Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.
The Anker name has slowly become synonymous with inexpensive smartphone accessories, more specifically battery packs and cables.
Personally, I’ve owned a few over the years and have had no complaints. They’re typically well designed, sturdy, and perform the assigned task.
For the most port, the PowerCore+ 26800mAh ($89.99 on Amazon) pack lives up to my prior experiences with the Anker brand.
The top of the device has a power button with 10 lights, each one accounting for 10% of the battery’s charge. Press the button, notice 4 lights are lit up and you instantly know the battery has 40% charge left.
When charging, the lights operate in the reverse; blinking until the next 10% threshold is met, turning solid, then going to the next light until the battery is full.
The PowerCore+ stopped discharging at 82.45Wh, or 85% of its capacity, putting it fifth among the eight packs we tested in this batch.
Charging the pack took 11 hours, using the designated input microUSB port that accepts 5V/2A (PortaPow measured a consistent 5V/1.76A input).
Three USB-A ports adorn the front of the pack. Two ports offer standard USB outputs of 5V/3A, with a third Quick Charge 2.0 port.
For $80, you get the battery pack and a QC 3.0 wall adapter in the box. Also included is a microUSB cable and a carrying case.
Unfortunately, a dedicated USB-C port is no where to be found on this particular PowerCore+ model. When I requested a review sample, I was told the company has a USB-C (with Power Deliver) model coming soon but it wasn’t ready in time. Power Delivery will enable faster charging through USB-C to USB-C connections.
However, there is already a PowerCore+ model with a USB-C port on it, albeit a lower capacity and lacking QC 2.0: The PowerCore+ 20100, and it’s $10 cheaper than the 26800 reviewed here. But you’ll need to ask yourself if giving up QC 2.0 is worth the USB-C port.
PowerCore+ 26800Greenbot Rating
A battery pack with QC 2.0 capabilities, that does exactly what it’s designed to do. But the lack of a USB-C port may be a deal breaker for some.
- Well built
- Indicator light is easy to gauge capacity
- Only QuickCharge 2.0
- No USB-C port
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