Anker Astro E4 13000mAh Classic Portable Charger (2nd Generation, High-Capacity Fast-Charging External Battery Power Bank) with PowerIQ Techonology
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- Exclusive PowerIQ Technology: Detects your device to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 3 amps.
- Huge Capacity: Charges the iPhone 6 five times, the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy S5 over three times or the iPad Air once. Safely recharges with a 2 amp or higher output charger (most phone chargers have only 1 amp).
- Superior Quality: Premium LG cells, cutting-edge circuitry and a sturdy gloss exterior ensure reliability and safety. To activate the LED flashlight, hold or double click the power meter button.
- What You Get: Anker 2nd Generation Astro E4 Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank, Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, our fan-favorite 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
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|PowerCore 20100||PowerCore 20000 with Quick Charge 3.0||Astro E5 High-Capacity 16750mAh||PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger||PowerCore 10000||PowerCore 10000 with Quick Charge 3.0|
|Battery Capacity||20000mAh||20000mAh||16750mAh||13000 mAh||10000mAh||10000mAh|
|Charging Technology||PowerIQ||PowerIQ Quick Charge 3.0||PowerIQ||PowerIQ||PowerIQ||Quick Charge 3.0|
|# of iPhone 6 charges||7.3||7.4||6||4.7||4.4||4.4|
|# of iPad mini 4 charges||2.5||2.7||2||1.5||1.3||1.3|
|# of Samsung S6 charges||2.5||2.5||4||3.3||2.2||2.2|
|# of USB Charging Ports||2||2||2||2||1||1|
|Max Charging Speed||5V 4.8A (2.4A maximum for each port)||Quick Charge 3.0 Output: 5-6V 3A, 6-9V 2A, 9-12V 1.5A PowerIQ output: 5V 1A||5V 3A (3A maximum for each port)||5V 3A (3A maximum for each port)||5V 2.4A||Quick Charge 3.0 Output: 5-6V 3A, 6-9V 2A, 9-12V 1.5A|
|Color Selection||Black, White||Black, White||Black, White||Black, White||Black, White||Black, White|
|Size||6.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in||6.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in||5.9 x 2.4 x 0.9 in||3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in||3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in||3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in|
|Weight||356g /12.56oz||369g /13.02oz||308g /10.87oz||240g /8.47oz||180g /6.35 oz||180g /6.35 oz|
With such massive capacity, in such a compact package, the Anker? Astro E4 is perfect for flights, road trips, or just any time you're away from an outlet. Enough power to go around. Marooned? In transit? Forget your OEM adapter? With the Anker? Astro E4, prolong your battery life multiple times, wherever you are. Holding enough power to charge a smartphone 3-6 times (depending on your phone's battery size), keep your gadgets going for days and still have juice left to share. Strong but never slow. In addition to capacity, the Anker? Astro E4 sports two concurrent, high-speed ports. So whether you're charging an Apple or Android device, you'll get the most out of your technology. We've also included connective adapters to ensure compatibility with most devices. Designed around the details. Just because the E4 packs a punch, doesn't mean it can't look nice. We went with a smooth, ebony finish to keep you traveling in style. Simple, unobtrusive features, such as one-touch status LEDs and a built-in flashlight, give you everything you need out of a battery without sacrificing aesthetics.
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It's only the Type-C port that can provide the USB PD(Power Delivery) that the Nintendo Switch needs to charge optimally.
Using the USB Host A ports(The regular ports that are around everywhere) won't be be to charge the Nintendo Switch while gaming and you'll lose power. This isn't a fault with this product, but due to how the Nintendo Switch works with charging(The Switch will only pull ~2A of power from a "regular" port, needs a Type-C port with USB PD to charge properly).
Of course if you aren't gaming on the switch then the Host-A port will slowly charge the switch. Definitely recommend using the Type-C connection as much as possible. It's a good product, Just need to be aware of the caveats of the new USB PD specification and how it effects your hardware when charging.
This also includes a 30w wall charger for the battery bank. This wall charger ALSO supports USB PD so you can charge the switch directly from it if you want to do so.
For buyers of other products, be aware that not all USB PD(or even quick charge) are created equal.
