Anker Astro E7 26800mAh & 20000mAh Portable Chargers – Item of the Day
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Items of the day are the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger and the slightly smaller Anker PowerCore 20000mAh Charger. I have tried a lot of back up power packs and this one is my current favorite. This product has a great value to price ratio, coming in at 65.99 with free shipping on prime. It currently has over 2,800 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars overall.
Frankly, Anker is just a stellar company, they build high quality products and back them with a great 18 month warranty, though I have never had the need to use said warranty. Next is the power capacity of this particular power pack, 26800mAhs is enough power to charge a
- iPhone12 10 times
- iPad Air 2.5 times
- iPad Mini 3 times
- Samsung S6 6.8 times
The smaller unit is also no slouch, it can provide enough power to…
- Provvide more than 5 charges for iPhone XS
- Almost 5 full charges for Samsung Galaxy S10,
- More than 4 charges for iPhone 11
- Over 2 and a half charges for iPad mini 5.
To put that in perspective I get an easy 24 hours of light use with my iPhone and it still has quite a bit of battery on it. And if you are in a grid down you minimize use to critical needs, that means this should keep your coms up with your iPhone for a good two weeks.
To me your phone is your lifeline. It brings you news, it lets you call for help, communicate with loved ones and more. While I have a generator and several battery banks in my home I am not always in my home. So I always keep one of these in my pack fully charged as a final back up on power needs. I recommend you consider the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger or the Anker PowerCore 20000mAh Charger for your own needs.
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My wife one of these and I have 2. The reason I have 2 is that my digital camera can be recharged via USB. This is very handy when the power is out and you are wanting to thoroughly document damage or events.
Everybody raves about Anker products (myself included), and they usually get stellar reviews. Steven Harris knows about Anker because he recommends some of their USB chargers, cables and battery cases … yet he doesn’t recommend any Anker battery chargers on his 1234 websites. He seems to prefer Limefuel. Hopefully not because the believes Anker batteries aren’t good.
How does this compare to the RAVPower portable charger you used to recommend (back in episode 1783)? I have one of those (and love it), and it looks like it’s exactly the same capacity as the Anker.
Anway, thanks for the recommendation. Looks like the RAVPower isn’t available via Prime any more, and I’ve been looking for a power pack for my wife’s car kit.
They are both good, very good, however, the Anker is better in my opinion, hence my change in which I recommend.
The big difference is in the intelligence built into the charger. Without getting too technical the Anker has more safeguards, will take a full charge from zero faster and will charge MOST (not all) devices faster.
Either is fine, but to me the Anker’s 10 dollar premium is well justified in added features. Additionally I have been very impressed with Anker’s support. Not this product but another Anker product I received was DOA, it was replaced almost instantly and I was told to simply throw away the bad product, don’t even bother returning it.
Cool, thanks Jack.
I actually tried to buy this on Prime Day, but was declined due to shipping issues on lithium batteries. I live in Alaska and so stuck with air delivery only. But I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of others people here having computers, Mophie cases, etc. shipped.
Any thoughts on getting around this other than asking a visitor from Outside to bring it with them in their carry-on luggage?
Wow not sure what to say, I have carried it on airplanes in my carry on because it is small enough to not be banned there. Just not sure what to advise.
So you can take the lithium bats on a plane in your carry on bags but you cannot put in check bags or ship them by air. I’m not sure if it is because of the lack of pressurized compartment or because it could catch fire without anyone seeing it.
Angus, I think you have a workable solution to have someone bring it in carry on who is flying to Alaska. There might be another solution but not sure if there is a better one. Good luck.
Love Love Love it use it 2x a month when not home. i always keep it in my bag that i bring to work or out just in case. the size is great much better than those the sell on those home shop shows
Please note that if the power is out in your area, local cell phone towers will be on battery power as well. I suspect 3 days before your cell phone will be useless as a phone. Of course it will contain valuable information beyond the ability to speak to others.
Amazon sells cell phone boosters that might reach a tower outside of your area. No guarantees. I know that portable cell towers can be purchased and stored for use during disasters. FEMA uses them, but we are talking 10s of thousands of dollars.
Having a radio transmitter during a long term emergency is preferable. Jack has covered this in previous podcasts. Depending on your cell phone for communication over a long term emergency is a dubious proposition.
I am willing to be corrected.
I am also willing to buy this charger for my cell phone. I am always worried I will run my cell phone battery out while on the bus. I use about 20-25% which is not too much, but if I am running out the door in the morning and forget to charge my cell phone, having a charger in my bag is reassuring. I have been embarrassed in the past having my cell phone suddenly deadline. It carries my bus pass. I’d rather avoid that stress in the future.
I have 2 of these and love them! Does anyone have a recommendation for a lithium truck jump starter?
I have a 6.0 liter diesel truck and the recent weather in the northeast pushed the 2 installed batteries past their limit even with the truck plugged in all night.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
I love Anker, but for those users with Samsung or other Qualcom devices you may want to get the Powercore+ mentioned on the same page instead of this one. USB is 5V, but Qualcom devices fast charge at 9V instead of 5V. iPhones and other devices just need high power 5V. This is also the case for car chargers as I have actually had my phone go dead while on a long drive using mapping because the 12V charger couldn’t keep up with the excessive drain of using the GPS. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K6TA748?ref=emc_b_5_t
I have this and I agree with the recommendation.
I use this for long term travel (greater than 2 days), and a back up charger. I primarily use it for my Nintendo Switch when traveling 🙂 and cell phones, etc. but mostly the Swtich; great for flights.
Can i plug this in at night to charge and have 2 things plugged into it at the same time. Everything charging?
Be advised!!! Not all of Anker’s charges allow you to charge a device while the battery pack itself is being charged. I purchased the PowerCore+ 26800 Quick Chare 3.0 – I believe it was the newer model of the one Jack recommends – if I remember correctly, I was prompted with a “there is a new version of this” and I got suckered in. 🙂
My unit DOES NOT allow charging a device while it is, itself, being charged.
Other than that — I love having one of these. Camping, flying, out in the yard — sitting at my desk to lazy to get up and get my other cable 🙂 Love it
Oh this just sucks! Damn it Anker!
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Any recommendations on similar power bank but charged via solar.?
Um no. Why? If you want to charge with solar you need a solar panel and inverter, the battery should not be that important. Make sense? If I wanted a back up battery for a cell phone, I would use this one no matter how I charged it. All the little phone solar chargers are gimicks.