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Belkin Power Bank 10K review: Sturdy construction, weak charging

Belkin’s Power Bank 10K might not be on the cutting edge of charging technology but is it still worth a purchase?

Belkin Power Bank 10K

Belkin has built a compact, rugged 10,000mAh power bank here. But without modern protocols on board, it’s hard to recommend to anyone with fast charging smartphones.

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Belkin Power Bank 10K

Belkin has built a compact, rugged 10,000mAh power bank here. But without modern protocols on board, it’s hard to recommend to anyone with fast charging smartphones.

Belkin is a very well-known brand in the accessories space. From USB adapter cables to power adapters and protective cases, Belkin seemingly sells it all and has built a solid reputation for reliable products.

The company also offers a range of power banks designed to charge up a variety of your gadgets. One of the more flexible-looking models is the four-port Belkin Power Bank 10K. But is this really the power bank to suit your portable charging needs? Let’s dive into Android Authority’s Belkin Power Bank 10K review.

What you need to know about the Belkin Power Bank 10K

As the name notes, Belkin’s power bank offers a 10,000mAh battery capacity. It’s equipped with a USB-C port for both power in and out, along with two USB-A ports for older gadgets. These three are joined by a micro-USB port that can be used exclusively for charging up the power bank.

The pack’s remaining charge is indicated by four LEDs located on the top of the power bank. There’s a button on the side to toggle the power on and check the remaining capacity. This 10K pack weighs a substantial 300g yet measures a more compact 130.6 x 99.1 x 43.1mm.

Belkin’s Power Bank 10K is available in Black, White, and Rose Gold color options. Belkin includes a very short USB-A to USB-C cable in the box, enabling you to connect up newer devices to one of the power bank’s two USB-A ports.

What’s good?

The Belkin Power Bank 10K is a very robust-looking power bank. The chunky design and plastic matt coating feel tough and resilient. I’m not concerned about cracking or breaking the case if I were to drop it from a short distance. While the power bank is a little thick and heavy, it’s short enough to conceal in your. unlike other 10K power banks that are often quite tall.

Belkin’s power bank has the novel ability to charge up via either USB-C or micro-USB. While using the USB-C connector is a faster option, plugging in the micro-USB port frees up the USB-C port to pass power through to your smartphone. Other power banks with a single USB-C port can’t be charged and supply power at the same time. It’s a nice touch.

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What’s not so good?

The major problem with the Belkin Power Bank 10K is its complete lack of fast charging support. Running through our test suite, there’s no Quick Charge or Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge on the USB-A ports, or even USB Power Delivery available from the USB-C port. The USB-A connections support 2.4A charging, but only iPhones draw close to that current. Likewise, Belkin claims the USB-C port supports 5V 3A charging, but no devices I connected would charge up with those specifications either.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra drew a rather paltry 9W from the USB-A and USB-C ports. The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max managed a slightly better 10.5W from either port. However, you’d expect modern gadgets to charge faster than this via a USB-C connection and max out the 15W possible power draw. Connecting up multiple gadgets at once hobbles charging speeds further, as the power bank limits the combined power draw from all the ports to 15W.

Similarly, charging the power bank up over USB-C (15W) versus USB-A (10W) still takes several hours. The bottom line is that this charging bank is slow compared to some newer models on the market. While it’s fine for old gadgets, it definitely isn’t really suitable for charging modern phones, let alone tablets or laptops.

Belkin Power Bank 10K review: Should I buy it?

The Belkin Power Bank 10K certainly isn’t on the cutting edge of charging technology. If you’re looking for a power bank that will get your smartphone up and running in no time, this isn’t the right product for you. Fortunately, Belkin has a USB Power Delivery version (39.99) now available for those who require faster charging. Even so, with four USB ports onboard, the bank is somewhat useful as a charging hub for older, slower charging USB gadgets — think headphones and the like — especially as it can charge and supply power at the same time.

