Maybe it’s because Samsung scared everyone from throwing big batteries into phones, but almost everyone carries a portable charger. It’s for good reason too, as you no longer need to be tied to a wall and some of these can charge your tablets or even your laptops.
When browsing through Amazon’s “portable charger” listings, it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s because so many different companies, shady or not, have jumped on the portable charging bandwagon.
One company tends to stand above the rest, and that is Anker. The company has become so popular that it has even made its way into big box retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy. And for good reason too, as these products are some of the most reliable on the market.
Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
The name above may not mean much to you, but it means a whole lot if you want a charger for all of your products. This is currently the largest capacity portable charger offered, coming in at 26,800mAh of power.
For reference, the new Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is equipped with a 4,3000mAh battery cell. So, in an ideal world, you would be able to use the PowerCore+ 26800 PD to charge the Note 10+ 5G more than 6 times before running out.
Let’s dive a bit deeper to see what the PowerCore+ 26800 PD has to offer.
- 26,8000mAh Capacity
- 1 – USB-C (30W) port
- 2 – USB-A (5V/3a) ports
- Built-in Power Delivery
- Included 30W USB-C Wall Charger
- 6.54 x 3.15 x 0.91 in
A few things to take note of is the USB-C port, along with two standard USB-A ports. The USB-C provides “Power Delivery” to your compatible devices.
What is Power Delivery?
This is a technology that has become more popular and available in recent years. But it requires a USB-C connection and compatible hardware.
Essentially, Power Delivery is a “dynamic fast charging technology” which fluctuates depending upon what your device can handle. For example, one device may be able to handle up to 30 watts of charging, while others are limited or capped at 18 watts.
This is to help protect the battery from being charged too quickly, causing harm and preventing another Galaxy Note 7 debacle.
Why does it matter?
The reason for the PowerCore+ 26800 PD including this is to support all of your devices. Whether it’s your smartphone, tablet, or even your USB-C enabled laptop, the PowerCore+ should handle the charging.
Versatility is the name of the game and the PowerCore+ is perfect for handling every situation and device. Since the charging rates can fluctuate, the charger uses your phone to determine just how fast, or slow, it should be charging.
How does the PowerCore+ perform?
As one would expect, it’s time to put my fanboy hat on and rave. The PowerCore+ is my favorite portable charger, despite its weight and bulkiness.
I can simply throw it into the main or side compartment of my bag, and leave it there for days. Then, when it comes time to charge my Switch Lite, iPhone, Note 10, or anything else, the PowerCore+ is just ready to go at a moments notice. Of course, you’ll need the right cables, which Anker conveniently offers through Amazon.
One more benefit to make note of comes on the top of the charger. It can be really annoying to need your charger only to realize it’s out of juice.
The Power Meter button at the top includes a few tiny LED lights to measure battery life. Just press the button, see how many dots remain, and charge to your hearts content.
It’s time for a recharge
With the package that we received, the PowerCore+ 26800 PD also included a USB-C Wall Charger. It’s important to use this (unless you have other USB-C wall warts) when it’s time to refill your PowerCore+.
After the power bank has run out, plug a USB-C cable between the wall charger and the PowerCore+ and fill it back up. Anker claims this will take up to 4 hours, which is faster than previous generations. That’s because the wall charger itself is outputting power at 27 watts.
Of course, the benefit of getting this specific package is having both the portable Power Delivery Charger, and the Power Deliver Wall Charger if you’re okay plugging into the wall.
Anker is an industry leader when it comes to all things charging and for good reason. The PowerCore+ 26800 is just one way that Anker flexes its muscles, but it’s great to have the piece of mind of not needing to be tied to the wall.
You can get the PowerCore+ 26800 PD with the wall charger for $130 on Amazon. If that’s too rich for your blood, you can get the package without the wall charger for about $87 (at the time of writing). Let us know what you think about this charger and if you would consider one for yourself.