Anker Power Banks: Things To Know Before Buying

Anker is one of the best and most popular brands among power banks. However, a lot of confusion exists in the market about correct product timeline of Anker PowerCore/Astro  power banks as well as the correct prices and official sellers on sites such as Amazon.  For example, Anker offers five different models of PowerCore powerbanks in 10000 mAH capacity and another five types of different PowerCore models in 20000 mAH capacity!! All of these are branded PowerCore/PowerCore+ and look similar to each other but come with varying features and at different price-points. Often, customers end up buying old versions of Anker external battery packs at same price as new and better Anker battery packs . Also, many shady sellers on Amazon exploit this confusion to sell old versions of Anker products at high prices.

Here are three things to keep in mind before buying Anker battery packs –

PowerCore+ vs PowerCore II vs PowerCore vs Astro Difference

Anker Powercore+ 13400 offers extra features and is a newer model than Anker Astro E4 13000. As both have almost same price, so go for Powercore+
Anker Astro E4 review 4 A
Anker Astro E4 is the older 13000 mAh capacity power bank of Anker  and does not have many features such as Qualcomm Quick Charging that gives twice fast charging of the PowerBank 

Technically, PowerCore+ series and the PowerCore II series are the latest Anker series of power banks. However, many PowerCore series powerbanks (without the +) and much older Astro series of powerbanks are also currently  available in same battery capacities as their Powercore+ or PowerCore II equivalents. We have created a handy table for your reference below – that is better than the product tables at Amazon’s product pages – to help you make an informed decision.

A more recent version of power bank will not only have better charging and device and battery  protection technology but also often offer many additional features. For example, the latest Powercore+ 13400  can charge your phone in  to about 80% in 30 minutes as it supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology – something NOT supported in older PowerCore and Astro E4 battery bank with the same 13000 mAH capacity.

Buy From AnkerDirect – The Only Official Anker Seller

An extremely important thing to remember is that AnkerDirect is the only seller authorized for selling Anker power banks on Amazon. A lot of scammer sellers sell Anker portable power packs on Amazon with various misleading names. Many scammers sell old Anker power banks at higher rates while many sell refurbished or even fake power banks. Buying power banks from such scammers will not only cost you higher but will also not allow you to benefit from Anker’s generous 18-month warranty and reliable customer service. There are also very serious accident risks involved with buying fake and cheap battery banks.

Here at powerbankguide.com, we give you direct links to buy authorized Anker battery banks that ensure that you get genuine products at lowest prices and full warranty.

Correct Product Series and Timeline

Anker released two generations of Astro power banks followed by multiple versions of PowerCore power banks, again followed by the Powercore+ series as well as the PowerCore II series. As old Astro series and PowerCore series products were not discontinued, this has created a lot of confusion in the market. The existence of all four series of products at once is also sometimes used by scammers to sell older versions of Anker power banks.

Also, Anker is continually releasing new PowerCore powerbanks with some cool features that even PowerCore+ does not have! For example the latest PowerCore 10000 and the latest PowerCore 20000 both have QuickCharge 3.0 superfast charging feature.

Here are the latest Anker External Battery Packs according to battery capacity. We have also included the shopping links for the only authorized Anker seller on Amazon – AnkerDirect.

All Anker 10000 mAH Power banks

iPhone 7 (3-4 recharges), Galaxy S7 Edge (2+ recharges)

Features PowerCore+ 10050 QC 3.0 PowerCore II Slim 10000
PowerCore Speed 10000QC PowerCore 10000 2 Ports PowerCore 10000 1 Port
QuickCharge 3.0 Output (to charge devices)
QuickCharge 3.0 Input
(to quickly charge the powerbank itself)

Gets Charged in 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger

Gets Charged in 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger
Special Feature Super Slim! at just .6 inches Best value for money
Number of Ports 2 1 1 2 1

All Anker 20000 mAH Power banks

iPhone 7 (6-7 recharges), Galaxy S7 Edge (4+ recharges)

Features PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C PowerCore Speed 20000 QC PowerCore 20100 with QC3.0 PowerCore II 20000 PowerCore 20100
USB-C Port
QuickCharge 3.0 Output
QuickCharge 3.0 Input
Number of Ports 3 (2 USB and 1 USB-C) 2 2 3 2
Special Features Has USB-C input/output for rapid charge recharge Has QC3.0 output but is bulkier Slimmest, lightest model with QC 3.0 Best value! Three heavy duty 2 Amp ports. Dual input to charge powerbank in just 6 hrs Slimmest plain vanilla model but WITHOUT QC 3.0

All Anker 28600 mAH Power banks

iPhone 7 (8-9 recharges), Galaxy S7 Edge (5-6 recharges)

