Featured Review: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 Power Bank

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While many parts of our smartphone have excelled and gotten better – like the processor, the display, etc – the battery technology used in smartphones today haven't really changed that much, at all. We've got bigger batteries now in most smartphones, but they aren't optimized as much as they could and should be. Many smartphones today have at least a 3000 mAh battery inside, and some can last all day, while others cannot. This is why we see so many people with power banks now. Whether they are small ones that fit in their pocket, or larger ones in their purse or backpack. These are to charge up our phones. But why can't they be charged faster? Well they can. Thanks to Quick Charge 2.0, and here with the Anker PowerCore+ 10050, we have Quick Charge 2.0 which allows for charging your device twice as fast. However, Quick Charge 2.0 must be supported on your device, and that means it needs to be running on the Snapdragon 801, 805, 808 or 810 chipset. The Exynos 7420-powered Samsung devices from 2015 are also supported by Quick Charge 2.0.

This model is part of a new line from Anker, in the PowerCore+. We have the 10050 which is a 10,050 mAh capacity battery, and also the 13400 which has a 13,400 mAh capacity. And as you can tell from the name of this review, we're looking at the PowerCore+ 10050. At first glance, this power bank should charge most smartphones almost 3 times before needing to be recharged, and that was our experience in the time we spent with the Anker PowerCore+. We used it with the Moto X Pure Edition, which as most of you know, has a 3000 mAh battery inside. On the PowerCore+, we have just one USB port. So unlike some of the larger power banks around, we are unable to charge more than one device at a time. However, the larger PowerCore+ 13400 does have a second USB port. Allowing you to charge two smartphones at once. The Quick Charge 2.0 port, also supports Anker's PowerIQ Technology. Now this PowerIQ technology is pretty awesome. To put it in plain English, what it does is it talks with your device, and determines what is the fastest speed it can charge at, and charges at that speed. Now this is the fastest speed it can charge without damaging the device, that is always the important factor.

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The big question is, how fast can it charge? Well going form 50% to 100%, we're looking at around 45 minutes. That's right about the same time as we'd get from the included Turbo Charger in the Moto X Pure Edition. Going from about 5-10% to 100%, we're looking at roughly 90 minutes. Now if you are using the device while it's charging, that time will be a bit slower. The time is about what we'd expect with Quick Charge 2.0, and to be honest, it still amazes us that it can charge a battery that large, that fast. Without damaging the device at all. This power bank has been certified by Qualcomm, so it is certified Quick Charge 2.0. So you can be rest assured that this will not harm your device, or catch on fire (like so many stories we've seen over the years).

The PowerCore+ also has a microUSB port, which is used for charging up the power bank. Speaking of charging it up, it takes just a few hours to charge it up. So if you are using each and every day, you can simply plug it in at night and you'll be good to go the next day. On the power button, which is on the face of the power bank, there are 10 LED lights, which form a circle. A bit of a change from many other power banks on the market. It's a subtle change, but I like it, actually. Each LED light indicates the power left in the battery pack. So roughly, each one indicates about 100 mAh.

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Anker is known for their battery packs and how well they perform. The PowerCore+ 10050 is no different. It has a solid build as well, it's all aluminum, and actually feels really nice in the hand. It does stay pretty cool, even when charging at a Quick Charge 2.0 speed, which is a bit interesting. When you pick up the Anker PowerCore+ 10050, it doesn't scream cheap, in fact it screams quality. Or premium. Anker does include a micro USB cable with the PowerCore+, as well as a nice pouch to put it in. Which is something they include with every product they sell, actually. There is also a 18-month warranty included in the PowerCore+. So this way if anything does indeed happen to your PowerCore+, Anker will take care of it and make sure you get a new one.

There aren't too many Quick Charge 2.0 power banks on the market right now. With the majority of them coming from Aukey, Tronsmart and now Anker. But out of all the ones we have tried and reviewed, I would definitely put the PowerCore+ near the top, if not at the very top. It's not cheap, like some of the other 10,050 mAh battery packs or similar capacity. And that's a trend we've seen with Quick Charge 2.0 accessories. It's likely due to the extra power that's needed to charge devices at that rate. But even at $30, it's a great price. Anker has it available in pink, gold, black and white. They also have it available in a larger capacity, in case you would like that much more power. The PowerCore+ has secured a spot in my bag when traveling. Whether that be for work or personal, it's still the one I'll be taking with me. For a few reasons. It's small and lightweight. Still packs plenty of power, and it has Quick Charge 2.0. Meaning you won't need to walk around anywhere for long with this thing plugged into your phone.

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Anker is selling the PowerCore+ exclusively on Amazon – like their other products – and you can pick it up today. It's Amazon Prime eligible, so if you are an Amazon Prime user, you can get free two-day shipping here, or get $3.99 next day shipping. Definitely worth the price, and a great gift this holiday season.