Anker 521 PowerHouse hands-on: Practical mega powerbank and power socket for…

Anker 521 PowerHouse hands-on: Practical mega powerbank and power socket for traveling

Summer is just around the corner. Camping weekends, trips to the lake, or simply journeys into the countryside cause batteries of cell phones and laptops to run down far too early. For short trips, you have a power bank with you, but for a longer journey, you take a power station with a normal household socket.

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Introduction

Power Stations are the mega power banks for on the go, with the difference that they have much larger batteries. But more importantly, unlike conventional power banks, they also have an integrated inverter that can convert the battery’s 12 V direct current into 230 V alternating current.

In addition to the obligatory USB outputs for charging a smartphone, these power stations also offer a full-fledged socket that supplies power to normal devices with 230 V plugs. In this way, you can charge your laptop, connect a toaster or operate a projector or TV at the Power Station while you’re on the road.

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Power. At 200 W with limitations

However, there is already the first restriction to consider, because depending on the battery size, not every device can be operated. there is a power limit above which the battery of the respective Power Station is overtaxed.

In the case of the Anker 521, this limit is 200 W. Anker also offers larger (and more expensive) Power Stations, which allow devices with an even higher power. The 521 model is currently the smallest Power Station with a 230 V socket at Anker and in this case, only devices that consume a maximum of 200 W may be connected.

It should also be noted for power station beginner-users like me that devices sometimes require an even higher starting power. For example, a device can run with 150 W, but it needs a starting peak power of 500 W, which only needs to be applied in the millisecond range. However, since Power Stations do not allow more than the specified power, they then refuse to work because the Power Station automatically switches off with more power consumed.

Thus, you cannot use an electric heater with the Anker 521. But you can power your own laptop, as long as it is not a gaming monster with a power consumption of more than 200 W. For example, the Razer Blade 17 with RTX 3070 Ti could just exceed this limit (under maximum load only). You can still charge it since it does not consume anything when turned off. But you could also run an economical projector on the Anker for a movie night when no power outlet is available. There are countless other use cases such as operating a WLAN router, charging a phone, drone, electric tools, etc.

Charging. Solar panel, power supply or car plug

If you also have a solar panel, you can recharge the Anker 521 yourself, even at the same time as the current is drawn by a consumer. You should definitely pay attention to this when buying a model; until recently, charging with a simultaneous current draw was by no means a matter of course and some inexpensive alternatives may still lack this important feature.

Unfortunately, there are also performance limits when it comes to charging the power station. The Anker 521 can be charged with a maximum of 65 W, both via solar panel and via the included adapter. The additional power of a 120 W panel in optimal sunlight would then simply fizzle out.

In my case, I only had a 30 W panel at hand, which charged the PowerStation quite reliably with around 22 W. However, a folding panel with around 100 W would probably be optimal for mobility, so that you can still charge well in less optimal solar conditions. Anker has been offering such a folding panel since June 10, but these types are still much more expensive than standard panels. The Anker 625 folding solar panel costs around 330 Euros. Static, i.e. fixed 100 W panels without a folding mechanism are already available from around 120 to 130 euros.

Both panel and power supply use the same input in the form of a DC port. The corresponding DC connector (connector 7909) should be 7.9 mm thick according to the manual. However, an 8 mm plug is also sufficient in practice, which can at least be found on Amazon Co.

In addition to the power adapter, a matching DC plug with a car connector is included in the package, so that the Anker 521 can also be charged from the car’s cigarette lighter. If you don’t need it, you can use the matching plug for your solar panel.

Connections

The Anker has three USB ports, one of which is a USB Type-C port. This port works multi-directionally, so you can charge the Power Station via it as well as draw power for other devices via it. The USB-C port provides a maximum of 60 W.

In addition to the USB ports, the Anker also has a standard household 230 V outlet as well as a 12 V port in the form of a normal car cigarette lighter. The former has to be activated via a switch first, while the latter can be used to operate 12 V cooler bags at the lake, for example.

On the back, there is also a DC input (7909) for connecting the power supply or panel.

The LED light bar, which runs horizontally through the center of the box and emits a warm white and not too bright light, should not go unmentioned. The light can be turned on and off via a button on the left edge.

