When it comes to an item like a portable power bank, where there are so many options on the market, sometimes it’s good to go with the one everyone says works great. And, with over three thousand positive reviews, the Anker PowerCore+ mini is a great example of this. Whether it’s a good choice for you, of course, depends entirely on what kind of device you are looking to power, and for how long.
- Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 3.7” x 0.9” x 0.9” (95mm x 23mm x 23mm)
- Shape: Cylinder
- Weight: 3oz (85g)
- Capacity: 3350mAh
- Max Charging Speed: 1 Amp
- Self-charging: micro USB (short USB to micro USB cable included)
- Charging ports: 1 standard USB
Although it features PowerIQ technology, which ensures various different devices get as much power as they can support, the Anker PowerCore+ mini itself only provides up to 1 Amp – which is fine if you have an iPhone 5, for example, which only supports up to 1A charging. On the other hand, if you have a device that supports 2.1A (or higher) charging, such as the iPhone 6/6 Plus or iPad, you might want to consider a power bank that offers more juice.
In terms of capacity, this power bank offers around 1 full recharge for the iPhone 6, somewhat less than a full charge for big phones like the 6 Plus or Galaxy S6. For tablets like the iPad Air, we’re talking more like 25% of a charge. If you’re traveling with a larger device, one might argue, it makes more sense to travel with a larger power bank in your bag. The PowerCore+ mini fits in your pocket and works great for smaller devices without being too bulky or heavy.
You charge the device itself through a micro USB port, which is located next to the full-sized USB power out port. If you are charging a device that has micro USB itself, then the included USB-to-micro-USB cable is all you need. If you are using an Apple product, then you’ll need to pack your own Lightning cable (not included).
With only a 3350mAh capacity, the Anker PowerCore+ mini is far from the longest-lasting external battery charger. And, with a maximum output of 1A, nor is it the quickest. But, at a price between $10-16, it’s hard to beat if you’re just looking to extend the battery life of your standard-sized smartphone by 1x.