Anker Powercore vs Astro : What is Different?

If you have tried searching for the popular Anker battery packs for your smartphones or tablets, you may have become confused by the PowerCore+, Powercore, and Astro series of products. The, PowerCore+, PowerCore, and Astro battery banks are available in the stores at the same time, often look the same, have same capacity, and sometimes even have same or similar prices!

Also many shady sellers sell old Anker products on Amazon and other sites under false claims of being the “latest”.

To further complicate matters, all the three – Powercore+, Powercore, and Astro – are available in the Amazon marketplace side-by-side. The “second” or “third generation” of Astro portable power banks are even wrongly shown in Amazon product listings as the more recent versions!

Even Anker itself continues to sell old and new versions of the powerbanks at the same time with EXACTLY same name and unless you know what you are looking for, you may well end up buying an older version powerbank at same price as the latest one! For example, two different models of PowerCore+ 10050 are available at present, one with QC 2.0 and the other Anker PowerCore+ 10050 with the latest QC 3.0.

Let us simplify the situation for you –

#1 An Anker PowerCore+ powerbank is BETTER and NEWER than Astro Gen 1 or Gen 2 of same capacity.

#2 An Anker PowerCore (without the +) powerbank is BETTER and NEWER than Astro Gen 1 or Gen 2 of same capacity.

#3 Anker PowerCore+   and Anker PowerCore powerbanks exist side by side with PowerCore+ usually having some extra features with PowerCore offering excellent value for money.

For example, Anker PowerCore+ 10050 has QC 3.0 input AND output while the latest Anker PowerCore 10000 has QC 3.0 Output only.

Anker Astro vs Powercore comparision
Anker Astro series is available at same time as Powercore+ series confusing buyers. Here is an Astro 5200 mah powerbank
PowerCore 500 slim review
PowerCore 5000 slim is the latest in Anker’s 5000 mAH series and is lighter and far slimmer with faster 2.4 Amp charging

Anker product timeline goes on like this when considering powerbanks of equivalent or nearly similar capacity.

Astro 
(Oldest & outdated)
Astro 2nd  gen or Astro 2
(Old and not recommended)
PowerCore Series
(Less features  but good value for money) 
PowerCore+ Series
(Newest, Most light weight and packed with most features )

Anker PowerCore vs Astro

When comparing Anker’s PowerCore or PowerCore+ products with Astro series of battery banks, the features and battery capacity significantly increase from Astro to PowerCore for the same approx. battery capacity. For example, while old Astro 2 Mini 3200 lipstick sized power bank had 3200 Mah Capacity, the newer PowerCore+ 3350 Mini of exactly same size and design has 3350 MaH capacity. This is possible as the newer PowerCore+ 3350 Mini  has a more advanced Li-ion battery inside.

The difference and better performance also continues in other aspects. For example, Astro 2 3200 mini has a charging current capacity of 0.8 A while PowerCore+ Mini 3350 battery packs get charged faster with a 1.0 A charging current.

Moreover, as the charging circuits are upgraded with successive generations many advanced charging and security features have been introduced in the later PowerCore and PowerCore+ series power banks that lead to long battery life, reduced overheating, better efficiency, and better protection of the powerbank circuits etc.

We recommend avoiding Astro series products alltogether as newer PowerCore+/PowerCore portable USB chargers offer lighter weight, more features and more value for money.

PowerCore+ offer the most  advanced features
PowerCore offers best value for money deal

In the end, when it comes to Anker Powercore vs Astro, the easy conclusion is to buy only the latest series PowerCore+ series power banks for best performance compared to any Astro series power banks of equivalent capacity. For example, say if you are looking for a powerbank around 10,000 mah, then Anker PowerCore+ 10050 with QC 3.0 is newer and better than the older Powercore+ 10050 with QC 2.0 or the even older Astro E3 10000.

Unfortunately for customers, probably due to the continued popularity and familiarity of the Astro brand, Anker has not discontinued the Astro series powerbanks. At the same time, it has introduced multiple generations of Powercore+ series battery packs at quite similar size, price and designs as the Astro series, creating a confusing mix of the three brands.

Here is a comprehensive list of Anker External Battery Packs according to their battery capacity. We have also included the Amazon shopping links of the only authorized Anker products seller on Amazon – AnkerDirect.

Also do not forget to read our guide on the important things to know before buying an Anker powerbank.

Capacity

Older

Versions

Old 

Versions

Latest Versions 

3,300

mAH

Astro 2600

etc.

Astro 2

3200

PowerCore+ 3350 Mini

5,200

mAH

  Older Astro

models

Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 

(Latest & New Release)


Astro E1 5200


 

About 6,700

mAH

  Astro E2

 

Astro Gen2 6700

About

10,000 mAH

  Astro E3

10000

 

PowerCore Speed 10000 QC
Quickcharge 3.0 Output (Latest)

PowerCore 10400
(Two USB Ports)(Best Value)

PowerCore 10000 (One USB Port)
(Good Value)


Powercore+ 10050
Quickcharge 3.0 
Input & Output

About

13,000 mAH

  Astro E4

13000

PowerCore+ 13400
QuickCharge 2.0 Input Only
(NOT RECOMMENDED)
 PowerCore+ 13400 QuickCharge 3.0
Output Only
(Latest)
About

16,000 mAH

  Astro E5 16000 (Old) PowerCore 15600
 (Latest & Our Most Bang-for-Buck Pick!)

About
20,000 Mah
  Astro E6
20000
 

Powercore II 20000
(New Release)
Three heavy duty 2 Amp ports for 6 Amp total Output
Dual input for 6-hour charging of the Powerbank 
No QuickCharge

PowerCore Speed 20000 QC with QuickCharge 3.0 Output

PowerCore 20000
  Powercore+ 20100 USB-Type C

About
26,000
mAH
  Astro E7 26800  PowerCore 26800 
(Latest & New Release)

Powercore+ 26800 with QuickCharge 3.0 + QC 3.0 WallCharger (Latest)
 120,000 mAH Anker PowerHouse
(Latest & New Release)

And here is our guide on the important things to know before buying an Anker powerbank.

As you can see here at the official Astro power bank page both the Powercore and Astro series of Anker Powerbanks exist side by side at the same time.

3 thoughts on “Anker Powercore vs Astro : What is Different?

  1. I’ve lost count of how many Anker products I now own. The charging efficiency difference is notable. Thanks for speeding up my life!

  2. Hi there,
    I have a question and don’t get the thing by heart. What is your opinion on these ones?

    PowerCore+ 3350 Mini
    PowerCore 5000mAh
    Astro E1 5200mAh
    Astro 2nd Generation 6000 mAh

    The last one is my least favorite. I kind of like the second.

    Thank you very much on helping!

    1. Hi Niclas! 🙂

      As they all are priced about the same-

      PowerCore 3350+ Mini is easily the best choice among the 4 powerbanks mentioned by you. It is real tiny in size/weight and excellent as a single full charge (0-100%)or two top-up charges powerbank.

      If weight is not a concern, our recommendation in this price category is RAVPower 6700 mAh It is the lowest priced powerbank and has 2 fast charging ports including 1 2.4 Amp port with weight of 7.1 oz;

      The other three powerbanks mentioned by you (PowerCore 5000mAh, Astro E1 5200mAh & Astro 2nd Generation 6000 mAh) are 2-3 year old versions and are quite bulky for the capacity/price offered. And for just few bucks more you can get the plain vanilla 6.6 oz Anker PowerCore 10000 (available currently at a pretty discount on Amazon) that offers double the charge capacity of these powerbanks.

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