Monday, December 3, 2018

Reviewing the Anker PowerCore Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore Review
Anker is becoming a brand name that I trust and depend on. And the PowerCore portable charger is no exception. Whether you travel and do not want to have the security risk of plugging in to public charging stations or you spend time off-grid but still want to keep that cell phone charged for emergencies, the Anker is an excellent choice for portable, secure, and dependable charging.

I bought one for myself but I think this little gadget would be a great gift idea.

What is an Anker PowerCore Portable Charger?

My description of the PowerCore is a rechargeable battery that is small enough to fit in my coat pocket but holds enough power to fully recharge my phone (and Kindle) many times. 

Even though it is an electronic gadget, it is foolproof. 

Three easy steps:

  1. Plug it in to charge the battery using the USB cord (using my laptop or the same plug I use to charge my phone and my Kindle)
  2. Remember to put it into my purse, coat pocket, or camping tote
  3. Plug my phone (or Kindle) into the PowerCore to charge as needed.

The Description from the experts:

  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (24w) with Anker's proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology - fastest possible charge to almost any USB device. 
  • 7 days of power (fills the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S8 more than four times, and iPad Air 2 one and a half times) 
  • Quick Charge input, a full recharge is over in half the time of standard portable chargers. (written by Anker about the PowerCore 20000 Quick Charge 3.0)

Why I Chose the Anker PowerCore 20000 Quick Charge 3.0

I go camping at my cabin for days on end. I own the Anker PowerPort Solar charger and love it. It is dependable and perfect for off-grid living (see my review here). Perfect, except for when it isn't. 

This year was a record-breaking rainfall year in my area. Rain means solar charges aren't able to work properly (if at all). Lack of sunlight was causing either no charge on my phone or a walk (in the pouring rain) to the Jeep to charge (slowly) my phone. Due to all this rain, I bought the PowerCore "battery".  I charge it fully at the apartment, throw it into my camping tote, and I have a dependable way to charge my phone - rain or shine.

I depend on the Anker PowerPort Solar charger - except during a season of record rainfall.

I chose the 20,000 based on the higher number of charges it provides (compared to some of the more compact PowerCore chargers) and the price tag was as high as I wanted to spend that day.  

My PowerCore came with the charger, the USB cord to charge it, and a slightly padded travel bag. It did not come with the plug that is used in a wall outlet. But I already had several of those. 

There are many Anker PowerCore choices, smaller/less expensive and larger/more expensive.  I love that Anker provides so many options.

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  1. It never occurred to me that there would be times and places where electricity for charging cell phones and other electronics wouldn't be as convenient as the closest plug in any room. I know my off-grid (camping, etc.) days are behind me, but I should have realized that many others need an additional source of charging for today's electronics. Actually, everyone needs to have one of these chargers handy for unexpected power outages. Many of us have only one phone these days, and it's a cell phone, so without power for an extended period of time we would be unable to communicate. Both the Powercore portable charger and the solar charger would be very helpful to have in reserve in any household.

  2. Oh, wow! What an awesome gadget!!! I was just thinking how it would be a real lifesaver for me when traveling. It never seems to fail that my cellphone will need recharged before I get to my destination. That is probably due to me using the cellphone for updating family on flight delays or arrivals. Nothing I hate more than needing to recharge my phone, but don't have access to a power supply. We have all come to depend on our cell phones. I also love my Kindle and would freak out if it could not be my companion on an airplane because it needed to be charged. Thanks for this great recommendation.

  3. What a handy thing to have. I'm not normally as isolated as you are sometimes, but might be good to have during power outages to charge phones.

  4. I have one of these. I bought it to use while I was doing my long distance bicycle riding - but I don't do that anymore for now, and still, I use this USB charger all the time! For example, if my cell phone battery is low and I'm about to go somewhere, I'll attach this battery charger and put it in my purse to charge. If you're on the fence about getting one, well, here's a recommendation. I like this extra "insurance" that my things will run and be available when I need them.

  5. Dear Dawn, I so agree with you! Anker has become a name that we trust as well. We started with cordless speakers made by them and were very impressed with the ease and quality of the sound. So when we needed a portable power source for our gadgets, we went with Anker as well. We are not disappointed.

  6. A definite must! I love the idea of the solar version , unfortunately not enough sun in our area ! Wonderful idea to include in a gift basket !

  7. Wow, the charge it offers for an iPhone is a lot. This sounds like an excellent brand. I've purchased several over the years, but honestly they didn't work as well as this product you've reviewed. Going to give this a close look. A great gift idea as well.


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