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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 review: A well-designed battery pack with plenty of capacity

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs.

The Anker name has slowly become synonymous with inexpensive smartphone accessories, more specifically battery packs and cables.

Personally, I’ve owned a few over the years and have had no complaints. They’re typically well designed, sturdy, and perform the assigned task.

For the most port, the PowerCore+ 26800mAh ($89.99 on Amazon) pack lives up to my prior experiences with the Anker brand.

The top of the device has a power button with 10 lights, each one accounting for 10% of the battery’s charge. Press the button, notice 4 lights are lit up and you instantly know the battery has 40% charge left.

When charging, the lights operate in the reverse; blinking until the next 10% threshold is met, turning solid, then going to the next light until the battery is full.

The PowerCore+ stopped discharging at 82.45Wh, or 85% of its capacity, putting it fifth among the eight packs we tested in this batch.

Charging the pack took 11 hours, using the designated input microUSB port that accepts 5V/2A (PortaPow measured a consistent 5V/1.76A input).

Three USB-A ports adorn the front of the pack. Two ports offer standard USB outputs of 5V/3A, with a third Quick Charge 2.0 port.

For $80, you get the battery pack and a QC 3.0 wall adapter in the box. Also included is a microUSB cable and a carrying case.

Unfortunately, a dedicated USB-C port is no where to be found on this particular PowerCore+ model. When I requested a review sample, I was told the company has a USB-C (with Power Deliver) model coming soon but it wasn’t ready in time. Power Delivery will enable faster charging through USB-C to USB-C connections.

However, there is already a PowerCore+ model with a USB-C port on it, albeit a lower capacity and lacking QC 2.0: The PowerCore+ 20100, and it’s $10 cheaper than the 26800 reviewed here. But you’ll need to ask yourself if giving up QC 2.0 is worth the USB-C port.

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