There’s definitely some utility in Belkin’s power bank. The compact size is certainly more portable than other 10,000mAh products on the market. It’s also very well built and Belkin is a reputable brand, which reassures that this power pack will last in the long term. Even so, it’s a hard product to justify even with a reasonably modest 29.99 price tag.

Anker 313 Power Bank Review (with Video!)

This is my hands-on review of the Anker 313 Power Bank (formerly known as the Anker PowerCore Slim 10K). I tested it alongside 4 of the best lightweight battery packs over the course of 2 weeks. After using it on my hiking trips, performing a capacity test, and comparing its specs and features to other comparable battery packs, I think the Anker 313 is a decent battery pack at a great price. It performs the simple job of charging up your phone and other portable electronics while on the trail and at camp. It can only charge one device at a time through its single USB-A port, though, and there are lighter options if you’re an ultralight backpacker.

Keep reading for my full Anker 313 Power Bank review, as well as my thoughts on how it compares to the other best portable battery packs for camping and backpacking.

Video Review

Here’s a short video version of my Anker 313 review. Check it out below and consider subscribing to my YouTube channel if you like hiking and outdoor gear videos!

Anker 313 Power Bank Review

First Impressions

Upon opening up the box, I was impressed with the Anker 313’s slim and small size. It’s approximately the same size and shape as a phone without a case, making it very portable and easy to carry around. It’ll fit in most s and bags without issue.

It’s pretty lightweight for a 10,000mAh battery pack. Additionally, the battery pack comes with a micro USB cable to charge it and a mesh carrying case for storage. The pack has a button which provides an indication of how much battery life is left. With a press, you can quickly get a sense of how much battery is left.

Battery Capacity Test

I tested the usable capacity of the Anker 313 and got a result of 34.89 watt hours (Wh), which works out to 9,430mAh at 3.7V or 6,798mAh at 5V. That’s slightly less than the listed capacity of 37Wh (10,000mAh at 3.7V or 7,400mAh at 5V). However, this amount is still significant and can charge most phones around 2 times. Additionally, this amount of battery capacity is also sufficient for charging other portable electronics — such as tablets, GoPros, and other cameras.

It’s important to note that battery capacity can vary depending on a variety of factors such as usage patterns, temperature, and age. In my test, I used a USB load tester with a steady 1A output to measure capacity. In practice, you’ll probably be charging your devices at a faster rate than 1A (most likely 2A or more), so you’ll probably get a little less usable capacity than I did.

Weight

According to the listed weight, the Anker 313 weighs 7.5 ounces. However, when I measured it using my digital scale, the weight came out to be 8.4 ounces. Despite the difference, the battery pack still provides a solid ratio of 4.15 watt hours per ounce (34.89Wh ÷ 8.4 oz). The battery pack’s weight may seem insignificant, but for some hikers, every ounce counts. The Anker 313 is lightweight, but a battery pack with a higher ratio of watt hours to ounces — such as the premium Nitecore NB10000 — is a better option for ultralight backpackers.

Charging Output

The Anker 313 battery pack has only one output port for charging, and it’s a USB-A port. Compared to the newer USB-C ports that are becoming increasingly common, the USB-A port is a bit outdated. The power bank does have a USB-C port, but it is only meant for input (i.e. charging the pack itself). Most new battery packs have a USB-C port for output, so this is one area where the Anker 313 lags a bit.

Having only one output port means you can only charge one device at a time. Additionally, having USB-C output ports is preferable since it is a newer technology that charges devices more quickly. While the Anker 313 battery pack falls short in these areas, it still provides a solid charging option for those who do not require multiple ports or the latest charging technology. It will still help you keep your phone and other electronics charged while backpacking.

Charging Input

The Anker 313 has two input ports: a micro USB port and a USB-C port. While having two input ports may seem useful at first glance — could you use both to charge the battery pack super quickly?? — the two inputs ports cannot be used at the same time. The micro USB port is outdated and a cheaper and slower charging port. To use the USB-C port, you will need to buy your own USB-C cable. In my opinion, it would have been better if the battery pack had only one input port, preferably a USB-C port, as it provides faster charging capabilities.

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