Power it up with PowerCore 10000mAh

The Anker PowerCore 10000mAh Portable Charger has arrived. Let the phones and tablets’ batteries to drain. The test is about to start. Forget about electrical sockets. You are now the owner of a power brick…

Wait. What?

How come this power charger fits in your pocket? It’s as large as a credit card and as thick as 2 iPhones (iPhone7 for those precious about details). It weights close to nothing (180g or 6.35 oz) which means a lot of power, everywhere.

So far, so good.

A little black box full of power

The PowerCore charger was delivered in a nice box and, as usual with these products, was accompanied by a travel pouch, a micro-USB cable and the welcome and instructions booklets.

The charger is resistant and made of solid materials, which means it can be thrown into any purse or bag.

The level of power is shown by 4 little blue led-lights. There’s a button on the side of the charger which function is to turn the energy indicator on. I’m not a big fan of devices that keep all lights always on like a Christmas tree, so I welcome the introduction of this very useful button. Switch it on only when needed.

And in my opinion…

Smart mobile devices (from all brands) are not very famous for staying charged for a long period of time (remember when you’d be charging your device once a week? Ok, twice if you were really a super power user). And so, chargers are becoming a ‘must have’. Most often I don’t carry one of these if I’m out and about for a couple of hours; I do however bring one when I leave home for the day, being it when I go to work or for leisure trips.

This PowerCore charger is a great companion for such trips. It’s portable, powerful, lightweight and overall well made.

Anker team - here’s a challenge. Keep it this light and compact and add a second USB port to charge 2 devices simultaneously. Challenge accepted? What? Is that what the PowerCore 13000mAh does? :slight_smile:

Happy to report, that overall it’s a big thumbs up for this Anker PowerCore 10000mAh Portable Charger.

DISCLAIMER: I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation. Nonetheless, my review is fair and all words I’m writing express my honest opinion.

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Good review, I would only suggest maybe adding pictures to go with your nice descriptions :slight_smile:

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@AndreC

Great review. I personally own (purchased outright) two of the PowerCore
10000’s and they are my first go-to portable chargers. The PC 10000’s
form factor, weight and power are all exceptional. I own many Anker
portable chargers but the PC 10000 is by far my favorite.

Thanks for sharing!

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I agree the 10000 is a really good powerful small portable charger, the issue I found this last 6 months or so is that I fully drain it twice a week or so keeping my tablet and phone charged when moving around a lot, and so it is getting a lot of wear and now after 18 months old I think I’m beginning to have to worn it out, but for $20 its been great value, better to die from lots of useful use than die in a draw!

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Good review, the PowerCore 10000 is one of the smallest and lightest portable charger in our product line.:sunglasses:

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Can you give us any insight on an upgraded version? It’s been a long while.

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The upgrade version PowerCore II 10000 will be launched in August. Sorry, I can’t share more information about the functional question. Hoping you can understand me.:grin:

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Good review with humour aswell :slight_smile: :thumbsup:

As @hunho.lee10 has mentioned adding photos for future reviews would be good and helps give others a better understanding of your reviewed item.

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Sounds good, my PowerCore 10000 is the most used out of my PowerCores so seeing what could be brought to a gen II will be interesting.

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My only question is will it have Quick Charge or not?

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I take it you mean QC4.0 as the current one has/had QC3.0 already;

https://www.anker.com/products/A1264011

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No I mean will it have Qualcomm Quick Charge

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Unless I’m missing something :confused:

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@ankerofficial said there was going to be a new PowerCore II 10000 in August. I was wondering if this new version will include Qualcomm Quick Charge or not. I know the current version does.

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Qualcomm QC is over-represented in the Anker product line. The nice thing about the 'ole 10000 was it was minimalist and focused on simple density, probably its nearest siblings below is the Mini+ and the Slim 5000 to go down in size or a different shape. Then going in size there is a performance drop for recharge til you get to the 26800 with its dual input. So the density focused products with balance of recharge time, have basically just 4 products, out of dozens.

Please, not another QC product.

The Powercore II 10000 is bloated, it is physically larger, heavier relative to its Wh and has performance which some don’t benefit from (basically if you don’t need QC) so if you don’t have QC (so that’s Apple and a lot of the Android community) its just bigger heavier more expensive for no benefit.

We need a successor to the 10000.

With Apple picking USB-C, we need USB-C better represented, I’d say like a USB-C 10000 with say 15W output, 10W input. Or, at most, a dual port 10000mah, with say one USB-C for input and output and a USB2 for output to “legacy” devices (like Anker’s Sound products which really need to become USB-C too).

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Supposedly the next iPhone will fast charge through PD.

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I don’t think this was mentioned here but there are two different PowerCore 10000 units, one has Quick Charge 3.0 (PowerCore Speed) while the other doesn’t. There is a $10 price difference between the two (Amazon’s current selling price; going by the MSRP, they are the same price).

It’s my belief that the posted review was for the standard PowerCore 10000.

PowerCore Speed 10000, with Quick Charge 3.0
PowerCore Speed 10000, with Quick Charge 3.0(Anker site link)

PowerCore 10000, no Quick Charge
PowerCore 10000, no Quick Charge (Anker site link)

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This is related to one of my pet hates of QC with portable chargers. QC just adds (weight, size, cost) and if you’re just moving for a few hours you’d have phone only, if moving for longer you’d have your QC charger, if moving for even longer you’d have a portable charger (powerbank) so if you are moving for so long you have that portable charger with you that whole time, so why pay $ and added weight for that speed when you could plug in what you have with (that whole time) in earlier.

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The OnePlus DASH / OPPO VooC method is an interesting one for me. I own a OnePlus3T (as well as other devices) and it really does all of its claims, the key one being it recharges as fast when the phone is in use as when it is not in use, because it is a tightly integrated closed proprietary solution for the DC-DC conversion efficiency and heat problem which QC and others have to battle. The downside is it is a closed system.

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Will add more next time (and even planning to some videos in the future), but for now have uploaded 2 photos that I took for my blog.

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