The Nintendo Switch supports 5v and 15v charging. Other USB PD chargers don't necessarily need to support the 15v the switch needs for higher power charging.
Be aware that OTHER USB PD products may not support the 15v, they can choose to support 9v or 20v which the Switch can't use.
Being in the market, there were certain criterion I was looking for before deciding what would be a good fit for me:
-a big battery capacity that would charger multiple devices at the same time and multiple times if needed
-quick charge capability for the NEXUS 6P and Galaxy S6
-portability & durability
With these factors in mind, I ended up having three packs that I was able to play with: Anker's PowerCore 20100 bank, Anker's PowerCore+ 20100 bank, and the RAVPower unit which is currently being reviewed. Comparison and review of this unit to the PowerCore 20100 bank is neglected due to the fact that the Quick Charging capabilities claimed by Anker either doesn't support newer phone's or I had a defective product. Thus, the remaining review is a summary and comparison of the PowerCore+ 20100 and the RAVPower battery pack. If the reader is interested in seeing my assessment of the other two packs, a link is directly provided below.
Battery Capacity (winner: stalemate):
Based on my current testing and usage of the units, it's difficult to determine if the claims from both manufacturers that each pack truly does hold a 20100 mAh capacity. In a couple instances, I've seen that using the type-C to type-C port for my 6P would drain the pack to about 50% after one full charge. Then there are other times where I would try charging with the type-A to type-C port and notice more than 75% capacity left. Until I actually repeatedly charge my 6P from 0-100% with each battery pack unit start at 100% till they're completely out of juice, I'd have to just blindly trust the claims by Anker and RAVPower.
Charging Capabilities (winner: stalemate):
For starters, both the RAVPower and PowerCore+ units are awesome in a sense that they have type-C ports that can be utilized for charging the packs and charging your devices. As the new NEXUS 5X and 6P utilize the new type-C interface and it supports Rapid Charging (utilizes 5V/3A charging rate), both these units get applause from me in taking initiative and adding this to their line up of models. In addition to the type-C port, you can also find two type-A ports for devices that don't yet support type-C or if you only have a type-A to type-C cable on you. Because of the diversity of these ports, charging your device as well as your friend's devices is just as easy and convenient.
In terms of charging rates and capabilities, I was happy to see that both battery packs were able to push out the same numbers to my 6P via the type-C port as I would notice through the provided device wall charger. Using the Ampere app, I was able to see that the Voltage and current was indeed giving that "Rapid Charge" that one would enjoy from being plugged in to a direct outlet. However, the disappointment starts to occur when I tried the type-A ports and the Quick Charging claimed by the units on the Galaxy S6. It seems that even after being plugged to the battery packs for a decent duration (10+ minutes) I was only seeing about 1A being pushed to the devices and the S6 did not detect it as Fast Charging. Both ports in both units seemed to show the same results and because of this I would have to say that it's hard to decide the winner of this category leading to a stalemate.
Portability & Durability (winner: PowerCore+ 20100):
When deciding to lug around a battery pack, you want to make the burden as minimal as possible. I would say both manufacturers did a decent job at keeping things as small as they could without compromising the size of the capacity. As can be seen in the provided pictures, the RAVPower shows to be a bit more on the bulky side compared to it's competitor where as the PowerCore+ shows to run longer. In either case, the difference isn't enough to choose one over the other.
Things start to become more apparent though when taking into consideration the use of material. Anker decided to go with a premium look and feel with the use of metal and a very beautiful black coating. Not only does this look aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but it also gives the owner a feel that it's pretty durable and can withstand a couple hits or drops; although I am not saying one should try and test this claim out of course. The RAVPower on the other hand seems to be cheaply made with it's plastic covers and feel. The rounded of corners do make it look somewhat appealable and on a positive note, it does make the unit lighter compared to the PowerCore+.
Each unit comes with carrying pouches and a couple cables right out of the box. Even with this considered, it feels like RAVPower didn't seem to think the whole carrying pouch thoroughly as it only fits the battery pack itself... and even with that being said, it doesn't cover up the pack completely when you tighten the string. Anker on the other hand has made a pouch big enough to hold the PowerCore+, the two provided cables they give, AND some more cables that you may so choose to add. To some, this may not be a big deal but to me, this shows that they take into consideration of the consumer and their needs. With regards to the provided cables, Anker gives you a type-A to type-C cord as well as a type-A to micro-USB whereas RAVPower just provides two micro-USB cables.
