Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K review: A fantastic blend of power and portability…

Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K review: A fantastic blend of power and portability

Bottom line: The Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K holds enough juice to power up most devices you’ll need when you’re away from a power outlet, and it delivers 18W power through its USB-C port, meaning it can charge your iPhone up real fast. Plus, it’s small and slim enough to fit in most bags and purses with ease, and its design is pretty slick.

Pros

  • USB-C with power delivery
  • USB-A to charge older devices
  • Slim and compact design
  • Stylish fabric colors

Cons

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Having a way to charge your phone when you’re not near a power outlet has become increasingly essential as our daily drivers become workhorses. Playing games, taking photos, scrolling social media, using FaceTime to catch up with friends, and yes, good old fashioned phone calls drain the battery on your phone. If you’re not careful, you just may find yourself getting a low battery notice at the worst possible time, but a portable battery pack can prevent you from having to worry about that.

I have been using portable battery packs for years to charge all sorts of my devices. From various iPhones and iPads to mobile gaming systems and rechargeable flashlights, a battery pack can be so incredibly useful. I have been using the Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K for a couple of months now because of its slim and compact design and fast-charging capabilities; it has become an essential piece of tech I take with me almost everywhere.

Just the essentials

Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K: Features

Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K has everything you need in a portable battery pack without bogging you down with a ton of features.

As you may have gathered from the name, the Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K has a capacity of 10,000 mAh, meaning it should be able to charge the iPhone 11 Pro Max twice and still have some juice left over.

You can charge your devices through one of the two ports. ethier a USB-A or USB-C port, and while the USB-A maxes out at 12W output, the USB-C can pump out 18W allowing the Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K to fast charge your iPhone 11. While, charging your phone with the USB-A port won’t be as fast, it still faster than the standard 5W wall charger that Apple ships the iPhone SE and iPhone 11.

It measures 5.88 inches by 2.69 inches, and its only just a tad over half an inch thick. Its perfectly easy to fit in your favorite tech bag, backpack, or purse, and it can even it in a in most jeans.

It charges everything I need fast

Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K: What I Like

Some products don’t need to be fancy, they just need to do the job you want them to do, and that’s how I feel about the PowerCore III Sense 10K. It charged everything I threw at it fairly quickly, and the amount of charge you can get out of the 10,000 mAh capacity is pretty great in real world situations.

It kept me using my iPhone for a few days, it can easily charge my iPhone XS Max to full at least twice and still have some juice left over. When I only used the battery pack to top up my devices, it was easy to charge just about every piece of tech I owned. It has kept my Apple Watch topped up to ensure I can get a workout in, and topped up my iPhone at the same time, so that I can transfer all the data to the Health app.

So you may already be wondering how a USB-C port will help you charge your iPhone, and that’s the biggest annoyance while using the Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K. You need to buy a seperate cable to truly make it the perfect iPhone battery pack.

You can’t completely fault Anker here though, since Apple is the one that insists on keep the proprietary Lightning port on its iPhones. If you’re lucky enough to to have the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, you already have a USB-C to Lightning cable so this isn’t a big deal, but if you’re trying to fast charge the iPhone 11, iPhone 8, or the new iPhone SE, you’re going to have to dish out some money to make that happen.

It would have been really awesome if Anker included one of their USB-C to Lightning cables but considering they have to pay Apple a fee for lincensing the technology, I don’t really blame Anker.

The best battery pack I have ever owned

Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K: The Bottom Line

Whether its keeping my iPhone topped up while Im out on the town or I’m using it to fully charge my Nintendo Switch, the Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K has been able to help me get through extended periods of time away from power outlets. I have no doubt that as the camping season ramps up, i’ll be getting even more use out of it.

Although using a the USB-C port to fast charge your iPhone is slightly problematic, investing in a USB-C to Lightning cable is a great asset. Even if you don’t, the USB-A port does put out 12W of output, so it’s not the slowest way to charge an iPhone either. Plus, it does come with a USC-C to USB-C cable, which is excellent for charging USB-C devices and for charging up the battery pack itself.

All in all, the Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K does everything you need a battery pack to do. It will keep you charged and ready to go, and since its so easy to carry around, you’ll never have to be without it.

Anker PowerCore III Wireless review: Everything in moderation

Anker’s PowerCore III Wireless power bank feels like an old, reliable option. It’s neither the largest nor the fastest, yet it can juice three devices at a time with proprietary PowerIQ technology. Anker is a leader in charging accessories which makes the PowerCore III Wireless a safe, if uninspiring, bet.

