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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
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Price:   $20.00 List | $19.99 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
  • Capacity - 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, if you want a low-cost charging solution that you can throw in your bag or pocket to ensure that you can always charge your phone if the need arises. Additionally, 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. All of this combines to earn the PowerCore 5000 a Best Buy Award.


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Pros Inexpensive, super easy to carry in a pocket, short recharge timeRecharges quickly, great capacity, highly convenientHighly portable, recharges quickly, decent capacityRugged, recharges quicklyGreat capacity
Cons No integrated cables, can only charge a single device at a timeCould fit a little better in a pocketPricey, bare-bonesPricey, less portable than othersExpensive, not terribly convenient, not the most portable
Bottom Line If you want a bare-bones portable charging solution without breaking the bank, this is the battery for youThe best of the best, the Jackery is our favorite when it comes to portable battery packsThis is a solid, all-around portable battery but we wish it had a few more convenience featuresIf you want a portable charger that can keep up with your off-the-grid adventures, then the OtterBox is best for youWhile this battery does have an impressive capacity, it otherwise failed to distinguish itself
Rating Categories PowerCore 5000 Jackery Bolt 6000 PowerCore II Slim 10000 Power Pack 10000 PowerCore Speed 20000
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Specs PowerCore 5000 Jackery Bolt 6000 PowerCore II Slim 10000 Power Pack 10000 PowerCore Speed 20000
Output 1 5V / 2A 5V / 2.4A 5-6V / 3A
6-9V / 2A
9-12V / 1.5A
5V / 2.4A Quick Charge 3.0
5-8V / 3A
8-10V / 2.4A
10-12V / 2A
Output 2 N/A Built in micro
5V / 2.1A
N/A N/A 5V / 2A
Output 3 N/A Built in lightning
5V / 2.4A
N/A N/A N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Anker PowerCore 5000 outperformed the Anker PowerCore II Slim 10000 by a decent amount but fell just a bit short of the Jackery Bolt's top-of-the-line performance. The PowerCore 5000 is one of the easiest portable chargers to transport, easily fitting in a pocket and being much less cumbersome than the Jackery or the PowerCore II Slim 10000. The PowerCore 5000 does have less capacity than either of these other packs, but should be more than enough to fully charge most smartphones at least once. However, the PowerCore 5000 does lack any convenience features — no integrated cables or charging methods here!

The PowerCore 5000 is a great value buy.
The PowerCore 5000 is a great value buy.

Performance Comparison


To pick out which portable power pack is the best of the best, we looked at all the most popular and prevalent portable chargers on the market, then picked out the products that showed the most promise, bought them, and compared their performance side-by-side. We split our testing process into different weighting metrics, so keep reading to see how the PowerCore 5000 stacks up against the rest when it comes to portability, convenience, capacity, and recharge time.

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.

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, earning it a 9 out of 10.


This power pack utilizes a small cylindrical profile, measuring about 1.3" in diameter and 4.2" long.

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.

This portable power pack 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 with you while you walk around.

The PowerCore 5000 is dwarfed by the largest battery in our review  the RAVPower Ace 22000.
The PowerCore 5000 is dwarfed by the largest battery in our review, the RAVPower Ace 22000.

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.

You can usually get at least one full charge from the 5000.
You can usually get at least one full charge from the 5000.

Capacity


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, meriting a 6 out of 10.

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.

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

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.

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, earning a 3 out of 10 for its bare-bones nature.


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.

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.

This smaller battery does recharge quite quickly.
This smaller battery does recharge quite quickly.

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 the PowerCore 5000's score. The PowerCore redeemed itself for its poor performance in the previous metric, earning a 10 out of 10 for its results.


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.

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.

Conclusion


While this battery doesn't have a ton of extra features, it couples solid performance at a great price, earning it the Best Buy award. 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