Features PowerCore+ 26800 USB-C PD with 27-watt USB-C wall charger PowerCore+ 26800 QC 3.0 PowerCore 26800
USB-C Port with USB-PD for Macbooks, Galaxy S8, Nintendo Switch
QuickCharge 3.0 Output but has USB-C fast charge output
QuickCharge 3.0 Input but has better USB-C input
Number of Ports 3 3 3
Special Features 30 watt USB-PD port for charging Macbooks, Nintendo Switch etc. Has QC3.0 input and output Gets charged in 7 hours using dual-input, No USB-C or QC 3.0
Time to charge the powerbank 4 hrs 4 hrs 7 hrs

All Anker 13000 mAH class Power banks

iPhone 7 (4-5 recharges), Galaxy S7 Edge (3+ recharges)

Features PowerCore 15600 PowerCore+ 13400 PowerCore 13000
Special Notes Incredible Value at this price-point QC 3.0 Output only No quickcharge, we recommend 15600 version instead of this
QuickCharge 3.0 Output (to charge devices)
QuickCharge 3.0 Input (to quickly charge the powerbank itself)
Number of Ports 2 2 2

All Anker 5000 mAH & lower Power banks

iPhone 7 (About 2 recharges), Galaxy S7 Edge (1+ recharges)

Features PowerCore Slim 5000 PowerCore Fusion 5000 PowerCore 5000 Astro 5200 PowerCore+ 3350
Special Notes Super slim, light, and pocket friendly Combines foldable wall charger + powerbank > Great for travel Ultra low-cost! Tiny 1-charge lipstick size powerbank
2 Amp fast charging
2 Amp fast charging for powerbank itself
Weight 4.27 oz 4.23 oz 4.8 oz 4.2 oz 2.7 oz
Number of Ports 1 2 1 1 1
QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output

26 thoughts on “Anker Power Banks: Things To Know Before Buying

  1. Hi, great site, very helpful info. I have a few questions:

    I only have apple products (iPhone 5, 6s, and 2 iPad’s), I wouldn’t benefit from QualComm Quick Charging (ASIN: B00VLNT9KW) when charging my devices, correct?

    I could however benefit in that the Anker itself would charge up faster if connected to a Qualcomm fast charging brick, correct?

    But none of the apple devices’ power bricks nor the devices themselves would benefit from QC2.0 nor QC3.0, correct?

    1. Hi Richard,
      Yes, You are correct! Apple products (as of now) will not benefit from Quickcharge 2 or 3 in Anker 200000 with QC 3.0.

      Also as the powerbank you mentioned (Anker 200000 with QC 3.0, ASIN: B00VLNT9KW) is Quickcharge output only , you will not benefit from the powerbank charging quickly as the powerbank will get charged in the normal time only.

      We suggest you opt for the older and lower-cost Anker Powercore 20000 (without QC 3.0) if you do not plan to buy any non-Apple products in near future. It will also charge your iPhone at twice the standard charging speed and the iPad to its maximum possible charging speed at 2.1 Amp.

      Apple-supplied iPhone chargers only charge at 1 Amp and hence the high-amp output will cut charging times for iPhones by about half.

      We also suggest using (or buying if you do not have one) a 2.1 Amp+ wall charger such as the RAVPower 24 W 2.4 Amp dual USB charger for charging the powerbank at it maximum possible rate – about 10 hours for a full recharge.

  2. Where I can find authorized seller of anker power bank in the country of QATAR, I see lots of anker power bank sell in Qatar but I don’t know if its genuine or fake ANKER power bank, and to determine a genuine and fake ANKER power banks

    1. Hi Melvin,
      In Qatar, you can buy genuine Anker products from Souq.com.

      To avoid purchasing fake/counterfeit products, it is best to avoid small shops for buying such products and better to go with large chains such as Souq.

      Thanks!

  3. Interesting site.

    Looking to power a Garmin Edge 1000 gps unit during a long (18-hour-non-stop) bicycle ride – any advice as to features / capacity I should be looking for?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Peter,

      Thanks! The good news is that Garmin GPS 1000 is not a very power hungry device (compared to smartphones), and hence a low-cost good 10000 mAH powerbank should be more than adequate to power it for 18-hours of screen time. If you ONLY plan to power the Garmin 1000 and not your phone you can skip the QuickCharge powerbanks. However, we recommend to go with a minimum 10000 mAH powerbank with Quickcharge and with 2 ports so that you can charge your phone (if required) and Garmin 1000 at the same time. Another important factor for outdoor use is that it is recomended that your powerbank is waterproof and shock/dust proof Our recommended powerbank with all the above features is RAVPower 10050mAh Outdoor Portable Charger . It is priced well, has two ports, and is rugged enough for outdoor/biking use.