What we like

Wired and wireless charging options

What we don’t like

Slow power bank recharging

Anker PowerCore III Wireless

Anker’s PowerCore III Wireless power bank feels like an old, reliable option. It’s neither the largest nor the fastest, yet it can juice three devices at a time with proprietary PowerIQ technology. Anker is a leader in charging accessories which makes the PowerCore III Wireless a safe, if uninspiring, bet.

The smartphone accessories market is a crowded one, yet some names stand out among the crowd. Whether it’s Spigen for cases or Moment for camera accessories, certain brands have become established as a marker for quality. Anker is another example, and it has perfectly cornered the charging market. With powerful wireless chargers and power banks to choose from, let’s check out the best of both worlds. This is our Anker PowerCore III Wireless power bank review.

What you need to know about the Anker PowerCore III Wireless power bank

Anker’s PowerCore lineup covers the full range of power banks, but today we’re looking at a 10,000mAh option. The PowerCore III Wireless packs a USB-A port and a USB-C port, but the key selling point is its Qi charging pad. It tops out at 18W wired charging through the USB-C port, while the pad is capable of up to 10W output.

The entire charging bank is plastic, though it features a soft rubber ring to keep your phone in place on the charging pad. You can also check on the remaining charge with a series of four white LEDs mounted on the side. It’s small enough to shove in a backpack or large. measuring 151.9 by 68.3 by 18.8mm and weighing just 245g.

Anker keeps things pretty light inside the packaging, with minimal paperwork to worry about. You’ll also find a USB-C cable and a lightly padded black carrying bag to keep your power bank safe. The bag is just barely large enough for the power bank and cable, though you’ll have to shove the cable carefully down the side.

What’s good?

Anker’s PowerCore III Wireless power bank is a true do-it-all option. You can recharge up to three devices at a time, making a significant difference on long road trips or if you’re stuck away from an outlet. I found myself turning to the Qi charging pad frequently, especially when I needed to give my Galaxy Buds a quick jolt.

Overall, the PowerCore III Wireless power bank is capable of decent, if not incredible, charging speeds. The USB-C port packs Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ 3.0 charging, which supports USB Power Delivery and PowerIQ 2.0 in a single port at up to 18W. PowerIQ 2.0 places an emphasis on Quick Charge devices, so you should have no problem charging a full range of USB-C-toting products. Anker’s power bank also offers passthrough charging so you can get your phone back to speed while you wait for the power bank to charge.

The drawstring charging pouch is a nice touch, especially when it comes to transporting the power bank. It can be easy to scratch some types of plastic, so the pouch offers a little peace of mind. The included USB-C cable is just under two feet long, the perfect length for a power bank. It’s long enough to give you some flexibility, yet short enough that it won’t get caught on stray corners in your house.

What’s not so good?

The PowerCore III Wireless performs best when it can FOCUS on one device at a time. Unfortunately, I found that speeds plummeted when I used both outputs simultaneously. Despite seeing 14W speeds with either the USB-A or USB-C ports, I could only reach 8W speeds while using both. It didn’t seem to matter which port I tested, as speeds were consistent across the pair.

While the single-device charging speeds are decent, charging multiple devices seems to cap output at 8W per port.

The PowerCore III Wireless also did not offer enough power from the USB-A port to recharge a laptop — in the case of my testing, a Surface Laptop 3. While I could pick up a charge from the USB-C port, I could only achieve speeds in the neighborhood of 8.5W — a far cry from the 18W peak speeds. Some of the speed issues may be due to Anker’s lack of USB PD PPS support. While it’s not that common in ~50 power banks, it’s a must if you want to charge a modern Galaxy flagship or the Pixel 6 series at close to top speeds.

You can check out my charging results in the table below, and all tests were performed with Anker cables.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD Review

Summary The Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD offers the large capacity of a laptop power bank. But by limiting its output Anker is able to pass on cost savings. Ideal for anyone needing to charge handheld devices for long periods of time.

User Review

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, LG, and Motorola phones
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases, but takes up most of the accessory
  • 15V power output better supports some devices
  • Trickle charge mode
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I purchased the product in this review.

