Anker Portable Chargers: Things To Know Before Buying

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Anker is one of the best and most popular brands for portable chargers (also called power banks). However, a lot of confusion exists about the correct product timeline and differences in the features of multiple generations of Anker power banks  – PowerCore PD/PowerCore II/PowerCore+/PowerCore/Redux/Lite/Astro – as well as the correct prices and official sellers on sites such as Amazon. For example, Anker offers eight different models of PowerCore power banks in 10000 mAH capacity and eight types of different PowerCore chargers in 20000 mAH capacity!!

All of these are branded PowerCore II or PowerCore+ or PowerCore and look similar to each other but come with varying features and at similar price-points. Often, customers end up buying old versions of Anker power banks at same price as new and better Anker portable phone chargers. Also, many shady sellers on Amazon exploit this confusion to sell old versions of Anker products at high prices.

If the article seems very long and confusing, you can just read these 4 points, and then go directly to comparison tables  listing Anker power banks for each capacity  with product links from Ankerdirect: the only authorised Anker seller on Amazon –

#1 The PowerCore PD & III USB-C PD power banks are the latest and top-end – If you want to fast-charge latest iPhones 12/11 series, XR/SE2/XS/XS Max/8/8+ from zero to 60% in 30 minutes via a USB-C to Lightning cable, only PowerCore PD Anker power banks can do that. These will also fast charge (0 to 50% in 30 min) all Samsung S/Note 10/9/8 phones, and all Pixels. All will get charged at superfast speeds in 3-4 hours directly through USB-C port with iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max/Pixel/Note 10/10+ chargers, or iPad Pro 11/12.9 chargers or Macbook USB-C chargers or any other 18+ watt USB-C PD charger. The PD charger will also fast-charge (0 to 50% in 30 min) all latest iPhones from 8, 8+ to X/XR/11/12 series. These power banks can also be charged with Samsung S/Note USB-C chargers in 5-8 hours and regular Apple iPhone 5-watt chargers using a USB-A to C cable in 11-20+ hours.

Highest TSA-allowed capacity portable chargers

#2 Next comes the PowerCore II series  These have only micro-USB port for charging the power bank and cannot be charged via USB-C port. All PowerCore II Series power banks will fast charge (0 to 50% in 30 min) all Samsung S/Note/A phones including S10/S9/S8/S7, and LG/Moto phones. All these can be fast charged in 5 Note -7 hours with Samsung/LG chargers or  Quickcharge 3.0 chargers . iPhone chargers will charge these in 11 hours to 20+ hours (for 20000mah)

#3 PowerCore Essential/Slim/Lite Power banks – These have two ports for charging the power banks (USB-C and micro-USB). However, please note that even though these power banks can be charged via USB-C port, but they cannot charge phones via USB-C port and cannot fast-charge latest Samsungs or latest iPhones 11/XR/XS etc. These will charge all iPhones, Samsungs, LG/Moto/other Androids at charging speeds of around 2 amps to 2.4 amps (zero to 50% in 50-60 minutes). These also come with trickle charging mode for charging low-power devices such as wireless earbuds. Samsung/LG/Moto charges will charge these in 7-10 hours and iPhone chargers will fully charge these power banks in 11 hours to 20+ hours (for 20000mah)

#4 PowerCore/PowerCore Redux power banks are most basic. These have only the traditional micro-USB port for charging the power bank. PowerCores charge all iPhones, Samsungs, LG/Moto/ other Androids at charging speeds of around 2 amps to 2.4 amps (zero to 50% in 50-60 minutes). Samsung/LG/Moto charges will charge these in 7-10 hours and iPhone chargers will fully charge these power banks in 11 hours to 20+ hours (for 20000mah) .

