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Anker PowerPort II PD with Nintendo Switch
Anker PowerPort II PD

Anker PowerPort II PD

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Interested in using this charger with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.

Anker PowerPort II PD – Dual USB-C & USB-A charger

Model: A2014113

Anker PowerPort II PD specs

Anker PowerPort II PD specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • PowerIQ 2.0 (Quick Charge 3.0, Samsung AFC compatible)
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 100V–240V, 1.6A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches | 69 x 69 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 5.3 oz | 150 grams

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Anker PowerPort II PD box and contents

Anker PowerPort II PD box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Anker PowerPort II PD

Good For:

  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Travel charger
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • Quick Charge Android phones
    • iPad Pro
  • Power banks
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • 12-inch laptop
Anker PowerPort II PD in Switch carrying case

Anker PowerPort II PD in Switch carrying case

Pros:

  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • USB-IF certified
  • Travel friendly design
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons:

First Impression

The Anker PowerPort II PD is an ideal travel charger. Provided you won’t need to charge up to two devices at once. Most of us still have a mix of newer USB-C devices and older USB-A devices. This charger allows you to fast charge both new and old devices. And without the need for new cables. It is heavier than a single port charger, but lighter and smaller than two chargers would be. The square shape and folding prongs allow it to pack easily. It fits in a double sided pouch I use. One side for the charger, the other for cables. It does have an always on blue LED. That could be bothersome in a dark hotel room, but it isn’t too bright.

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 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.

Phones
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

Moto G6 power meter (USB-A)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-A)

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. It’ll also fast charge on the USB-A port using an older Apple 2.4A standard. It is a bit slower if the iPhone has a low charge. But charges almost as quickly if topping off. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

The Moto G6 fast charges using the PowerIQ 2.0 port. PowerIQ 2.0 mimics Quick Charge 3.0, Samsung AFC, and Motorola TurboPower. So most Android phones with any of those fast charging standards will see a fast charge on the USB-A port. If connected to the USB-C port it’ll charge ~50% slower. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. 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 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 charged my MBP while asleep and could extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared With Similar Chargers

ChargerAnker PowerPort II PDAUKEY PA-Y11 30W PD USB-CMonoprice Obsidian Speed Plus USB 2-Port 39WRAVPower 36W Dual USB-C PD
Price$29.99$42.99$18.79$13.99
Output30W USB-C PD

PowerIQ 2.0
30W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
39W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD
FeaturesUSB-IF Certified

Quick Charge 3.0 compatible

Travel Friendly
Travel FriendlyUSB-IF Certified

Travel Friendly
Travel Friendly
CableNo cableNo cableNo cableNo cable
Dimensions 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 in
5.3 oz
2.5 x 2.5 x 1.1 in
4.5 oz
2.5 x 3.0 x 1.2 in
4.9 oz
2.8 x 2.2 x 1 in
4.5 oz

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

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Anker PowerPort II PD with Nintendo Switch

Anker PowerPort II PD with Nintendo Switch

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PowerIQ 2.0

Anker PowerPort II PD ports

Anker PowerPort II PD ports

PowerIQ 2.0 (PIQ 2.0) is a fast charging standard created by Anker. It is a charger side only standard, which is unusual. Anker doesn’t have their tech installed in any devices other than their own chargers. As no device makers support PowerIQ, Anker has made their standard mimic others.

PIQ 2.0 supports up to 18W (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A). Those are similar power profiles used by Quick Charge 3.0 and Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging. In mimicking those standards it registers as such. My Power-Z KM001 tester showed support for both Quick Charge 3.0 and Samsung AFC. It doesn’t register as PowerIQ. The Moto G6, who own TurboPower also mimics Quick Charge 3.0, fast charged. Anker advertises Samsung and other QC phones do the same.

The original PowerIQ supports legacy fast charging standard. Most notable Apple 2.4A and Samsung 2.0A. You can identify PowerIQ 2.0 chargers from original PowerIQ chargers by their logo. PowerIQ 2.0’s logo includes a square symbol (IQ²).

