Anker Portable Charger Buying Guide

Anker portable chargers

This Anker portable charger buying guide will help you get the best bang for your buck when buying an Anker product. A portable charger (or power bank) can mean the difference between stressing over your device’s battery life. Or being able to use it all day long without worry.

Anker portable chargers

This guide focuses on Anker’s portable chargers/power banks. If you’re interested in a wall charger from Anker check out that guide here.

Anker has the best selling portable chargers in the US. Check out Amazon’s best sellers list and you’ll find it full of Anker products. As a well known and trusted brand they are a natural first choice when shopping for a portable charger.

Skip to the recommended Anker portable chargers.

Capacity

All things being equal more capacity means more uptime. But you can end up with too much capacity. More capacity also means a higher price and more weight. You don’t want to pay for and carry around a large portable charger when a cheaper, more compact model would work as well. That where this Anker portable charger buying guide comes in.

Portable chargers most commonly measure their capacity by miliampere hours (mAh). As does the lithium battery in your device.

10,000mAh

A 10,000mAh power bank is ideal for most smaller devices. From your phone up to a Nintendo Switch. It can provide ~2 charges for most phones. And 4+ extra hours of play time on the Switch.

Anker’s models weigh 6-9 ounces, making them easy to carry in a daypack or purse. Anker also has lots of options at this size, so there is bound to be a good model for you.

There are also a few 13,000-13,400mAh power banks. For lack of a better option I grouped them here as well.

Anker 10,000mAh Portable Chargers
NameModelPortsOutputInputTrickle Charging
Mode
CableSizeWeightPrice
PowerCore 10000A1263USB-A
micro-USB
12W PowerIQ10W micro-USBNomicro-USB cable3.6 × 2.4 × 0.9 in6.3 ozfrom $29.99
PowerCore Lite 10000A1232USB-A
USB-C (input only)
micro-USB
12W PowerIQ10W USB-C

10W micro-USB
Yesmicro-USB cable5.7 x 2.8 x 0.6 in7.4 ozfrom $33.99
PowerCore 10000 ReduxA1234USB-A
micro-USB
12W PowerIQ10W micro-USBYesmicro-USB cable4.1 x 2.1 x 1 in6.5 oz$33.99
PowerCore 13000A1215USB-A x2
micro-USB
15W PowerIQ10W micro-USBNomicro-USB cable3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in9 oz$37.99
PowerCore 13000 CA1216USB-A x2
USB-C (input only)
15W PowerIQ10W USB-CNoUSB-C to USB-A cable3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in8.5 oz$39.99
PowerCore Speed 10000A1266USB-A
micro-USB
24W Quick Charge 3.010W micro-USBNomicro-USB cable3.9 x 2.5 x 0.9 in7 oz$34.99
PowerCore+ 10050 QC 3.0A1311USB-A
micro-USB
18W Quick Charge 3.015W Quick Charge 3.0Nomicro-USB cable3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 in8.5 ozfrom $39.94
PowerCore II 10000A1230USB-A
micro-USB
18W PowerIQ 2.018W PowerIQ 2.0Nomicro-USB cable3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 in6.3 oz$35.99
PowerCore II Slim 10000A1261USB-A
micro-USB
18W PowerIQ 2.018W PowerIQ 2.0Nomicro-USB cable5.4 x 2.6 x 0.6 in7.4 oz$35.99
PowerCore 10000 PDA1235USB-C
USB-A
18W USB-C PD

10W USB-A
18W USB-C PDYesUSB-C to USB-C cable4.5 x 2 x 1 in6.8 oz$45.99
PowerCore Slim 10000 PDA1231USB-C
USB-A
18W USB-C PD

10W USB-A

(18W max total)
18W USB-C PDYesUSB-C to USB-C cable5.9 x 2.7 x 0.6 in7.5 oz$39.99
PowerCore 10000 PD+USB-C
USB-A
18W USB-C PD

18W PowerIQ 2.0
18W USB-C PDUSB-C to USB-C cable$49.99
PowerCore 10000 PD ReduxA1239USB-C
USB-A
18W USB-C PD

