Anker PowerCore 20100 Models

Anker PowerCore 20100 Models

Anker PowerCore 20100 Models

As an industry leader Anker has lots of USB charging products. Including many Anker PowerCore 20100 models. They all have similar form factor. And similar names. But they offer different performance when it comes to charging your USB-C devices. Most don’t even have a USB-C port.

Here is a guide to help you determine whether the Anker PowerCore 20100 you’re looking at is the right one for you.

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

Three of the models offer USB-C output.

  • PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C is regular 15W USB-C. Okay for phones, small tablets, and accessories. But no fast charging.
  • PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is 24W USB-C PD. Fast charges newer iPhones, Google Pixel, and Nintendo Switch. Also works for up to 12-inch laptops. Comes bundled with a 30W USB-C PD wall charger.
  • PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD, but with Nintendo licensing. It is a bit cheaper, but doesn’t include a wall charger.

The Anker PowerCore Lite 20000 also has a USB-C port, but it is input only. You can recharge it with a USB-C wall charger. But it won’t charge your USB-C devices.

The rest don’t have a USB-C port. You could use a USB-C to USB-A cable with them, and that’s okay for charging a phone. But you have to buy the cable separately so it isn’t a good deal unless you already own the power bank.

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.

  • USB-C PD models have a single USB-A port, as well as the USB-C port
  • 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 USB-C devices.

Don’t Be Fooled By a Great Price

I’ve seen people looking for a USB-C PD power bank get excited when they find the Anker PowerCore 20100 for $40 or less. But that isn’t the USB-C PD power bank they think it is. Anker’s USB-C PD power banks do go on sale, but not for as much. The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD bundle on Amazon has gone as low as $60. Though more often it drops to $70. The Nintendo Switch Edition gets discounted to $70 on occasion.

If you see a $30-40 sale on an Anker 20100 power bank it is most likely a USB-A only model. Check the pictures, specs, and distinguishing features before you buy.