As I sit down on Friday evening to type up a quick review, my Nexus 6P lets me know its battery level has dipped below 10%. Any other day, I’d be frustrated - but today, I’m immensely pleased. You see, I haven’t plugged my phone into a wall charger, car charger, or even random USB port since Sunday morning.
Of course, all of that juice does come with a price - or, more accurately, two. First, the PowerCore+ 26800 is a well-designed, pleasantly contoured, surprisingly slim brick. It’s big, and it’s heavy. This isn’t a power pack you’ll be likely to slip into your pants pocket for on-the-go Pokemon GO power (unless you’re still wearing JNCO’s, I suppose). And while the included PowerPort+ 1 wall charger uses Quick Charge 3.0 technology to rapidly charge up the battery pack, “rapidly” becomes a very relative term when talking about powering a 26,800mAh behemoth. I know Anker advertises a 6.5-hour charge time, but my experience suggests planning on closer to 8 or 9 hours. Neither of these points are really problems with the unit, they’re just the nature of such a beast and should be kept in mind and planned for.
It’s a small thing, but I’m a big fan of the included mesh carrying pouch. It seems to be high quality, and stretches a bit to easily accommodate the battery pack, wall charger, micro-USB cable, and any other cables or adapters you might want on hand. The pouch is a great added feature and makes the whole setup easy to pack as a complete portable power solution in your go-bag.
This product can’t quite match the ultra-portable convenience of a pocketable charger like the PowerCore 5000, but the PowerCore+ 26800 is a worthy contender when you need a lot of USB power for a long time. It’s a perfect companion for extended power outages at home or lengthy travel times while away.