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Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Review

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Nintendo Switch
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Nintendo Switch

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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 Speed 20000 PD – A bundled portable charging solution

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Output: 30W USB-C PD
Capacity: 20,100mAh
Ports: USB-C, USB-A
Includes 30W USB-C wall charger and USB-C to USB-C cable
 
Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS, Google Pixel; regular charges other phones
Charges Nintendo Switch while you play in handheld mode.
Will power most 12 to 15-inch laptops with USB-C.
 
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Expires on: 07/17/2019
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Model: A1275011

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD ports and specs

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 24W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2.6A, 12V/1.9A, 15V/1.6A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 10W USB (5V/2A)
    • Apple 2.4A (won’t reach full potential)
  • Input: 30W USB-C PD (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

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:
Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge.
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD box and contents

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD box and contents

Included In Box:

Good For:

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Only available from Amazon, Anker, and Best Buy as a bundle

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 can’t grasp it in one hand. You can identify this particular model from its siblings 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. 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 charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is above normal, 11W instead of the usual 10W. While this power bank offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out at 1.5A. 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. 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. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Laptops
MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

As a 24W charger it can support most 12-inch laptops. A 30W would be ideal, but 24W is close enough in most cases. The MacBook Pro 13-inch used above requires 45-60W, so this charger is not a good option for it. But we can see it provides almost 22W 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
Speed 20000 PD
Anker PowerCore 20100
Nintendo Switch Edition


Review
RAVPower 20100 USB-C PDZMI QB820

Review
Price$99.99$139.00$69.99$69.95
Output24W USB-C PD24W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
45W USB-C PD
Capacity20,100mAh20,100mAh20,100mAh20,000mAh
FeaturesUSB-IF Certified

Includes 30W USB-C wall charger
Nintendo LicensedPass Through ChargingPass Through Charging

USB Hub
USB-C CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in
12.7 oz
6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in
12.7 oz
6.7 x 3.1 x 0.8 in
17.3 oz
6.3 × 3.2 × 0.8 in
14.3 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-07-16.

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Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with Moto G6

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with MacBook Pro 13-inch

PowerCore Speed 20000 PD vs 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.

The 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition is a variation of the Speed 20000 PD. They perform similarly with the Nintendo Switch. The biggest difference is price and that the Speed 20000 PD includes a wall charger.

The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD’s model number is A1275Z11. The PowerCore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition’s model number is A1275S11. Their advertised specs match up exactly. Side-by-side they look identical except for the Nintendo Switch logo. They weighed the same on my scale. And the side of the Nintendo Switch Edition reads “PowerCore Speed 20000 PD.”

Their power meter readings were quite similar. Charging the two power banks also gave near identical results.

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

The results? The Nintendo Switch Edition charged the Switch 289%. The Speed 20000 PD charged it 295%. Again, when you consider a margin of error there isn’t much difference. The ±6% equals ~10 minutes of playtime.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is a high end, high capacity power bank. Despite its name its capacity is actually 20,100mAh. While Anker doesn’t advertise the point, it is USB-IF certified. Its weakness is a mid ranged output level, like most Anker power banks.

Top: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. Bottom: ZMI QB820.

Top: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. Bottom: ZMI QB820.

Its 24W USB-C PD output works well for smaller USB-C devices. Especially phones that support USB Power Delivery and the Nintendo Switch. Lack of Quick Charge makes it less optimal for most Android phones. It is shy of the 30W a small laptop wants, but could manage under most conditions.

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 Power Delivery phones, the Nintendo Switch (handheld only), and 12-inch laptops like the MacBook. You only get the one USB-C cable to share between the two chargers.

Most stores sell this power bank only in the bundled form. Walmart offers the power bank with USB-C cable and pouch only for $30 less. You can also get a Nintendo Switch Edition of this power bank. But if you need a USB-C wall charger the bundle makes sense. 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 Speed 20000 PD lives up to the expectations of a flagship Anker product. But be aware of its output limits. If you need a second wall charger and power bank this bundle works out great. Everything you need for your small to medium sized USB-C devices.

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