Price (winner: RAVPower):
Although you do get that premium feel with the PowerCore+, you also end up paying a pretty premium price compared to the RAVPower unit. Although it currently seems to be out of stock at the moment of me writing this review, I seem to recall that the PowerCore+ 20100 fell in the price range of $70-$80. RAVPower on the other hand will charge you less than $50 for their unit. Although you might get that "cheap" plastic feel from RAVPower, you won't be compromising in other categories such as capacity and charging rate in my opinion.
Overall, I am very content with both of these packs but personally I would go with the PowerCore+ and give the RAVPower unit to my brother. It's nothing against RAVPower, but with all the little minor things previously stated, I'd rather have a product with a reliable background, more consideration for the consumer, and that quality feel. However, if you're in the market for something more budget friendly but also get that power of something more premium, I would have to say this battery pack is the way to go.
Anker PowerCore 20100 Review:
Anker PowerCore+ 20100 Review:
Recently I spent a couple weeks away from home as a result of the military and that only confirmed the need for a power bank. Struggling to use my phone for military use, personal use, civilian use and keep a decent charge during an 11 hour workday was all but impossible. My only saving grace is owning a Qualcomm capable device - meaning every spare minute I got to charge it actually did help.
Introducing the RAVPower RP-PB043, compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. Before making my decision on this purchase I almost bought a higher capacity, but non-qualcomm power bank from RAVPower. It was a few dollars cheaper, around 10,000mAh higher......but in the end, the need for quick charge took over.
I haven't had much time to use it, but I can say that so far I'm incredibly pleased. I was worried it would be a bit large, but as a Galaxy Note fan and user - the RAVPower model RP-PB043 is only about one inch taller than the Note 4 and a little over twice the weight. That's fantastic news - because it won't feel too awkward to carry around in my hands or even my pocket.
After admiring the sleek, yet compact design of the power bank - I connected my phone. I was pleased to see that immediately my phone recognized it as a fast charger. This was my biggest concern. No fast charge and it was being returned. I've been burned before by "fast charge" devices that don't work. Not only that, but I was lucky to have my power bank arrive with nearly a full charge - allowing me to give it a use immediately. Happily, the power bank worked wonderfully and within a few minutes my device was back to a full charge (admittedly - it wasn't very low to begin with, but it was nice to see it work).
I took a look at the power button and played around with it, learning that pressing it will display, via a nice little progression of lights, the current charge. This was when I saw a nice 5 blue lights shine back at me. Aside from that, on the front there are 4 connections- a microUSB Input for charging the power bank - which you can use with a Qualcomm Adapter to charge it faster, a Type-C output for devices such as a Macbook, a QuickCharge USB which is Qualcomm and will therefore work with "fast charge" capable devices like the recent Galaxy devices, and finally a "iSmart" USB which is designed to work with any other device, and it will detect and regulate the current output to match the device it is charging.
The power bank also comes with a nice mesh cover, which can be tightened to fit snug over top the device. The neat thing about this is that the blue charge lights are still bright enough to be seen while the cover is on. Meaning you can put the cover on the power bank and leave it there, protecting it, yet still being able to see the charge left without removing it.
The RP-PB043 also comes with a black, flat MicroUSB cable, about 2 feet (61cm) in length, maybe a little longer - I only eyeballed it. If you don't have a "fast charge" device, this USB will be more than handy for you and it's nice that it is included. However keep in mind that RAVPower does state that re-charging the powerbank does take some time via normal USB, so you may want to invest in after an adaptive fast charge, or one of their own.
Conclusion: The RP-PB043 is an affordable, high capacity, well designed power bank. It has nice features. The list of compatible devices for Qualcomm 2.0 is a bit low, but I'm not sure if that is just RAVPower not updating them, or it truly not working. For example, the Note 4 is listed, but not the Note 5. I have a hard time believing the Note 5 wouldn't work, but I'll have to wait and see until I upgrade.