Anker PowerCore 10000 Review
Pros: Fairly compact given its capacity, available in multiple colors
Cons: No integrated cables, only a single USB port
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Our Analysis and Test Results
We did like that the PowerCore 10000 has a fast charge rate — up to 2.4 amps — for the one device that it can charger at a time, which is fast enough for larger devices. Besides that, it's a fairly uninspiring charger that isn't our first choice but we were more than happy to add it to a backpack or slip it into a pocket when heading out if our phones were low.
The Anker PowerCore 10000 got off to a solid start in our most significant testing metric. This USB charger earned an 8 out of 10 when it comes to portability, which comprises 40% of the final score for each product. The Anker PowerCore 10000 tips the scales at a mere 6.48 ounces, which is quite a bit less than the average charger of the group.
This product takes up a fairly small volume, measuring 3.56"x2.38"x0.84" — definitely small enough to easily carry around in a pocket.
We never found it to be too uncomfortable to carry in a pants pocket unless we were sitting right on top of it and you could easily forget it was even there when carrying it around in a jacket.
Responsible for 30% of the final score, our next series of tests focused on the capacity of each portable battery. The Anker PowerCore 10000 delivered a middle of the road performance, earning it a 5 out of 10.
We measured the capacity of each charger by using a digital meter and a dummy resistive load set for different discharge rates, as well as by truth testing any claims from the manufacturer regarding the number of charges you could get for different devices.
We were able to pull 5273 mAh out of this battery with the discharge rate set to 2.4 amps, which is about 53% of its stated capacity. This improved a bit when we dropped it to a 1 amp discharge rate, but we were still only able to get about 64% of the claimed capacity out of it.
This charger also fell a little short of its charging claims in our test. Anker states that you should be able to charge an iPhone 8 3.5 times and a Samsung Galaxy S8 2.5 times, but we were only able to charge an S8 about 2.2 times.
Next, we rated and scored all the extra features and functions that make these chargers more user-friendly and convenient, which accounts for 20% of the overall score for each product. Regrettably, the bare-bones nature of the Anker PowerCore 10000 didn't get many accolades in this metric, earning it a 3 out of 10.
The PowerCore 10000 is only capable of charging a single device at a time. It also lacks all of the integrated features that other models have, like a flashlight, built-in wall plug for recharging the battery pack, or integrated cable for different devices.
This USB charger does include an 18-month limited warranty and a micro-USB cable for recharging the pack or charging compatible devices but you will need to supply your own USB power brick or charge it off a computer.
Finally, our last testing metric dealt with how long it took to recharge each of the portable chargers, which comprises the residual 10% of the total score. The performance of the Anker PowerCore 10000 rebounded a bit from the previous metric, earning it a 7 out of 10.
The manufacturer claims that it takes 3-5 hours to fully recharge this battery, which matched up with our test results quite well. It took approximately 240 minutes (4 hours) with a high-quality charger in our evaluation, though this could increase if your USB power source doesn't have the best discharge rate.
The Anker PowerCore 10000 is a solid value if you care a bit more about capacity than convenience or exceptional portability. It isn't the best bargain option we have seen but you get just what you pay for.
The PowerCore 10000 is a fairly run-of-the-mill portable USB charger that shouldn't disappoint. It isn't the fanciest product we have tested but it's a great way to have a backup charging solution for your devices without a lot of fluff and it usually sells a pretty good price.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer