Anker PowerCore+ 26800 with 30W Charger
Price $119.99 on Amazon
Take a look around you right now – I sure you’re surrounded by electronics, just like I am. It seems like every year, we become more tied to keeping electronics charged and running. I have made a huge transition in my GHB lately, switching to all rechargeable electronics. This has freed me from carrying different size batteries for different pieces of gear, and I have been really happy with the setup. But I had to ask: how was I going to keep everything running on longer outings?
Four months ago, I was introduced to the Anker PowerCore line from a buddy of mine, and I have since purchased three of them. They have been nothing but amazing. I keep one in my EDC bag, this helps keep my phone running all day, and even charges my laptop while I am on the road. I also keep one in my Get Home Bag, to recharge my headlamp, flashlight, GPS and radio.
One of the biggest advances in electronics over the last few years is rechargeable batteries. They are becoming the norm. Instead of having to carry different battery sizes for different devices, now you can just carry a power bank and charge them all. The PowerCore 26,800 is a great size for carrying. It doesn’t feel like you are lugging around a car battery, but it is still holds enough juice to charge everything you can think of. I can recharge all of my gear 6 times before I need to recharge the PowerCore.
The feature that sets the Anker PowerCore apart from the rest of the power banks on the market, is the charger for it. The Anker charger is able to charge at a rate of 30W, meaning you can charge the massive 26,800mAh battery in 4 hours! This size power bank used to take over 24 hours to charge. This was the biggest feature to me. I am able to charge my PowerCore during layovers in airports, or if I have a little downtime somewhere. In a survival situation, it means you can get going sooner, and know you have enough power to keep your gear going. The other feature I utilize all the time is the two charging outputs. This gives me the ability to get multiple items charged while I am moving.
To complete my recharge system, I pair my PowerCore with the included Anker charger and a Goal Zero Nomad 14, so even if I away from the grid, I can slip the PowerCore in my bag, and charge it from the solar panel clipped to my pack. This allows me to charge my gear no matter where I am.
If you are looking for a power bank to keep you cell phone or laptop charged, or are looking for something to keep your gear running while you are in the woods or during a power outage, the Anker PowerCore is a fantastic choice!