View Anker power bank comparison tables

Here is a detailed look at things to keep in mind before buying Anker battery packs –

PowerCore+ vs PowerCore II vs PowerCore Lite vs PowerCore vs Astro Difference

PowerCore II 20000 review
Anker Powercore II 20000 supports 18-watt fast charging for latest Android phones such as S10, S9, S8 and gets charged in just 5 hrs compared to 10-12 hrs taken by PowerCore 20100.
Anker PowerCore II vs PowerCore+
Anker PowerCore 20100 offers great value for money and charges most Android phones & iPhones 0 to 50% in about 1 hr. It does not support fastest charging for S10/S9/S8

The PowerCore PD, III, PowerCore Essential PD, Redux, Lite, PowerCore II and PowerCore+ series are the latest Anker series of portable chargers at present. However, many PowerCore series (without the +) portable chargers and much older Astro series of power banks are also currently  available in same battery capacities as their Powercore+ or PowerCore II or PowerCore Lite/Redux equivalents. We have created handy Anker power bank comparison tables below for your reference – that are much better than the product tables at Amazon’s product pages – to help you make an informed decision.

More recent versions of Anker portable chargers will usually have better charging and device/battery protection technology as well as many additional features. For example,  the latest Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD supports USB-C PD 18-watt fast charging compatible with maximum charging speeds of latest smartphones such as Galaxy S20, S10, S9, S8, S8+, Pixels etc. It also supports fast input, meaning the powerbank itself can be charged in just 5 hours compared to 10+ hrs taken by by older PowerCore 20100 and Astro E6 battery bank with the same 20000 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 portable chargers on Amazon. A lot of scammer sellers sell Anker portable power packs on Amazon with various misleading names. Many of these fake sellers sell old Anker power banks at higher rates while some sell refurbished or even fake Anker portable chargers. Buying power banks from such fake sellers 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 Anker external battery packs that use cheap Li-ion batteries. At Powerbankguide.com, we give you direct links to buy authorized genuine Anker battery banks that ensure that you get genuine power banks at lowest prices and full warranty.

Choose the PowerCore PD, PowerCore II and PowerCore+ Portable Chargers Over Astro

Anker has so far released two generations of Astro portable chargers, followed by multiple versions of PowerCore power banks, again followed by the Powercore+ series as well as the latest PowerCore II series, the 2018 Lite and Redux series, and 2019 Essential PD/PD Redux/PD Slim power banks. As old Astro series and PowerCore series portable chargers were not discontinued, this has created a lot of confusion in the market. The existence of all six series of products at the same time is also sometimes used by some scammers to sell very old (but well-known) versions of Anker portable chargers and that too at higher prices.

Anker is continually releasing new versions of PowerCore portable chargers with some new features that  older PowerCores or PowerCore+ do not have! For example, the latest PowerCore Slim  10000 PD and Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD both can be charged via USB-C,  offer fast charging (zero to 60% in 30 minutes) support for latest iPhones 12, 11 series, XR, XS/X/8,8+ and Samsung S20, S10, S10+, S9, S8, S7, A9, A8, five-hour charging of the powerbank, and are available at almost the same or lower price as older versions. The latest versions also come with better charging chipsets that prevent heating while charging, thereby increasing efficiency and safety.

anker slim portable charger
PowerCore II 10000 Slim is a well priced portable charger that fast-charges latest Samsung & Android phones and charge all iPhones at twice the speed of Apple iPhone 5-watt chargers. 

Another similar sounding but less-known power bank is the PowerCore II 10000 power bank that also offers 18-watt QuickCharge 2.0 compatible Input and Output for S10/S9/Note 9/S8/S7/S6 etc. and is also slimmer and narrower than old versions, thus making it much more pocketable. It is priced almost same as plain vanilla older PowerCore 10000 or PowerCore II 10000!

If you are confused about portable charger models and compatibility, PowerCore Slim 10000 USB-C PD  is our top recommendation for latest iPhones 12/11 series, XR/XS/Max, X/8,8+, Pixels, and Samsung S20, 10/S9/S8 Note 10/9/8 phones.

