Anker PowerCore 20100 Models

Anker PowerCore 20100 Models

I’ve seen Nintendo Switch owners confusing one Anker power bank for another. This happens most with the Anker PowerCore 20100 models. They use very similar names and the exact same form factor. From a thumbnail image it is hard to tell a micro-USB port from a USB-C port. But the performance difference between USB-A and USB-C with the Switch is significant. So here is a guide to help you determine whether that Anker PowerCore 20100 on sale is the model you want, or not.

The Different Anker PowerCore 20100 Models
 Anker PowerCore 20100Anker PowerCore II 20000Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 [Upgraded]Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-CAnker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD aka PowerCore Speed 20100 PD

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Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

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Anker PowerCore Lite 20000
Anker PowerCore 20100Anker PowerCore II 20000Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 UpgradedAnker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-CAnker PowerCore Speed 20000Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
PortsUSB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-A x2
USB-C
USB-A
USB-C
USB-A
USB-C
USB-A x2
USB-C
micro-USB
Speed RatingGood EnoughGood EnoughGood EnoughGoodGreatGreatGood Enough
Safety RatingNintendo SuggestedNintendo SuggestedNintendo SuggestedSafeUSB-IF CertifiedNintendo LicensedNintendo Suggested
USB-C OutputN/AN/AN/A5V/3A5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, 15V/1.6A5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, 15V/1.6AN/A
USB-A Output5V/2.4A5V/2.4A5V/2A5V/2.4A5V/2A5V/2A5V/3A
FeaturesNonePowerIQ 2.0 on middle USB portQuick Charge 3.0USB-C 15WUSB-C PD 24WUSB-C PD 24WUSB-C input only
Appearance2 Regular USB ports
4 LEDs indicators
2 Blue USB ports
8-point LED wheel
2 Blue USB ports
4 LEDs indicators
2 Regular USB ports
8-point LED wheel
1 Blue USB port
4 LEDs indicators
1 Blue USB port
4 LEDs indicators
2 Blue USB ports
USB-C & micro ports on side
MSRP$49.99$59.99$59.99$69.99$99.99 w/wall charger
$69.99 stand alone
$89.99$53.99
What’s In a Name

Anker changes its name systems from time to time. And they produce high quality power banks that remain in demand. So older models using one naming system are still available when they release a new model. And the new model may be using a new naming system. This says good things about Anker’s products, but doesn’t help with product model confusion.

  • PowerCore: This is Anker’s power bank line. The name has remained consistent over the years.
  • PowerCore+: Used to distinguish USB-C power banks. All PowerCore+ have USB-C, but not all Anker USB-C are PowerCore+.
  • PowerCore II: Denotes an upgrade from the original. The upgrade involves power output, but varies across product lines.
  • 20100 or 20000: This is the capacity of the power bank, measured in mAh. The 20000 models are actually 20100mAh capacity. The number 20,000 sounds better.
  • Speed:  Denotes a faster charge than the original. Used for both USB-A (Quick Charge added) and USB-C (Power Delivery added).
  • Upgraded: Yet another mark of an output upgrade from the original. These can be misleading, as they can share the same name as an even newer and better power bank. If you see Upgraded in the name it is actually an older model.
  • PD: Power Delivery, the high output USB power protocol.
  • Nintendo Switch Edition: Nintendo licensed for use with the Nintendo Switch.
  • Lite: Anker’s new line of USB-A power banks with USB-C input.
Appearance

Power output specs are the best way to determine which model power bank you’re looking at. But an easier way is the difference in appearance between models.

The USB-C PD models have a single USB-A port.

The USB-C model has two non-blue USB-A ports and an 8-point LED wheel.

Everything else is USB-A output only. Based on MSRP they aren’t a great value for the Nintendo Switch.

Too Good To Be True Pricing

I’ve seen comments about how over priced the USB-C PD power banks are. They often refer to Prime Day 2018 and how they got a PowerCore 20100 for $30. That’s true, but they are comparing USB-A to USB-C PD.

Amazon did sell the Anker PowerCore 20100 for $30.79. It was the USB-A only model which has an MSRP of $49.99. The USB-C PD model has an MSRP of $69.99. Amazon only sells the USB-C PD non-Nintendo model with a charger, MSRP $99.99. The Nintendo Switch Editions weren’t released yet.

To date the lowest we’ve seen the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD w/wall charger on Amazon was $59.99. And the lowest we’ve seen the PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition was $69.99.

If you see a $30 or $40 sale on an Anker power bank it is most likely a USB-A only model. Check the pictures, specs, and distinguishing features before you buy.