A market leader in the power bank segment, Anker is one of the most reliable brands. Making better charging solutions than the large smartphone brands even. With power banks that are tiny and provide a single quick top-up for your smartphone, to power banks that are a lot larger and can charge your phone 7 times. The largest is the Anker PowerHouse which is a 120,000mAh battery, it is the size of a small box and enough for a camping trip! The price of an Anker power bank depends on what capacity it is, the larger the power bank the more it costs.
Pros & Cons
Great quality product
Top customer service
A bit about Anker
A brand known for being one of the best third-party producers of accessories. Anker was started by ex-Google engineer Steven Yang in 2011, with the goal to build high-quality products that didn't cost an arm and a leg. The name comes from the German word for anchor. Anker initially started with replacement laptop batteries on to mobile phone accessories and today has also got a battery-powered chainsaw among various other devices.
Anker power banks
The power bank section of Anker's product range is full of options. The design of Anker's power banks is simple, but that isn't what it is about; it is about the power delivery abilities. The smallest one has a 3,500mAh power capacity and is a small tubular-shaped device, which can easily fit into your pocket. The power capacity goes up all the way through to a 26,800mAh one at the top end. As the power capacity increases so does the size, so for instance, the hit model Anker PowerCore 20000 won't fit into your pocket. But it would be easy to carry in a backpack, handbag or laptop bag.
Higher power capacity also means more charges, so which to purchase is a matter of how much portable power you generally require. The PowerCore 20000 can sort out about 7 phone recharges. There is also the Anker PowerHouse that is a 120,000mAh battery, essentially able to power anything from a phone to a laptop or smaller medical devices. Enough power to charge a phone 24 times, one of these would be ideal for camping or emergencies.
Technology and safety features
Anker has developed additional technologies that are what gave them the edge regarding their power banks. 'PowerIQ' offers adaptive, max-speed charging for almost any device from a range of brands, the chip configures the amount of optimal charge for a connected device. This allows Anker power banks to charge devices more efficiently than even their own chargers at times. 'MultiProtect' is Anker's safety protocol system, it has 11 different aspects it keeps an eye on. A shield of surge protection, short circuit prevention, temperature control and more. With temperature control, it can change the levels of power running through to prevent the power bank from heating up too much.
With a third party brand, it is often an issue that some devices are not compatible. Anker has built power banks that work with almost every device. Apple or Android, or anything else. This is one of the big reasons for its success, it can be a hassle if your power bank is not charging something you need.
Anker is one of the most respected brands, not only cause of the quality of their products but also the quality of their customer care services. Reviews mention this time and again. Currently, Anker has 30 million users. They are also the official portable charger brand for Nintendo Switch, with 2 power bank models developed specifically for that. Despite all these positives, Anker is a competitively priced brand which makes it even better.