Anker PowerCore 10000 PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Review

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Anker PowerCore 10000 PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD with Nintendo Switch

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Interested in using this power bank with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD – The smallest 15V power bank on the market

Model: A1235011

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD specs

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/1.25A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 10W USB (5V/2A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 18W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/1.2A)
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37Wh
  • Size: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 114 x 51 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 6.8 oz | 193 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD box and contents

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore 10000 PD
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3 feet/0.91 meter
  • Pouch

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD in Switch carrying case

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD in Switch carrying case

Pros:

  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Fast charge Switch and iPhone together
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • Compatibility issues with some Anker chargers
  • Pricy, but less so when you account for the included cable and pouch

First Impression

Top: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD. Bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD.

Top: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD. Bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD.

The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD is a much anticipated upgrade to their popular PowerCore 10000 line. The older PowerCore 10000 offers a USB-A port with micro-USB input. And some variants offered features like Quick Charge and even a USB-C input only port. The PD model has the same USB-A port but an input/output USB-C Power Delivery port as well. Like most 10,000mAH USB-C PD power banks it is limited to 18W output. But unlike similar power banks it offers 15V instead of only 9V or 12V. That allows it to charge the Nintendo Switch faster than many of its peers. And gives an interesting, if emergency use only, backup option for some laptops. The new model is longer, likely to house the circuitry needed for its performance levels. The top of the enclosure has a grippy feel, but without any visible grooves.

Device Testing

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges ~14W using the 15V power profile. That’s less than the 18W max draw the Switch is capable of. This is like what we see with 5V/3A and 12V/1.5A power sources. The Switch doesn’t appear willing to draw the max current from a charger. So a 15V/2A can hit 18W, while this power bank’s 15V/1.25A is limited. Still, 14W is more than enough to charge while you play in handheld mode. Unless you are timing recharges you won’t notice a difference. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is mostly typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. There isn’t a reset to 0V before the change, though. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made. The Switch showed no issues with charging during any testing.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones
  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ series
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge. The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V.

For iPhones specifically the USB-A also supports the older Apple 2.4 fast charging standard. That will fast charge any model iPhone from the 4 and later. But it is slower than USB-C PD with newer iPhones. The gap is more pronounced when the phone’s battery is at 0-30%. And less so when above 50%. You can fast charge two iPhones at once, with the USB-C connected one charging up to 3W faster.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones
  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola (TurboPower mimics QC 3.0)
  • Nokia
  • Samsung (AFC mimics QC 3.0)
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
Moto G6 power meter (USB-C)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-C)

Moto G6 power negotiation (USB-C)

Moto G6 power negotiation (USB-C)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-A)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-A)

Moto G6 power negotiation (USB-A)

Moto G6 power negotiation (USB-A)

Using a Moto G6 we confirm no fast charging support for Samsung, Motorola, or Quick Charge enabled Android phones. Both USB-C and USB-A ports provide ~10W, which is a normal charge.

USB-C Laptops
MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

Using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for testing we can see the charger’s max 18W output. It isn’t enough power to ideally charge any USB-C laptop. But it will work in a pinch. It’ll charge a laptop while asleep. And extend run time while active.

If you want a power bank for your Switch and laptop this isn’t it. You’ll want a power bank with 30-45W output. And with more capacity.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerAnker PowerCore 10000 PDAnker PowerCore 10000 PD+Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Review
AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C

Review
Price$45.99$49.97$50.00$29.99
Switch Speed RatingGreatGreatExcellentGood
Switch Safety RatingSafeSafeNintendo LicensedSafe
Capacity3.9+ hours play time3.9+ hours play time5.7+ hours play time4.2+ hours play time
FeaturesPowerIQ 2.0 = Quick Charge 3.0

Walmart exclusive
Pass Through Charging

Quick Charge 3.0
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cable
Dimensions4.5 x 2 x 1 in
6.8 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 in
6.8 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
9.2 oz
5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 in
6.9 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-06-25.

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Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD with Moto G6

Not Compatible With Some Anker USB-C Chargers

The first production run of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD had a “charging system updating issue.” This resulted in known incompatibility with three Anker USB-C wall chargers:

  • PowerPort Atom PD 1
  • PowerPort PD 1
  • PowerPort PD 2

Anker had a note about the incompatibility on the Amazon product page. But many didn’t see it and the issue came up in the reviews. And on Anker’s own online community.

Product listing notes for the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Product listing notes for the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

In mid May we learned Anker had corrected the problem. And currently produced versions of the power bank no longer had the issue. We know the version sold in Canada is the updated version as of May 15 (probably earlier). But Anker continued selling the older version, with the issue, through the US Amazon store.

