Powerbanks have grown to be much of a muchness over the years, with very little to differentiate one over the other – after all, they’re all essentially just big batteries.
However, one that has caught our attention is the Anker 10k wireless powerbank, which stands out from the pack by virtue of offering wireless charging.
First off, let’s take a look at the features:
- Wireless Charging, Anywhere: With PowerCore, simply place your Qi-certified phone or accessory on the centre of the pad for an easy wireless charge up to 5W.
- Simultaneous Charging: Get a 5W wireless charge for your phone or wireless earbuds while charging another device via one of two 12W USB ports. (12W total max output)
- Charge While Recharging: Connect PowerCore’s USB-C input port to a wall charger and still get a wireless charge for your phone at the same time.
The charger comes in its own natty silky bag, with the battery pack being covered in a soft touch grippy texture. Its matte-black design is pleasantly understated and well built and feels like a premium product.
At the top edge there are two USB sockets for charging two devices with a USB-C power-in socket in the middle.
On the left side is the power on switch (you need to active this to wirelessly charge your phone) and on the right side are four LEDs to indicate charging status.
The top surface is dominated by a raised, rubbery circular ring which is where you plonk your phone (or compatible earbuds) for charging. Conveniently, you can also wirelessly charge your phone while the unit is charging.
There’s generally not a lot to get excited about with battery packs, but the Anker impresses by virtue of its versatility, offering two USB sockets and a reliable wireless charging pad.
It looks great and manages to be fairly compact despite the beefy capacity of its battery – and it keeps it charge if you leave it in your bag for a couple of weeks, unlike some cheaper models we’ve tested.
While there’s no shortage of cheaper, generic 10,000mAh portable charges out there, we reckon this one is worth paying a bit extra for.