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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD – A bundled, high capacity charging solution
Switch Chargers Ratings:
- Speed Rating: Great
- Safety Rating: Safe
- Capacity: Recharge a Switch 3.7 times, good for 11+ hours of play
- Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
- 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.25A)
- 15W USB-A (5V/3A)
- 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
Included In Box:
- Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
- Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C wall charger
- USB-C to USB-C cable (3 feet/0.91 meter)
- micro-USB cable
- Total of 14+ hours playtime
- Additional charger for home or work
- Fast charging:
- iPhone 8/X
- USB-C PD Android phones
- iPad Pro (pre-2018)
- 12-inch laptop
- Charges Switch at fastest rate in handheld mode
- Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
- Includes a 30W USB-C PD wall charger
- Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
- Charge three devices at once
- Fits in most Switch carrying cases, but takes up most of the accessory pocket
- Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights
- Only available as a bundle
- May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly
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
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.
iPhone & Android
The iPhone 8 fast charges using a USB-C to Lightning cable. It is 10-20% faster than charging on a USB-A port.
The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C. 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.
MacBook Pro, 13-inch
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.
Compared With Similar Power Banks
|Charger||Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD||AUKEY PB-Y7 30000 USB-C PD||J-Go Tech The Tanker||RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800|
|Switch Speed Rating||Great||Great||Great||Great|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe|
|Features||Includes 30W USB-C wall charger||Built-in flashlight|
May be too large for some flights
|Also Good For||Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch Laptop||Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch Laptop||Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch Laptop||Phone, Tablet, Power Bank, 12-inch Laptop|
|7.0 x 3.1 x 0.9 in|
|5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 in|
|7.3 x 3.1 x 0.9 in|
|6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in|
Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.
The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is a high end, super high capacity power bank. Its 26,800mAh capacity means more playtime (11 hours or more) with the Nintendo Switch. 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.
Its 30W USB-C PD output charges the Switch in handheld mode as fast as any other option. It’ll also fast charges phones/tablets that support USB Power Delivery and 12-inch laptops. Lack of Quick Charge makes it less optimal for most Android phones.
The bundled Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C 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 fast charge the Switch, though it won’t work with the Switch’s dock. The same USB-C devices that benefit from the power bank will benefit from the wall charger. 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. You can recharge the power bank with the Nintendo Switch AC adapter. But there’s the hassle of unplugging the dock. A second charge can work in another room. Or stay at work or in your commute/travel bag. And any support issues all go to the same company.
Anker has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 18 month warranty. They are a beloved brand within the Switch community.
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.
Have more questions about this product? Check out my review at USB-Current for more information on how it works with a variety of USB-C devices.
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