I received this PowerCore from Anker recently and wanted to share my early experiences.
What is it?
A PowerCore is basically a battery you charge and take around with you!
It can then be used to charge something else.
To be fair it’s a pretty weird concept if you’ve never used or think you have no use for one.
If you camp, fish, hunt, spend long periods outdoors, and take your device with you well this will allow you to use your device to its fullest and not worry about the battery running flat for an emergency call then this is for you!
Anker produces PowerCores with various capacities. Small and light to give your device a quick boost right up to large and heavy which would fully charge a mobile phone 5-6 times!
Packaging is the standard white and blue box, minimal and sufficient.
Contents consist of the Powerbank, mesh pouch and a USB C to USB C cable.
It has a nice feel in the hand with a textured top surface and a smooth bottom.
It’s a weighty block but you won’t notice it in your daypack.
The mesh pouch and cable are pretty decent too!
Charging from flat will take just under 7 hours using a 18w PD charger and USB-C to USB-C cable or around 21 hours using a 10w charger and USB-A to USC-C cable.
So onto the important bit, it’s charging output.
It has a Power IQ 2 USB and PowerDelivery USB-C output so can be used to charge 2 devices simultaneously and charge them quick!
There is a trickle / low output mode for headphones etc, hold the button for a few seconds and one of the power indicator lights will change to green.
So, my super high-tech test.
I don’t have any fancy output testing gadgets so this is a real world charge of my iPad Pro 10.5” which has a 8134mah battery.
The following are screen shots at 30 minute intervals.
I used the USB C port and a PowerLine+ II 90cm USB-C to Lightning cable on a completely flat iPad (won’t turn on) with a fully charged PowerCore.
I’m not sure if the Jelly Baby helped or hindered the charging process
18% in 30m
46% in 1hr
68% in 1hr 30m
87% in 2hr
95% in 2hr 30m
100% in 2hr 50m
Once the charge cycle was complete the PowerCore still had in excess of 75% capacity left - 3 blue LED’s illuminated.
From initial tests this is an awesome PowerCore and will suit me down to the ground.
Pushing almost 50% charge into my iPad in an hour, well, that’s as fast as my Anker mains powered charger so I’m really pleased with that!