Confession time: I’m a portable charger hoarder. I’ve been compulsively collecting them for years, and have drawers full of the ones I bought, used for a few weeks, and then replaced with something better. Different sizes and features work better for different scenarios, so lately I’ve been carrying an Anker PowerCore 5000 for a bit of ultra-portable juice while on the go or the massive Anker PowerCore+ 26800 while away from extended periods away from The Grid. Of course, the smaller one really only provides enough power for a single extra charger, while the larger is just simply too big to put in a pocket for a quick outing.
Enter the Anker PowerCore+ 10050. To me, this is the Goldilocks of Anker’s portable chargers - packing enough power to recharge my Nexus 6P a couple of times in a surprisingly compact form factor. Like its big brother, the PowerCore+ 10050 features a sturdy aluminum shell finished in a smooth matte black. This model is roughly the same size as my wallet packed with a bunch of unused rewards and loyalty cards, and the curved sides and rounded edges make it easy and snag-free to tuck into a large pocket or bag.
Many other portable chargers leave you guessing at how much of a charge remains (“three lights, so that’s somewhere between 66.67% and 100%?”), but the round button on the side of the PowerCore+ features a ring of ten tiny white LEDs. Just tap the button and the ring will illuminate to indicate the current capacity in 10% increments. The ring also animates while the PowerCore+ is charging in order to quickly convey the status.
The PowerCore+ 10050 ships with a super-handy mesh pouch, which is an unexpectedly nice added bonus. It’s sized appropriately for the battery pack of course, but it also stretches enough to comfortably accommodate a few accessories as well. I use it to keep the included 2-foot Micro-USB cable, a short USB A-to-C charging cable, and a Rerii charging puck for my Huawei Watch with the PowerCore+ so that I can always charge any of my devices. The drawstring closure makes sure that nothing escapes from the pouch, while also allowing me to connect a cable to the charger without having to remove it.
From my experience with it, the Anker PowerCore+ 10050’s perfect balance of size and capacity combined with a solid build quality and a flexible charging port make it my favorite portable charger. Toss it in its mesh pouch, add a couple of cables and adapters for oddball devices, and you’ll have a great kit ready to keep your devices going in most scenarios. (For the upcoming apocalypse, I’ll probably reach for the 26800mAh model instead.)