Anker PowerCore Essential - Review

 

The model number for the units sold by the Official Anker Flagship Store in Malaysia is A1281. 

This power bank is universally compatible and it is definitely compatible with iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Note20, Samsung Galaxy Note10, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 4, Blu Studio X12, Blu Studio G91, Motorola Moto G100 G50, Xiaomi, Redmi Note 7, Nintendo Switch, and more.

Firstly, it supports 2-way charging, which means you can charge the power bank at the same time you charge the device. The maximum output for this device is 20Watts, which means the charging speed would be slower when charging multiple devices at the same time. 

The brochure claims that it can charge the iPhone 12 to 50% in 30 minutes at full 20W power. It has a  massive 20,000mAh cell capacity that provides more than 5 charges for iPhone XS, almost 5 full charges for Samsung Galaxy S10, more than 4 charges for iPhone 11, and over 2 and a half charges for iPad mini 5.

What is spectacular about this device is that it supports PowerIQ 2.0 which is Anker's exclusive fast-charging technology. It intelligently identifies your device to deliver the fastest possible charge.

This Powerbank can be charged from 0% to 100% in 6.8 hours using a PD(PowerDelivery) 3.0 charger. (With the power bank capacity of 20000 mAh).

This device has 3 output ports, explained as follows;

1. USB-C PD input port - This means you can charge the power bank with the first USB-C PD input port at a maximum of 20W.

2. USB-C PD output port - The second output port means you can charge any USB-C supported device with a maximum of 20W

3. USB PIQ2.0 output - The last port is to charge supported devices with the PowerIQ 2.0 technology which allows dynamic intelligent charging output at a maximum of 18W for USB-C devices.

This power bank weighs 346grams for the 20000mAh model. The dimensions are 158mm x 74mm x 19mm. 

This device supports QuickCharge 3.0 and PowerDelivery(PD) technology means a wide range of devices is supported. 

Most people buy powerbanks for its technical features and size/weight, rarely due to its aesthetics. Anker Powercore Range has a premium feel fabric design. It has superior durability and scratch resistance. 

In the Box:

1 X Anker 325 Power Bank PowerCore Essential 20000

1X Micro USB Cable 1X Travel Pouch 1X Welcome Guide

The warranty period for this device is 18 months. I would suggest you purchase from the Official Store and keep the proof of purchase handy for hassle-free after-sales services! 

Note: There are a few variations of this powerbank range, not just the color. There is a special Iphone/Ipad variation which has an build-in lightning charging cable. The links has been included at the bottom. 

Anker A1281 PowerCore Essential 20000mAh

Anker A1244 Power Bank, 10000mAh Portable Charger

Anker A1233 Powercore+ 10000mAh Build-in Lightning Cable (Iphone/Ipad)

 

 

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