      Happy Biking! 🙂

    1. Hi Maria, If you have purchased from Amazon, then make sure that you have purchased from AnkerDirect the only authorized Anker product seller on Amazon. Other than Amazon, in the US, the only other major authorized online sellers for Anker powerbanks are Staples, Newegg, and RadioShack. To be on the safe side, it is better to purchase only from these sellers.
      One way to know if your product is genuine is to call Anker support at +1 (800) 988 7973 (in US) or at +44 (0) 1604 936 200 (in UK) and enquire about the warranty by giving your order no or other proof of purchase to the customer care representative.
      You can also mail at support@anker.com
      Thanks

  4. Hi,

    Very helpful web page. For a Samsung S7 edge, is this not compatible with quick charge 3.0? What would you recommend?

    Many thanks,

    Mary

    1. Just found out that quick charge 3.0 isn’t compatible with my samsung; would you recommend getting the quick charge 2.0 or still the 3.0 as it’s backwards compatible?

      1. Hi Mary,

        Thanks for the query. We recommend choosing a QC 3.0 Input/Output powerbank as – as u said – it will be backward compatible with QC 2.0. The difference in price between QC 2.0 and 3.0 powerbanks is not large while there is a big leap in charging performance and it will serve you well in future if/when you upgrade your phone. Also, an extremely useful benefit is that if you choose a powerbank that has both QC 3.0 Input & Output, your power bank itself will get charged blazingly fast with QC 3.0 even though it will charge your galaxy edge with QC 2.0! 🙂

        Some such recommeded powerbanks with QC 3.0 Input/Output are: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 QC3.0, Anker PowerCore+ 26800 QC 3.0 and RAVPower 20100 QC 3.0/USB-C. The RAVpower 20100 QC3/USB-C is our favorite pick as it also comes with USB-C input/output charging making it very versatile for charging future smartphones and even laptops/ultrabooks.

        Thanks!

  5. What is the best way to charge a power bank? I’ve had my 10050 on the basic phone wall charger for 5 hours and it hasn’t moved.

    1. Hi Billy,

      First recharges for most powerbanks can be very frustrating as they take extremely long on basic .5 to 1 amp phone wall chargers. For first charge of a 10050 mAH powerbank on a basic .5 amp wall charger, make sure u pressed on button on the powerbank after connecting….and wait 20-24 hours! Slowly, slowly, one after other the blinking lights will progress with full charge in a maximum of 24 hours. If there is still no progress after 24 hours of non-stop charging, you should consider raising a replacement/return request.

      10000 mAH is 10 Ampere-hours so at the rate of .5 amperes per hour from the basic charger it will take about 20 hrs to charge in theory. After factoring in conversion efficiency of about 90%, it is more like about 24 hours in practice.

      For 20000 mah and more, just double/multiply the time accordingly (48-72hrs!).

      Do not worry, as all subsequent/later charges will take far lesser time even when using the same wall charger.

      Looong charging times for high-capacity powerbanks are one big reason to go for quicker charging USB-C input or Quickcharge 3.0 input powerbanks and USB-C/QC 3.0 wall chargers.

      Thanks and do let us know the progress! 🙂
      Rabh

  6. My old E1 has packed up, so looking to replace with an equivalent, I use it mainly to run my Mobius camera from a bike bar bag. It has worked excellently for quite a few years.

    Should I just get a direct E1 replacement or the 2nd Gen or the new powercore slim 5000 both of which are around £5 dearer?

    Or any other alternatives?

    Thanks for your advice.

    1. Hi Steve,

      We recommend getting an Anker PowerCore Slim 5000. The advantage of Powercore slim over E1 is that Powercore Slim will get recharged in less than half the time (3.5 hrs) taken by E1 using a 2.4 amp wall charger such as Anker 12W USB wall charger Wall Charger.

      Another good news is that at present there is a promo going on at Amazon UK that will offer you 50% discount on the 2.4 amp Anker 12 W USB wall charger if you combine it with PowerCore Slim!! To get it, go to the Anker Powercore Slim page on Amazon UK first and also order the wall charger from the displayed promo link 🙂

      Tip: To prolong life of your powerbank, please charge and discharge it at least once every 3-4 months.

      Thanks,
      Rabh

      1. Thank you for your quick reply, I was kinda tempted with the 5000 slim as the bar bag is tall and long.

        However, you have thrown a spanner in the works with a review for the powercore 10000. With slightly different dimensions would this represent better value for money @ £20?

        Thanks again for your input.

        Steve.

        1. Hi Steve,

          Thanks for the feedback. PowerCore 10000 indeed offers more bang per buck than 5000 Slim. However – with the exact same budget – our favorite recommendation right now on Amazon UK is Anker PowerCore 15600 that delivers 55% extra battery capacity than Powercore 10000 in a quite compact package!! 🙂

          Happy shopping!
          Rabh

  7. Thanks for this article! great help!
    Just wondering if you could explain what the mAH units mean and what the implication means for me as an end user of choosing one of a lower/higher value?
    And what does input/output only mean?

