Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD Review

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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with Nintendo Switch

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I purchased the product in this review.

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+ 26800 PD – A bundled, high capacity charging solution

Model: A1375

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD ports and specs

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
  • USB-C Output:
    • 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.25A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 15W USB (5V/3A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 30W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh | 96.48 Wh
  • Size: 7 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches | 178 x 79 x 24 mm
  • Weight: 20.5 oz | 580 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD box and contents

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD box and contents

Included In Box:

Good For:

  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • 12-inch laptop
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD in Switch carrying case

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD in Switch carrying case

Pros:

  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases, but takes up most of the space
  • Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge three devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • Only available as a bundle
  • May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly
Top: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

Top: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

First Impression

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is heavier than other 26,800mAh power banks. That’s due to its metal exterior, which is good for durability and heat. It features a 10 LED wheel for its power remaining indicator. That provides a more accurate assessment of remaining charge than a 4 LED indicator. As a bundle it provides everything you need to charge, use, and recharge the power bank. The included pouch has room for the power bank and cable.

Power Meter Readings

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 at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. While this charger offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out at 2A. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

Phones
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

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. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C and USB-A. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. While the 10-11W provided is a decent charge, it isn’t fast charging. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Laptops
MacBook Pro power meter

MacBook Pro power meter

MacBook Pro power negotiation

MacBook Pro power negotiation

As a 30W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. The MacBook Pro 13-inch comes with a 60W charger, so this 30W charger is not a great option for it. But we can see it provides as much power as it can. And power negotiation is normal. It would extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerAnker PowerCore+ 26800 PDAUKEY PB-Y7 30000 USB-C PDJ-Go Tech The TankerRAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

Review
Price$129.99$76.99$82.99$75.99
Switch Speed RatingExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
Switch Safety RatingSafeSafeSafeSafe
Switch Playtime11+ hours12+ hours9+ hours10+ hours
FeaturesIncludes 30W USB-C wall chargerBuilt-in flashlight
May be too large for some flights
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions7.0 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
20.5 oz
5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 in
19.5 oz
7.3 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
16.8 oz
6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in
16.3 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-16.

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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Summary

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is a high end, large capacity power bank. Its 26,800mAh capacity means more uptime for your devices. But it also limits where this power bank can travel. It is fine for all flights in the USA. But if traveling overseas check with your airline on lithium battery size restrictions. Some countries don’t allow large lithium batteries, and have more enforcement than the USA.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. But it cannot power a docked Switch.

Its 30W USB-C PD output works well for small to medium sized USB-C devices. Especially phones and tablets that support USB Power Delivery and 12-inch laptops. But its lack of Quick Charge makes it less optimal for most Android phones.

The bundled Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 wall charger is a great charger on its own. At 30W USB-C PD output it can recharge the power bank up to its max input. It’ll also work well for the same USB-C devices at the same rate. You only get the one USB-C cable to share between the two chargers.

This power bank is only available in bundled form. If this is your first USB-C power bank the bundle makes sense. You’ll want a USB-C wall charger capable of re-charging it as fast as possible, about 4 hours. Especially if you drain it completely. An older USB-A wall charger could be used. But those will take 12+ hours to go from 0-100%. And any support issues all go to the same company.

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+ 26800 PD lives up to the expectations of a flagship Anker product. Its large capacity means more playtime. But also more weight and international travel restrictions. If you need a second wall charger and a big power bank this bundle works out great. Both will fast charge the Switch in handheld mode.

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