Tech Specs:

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD specs

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
  • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/1.25A)
  • 18W PowerIQ 2.0 (Anker’s tech, but compatible with the standards below)
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Huawei FCP
  • Apple 2.4A

Included In Box:

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD box and contents

  • Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3 feet
  • Travel pouch

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • iPad Pro (pre-2018)

Estimated Number of Charges:

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  • iPhone 6/7/8/SE: 7 charges
  • iPhone Plus/X/XR: 4 charges
  • iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S8/S9: 4 charges
  • Samsung Galaxy S10: 4 charges
  • Nintendo Switch (2017): 9 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch (2019): 12 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: 9.5 hours of play

First Impression

The Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD fills a niche of higher capacity for smaller devices. While a 30W/20,000mAh could do the same job limiting the output to 18W saves on production cost. Allowing Anker to offer this model for 20 less MSRP than its previous USB PD supporting 20,000mAh model.

The Essential has a large, round button on top. Used for checking capacity and activating trickle charge mode. Unlike some older models, there are only 4 LEDs on the button, not 8-10. Don’t expect the circle to fill when recharging, the LEDs cover less than half of the curve. The top also has a grip-friendly surface. But the bottom doesn’t, lessening the gripping surface’s effectiveness.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2023-06-25.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery Quick Charge 4 Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11/SE
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10/S20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9/10
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, which is included.

For older and newer iPhones the USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast-charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using USB-A. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes faster using USB-C.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

Using a Moto G6 for testing we see Quick Charge will fast charge over the USB-A port. Anker uses their own PowerIQ 2.0 technology, which mimics Quick Charge. As such it is considered QC compatible and works with Samsung AFC technology.

The USB-C port is strictly USB PD, so no fast charging there for Quick Charge phones.

Nintendo Switch

Works well for all model Nintendo Switch in handheld/tabletop mode.

  • Nintendo Switch (original) – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.
  • Nintendo Switch (2019 update) – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.

It will not support the Switch’s dock, as it doesn’t offer the required output.

If you have an original model Switch (pre-August 2019) Anker’s product outperforms the rest. Their support of a 15V power profile instead of 12V allows for faster charging of the original Switch. Due to an underdraw issue of that model Switch.

Trickle Charge Mode

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD in trickle charge mode

Trickle charge mode is for low power devices. Such as a Fitbit or wireless earbuds. These small accessories draw little current (60mA). So much so a power bank thinks charging is complete, and shutdowns to save power. This means a low power draw device could get only minutes of charging.

Trickle charge mode corrects for this, by forcing the power bank to stay on for a couple of hours. Allowing small accessories time to charge.

For Anker’s power bank you double press the button to activate the mode. A green LED will turn on in place of one of the blue LEDs. After two hours the power bank will switch back to regular mode. Shutting down completely shortly afterward. Or you can double press the button again to exit from trickle charge mode. There’s no harm in allowing the power bank to stay in trickle charge mode for the full duration.

No Fast Charging With Two Devices

If you connect two devices to the power bank it will disable all fast charging tech.

Both ports only support 5V. Which removes fast charging options outside of Apple 2.4A standard. There is a 15W total output limit shared between the two USB ports.

When you connect a second device you’ll notice the charging resets on the first. This is the power bank stepping down to a lower output level. If you disconnect the second device you’ll want to unplug and replug the first. To make sure fast charging turns back on.

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This limitation is typical of many power banks. A few can allow for one fast charging and one regular charging. Fewer still allow for dual fast charging, and those are always large and heavy. There is a limit to how much current can cross its circuits without extra hardware. Which adds size, weight, and cost.

Whether you should fast charge one device or regular charge two depends on battery levels and your immediate needs. The closer both devices are to 100%, the less impactful not fast charging becomes.

Summary

The Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD is a good value option for some, depending on your devices and needs. It works bests with smaller devices, from Bluetooth earbuds up to Nintendo Switch and small tablets. Its higher capacity offers up to twice the run time as a 10,000mAh model. Good if you’re charging several devices on a day trip. Or charging one device over several days.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD ports

For phones, it fast charges all iPhones and most Androids. Notably Samsung, Google, LG, and Motorola models.

For the Nintendo Switch, it charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. The original Switch charges faster with the Essential than its peers from AUKEY or RAVPower. But the power bank cannot power a docked Switch.

By limiting the output to 18W Anker saves on production costs, and passes that on to you. The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD has the same capacity, but 30W output (and no PowerIQ 2.0). It costs 20 more MSRP as of this posting. If you need to charge a small laptop that extra 20 gets you that performance. But if you only have handheld devices the Essential gives you the same performance at a lower cost.

