Review: PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C

PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C

9.1

Power

10.0/10

Design

7.9/10

Build

10.0/10

Reliability

8.5/10

Pros

  • High Power capacity that can charge smartphones and tablets numerous times.
  • Fast charging through each of its ports and it has a Max Output of 6A. The Type-C port can charge compatible devices and even MacBooks

Cons

  • It's really large and heavy, so it's not the most portable power bank.
  • It doesn't make sense to buy it if you're not using the Type-C port.

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We’re pretty big fans for Anker’s power banks and to be honest there’s no secret that the Anker is able to provide plenty of value with nearly all their products.

If you’ve read our many reviews of Anker’s power banks, then you know that they’re able to give their charger the quality that should be expected, and in a way, they have a done a great job at giving a certain standard that other portable chargers should aspire to reach.

Making use of the New Standard

This is the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 with Type-C and the main difference between this one and PowerCore 20100 is that this one has a USB Type-C charging port.

For a such a small difference, you’d be surprised what the benefits this power bank will be able to provide if you actually take advantage of the Type-C charging.

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Power

Power Capacity: Initial Power: 20,100mAh   Output Power Capacity: 16,080mAh

Of course like Anker’s many other power banks, this one thankfully uses Panasonic battery cells, and if you don’t know yet, Panasonic battery cells are able to offer overall longevity to a power bank and give the power capacity a better conversion rate during charging.

With that said, this power bank offers a variety of charging options and it can also provide very fast charging through each of its charging ports.

Ultimately it will depend on how you’re using the charger and what Output power capacity you’ll actually receive but in this case, Anker approximates that you’ll be receiving about 80% of a conversion rate and this will result in an Output power capacity of 16,080mAh.

A Good Conversion Rate Calls for Many Full Charges

Even though it’s not the exactly close to the initial power capacity that power banks that have Panasonic battery cells are able to promise, the PowerCore 20100+ still does very well.

With its Output power capacity of 16,080mAh, you’ll be able to give your smartphone about 5 full charges or much more if you have a smartphone that has a smaller than normal battery capacity.

Tablets will really have no problem charging fully and this goes for full-sized and Mini tablets.

However, if you’re charging full-sized tablets, then it’s best to take advantage of the entire power capacity that the power bank has, so conversion rate is better and the power capacity isn’t being sent to another device.

Overall, the power capacity of the power bank is plenty and it can last for days and even weeks, if all you’re charging, is your smartphone and other small devices.

DevicesPowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C (Output Capacity = 16,080mAh)Phone CapacityPowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE16,080mAh1,624mAh14,456mAh Left Over

9.9 Full Charges
iPhone 616,080mAh1,810mAh14,270mAh Left Over

8.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus16,080mAh2,915mAh13,165mAh Left Over

5.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6s16,080mAh1,715mAh14,365mAh Left Over

9.3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus16,080mAh2,750mAh13,330mAh Left Over

5.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S616,080mAh2,550mAh13,530mAh Left Over

6.3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge16,080mAh2,600mAh13,480mAh Left Over

6.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S716,080mAh3,000mAh13,080mAh Left Over

5.3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge16,080mAh3,600mAh12,480mAh Left Over

4.4 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S8+16,080mAh3,500mAh12,580mAh Left Over

4.5 Full Charges

Output Charging: Both USB Port: 5V/2.4A for Each  Type-C: 3A  Max Output: 6A

Charging capabilities with this power bank are phenomenal and we think you’re going to agree.

This is not only because the 2 USB charging Output ports are able to provide a Max Standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A out of both of its charging ports, but it’s with the addition of the Type-C port, that makes the powering great.

A very important thing to know is that the Max Output of the power bank is 6 Amps, so altogether it can only send out a Max Output of 6 Amps, and when you keep in mind that it has 3 charging ports and this is a portable charger, this is not a very common aspect.

USB Ports

The USB ports are able to charge nearly any device you connect to them at its max charging speed.

This goes for most smartphones because some smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge won’t be charging at their max speeds with the USB ports since this power bank does not have Quick Charge.

However, it will be able to charge tablets at their max charging speeds, like the iPad with its max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Type-C Port (Output)

Then there’s the main attraction of this power bank. The Type-C port can charge the compatible device with it being an Output port if you’re using a Type-C to Type-C cable.

This means that you can charge Type-C compatible smartphones at or near Quick Charge speeds since the Type-C port has a charging speed of 3 Amps. Also, the power bank can even charge MacBooks that are Type-C compatible.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: If you want to charge a MacBook with the Type-C port, then you must plug the Type-C charging cable into the PowerCore first, then press the power button to begin charging.

Otherwise, the device that you intend to charge will instead begin charging the PowerCore power bank.

