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Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD – A bundled portable charging solution
- 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.
Included In Box:
- Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD
- Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 wall charger
- USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3 feet/0.91 meter
- micro-USB cable
- Additional charger for home or work
- Fast charging:
- iPhone 8/X
- USB-C PD Android phones
- iPad Pro (pre-2018)
- Nintendo Switch (handheld)
- 12-inch laptop
- 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
- Only available from Amazon, Anker, and Best Buy as a bundle
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
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.
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.
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
Speed 20000 PD
|Anker PowerCore 20100|
Nintendo Switch Edition
|RAVPower 20100 USB-C PD||ZMI QB820|
|Output||24W USB-C PD||24W USB-C PD||30W USB-C PD|
Quick Charge 3.0
|45W USB-C PD|
Includes 30W USB-C wall charger
|Nintendo Licensed||Pass Through Charging||Pass Through Charging|
|USB-C Cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||USB-C to USB-C cable|
|Dimensions||6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in|
|6.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 in|
|6.7 x 3.1 x 0.8 in|
|6.3 × 3.2 × 0.8 in|
Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-07-16.
PowerCore Speed 20000 PD vs 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.
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.
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.
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.
Anker has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 18 month warranty. They are a beloved brand within many USB-C communities.
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.Buy on Amazon
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