The display

The display via mini-LCD is also a good solution. Here we find the information about the battery status, current and total power drawn from the station, and the expected remaining time for charging. The display can also show some additional information. For example, if you connect a laptop, the display shows its power consumption in watts.

Practical experience. Works great

In my practical tests, the Anker 521 proved to be extremely practical. In the garden, I could sit on the lawn without a 10 m extension cable at the camping table and work without worrying about a laptop shutdown. Especially because the battery of my work laptop now no longer holds out 10 minutes (Please dear manufacturers, give us removable laptop batteries again that do not have to be charged at 100 percent all the time!). In the process, the Anker 521 charged my laptop continuously and was simultaneously charged by the solar panel next to my desk. This worked wonderfully.

Of course, my (gaming) computer consumed more power than my 30 W panel could constantly supply again, but that hardly played a role over the day, and for those who have a stronger 100 W panel, it even will come to a positive charge/discharge balance. Without the panel, the small Power Station discharges quite quickly during work with my not very frugal laptop.

A word about the operating noise: At first, I thought that the Anker 521 would be completely silent. However, if you hold your ear to the device, you can hear quiet electronic noises. Outdoors, these are mostly imperceptible, only the chirping of birds is louder. However, the Power Station has an integrated fan, which only kicked in when it got warmer than 26 degrees Celsius in the shade on a day and the station was simultaneously charged via the panel, and power was drawn for the laptop. However, the fan then started periodically for a few seconds (about 5 s). The fan noise is not exactly quiet and can be quite annoying. You should therefore never place the Power Station itself in direct sunlight if possible, that should be clear. On very warm days, it would be good to somehow keep the Anker 521 extra cool in the shade as well. Charging and drawing power at the same time can stress the box on warmer days and activate the fan.

Verdict. Practical, makes you want to use larger systems

The system has made me want larger PowerStations with a significantly raised power limit that should provide even more self-sufficiency and make more use of the own solar panel. When the Anker 521 was fully charged again when the sun was good, the free solar energy from my panel at least could no longer be used for the PowerStation. A larger station should also make almost any electronic tool mobile even without its own battery. While the Anker 521 still blocks the operation of angle grinders, drills, etc. because of their power and especially starting power, one could operate such utensils mobile without any problems with a more powerful model.

However, the intended use should be considered well beforehand, because PowerStations are heavy! If you’re just sitting in the garden, you shouldn’t mind the high weight of the battery and solar panel, but if you’re taking the train to the lake instead of the car, you don’t want to lug around a 10 kg powerbank plus panel. For this, the Anker 521 is a very good compromise. The 4.34 kg is just about acceptable even for longer distances, and the cost-benefit is clearly positive. However, more powerful, larger, and heavier models quickly run out of mobility.

The Anker 521 Portable Power Station is a very practical and convenient super powerbank and power outlet for traveling. Its relatively lightweight and handy size makes it very mobile and makes off-grid work and recreation immensely easier. It can also be recharged for free with its own solar panel. It costs around 350 euros.

Disclaimer: The tested product was provided to us by Anker free of charge, but there were no conditions attached to it, and the results of the test were not influenced by it.

Price and availability

On the German website of Anker the 521 PowerHouse is currently sold out. On Amazon, you can currently get it for around 370 Euros. That is outrageously more expensive than the US version, which can be ordered directly from Anker for around 250 US dollars. over, the price was 350 Euros a few weeks ago. The next bigger Power Station Anker 535 with 512 Wh and 500 W output power costs around 700 Euros.

Great Deals on Power Banks With 20,000mAh or Larger Capacity

Power banks come handy when you are travelling and you need to juice up your phone, earphones, and tablets. Here are a few 20,000mAh or larger power banks you might want to purchase.

Mi Power Bank 3i

The Mi Power Bank 3i comes with dual input ports: a Micro-USB and a USB Type-C. There is Smart charging feature, and it offers 18W fast charging. The Smart power management feature allows users to safely charge low power devices such as Bluetooth headsets, Fitness bands by double pressing the power button to enter 2-hour low power charging mode.

The Mi Power Bank 3i features an advanced 12-layer circuit protection.

