Review: Anker PowerPort C 1 USB-C Wall Charger

Anker PowerPort C 1 USB-C Wall Charger

8.8

Power

8.0/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

9.5/10

Reliability

7.8/10

Pros

  • Features a standard USB-C port, which is faster than a standard USB-A port for charging USB-C smartphones
  • Has a extremely form factor along with a retractable AC adapter
  • Blue LED light that looks pretty cool and makes it helpful to find the charger at night when it's plugged in and powered

Cons

  • Does not feature Power Delivery
  • Only has a single port

USB-C is taking over, and that is a good thing. It’s a new standard of connectivity and a port that’s used for charging, and the reason that it’s better is that it offers fast charging and faster connectivity.

Nearly all new Android smartphones these days now use a USB-C port. There are also a quite a lot of laptops that make use of USB-C ports, one of the most notable ones being the MacBook, and speaking of Apple, the new iPad Pro that released in 2018 also makes use of a USB-C port.

That just goes to show that Apple, even with their Lightning port, knowns that using a USB-C port with their products is something mandatory that they need to implement into their products.

In this review, we’re going to be taking a look Anker’s PowerPort C 1 wall charger. A simple USB-C wall charger, but does it provide the charging power that you need?

Power

Output Charging:

Charging a Samsung Galaxy S8

The charging from this Anker PowerPort C 1 wall charger is going to be very simple, and that’s because it only uses a single USB-C port.

A lot of people are going to mistake the single USB-C port as a Power Delivery charging port. However, that is not right, and the port on this charger does not feature Power Delivery.

Instead, the USB-C port on this charger is a standard one that has a 15W charging speed. While a Power Delivery USB-C port would be providing 18W of charging or more.

With 15W of charging power, you’re able to charge USB-C compatible Android smartphones at a faster charging speed than a standard USB-A port. However, 15W of charging isn’t going to be enough “fast charging” that a Quick Charge port will provide to Quick Charge compatible Android smartphones, or an 18W USB-C Power Delivery port.

Also, charging a USB-C laptop with this wall charger isn’t the best use for it, as 15W for charging isn’t going to be enough power to charge laptops, as they consume too much power.

Another type of device that you can use to charge with this PowerPort C is USB-C tablets. Such as Apple’s iPad Pro with a USB-C port and other Android USB-C  tablets, too. So it’s best to stick to charging Android USB-C smartphones and also tablets that make use of a USB-C port, too.

Design

Size and Weight:

Just like any other one port wall charger, the size of this wall charger is very small and easy to take with you anywhere.

It has a length of 1.9 inches, a width of 1.7 inches, and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of the charger is 1.6 ounces. So you can just place this charger into your pocket or walk with it anywhere that you want.

Its use of a retractable AC adapter makes it even better as there are no protrusions to deal with.

Functional Components:

On the functional side, all you have to do is take out the AC adapter and plug it into an AC outlet. Once plugged in, there’s an LED circle light that turns on above the USB-C port, indicating that it’s receiving power and ready for charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of this charger is what you can expect from Anker, and that would be a wall charger that has a solid construction and the single USB-C port feels great to use with the USB-C to USB-C cable that you use with it.

Tech:

The charger does not overheat and that’s not surprising as it does only use a single port and so overheating isn’t really possible.

Reliability

Since this Anker wall charger lacks Power Delivery with its use USB-C port and instead has a standard 15W charging speed, the charging power you get is going to be slower.

You won’t be able to fast charge USB-C Android smartphones, but they will charge faster with this USB-C port rather than a USB-A port. Consider this PowerPort C 1 wall charger to be right in the middle between standard and fast charging.

Charging USB-C laptops with this wall charger is out of the question because of its low charging power.

Summary:

Power:

Charging power is meant for charging USB-C Andriod smartphones and USB-C tablets.

Design:

The size of the charger is extremely small and with its retractable AC adapter, you can take it anywhere that you want.

Build:

The build quality of the wall charger is great and the charger does not overheat due to its low power output, to begin with.

Reliability:

The charger is meant for charging low powered devices such as tablets and smartphones, and not laptops.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort C 1 USB-C Wall Charger:

  • Output: 5V/3.0A (15W)
  • Input: 100-240V
  • LED Power Indicator: Single Circular Blue LED Light
  • Size: 2 x 1.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 Ounces

Conclusion:

Anker’s PowerPort C 1 wall charger is a very simple wall charger that sits faster than a standard USB-A port but slower than a true USB-C 18W Power Delivery or Quick Charge port. Simplicity at its best.

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