As of this review the issue has been resolved by Anker. But I couldn’t tell you how to identify a fixed unit. Nor can I tell you when Anker will stop selling/run out of the initial units with the issue.

My Testing Results

I purchased the PowerCore 10000 PD in mid March. So I expect I received one of the models with the issue. So I tested it against an Atom PD 1. As well as a list compatible Anker charger. And an AUKEY and ZMI charger.

My Atom PD 1 worked with my PowerCore 10000 PD. There was a single occasion where it connected at 5V rather than 15V. But I couldn’t replicate that result.

But I did find one thing that was odd. Across all chargers the power draw while at 0-25% was half as much power as it should have been. All four chargers showed a lower draw rate during that time. And all four chargers should a jump up in charge rate after 25%.

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 – Listed as incompatible

0-25% charged

0-25% charged

25-50% charged

25-50% charged

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 – Listed as compatible

0-25% charged

0-25% charged

25-50% charged

25-50% charged

AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD

0-25% charged

0-25% charged

25-50% charged

25-50% charged

The AUKEY charger is 18W, but with only 12V power profiles. So we expect it to charge the power bank slower overall. But we still see a lower power draw from 0-25%.

ZMI PowerPlug Turbo

0-25% charged

0-25% charged

25-50% charged

25-50% charged

The ZMI charger is 45W, more than any of the other chargers tested. And yet again we see a lower power draw from 0-25%. That strongly indicates the issue is with the power bank.

Conclusion

The compatibility issue Anker and others have discussed could be intermittent. Or not on every single unit from the original production run. A partial failure rate would warrant the note from Anker. If you check reviews on Amazon you’ll see others who report issues.

The lower power draw at 0-25% is the reverse of how lithium batteries are normally charged. The power ramps up at low levels, and drops off as the charge completes. Here we see a very obvious jump up in current somewhere after 25% charged. Consistent across all chargers tested.

Power draw jump after 25% charged

Power draw jump after 25% charged

I did a similar test with an Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition. The most similar Anker power bank I had on hand to the PowerCore 10000 PD. Charging the PowerCore 13400 NSE from 0% it drew power at its full rate. As we would expect from any device at 0% charge.

The slower initial power draw doesn’t appear to impact total charge time. Anker claims a 3.5 hour charge time with a USB-C PD charger. During my testing the total charge time was a bit over 3 hours.

If you have one of the listed incompatible Anker chargers then you may want to wait. The fixed version will be out at some point, if not already. But without Anker making an announcement we won’t know for sure when. If you plan to use a different USB-C charger then you should be fine. But do a charge test and make sure it works okay before your return window closes.

Summary

Top: Anker PowerCore 10000. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD.

Top: Anker PowerCore 10000. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD.

The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD is a worthy successor to the original PowerCore 10000. Anker could have made it like most other 18W USB-C PD power banks. Supporting 5-12V only. But the inclusion of 15V support allows it to charge the Nintendo Switch faster than its peers. Not to mention more device friendly and future proof.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode fast. But not as fast as larger power banks with 15V support. The Switch under draws a bit due to the less than 2A current. This is a Switch issue, not a power bank issue. It will charge while you play. And charges a sleeping Switch at the best possible rate. It will not power a docked Switch.

Its 18W USB-C PD will fast charge Power Delivery supporting phones and small tablets. It can even fast charge the Switch and an iPhone at once. The 2018 iPad Pro will charge as well as with its own charger, but it can charge faster. Lack of PowerIQ 2.0 means no fast charging for Samsung or Quick Charge enabled Android phones. But they will charge at normal rates. It isn’t made for laptops, and won’t work with certain models that demand a minimum output. But for MacBooks and others it’ll help in a pinch. Just not for long.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD ports

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD ports

Its known incompatibility with one of Anker’s newer and popular chargers is a letdown. Anker has acknowledged the problem and taken steps to correct it. But they also opted to keep selling the versions with the issue. Their customer support has been responsive to issues and negative reviews. But if you buy you need to test it with your own charger and make sure everything is to your liking.

About Anker

Anker has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 18 month warranty. They are a beloved brand within many USB-C communities.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD fills a niche of good output options in a compact design. It outperforms similar sized power banks with the Nintendo Switch. And is equally great for iPhones and Google Pixels. It costs more, but not that much more when you account for the included USB-C cable. But if you want to use it with an Anker USB-C wall charger test it as soon as it arrives.

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