Anker PowerCore 20100 at a glance
We love a beefy power bank here at PBE and the Anker PowerCore 20100 is certainly all that and more. With 2 super fast USB outputs and one of the best size to power ratios in its class, the Anker PowerCore 20100 is an impressive piece of equipment. It even charges the new 12″ MacBook.
Capacity & Charging speed
We have almost only good things to say about the Anker PowerCore 20100 in terms of battery capacity and speed. Both USB ports are able to send 5V 2.4A to your selected devices. It performs well in benchmarking tests and at 20000mAh it’s able to charge multiple devices, at the same time with incredible speed.
Much like the Mi Power Bank, the PowerCore will also charge the new MacBook 12″ which is something we’d love to see more of. It also comes with Anker’s PowerIQ technology and VoltageBoost. People not familiar with either of these can rest assured that they are a positive addition!
PowerIQ detects the brand, firmware and hardware of a device to deliver the most efficient charge possible. VoltageBoost directly affects the current to send stable power through its output. Both great features to be sure, however the lack of support for QualComm Quickcharge leaves us wanting. With so many devices supporting this technology, we’re a little disappointed that the Anker PowerCore 20100 isn’t on board.
Like all power banks of this size, charge times for the unit itself are going to be long. Unless you’re using a 2V charger, expect to wait 20 hours or so for the Anker to juice up.
How many times will the Anker PowerCore 20100 charge my device?
|iPhone 5s||8.3 times|
|iPhone 7||6.6 times|
|Samsung Galaxy S6||4.6 times|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||4.3 times|
|Samsung Galaxy Note7||3.7 times|
|Sony Xperia Z||5.5 times|
|HTC One M7||5.6 times|
|iPad Mini||2 times|
|iPad Air 2||1.8 times|
|iPad Pro 9.7||1.8 times|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7||2.2 times|
|12″ Mac Book||1.2 times|
Look and feel
We do like the look of the Anker PowerCore 20100 however it’s not going to be winning any beauty competitions in the near future! What is it about power banks when they reach a certain capacity, they just end up looking a bit…clunky?
Anker have opted for a longer, slimmer design for the PowerCore. The edges are rounded in typical Anker style and the unit is finished in a matte texture. This is great to prevent those annoying finger prints and to increase grip. No-one likes a dropped power bank, no one!
There are 4 lights on the flat face of the power bank near the end which helps to determine charge. Both USB outputs and the micro USB input are located on the far edge. Simple, logical and smart.
Durability & Construction
As usual we were impressed with the construction of this portable charger. Ever heard the saying “The bigger you are, the harder you fall?”. Well this is true for power banks too! We’re happy to say that the build quality on the Anker PowerCore 20100 is some of the best engineering we’ve seen from Anker. Sturdy, stable and solid, the PowerCore is well built and the tactile components are well made.
A couple of points however. If you’re planning to charge the following devices with the Anker PowerCore 20100, think again:
It’s handy that Anker are at least up front about their compatibility issues but it might throw a spanner in the works for some. It’s also a power bank that will not charge several devices at the same time as being charged itself. This is a feature some people live by but can damage the internal cells within your power bank.
Anker shines again with the PowerCore 20100. This is one of the smallest 20000 mAh portable chargers we’ve seen. In cases where they are smaller, they are often cheap knock offs or built cheaply and quickly. Some units even saving space by claiming up to 2 x the actual mAh in the unit.
So if space is at a premium in your life and you don’t mind the longer rather than wider shape, this one’s for you.
|Size||6.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches|
|Charging Capacity||20100 mAh|
- Look and Feel8.4
- Durability & Construction9.3
- Capacity & Charging Speed9.3