12W USB-A

(18W max total)
18W USB-C PDYesUSB-C to USB-C cable4.5 x 2 x 1 in6.8 oz$45.99
PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch EditionA1241USB-C
USB-A
22.5W USB-C PD21W USB-C PDNoUSB-C to USB-C cable3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in9.2 ozfrom $95.11

20,100mAh

A 20,100mAh power bank works well for large tablets and small laptops. They also work with smaller devices when dealing with several. Or going without power for more than a day. It can recharge up to 4 phones throughout the day. Or keep one phone running through the weekend. And a Nintendo Switch gains an extra 8.5+ hours of play time. It is the limit allowed on board some international flights.

Anker’s models weigh 13-16 ounces. More noticeable in your bag, at up to 1 pound they are quite manageable. Again there are lots of options from Anker. Many being hard to distinguish from the rest at first glance.

Anker 20,100mAh Portable Chargers
NameModelPortsOutputInputCableSizeWeightPrice
PowerCore 20100A1271USB-A x2
micro-USB
12W PowerIQ10W micro-USBmicro-USB cable6.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in12.6 oz$49.99
PowerCore Elite 20000A1273USB-A x3
micro-USB x2
15W PowerIQ

6A max on all ports
10W per portmicro-USB cable x26.3 x 2.6 x 1 in13.5 oz$55.99
PowerCore 20000 ReduxA1262USB-A x2
micro-USB
12W PowerIQ per port10W micro-USBmicro-USB cable6.6 x 2.6 x 1 in12.8 oz$49.99
PowerCore Lite 20000A1269USB-A x2
USB-C (input only)
micro-USB
15W PowerIQ

4.8 max on all ports
10W USB-C

10W micro-USB
micro-USB cable6.1 x 2.8 x 1 in13.7 oz$49.99
PowerCore Speed 20000 UpgradedA1278USB-A x2
micro-USB
24W Quick Charge 3.0

10W PowerIQ
18W Quick Charge 3.0

10W USB-A
micro-USB cable6.5 x 2.4 x 0.9 in13 oz$59.99
PowerCore II 20000A1260USB-A x2
micro-USB
18W PowerIQ 2.0

12W PowerIQ
18W PowerIQ 2.0micro-USB cable6.4 x 2.7 x 0.9 in13 oz$59.99
PowerCore+ 20100 USB-CA1371USB-C
USB-A x2
15W USB-C

15W PowerIQ
15W USB-CUSB-C to USB-C cable7.2 x 2.4 x 0.9 in16 oz$69.99
PowerCore Speed 20000 PDA1275USB-C
USB-A
24W USB-C PD

10W PowerIQ
30W USB-C PDUSB-C to USB-C cable6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in12.7 oz$99.99
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch EditionA1275S11USB-C
USB-A
24W USB-C PD

10W PowerIQ
30W USB-C PDUSB-C to USB-C cable6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in12.7 oz$129.00
PowerCore+ 19000 PDA1362USB-C
USB-A x2
27W USB-C PD

15W PowerIQ 2.0
30W USB-C PDUSB-C to USB-C cable

PowerPort Speed PD 30 wall charger
6.7 x 3.1 x 0.9 in15 oz$119.99

26,800mAh

A 26,800mAh power bank is as large as Anker and other producers go for USB only charging. It is the limit allowed on all US flights. Though FAA rules allow airlines to individual allow larger batteries. Many of which do, including American, Delta, Southwest, and United.

This capacity level is great for keeping up with a laptop. It can recharge most phones up to 5-6 times. Gives the Nintendo Switch 10-12 hours of extra play time. Laptop uptime depends on a number of factors. But will extend your time by several hours in most cases.

Anker’s models weigh 20-21 ounces. At over a pound you’ll only want to take it when you need all the power you can get.