However, if you do not have a USB-C power adapter and need micro-USB port in your portable charger or if you plan to just charge old iPhones (iPhone 7 & 7 Plus and older) or Samsung/LG/Moto Android phones, and do not need USB-C charging, then PowerCore II 10000 is our second favorite Anker portable charger as it offers a good balance of portability, price, light weight, adequate power and speedy charging compatibility for both latest Android phones and iPhones while the power bank itself gets charged in just 4-5 hours with Samsung, LG, Moto chargers.

If you want a bigger portable charger (4+ charges for S20/S10/S9/S8/iPhone 12/11/XR/XS), you can get all these features in the Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 USB-C PD which comes with fast input charging for charging the portable charger in just 5-6 hours compared to the minimum 10-12 hours taken by the older PowerCore 20100.

pd portable charger for iPhone XI and XRR
PowerCore Slim 10000 PD can charge iPhone 12, 11/11 Pro/Max/XR/XS/XS Max/X/8/8 Plus and latest Samsung/Pixel/LG phones from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes

Fast-Charge latest iPhones with Anker’s new USB-C PD Portable Chargers

For latest iPhones, the newly released PowerCore Slim 10000 USB-C PD , PowerCore Essential 20000 PD, and Powercore Speed 20000 PD portable chargers will charge your iPhone 12/11 series phones, XS, XS Max, and XR, iPhone X, 8+ or 8 from zero to 50% in just 30 minutes and can be recharged in just 4 hours. PowerCore Slim 10000 PD  , PowerCore Essential 20000 PD and Powercore Speed 20000 PD support fastest charging for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S9, S9+, S8, S7, Note 8 as well, thereby making it among the most future-proof and best portable chargers available for smartphones.

If you own iPhones 7, 7 Plus, 6S etc. that do not support USB-C PD fast-charge, you can choose the much lower priced excellent PowerCore 10000 or Anker PowerCore 20100 (Read PowerCore 10000 Review and PowerCore 20100 Review), which will charge your iPhone 7/7+/6S/5/SE. etc at fastest possible supported speeds (0 to 50% in about 35-40 minutes). Both will also charge Android phones at 12 watt maximum charging output, which may be slower than USB-C PD or QuickCharge’s 18 watt but is still twice to three times as fast as regular USB wall chargers (5 to 2.5 watt).

PowerCore II Portable Chargers are Better Than PowerCore Lite or PowerCore Redux

…as PowerCore Lite or Redux Do Not fast-charge or get charged faster than PowerCore II

The  PowerCore Lite 10000 , PowerCore 10000 Redux and PowerCore Lite 20000 are usually displayed as newer versions of PowerCore II portable chargers on Amazon. However, even though these portable chargers are more recent launches and look cooler, the Lite or Redux series portable chargers get charged much slowly and also charge Android phones much slowly than the PowerCore II v. Lite/Redux series portable chargers are also NOT LIGHTER than PowerCore II or PowerCore power banks! So we recommend PowerCore II 10000  and PowerCore II 20000 portable charger instead of the “newer” PowerCore Lite 10000, PowerCore 10000 Redux  and PowerCore Lite 20000.

  • PowerCore II 10000  (4 hours) and PowerCore II 20000  (5 hours) get charged faster with any Quickcharge 3.0 wall charger or Samsung wall charger for S10/S9/S8/S7 etc while PowerCore Lite/Redux 10000 will take about 8 hrs and PowerCore Lite 20000 will take about 12 hrs to charge.
  • PowerCore II 10000 and PowerCore II 20000  can deliver 18-watt maximum output and can therefore fast-charge latest Android phones including Samsung S10/S9, S8, S7, Note 9, Note 8 etc. at max possible speed while PowerCore Lite 10000 and PowerCore Lite 20000  (12-watt max) cannot do this.

