Thursday, February 25, 2021

Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank

Joe Rossignol:

First previewed at CES 2021, the PowerCore battery pack magnetically attaches to the back of any iPhone 12 model and provides 5W of wireless charging. With a 5,000 mAh capacity, the battery pack is capable of charging the iPhone 12 mini from 0% to 100%, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro from 0% to around 95%, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max from 0% to 75%, according to Anker. The battery pack itself recharges via USB-C.

While the battery pack is compatible with the MagSafe system, it is not an official accessory, so charging is limited to 5W. Apple’s rumored MagSafe battery pack would likely be able to charge an iPhone 12 model at up to 15W, in line with the MagSafe Charger.

This is pretty cool, although I wonder whether the battery is thick enough to get in the way of the camera lens. You can also use the USB-C jack to charge other devices or the iPhone itself (more efficiently than wireless). Presumably you can also use a single cable to charge the PowerCore at the time time it’s charging the phone.


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