Anker 26,800mAh Portable Chargers
NameModelPortsOutputInputBundleSizeWeightPrice
PowerCore+ 26800A1374USB-A x3
micro-USB
18W Quick Charge 3.018W Quick Charge 3.0PowerPort+ 1 with Quick Charge 3.0

micro-USB cable
7 x 3.1 x 0.9 in20.5 oz$86.99
PowerCore+ 26800 PDA1375USB-C
USB-A x2
30W USB-C PD30W USB-C PDPowerPort Speed PD 30

USB-C to USB-C cable
7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 in20.5 oz$129.99

Output

Along with capacity Anker portable charges vary by their power output. That determines how well a particular charger will work with your phone, laptop, or other device. Anker offers several different charging technologies in their various models. But this Anker portable charger buying guide will get you to the right tech.

PowerIQ

  • Anker’s own tech
  • Uses USB-A port
  • Similar to Apple 2.4A
  • Charges any smartphone
  • Fast charges iPhones, though newer iPhones charge faster with USB Power Delivery

Quick Charge 3.0

  • Fast charging standard found on many Android phones
  • Uses USB-A port on Anker chargers
  • Charges any smartphone
  • Fast charges Samsung, LG, Motorola, and other Quick Charge supporting Android phones

PowerIQ 2.0

  • Anker’s own tech
  • Uses USB-A port
  • Similar to Quick Charge 3.0
  • Charges any smartphone
  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and other Quick Charge supporting Android phones
  • Newer iPhones charge faster with USB Power Delivery

Anker USB-C PD portable chargersUSB Power Delivery (USB-C PD)

  • Newer fast charging standard developed alongside USB-C
  • Uses USB-C port
  • Charges any smartphone
  • Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11, Samsung Galaxy S8 and onward, Google Pixel, and other USB PD supporting Android phones
  • Also used by Nintendo Switch, iPad Pro, and laptops with USB-C
  • Anker’s USB-C PD power banks only go up to 27W output

What Is Fast Charging? How Different Standard Works

You can charge any phone, tablet, or the Switch with any of Anker’s portable chargers, regardless of the tech they use. But in order to fast charge you need a portable charger that is compatible the tech in your device.

If you want straight up recommendations this Anker portable charger buying guide has them. Click on the device you want to charge for the best recommendations.

iPhone | Samsung Galaxy | Google Pixel | LG | Motorola | Huawei & OnePlus | Other Android

Nintendo Switch| iPad | iPad Pro | Samsung Tab | MacBook, MacBook Air, & 12-inch PC Laptops


iPhone

My Pick:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 12W USB-A. The new standard for fast charging a newer model iPhone on the go.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11
  • USB-A fast charges iPhone 4 through XS/11
  • Future iPhones with USB-C ports will continue to support USB PD
  • Can fast charge two iPhones at once
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Newer iPhones require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Budget:
Anker PowerCore 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 12W USB-A only. An older model, $10-16 cheaper than the USB-C PD options. It will still fast charge your iPhone, but a bit slower than with USB-C PD. And you can use your normal Lightning cable.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges iPhone 4 through 11
  • Only one device can be connected at a time
  • Dimensions: 3.6 × 2.4 × 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Can get an iPhone through the weekend. But twice the capacity also means twice the weight. And a higher price.

  • Good for 4-5 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11
  • USB-A fast charges iPhone 4 through 11
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, but requires a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge iPhone
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Newer iPhones require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. Good if you need all the uptime you can get. Can keep an iPhone going for a week.

  • Good for 6-8 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11
  • USB-A fast charges iPhone 4 through 11
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as new iPhones
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Newer iPhones require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


Samsung Galaxy

My Picks:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 12W USB-A. Fast charges Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10 and Galaxy Note 8/9 phones. Expected to work with future Samsung phones, too.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Samsung Galaxy S8 and onward models
  • USB-A normal charges a second phone or small accessory
  • Can fast charge your Samsung with another device on the other port
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Newer iPhones require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+, $49.99 (Walmart exclusive)

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 18W PowerIQ 2.0. Similar to the PowerCore 10000 PD, but can fast charge Galaxy S7 and most other model Samsung phones on USB-A port.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast chargers Samsung Galaxy S8 and onward models
  • USB-A fast charges all current Samsung Galaxy models, except the S10 5G
  • Can fast charge two Samsung phones together
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable for most models, not included
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz (estimated)
Budget:
Anker PowerCore II 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 USB-A. Will fast charge most current Samsung phones. But maybe not future models.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all current Samsung Galaxy models, except the S10 5G
  • Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Can get a phone through the weekend. But twice the capacity also means twice the weight. And a higher price.

