Anker Powercore vs Powercore+, PD, III, II, Metro, Essential, Lite, and Redux: Best Anker Power banks

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PowerCore, PowerCore+, PowerCore III, PowerCore II, PowerCore PD, PowerCore Lite, PowerCore Metro, and PowerCore Redux are the eight 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 Powercore, Powercore+ as well as PowerCore PD/Metro, III, II, PowerCore Lite and Redux names. Please note, that Anker’s Astro brand is now obsolete and it is recommended to only buy the PowerCore PD/PowerCore III/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 obsolete features. You can even end up buying an older, slow, and obsolete power bank at a higher price than a modern Anker power bank!

For example, Anker has an incredible 10 types of PowerCore, PD, Lite, Redux, PowerCore III/II, and PowerCore+ power banks in 10000 mAH battery capacity, eight types of different Powercore/Lite/Redux and Powercore+ models in 20000 mah capacity, four Powercore power banks in 26800mAH capacity, and two PowerCore portable chargers in 13000 Mah capacity (and an additional two in 15000 mah).

First, we will quickly explain the difference between all Anker PowerCore III, PD/Metro, II, Essential, and Lite/Redux power banks across all capacities to help you select the best power bank. We have excluded the obsolete models of PowerCore portable chargers from our comparison tables.

#1 The PowerCore PD USB-C PD power banks are the latest and top-end – If you want to fast-charge latest iPhone 12/11 series, XR/XS/XS Max/8/8+ from zero to 50% 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

#2 Next comes the PowerCore II series These are great if you do not have USB-C power adapters and plan to use your old USB power adapters to charge the power banks. These power banks have only micro-USB port for charging the power bank and hence cannot be charged via USB-C port. All PowerCore II Series power banks will charge iPhones twice as fast as Apple 5-watt charger. They 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 5-watt 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) .

Anker PowerCore 10000 vs PowerCore II 10000 vs PowerCore Lite 10000 vs PowerCore 10000 Redux vs PowerCore 10000 PD

Anker currently offers 11 PowerCore power banks  in 10000 mAh range – five in the table below, and 10000 PD, PD Redux, Metro PD10000 Redux, 10400, and Lite 10000

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

PowerCore 10000 Redux  and Lite 10000 , PowerCore 10400 charging/recharging speeds and features are same as PowerCore Slim 10000 and hence have not been included in table above. PD Redux, 1000 PD and Metro PD have same charging features as Slim 10000 PD.

A quick analysis shows that the latest PowerCore PD, and PowerCore II 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

pd portable charger for iPhone XI and XRR
PowerCore Slim 10000 USB-C PD is our top pick. It is slim and fast-charges latest iPhones 11, 11 Pro, XR/X/8/8+and Samsung S10/S9/8/Note 10/9/8 from zero to 50% in 30 mins  

Newly released PowerCore Slim 10000 PD 18-watt USB-C PD power bank is our top pick overall. It will fast charge both latest iPhones 11, 11 Pro/Max, XR/XS/Max/XS/X/8/8+ from zero to 50% in 30 minutes and also fast-charge latest Samsung/other Android phones as it offers 18-watt USB-C PD charging. It gets charged in just 3.5 hours with Samsung S10/S9 chargers or any 18-watt PD charger.

Even if you have an older iPhone 7/7 Plus/6/6s/5s/SE etc, PowerCore Slim 10000 PD is a good future-proof choice, should you ever upgrade your phone in next 1-2 years.

If you want a micro-USB power bank because you have an old USB power adapter, then  PowerCore II 10000  is our pick. It is especially suited if you have an Android phone with a micro-USB charger such as the Samsung S6, S5/S4. It has all the fast-charging  features of PowerCore II 10000 and is far much slimmer than PowerCore+ 10500 ,  making it an excellent pocketable power bank. It gets charged in 4 hours and charges most Androids zero to 50% in 30 minutes and iPhones 11, 11 Pro/Max, XR/XS/X/8/7/6  from zero to 50% in 45-50 mins.

In Detail –

Best for iPhones – Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD is currently the most future-proof and value for money power bank for current and future iPhones. PowerCore Slim 10000 PD comes with latest USB-C PD charging  will charge latest iPhones (iPhone 11, 11 Pro/Max, XS Max, XS, XR,X/8/8+) from 0 to 50% in 30 mins. This powerbank will also get charged in just 3.5 hours – faster than any other Anker 10000 mah capacity powerbank. PowerCore Slim 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 3.5 hours, we recommend Anker Powerport PD2 wall charger. This dual-port wall charger will also fast charge your iPhone 11, 11 Pro/Max, XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/8+  from 0 to 50 in 30 mins.

Best for Android Phones including Samsung S20/S10/S9/S8/S7/Note 9/Note 8/Pixels – PowerCore Slim 10000 PD USB-C power bank will fast charge most Samsung and other latest 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 USB-C PD wall chargers. it will ALSO fast-charge iPhones, including latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XR, XS Max, XS,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes.

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 11, 11 Pro/Max, 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 your USB/micro-USB wall charger : PowerCore II 10000

Are PowerCore 10000 Lite and PowerCore 10000 Redux better as these are newer?

PowerCore 10000 Lite vs PowerCore 10000 Redux difference
Think of PowerCore 10000 Redux as good old PowerCore 10k in a narrow compact new package. Lite 10000 has two extra features over Redux – Slimmer shape and an additional USB-C input. This means you can charge Lite 10000  with your phone’s USB-C charger without any new extra cable

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!