If you don’t need the extra capacity you’ll find a better value with an 18W/10,000mAh power bank. Such as the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux. It offers the same output features. But in a small and cheaper package.

About Anker

Anker has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and an 18-month warranty. And their own online community with forums. They are a beloved brand within many USB-C communities.

Bottom Line

The Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD is perfect for charging small, handheld devices for long periods of time. It’ll fast charge iPhones, most Androids, iPad, and Nintendo Switch. At a cost less than a similar power bank made for small laptops.

Buy if you:

  • Need to fast charge iPhone, popular Androids, iPad Pro, or Nintendo Switch for long trips or over a weekend
  • Want to charge an original model Switch as fast as possible
  • Prefer the Anker brand and customer support

Don’t buy if you:

  • Need to also charge a laptop on the go
  • Only need to support a single device for a few hours

You’ll want a USB-C wall charger to quickly recharge this USB-C power bank. I recommend the Anker PowerPort III Nano. A small charger for your large power bank.

Be sure to check the Deals page to see if this or a similar charger is on sale.

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The Best Portable Chargers To Keep You Going On Long And Busy Days

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

It’s happened to all of us. You go out and realize you didn’t put the phone on the charger and your phone’s battery is low. Or you’re out all day, using power-hungry features like the camera, display or GPS, and now the battery is low and there’s no outlet in sight. Perhaps you’re simply working from a cafe that lacks outlets, and you want to power your laptop for the afternoon. The best portable chargers, like our pick for the best overall, the INIU B62 Power Bank, can keep you powered up and ready to go anytime, anywhere.

  • Best Portable Charger Overall:INIU B62 Power Bank
  • Best Portable Charger For iPhone: Apple MagSafe Battery Pack
  • Best Portable Charger With AC Outlet: Mophie PowerStation Pro AC
  • Best Portable Charger With Built-In Cables: Mophie PowerStation Plus
  • Best Portable Charger For Laptops: Baseus Laptop Power Bank
  • Best High-Power Portable Charger For Laptops: Anker 737 Power Bank
  • Best Portable Charger For Adventures: Anker 548 Power Bank
  • Best Qi Wireless Portable Charger: LionEnergy Eclipse

Best Portable Charger Overall

INIU B62 Power Bank

Battery capacity: 15,000mAh | Output ports: 2x USB-A, 1x USB-C | Size: 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 11.7 ounces | Display: Yes

Best for: Charging smartphones and tablets quickly.

INIU is a less recognizable name, but its lineup of power bank and charging accessories stands out from the crowd. The INIU B62 has a single USB-C port that supports up to 45-watt output with USB Power Delivery. That means you can use this versatile battery for charging a low-power laptop or a portable gaming system.

This model supports a range of fast-charging protocols, but it only handles up to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. If you want to charge a QC 4.0 device, look at the INIUs B5 Power Bank, which has a similar physical design, adds QC 4.0 and can charge three devices simultaneously (but it lacks enough power output to charge a laptop). The B62 has a large LCD that shows your remaining power, and it has a grippy texture that resists scuffs and grit. Bonus: It comes with a nifty pull-out stand that works well to prop up a phone while it’s charging.

What the editors say: Tech editor Melissa Perenson notes, “This battery is a workhorse, handily charging up devices with surprising speed. It recharges quickly, too. It’s a little thick, but its rectangular design pairs well with a smartphone.”

Anker PowerCore III 10K

Battery capacity: 10,000mAh | Output ports: 1x USB-A, 1x USB-C | Size: 5.9 x 2.7 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 8.6 ounces

Best for: Mix of wired and wireless charging, in a slim design and mid-range capacity.

The Anker PowerCore III 10K hits a good balance between features, performance and price. The svelte, candy bar design houses 10-watt Qi wireless charging, with one each of USB-A and USB-C ports on the top edge. This model is slim, but not as slim as one Anker model. Nor does it have the magnetic attachment of Anker’s newer MagGo series. Or the power to handle charging a laptop or gaming system.

Despite those caveats, the PowerCore III 10K stands out for its balance of charging features and its performance—which was faster for both wired and wireless charging than on some competing models. This battery pairs well with a standard rectangular phone design, and it’s lightweight, too. The unit itself has a textured plastic case that did a better job withstanding scuffs than some of Anker’s other models. The chassis also has a built-in stand—a simple pull-out bracket to prop up your phone. However, the recessed power button is a bit awkwardly placed.

