Anker PowerCore 26800 Review

Power banks are pretty popular as we are more and more dependent on technology. Especially smartphones, which seems are impossible to go a day without. That’s why people are looking for high capacity portable power banks. These are the type that you can take for camping or a longer road trip. They can charge your phone or tablet more than once. And one of the most popular models at the moment is the Anker PowerCore 26800! It’s a simple and basic power bank that doesn’t come with any fancy features or extras. Which is also one of the main reasons why I wanted to review it!

In The Box

  • Anker PowerCore 26800 Power Bank
  • 2x MicroUSB cable
  • Travel pouch

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 180×82×22 mm / 7.0×3.1×0.9″
  • Weight: 495 g / 1.1 lbs
  • Battery capacity: 26800 mAh
  • Charging power: 5V / 3A (max per port)
  • Ports: 3x USB, 2x MicroUSB (input)

Design

Anker is known for their minimalistic style and that’s also the case with the PowerCore 26800. It’s a simple power bank that doesn’t have any fancy extras on it. And I really like that take on it. The power bank is made out of plastic and you get to choose between two colors: black and white. Another thing that I really like is that the PowerCore 26800 is far from flimsy. The plastic that’s used is actually thick and it feels really strong.

Anker PowerCore 26800 Design

That’s probably also one of the reasons why it weighs so much (495 g / 1.1 lbs). Another reason is the size. The Anker PowerCore 26800 has a dimension of 180×82×22 mm / 7.0×3.1×0.9″ which makes it a pretty big device. It’s definitely not designed to be kept in your pockets. Instead it’s something that you can bring with you when you are travelling. Or keep it in your car when you are going on a longer road trip or camping.

The power bank has in total 5 ports. All of them are on the side (the front) of the device. There are 3 Output USB-A ports that you can use to charge anything you want. Next to them are two MicroUSB ports that are used for charging the PowerCore 26800 itself. And yes you can use both of them at the same time to charge it faster. Anker has even included two MicroUSB cables for that. Besides the ports, there are also 4 LED indicator lights on top of the device and a power button on the side. Pushing the power button lights up the LED lights which indicates how much capacity the power bank has left. But you can also use it to turn it off!

Performance

As you can probably tell from the name, the power bank has a capacity of 26800 mAh. This is actually a lot of power and it should be enough for a couple of days. According to Anker, that’s enough to charge 10 iPhone 6S and 2.5 iPad Air 2’s. It mostly depends on the devices you are planning to charge. But it should give you an idea of how much power this device actually has.

And charging is simple. The Anker PowerCore 26800 starts automatically charging the second you connect it to a device. Like I mentioned before, it has 3 USB ports for that. Each port has a maximum charging power of 3A. The total power output is 6A. So you can use up to two ports if you want to charge at maximum power. You’ll lose some when you use all 3 at the same time. But that’s fine as I have never felt the need to charge 3 devices at once. But it’s still nice to have that option, even if that means less power then.

The power bank itself is charged via the two MicroUSB ports. Each of the ports have a maximum input power of 2A, which makes the total 4A. It takes around 6 to 7 hours to fully charge the device if you are using both of the ports. It will take almost twice as long otherwise. I also recommend getting a wall adapter that already has two USB ports. It will make it less messy and easier to use.

In addition, Anker has also added a Multi Protection System to the PowerCore 26800. Not only does it keep the power bank safe but also your devices you are planning to charge. What it does is control the current and prevents shortage. Which is also the reason why you can charge 3 smartphones at the same time. I do not recommend charging more than one tablet as it doesn’t have enough charging power for that. One tablet and two smartphones is fine though.

Conclusion

The Anker PowerCore 26800 is definitely one of the most reliable and best power banks you can take on a road trip! It has a super high capacity that can charge multiple devices multiple times. The main downside is the weight and size, but that shouldn’t be an issue as long as you don’t expect to go running with it. I also really like the fact that it doesn’t come with any additional extras built into it. Anker has kept it simple and basic while making sure that it works perfectly.

8 Total Score
Good!

Design
8
Build Quality
9
Capacity
8
Available Ports
7