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282 people found this helpful
on November 22, 2015
I was given this item for testing and evaluation and promise that my review is unbiased and fair.
Okay so let’s start with how this product feels in the hand. It feels solid as a rock, it has a metal body and is pretty heavy depending on how you hold it. Because of this, it feels like a premium product. It also looks just as great too. It has 3 USB ports, I’m assuming only one of them is qualcomm quick charge enabled, whereas all 3 are IQ enabled. It also has one micro USB port to charge the battery pack itself. Overall, the item is extremely solid, no creaks or anything when you hold it and has a very nice battery meter that is more accurate than a 4 led meter that most others have.
Usage of the product is a breeze as well. You could simply unbox it and take it out the box and proceed to use it, simply as that. The moment you plug something in, it will detect it and begin to charge. My unit for example, came with about 80% of a charge in it and I’ve already charged my phone (LG G4) once with it from 10-100% and it still has at least 70% of a charge left in it! I’ve also found that the quick charge port will charge my phone about 20% faster than the IQ ports. So in reality, Anker’s IQ/Voltage Boost technology is almost as good as qualcomms’. I was also able to disassemble the battery bank to take a look inside. It uses 8 18650 lithium cells that are rated around 3350mah (they are actually 3400mah according to my research, so real capacity is actually around 27200mah! Anker underrating their products, which is something very few companies do nowadays). They are Panasonic cells which are arguably one of the most reliable and high performance cells out there. The solder connections to the PCB are also very clean and well done, showing no signs of failure anytime soon as you would with cheaper chargers. Everything is placed in a way that supports the batteries and circuit board inside, so that if you were to drop it, it would be able to cushion itself from damage. I believe this is one of my favorite thing about Anker, is that they will accurately advertise their battery capacity and when you look at their batteries inside, they actually add up to what they say it is. Other companies tend to round up that figure, therefore giving you an overrated rating.
Anyway, this product is perfect for users that travel a lot and/or students. It has enough capacity to fully charge a phone with a 3000mah battery once a day for basically the whole week! Also, having the quick charge feature is nice as well. Say, you need to go to a meeting/class in 15 minutes, well the quick charge feature for phones that support it will charge your device at least 20% faster than the regular IQ ports! And the IQ/Voltage boost technology is already extremely fast. Also perfect for people who go camping or places where there are not a lot of sources for electricity. If you live in a place where it floods a lot or places where natural disasters strike once a year, this thing can be a life safer. Accompany this with Anker’s solar powered charger and you will never need to use a wall outlet again. Just charge this battery bank with the solar charger during the day and use it battery bank at night, and you essentially have unlimited powered for your portable gadgets.
In comparison to other products, Anker simply wins with design, reliability, and performance. Also their 18 month warranty is hard to beat too. Yes, there are other portable chargers out there that claim to charge at so and so rate and have so and so capacity. But, how many of them actually advertise to show you the insides of their chargers? Basically none. I took mines apart so that I could share online what is inside and then found out that Anker actually shows you what’s inside on their product link already. This goes to show that they want you to know that they use nothing but the highest quality of components. I’ve taken other battery chargers apart in the past and often found that the solder joints were not clean and/or was done in a manner that showed concern for the longevity of the device. Not once did I see anything like that with this charger.
Overall, this battery charger is a monster. It is massive and yet, pulls it off elegantly. There is simply no other battery bank of this caliper right now that is at the same quality. For the price it is also very reasonable. Considering that 2 of the battery cells are at least $20, you have 8 of them so that’s $80 alone in batteries, plus their circuit board/components, the casing, and R&D that went into this product. You are actually getting this charger at a steal of a price. Plus, they also throw in a qualcomm quick charge wall adapter with another Anker USB cable.