Anker PowerCore 10000 Review

4 stars

Anker PowerCore 10000 Review Quick Summary

Anker PowerCore 10000 was an excellent ultra-light portable charger when it was released. However, in 2019, Anker has much better PowerCore chargers in 10000 mah capacity that offer much faster charging for latest smartphones and also much faster charging of the power bank.  We recommend PowerCore 10000 PD (for latest iPhones and Samsung S/Note phones) and PowerCore II Slim 10000 (for Samsung S/Note, LG phones and Pixels) as they will charge your phones two-three times as fast as PowerCore 10000 and also get charged at more than twice its speed.

Pros

  • Very light. At 6.3 oz (190 grams) it is still Anker’s lightest 10000 mah portable charger
  • Charges all iPhones at twice the speed (10 watt/2 amp) of Apple’s original iPhone charger (5 watt/1 amp)
  • Charges Android phones from zero to 50% in about 50-60 minutes (2 to 2.4 amp charging)
  • Charges iPads as fast as iPad wall chargers (10-12 watt)
  • Adequate capacity to fully charge iPhone 8/7/6s three times, iPhone XR/XS/X, 7+ and Samsung S10/S9/S8/S7 two times
  • Robust, reliable build quality
  • Good, lightweight choice for iPhone 7, 7 Plus and earlier if you are OK with 6-7 hour charging time of the portable charger and do not wish to upgrade your phone soon
  • Anker’s excellent customer support

Cons

  • Takes very long to charge. Gets charged in minimum 6-7 hours.
  • Much better, more feature-rich, and faster charging Anker PowerCore portable chargers are available in similar price/battery capacity range
  • No USB-C input – especially handy for new Android phones. Most modern Android phones come with USB-C wall chargers and USB-C input allows you to directly plug use your phone’s charger to charge the power bank without switching  cables.
FeaturesNew Release! Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 USB-C PD 18W
PowerCore II 10000

PowerCore II Slim 10000
PowerCore 10000PowerCore+ 10050 QC3.0
2.4 amp rapid charging for Android & iPhones 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 charging for latest iPhones XR, XS, XS Max, X/8/8+ 0 to 50% in 30 min 18-watt USB-C PD
Fastest charging for Samsung S10, S9, S8, S7 Note 9/8 0 to 50% in 30 min 0 to 50% in 30 mins 0 to 50% in 30 mins 0 to 50% in 30 mins
QuickCharge 3.0 Output (to charge devices) 18-watt USB-C PD is better QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins QC 3.0 80% charge in 30 mins
Time to charge the powerbank 3.5 hrs with USB-C PD wall charger 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 8 hours 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger
Special Feature USB-C PD, Two ports @ 7 oz/205 gm Ultralight (6.8 oz/198 gm) Super slim at 0.6 inches (7.8 oz) Ultralight (6.3 oz/180 gm) QC 3.0 Input & Output
Number of Ports 2 (One 18-watt USB-C PD + one 12-watt regular USB) 1 1 1 1

Anker PowerCore 10000 Charging Features

PowerCore 10000 is Anker’s plain vanilla 10000 mah portable charger. This portable charger’s single best feature is its class-leading low-weight of 6.3 oz (190 grams) which makes it the lightest premium 10000 mah power bank even today.

Anker Powercore 10000 portable charger review
Anker PowerCore 10000 weighs just 6.3 oz (185 grams) 

The portable charger offers 2.4 amp maximum charging output featuring Anker’s PowerIQ auto-device charging current detection technology. This means it can charges all iPhones, including the latest XS/XR/8 etc. at more than twice the speed of original Apple iPhone wall chargers (1 amp or 5 watt) or about zero to 50% in 40-50 minutes. It will also charge all Samsung phones including S10, S9, S8/S7/S6 and almost all other Android phones at charging speeds of zero to 50% in 50 to 60 mins (2.4 amp maximum charging). Anker PowerCore 10000 also charges iPads at same speed as iPad original wall chargers.

The true 10000 mah capacity of Anker PowerCore 10000 allows it to fully charge all small-screen iPhones three times (iPhone 8, 7, 6s, 6, SE). It full charges all large-screen iPhones (iphone XS/XR/X/8+/7+/6s+) more than two times (2.5 times to be exact). PowerCore 10000  also fully charges Samsung S10, S9, S8, S7, S6, Note 8, two times and charges S10+, S9+ about 1.5 times.

