PowerCore, PowerCore+, PowerCore II, PowerCore Lite, and PowerCore Redux are the five main current powerbank series of Anker – perhaps the most well known power bank brand in the world. For most battery capacity points, you will notice that Anker has multiple power bank models under both Powercore and Powercore+ brands (as well as PowerCore II, PowerCore Lite and Redux). Please note, that Anker’s Astro brand is now obsolete and it is recommended to only buy the PowerCore II/PowerCore+/Powercore brands to get best value for money and latest features.
Anker currently offers a huge number of similarly named, similar looking power banks with different feature-sets and prices, including some with long obsolete features. It is easy to end up buying a less capable power bank at a higher price!
For example, Anker has an incredible seven types of PowerCore, PowerCore Lite, PowerCore Redux, PowerCore II, and PowerCore+ power banks in 10000 mAH battery capacity! Similarly, it offers seven types of different Powercore/Lite/Redux and Powercore+ models in 20000 mah capacity, three types of Powercore power banks in 26800mAH capacity, and two types of PowerCore portable chargers in 13000 Mah capacity (and an additional two in 15000 mah).
Here, we will explain the difference between all the Anker PowerCore, PowerCore+, PowerCore II, and PowerCore Lite/Redux power banks across all capacities to help you select the best power bank. We have excluded the obsolete models of PowerCore+ and PowerCore portable chargers from our comparison tables.
Anker PowerCore 10000 vs PowerCore+ 10050 vs PowerCore II 10000 vs PowerCore Lite 10000 vs PowerCore 10000 Redux
|Features||New Release! Anker 10000 USB-C PD 18W|| |
PowerCore II 10000
PowerCore II Slim 10000
|PowerCore 10000||PowerCore+ 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 Xs Max, Xr/Xs/X/8 0 to 50% in 30 min|
|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)||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 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 @ 6.8 oz/198 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||1||1||1||1|
A quick head to head comparison shows that the latest PowerCore PD, PowerCore II and PowerCore+ power banks support fast-charging (USB-C PD or QuickCharge) input/output, meaning these can both charge your phones fastest and also get recharged themselves quickly in about 4-5 hours.
In Short –
PowerCore II 10000 Slim is our top pick for Samsung and other Android phones and iPhones 7/6S/6/5s/SE as it offers all the fast-charging features of PowerCore II 10000 and is far much slimmer than PowerCore+ 10500 , making it an excellent pocketable powerbank. It gets charged in 4 hours and charges most Androids zero to 50% in 30 minutes and iPhones XS/XR/X/8/7/6 from zero to 50% in 40-50 mins.
Newly released PowerCore 10000 PD is our top pick for latest iPhones XS/Max/XR/X/8/8+ as it offers zero to 50% in 30 minutes USB-C PD fast-charging for the latest iphones and gets charged in just 3 hours.
In Detail –
Best for Android Phones including Samsung S9/S8/S7/Note 9/Note 8 – PowerCore II 10000 Slim and PowerCore II 10000 Both will fast charge most Android phones from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes and get charged in 5 hours using Samsung wall chargers, most Android wall chargers, or any Quickcharge wall chargers. Both of these will charge iPhones, including latest iPhone XR, XS Max, XS,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 45 minutes.
Best for iPhones – Released in Feb 2019, PowerCore 10000 PD is currently the most future-proof powerbank for current and future iPhones. PowerCore 10000 PD comes with latest USB-C PD charging will charge latest iPhones (iPhone XS Max, XS, XR,X/8/8+) from 0 to 50% in 30 mins. This powerbank will also get charged in just 3 hours – faster than any other Anker 10000 mah capacity powerbank. PowerCore 10000 PD will fully charge iPhone XS/XS Max/X/8 twice and iPhone 7/6 etc. three times. It is also Anker’s only 10000 mah powerbank with two charging ports and this allows you to charge two iPhones at once from it. For charging in 3 hours, we recommend Anker Powerport PD2 wall charger. This dual-port wall charger will also fast charge your iPhone XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/8+ from 0 to 50 in 30 mins.
PowerCore 10000 and PowerCore Lite 10000 (or PowerCore 10000 Redux) are next best choices for iPhones especially iPhones 7/6s/6/5/SE. All the three will charge iPhones, including latest iPhone XS Max, XS,X/8 etc. and older from 0 to 50% in about 50 minutes. All these will also recharge most Android phones from 0 to 50% in about an hour. There only downside is that all the three powerbanks get recharged in minimum 7-8 hours using a 2.4 amp/12 watt wall charger or iPad 12 watt wall charger.
