I’ve bought several Anker wall and portable chargers (and lightning cables) to keep the family’s devices charged at home and during travel. 5V/2.4A has been sufficient, and PowerIQ has worked well for our needs. Having just bought a Nintendo Switch and reading up on USB-C, coming across the discussion surrounding Benson Leung/Nathan K’s tests and reviews, looking for a way to charge my Dell XPS 13 9350 via USB-C, and the possibility of the next iPhone employing this connector, I feel like Anker would do well to focus on USB-PD and really clarify what their products support.
I just bought the PowerPort+ 5 USB-C with USB Power Delivery (Model A2053111) along with PowerLine USB-C cables, should be here tomorrow and will test these out. From my research so far, this PowerPort+ appears to be the only Anker device that supports USB-C with Power Delivery, supplying 15V/3A (and apparently even 20V/2.25A). It would be great to have a few more options, perhaps a smaller PowerPort2 size, and even better, one with dual USB-C PD ports.
Also, portable batteries that can provide the full USB-C PD spec are in demand, let’s have something from Anker to compete with the RAVPower RP-PB058/RP-PB059
Yeah, PD is really what every USB-C battery pack or charger should have, since PD can charge your phone or laptop or pretty much every Type-C device.
I think a Type-C PD battery pack should also be there. Make it a whole lot more useful.
I’m keener on more 3A output USB-C than I am on the USB-PD higher profiles, and the USB-C port shapes being more prevalent.
A case in point is I’m going a quick day trip out moving for about 14 hours and just with my USB-C mobile and if I take a mains charger and a battery I have to carry a microUSB cable, because Anker does NOT MAKE a USB-C output and input portable powerbank like a USB-C only Slim. Even the “coming in May” latest Powercore II 1000 is not USB.
I note there are USB-PD chargers coming but it’s still a mess where Anker is not offering USB-C ports option across the full product line.
Some of Anker’s USB-PD products have taken a beating in reviews by Benson/Nathan. It’s time for Anker to release new wall and battery chargers that fully support the official USB-PD spec, without glitchy controllers or firmware. There’s a large market for this stuff right now already, and the rumored switch of the next iPhone to a USB-C type connector (instead of USB-A, not replacing the Lightning connector) will make this market explode. Let’s get ahead of it, Anker!
They just released one. You can learn more about it here. I’m excited! Seems like a great portable charger compared to the competition.