  • Good for 4-5 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Samsung Galaxy S8 and onward models
  • USB-A normal charges a second phone or small accessory
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank and Samsung phones fast
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. Capable of the same charge rate as my top picks. With enough capacity to keep a phone going for a week.

  • Good for 6-8 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Samsung Galaxy S8 and onward models
  • USB-A normal charges a second phone or small accessory
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank and Samsung phones fast
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


Google Pixel

My Pick:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 12W USB-A. Fast charges all models of the Google Pixel. And expected to work with future models.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Pixel
  • USB-A can normal charge a second Pixel or other small device
  • Can charge two devices at once
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Budget:
Anker PowerCore 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 12W USB-A only. An older model, $10-16 cheaper than the USB-C PD options. It will not fast charge your Pixel.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Normal charges Pixel
  • Only one device can be connected at a time
  • Dimensions: 3.6 × 2.4 × 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Can get a phone through the weekend. But twice the capacity also means twice the weight. And a higher price.

  • Good for 4 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • USB-A normal charges phones or small accessories
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank and Pixel fast
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. Capable of the same charge rate as my top picks. With enough capacity to keep a phone going for a week.

  • Good for 6 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges Google Pixel
  • USB-A normal charges phones or small accessories
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank and Pixel fast
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


LG

LG V30 and ThinQ series supports Quick Charge 4+. Older LG phones support Quick Charge 3.0.

My Pick, LG V30 and ThinQ Series:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 12W USB-A. Best for the LG V30 and any ThinQ series phone.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges LG V30 and ThinQ series
  • USB-A can normal charge a second phone or other small device
  • Can charge two devices at once
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

My Pick, All LG Phones:

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+, $49.99 (Walmart exclusive)

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 18W PowerIQ 2.0. Best selection for older LG phones that support Quick Charge 3.0.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges LG V30 and ThinQ series
  • USB-A fast chargers all current LG phones
  • Future LG phones will adopt Quick Charge 4+, which will fast charge on either port
  • Can fast charge your LG with another device on the other port
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable for non-ThinQ models, not included
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz
Budget:
Anker PowerCore II 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 USB-A. Will fast charge all current LG phones. But not a better deal if you don't already have a USB-C to USB-A cable.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all current LG models
  • Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Can get your LG V30 or ThinQ through the weekend. But twice the capacity also means twice the weight. And a higher price.

  • Good for 4 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C fast charges LG V30 and ThinQ series
  • USB-A normal charges phones or small accessories
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank and Pixel fast
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

PowerCore II 20000

20,100mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 and 12W USB-A. Connect your older LG phone into the port labeled 18W for fast charging.

  • Good for 4 recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all current LG models, but only on the 18W port
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.7 x 0.9 in inches | 13 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included


Motorola

My Pick:

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+, $49.99 (Walmart exclusive)

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 18W PowerIQ 2.0. Offers fast charging for Motorola phones today and likely into the future.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-A fast chargers all Moto phones
  • USB-C fast charges Moto G7 and likely future models
  • Can fast charge your Moto with another device on the other port
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz
Budget:
Anker PowerCore II 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 USB-A. Supports PowerIQ 2.0, which will fast charge current LG phones.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all current Motorola models
  • Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
PowerCore II 20000

20,100mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 and 12W USB-A. Connect your phone into the port labeled 18W for fast charging.

  • Good for 4 recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all current Motorola models, but only on the 18W port
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.7 x 0.9 in inches | 13 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Anker PowerCore+ 26800

26,800mAh power bank with 18W Quick Charge USB-A. Provides the most uptime. Also supports Samsung's fast charging tech.