What the editors say: “This model’s Qi wireless gives it an edge over the typical portable charger with the same capacity,” says tech editor Melissa Perenson. “I especially liked this battery’s light weight, and how easy it was to hold alongside an iPhone or Android phone.”

  • Textured case keeps fingerprints and scuffs away
  • Qi wireless charging at 10 watts
  • Built-in stand

Best Portable Charger For iPhone

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

Battery capacity: Unavailable | Ports: MagSafe (wireless) only | Size: 3.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches | Weight: 6.4 ounces

Best for: iPhone users who want a small MagSafe battery pack.

The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack is a bit pricey, but it is the Apple-branded battery—and it has a simplicity to it not found elsewhere. This compact battery pack attaches to the back of any iPhone 12 or later smartphone. It provides additional power when you need to extend the life of your smartphone. Thanks to its MagSafe compatibility. you can use the battery pack on its own or in conjunction with any Apple MagSafe phone case. It won’t, however, work with non-MagSafe cases.

This battery is a bit pricey considering it will only recharge your iPhone once—and only between 40 percent and 70 percent. However, that’s enough juice to keep your phone operational for a few hours more.

  • Compact design for any iPhone (12 and later)
  • Compatible with all MagSafe cases
  • Genuine Apple product
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Best Portable Charger With AC Outlet

Mophie PowerStation Pro AC

Battery capacity: 27,000mAh | Output ports: 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x AC | Size: 10.8 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches | Weight: 2.6 pounds

Best for: Capacious charging via USB and a 3-prong AC outlet.

The Mophie PowerStation Pro AC makes it easy to charge four devices simultaneously. At 27,000mAh, this model is at the maximum limit for transporting a single battery onto a plane. All that battery capacity matters, though, since it can recharge an iPhone five times. The 3-prong AC outlet is one reason this model stands out; with an outlet, you can then charge things like camera batteries, or run a laptop or other device that uses AC power.

The battery can handle 100 watts, while the USB ports handle 20 watts each and the USB Power Delivery port is at 60 watts. One drawback lies with its weight: The PowerStation Pro AC is a hefty 2.6 pounds. The battery has a loop that makes it easier to grab, which is good since its casing is smooth hard to hold.

Omnicharge Omni 20

Battery capacity: 20,000mAh | Output ports: Qi wireless, 1x USB-C, 2X USB-A, 1x AC/HVDC, 1x barrel | Size: 5.0 x 4.8 x 1.0 inches | Weight: 1.3 pounds

The Omnicharge Omni 20 is highly versatile, especially considering its relatively compact size. It includes a 20,000mAh capacity battery, fast 18-watt charging over USB-A, 60-watt charging over USB-C and 10-watt Qi wireless charging. The 100-watt AC/HCDC outlet provides power to laptops, drones and cameras that don’t support USB charging.

The Omni 20 has a built-in OLED display that shows the total power left in the charger, as well as the demands of each connected device. It even supports pass-through charging, so you can continue to charge your array of devices even when recharging the Omni itself.

  • Offers pass-through charging
  • 20,0000mAh capacity battery
  • Portable and convenient

Best Portable Charger With Built-In Cables

Mophie PowerStation Plus

Battery capacity: 10,000mAh | Output Ports: 1x USB-C | Built-in cables: 1x USB-C, 1x Lightning | Size: 5.8 x 0.7 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 8 ounces

Best for: Charging a phone or tablet with a Lightning or USB-C port.

The Mophie PowerStation Plus conveniently integrates cables into the sides of the portable charger. This otherwise nondescript rectangle has smooth front and back surfaces, and it has a rubberized layer around the edges. The Lightning and USB-C cables tuck neatly into the top of the unit with a snug fit, and little tabs to help you free them when needed. The cables are long enough for you to plug them into a phone and stack the charger neatly beneath it.

This charger’s dedicated USB-C Power Delivery port delivers 20 watts of power, and a total of 25 watts shared. The USB-C port charges faster than the integrated cables.

Best Portable Charger For Laptops

Baseus Laptop Power Bank

Battery capacity: 20,000mAh | Ports: 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A | Size: 6.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 1.1 pounds | Display: Yes

Best for: Charging a laptop or mobile device.