Redmi Power Bank

The Redmi power bank comes with a maximum of 18W fast charging and supports lower charging outputs as well. It features an anti-slip edge texture, and has Li-polymer batteries for an optimised charging efficiency. The power bank also has 12-layer circuit protection against short-circuit, over-current, over-voltage, over-charge, and discharge.

The Redmi power bank comes with dual input ports: microUSB and USB Type-C with Smart charging.

URBN Power Bank

This URBN power bank offers 22.5W fast charging, and features a smooth camo finish. It features one each of USB Type-A, and USB Type-C ports. It is said to be a BIS-certified device, and comes with 12-layer circuit protection. The power bank offers two way charging, and is claimed to fully juice up in 5 hours with a 22.5W charger.

URBN 20000 mAh 22.5W Super Fast Charging Power Bank with 22.5W Type C PD (Input Output) and QC 3.0 Dual USB Output with Free Type C Cable (Camo)

URBN power bank can charge a 3,000mAh smartphone up to 4.7 times, the company says.

Anker PowerCore

Anker PowerCore is a 20,100mAh power bank that comes with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. As per the company, these technologies combine to deliver the fastest possible charge up to 2.4A per port or 4.8A overall. The power bank also comes with a Multi Protect Safety System for protection from surge and short circuit.

Anker PowerCore power bank can be recharged in 10 hours with 2A charger.

Syska Power Pro200

The Syska Power Pro200 power bank has two USB Type-A output ports, and a Micro-USB port for charging. It is made of ABS plastic for durability. The power bank comes with intelligent multi-protection circuits for protection against overcharging and discharging.

The Syska Power Pro200 comes with an Advanced Current Shunt feature.

Ambrane Power Bank

Ambrane power bank has a premium hard ABS plastic construction, and is claimed to offer up to 500 charge lifecycles. It features dual USB Type-A output ports, and two input ports: Micro-USB and USB Type-C port. The company says that the power bank is BIS-certified, and features 9-layer chip protection. Additionally, the power bank is claimed to intelligently adjust power output to match the device’s requirement when two devices are plugged in.

The Ambrane power bank has a power button, and LED charging indicators.

FEELLE Power Bank

This power bank from FEELLE has 24000mAh capacity, and is recharged by three in-built solar panels. It features dual USB Type-A output ports each with 10.5W rating to charge two devices simultaneously. As per the brand, the power bank can recharge, and juice up at the same time.

Feelle 24000Mah Solar Power Bank With 2 USB Ports Waterproof Portable External Battery Compatible With Smartphones, Tablets And Black

FEELLE power bank comes with a flashlight that has Steady, SOS and Strobe modes.

Great Deals on Power Banks With 20,000mAh or Larger Capacity

Product Name Price in India
Redmi 20000mAh Li-Polymer Power Bank (Black), USB Type C and Micro USB Ports ₹ 1,948
Mi Power Bank 3i 20000mAh ₹ 2,149
URBN 20000 mAh 22.5W Super Fast Charging Power Bank with 22.5W Type C PD (Input Output) and QC 3.0 Dual USB Output with Free Type C Cable (Camo) ₹ 1,999
Feelle 24000Mah Solar Power Bank With 2 USB Ports Waterproof Portable External Battery Compatible With Smartphones, Tablets And Black ₹ 10,000
Syska Power Pro 200 20000mAH Power Bank (White) ₹ 1,349
Ambrane 20000 mAh lithium_polymer Neos Power Bank Fast Charging, Black ₹ 1,099
Anker 20100 mAh Lithium Polymer Power Bank (PowerCore 20100, Black) ₹ 3,399

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Tips to buy Mobile Power Banks

Capacity. Capacity is the key feature you need to look out for when planning to buy a mobile power bank for your charging needs. Capacity is measured in terms of Milliamp Hours (mAh). Higher mAh means bigger charging capacity of the power bank. One important point that needs to be kept in mind is its output voltage should match with the mobile phone. Shop online for the high capacity power banks and keep your phone fully charged at all times of the day.

Portability. This is yet another important factor you need to consider when purchasing a mobile power bank. The ability to charge your devices while on the move is the USP of mobile power banks. Get an easy-to-carry mobile power bank and get rid of low battery worries wherever you go.

