"ma première fois"
I have used some kind of modern technology since 1979 which was a radio and I hotwired an external 6V battery I got from old temporary street lighting.
Inside one of these lights
Was one of these
So this was my first "Powercore". These would operate a radio for a few weeks.
This was a massive upgrade from the predecessor
Which on a windy night would blow out.
Trying to wire your own electronics is a humbling experience and makes you appreciate good design of electronics.
My first "iPad":
Note I never quite had enough money to buy the printer shown.
I slowly worked my way up through the technology, so for example here is my 2011 "iPhone" with a "Powercore Mini"
My first intersection with Anker would probably have been:
(which I still like having the small torch built-in, ahhh, happy days)
I still own two of these and they still work!
There are plenty of brands, some which still exist now and some which don't which I had before and during and they stopped working earlier. This is why Anker is of such interest. The key things for Anker:
- the products tend to keep working. This really matters because if you spend the time (and some money) to seek out to get a power backup, it should work when you need to fall back and rely on it.
- if they fail, which in my experience is rare, the effort to get support resolution is, relative to others, a lot easier, often a day or two at most.
- once you can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the product has failed, a free replacement sent out, without need to spend time and money to post back the original part. I do put myself in the mind of the Anker support and proactively offer reasonable evidence of effort to try to avoid common obvious causes. I know all about PEBKAC.
So from > 40 years of technology experience, the key for me has been to allow to reach back into the mind of the designer of the product and give grounded feedback and direction, so when Anker made this forum we are in now, I have used it to attempt to guide Anker and help any who come here for support.
I have been rewarded in the likes of competitions. I have won:
- Anker Soundcore XL
- Anker Powercore 5000
- Anker E1 light
- Anker Soundcore Nano
- 50% discount off Anker Powercore 26800
- and others probably I can't now remember.
So what do I use all of these for? Well I mostly give it for free to friends, family, to point them in a direction towards generally useful and quality so they don't have to stumble fumble through brands and bad quality alternatives. I'm that guy sat next on the train when your phone goes flat I say "keep it" when I offer to recharge your phone.
Probably the item I keep coming back to is the Powercore 10000. That is the most sublime convergence of design I have encountered in a long time, a good balance of "just enough" with "not too much" and I put that in a review competition for which I was honored to win an LC40 torch and 21W solar panel due here tomorrow!