The Baseus Laptop Power Bank stands out for delivering 100 watts of power in a thin and lightweight square design that’s highly portable. Most competitors’ portable chargers that output 100 watts are larger, thicker and heavier than this Baseus model. The low profile makes it easy to slide this charger alongside a laptop when traveling.

This fast, portable charger has a textured plastic front, with a large, monochromatic digital display that shows its remaining battery power and charging status. It can handle small current devices like earbuds and smartwatches as well as it can a phone or laptop. The ports are all along the top edge, with two USB-A and two USB-C ports, each labeled with their output levels. The unit comes with a carry case, and a 100-watt USB-C to USB-C cable, for use with a laptop.

What the editors say: “I like the stylish yet functional industrial design of this charger,” says tech editor Melissa Perenson. “It was easy to carry around while charging multiple devices quickly.”

  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Informative display
  • Charges four devices simultaneously

Best High-Output Portable Charger For Laptops

Anker 737 Power Bank

Battery capacity: 24,000mAh | Output Ports: 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A | Size: 6.1 x 2.1 x 1.9 inches | Weight: 1.4 | Display: Yes

Best for: Charging a laptop and mobile devices.

The Anker 737 Power Bank PowerCore 24K packs 140 watts, one of the highest power outputs you can buy in a such a portable design. This model stands at about 2 inches square, and is 6 inches long, making it shaped like a square tower (if you stand it on its end) or a very thick battery that fits in your hand. Inside sits a high capacity 24,000mAh battery, which is just below the maximum 27,000mAh you can bring on a plane.

Along the length sits a useful, easy-to-read color digital display which shows the power use and remaining battery/recharge time. The charger has three inputs, all on one end, and includes USB Power Delivery 3.1 support. It includes a 140-watt USB-C to USB-C cable for use with a laptop.

Best Portable Charger For Adventures

Anker 548 Power Bank (PowerCore Reserve)

Battery capacity: 60,000mAh | Output ports: 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A, Solar input | Size: 4.5 × 4.5 × 7.7 inches | Weight: 5.1 pounds

The Anker 548 Power Bank (PowerCore Reserve) packs a 60,000mAh battery capacity, which makes this power bank best for use at home or on adventures that don’t require a flight. Its rugged design makes it the perfect complement to outdoor adventures, with a retractable LED lamp and SOS beacon for use in emergencies. It has two USB-C and two USB-A ports, and the USB-C ports can handle 60-watt and 27-watt output (only one of the two handles input and output both). The front panel has an additional, uncommon port—for jacking in a solar panel for recharging. The EV-grade batteries can handle up to 3,000 recharging cycles.

The unit has a useful color digital display above the array of ports that shows charging status and remaining power. In between sit the buttons for the light and the SOS beacon. At 5.1 pounds, it feels sturdy, and it comes with a pliable handle. You get a USB-C to USB-C cable for charging, but you need to buy a wall charger and solar charging cable yourself.

What the editors say: “I love the pop-up light, with its retractable silicone design,” notes tech editor Melissa Perenson. “It’s surprisingly bright (though dedicated lanterns may be better), and it automatically lights up in the dark. The light’s inclusion makes this so much more than just a power bank on steroids. I also liked how the woven handle makes it easy to carry.”

Best Qi Wireless Portable Charger

Lion Eclipse

Battery capacity: 27,000mAh | Output ports: Qi wireless, 2x USB-A, 1x USB-C | Size: 8.5 x 3.5 x 1.3 inches | Weight: 1.6 pounds

Best for: Charging a phone, earbuds and watch wirelessly in a rugged device.

The Lion Eclipse stands out for its inclusion of three Qi wireless charging pads, at 10-watts, 5-watts and 2-watts. This means you can charge a phone, earbuds and a watch wirelessly, something most portable power banks with Qi can’t do. The power button and three ports—two USB-A and one USB-C with Power Delivery up to 85 watts—sit under a rubberized protective cover. These ports can handle a laptop or a portable gaming console, and they deliver simultaneous fast charging. This portable charger uses a 27,000mAh battery, the maximum size you can take on a plane.

While the Lion Eclipse Power Bank will fit easily within a backpack or briefcase, it’s too cumbersome to fit comfortably in a purse and too large for a It has a 5-year warranty and a lifecycle of over 1,000 charges.

  • Simultaneously charges multiple devices
  • High battery capacity
  • Three Qi wireless charging pads

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