Review: Anker PowerPort Mini Wall Charger

Anker PowerPort Mini Wall Charger

8.8

Power

7.5/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

9.5/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Has a very small form factor and the wall charger basically turns into a cube when the AC adapter is retracted
  • Actually features two ports, even with its small form factor

Cons

  • Only has a 12W power output that is shared between the two ports

Wall chargers are likely the most used charging electronics on the market. One of the main reason for this is is that the smartphones that we purchase come with a wall charger of their own.

In this review, we’re going to be taking a look at a very simple wall charger from Anker, it’s their PowerPort Mini wall charger.

Power

Output Charging:

Charging a Galaxy S6 and Recharging a Power Bank.

The name of the game for this wall charger is definitely simplicity and not really power. Why do we say that?

That’s because this charger features two ports, and they share a 12W (2.4A) charging speed. While most 2-port wall chargers on the market make use off of a 4.8A max output, with each port being able to output 2.4A.

Overall, this charger doesn’t provide the highest max output when it comes to a 2-port wall charger. That said, you can still charge two devices at the same time, just don’t expect the charging speed to be as fast as Anker’s PowerPort II wall charger.

Design

Size and Weight:

So even though the wall charger doesn’t exactly have too much power to offer, it does make up in its form factor.

That’s because the charger has a length/width of 1.3 inches. The thickness of the charger is 1.5 inches. The weight of the charger is 0.6 Ounces.

You can take this charger anywhere that you want, and if this PowerPort Mini looks similar, then that’s probably because you’ve already seen Aukey’s 2-port Mini wall charger.

Anker likely created this as a competitor for Aukey’s wall charger, and rightly so. The form factor of the wall charger definitely makes someone want to buy it as it’s so small and won’t take up space of another AC outlet on a wall outlet.

Functional Components:

When it comes to actually using the wall charger, it’s also very simple.

It makes use of a retractable AC adapter that you can take out and plug into an outlet.

The charger itself does not have any power indicator, which is a bit surprising considering that this is Anker, and they have a power indicator on nearly every wall charger that they sell.

Even Aukey’s mini wall charger has a small White LED power light when it’s plugged in.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of the wall charger is compact and solid. The AC adapter snaps out and right back into place. Does it feel exceptionally high quality? Well, no, not really.

If anything, this is one of Anker’s cheapest chargers that they sell, and it shows.

Tech:

The charger has no overheating issues even with its small form factor and that’s a great thing.

Reliability

This charger is definitely a no go if you’re someone that owns either a Quick Charge or Power Delivery compatible smartphone. Simply because this wall charger doesn’t feature either of those fast charging technologies.

However, if you do have a fast charging compatible smartphone, and do just want a simple wall charger and don’t mind not having fast charging, then this charger could work. Especially with the extreme form factor, that is so small, that you may forget where the wall charger is.

Summary:

Power:

Charging power is nothing special at all, as this charger has a 12W max output that is shared between the two ports.

Design:

The size of the charger is one of the smallest on the market, and it basically becomes a cube when you retract the AC adapter.

Build:

The build quality of the wall charger is pretty good, and it doesn’t overheat when you’re charging two devices at once.

Reliability:

There is no fast charging such as Power Delivery or Quick Charge with this wall charger, just a reminder if you do own a smartphone that uses either of those fast charging technologies.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort Mini Wall Charger:

  • Output: 12W Max Output
  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • LED Power Indicator: No Power Indicator
  • Size: 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 Ounces

Conclusion:

Anker’s PowerPort Mini wall charger brings simplicity with the small form factor, but at the same time, they let go of some charging power. An equivalent exchange?

Not exactly, but a necessary one, considering just how small this wall charger is, and so risking overheating wouldn’t be a good idea.

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