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Anker PowerCore 5000 Review

If you want a bare-bones portable charging solution without breaking the bank, this is the battery for you
Anker PowerCore 5000
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Price:   $25 List | $29.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, super easy to carry in a pocket, short recharge time
Cons:  No integrated cables, can only charge a single device at a time
Manufacturer:   Anker
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Oct 25, 2018
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  • Portability - 40% 9
  • Charging Efficiency - 30% 6
  • Added Convenience - 20% 3
  • Recharge Time - 10% 10

Our Verdict

Earning one of the top scores overall, the Anker PowerCore 5000 is one of our favorite portable power packs that we have tested to date, offering a top-notch performance at a price that can't be beaten. This battery doesn't have a ton of extra features and does have some limitations, such as only being able to charge a single device at a time. However, this portable power pack is inexpensive enough that you can get a few and leave one at your office, one in your car, or wherever you want to make sure that you don't get stuck with a dead battery.

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Pros Inexpensive, super easy to carry in a pocket, short recharge timeLightweight and portable design, good battery capacity, inexpensiveGreat value, USB-C/microUSB charging input, dual outputsInexpensive, small and portable designFairly compact given its capacity, available in multiple colors
Cons No integrated cables, can only charge a single device at a timeNo integrated cablesTakes a long time to recharge, not the highest power outputLimited additional featuresNo integrated cables, only a single USB port
Bottom Line If you want a bare-bones portable charging solution without breaking the bank, this is the battery for youIf you are looking for a battery bank with a larger capacity, then this is one of our favoritesIf you are searching for a great value, then we strongly recommend checking out this set of power packsThis basic option is a great choice if you want a highly portable charger and don't care about other featuresThe PowerCore 10000 is a bare-bones charger that gets the job done but lacks any extra features to make it more convenient to use
Rating Categories Anker PowerCore 5000 INIU Portable Charg... 2-Pack Miady 10000 Anker PowerCore Sli... Anker PowerCore 10000
Portability (40%)
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8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Charging Efficiency (30%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Added Convenience (20%)
3.0
6.0
5.0
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3.0
Recharge Time (10%)
10.0
6.0
4.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Anker PowerCore 5000 INIU Portable Charg... 2-Pack Miady 10000 Anker PowerCore Sli... Anker PowerCore 10000
Claimed Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,000 mAh 10,000 mAh 10,000 mAh 10,000 mAh
Dimensions 4.20" x 1.30" 5.19" x 2.75" x 0.60" 5.49" x 2.64" x 0.63" 5.82" x 2.63" x 0.62" 3.56" x 2.38" x 0.84"
Measured Weight 4.71 oz 6.88 oz 7.69 oz 7.13 oz 6.46 oz
Measured Charge Time 150 min. 300 min. 405 min. 315 min. 240 min.
Output 1 5V / 2A DC5V / 3A(Max) 5V / 2.1A 5V / 2.4A 5V / 2.4A
Output 2 N/A DC5V / 3A(Max) 5V / 2.1A N/A N/A
Output 3 N/A DC5V / 3A(Max) N/A N/A NA
Output 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Input 5V / 2A USB-C:
5V / 3A
Micro USB/USB-C: 5V/2A 5V / 2A 5V / 2A
Model A1109 BI-B1 TPB21C A1229 A1263

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Anker PowerCore 5000 is one of the easiest portable chargers to transport, easily fitting in a pocket and being much less cumbersome than most other products on the market. The PowerCore 5000 does have a bit less battery capacity than other heftier power banks but should be more than enough to fully charge most smartphones at least once. However, it does lack any convenience features like integrated cables or multiple charging methods.

Performance Comparison


The PowerCore 5000 is one of the easiest to fit in a pocket.
The PowerCore 5000 is one of the easiest to fit in a pocket.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


To test out how portable each of these portable chargers is, we measured and scored their volume and weight, as well as fitting them in various types of pockets, judging how comfortable it actually is to carry them around while sitting or walking around. The PowerCore 5000 by Anker is one of the most portable and easy to carry power packs out there.


