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 and differences in the features of multiple generations of Anker PowerCore II/PowerCore+/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 II or PowerCore+ or 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
The PowerCore II series and PowerCore+ series are the latest Anker series of power banks at present. 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 Anker PowerCore II 20000 not only supports fast charging compatible with maximum charging speeds of latest smartphones such as Galaxy S8, S8+, Pixel II etc. but also supports fast input, which means that the powerbank itself gets charged in just 5 hours compared to 12+ 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 power banks 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 power banks. 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 power banks that use cheap Li ion batteries.
Here at powerbankguide.com, we give you direct links to buy authorized genuine Anker battery banks that ensure that you get genuine powerbanks at lowest prices and full warranty.
Choose the Latest PowerCore II/PowerCore+ Versions over Astro
Anker has so far 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 latest 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 five series of products at once is also sometimes used by some scammers to sell very old (but well-known) versions of Anker power banks and that too at higher prices.
Anker is continually releasing new versions of PowerCore powerbanks with some cool new features that even older PowerCore or PowerCore+ does not have! For example, the latest PowerCore II 10000 and the latest PowerCore II 20000 both offer features such as fast charging (50% in 30 minutes) support for Samsung S9, S8, S7, five-hour charging of the powerbank and 3 amp charging for latest USB-C phones at almost the same or lower price as older versions. Similarly, the latest versions also come with better special charging chipsets that prevent heating while charging, thereby increasing efficiency and safety.
For example, the latest PowerCore II 10000 Slim powerbank offers BOTH QuickCharge 2.0 compatible Input and Output and is 33% slimmer and narrower than old versions, thus making it much more pocketable. It is priced almost same as plain vanilla older PowerCore 10000!
The latest PowerCore II 20000 offers 18 watt maximum charging charging output per port (old PowerCore 20100 had 12 watt), QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging support compatible with all latest Samsung smartphones including S9, S9+, S8, S7, Note 8 etc. (old PowerCore lacked this) and fast input charging for charging the powerbank in just 5 hours compared to the 12 hours + taken by the old Anker PowerCore 20100.
Similarly, the newly released and less-known Powercore Speed 20000 PD will charge your iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, iPhone X, 8+ or 8 to 50% in just 30 minutes and can be recharged in just 4 hours. Powercore Speed 20000 PD supports supports fastest charging for Samsung Galaxy 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 require QuickCharge, you can choose the much lesser priced excellent Anker PowerCore 20100, which will charge your iPhone 7/6S. etc at fastest possible speeds. It will also charge Android phones at 12 watt maximum charging output, which is slower than USB-C PD or QuickCharge’s 18 watt but still very fast than standard USB’s 5 to 2.5 watt.
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…
- Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/S7/S7 Edge/S6/Note 8/Note 5 all support QuickCharge 2.0
- USB-C PD also supports QuickCharge 2.0 charging
- iPhone 7/7+/6/6S/6S+/5s/5/SE/ DO NOT benefit from QuickCharge 2.0 or 3.0
- iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 8/8+ and iPhone X can be charged to 50% in 30 mins using USB-C PD powerbanks
QuickCharge 3.0 vs QuickCharge 2.0 vs Samsung Fast Charge vs iPhone 2.4 amp fast charging
- Quickcharge 3.0 is supported by QC 3.0 compatible smartphones such as LG V30, V20, G5, G6 etc. It gives about 80% charge in 30 mins
- Quickcharge 2.0 is same as Fast Charge of Samsung S9, S8, S7, S6, etc. and USB PD fast charge of iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8+ It gives about 50% charge in 30 mins
- 2+ Amp rapid charging is supported by all Android phones and iPhones It gives about 35-50% charge in 45 minutes
All Anker 10000 mAH Power banks
iPhone, 8, iPhone 7 (3-4 recharges), Galaxy S9, S8, S7 (2+ recharges)
|Features||PowerCore 10000||PowerCore II Slim 10000
||PowerCore II 10000||PowerCore Speed 10000QC||PowerCore+ 10050 QC 3.0|
|2.4 amp fast charging for Android & iPhones|
|Fastest charging for Samsung S9, S8, S7, S6, Note 8|
|QuickCharge 3.0 Output (to charge devices)||QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins||QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins||QC 3.0 80% charge in 30 mins||QC 3.0 80% charge in 30 mins|
|Time to charge the powerbank||8 hours||5 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger||5 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger||8 hrs||4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger|
|Special Feature||Ultralight (6.3 oz/180 gm) & best value||New release, super slim at just .6 inches (7.8 oz weight) Best value||New release, ultralight (6.8 oz) fast charging|
|Number of Ports||1||1||1||1||2|
All Anker 20000 mAH Power banks
iPhone , 8, iPhone 7 (6-7 recharges), Galaxy S9, S8, S7 (4+ recharges)
|Features||PowerCore 20100||PowerCore II 20000||PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with USB PD wall charger||PowerCore Speed 20000||Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C|
|2.4 amp fast charging for iPhones & Androids|
|QC 3.0/2.0 Fastest Charging for Samsung S9, S8, S7||QC 2.0 Input/Output 50% charge in 30 mins||QC 2.0 Input/Output compatible||QC 3.0 Input/Output 80% charge in 30 mins|
|USB C PD for fast charging iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, 8+ 50% in 30 mins||30 watt max with USB PD||15-watt USB-C port but no USB-PD|
|Number of Ports||2||2||2 (1 USB and 1 USB-C)||2||3 (2 USB and 1 USB-C)|
|Special Features||Slimmest and lightest general use model Best for both iPhones and Android phones||New releaseQC 2.0 input/output support is best for Samsung S9, S8, S7 and other Androids Gets charged in 5 hrs|| New release 22.5 watt USB-C PD output Best for latest Android smartphones, iPhone X,8, 8+ and Macbooks
Gets charged in 4 hrs
|QC 3.0 Input & Output, Bet for Quickcharge 3.0 compatible phones such as HTC U11, LG V30, Sony XZ1 etc. Gets charged in 5 hrs||PowerCore 2000 PD is a better buy and available at less price. Has USB-C input/output for rapid charge recharge|
All Anker 26800 mAH Power banks
iPhone 8, iPhone 7 (7-9 recharges), Galaxy S9, S8, S7 (5-6 recharges)
|Features||PowerCore+ 26800 USB-C PD with 30-watt USB-C wall charger||PowerCore+ 26800 QC 3.0||PowerCore 26800|
|18 watt USB PD charging for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, and 8+ 50% in 30 mins|
|QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output||USB-C PD input/Output is better|
|Time to charge the powerbank||4 hrs||5 hrs||7 hrs|
|Special Features||30 watt USB-PD charging for charging Macbooks, latest Android smartphones Samsung S9, S8, iPhone X, 8,8 + and Nintendo Switch 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||3||3|
All Anker 13000 mAH class Power banks
iPhone 8, iPhone 7 (4-5 recharges), Galaxy S9, S8, S7 (3+ recharges)
|Features||PowerCore 13000||PowerCore 15600||PowerCore 13000 C||PowerCore+ 13400|
|Quickcharge Output > to charge phones Input > to quickly charge the powerbank itself|
|Special Notes||Incredible Value for Money Compact PowerBank 8.4 oz weight 3 amp max output is perfect for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 5, 4 etc. as well as Android phones||Great Value for Money Good battery capacity per dollar 12.6 oz weight is almost as high as PowerCore 20000||Can be charged quickly by USB-C cable. We recommend PowerCore 13000 over this one||QC 3.0 Output only|
|QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output||QC 3.0 Output only|
|Number of Ports||2||2||2||2|
All Anker 5000 mAH & lower Power banks
iPhone 8, iPhone 7 (About 2 recharges), Galaxy S9, S8, S7 (1+ recharges)
|Features||PowerCore Slim 5000||PowerCore Fusion 5000||PowerCore 5000||PowerCore+ 3350|
|Special Notes||Super slim, light, 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||4.27 oz||4.23 oz||4.8 oz||2.7 oz|
|Number of Ports||1||2||1||1|
|QuickCharge 3.0 Input/Output|