Overall, the charging capabilities that this power bank has to offer are fast, but it really makes sense to consider getting this PowerCore+ 20100 only if you intend to use the Type-C port as an Output port to charge compatible devices. Otherwise, it’s best to save money and default to the normal PowerCore 20100.

Input Charging: 5V/2.4A

We’re glad to see that Anker is optimizing their charging in the recharging department as well.

If you’re using a 2.4 Amp wall charger, then the PowerCore will be able to recharge at its fastest speed and be fully recharged within 10-11 hours. If you’re using something lower like a 2 Amp wall charger then it will take 14-15 hours. Using an even slower charging wall charger can result in a 24 hour recharging period.

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Design

Size and Weight

We’re going to put it simply as possible, the PowerCore 20100+ is large and heavy. Anker made it a point to provide lots of value in their Power area and the design aspect has somewhat suffered.

It’s a large power bank with a length of 7.2 inches, a width of 2.4 inches, and a thickness of 0.9 inches.

So it’s big and the best thing to do is to place it into a bag for the best case of portability. Then there’s the heavyweight at 1 pound. Yes, at 1 pound, this not the kind of portable charger that you’d use and walk with. Or at least not for very long.

Functional Components

Minimalism is the name of the game.

There’s the 2 USB charging ports and the Type-C port on a short side of the power bank. On top is the power button and the power button has 10 LED power capacity indicators on top of it.

Charging begins when you connect a device to the power bank, however, charging with the Type-C port is a little different because you have to press the power button to make the Type-C port into an Output port.

Charging automatically stops either when there aren’t any devices connected to the charger or if all the devices connected to the power bank are fully recharged.

The use of 10 LED power capacity is a much-improved system than just 4 LED indicators that most power banks tend to use. This is especially useful for high power capacity power banks.

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Build

Structure and Material

The usual case with large power banks like this one is that structure build quality isn’t exactly the best but it does better than most.

So the PowerCore+ 20100 is put together via 3 pieces with the large main centerpiece and two side panels. All of the pieces are made of Aluminum and even though the Aluminum material is what makes it strong, it’s also what’s on the inside that counts.

Under the main top layer, there’s a plastic reinforcement layer that the power bank uses in case it was to fall, then the shock damage would hit the reinforcement layer first.

It’s a great system that other portable chargers, like Jackery power banks, are starting to take advantage of.

Tech

On the inside, a lot of things have been optimized.

On the charging side, the use of Panasonic battery cells has resulted in a really good conversion rate and longevity of the batteries in the long-term.

It uses Anker’s PowerIQ and Voltage Boost tech to make charging speeds constant and the use of Anker’s Multi-Safe Protection System ensures that safety is a priority even when you’re charging 3 devices at once.

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Reliability

The thing with reliability with the PowerCore+ 20100 and portable chargers like it, it that they hold a LOT of potential but it’s going to depend on whether you take advantage of that potential that is ultimately going to decide the reliability.

In this case, you’re most likely going to use the 2 USB Output ports, however, you have to ask yourself if you’re going to use the Type-C and if you even own a Type-C compatible device. If not, then it’s best to go for the PowerCore 20100 that simply does not have a Type-C port.

Then there’s the opposite case. If you do have a Type-C compatible device, then this power bank will be VERY useful, as you can fast charge with it.

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Summary:

Power:

There’s nothing bad about its powering capabilities. It has a max Output of 6 Amps. The two USB charging ports have a charging speed of 2.4 Amps each.

The Type-C port can be used as an Output port and can charge compatible devices by using a Type-C to Type-C port. You can even use the Type-C port to charge the newer MacBooks that use Type-C to charge.

Design:

It’s large and heavy. This isn’t the type of portable charger that you’d walk and use with. Instead, it’s best to set it down and use.

The stylization is very minimal and that’s a great thing as it makes it easy to use. The use of 10 LED power capacity indicators is very helpful, especially with a power capacity as high as this power bank has.

Build:

Build quality is great, not only above but below the charger is a plastic reinforcement layer that takes shock damage in the event of a fall. On the tech side, the PowerCore+ features all that you’d expect from Anker’s exceptional technology.

Reliability:

To be completely honest this power bank is amazing, it’s one of the best power banks in the market, but only if you’re using the Type-C port. If you don’t expect to use the Type-C, then there’s really no reason to purchase it.

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Specs of the PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,100mAh            Output Capacity: 16,080mAh
  • Output:  

Both USB Ports: 5V/2.4A

USB-C: 3A

Max Output: 6A

  • Input: 5V/2.4A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 8 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 7.2 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 1 Pound

Conclusion:

When you put innovation to its greatest length in the portable charging arena, you can get the Anker PowerCore+ 20100. It has lots of power, just enough portability and it’s simple to use.

It doesn’t experiment with anything crazy but it optimizes what has been done and that’s what really matters.

 

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