Charging my new Anker power bank on latest Macs good idea???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Crunch, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Crunch macrumors 6502

    Crunch

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    Hello everyone!

    I got a quick question regarding charging power banks on my Mac.

    I bought a new Anker PowerCore 20100 and it didn't come with an AC adapter, and then they try to up-sell you: "Best charged with an Anker USB charger". That's not happening, although I like Anker, the company.

    Anyway, so I have the latest-generation Mac Mini w/ USB 3, etc. The "manual" of the Anker PowerCore has an image of a laptop for the purpose of charging the power bank, but I still want to make sure that's a good idea, since it's brand new and everything. The input on the Anker is 5V/2A, by the way.

    I run one USB 3 hard drive, and one USB 3 hub which is part of my monitor, even though I don't use it, ever.

    Does that leave enough power for the Anker power bank to be optimally charged??? Or should I use a regular AC adapter? Would one of the 12W iPad chargers be a good/better idea, or does it truly not matter?

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  2. mfram macrumors 65816

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    You can charge the power bank with your laptop. It's just going to take longer than if you had a dedicated charger because the computer isn't going to provide as much power as the dedicated charger.
     
  3. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    I have a 16000mAh Anker battery and it can take hours and hours for a full charge, even from a higher amp charger. If the battery pack is fully dead it will take over 8 hours to charge from an iPad charger, I don't have exact numbers however.

    I would only charge it from a laptop in an emergency (like if you forgot the charger at home) and get a dedicated charger for normal use.
     
  4. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    Just confirming what the previous poster said. I have an Anker too. Whether I use a powered USB hub, direct USB connection to iMac or MacBook or even a high capacity iPad charger it takes quite some hours for a full charge.
     
  5. Matthew.H macrumors 6502

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    Just use a USB wall charger. You don't need Ankers one. The 12V iPad charger will charge it faster but the 5V iPhone chargers will also work fine.
     
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    Just for clarity sake, and to make sure someone doesn't get a 12V charger on accident.
    they're 12 and 5 Watts.
    Both are 5V.
     

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