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Last Updated on August 24, 2020 by Scott
I love my Anker PowerCore+ 26800. It’s not a generator exactly, but it does produce low wattage power. It’s my main source of power for my MacBook Air, and my phones, airpods & Apple Watch.
The thing is a beast, but sometimes charging it can feel like it takes an eternity. Well, I was doing it all wrong. I assumed just because I was using a USB-C to USB-C port, I would get a really fast charge. While that is better then using a standard USB 2.0 or 3.0 port, it’s still not ideal.
In this post I’m going to explain here and in a short video the fastest way to charge any Anker Power Bank / Portable Charger using a PowerPort wall charger.
Anker includes a AC adapter called a PowerPort III (their newest PowerPort is the PowerPort III Pod, which can do 65W) in many of their battery bank model. This PowerPort III can deliver 60W of power to charge your Anker PowerCore+! Some models may only include up to 30W. In my real world testing, I got what looked like around 51 watts going into the battery bank! This was 10x the rate of USB 3.0 to the battery (5W in testing), and nearly 3x USB-C to USC-C.
Charging Source & Device / Watts
- USB 3.0 / 5W
- USB-C to USB-C 5v 2.4A / 17W
- AC PowerPort Wall Charger / 51W
So, if you want to charge your Anker PowerCore+ Power Bank the fastest, use the included PowerPort device. This wall charger device has a single USB-C output, but it will be 3x faster then other options.
The PowerPort works with Anker Battery Banks like the:
PowerCore+ 26800 PD
PowerCore+ 26800 with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
PowerCore+ 19000 PD
PowerCore Essential 20000 PD
PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W
PowerCore III Elite 25600 60W + PowerPort III 65W Pod (this one is new, and has a 65W input charger, so probably even quicker then the 60W I have).
Here’s a quick video I made of charging my Anker Battery Power Bank using the three different methods I described above:
I’m a big Anker fan for battery banks / portable chargers, and now that I know how to charge them the fastest, I’ll probably pick up a few more for around the house, and maybe one to keep in my Jeep.
Scott Krager purchased generatorgrid.com in the summer of 2020 and quickly began to buy every generator under the sun! He currently has over a dozen generators and the number is growing quickly. He lives in Portland, OR near his family and friends.