Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Nintendo Switch

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Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Nintendo Switch.

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The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD bundle is a full portable charger solution. You get a power bank good for almost 9 hours extra playtime. Plus a USB-C cable and a 30W USB-C wall charger, good for both the power bank and Nintendo Switch.

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD
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Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD box and contents

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD box and contents.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1 and USB-A x1
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, 15V/1.6A
  • USB-A Output: 5V/2A
  • USB-C Input: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A
  • Capacity: 20,100mAh | 74.37 Wh
  • Size: 6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches | 168 x 62 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz | 360 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD
  • Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C Wall Charger
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 3 foot
  • micro-USB cable
  • Pouch
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD in a Switch case

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD in a Switch case.

Pros
  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Charge Switch and phone at same time
  • Includes USB-C cable
  • Fits in most Switch cases, but takes up most of the accessory pocket
Cons
  • Included cable is not USB-IF certified
  • Only available from Amazon, Anker, and Best Buy as a bundle
Compared With Similar Chargers
ChargerAnker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition


Review
RAVPower 20100 USB-C PDZMI QB820

Review
Cost$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGreatGreatGreatSuperb
Switch Safety RatingUSB-IF CertifiedNintendo LicensedSafeSafe
FeaturesIncludes 30W USB-C wall chargerPass Through Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
Supports Switch Dock
Pass Through Charging
USB Hub
USB-C CableIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Also Good ForPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet, 13-inch Laptop
Size
Weight
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
12.7 oz
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
12.7 oz
6.7 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches
17.3 oz
6.3 × 3.2 × 0.8 inches
14.3 oz
Good For
  • Total of 11.5+ hours playtime
  • Charging while you play
  • Commute
  • Road trips
  • Flights
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPad and tablets
  • Laptop, up to 12-inch (MacBook, Chromebook, etc)

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.

First Impression

The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD has the same design as Anker’s other 20,100mAh power banks. Long, narrow, and not so thick you want grasp it in one hand. It is a form factor others imitate, but don’t quite get the same proportions. You can spot this particular model from similar Anker power banks by its single, blue USB-A port. Only the Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition shares that trait. And it has a Switch logo to distinguish it.

Power Meter Readings
Power meter readings - Asleep

Power meter readings – Asleep

Power meter readings - Idle

Power meter readings – Idle

Power meter readings - Game Playing

Power meter readings – Game Playing

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD vs Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition
Top: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

Top: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition.

When the Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition released we quickly saw it looked like the PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. The advertised specs matched up as well. But Anker said the Nintendo Switch Edition power banks were optimized for the Switch. So naturally the question was how do the two compare?

Model & Specs

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD’s model number is A1275Z11. The PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition’s model number is A1275S11. The Nintendo Switch Edition is a variation of the Speed 20000 PD.

Their advertised specs match up exactly. Side-by-side they look identical except for the Nintendo Switch logo. And they weighed the same on my scale.

In the Box

One way the two power banks differ is in what they include in their boxes.

Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD

MSRP: $99.99
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition

MSRP: $89.99
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD box and contents
Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.

Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition box and contents.


  • Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

  • Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C Wall Charger

  • Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable, 3 foot

  • micro-USB Cable

  • Pouch, knitted


  • Anker PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition

  • Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable, 3 foot

  • Pouch, microfiber

Charging the Nintendo Switch

I tested each while charging the Nintendo Switch under different conditions. The Switch draws the least while asleep, more while idle, and the most while playing a game. Like all lithium battery using devices, the Switch also draws less once its battery is 80% or more charged.

 Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition
Nintendo Switch, <80%, Asleep15V/0.70A (10.5W)15V/0.63A (9.45W)
Nintendo Switch, <80%, Idle15V/0.90A (13.5W)15V/0.94A (14.1W)
Nintendo Switch, <80%, Gaming14.98V/1.20A (17.98W)15V/1.20A (18W)
Nintendo Switch, >80%, Asleep15V/0.54A (8.1W)15V/0.52A (7.8W)
Nintendo Switch, >80%, Idle15V/0.70A (10.5W)15V/0.71A (10.65W)
Nintendo Switch, >80%, Gaming15V/0.98A (14.7W)15V/0.98A (14.7W)

There’s no clear winner, and no clear signs of optimization for the Switch. Where one does better the other beats it in the next measurement. None of the differences are outside the testing margin of error.

Charging the Power Bank

I tested each while being recharged with various USB-C wall chargers. I took measurements while they were both below and above 80% capacity.

 Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C, <80%19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C, >80%19.9V/0.74A (14.73W)19.9V/0.70A (13.93W)
Nintendo Switch AC Adapter, <80%15V/1.77A (26.55W)15V/1.77A (26.55W)
Nintendo Switch AC Adapter, >80%15V/1.12A (16.8W)15V/1.12A (16.8W)
ZMI PowerPlug Turbo, <80%19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)19.8V/1.38A (27.32W)
ZMI PowerPlug Turbo, >80%19.9V/0.87A (17.31W)19.9V/0.87A (17.31W)

The results are identical except for one measurement. But the difference there is small and within the testing’s margin of error. Again, no clear winner and no indications of Switch optimization.

Number of Switch Charges

Finally, I tested the full capacity of both power banks. I drained my Nintendo Switch to 0% and charged the power bank to 100%. I then recharged the Switch using the power bank up to 100%. When done I drained the Switch again and recharged it again with the power bank. This continued until the power bank shut down.

Many charge cycles died to bring us this information

 Anker PowerCore
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition
Total Switch Charge295%289%
Number of Switch Charges2.9x2.9x

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD won, but only by 6%. As with the other tests there is a margin of error to consider. An extra 6% equals ~10 minutes of playtime. I put both at 2.9 Switch charges, which gives you an extra 8.7+ hours of game time.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is a high end, great quality power bank. Despite its name its capacity is actually 20,100mAh. While Anker doesn’t advertise the point, it is USB-IF certified.

The bundled Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C wall charger is a great charger on its own. It can recharge the power bank up to its max input. It’ll also charge the Switch in handheld mode as fast as this power bank. You can read more on the wall charger in my review.

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD compares to the PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition. My testing showed almost identical results. There may indeed be optimization for the Switch in the Nintendo Switch Edition, but I couldn’t spot it. Most Switch users wouldn’t notice a difference between the two power banks.

This is one of the few USB-C PD power banks you’re likely to find in a local store. Most local store shelves are full of USB-A power banks. That is for the larger smartphone market. Those power banks are cheaper, but also slower. And they don’t include a cable that works with the Switch. You can find the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD at most Best Buy and Walmart locations.

Anker has U.S. based support contacts (web, email, phone) and warranty service. They are a beloved brand within and outside of the Switch community.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD lives up to the expectations of a flagship Anker product. As a bundle it offers you all the pieces you’d need to keep the Nintendo Switch charged away from home.

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