not you’re going to use Power Delivery charging.

          Great for Taking Power Delivery when On the Go

          If you’re looking for a power bank that has its power capacity and still features powerful charging, but won’t need Power Delivery then we recommend Anker’s PowerCore+ 26800 that features Quick Charge or just their normal PowerCore 26800 that has the powerful standard charging ports.

          However, if you are going to rely on the Power Delivery and capacity, then this charger is definitely for you.

          Also, the bonus is that it comes with a Power Delivery 30W USB-C wall charger that you can use to recharge the power bank and also use it for directly charging your USB-C compatible devices.

          Read Review for iMuto 20,100mAh Power Delivery Portable Charger with Quick Charge

          Summary:

          Power:

          Has a very capacity power capacity of 26,800mAh that can be used to charge lots of devices to their max power multiple times over. Charging power is also great as this charger feature two USB-A ports featuring 3A speeds and a USB-C port that uses Power Delivery with 30W of power.

          Design:

          It’s a large and heavy power bank but when you consider all it has, it’s actually quite compact and we think Anker did a great job at it.

          Build:

          The entire power bank is made of Aluminum and all of it is put together very well. When you’re using Power Delivery, the charger can get a little warm but that’s be expected with the amount of power being outputted.

          Reliability:

          It’s a very reliable power bank with all of its capabilities but if you don’t find yourself needing the Power Delivery charging power then it’s important to look for alternatives with a lower price point.

          Specs of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 Power Bank with 30W Power Delivery Charger:

          • Capacity:

          Initial Capacity: 26,800mAh

          Output Capacity: 20,000mAh

          • Output:

          Both USB-A Charging Ports: 5V/3.0A

          USB-C Port: 30W

          • Input: 30W through USB-C input with a Power Delivery USB-C Wall Charger
          • LED Power Indicator: Yes
          • Size: 6.5 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
          • Weight: 1.3 Pounds

          Conclusion:

          This PowerCore+ 26800 portable charger has quite a bit going on with it, but Anker did a great job at creating a power bank with Power Delivery tech that is going to be useful for those who need or want it.

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