Best for iPhone 7/6S/6/5/SE if you want your powerbank to get recharged superquick in 5 hours using separately bought Quickcharge wall chargers or your existing Samsung/QC 3.0 wall charger : PowerCore II 10000 Slim and PowerCore II 10000
Are PowerCore 10000 Lite and PowerCore 10000 Redux better as these are newer?
PowerCore 10000 Redux offers only one extra charging feature over old PowerCore 10000 – it has trickle charging mode for charging low power devices such as wireless headsets, fitness bands etc.
PowerCore Lite 10000 has three extra features over PowerCore 10000 – it has same trickle charging mode as Redux, it gets charged via USB-C (in addition to micro-USB), and it is slim at .6 inches.
Please Note, PowerCore 10000 Redux (7 oz) or Lite 10000 (7.4 oz) are not lighter than PowerCore 10000 (6.4 oz). Despite its name, PowerCore 10000 is 1 oz lighter – and slightly lower priced – than PowerCore Lite 10000. Lite 10000 is however far more slimmer (.6 inch/15mm) and hence more pocketable. Of these three, the best choice is PowerCore Lite 10000 as it is slim, and will get charged with your USB-C phone charger.
Lite 10000 and 10000 Redux have same charging and recharging speeds as PowerCore 10000 but just come in a different shape and newer outer design. All the three take about 8 hours minimum to get recharged!
- PowerCore 10000 PD has USB-C PD that fast charges all iPhones including XR/XS/X/8/Samsung phones/other Androids. The powerbank gets fully charged in 3.5 hrs.
- PowerCore II 10000 Slim fast charges all Samsung phones and Androids and gets charged in 4.5 hours.
Anker PowerCore 20000 vs PowerCore+ 20100 vs PowerCore II 20000 vs PowerCore Lite 20000 vs PowerCore 20000 Redux
Anker currently offers seven PowerCore powerbanks in 20000 mAh range. Refer table below for the latest prices and purchase links from the only authorized Anker reseller – AnkerDirect.
|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 rapid charging for iPhones & Androids||0 to 50% in about 1 hour||0 to 50% in about 1 hour|
|Fastest Charging for Samsung S9, S8, S7, Note 9/8||QC 2.0 Input/Output 50% in 30 mins||QC 2.0 Input/Output compatible 50% in 30 mins||QC 3.0 Input/Output 80% charge in 30 mins|
|USB C PD for fastest charging of 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|
|Time to recharge Powerbank||12 hrs with 2.4 amp charger||5 hrs with a Quickcharge charger||4 hrs with a USB-C PD charger||5 hrs with a Quickcharge car charger||8 hrs with 15w USB-C charger|
|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 24 watt USB-C PD output Best for latest Android smartphones, iPhone Xs/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||Obsolete. PowerCore 2000 PD is a far better buy and available at less price.|
In Short –
Anker Powercore Speed 20000 PD is the latest and most advanced release, supporting 24 watt maximum USB-C PD output for latest Android phones and iPhones. Anker Powercore Speed 20000 PD gets fully charged in just 4 hrs with its included wall charger also supports fast-charging (50% in 30 mins) for the latest iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 and 8 Plus. lease note, that this version has (somewhat faster) USB-C PD and does not support the QuickCharge 3.0. This is not very important as the USB-C PD charging speed is almost same as QC 3.0.
If you want QuickCharge charging, there are two 20000 mAH Quickcharge output PowerCore models – PowerCore Speed 20000 QC with QC 3.0 and PowerCore II 20000 with QC 2.0 for Samsung phones. We recommend the PowerCore Speed 20000 QC for QC 3.0 phones and PowerCore II 20000 for Samsung phones S9/S8/S7 Note 9/8/ etc. Both take about 4-5 hours to recharge using Quickcharge wall chargers. Both these are also great for iPhone owners who want the capability to charge their powerbanks in about 4-5 hours using separately bought Quickcharge wall chargers.
In Detail –
Best for Android Phones including Samsung S9/S8/S7/Note 9/Note 8 – PowerCore II 20000 and PowerCore Speed 20000 QC Both will fast charge most Android phones from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes and get charged in about 5 hours using Samsung wall chargers, most Android wall chargers, or any Quickcharge wall chargers.. Both of these will charge iPhones, including latest iPhone XS Max, XS,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 45 minutes.