If you want a faster charging power bank, avoid Lite/Redux and instead buy PowerCore Slim 10000 PD or PowerCore II 10000:

  • PowerCore Slim 10000 PD has USB-C PD that fast charges all iPhones including 11, 11 Pro/Max, XR/XS/X/8/Samsung phones/other Androids. The powerbank gets fully charged in 3.5 hrs.
  • PowerCore II 10000 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 eight PowerCore power banks  in 20000 mAh range. Refer table below for the latest prices and purchase links from the only authorized Anker reseller – AnkerDirect.

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

PowerCore 20000 Redux and  20000 Lite charging features are mostly same as plain PowerCore 20100 and hence are not included in table above.

In Short –

PowerCore Essential 20000 PD is the latest and most advanced release, supporting 18 watt maximum USB-C PD output for latest iPhones and Samsung/Pixel/LG/Moto etc. Android phones.  PowerCore Essential 20000 PD gets fully charged in just 4 hrs with any PD charger and also supports fast-charging (50% in 30 mins) for the latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro/Max, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 and 8 Plus. It also charges latest Samsung phones S20, S10/S10+/S9+/S9/S8/S7 & Note 10/9/8/ etc. from zero to 50% in 30 minutes. What is more it even supports 18-watt QuickCharge from the regular USB Port.

Anker also sells a 20000mah USB-C PD model with bundled 30-watt PD wall charger – Powercore Speed 20000 PD with 30-watt PD charger.

If you want QuickCharge 3.0/2.0 charging for LG/Xiaomi phones, 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 Quickcharge 3.0 phones and PowerCore II 20000  for Samsung phones S10/S9/S8/S7 Note 10/9/8/ 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 power banks 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.

In Detail –

Most Future Proof and Best for latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro/Max, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus – PowerCore Essential 20000 PD  and Anker Powercore Speed 20000 PD get charged in 4 hours and can charge latest iPhones 11 series/XR/XS/X/8/8+ from 0 to 50% in 30 mins. Powercore Speed 20000 PD also charges Macbooks at decent 24 watt speed.

Best for Android Phones including Samsung S10/S10+/S9/S9/S8/S7/Note 10/9/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 11, 11 Pro/Max, XS Max, XS,X/8 etc. from 0 to 50% in about 50-60 minutes.

Best for older iPhones (7/7+/6s/6/6s+/6+/SE/5s) – PowerCore 20100 and PowerCore Lite 20000  cost less and weigh less than PowerCore II/QC. Both of these will charge iPhones, including latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro/Max, 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.

The three extra charging features of PowerCore 20000 Lite compared to PowerCore 20100  are –

  • 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.

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  

Anker PowerCore 26800 vs PowerCore+ 26800

27000 mah is the highest power bank capacity allowed by TSA for in-cabin luggage (carry on) on flights. Anker currently has four PowerCore 26800 mAh models.

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

Anker PowerCore III Elite 25600 PD 87-watt  is the latest and most powerful Anker high-capacity power bank with maximum 87-watt USB-C PD charging output for MacBooks Pro/Air, Dell XPS, Microsoft Surface etc. and comes with a 65-watt USB-C PD PPS charger. This portable charger has two USB-C ports and supports 87-watt USB-C PD charging for Macbooks and USB-C laptops and also supports 20 & 18-watt USB-C PD charging for latest iPhone 12 series, 11/11 Pro/Max, XR/XS/Max/X/8/8+, and Samsung S/Note, Pixel/LG/Moto Android phones.  PowerCore III Elite 25600 PD 87-watt gets fully charged in just 2 hrs 15 mins with its included wall charger.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 45-watt USB-C PD  offers maximum 45-watt  USB-C PD charging output suited for Macbooks and USB-C laptops and comes with a powerful 60-watt USB-C PD charger. The powerbank gets fully charged in just 3.5 hrs with the bundled charger. PowerCore+ 26800 45w PD supports 45-watt ultra-fast USB-C PD charging for Macbooks and USB-C laptops and also supports 18-watt USB-C PD fast charging (60% in 30 mins) for latest iPhone 12, 11/11 Pro/Max, XR/XS/Max/X/8/8+, and Samsung, Pixel/LG/Moto Android smartphones.

PowerCore+ 26800 is the Quickcharge 3.0 Input/output version of the above portable charger and comes with a Quickcharge 3.0 charger. In 2020, it is frankly obsolete for new phones as it cannot fastest speed charge for latest iPhones. However, it is fine for Samsungs and even iPhones as a value option as it will still charge all iPhones 2x faster than Apple 5-watt charger.

At the end, is the plain vanilla PowerCore 26800 with no Quickcharge for Androids. It still charges all iPhones twice as fast as Apple 5-watt power adapter and charges Samsungs/Androids at max 12-watt – not bad for its price. It a notable feature – 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

Anker has two models in 13000 mAh range.
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
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.

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

Anker has four powerbanks in the 5000 mAH category.

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

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.

17 thoughts on “Anker Powercore vs Powercore+, PD, III, II, Metro, Essential, Lite, and Redux: Best Anker Power banks

    1. Hi Ria,
      For the iPad Pro 2018, the best option is the newly launched PowerCore Essential 20000 PD. This portable charger will fast-charge the iPad Pro 2018 as fast as its Apple charger and also get fast-charged with the iPad Pro’s USB-C charger in about 6-7 hours. Additionally, PowerCore Essential 20000 PD will also fast-charge latest iPhones 11/11 Pro/XR/X8/8+ from zero to 50% in 30 minutes.
      Thanks.

  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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