This power pack utilizes a small cylindrical profile, measuring about 1.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long, and weighs in at a measly 4.71 oz. — making it one of the lightest battery packs out of the entire group.


This Anker PowerCore 5000 should also be your first choice if you are looking for a portable charger to carry around in your pocket while you walk around. This battery is one of the best at fitting in either a front or back pocket and has the USB output port on the end. This lets you easily plug in a device and charge it while you are walking around, keeping the device in one pocket and the battery in another, running the cable around your waist.

This battery is much smaller than most of the devices it can charge.
This battery is much smaller than most of the devices it can charge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Charging Efficiency


For our next set of tests, we looked at how much electrical energy each battery actually stored. To determine the score, we looked at how much electrical energy we could actually extract from each charger at its maximum discharge rate using a dummy electrical load and how well each product stacked up against its manufacturer's stated advertising claims. The Anker PowerCore 5000 did fairly well in this test.


This portable battery has a stated capacity of 5000 mAh and we were able to get 3259 mAh or about 65% of this out of the battery when setting the discharge rate at 2 amps. It maintained this for around 3100 mAh, then shut off. We restarted it at a 1 amp discharge rate and got it to run for a few more minutes, but then it completely died. We ran the entire test again at a 1 amp discharge rate and only got a little more total energy from the battery, with our meter registering a total discharge of 3343 mAh before it died.

You can usually get at least one full charge from the 5000.
You can usually get at least one full charge from the 5000.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Anker claims that this battery pack can deliver 1.1 Samsung Galaxy S9, 1.8 iPhone 8, or 1.1 iPhone X charges, which aligned very closely with our results. We didn't have an S9, but we were able to charge a Samsung Galaxy S8 1.12 times before the PowerCore 5000 was totally depleted.

You aren't just limited to charging your phone with these devices.
You aren't just limited to charging your phone with these devices.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Added Convenience


For our next round of testing, we moved on to ranking and scoring the various features and extra functions that made these products easier and more convenient to use. We scored each portable battery on the presence of an integrated re-charging solution, if there are built-in cables for charging a device, if the battery has a flashlight, and if you can charge multiple devices at the same time, as well as what sort of warranty is included with each product. The Anker PowerCore 5000 didn't do the best in this test, due to its small and simple design.


This portable battery lacks any integrated features, requiring an additional cable to recharge the battery or to charge any devices. However, it does include a micro USB cable, but you need to either plug it into your computer or provide your own AC wall adapter for charging.

This battery only has a single output port.
This battery only has a single output port.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This battery pack only has a single output port, so you are limited to charging a single device at a time and does not have a built-in flashlight. However, it does include an 18-month limited warranty.

Recharge Time


For the last testing metric of our testing process, we timed how long it took to completely recharge a fully depleted battery pack and compared it between products, which accounts for the remaining 10% of each product's score. The PowerCore redeemed itself for its poor performance in the previous metric, earning one of the best scores overall.


This battery pack completely recharged in about two and a half hours in our test, right in line with the manufacturer's estimated time of 2-3 hours with a 2 amp charger.

This smaller battery does recharge quite quickly.
This smaller battery does recharge quite quickly.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


If you are searching for a budget portable battery that won't disappoint and won't blow your budget, then the Anker PowerCore 5000 is a great option.

If you are shopping on a budget, you can't go wrong with the...
If you are shopping on a budget, you can't go wrong with the PowerCore 5000.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


While this battery doesn't have a ton of extra features, it couples solid performance at a great price. It is portable enough to easily carry around with you on a daily basis and inexpensive enough that you can buy a few to leave around your home or office, ensuring that you aren't ever caught with a dead phone. If you are looking for a top-notch portable charger and trying to conserve some cash, then the Anker PowerCore 5000 is our top recommendation.

David Wise and Austin Palmer