Anker Powercore vs Powercore+, II and Lite: Selecting the Best Powerbank

PowerCore, PowerCore+, PowerCore II, and PowerCore Lite are the four main current powerbank series of Anker – perhaps the most well known powerbank brand in the world. For most battery capacity points, you will notice that Anker has multiple powerbank models under both Powercore and Powercore+ brands (as well as PowerCore II and PowerCore Lite).

Please note, that the Astro brand of Anker products is now obsolete and it is highly advisable to only buy the PowerCore II/PowerCore+/PowerCore Lite/Powercore brands to get the best value for money and features.

Anker currently offers a huge number of powerbanks with different feature-sets but similar sounding names and prices, including many versions with obsolete features. For example, Powercore+ powerbanks with old Quickcharge 2.0 technology are still offered on Amazon and that too sometimes at higher prices than powerbanks with the latest  Quickcharge 3.0. Both these look exactly the same, and it is easy to end up buying an older model at higher price!

Similarly, Anker offers an incredible six types of PowerCore, PowerCore Lite, PowerCore II, and PowerCore+ powerbanks in 20000 mAH battery capacity range! Similarly, it offers six types of different Powercore and Powercore+ models in 10000 mah battery capacity, three types of Powercore powerbanks in 26800mAH capacity, and three types of PowerCore portable chargers in 13000 Mah capacity.

PowerCore II Slim10000
PowerCore II 10000 Slim is the easily the best powerbank in 10000 mah capacity with 18w fast charging support for Androids and 4 hour charging in a 0.6 inch slim pocketable package

Here, we will explain the difference between the similarly named PowerCore, PowerCore+, PowerCore II, and PowerCore Lite powerbanks to help you select the best power bank.

Please note, that we have excluded the obsolete models of PowerCore+ and PowerCore powerbanks from our comparison tables. In general, PowerCore+ models have more extensive feature sets than PowerCore power banks and cost more. However, many of the latest PowerCore and PowerCore II models offer superb value for money and latest features such as Quickcharge 3.0 charging.

Anker PowerCore 10000 vs Anker PowerCore+ 10050 vs PowerCore II 10000 vs PowerCore Lite 10000

Anker currently offers six PowerCore powerbanks  in 10000 mAh range. A quick head to head comparison shows that the latest PowerCore II and PowerCore+ with QuickCharge 3.0 powerbanks are the only one that have both QC input and output and hence can both charge your phones and also get recharged themselves quickly.

PowerCore II 10000 Slim is our top pick as it offers all the fast-charging features of PowerCore II 10000 and is far much slimmer than PowerCore+ 10500  and makes for an excellent pocketable powerbank.

To summarize –

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 Xs Max, Xs,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 45 minutes.

Best for iPhones – PowerCore 10000 and PowerCore Lite 10000  Both of these will charge iPhones, including latest iPhone Xs Max, Xs,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 45 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 7-8 hours using a 2.4 amp/12 watt wall charger or iPad 12 watt wall charger.

Please note that despite its name PowerCore 10000 is 1 oz lighter – and lower priced – than PowerCore Lite 10000. PowerCore Lite is however more slim (.6 inch/15mm) and more pocketable.

Best for iPhones if you want your powerbank to get recharged superquick in 5 hours using a separately bought Quickcharge wall charger PowerCore II 10000 Slim and PowerCore II 10000

Features PowerCore 10000
PowerCore II Slim 10000

PowerCore II 10000
PowerCore Speed 10000QC PowerCore+ 10050 QC3.0
2.4 amp rapid charging for Android & iPhones 0 to 50% in about 1 hr
Fastest charging for Samsung S9, S8, S7 Note 9/8 0 to 50% in 30 mins 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) 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 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger 8 hrs with 2 amp wall charger 4 hrs with Quickcharge wall charger
Special Feature Ultralight (6.3 oz/180 gm) Super slim at 0.6 inches (7.8 oz) Ultralight (6.8 oz/210 gm)
Number of Ports 1 1 1 1 2

Anker PowerCore 20000 vs PowerCore+ 20100 vs PowerCore II 20000 vs PowerCore Lite 20000

Anker currently offers six PowerCore powerbanks  in 20000 mAh range.

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.

PowerCore 20100 and PowerCore Lite 20000 are plain vanilla models that take minimum 9-10 hours to recharge and are more suited for iPhone owners and budget conscious buyers.

To summarize –

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 iPhones – 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 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.

Please note that despite its name PowerCore 20000 is about 1 oz lighter – and lower priced – than PowerCore Lite 10000.

Best for iPhones if you want your powerbank to get recharged superquick in 5 hours using a separately bought Quickcharge wall charger PowerCore II 20000 and PowerCore Speed 20000 QC  

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.

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 release
QC 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.

Anker PowerCore 26800 vs PowerCore+ 26800

Anker currently has three PowerCore 26800 mAh models.

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. Refer table below for the latest prices and purchase links from the only authorized Anker reseller – AnkerDirect.

Features PowerCore+ 26800 USB-C PD with 30-watt USB-C wall charger PowerCore+ 26800 QC 3.0 PowerCore 26800
USB-C PD
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 13000 vs PowerCore+ 13400

Anker has two models in 13000 mAh range.
The PowerCore+ 13400 comes with QuickCharge 3.0 output-only and is a good choice if you want a compact powerbank with QuickCharge output but with more capacity than the 10000 mAH version. Please note, that an older version of PowerCore+ 13400 DID NOT support Quickcharge Output and must be avoided.
The plain vanilla PowerCore 13400 is a less-known bargain at its current prices and is a good higher capacity alternative to the plain vanilla 10000 mah models. Refer table below for the latest prices and purchase links from the only authorized Anker reseller – AnkerDirect.
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

Anker PowerCore 5000 vs PowerCore Slim 5000 vs PowerCore Fusion 5000 vs Astro E1

Anker has four powerbanks in the 5000 mAH category.

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.

Refer table below for the latest prices and purchase links from the only authorized Anker reseller – AnkerDirect.

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

13 thoughts on “Anker Powercore vs Powercore+, II and Lite: Selecting the Best Powerbank

  1. Great advice and great reads. But, I think I am suffering from overload. I could use some advice. My wife and I travel a bit, all in USA, and recently upgraded from iPhone 6 cells to an XS for me and an XS Max for her. We also bought 13″ MacBook Pros last year. We need an occasional charge for our iPhones and single MiFi Jetpack but not the laptops. I like the convenience of quick charging the phones and the battery pack, 13 oz. or less, fit in a pocket (under 6″), two charging ports, and the USB C since an Apple 60 watt charger is usually in our carry-on luggage or car. A one charge for each phone is sufficient for a day. I would also like to stay under $80.
    I have had good experiences with Anker, Aukey, and RavPower products but never bought a battery pack–last one I had was a very small unknown device that would charge an old flip phone but nothing else. I read your comment on Fast Charge PD chargers and it made sense, I think. I am also assuming the Apple 60 watt charger will be safe to use on iPhones and battery packs? I realize I will need USB-C and Lighting cables. Thank you.

    1. Hi Gary, Considering your specific requirements, we will recommend either of these two powerbanks:
      Zendure UltraSlim 10000 PD – This is very light (under 7 oz), slim, pocketable, well under your budget, will fast-charge your both phones (iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max) once each, and will also get fast-charged in 4 hrs through the Macbook charger. Zendure makes quality powerbanks and you can be sure of similar quality as Anker or RAVpower.
      Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. If you want an Anker powerbank, then this is the powerbank that comes closest to meeting all your criteria and is also well under your budget at the moment due to festival season promotion. It weighs slightly more than 13-oz and is about half-inch longer than 6″ but makes up for these by being able to charge your both phones twice each.

      Apple 60 watt charger is safe to use for charging both of these powerbanks.
      Thanks!

  2. I have an iPhone 6S and just bought a PowerCore Lite 20000. The cord that came is real short and I am using the wall plug that came with my iPhone. What do you recommend for charging the PowerCore ?

    1. Hi, The most recommended wall charger for PowerCore Lite 20000 will be one with 2.4 to 3amp output as 3 amp is max charging input of PowerCore Lite 20000. We therefore recommend

      Value for money option – Anker 24 Watt dual-port wall charger – This will simultaneously charge your powerbank close to maximum possible speed (2.4 amp) and also fast charge your iPhone 6S at its max possible charging speed.