  • Good for 6 recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all current Motorola models
  • Can charge three devices at the same time
  • Includes a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger, which will recharge both power bank and Moto phone fast
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included


Huawei & OnePlus

Huawei and OnePlus phones use proprietary fast charging technology. Which is not compatible with any of the standards Anker includes on their power banks. So you will only be able to charge these phones up to 10W. Compared to their included chargers, which range from 20 to 40W.

My Pick:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 12W USB-A. Anker's smallest option with USB-C output.

  • Good for 1.5-2 full recharges of your phone
  • USB-C charges Huawei and OnePlus phones best
  • USB-A can charge another device
  • Can charge two devices at once
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Budget:
Anker PowerCore 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 12W USB-A only. An older model, $10-16 cheaper than the USB-C PD options. But a slower charge. And is only a cheaper buy if you already have a USB-C to USB-A cable.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Normal charges Huawei and OnePlus
  • Only one device can be connected at a time
  • Dimensions: 3.6 × 2.4 × 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Can get a phone through the weekend. But twice the capacity also means twice the weight. And a higher price.

  • Good for 4 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C charges Huawei and OnePlus phones best
  • USB-A can charge another device
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank, fast; Huawei or OnePlus phone slow
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. With enough capacity to keep a phone going for a week. But no better performance than any other Anker option.

  • Good for 6 recharges of your phone
  • USB-C charges Huawei and OnePlus phones best
  • USB-A can charge another device
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge both power bank, fast; Huawei or OnePlus phone slow
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


Other Android Phones

Most Android phones not already listed support Quick Charge 3.0/4+. As such any of these Anker power banks will work well.

If you have an Essential Phone or Razer phone then see the Google Pixel’s recommendations instead.

My Pick:

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+, $49.99 (Walmart exclusive)

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 18W PowerIQ 2.0. Supports Quick Charge enabled Android models.

  • Good for 2 recharges of your phone
  • USB-A fast chargers all Quick Charge models
  • USB-C fast charges those with Quick Charge 4+
  • Can fast charge your Android with another device on the other port
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable for most models, not included
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz
Budget:
Anker PowerCore II 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 USB-A. Will fast charge Android phones with Quick Charge and USB-C. But isn't much cost savings if you don't already have a USB-C to USB-A cable.

  • Good for 2 full recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all Quick Charge models
  • Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
PowerCore II 20000

20,100mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 and 12W USB-A. Connect your phone into the port labeled 18W for fast charging.

  • Good for 4 recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all Quick Charge models, but only on the 18W port
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.7 x 0.9 in inches | 13 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Anker PowerCore+ 26800

26,800mAh power bank with 18W Quick Charge USB-A. Provides for the most uptime. Also supports Samsung's fast charging tech.

  • Good for 6 recharges of your phone
  • Fast charges all Quick Charge models
  • Can charge three devices at the same time
  • Includes a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger, which will recharge both power bank and phone fast
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz


Nintendo Switch

My Pick:
Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

13,400mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 7.5W USB-A. One of Anker's Nintendo licensed power banks. I consider it the best carrying case power bank for the Switch. Additional capacity gives you more play time. And allows you to charge your phone without taking too much away from the Switch.

  • Good for 5.5+ hours of play time with the original Switch; 7.5+ hours with the updated Switch
  • USB-C charges Switch while you play; also fast charges newer iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel
  • USB-A fast charges most iPhones; normal charges other phones
  • Can fast charge Switch and iPhone together
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 9.2 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

Compact:
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 12W USB-A. Anker's smallest option for the Nintendo Switch. Also good with an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S8 or newer, or Google Pixel.

  • Good for 4+ hours of play time with the original Switch; 6+ hours with the updated Switch
  • USB-C charges Switch while you play; also fast charges newer iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel
  • USB-A fast charges most iPhones; normal charges other phones
  • Can fast charge Switch and iPhone together
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD+, $49.99 (Walmart exclusive)

10,000mAh power bank with 18W USB-C PD and 18W PowerIQ 2.0. Will fast charge Samsung, LG, Moto, and Quick Charge enabled Android phones.