PowerCore 10000 supports a maximum input charging current of 2 amps. This means this portable charger gets fully charged from empty in about 6-7 hours with a 2.1 to 2.4-amp charger (or any Samsung S/Note/J/A series charger or any iPad charger). In our opinion, this is the single biggest flaw of this portable charger if you plan to use it daily. An iPhone power adaptor ( 1 amp) will take about 14-15 hours to charge it! Such long charging times are not acceptable in 2019 when much much faster low-cost wall chargers are available easily. In fact, most Samsung/LG/ and other Android phones come with very capable power adaptors that will charge newer power banks such as PowerCore II Slim 10000, or PowerCore II 1000 or PowerCore 10000 PD in just 3.5-4 hours.

Anker Powercore 10000
PowerCore 10000 has a USB output port and a micro-USB input port

If you have a new Android phone, then another missing thing in PowerCore 10000 is the USB-C port. Most new Android phones these days come with USB-C power adaptors. PowerCore 10000 gets charged via micro-USB and this means you have to swap the cable of your phone’s charger every time with a micro-USb cable to charge the PowerCore 10000. Anker currently offers two portable chargers with USB-C input (PowerCore Lite 10000 and fast-charging PowerCore 10000 PD). Both of these can be simply charged directly with your Samsung/Android power adaptor without shuffling with a new cable.

PowerCore 10000 also does not support charging of ultra-low current devices such as wireless earbuds, smartwatches etc. that come. Most new Anker PowerCore power banks support this feature.

Even if you have an iPhone, it is better to get another plain vanilla Anker charger such as PowerCore 10000 Lite (extra features: 7oz, slim and USB-C input, low-current device charging input) or PowerCore 10000 Redux (extra features: 6.8 oz, low-current device charging support and more handy build).

The one feature where PowerCore 10000 still wins is weight. At 6.3 oz (190 grams), it still remains Anker’s lightest 10000 mah power bank and if you simply need a plain vanilla dependable ultra-light portable charger and are fine with its 6-7 hour charging-time, it is a great buy.

Anker PowerCore 10000 Design and Build

PowerCore 10000 is a very robustly build portable charger with an understated squarish design and matte finish. The dual-layer polycarbonate shell makes it resistant to bumps and the build-quality and finish is top-notch.

The charger has one USB port for charging devices and one micro-USB port for charging the power bank. It has four-blue battery indicator lights, which do the job but are again are not as good as 8-point indicators on newer Powercores.

Anker PowerCore 10000 vs PowerCore II 10000 or PowerCore II 10000 Slim

Best portable phone charger
PowerCore II Slim 10000 fast-charges all Samsungs and features a slim design

PowerCore II Slim 10000 and PowerCore II 10000 are Anker’s much newer power banks when compared to PowerCore 10000. PowerCore II Slim 10000, or PowerCore II 10000 will charge all Samsung phones and most Android phones in half the time (zero to 50% in 30 minutes) taken by PowerCore 10000 (zero to 50% in 50-60 minutes).

However, please note that all these three power  banks (PowerCore II Slim 10000 / PowerCore II 10000 or PowerCore 10000) will charge all iPhones at same rate – zero to 50% in 40-50 mins.

Also both PowerCore II Slim  10000 and PowerCore II 10000 will get fully charged from empty in 3.5 to 4 hours compared to 6-7 hours taken by PowerCore 10000.

You can use either your Samsung or most other Android phone chargers to charge the two PowerCore II power banks in about 4 hours. If you have iPhones, you can  get an inexpensive Quickcharge 3.0 charger for charging PowerCore II Slim  10000 and PowerCore II 10000 in 3.5 hours. Another benefit of getting a Quickcharge 3.0  charger is that it will charge your iPhones twice as fast as original Apple iPhone charger.

Anker PowerCore 10000 vs PowerCore 10000 Lite vs PowerCore 10000 Redux

PowerCore 10000 Lite and PowerCore 10000 Redux are one step higher than PowerCore 10000 but one step lower than PowerCore II Slim  10000 and PowerCore II 10000 .