      Best Possible Option – RAVPower 30W Triple=USB-C wall charger – This can simultaneously fast charge both your powerbank (3 amp) and your iPhone 6S (2.1 amp) at max possible speeds. Thanks!

  3. Hi there,

    I am looking at buying a power bank for day to day use and travelling, I own an Iphone 6 at the moment but will be upgrading sometime next year.
    I was looking at the Anker PowerCore 5000 and the Anker PowerCore Slim 5000.
    Are you able to explain to me what the 5000 means for both of these?

    Would there be any other powerbanks that would would recommend over the Anker ones?

    Thanks,
    Jess

    1. Hi Jess, 5000 refers to the battery capacity of these powerbanks (5000 mAh). For example, iPhone 6 has a battery capacity of about 1,700 mah. Due to voltage conversion and loss during conversion charging, only about 70% of your powerbank’s capacity will be effectively available. This means that with a 5000 mAh powerbank such as PowerCore 5000 and the Anker PowerCore Slim 5000, you will be able to charge your iPhone 6 twice.

      In this capacity and weight range, PowerCore Slim 5000 is one of the best powerbanks in our opinion. A good alternative is the RAVPower 6700, which will give you 30% more battery capacity at lower price and similar weight/quality. However, PowerCore Slim 5000 is easy to hold in the hand with the phone while charging due to slimmer design. Thanks!

  4. Hi Guys,

    I want to ask for a recommendation for the fastest and smallest power bank that supports fast charging for iPhone 8. Minimum 10,000mah.

    It’s have to be pocket size.

    Thanks.

  5. Thanks for this website. It’s very helpful. Sorry for my English as I speak French.

    I have read everything but I still have a few questions. There are five PowerCore powerbanks in 20000 mAh range. Right now, I have an Iphone SE. I will soon upgrade to a newer Iphone version or maybe an android so I need a versatile powerbank. (I understand Iphone do not support quick charge). While on vacation, I would have to recharge both an cellphone and a compact camera. Should I go with the USB-C or the quick charge option?

    I am not sure I understand the difference between USB-C and quick charge 🙁

    I do not know which one to choose between the PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C, the PowerCore II 20000 and the PowerCore Speed 20000. Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Murielle,

      Thanks for the query, your English is great! 🙂 Considering your unique requirements, we will first try to explain the latest Quickcharge vs USB-C PD situation and then recommend suitable powerbanks.

      As of now, all indications point that the trend is towards USB-C PD due to support from BOTH Google and Apple. The latest Apple iPhones (iPhone 8, 8x, & iPhone X) support a maximum of 18 watt USB-C charging allowing you to charge your phone to 50% in 30 mins and 80-85% in 1 hour. The latest and upcoming Android phones also support 15 to 30 watt power over USB-C as well.
      Therefore, the best future proof option among smartphone power banks is to select a good USB-C PD powerbank, preferably a 18 watt to 30 watt USB-C PD powerbank.

      If you have to choose among Anker’s currently available 20000 mAH products, the best pick is Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD which has a 22.5 watt USB-C PD output. It also comes bundled with a 30 watt USB-C charger and hence you will not have to buy the wall charger separately. It is out top choice as –
      – It supports iPhone X, 8, 8+ maximum charging current/speed
      – Latest Android phones’ maximum charging current/speed
      – 2 ports
      – Bundled high quality 30 watt USB-C wall charger makes it a great value for money buy
      – You can charge the powerbank in 4 hours with the USB-C wall charger

      Please do let us know if you have further queries.

      PS. Apologies for the late reply, our comment spam plugin had mistakenly blocked a lot of valid comments as well.

  6. Hi – A story idea for you:

    Just to let you know where I am coming from…I am currently looking for a large capacity power bank for use during hurricanes. I will be pairing it with a solar panel so I will be able to charge cell phones and other devices during a blackout that can last a week or so (or longer, poor PR!).

    So I am interested in the large power banks. 50000 m/Ah kind. These are kind of popular in this area. FYI hurricane season is June to October, peaking Aug and Sept. So if you are interested in getting traffic from this part of the world, maybe look into the high capacity products?

    I have no idea what I am doing, really, so it would be great to have some info.

    Thanks for reading
    Dot

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