LED Features. Opt for the power banks that come with LED light indicators. These notify you about many things like charging status and battery level.

USB. Go for power banks that have built-in USB charging capability. Buy a mobile power bank online that comes with USB charging. You can charge multiple devices with it including mobile phones, tablets and other devices that use USB charging. This makes your mobile power bank versatile and good in compatibility features.

Brand. Purchasing a branded power bank is always a good idea. This will not only ensure quality but also good warranty period. With branded ones, you can be rest assured of the quality of the chip used and the design of the circuit. You can go for Ambrane power banks, Intex power banks, Syska power banks and others offering supreme quality products.

Ampere Count. Before you pick a power bank for yourself, do make it a point to check its ampere count. If you need fast charging, go for higher ampere count. It is measured in Ampere. The most common ampere ratings include 1 A to 2.4 A. Next time, you want a mobile power bank for your charging requirements, look for higher ampere count.

How long my power bank will stay charged if I don’t use it?

It should last for many days.

What is the lifespan of the power bank?

Mostly, a well-maintained power bank can retain up to 80-90% of its original capacity at 400-500 charge-discharge cycle. (1 cycle means to charge and discharge, doesn’t matter whether you charge/discharge it fully or partially).

What is the capacity of my smartphone?

Before purchasing a power bank, always check your smartphones battery capacity. Each mobile phone has a different battery capacity.

How many times can a power bank charge my phone?

This can be determined on the capacity of your power bank and the device you want to charge. When you divide the capacity of your power bank by the capacity of your mobile handset or tablet, you can calculate how many times you can charge your mobile phone.

How to know which power bank suits my smartphone?

The output voltage of the power bank you are planning to buy should be equal to or higher than that of your device.

Syska Power Boost 100. 10000 mAh Power Bank (White, Lithium-ion)

The sleek and compact model is what makes this power bank is a great buying option. A plus point with Syska Power Boost 100 is the power bank features 2 USB ports that let you charge two devices simultaneously. Powered by a Lithium-ion battery, this power bank has an output power of 5V, ampere count of 2.1 and comes with an additional feature of the micro connector.

Ambrane P-1122 10000 mAh Power Bank (White Blue)

Available at a very reasonable price in India, Ambrane P-1122 power bank is BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) approved and runs on a battery of 10000 mAh. This amazing power bank features bar-shaped torch light with 180° rotation and indicative LEDs. Designed with the state of the art chipsets that are not just top-class in terms of safety but also enhances the charging conversion rate for the different devices. It is India’s first triple output power bank that is fabricated with signature APB (Ambrane Power Battery) Li-ion cell for longer life.

Anker 20000 mAh Power Bank (Black)

The ultra-high capacity mobile power bank provides faster and safer charging. Featuring 3.0 output, it is backwards compatible with fast charge 1 2. The remarkably compact and sleek design makes it one of the top picks and you can purchase this power bank at a reasonable price rate from the online store of Paytm Mall. It is compatible with all the smartphones and has a supreme charging speed for great user experience.

Corseca DMB83612 10400 mAh Power Bank Silver

This power bank from one of the top charging brands, Corseca is one of the best-selling products in budget power banks. The key feature of this mobile power bank is its 5 outputs and 4 power indicator LEDs. It fast, portable, high in capacity and affordable. Charge your smartphone and tablets and flaunt your choices with its sleek modern look.

Intex PB-5000 5000 mAh Power Bank (Black)

The Intex PB-5000 is a good value, a high-capacity power bank that offers insanely fast charging and rechargeable speeds. Available from one of the best-known brands in power-banks, the glossy finish sleek design makes it decently attractive and desirable for anyone looking to buy a power bank. Enjoy efficient charging features and get noticed for your style choices with its neat portable design. Go For Reliable Source Of Charging – Shop For Portable Batteries Online Today!

Power banks are portable compact in size, they are easy to carry, do not occupy much space and of course a reliable source of battery for mobiles. It is very essential to go for the right power bank for your mobile device. Our lists of portable power banks are inclusive of Power Bank backed by a 2200mAh Lithium-Ion battery that and provides charging time up to 11 hours, power bank 10000mAh, power bank 20000mAh and power banks 3002. 6000 mAh, to name a few. They are available in a plethora of sizes and quirky colours that give them an attractive look as well.