Here are the latest Anker PowerCore, PowerCore+, and PowerCore II External Battery Packs according to battery capacity. We have also included the shopping links for the only authorized Anker seller on Amazon – AnkerDirect. Before We go further…

QuickCharge and USB-C PD for iPhones

QuickCharge and USB-C PD for Android Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S9, Note 10/9/8, S8/S8+/S7/S7 Edge/S6/Note 5 all support QuickCharge 2.0 and USB-C PD
  • All QuickCharge 3.0 portable chargers can also charge with Quickcharge 2.0
  • USB-C PD is latest and future-proof. USB-C PD also supports QuickCharge 2.0 charging. All latest Androids support USB-C PD

USB-C PD vs QuickCharge 3.0 vs QuickCharge 2.0  vs Samsung Fast Charge vs iPhone 2.4 amp fast charging 

  • USB-C PD 18-watt for iPhones and Samsung/LG/Moto/Pixel phones gives about zero to 50% charge in 25 to 30 mins
  • Quickcharge 3.0 is supported by QC 3.0 compatible smartphones such as LG V50, V40, V30, G8, G7 etc. It gives zero to about 80% charge in 30 mins
  • Quickcharge 2.0 charging speeds are nearly same as Adaptive Fast Charging of Samsung S10, S9, S8, S7, S6, etc. and USB PD fast charge of iPhone 11, 11 Pro/Max, XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8+ It gives zero to about 50% charge in 30 mins
  • 2+ Amp rapid charging is supported by all Android phones and iPhones  It gives zero to about zero to 50% charge in 40-60 minutes

All Anker 10000 mAH Portable Chargers

iPhone 8, iPhone 7, 6s (3-4 recharges), Samsung S20, S10+, S9, Note 10/9/8, S8, S7 & iPhone 12/11 series, XR, XS, 8+, 7+ X (2+ recharges)

FeaturesNew! USB-C PD PowerCore Slim 10000 USB-C PD 18W New! USB-C PD PowerCore III Sense 10K
PowerCore II 10000
PowerCore 10000New Release! USB-C PowerCore Slim 10000
2.4 amp rapid charging for all iPhones
7/7+ 6s/6/ SE 0 to 50% in 40 min
7+/6s+/6+ 0 to 50% in ~1 hr

7/7+ 6s/ 6/SE 0 to 50% in 40 min
7+/6s+/6+ 0 to 50% in ~1 hr

8/7/6s/ 6/5s/SE 0 to 50% in 40 min
11/11 Pro/XR/X 8/8+/7+/6s+ 0 to 50% in ~1 hr

8/7/6s/ 6/5s/SE 0 to 50% in 40 min
11/11 Pro/XR/X 8/8+/7+/6s+ 0 to 50% in ~1hr

8/7/6s/ 6/5s/SE 0 to 50% in 40 min
11/11 Pro/XR/X 8/8+/7+/6s+ 0 to 50% in ~1hr
2.4 amp rapid charging for older Samsungs & other Androids 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr
Fastest USB-C PD charging for iPhone 12, 12 Pro/Max, Mini XR, 11 Pro/Max, XR, XS Max, X/8/8+
0 to 60% in 30 min
18-watt USB-C PD
iPhone 12, 11, XR, 11 Pro/Max, XS, XS Max, X/8/8+ 0 to 60% in 30 min
18-watt USB-C PD
iPhone 12, 11, XR, 11 Pro/Max, XS, XS Max, X/8/8+ 0 to 60% in 30 min
Fast charging for Samsung S20, S10, S9, S8, S7 Note 10/9/8
0 to 50% in 30 min
0 to 50% in 30 mins
QuickCharge 3.0 Output (to charge devices) 18-watt USB-C PD is better 18-watt USB-C PD is better QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins
Time to charge the powerbank 3.5 hrs with USB-C PD wall chargers 3.5 hrs with USB-C adapters 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 7 hours 7 hrs
Special Feature USB-C PD, Two ports @ 6.8 oz/190 gm Premium Colors & Fabric Design, USB-C PD, Two ports @ 6.8 oz/190 gm Super slim at 0.6 inches (7.8 oz) Ultralight (6.3 oz/180 gm) USB-C and micro-USB ports for charging the power bank
Super slim (7.5 oz/210 gm)
Number of Charging Ports 2 (One 18-watt USB-C PD + one 12-watt regular USB) 2 (One 18-watt USB-C PD + one 12-watt regular USB) 1 - USB 1-USB 1-USB

