Anker PowerCore Mini (2016) Ultra Compact Power Bank Review


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Anker PowerCore Mini (2016) Ultra Compact Power Bank Review
Anker PowerCore Mini (2016) Ultra Compact Power Bank Review

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Anker continues to expand their popular PowerCore line with varying capacities and functions. The PowerCore Mini packs 3200mAh in a very portable and very pocket-able design.


  • Portability: The compact, tube design of the Anker PowerCore Mini is small enough to fit in your jeans pocket, without needing to crack any “just happy to see you” jokes.
  • 3200mAh: The capacity is enough to provide a single charge (or maybe squeeze out 1.5 charges) to most smartphones.
  • LED indicator: Some small power banks omit the ability to check the charge level altogether. But a single press of the button on the Anker PowerCore Mini lights up an LED to show you how much juice is remaining with familiar green, yellow, and red indicators.
  • Safety: The PowerCore Mini incorporates safety circuits to protect your devices from surges.


  • No flashlight: Some early models of Anker’s incorporated a small LED flashlight, which I kind of miss on this new model.
  • 1 amp output: Charging can be slow on tablets or Quick Charge-compatible devices, as this power bank outputs about 1 amp max.

The Anker PowerCore Mini is a practical single charge solution that is easy to carry, and easy to use thanks to its no-frills design.

Check out the Anker PowerCore Mini on Amazon

9.1 Total Score

The PowerCore Mini provides the safety and high quality construction that many Anker users are familiar with in a compact and very portable tube design. The 3200mAh provides enough juice to recharge most smartphones one time and the LED indicator shows how much charge is remaining.

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