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Power Banks

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Power banks come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. So while you’re considering which power bank to buy there are several more things that you should consider than the price alone and one of them is your lifestyle. What I mean by this: is if your life depends on being able to charge electronic equipment with a power bank containing at least 400 to 500 such units. Or if your life depends on being able to charge electronic equipment with a power bank of 1000 charged batteries.

Different colors, battery types, capacity of power bank available

They are available in the color range of black, blue, white, red, and many others. It has a wide range of sorts that are divided not only into – Banks, Charging Cases, and Utility cases.

Storage capacity. Sedia provides the following: 1200 mAh Flat battery 600 mAh Battery bank 800mah 30000mAh Power Bank with 5 USB outputs Dual AC charger 10000Mah portable power station Charge other devices at 1Amp charge up to 4 Smartphone or Tablet simultaneously Includes cable and mini travel bag.

Keeping the number of USB ports a paramount consideration, their power banks have up to 10 ports, which is good indeed if you need it for your multiple devices or want to charge them all simultaneously from one single power bank. You will notice that we said ‘multiple’, This includes mobiles phones, laptops, MP3-s players, and electronic games among others; so obviously there are different types of cases depending on how you want to charge different electronic items. We recommend the 800 and 600 mAh power banks here because of this, anyone who is in need for a more advanced capacity should seek out other options.

The quality. with these power bank cases they offer you also charging cables (USB-A) so that your devices can be charged not only from one but it can run off AC-Power as well!

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Power banks have become a necessity in today’s age, where people want their smartphones or laptops up and running round the clock. Power banks fuel your gadgets including smartphones and tablets and ensure the devices continue to function, even when the battery has drained completely and you don’t have a charging point in close vicinity. Being portable and compact, it is quite easy to carry power banks with you all the time in your bag or Invest in a good quality power bank and enjoy a fully charged mobile phone even on the go. You can buy power banks at our todays deal page.

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Power Banks Price

Intex it-pb11k 11000 mAh Li-Ion Power Bank

Alfa CL 612 10000.mAh Li-Ion Power Bank Black

Callmate P3 15000.mAh Li-Ion Power Bank White

Intex IT-PBA 10K 10000 mAh Polymer Power Bank Blue

Ambrane P-1122 10000 mAh Li-Ion Power Bank

Intex it-pb11k 11000 mAh Li-Ion Power Bank

Callmate CM6 20000 mAh Li-Ion Power Bank

Ambrane P-1311 15600mAh Power Bank. White

Kodak PB P03-R/2500mAh 2500.mAh Li-Ion Power Bank Red

Kodak PB P03-K/10000mAh 10000.mAh Li-Ion Power Bank Black

How to Choose Power Banks?

Now, when you know how useful a power bank is, it is pertinent to figure out how to choose a power bank that best suits your device and requirements.

The most important factor is to check the battery size of your mobile phone or tablet and compare it with the capacity of the power bank. The capacity of a power bank should be at least the same as the battery size. This selection basis will ensure that you pick a power bank, which delivers minimum 1-full charge for your mobile phone. Another important factor that should be considered when buying power bank online is its type. Each type performs differently and thus you should pick power bank that best suits your requirements.

Universal power bank is the most common of all types. They are highly customization and can be tailored to suit specific requirements of users. Solar-charged power banks, which use photo-voltaic panels to trickle-charge the internal battery when exposed to sunlight, are again quite popular among-st power bank users.

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Geekzone power bank has been a sober and straightforward choice for those who are looking to buy general-purpose power banks. This type of Power Bank works as powerful battery pack with an integrated LCD screen which displays all the functions that are available in Geekzone Mini MP3 chargeable USB portable speaker.It is powered by Built-in lithium rechargeable batteries while providing hours of utility time per battery full charge cycle through its uni channel technology. Be it mobile phones or mobile power banks, shoppers these days, search for devices that are useful as well as stylish. If you are also on a lookout for stylish, colourful power banks, you have landed at the right place. Snapdeal – India’s largest online marketplace allows its users to buy power banks on the basis of colours too. So, get started for power bank online shopping in India and take away your favourite picks right away!

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