All Anker 20000 mAH Power banks

iPhone 8, iPhone 7, 6s (6-7 recharges), Samsung S20, S10+, S9, Note 10/9/8, S8 & iPhone 12/11, XR, XS, X, 8+, 7+ (4+ recharges)

FeaturesNew Release! USB-C PD PowerCore Essential 20000 USB-C PD USB-C PD PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with USB-C PD wall chargerPowerCore II 20000New Release! USB-C PowerCore Essential 20100PowerCore Speed 20000
2.4 amp rapid charging for all iPhones
iPhone 8/7 /6s/6 /5s/SE
0 to 50% in 40 min
iPhone 12/11/XR/X 8+/7+/6s+
0 to 50% in ~1 hr min
iPhone 12, 11, XR, XS, X, 8, 8+ zero to 50% in 30 min iPhone 12, 11, XR, XS, X, 8, 8+ zero to 50% in 30 min
Can't fast-charge new iPhones 50% in 30 mins

Can't fast-charge new iPhones 50% in 30 mins

Can't fast-charge new iPhones 50% in 30 mins
2.4 amp rapid charging for all Androids 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr 0 to 50% in ~1 hr
Fast Charging for Samsung S20, S10, S9, S8, S7, Note 10/9/8 50% in 30 mins QC 2.0 Input/Output compatible 50% in 30 mins QC 2.0 Input/Output 50% in 30 mins QC 3.0 Input/Output 50% in 30 mins
USB C PD for fastest charging of iPhone 12, 11, XR, XS, X, 8, 8+ 0 to 50% in 30 min 18 watt USB-C PD 24-watt USB-C PD
Time to recharge Powerbank 6 hrs with 18w USB-C PD charger 4 hrs with included 30-watt USB-C PD charger 5 hrs with a Samsung or Quickcharge chargers 12 hrs with 2.4 amp charger 5 hrs with a Quickcharge charger
Number of Ports 2 (1 USB and 1 USB-C) 2 (1 USB and 1 USB-C) 2 2 2
Special Features Best for iPhone 11/11 Pro/Max XR/SE 2, XS/8/8+ iPad Pro, all Pixels and latest Samsung S20/S10/S9/S8, Android USB-C smartphones, 24 watt USB-C PD output
Best for latest Android smartphones, iPhone 11/11 Pro/ XR/XS/8/8+ and Macbooks
Gets charged in 4 hrs

Quickcharge 2.0 input/output support is best for Samsung S10 S9, S8, S7 and other Androids
Gets charged in 5 hrs
Can be charged via USB-C port Light at 12.2 oz/240 gram Good for both iPhones and Android phones QC 3.0 Input & Output,
Bet for Quickcharge 3.0 compatible phones such as HTC U11, LG V50 V40 G8 G7, Sony XZ1 etc. Gets charged in 5 hrs

All Anker 26800 mAH Portable Chargers

iPhone 8, iPhone 7, 6s (7-9 recharges), Samsung S20, S10+, S9, Note 10/9/8, S8 & iPhone 12/11 series, XR, XS, X, 8+, 7+ (5-6 recharges)

FeaturesNew! 45-watt USB-C PD PowerCore 26800 USB-C PD 45-watt with 60-watt USB-C PD chargerNew! 87-watt USB-C PD PowerCore III 25600 USB-C PD 30-watt with 65-watt USB-C PD PPS chargerPowerCore+ 26800 QC 3.0 PowerCore 26800
USB-C PD 45-watt 87-watt
Fastest USB-C PD charging for iPhone 12, 11 series, XR, XS/Max, X, 8, and 8+ 60% in 30 mins 20w for iPhone 12 20w for iPhone 12
Fast-charging for Samsung S/Note 20/10, 9, 8 etc. & LG, Pixels Moto USB-C PD USB-C PD 18-watt QuickCharge
Time to charge the powerbank 3 hrs 2.15 hrs 5 hrs 7 hrs
Special Features 45-watt output gives fast charging for Macbooks and USB-C laptops. Also fast-charges latest iPhone 12, 11, XR, SE2, X, 8, 8+, & Samsung S20, S10 S9, S8 etc. 87 watt USB-PD charging for charging Macbook Pro/Air, Dell XPS etc. latest Android smartphones Samsung S20, S10 S9, S8, iPhone 12, 11, XR, X, 8, 8+ etc. Will charge Quickcharge 3.0 compatible phones to 80% in 30 mins Gets charged in 7 hours using dual-input, No USB-C or QC 3.0
Number of Ports 3
One USB-C & 2 USB
4
Two USB-C & 2 USB
3 USB 3 USB

