I am back home now after 2 weeks living out of backpack, most of it traveling around UK.
My Anker stuff:
- Powercore Slim 5000
- Powercore 10000
- Powerport 2 UK version
- loads of Powerline cables, including two 6ft long USB-C for my phone and tablet.
Same backpack, it fits in all aircraft. I had 4 flights across 3 countries, 7 trains and 1 taxi, about 80 miles of walking. Had an aircraft hiccup and I changed planes and got home faster than those who (for reasons I cannot justify) need suitcases.
What is not working for me:
- the Slim 5000 form-factor I love but it is not enough energy, today I used it to keep my phone going and to recharge my Bose during flight connection, and it was flat before the end of the day. Not a major problem as I also had the Powercore 10000 so I had enough stored energy in total, but I used the Bose QC35 hard case rear pouch to store the Slim 5000 to recharge the Bose while I was moving, the 10000 doesn't fit so well. I know one of the newer Slim 10000 would do it better, but that is not better-enough yet to justify buying when my Slim 5000 and 10000 are working.
- lack of trickle-charge. I spend say 10 mins in total pressing the Slim 5000 power button to get my Bose back to fully charged, and the Slim+ buds back to fully charged. Again, not a big enough problem to spend $$ on newer products.
- need a denser port count in my Powerport. Like a small 4 port Powerport. This is the most broken part of my system, I need Anker to make a decent high-wattage 4-6 port system which is not bigger than 2 smaller chargers. Anker has still not made one. For now I have kept a years-old Powerport5 in one place and I carry multiple chargers when flying as Anker is not making the perfect charger yet (Atom 1 technology in a 4-port version)
For anyone who is in UK, the odd part was I packed:
- waterproof over-trousers
- waterproof socks
- down vest
- waterproof jacket
..... and it was bone dry for 2 weeks in England. Only rained the day I left. Bloody eck, I could have gone with a smaller backpack if I'd known it would be non-freezing dry!