BatteryBench Tests of Nitecore and Anker Portable Battery Chargers
Jul 29, 2022 at 9:00 am #3756149Rex SandersBPL Member
Companion forum thread to: BatteryBench Tests of Nitecore and Anker Portable Battery Chargers
Anker Powercore PD 10000 and PD 20000 and Nitecore NB10000 and NB20000 carbon fiber portable battery chargers are put through the BatteryBench testing protocol.Jul 29, 2022 at 12:02 pm #3756159BreauBPL Member
With needs that vary greatly and in a rapidly changing market, a “best” portable battery charger simply does not exist. Furthermore, if it did (on paper), its crown will dissolve in a relatively short amount of time. That means a consumer can spend an enormous amount of money making sure they own the best PBC at any given time. That is a fool’s game. Instead, buy the most capable PBC you can afford now and use it as long as you can. Our landfills are full enough of electronic waste.
Interestingly enough, Nitecore has release Gen 2 of their NB10000.Jul 29, 2022 at 12:58 pm #3756160JCHBPL Member
@pastyj-2-2Jul 29, 2022 at 1:15 pm #3756161BreauBPL Member
@JCH I do. I haven’t purchased one or found it for sale.Jul 29, 2022 at 3:26 pm #3756171
So, if I’m looking at the picture of the business end of the Nitecore and wondering if I would be able to remember how to work that at then end of a long day, the Anker 10000 isn’t that much heavier for just a touch less power?Jul 29, 2022 at 8:07 pm #3756182matthew kModerator
It’s not hard to operate. You plug stuff in and hit the button. If you want to charge a low power device you press and old the button until it turns white. It’s pretty easy. YMMVJul 30, 2022 at 1:08 pm #3756211
I’ve had trouble with a past one charger, no one of these brands, so I might be overly concerned. You have to have the cord exactly right to get a connection and hit the single button the right number of times. I find it confusing.Jul 30, 2022 at 7:52 pm #3756227Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Seems like way too many charts.
Some of he charts indicate that 2 Anker 10000s are better than 1 Anker 20K
What is the chemistry of the Nitcore?Jul 31, 2022 at 6:21 am #3756234Yves LBPL Member
In addition to the NB10000 Gen2, Nitecore will also release the new NC10000 PBC this summer. Slightly lower energy density than the NB10000, but different form factor that might be more attractive to some. USB-C only (1 port). Built-in flashlight. And automatic low power device detection.Jul 31, 2022 at 7:46 am #3756236Scott SBPL Member
It’s not that hard to figure out how to use the Nitecore 10000 even when tired. Actually, you can turn low power mode on before you set out and it will keep that mode. I almost always use low power mode with the Nitecore because my iPhone gets quite hot with the “normal” power mode.Jul 31, 2022 at 9:57 am #3756245Aubrey W. BogardBPL Member
Regarding remembering how to use Nitecore (and other) products, I download the .pdf version of the user manuals to my phone.Jul 31, 2022 at 11:30 am #3756280
Right, but as mentioned in the article, if your phone has no power, it doesn’t matter what you have loaded on it. Obviously, you should never deliberately let your phone get to zero power for many reasons, but if it ever does, that’s when you need the charger most.Aug 2, 2022 at 2:59 pm #3756457
Anyone else noticed their NB1000 won’t charge devices when it’s temperature is 32-40F? It will light up as if it’s delivering a charge but the device being charged-regardless of it’s temp. won’t actually be charging. Had my warmish iPhone plugged into NB1000 that sat under vestibule at 32F. After 45min my iPhone increased charge by 0%.Aug 3, 2022 at 5:00 am #3756489BonzoBPL Member
@bon-zoLocale: Virgo Supercluster
So, part of this test really caught my attention, because I need to replace a worn-out unit with something newer and I need it to work at cold temps:
There is no need to sleep with these PBCs in above-freezing temperatures.
What about below-freezing temps? PBCs are something that I don’t know a lot about, to be honest; does cold – like, legit-cold – impact them significantly? I was going to get an Anker 525, but now I wonder if I need to do more research.Aug 3, 2022 at 6:16 am #3756490JCHBPL Member
Anecdotal evidence only:
Visiting Urbana IL several winters ago, I left the house with my phone at 100% charge. Being a lifelong Floridian, I put the phone in my front pants pocket as usual. The high that day was 16F. Within 3 hrs the battery was at 15%…in my pocket…unused. My wife and daughter’s phones, in their purses, were dead. I suspect the little bit of warmth my thigh provided accounted for the difference.
Granted, this experience with the battery in the iPhone may or may not be applicable to PBCs, but I suspect it could. I always carry my PBC buried deep within my clothing layers when temperatures are below 30F.Aug 3, 2022 at 10:48 am #3756509
I’ve never had that trouble with a phone in my front pocket. My leg generates enough warmth. But the battery will drain pretty quickly if I use my phone in that kind of weather. Fortunately, Pittsburgh doesn’t really get the midwestern cold winter.Aug 3, 2022 at 12:47 pm #3756513Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
For many years I’ve owned two PBCs that were given to me. One is 4,000 mAH and the other is 10,000 mAH. That’s good enough for my car camping/hunting uses. I never take them backpacking B/C I carry extra batteries for my camera, GPS and rescue beacon. (3 batteries total) which weigh a lot less than my 10,000 mAH PBC.Aug 3, 2022 at 4:26 pm #3756524Alexey AbramovBPL Member
Fantastic work, thanks.
I have 2 Nitecore NB10000 (2 of them weight less then 1 Nitecore NB20000!) and NB20000 itself. Also I had Anker 20000.
I used Nitecore for several long and cold hikes from November 2021 and can share some experience.
1. Never use Nitecore for overnight charging. I lost all power in one unfortunate night forgetting turn off my Samsung S22 (save battery mode on) , it sucked all in 1 night.
2. Always use low power mode for things like Garmin watches, head lamps, Inreach Mini etc.
3. Nitecore banks are wasting power being in storage much faster then Anker
4. Nitecore has very low humidity resistance.
5. I completely bricked NB20000 in my last hike in Peru using a standard Samsung USB charger in a hostel due a overheating (the both USB outlet charger and the unit became very hot in several minutes). The reason is still unclear: fault unit, fault design or using in cold and humid. Try to check your charger before the trip.Aug 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm #3756526DWR DBPL Member
What is “humidity resistance” ???Aug 4, 2022 at 10:22 am #3756550
Thanks to previous articles I have stopped charging all devices at night due to wasted energy. With this testing of low power mode not wasting much if any-I will try this out. Thanks Rex.Aug 5, 2022 at 12:13 pm #3756629
With this testing of low power mode not wasting much if any-I will try this out.
Never mind, I realized low power mode stop power wasting on small devices-earbuds, etc. not phones.Aug 10, 2022 at 1:22 pm #3756993HkNewmanBPL Member
@hknewmanLocale: The West is (still) the Best
Nitecore just released their Gen 2 10000 mAh charger lowering the weight from 5.3 oz to 5.29 oz. While I’d skip on the weight savings, maybe there’s some other improvements?
Meanwhile I’ll keep lugging my 6.8 oz Anker with The Rolling Stones cover tune “Beast of Burden” going through my head..Aug 10, 2022 at 1:29 pm #3756994
Just ordered one. Just for the LED update alone.
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