PowerCore 10000 Lite vs PowerCore 10000 Redux difference
PowerCore Lite 10000 is the most ergonomic of Anker’s plain vanilla 10000 mah portable chargers

Please note that both PowerCore 10000 Lite and PowerCore 10000 Redux offers exactly same charging performance/speed for Samsung or Android phones or iPhones as PowerCore 10000. All these three power banks also get charged at same speed (6-7 hours).

PowerCore 10000 Redux has two extra features over PowerCore 10000 – it comes in a new long, narrow design and offers low-current chraging mode for wireless earbuds/smartphones etc.

PowerCore 10000 Lite has three extra features over PowerCore 10000 – it comes in a new flat, slim phone type design, has an extra USB-C port for charging the power bank, and offers low-current charging mode for wireless earbuds/smartphones etc.

As you can see, there is not any difference in charging/recharge times between these three power banks. Hence, we recommend that if you want a plain simple powerbank and do not need fast-charging, it is best to compare the latest price of these three power banks and buy accordingly.

However, our recommendation is to spend a bit more and go for PowerCore II Slim  10000 and PowerCore II 10000 as both these will get charged in hal the time taken by PowerCore 10000/Redux or Lite. Especially if you have Samsung or other Android phones, as PowerCore II Slim  10000 and PowerCore II 10000 will charge Samsungs in half the time as well.

Anker PowerCore 10000 vs PowerCore 10000 PD

Best Lightweight Portable Charger for iPhone 8 Plus
PowerCore 10000 PD is a premium 18-watt USB-C PD fast-charging portable charger for latest iPhones XS/XR/8, Samsung S10/S9/S8/Note 10/9 and Pixels

If you have any of the latest iPhones (iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/X/8/8 Plus or any Google Pixel, or any new Android USB-C phone, then Anker’s new PowerCore 10000 PD is a  highly recommended premium portable charger. USB-C PD is a future-ready charging standard and PowerCore 10000 PD delivers 18-watt USB-C PD charging that allows you to charge the latest iPhones iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/X/8/8 Plus, all Google Pixels, and all new Samsung/LG  phones from zero to 50% in just 0 minutes.

PowerCore 10000 PD is also a great choice if you have an older iPhone and plan to upgrade in future as all upcoming iPhones and iPads come with 18-watt USb-C PD charging that charge latest iPhones (XR/XS/Max/8/8+) three times as fast as the standard Apple 5-watt iPhone charger. It will charge earlier iPhones (7, 7 Plus and older) at twice the speed of Apple chargers)

The time taken to fully charge the PowerCore 10000 PD is also lowest among all Anker 10000 mah chargers. PowerCore 10000 PD will get charged in just 3.5 hours with any 18-watt USB-C PD charger (or Macbook charger or Pixel charger). If you have a new iPhone (XS/8/XR etc), the PD charger will also double as fast-charger for your phone, charging it from zero to 50% in 30 minutes.

PowerCore 10000 PD is hands down the most future-ready of all Anker power banks and at 6.8 oz (200 grams) it weighs close to PowerCore 10000 as well.

FeaturesNew Release! Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 USB-C PD 18W
PowerCore II 10000

PowerCore II Slim 10000
PowerCore 10000PowerCore+ 10050 QC3.0
2.4 amp rapid charging for Android & iPhones 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 charging for latest iPhones XR, XS, XS Max, X/8/8+ 0 to 50% in 30 min 18-watt USB-C PD
Fastest charging for Samsung S10, S9, S8, S7 Note 9/8 0 to 50% in 30 min 0 to 50% in 30 mins 0 to 50% in 30 mins 0 to 50% in 30 mins
QuickCharge 3.0 Output (to charge devices) 18-watt USB-C PD is better QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins QC 2.0 50% charge in 30 mins QC 3.0 80% charge in 30 mins
Time to charge the powerbank 3.5 hrs with USB-C PD wall charger 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 8 hours 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger
Special Feature USB-C PD, Two ports @ 7 oz/205 gm Ultralight (6.8 oz/198 gm) Super slim at 0.6 inches (7.8 oz) Ultralight (6.3 oz/180 gm) QC 3.0 Input & Output
Number of Ports 2 (One 18-watt USB-C PD + one 12-watt regular USB) 1 1 1 1

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