Best for older iPhones (7/6/5) – PowerCore 20100 and PowerCore Lite 20000 cost less and weigh less than PowerCore II/QC. Both of these will charge iPhones, including latest iPhone XS Max, XS,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 45-50 minutes. Both will also recharge most Android phones from 0 to 50% in about an hour. Their only downside is that both these powerbanks get recharged in minimum 9-10 hours using a 2.4 amp/12 watt wall charger or iPad 12 watt wall charger.
Are newer PowerCore 20000 Lite and PowerCore 20000 Redux better than PowerCore 20100?
PowerCore 20000 Lite and PowerCore 20000 Redux (released in 2019) largely have same charging and recharging features as PowerCore 20100 and just differ in external design. Please note that despite its name PowerCore 20100 is about 1 oz lighter – and lower priced – than PowerCore Lite 20000.
- Lite can be recharged using USB-C in slightly faster time (about 8 hrs) compared to about 10 hrs taken by PowerCore 10000. So, if you have a USB-C phone it makes sense to go for PowerCore 20000 Lite if you want to also use your phone charger cable to charge the powerbank.
- Lite has trickle charging mode support for low power devices
- Max output per port is 3 amp in Lite instead of 2.4 amp in PowerCore 20100. However, overall combined output of both powerbanks is still same – 4.8 amps. The 3 amp port of Lite is of no use for iPhones. It is only useful if you have certain Android phones (Google Nexus 5X/6/Pixel 2/Pixel 2XL and Motorola Moto phones that support 3 amp charging.
PowerCore 20000 Redux has just one additional charging feature over PowerCore 20100 – Redux supports trickle charging mode for low power devices such as wireless headphones. That is it. Other than PowerCore 20000 Redux has exactly same charging/recharging features as PowerCore 20100.
Most Future Proof and Best for latest iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus – Anker Powercore Speed 20000 PD gets charged in 4 hours with bundled PD wall charger and can charge latest 2017/2018 released iPhones from 0 to 50% in 30 mins. Also charges Macbooks at decent 24 watt speed.
Anker PowerCore 26800 vs PowerCore+ 26800
Anker currently has three PowerCore 26800 mAh models.
|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|
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD is the latest model with USB-C PD 30-watt charging port. This model supports ultra-fast 30-watt charging for latest smartphones and USB-C laptops in the highest powerbank capacity allowed by TSA. PowerCore+ 26800 PD gets fully charged in just 4.5 hrs with its included wall charger and also supports fast-charging (50% in 30 mins) for the latest iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 and 8 Plus. Please note, that this version supports (somewhat faster than Quickcharge) USB-C PD and does not support the QuickCharge 3.0.
PowerCore+ 26800 is the Quickcharge 3.0 Input/output version of the above powerbank.
At the end, is the plain vanilla PowerCore 26800 with no quickcharge but a notable feature – it has dual inputs and hence can be recharged in about 7 hours, which is fast for a powerbank of this capacity.
Anker PowerCore 13000 vs PowerCore+ 13400
|Features||New Release! PowerCore 15000 Redux||PowerCore 15600||PowerCore 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|
Anker PowerCore 5000 vs PowerCore Slim 5000 vs PowerCore Fusion 5000 vs Astro E1
Anker has four powerbanks in the 5000 mAH category.
|Features||PowerCore II 6700||PowerCore Fusion 5000||PowerCore 5000||PowerCore+ 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|
PowerCore Slim 5000 is the ultra slim smartphone size powerbank with 2 amp input/output and premium looks – at a premium price.
PowerCore 5000 is the tiny cylinder-shaped model which is similar to the even-smaller lipstick-size PowerCore 3350. However, a killer feature of PowerCore 5000 is that it offers 2 Amp fast charging (as well as 2 Amp fast recharging of powerbank) which the 3350 version does not offer.
PowerCore Fusion 5000 is a unique combo of wall charger and powerbank and is a good choice if you want your wall charger and powerbank in one package. When used as wall charger, it will first charge your phone and then charge itself. It supports 2 amp fast charging as well.
At the tail end is the ultra low price but quite old Astro E1. This is one of Anker’s oldest bestseller models, and is also its lightest 5000 mAH powerbank. Between Astro E1 and PowerCore 5000, we recommend PowerCore 5000 as it gets charged in half time than Astro E1.