  • Good for 4+ hours of play time with the original Switch; 6+ hours with the updated Switch
  • USB-C charges Switch while you play; also fast charges newer iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel
  • USB-A fast chargers most iPhones, Samsung, LG, and Moto phones
  • Can fast charge your Switch and phone together
  • Trickle charging for Bluetooth earbuds or fitness tracker
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches | 6.8 oz

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Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Do you also need a USB-C PD wall charger for your new power bank and to charge the Switch in handheld mode? If so this model comes with one bundled.

  • Good for 8+ hours of play time with the original Switch; 12+ hours with the updated Switch
  • USB-C charges Switch while you play; also fast charges newer iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel
  • USB-A fast charges most iPhones; normal charges other phones
  • Can fast charge Switch and iPhone together
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, and Switch in handheld mode (no dock support)
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. A variation of the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD above. But licensed by Nintendo. Go for the NSE version if you don't need another USB-C PD wall charger and find it at $90 or less.

  • Good for 8+ hours of play time with the original Switch; 12+ hours with the updated Switch
  • USB-C charges Switch while you play; also fast charges newer iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel
  • USB-A fast charges most iPhones; normal charges other phones
  • Can fast charge Switch and iPhone together
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. Combined with a fully charged Switch you can get 14+ hours of total game time.

  • Good for 10.5+ hours of play time with the original Switch; 15.5+ hours with the updated Switch
  • USB-C charges Switch while you play; also fast charges newer iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel
  • USB-A fast charges most iPhones; normal charges other phones
  • Can fast charge Switch and iPhone together
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, and Switch in handheld mode (no dock support)
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini

My Pick:
Anker PowerCore 20000 Redux

20,000mAh power bank with 12W USB-A only. Will fast charge current model iPads. And has enough total output to handle two iPads, or one iPad and one iPhone.

  • Good for 1.5 recharges of your full sized iPad
  • Fast charges all current iPad models
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.6 x 1 inches | 12.8 oz

Upgrade:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. The USB-A port is best for current model iPads. And the USB-C port will support any future iPads that adopt to USB-C.

  • Good for 1.5 recharges of your full sized iPad
  • Fast charges all current iPad models, and potential future models
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, but requires a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge the iPads
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Budget:
Anker PowerCore II 10000

10,000mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 USB-A. Will fast charge current iPads. Has half the capacity of the other recommendations, but also half the weight.

  • Good for less than 1 full recharge of a full sized iPad
  • Fast charges all current iPad models
  • Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 6.3 oz


iPad Pro

The first two generations of the iPad Pro use a Lightning port and support up to 18W USB Power Delivery. iPad Pros from 2018 and later use a USB-C port and support up to 30W USB Power Delivery.

My Picks:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Charges iPad Pros with Lightning up to their max limit. And charges iPad Pros with USB-C faster than their included charger.

  • Good for 1 recharge of the iPad Pro
  • Fast charges all current iPad Pro models, and potential future models
  • Can charge second, small device on USB-A port at same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as any iPad Pro
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

iPad Pros with Lightning require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. A variation of the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD above. While licensed for the Nintendo Switch it works just as well with iPad Pros. Doesn't include a wall charger, so lower base price (when supplies issues aren't throwing things off).

  • Good for 1 recharge of the iPad Pro
  • Fast charges all current iPad Pro models, and potential future models
  • Can charge second, small device on USB-A port at same time
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

iPad Pros with Lightning require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

Budget:
Anker PowerCore 20000 Redux

20,000mAh power bank with 12W USB-A only. Does not provide a fast charge to the iPad Pros. But can charge them fine while asleep. Or extend your uptime while active.

  • Good for 1 recharge of the iPad Pro
  • Provides basic level charge to iPad Pro
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.6 x 1 inches | 12.8 oz

iPad Pros with USB-C require a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. Capable of the same charge rate as my top picks. Providing as much uptime as possible.

