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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 is a PowerHouse

November 24, 2015 Leave a comment

This is my experience with Anker PowerCore+ 26800  a Portable Charger from Anker (Company Founded by Googlers, they have a stack of Amazing products) I am proud owner of 4 such products, all my cables and Charging solutions are Anker based.26800 is not a random number but 26800mAh that is provided by  this device.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800  is not one product but a Combo. Combo of Anker Quick Charge 2.0 18W USB Turbo USB Wall Charger and 26800mAh External Battery.

I already own Anker Astro E4 13000mAh Classic Portable Charger  for some time now. Which I really love and is a constant companion for me in vacations. Best part of this is multiple rounds of charge which is very helpful. This version PowerCore+ 26800 is a Power House. It is quite heavy @ 590 gms or 20.8 oz. As per the Product Description it is supposed to Charge iPhone 6 ten times, well worth the weight. I have not tested the number of charges yet. Will update the review once I test it.

Feel: Outer Cover is made of aluminum with Matte Finish. Edges are Laser cut looks very neat. LED indicator is arranged circularly. So Black Matte finish + Circular LED is a killer look.

Number of Charges: PowerCore+ 26800 is the world’s highest capacity portable charger with Quick Charge 2.0 technology. It charges the iPhone 6 ten times, the Galaxy S6 over seven times or the MacBook (2015) five times. I will test these specifications and let you know. Also you will charge PowerCore+ to full charge in 9 Hours with charged provided.

Power IQ Technology: It is an Anker’s technology that detects and adapts to your device’s unique Charging requirement. So it charges your device in a fastest and safest way possible.

Quick Charge Technology: In simple words Quick Charge 2.0 is an Innovative Fast Charge Technology from Company called Qualcomm who manufactures Snapdragon™ processors. Quick Charge technology charges your device faster compared to conventional charging adapters. As per QualComm official web page it takes about 30 mins for a device to reach from 0 to 60%. Qualcomm certificates these adapter, Green Color Logo in both PowerCore device & Charger means it is officially certified.  If you want know more about the Quick Charge read last section of my review.

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Three in one: You are getting a cock tail of technologies. Anker’s PowerIQ Technology in all Ports + Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 in One Port & Quick Charge 2.0 Charger that can be used with Wall adapter.

  1. Worlds Highest Capacity Portable Charger.
  2. Portable Charger with QuickCharge 2.0 Port.
  3. Wall Charger with QuickCharge 2.0 Enabled.

Anker’s Magic: Best feature is Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 in a Power bank. Out of 3 ports one with a Green Logo is Quick Charge Enabled. Based on the Qualcomm website Anker is one of the two providers providing this option. Other one doesn’t seems to be a promising provider. That makes Anker as one of the exclusive provider. Ability to charge on the move + charge faster is awesome combination. Enabling Quick Charge 2.0 in a Power Bank is a brilliant idea I would say. You can always manage to find a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled Adapter when you are at home or at work. Having a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled power bank which lets you Charge your device on the move is the most convenient thing and Highlight of PowerCore+.

Ease of Use: To begin charge connect your device and click on the power wheel. PowerCore+ automatically switches off once the device is fully charged or device is disconnected. Quick Charge adapter lights turn green when charging and Blue with it is just plugged and not connected to Power Core+.

Note to Samsung / Snapdragon Processor based device Owners: You gain most advantage out of this because your device can be charged in the fastest time. Make sure you use the Quick Charge 2.0 Enabled port and Company provided / Anker’s Cable to charge the device. You can also Charge your device directly connecting to Quick Charge 2.0 enabled Adapter.

Note to Apple Users: Unfortunately Apple’s devices are not powered by Snapdragon processors so like me you won’t be able to utilize Quick Charge 2.0. This does not mean you cannot use the device. You can still charge your device and utilize PowerIQ this helps you charge the device much faster than other cables.

Quick Charge Technology EXPLAINED:

Charging involves three parts.

  1. Your Device: Typically smartphone or tablet. (This needs to have Snapdragon processor to utilize Quick Charge Technology).
  2. Power Source (Power bank/ Wall Adapter): This is typically your Adapter or a power bank. (Qualcomm certified).
  3. Cable: Cable that connects Power source & device.

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To fully utilize Quick Charge 2.0 technology your device should have a Snapdragon processor (list of current devices with Snapdragon processor). Quick charge 2.0 enabled Adapter. If you don’t have one of these then with PowerCore you will still gain PowerIQ that help to charge faster. As per QualComm website by no means it affects life-cycle of battery or your device.

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This review is based on a sample offered to me for test and evaluation, and I am offering a review that is fair and honest.