The Anker Powercore Play is a gaming power bank that aims to appease mobile players with its ergonomic design – even featuring a built-in fan – and 6,700mAh or 24.3 watt hours capacity. This means that it can give you an hour more of play time – which for a power bank specifically designed for gaming is honestly a bit underwhelming. This makes it pretty disappointing, performance wise, as a gamer’s portable charger and in general.
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Ports: USB-C, USB-A
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The Anker Powercore Play is a portable charger designed for gaming with its controller-shaped design and mini-fan included to help lessen the heat emitted by your device when in use. Although it’s a great idea by Anker, the execution was a bit of a letdown with its inferior capacity of 6,700mAh or 24.3 watt hours and with it only supporting Power Delivery and Apple 2.4A. All this rounds out to a price point of roughly $40 which is pretty steep for what you’re actually getting.This power bank can also be classified as a mobile accessory with its ergonomic design. It features a slot for your phone to slip into, and that grips your phone comfort while playing horizontally held games. This is really smart as you would be able to comfortably game while recharging your battery. Aside from that, included also is a built-in fan to help your device reduce heat with Anker claiming that it’s able to do so by 30%. Aside from its great design, it offers 6,700mAh which is enough to charge your phone for an extra hour of gameplay. Although that’s pretty low capacity compared to other power banks - much so for one designed specifically for gaming, good efficiency should be able to account for it. With all these features comes a price point of approximately $40, which is pretty steep if the power bank doesn’t perform well - since you’re going to end up paying for a mobile gaming accessory. That being said, will its performance justify its inferior capacity and price? Let’s find out.
ANKER POWERCORE PLAY 6K FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The Anker Powercore Play is definitely interesting with its controller shape, making its purpose of being a gaming power bank very clear. Aside from its ergonomic design, it comes with a specialized cable that loops to your device through the back so that you can stay connected to the pack while playing even if you get up and move around. It weighs 199 grams with dimensions 169mm x 87mm x 38mm.
As for specifications, see them below: Ports: USB-C, USB-A USB-C Output:
15W Power Delivery
12W Power Delivery
Having a universal design, you would expect the Powercore Play to fit even just the most common smartphones in the market. Unfortunately, this was not the case as we found that both the iPhone X and the Samsung S20 Ultra didn’t fit in the portable charger’s phone slot. The minimum size of the power bank was too big for the iPhone X to fit comfortably without a case which means that it’s prone to falling out easily. Meanwhile, the Samsung S20 Ultra was too big for the maximum expanded size which is a disappointment since their marketing previously mentioned that bigger phone models - citing examples of a lot of Samsung phones - would be able to fit. That’s not to say that every phone won’t fit though since if your phone is bigger than the iPhone X but smaller than the Samsung S20 Ultra, it will most probably slot in perfectly. As for supported fast charge protocols, the Powercore Play supports Power Delivery and Apple 2.4A. It doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge which is a shame because even though most phones nowadays support Power Delivery, older generation Androids wouldn’t be able to utilize fast charging on this one.
ANKER POWERCORE PLAY CAPACITY AND PERFORMANCE (TESTED)
To see how it holds up performance wise, we tested the Anker Powercore Play across different power loads. This is to check if despite its low capacity, it would be able to deliver excellent results. For reference, the stated capacity of the pack is 24.3 watt hours. First, at the 5 watt hour test, it delivered a result of 78% efficiency being capable of 18.87 watt hours compared to the 24.3 watt hours stated by the manufacturer. Frankly, this is pretty terrible output compared to other power banks we’ve tested. Next, at 9 watt hours, the power bank gave a result of 73% efficiency or 17.9 watt hours. Again, not a good result as most portable chargers are able to hit at least 80% of efficiency at this level. Finally, at the maximum capacity of 15 watt hours, it performed at 65% efficiency or 16 watt hours. This would give you an extra hour of play time which is pretty disappointing as that’s not enough for a gaming-oriented power bank.
SHOULD YOU BUY THE ANKER POWERCORE PLAY?
In all honesty, we don’t think so. While it’s a great idea by Anker, the execution fell short with its poor performance at different levels of output. Aside from that, with its too few supported fast charge protocols and limited size, it’s not a good option as a capable portable charger for a lot of phones, especially for older generation Androids. Ultimately, you’re paying for a mobile gaming accessory which you can find for much cheaper elsewhere. You’d be better off getting a controller add-on and a separate power bank to be able to maximize your play time. For great alternatives, we recommend the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000mAh and the Samsung Super Fast power bank. asdf