  • Good for 1.5 recharge of the iPad Pro
  • Fast charges all current iPad Pro models, and potential future models
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as any iPad Pro
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

iPad Pros with Lightning require a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


Samsung Galaxy Tab A, S3, S4, S5e

Samsung Galaxy Tab A and S3 only support Adaptive Fast Charging, which is Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ 2.0 compatible.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5e support the same. But also work with USB Power Delivery.

My Picks:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. Can fast charge the Tab S4 and S5e on USB-C and charge a second device on the USB-A port.

  • Good for 3 recharges of the Tab A, 1.5 recharges of the Tabs S3 and S4
  • USB-C fast charges Tab S4 and S5e
  • Can charge second, small device on USB-A port at same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as newer Tabs
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

PowerCore II 20000

20,100mAh power bank with 18W PowerIQ 2.0 and 12W USB-A. Connect your Samsung Tab A or S3 to the port labeled 18W for fast charging.

  • Good for 3 recharges of the Tab A, 1.5 recharges of the Tabs S3 and S4
  • Fast charges Samsung tablets and phones, but only on the 18W port
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.7 x 0.9 in inches | 13 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Budget:
Anker PowerCore 20000 Redux

20,000mAh power bank with 12W USB-A only. Doesn't support fast charging for the Samsung Tabs. But will charge them fine while asleep. And increase run time while active.

  • Good for 3 recharges of the Tab A, 1.5 recharges of the Tabs S3 and S4
  • Can charge two devices at the same time
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.6 x 1 inches | 12.8 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore+ 26800

26,800mAh power bank with 18W Quick Charge USB-A. Provides for the most uptime. Also supports Samsung's fast charging tech.

  • Good for 4 recharges of the Tab A, 2 recharges of the Tabs S3 and S4
  • Fast charges Samsung tablets and phones
  • Can charge three devices at the same time
  • Includes a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger, which will recharge power bank fast as well as your tablet
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Requires a USB-C to USB-A cable, not included


MacBook, MacBook Air, & 12-inch PC Laptops

Anker’s USB-C PD power banks do not offer more than 27W output. That’s enough for a small laptop. But most 13 to 15-inch laptops want more power. Especially if their own battery is low. Or they are running resource intense games and apps. As such I can only recommend Anker power banks for these small sized laptops.

My Picks:
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. While 30W is optimal for smaller laptops, they'll get by with the 24W this model offers. And you can normal charge your phone on the USB-A port.

  • Good for 1.5 recharges of the MacBook Air
  • USB-C PD 24W is enough for most 12-inch laptops
  • Can charge second, small device on USB-A port at same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as your small laptop
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

20,100mAh power bank with 24W USB-C PD and 10W USB-A. A variation of the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD above. While licensed for the Nintendo Switch it works just as well with smaller laptops. Doesn't include a wall charger, so lower base price (when supplies issues aren't throwing things off).

  • Good for 1.5 recharges of the MacBook Air
  • USB-C PD 24W is enough for most 12-inch laptops
  • Can charge second, small device on USB-A port at same time
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 12.7 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

Upgrade:
Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD

19,000mAh power bank with 27W USB-C PD and 18W PowerIQ 2.0. While lower capacity than the others it has more output options. It also features a USB hub function that can replace a USB-C to USB-A adapter for your laptop.

  • Good for 1.5 recharges of the MacBook Air
  • USB-C PD 27W is enough for most 12-inch laptops
  • PowerIQ 2.0 on both USB-A ports allows for fast charging of Quick Charge compatible phones
  • Can charge three devices at the same time without output reduction
  • USB hub function acts like a USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as your small laptop
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 15 oz

Large Capacity:
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

26,800mAh power bank with 30W USB-C PD and 15W USB-A. Capable of the same charge rate as my top picks. While providing as much uptime as possible.

  • Good for 2+ recharges of the MacBook Air
  • USB-C PD 24W is enough for most 12-inch laptops
  • Can charge second, small device on USB-A port at same time
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger, USB-C to USB-C cable, and travel pouch
  • Wall charger will recharge power bank fast, as well as your small laptop
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 20.5 oz

Review of the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD


Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-10-15.

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