Keeping your smartphone charged up during a tech expo such as IFA 2018 can be more difficult than you might think so having a power bank or two in your backpack goes a long way to easing battery anxiety. While there are a bunch of brands that produce power banks, I chose to take Anker’s PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh power bank with me to the Berlin show and was impressed with its sleek design and capacity, although I experienced some frustrations along the way. Join us after the break for our review of Anker’s PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh power bank.
The PowerCore Lite 10000 power bank is stored in a slim white box that also has a storage bag and a USB Type-A to MicroUSB cable. The PowerCore Lite is made of black polycarbonate material; there is a decent amount of grip which gives a reassuring feeling that it will protect the power bank if it is dropped, which is I managed to do a couple of times. With dimensions of 144 x 72 x 14mm and weighing in at 213g, the power bank spent most of the show sat neatly in my front trouser pocket with a suitable power cable and the phone it was charging. On the side of the device are 4 LED lights that show how much charge is left in the device and flash blue or green depending which charging mode is selected.
The PowerCore Lite has both MicroUSB and USB Type-C charging ports, as in, you can recharge the unit via either of these two ports. There is a single port for output that consists of the USB Type-A socket to the right of the input ports. This brings us to one of my main complaints about the PowerCore Lite unit; you can only charge one device at a time despite it having three ports. If, like me, you opened the package up in the dark of night on a bus, plugging your USB Type-C to Type-C cable in to the PowerCore Lite to charge your Pixel 2 XL, you will be in for a nasty shock when you look at the phone and discover its running on empty instead of being fully charged. While it’s great that the user has two ways of charging the PowerCore Lite power bank, it would have been infinitely more helpful if the Type-C port was capable of giving and receiving power.
A surprising omission is the lack of Quick Charge compatibility, with the power bank outputting charge at 5V/2.4A. That being said, the charging speed is fast enough that the phone still takes charge when in use.
The PowerCore Lite’s main claim to fame is its Trickle Charge mode that is suited for charging low-powered devices such as wireless earphones or smartwatches. You can toggle the Trickle Charge mode by either holding in the power button or pressing it twice with the Power Bank’s LED lights turning green in acknowledgment.
With its 10,000mAh capacity, I was able to charge my Pixel 2 XL around two and a half times using the PowerCore Lite. When the power bank is empty, it doesn’t matter if you recharge using the MicroUSB or the USB Type-C ports, the PowerCore Lite only accepts a 5V/2.0A input, so filling it from empty takes a little while; around 5.5 hours in fact. This isn’t an issue if you plan on hooking it up overnight but it is something you need to keep in mind when traveling.
In conclusion, Anker’s PowerCore Lite 10000 power bank is a worthy option to consider when shopping around for battery packs but it’s important to remember its shortcomings. The device has a slim and relatively lightweight design that results in the device being comfy to hold in hand or place in a trouser pocket, but having to make do with a single USB Type-A port to charge your phone when there is a perfectly good Type-C socket next door makes for a frustrating experience. And although I can appreciate there being two input ports for topping the power bank up, it’s even more inconvenient when you have more than one device to charge. The PowerCore Lite 10000 costs £24.99 ($32.50) on Amazon, although it may be worth spending an extra Pound to buy Anker’s PowerCore II 10,000 that can be recharged in four hours with a Quick Charge adapter as well as Anker’s PowerIQ 2.0 technology.
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