Anker’s Dual Port Chargers

The PowerPort II PD is the high-end model of Anker’s dual port charger line up. All three chargers look alike, but there are price and performance differences.

Anker PowerPort PD 2
  • 18W USB-C PD
  • 12W USB-A
  • 2.4 × 2.5 × 1.1 in
  • 4.7 oz
  • $22.99

Best for fast charging a USB PD phone and regular charging a small accessories, like wireless earbuds.

Anker PowerPort Speed+ Duo
  • 30W USB-C PD
  • 12W USB-A
  • 2.6 x 2.6 x 1.1 in
  • 5.3 oz
  • $25.99

Best for those with small USB-C laptops or large tablets. And are fine with normal charging speeds for their non-USB PD phones.

Anker PowerPort II PD
  • 30W USB-C PD
  • PowerIQ 2.0
  • 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 in
  • 5.3 oz
  • $29.99

Best for those with both USB-C PD devices and Samsung, Motorola, or Quick Charge 3.0 Android phones.

All three chargers have the same look, form factor, and blue LED indicator. None of them include a USB-C cable. And all of them are USB-IF certified.

Trip Report

Top: RAVPower Super-C 36W Type-C & USB Dual Ports. Bottom: Anker PowerPort II PD.

Top: RAVPower Super-C 36W Type-C & USB Dual Ports. Bottom: Anker PowerPort II PD.

I tried out the PowerPort II PD on a long weekend trip. On shorter trips we travel with fewer devices. And more of them are using USB-C. I had been using an Anker 4-port USB-A charger. But we weren’t using all its ports. And it wouldn’t fast charge anything. So we tried stepping down to the 2-port PowerPort II PD. Hoping the faster charging would make up for the missing ports.

Devices:

Cables:

  • Lightning cable
  • USB-C to Lightning cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • micro-USB to USB-A cable

I expected it to charge everything but the MacBook Pro at optimal levels. And it did. The Switch charged while playing. We could fast charge one iPhone. And both charged fine overnight.

It also kept up with our use of the MacBook Pro. We used it to stream video to the TV. The 30W USB-C charger kept it at 100%. And it recharged fine while asleep. I didn’t put a lot of demand on the laptop during the trip. Some entertainment, Internet, and word processing. Those have low power requirements so 30W sufficed, especially if I start with the Mac at 100%. If I was doing video games or graphical work I would want 45-60W. If we’re both bringing laptops to work then my wife will bring a 45W or 60W charger. And on her solo work trips she takes the same. She tends to let the battery level drop and then recharge while continuing to work. But for a non-work trip I could get by with only this charger.

The two ports also worked for us. We did need good cable management. The more expensive USB-C to Lightning cable was a must. But if you have dedicated travel cables you only need to do it once. As devices charged faster there wasn’t every a queue of other devices waiting their turn.

Summary

Anker PowerPort II PD LED with lights on and off

Anker PowerPort II PD LED with lights on and off

The Anker PowerPort II PD is a great travel charger, depending on your device list. It is best for those with both USB-C Power Delivery supporting devices Quick Charge compatible phones. If you don’t need Quick Charge or don’t have a USB-C laptop one of Anker’s other two ports chargers could work as well for a little less. But then again the PowerPort II PD is only a few dollars more and offers better future proofing for new devices.

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

The 30W USB-C PD port can fast charge many small to medium sized USB-C devices. USB PD phones like iPhone and Google Pixel will fast charge. It fully supports 12-inch laptops. And you could get by on it with 13-inch/14-inch laptops, if your needs aren’t too demanding.

PowerIQ 2.0 on the USB-A port offers fast charging for Samsung, Motorola, and Quick Charge supporting Android phones. You’ll need to use a USB-C to USB-A cable. But chances are your phone came with one.

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.

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 II PD is a great dual port charger. Excellent for charging your Nintendo Switch and phone. It’ll also handle up to a 12-inch laptop. A travel friendly with a compact design and folding prongs. And the USB-IF certification offers peace of mind.

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