Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux Power Bank Review

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With today’s powerful smartphones and tablets demanding continuous use, it’s only a matter of time that you may find yourself caught short with a low battery warning. This scenario is just the worst when you rely on your smartphone for things like paying via ApplePay or displaying your travel documents. Having a power bank stowed away in your bag can help keep away type of low battery anxiety at bay.

The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux is a USB-C with Power Delivery portable charger that’s packed full of features that keep your latest smart tech all juiced up whilst on the move and away from a nearby power source. Don’t let its small Snickers bar size fool you into thinking this battery pack isn’t capable. It is anything but.

Powered by high-quality LG 21700 battery cells, this PowerCore battery pack features 10000 mAh (milliamp hours), and at 3079 mAh in an iPhone 11 Pro battery, the PowerCore 10000 PD will be able to offer at least two full recharges from this little power bank. Measuring only 4 x 2 x 1 inches in size, the PowerCore 10000 PD Redux is easily pocketable, and at 194g (or half a pound) it won’t weigh you down too much, whether it’s in a pocket and even less so in a bag or rucksack.

Charging the PowerCore 10000 PD back up to full capacity will take around 3.5 hours when using its USB-C Power Delivery port along with its bundled 90cm (3ft) USB-C cable and a compatible Power Delivery charger, such as the Anker 30W PowerPort Atom PD 1. If you choose to charge it via the second USB-A 12W port, charging will take around 9 hours. So pairing this power bank with a capable PD charger is key if you want to shave off lots of charging time.

Thanks to its 18W PD USB-C port, you can quick-charge your smartphone or tablet super fast, around 50% in 30 minutes on an iPhone XS, just like you would be able to through an 18W AC wall charger. The PowerCore 10000 PD Redux is also capable of trickle-charging mode for low-power devices such as Bluetooth headphones, fitness bands and wireless earbuds.

The Redux version of this PowerCore 10000 PD power bank features a smooth textured finish to its external casing, that certainly looks the part, it offers the trickle-charging mode that I mentioned earlier, and the four LED indicators on the outer casing gives a rough at-a-glance look at how much charge is remaining in the charger.

Included in the box is a 90cm (3ft) USB-C cable and carry case to keep the charger and its cable together, ready for use. You will not be able to fit a quick charger also in the same carry case, but you will certainly want to keep it close by when travelling. Or you can choose to charge it through a USB-C port on a MacBook or laptop instead.

Retailing currently for £26.99 from Amazon with coupon ($45.99 in the US), Anker has priced itself out of what is a busy sea 10000 mAh competition. However, consider the additional case and bundled USB-C cable, along with the solid build quality and less bulky size over its competitors, and the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux more than justifies its higher price tag. For me, it is now my go-to portable charger.

When out travelling or when I find myself out for the entire day without any power source nearby, the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux offers fast charging for my most power-hungry devices, including my iPhone, iPad Pro or it is even able to trickle charging my MacBook. This 18W is a tiny beast of power that will keep me juiced up when there aren’t any means of power closeby. Any low battery anxiety is kept totally at bay with this power bank nearby.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

$45.99
9.5

Overall Score

9.5/10

Pros

  • Small and compact 18W charger
  • Solid and durable build quality
  • Free USB-C Cable and case

Cons

  • Slightly chunky in thickness
  • Fast recharging requires PD charger
  • Only four remaining LEDs

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