Review: Anker PowerCore Fusion 10000 USB-C

Anker PowerCore Fusion 10000 USB-C

8.3

Power

8.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

8.0/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Uses a USB-C Port
  • Has a very small form factor that makes use of a retractable AC adapter
  • Can be recharged and still used as a wall charger when plugged into an AC outlet

Cons

  • Can only be recharged using the AC adapter

The use of USB-C ports with many of the devices that we use each day is growing quite rapidly. The reason for that? USB-C is the new standard, and so it’s able to provide a more accessible ecosystem of charging and connectivity between many devices on the market.

Along with devices using USB-C, many charging electronic brands are now starting to use USB-C ports with their chargers.

Anker is definitely one of the prominent brands, and it shows with one of their latest power banks, the PowerCore Fusion 10000.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this portable charger is double than Anker’s PowerCore 5000, and that would be 10,000mAh. This charger doesn’t really feature any fast charging tech, even with its use of a USB-C port, but we’ll get to that later.

10,000 x 3.7 = 37,000 / 5 = 7,400

Most of the time when it comes to using this power bank, you’re going to be able to use about 7,000mAh of the capacity.

So the Anker PowerCore Fusion 10000 is mostly meant for charging smartphones with its output capacity. Anker claims that you’ll be able to charge an iPhone XS to its full power about three times while charging a Samsung Galaxy S9 will yield two full charges.

We completely agree with the S9 example as it has a 3,000mAh battery. However, when it comes to charging the iPhone XS with its 2,658mAh battery, then that will likely also result in two full charges.

Charging tablets with this power bank is also possible but be prepared to use all of the power capacity that the power bank has.

Output Charging:

Along with the power capacity and the portability of having a retractable AC adapter, this power bank makes use of two ports.

One is a USB-A port that has a 5V/2.4A (12W) charging speed. The other one is a USB-C port that has a 5V/3.0A (15W) charging speed.

The USB-C port on this power bank does not feature Power Delivery, as it does not supply 18W of charging power, which is where Power Delivery charging really begins.

The USB-A port really only has standard charging, and if you’ve got a USB-C smartphone, then you should definitely be using a USB-C to USB-C cable to charge from the USB-C port.

If there’s one main flaw with the charging from this power bank, then it would have to be the max output. The max output of this power bank is 15W only. So, you can’t take full advantage of the 15W power output that the USB-C port features, if you’re charging another device at the same time with the power bank.

Input Charging:

When it comes to recharging this Anker power bank, you only have one option, which would be to use the built-in AC adapter and plug it into an outlet to recharge.

Having the USB-C port also as an input port for recharging would have been helpful, however, it can only be used as an output.

The good news is that even when the power bank is plugged into an outlet, you can use still use it as a wall charger. That’s where the “Fusion” part of this power bank comes into play.

Design

Size and Weight:

There are absolutely no complaints about the size of this charger, as it’s a complete square with it having 3.2 x 3.2-inch length/width. The thickness of the charger is 1.3 inches.

The weight of the power bank is 9.6 Ounces.

Functional Components:

When it comes to using this power bank, it’s just like many of Anker’s other power banks.

At the front of the charger are the two charging ports. Then at the back, there’s the retractable AC adapter that snaps out and back in.

At the center, of the charger is where there’s a power button with eight power capacity indicators on it. So each power indicator counts as 12.5%, or if you don’t want to think about it that way, it’s quite a lot better than just having four indicators like most power banks do.

To actually start charging, you just have to plug in a device, and charging automatically starts, but you can press the power button to restart charging, and to turn on the power indicators.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of this power bank meets Anker’s standards, and even though the charger is made of plastic, and not Aluminum, it still holds very well.

Especially the charging ports, as Anker’s ports are one of the best in the business, as they hold on strong to the cables that you can place into them.

Tech:

On the tech side, if you’re charging from the power bank and recharging it at the same time from an outlet, then the power bank does get a little warm. As this is basically pass-through charging happening, which is known for generating heat.

Reliability

The reliability of this power bank depends on whether or not you’re using the USB-C port with this charger. If you are going to be using the USB-C port with a USB-C smartphone, then this power bank is great.

That’s because you’ll have some fast charging with the USB-C port, even though it’s not Quick Charge, it’s still quite fast. At the same time, you still have an extra port to use just in case. To top it all off, you have a 2-in1 wall charger power bank.

Not using the USB-C port? Don’t buy it and instead, go for something more standard with no USB-C port and a lower price tag. Another thing is that the USB-C port on this power bank does not feature Power Delivery, so no charging laptops with it.

Summary:

Power:

Power capacity with the charger is enough to charge most smartphones to full power about two times. Charging power is pretty good, with the USB-C port, but the max output of 15W could use some work.

Design:

The charger is a square, and it’s very easy to use with charging automatically starting and it’s the use of eight power indicators make it easier to tell how much power is left.

Build:

The build quality of the power bank is solid, but it does get a little warm when you’re charging your devices and recharging it at the same time.

Reliability:

It’s a highly reliable power bank if you value the standard USB-C port with its 15W of charging power and how it’s a 2-in-1 power bank. But if you’re not using the USB-C port, then it’s best to not get this power bank.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore Fusion 10000 USB-C:

  • Power Capacity:

Initial: 10,000mAh

Output Capacity: 7,000mAh

  • Output:

USB-A Port: 12W

USB-C Port: 15W

  • Input: AC
  • LED Power Indicator: 8 Power Indicators
  • Size: 3 .2 x 3.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 9.6 Ounces

Conclusion:

Anker has a created a beautifully designed upgraded version if their PowerCore 5000, with there now being a PowerCore Fusion 10000, featuring a USB-C port.

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