Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 Review

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 outlet
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 outlet

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 - An oldie, but goodie USB-C PD wall charger

Summary

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 is a bit dated. But still works well as home or office charger. And unlike the smaller Atom PD 1 it has folding prongs.

Overall
4.6
  • Performance
    (5)
  • Design
    (4.5)
  • Safety
    (5)
  • Portability
    (4)
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Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Charges 12-inch laptop
  • USB-IF certified
  • Travel friendly design
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons

  • Won’t fast charge Quick Charge 3.0 enabled phones; but does normal charging
  • Doesn’t included a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Smaller options are available for almost the same price

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

Model: A2014113
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 specs

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 specs

Tech Specs:
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
  • Input: 100V–240V, 1.2A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches | 57 x 57 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 3.6 oz | 102 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Included In Box:
  • Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30
Good For:
  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Power banks
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • iPad Pro
  • 12-inch laptop

First Impression

I got the Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 (two, actually) as part of a bundle with two Anker power banks. The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD and Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Back when I first got it the size and weight were normal and acceptable. Since then Anker has released a much smaller wall charger, the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1. It offers the same output specs (and USB-IF certification). But uses new technology, resulting in a much smaller and lighter version. The older, larger charger does have two advantages. Its prongs fold up, and it has a blue LED power indicator.

 

Compared To Similar Chargers

ChargerAnker PowerPort Speed PD 30Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1

Review
Apple 30W USB-C Power AdapterAUKEY PA-Y8 27W USB-C Quick Charger
Price$25.99$32.99$49$21.99
Output30W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD27W USB-C PD
FeaturesUSB-IF CertifiedUSB-IF Certified

GaN tech
CableNo cableNo cableNo cableNo cable
Dimensions2.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 in
3.6 oz
1.6 x 1.4 x 1.5 in
1.9 oz
2.7 x 1.3 x 3.2 in
4.6 oz
2.2 x 2 x 1.1 in
2.6 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-12-11.

 

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

 

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, also not included.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

 

Using a Moto G6 for testing we get normal charging rates. As no Quick Charge or compatible fast charging standard is supported that’s as fast as it goes. Still, 10W is a decent charge rate.

Nintendo Switch

 

The Nintendo Switch charges near its max rate of 18W, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is better than average. But it won’t power a docked Switch. That requires a higher 15V output than this charger offers. Learn more about charging the Switch.

USB-C Laptops

 

Using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for testing we can draw up to 28W from this charger. That’s expected, after accounting for efficiency loss.

Different model laptops have different power demands. But in general a 30W charger can support 12-inch laptops. It can power a larger laptop in a pinch. It will charge while sleeping. But may only extend runtime if used while the larger laptop is active.

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 LED

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 LED

Blue LED

The charger has a blue LED as a power indicator. It indicates power to the charger, not active charging of a device. Like most blue LEDs it isn’t too bright. But you’ll notice it in an otherwise dark room.

The light stays on for up to a minute after you unplug the charger. That’s the remaining charge in the Vbus, which takes a minute to discharge. It isn’t the best design, but as power moves in only one direction with the charger it isn’t a problem.

A Bundled Charger

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 comes bundled with three of Anker’s USB-C power banks.

It provides the fastest recharge speed possible with all three power banks. Making these bundles good options for those wanting a USB-C power bank, but also in need of a wall charger for it.

In the USA the PowerCore+ 26800 PD is only available as such a bundle. The PowerCore Speed 20000 PD is usually found as a bundle online. But can be had without the wall charger at Walmart.

Summary

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 is a bit dated when compared to the newer Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1. And without a deal you are better off spending the $5 more to get the much smaller charger with the same power output. But if you receive one as part of a bundle with an Anker USB-C power bank is it a fine charger.

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30

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

As a 30W USB-C PD charger it can fast charge many small to medium sized USB-C devices. Up to a 12-inch laptop. It won’t fast charge Android phones that use Quick Charge or similar tech. But those with USB-C will charge at a decent rate.

Compared to the Atom PD 1 the Speed PD 30 offers folding prongs and a blue LED power indicator. It doesn’t run cooler. The Atom PD 1 got up to 87.4°F (30.8°C) on the sides, 111.1°F (44°C) on the top. The larger Speed PD 30 got up to 116.6F (47°C) running at full output for a while. Neither charger was too hot to touch.

The Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 has come down in price with the release of the smaller version. It has dropped $10 and we’ve seen the occasional sale for even less. As an older model it could be a good buy with the right deal.

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 PowerPort Speed PD 30 is worth keeping around if it came with your new Anker power bank. It’ll fast charge the power banks. As well as USB PD supporting phones, tablets, and up to 12-inch laptops. As a separate purchase it can be a good value, if you catch a sale. If you’re wanting a 30W USB-C PD charger today I would take a look at the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1.

Buy if you:
  • Are getting of the power bank bundles and need a charger to recharge them
  • Hold folding prongs above size and weight
  • Feel more comfortable with a USB-IF certified charger
Don’t buy if you:
  • Are looking for the latest in USB-C PD chargers
  • Need to fast charge a LG or Motorola Android phone
  • Have a laptop larger than 12-inch or a MacBook Air
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