Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Charger

Last updated date: April 15, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Portable Chargers and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Runner Click, Tech Gear Lab, Land Of The Traveler, Power Bank Guide, Trek Bible, Charger Harbor, Power Bank Expert, XDA Developers, Deteched, Charge Champ and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Portable Charger you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Anker Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Charger placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
49,628 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Fantastic price, very portable, and has decent battery.
- BestReviews
The mini charger is super small and compact.
- Runner Click
However, it does have one if the longer warranty periods of the group that offers limited coverage over 18 months.
- Tech Gear Lab
This is about as light as they come too, making it great to place in any carry-on or backpack. The build quality is excellent with a very compact interior design too.
- Land Of The Traveler
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The power bank is 3.5 inches long and about .9 inch thick with a width of .9 inches – almost the same size as a lipstick.
- Power Bank Guide
We love that it intelligently charges your device as fast as your device allows which is great because overcharging or rapid charging batteries can seriously shorten their lifespan.
- Trek Bible
October 26, 2018 | Full review
The size of the power bank is so small that it can even fit easily in any pocket and this means that you can very well put the Mini and your phone into the same pocket and have your phone being charged as you walk the streets.
- Charger Harbor
In saying this, the Anker PowerCore mini portable charger looks pretty smart and manages to avoid that “tacky” look that some competitors have.
- Power Bank Expert
August 17, 2016 | Full review
The design itself is very minimalistic and elegant. I already mentioned about aluminum shell finish which feels very solid in your hand and gives you extra peace of mind if you accidentally drop it.
- XDA Developers
May 29, 2015 | Full review
It has a small capacity for an external battery at 3350mAh which keeps the size to a minimum – it’s about the same size as a tube of lipstick.
- Deteched
There’s been multiple times where I forgot I had the mini portable charger in my pocket. Being the size of a stick of lipstick, it’s ultraportable and ultralight.
- Charge Champ
February 17, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It charges devices slowly.
- BestReviews
Lacks an indicator to display leftover battery life.
- Runner Click
It doesn't have a built-in flashlight and also lacks integrated cables or a charging plug, requiring you to use your own USB wall brick.
- Tech Gear Lab
Additionally, the efficiency can tend to decrease over time. This is common for all battery packs but since you are dealing with just 1 charge it could be a factor if you intend to use it very often.
- Land Of The Traveler
January 2, 2019 | Full review
However, 3350 mAh battery pack capacity is not adequate for most tablets and the latest generation of Android phones that have 3000 or 4000 mah batteries.
- Power Bank Guide
The charging speed of the PowerCore+ Mini is 5V/1.0A and that’s not exactly a fast charging speed.
- Charger Harbor
In most cases however, you are dealing with sub standard cells and are going to have a bad time after a few charges of any device.
- Power Bank Expert
August 17, 2016 | Full review
To display the charging capacity, led has 3 colors to indicate: green 50%-100%, yellow 20%-50%, and red 5%-20%. Its obviously not as accurate as Astro.
- XDA Developers
May 29, 2015 | Full review
It takes roughly three hours to recharge and can output power at one amp. One amp certainly isn’t quick by today’s fast charging standards, but it is a trade-off I’ll take in place of better energy efficiency.
- Deteched
I do wish they could have put multiple lights as a more accurate way of finding out how much charge is left.
- Charge Champ
February 17, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Anker PowerCore+ mini The often copied but never equalled lipstick-shaped portable charger is now better than ever. From Anker, America's Leading Charging Brand Faster and safer charging with our leading technology 30 million+ happy users and counting Same Size, Better Performance The original lipstick tube design. Now upgraded with premium quality battery cells to ensure superior performance and safety. PowerIQ Intelligent high-speed charging for all your devices. Convenient LED Indicator Light lets you know how much juice is left. MultiProtect Safety System Surge protection, short circuit protection and premium LG battery cells keep you and your devices safe. World Famous Warranty At Anker, we believe in our products. That's why we back them all with an 18-month warranty and provide friendly, easy-to-reach support. Notes: Use the included Micro-USB cable, your original cable or a third-party certified one (such as MFi); AC adapter not included. Please use your original Apple charging cable (not included) to charge Apple products. Compatible with most USB-charged devices, including iPhone 8 / X / XS / XS Max / XR (Lightning cable required), Android smartphones and tablets (including the Nexus 7). Not compatible with the iPod nano, iPod Classic; Not for devices with an input below 50mA (e. g. some Bluetooth headsets and GPS devices). To enable USB-A output, press the button below the output before connecting your device. The rated capacity (minimum output) is 2010mAh. What's in the Box 1 Anker PowerCore+ mini portable charger 1 Micro USB cable 1 travel pouch 1 welcome guide

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