All Anker 13000 mAH class Power banks

iPhone 8, iPhone 7, 6s (4-5 recharges) Samsung S20, S10+, S9, Note 10/9/8, S8 & iPhone 12/11, XR, XS, X, 8+, 7+ (3+ recharges)

Features New Release!
PowerCore 15000 Redux
PowerCore 15600PowerCore 13000 C PowerCore 13000
Quickcharge Output > to charge phones Input > to quickly charge the powerbank itself
2.4 amp rapid charging for iPhones & Androids 0 to 50% in 50 mins 0 to 50% in 50 mins 0 to 50% in 50 mins 0 to 50% in 50 mins
Weight 9.5 oz Lightest in class 12.6 oz weight is almost as high as PowerCore 20000 🙁 8.5 oz Lightest in class 8.5 oz Lightest in class
Special Notes Great Value for Money Compact PowerBank
Excellent battery capacity per dollar and per oz
Great Value for Money
But PowerCore 15000 Redux is better
Can be charged by USB-C cable at same speed as regular USB (8 hrs). We recommend PowerCore 15000 Redux unless you absolutely need to charge powerbank by USB-C Value for Money Compact Light PowerBank
QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output
Number of Ports 2 2 2 2

All Anker 5000 mAH & lower Portable Chargers

iPhone 8, iPhone 7, 6s (About 2 recharges), Samsung S20, S10+, S9, Note 10/9/8, S8, & iPhone 12/11, XR, XS, X, 8+, 7+ (1+ recharges)

FeaturesPowerCore II 6700PowerCore Fusion 5000PowerCore 5000PowerCore+ 3350
Special Notes Ultra-light, small, and pocket friendly Combines foldable wall charger + powerbank > Great for travel Tiny 1-charge lipstick size powerbank
2 Amp fast charging
2 Amp fast charging for powerbank itself
Weight 4.20 oz (120 gm) 4.23 oz 4.8 oz 2.7 oz
Number of Ports 1 2 1 1
QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output

290 thoughts on “Anker Portable Chargers: Things To Know Before Buying

  1. Hello,
    I am from Lithuania and going on an expedition to very remote areas and looking for an additional power bank at least 20 000mAh.
    Looking for a USB-C wall charger, 4-5 ports, fast charging also.

    During the expedition, I will use my RAVPower 26800 USB-C PD.
    Samsung Galaxy S20
    Ipad 9.7″ 6th Gen.
    Portable solar charging pack. Anker PowerPort 21W

    Waiting for an answer.

    1. Hi Danas, We will recommend the EasyAcc 20000 USB-C if you can get it in Lithuania. It has excellent solar charging compatibility, 4 charging ports, and offer lots of flexibility in charging the power bank and charging multiple devices from the powerbank. While in remote areas, we recommend to not use USB-C charging for your S20 as it will waste battery. Instead, use a USB to USB-C cable to charge the S20 at normal speeds.

      If you can’t find the EasyAcc, our next pick is ZMI Aura 20000. An excellent power bank with 3 ports and flexible charging input/output options. If you can’t get this also, then best picks are good old RAVPower 20000 or Aukey 20000.

      Of all these, ZMI Aura 20000 & RAVPower 20000 have tested compatibility with solar charging while the other two we have not tested on our own but should charge with solar panels due to simpler charging interfaces.

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