    1. Hi Jay,
      Thanks for the positive feedback.

      Mah is a measure of battery capacity. To put it simply, the more the MaH value, the longer will your powerbank last. So a 10,000 mAH powerbank will fully charge a smartphone with ~2000 mAH battery iPhone 7 about 3.5 times while a 20,000 powerbank will charge it around 7 times.

      Input only means that the charging technology or standard mentioned (like Quickcharge) is only for charging the powerbank and NOT for charging devices using the powerbank. Output only means that the charging technology mentioned is used only while charging the devices from the powerbank but NOT when you are charging the powerbank itself using quickcharger.

      Our recommendation is to of course go for both Input/Output powerbanks. However, QuickCharge or USB-C Output only powerbanks are a good low-cost option if you intend to just charge your devices quickly and do not mind slow (7-14 hrs) charging times for the powerbanks. A very good example is Anker PowerCore 20000 with QC 3.0 output only which offers huge capacity and superfast charging for your smartphones at a bargain price.

      We do not exactly recommend input only powerbanks as you will always find a nice Output only or Input/output powerbank for every budget.

      Thanks!

      1. Thank you for the clear and concise explanation.
        I’m considering getting the Anker PowerCore 20100 as that looks like it offers high-speed input and output charging with a relatively substantial mAh. I’m sure it’ll suffice for my Samsung Galaxy S5 + one or two older models which my parents have that we hope to charge while out on holiday in the middle of nowhere.

        Just wondering if you recommend stepping up the purchase to the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C for an extra £10 (~$14 USD) more? From what I understand USB-C will only benefit the very latest phone models and others in the future. So would it be worth future-proofing myself? And is the prime advantage of USB-C a faster device charge rate?

        And while not intended for it, I take it given the ubquity of the mini-USB to USB port charging offered by such power banks, I can then use the cables to charge other devices such as my digital cameras or other devices.

        1. Hi Jay,
          Thanks for the response and queries. Yes, we will definitely recommend going for a USB-C powerbank at present to futureproof any powerbank purchase as USB-C is fast becoming the standard for Android due to support for it by Google.

          USB-C does not always provide faster charging time over other rapid charging standards – it mostly depends on the particular charging voltage/current supported by the device. But for most upcoming devices (such as Galaxy S8), it will generally offer equivalent or faster charging times. Other big advantages of USB-C is its versatility (you can charge smartphones, most latest and upcoming laptops including Macbooks, and even other devices such as Nintendo switch) and two way charging connectivity (your phone can act as powerbank for other devices).

          While shopping for USB-C powerbanks, we recommend choosing a powerbank with highest total wattage output in your budget as, in the case of USB-C, higher output wattage implies higher charging speed for supporting devices. For example, both Anker 20100 USB-C and RAVPower 20100 USB-C offer 15 watt output. RAVPower 20100 USB-C PD or RAVPower 20100 USB-C PD offer 30 watt and can charge a Macbook (or a supporting phone or Nintendo Switch) at twice the speed of a 15-watt powerbank. USB-C output wattage can theoretically range up to 100 watts!! (no such USB-C powerbanks or devices exist at present!) and in future this will enable USB-C to charge larger and more powerful appliances and peripherals.

          To summarize, both Anker 20100 USB-C and RAVPower 20100 USB-C are excellent choices. RAVpower 20100 USB-C costs a bit lower than Anker and also comes with support for Quickcharge 3.0, which is useful if you or your family owns many/any Quickcharge 3/2/1 devices Galaxy S5 does not have support Quickcharge).

          Thanks,
          Rabh

  8. Where I can find authorized seller of anker power bank in country India, I don’t know if its genuine or fake ANKER power bank, and to determine a genuine and fake ANKER power banks

    1. Hi Rawat,

      Thanks for the query. Buying Anker powerbanks in India can be tricky as many unauthorized sellers sell Anker battery packs at crazy steep prices. At present, in India, we thing the best bet is to purchase Anker products through Cloudtail India – Amazon India’s own seller-subsidiary. Cloudtail also offers the best prices on Amazon India for Anker powerbanks and you can get some very good deals if you explore. For example, these two bestselling Anker powerbanks on Amazon India sold by Cloudtail – Anker PowerCore 10400 White
      & Anker PowerCore 10400 Black

      Thanks!

  9. I’m confused about buying Anker external battery. Anker powercore 15600 mAh (for price 200 SAR), Anker powercore with quickcharge 10000 mAh (200 SAR) and Anker powercore+ 13400 mAh (220 SAR). The price for all these 3 models is almost same. Kindly give a detailed comparison. Thanks

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