Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 Review - mybest

While the Anker's PowerCore Fusion 5000 gets a lot of rave reviews for its convenience and ease-of-use, it also has its fair share of negative reviews online that mention slow charging speeds or defective products that refuse to charge. This may spook some potential buyers from considering it altogether.


To put both good and bad reviews to the test, our editing department purchased an Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 and subjected it to rigorous testing to see if it's worth the cash. If you're considering purchasing the Anker PowerCure Fusion 5000, then read on.

  • Last updated: 01-15-2020
  • 42 views
Table of Contents
Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 Anker Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 1

AnkerAnker PowerCore Fusion 5000

A1621011

$29.99

What Makes the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 so Popular?

The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 is a unique fusion of a power bank and USB wall charger, combining the functionality of 2 devices in one package.


The device comes with foldable prongs that allow it to charge directly from a wall socket, making charging easy and convenient. This allows users to declutter as it eliminates the need to pack extra charging cables, which also makes it a must-have for long trips.


While it's internal battery capacity of 5000mAh leaves a little more to be desired, it comes in handy during emergencies since it packs enough energy to fully charge a smartphone.

How to Use Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000

Using the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 is as simple as connecting your smartphone using the included USB cable. The included micro USB cable is compatible with Android smartphones. Note, however, that iPhone charging cables must be purchased separately as they are not included in the box.


When used as a wall charger, it prioritizes charging any smartphones that are connected to it before charging its own internal battery pack. Users can charge the internal battery simply by plugging the device directly into a wall socket. Its LED indicators show the amount of available power during charging and when in use as a power bank.

The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 comes with 2 micro USB cables, a travel pouch, and a user manual. The travel pouch is made of stretchable nylon fabric with a high-quality feel to it. The user manual can be also downloaded directly from Anker's website, making it easier to access and reference when needed.

Looking into the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000's Reviews

The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 has plenty of good reviews online. Users have cited its ease of use and convenience, praising it as a must-have item for extended trips and other excursions.


However, it also has its fair share of critical reviews. Here are some of the most common critical reviews we've seen online.

Charging Woes: My Phone Won't Charge!

The most common issues mentioned in the critical reviews we've seen online involved the device's apparent lack of charging capabilities.


Despite claiming to have ample battery capacity and fast-charging capability, users have complained of slow charging speeds or being unable to charge their phones altogether.

It doesn't charge at all. It looks like the internal battery is charged, but it doesn't respond at all when I connect my phone and press the button.
Charging speed is incredibly slow.

Portability Issues: it's Too Heavy!

Some of the comments we've seen did not cast its portability in a positive light. Most people purchase power banks as a way to charge their devices on the go, so weight and portability are important. Which is fair, as its wall-charging capabilities are negated if it's too heavy to carry around.

Its wall charger capabilities are very appealing, but it's too heavy to carry around.
When I plug it in and use it as a wall charger, it feels like it will fall right out of the socket due to its own weight.

Battery Problems: it Runs out Too Fast

While comparatively less in number, some of the critical reviews also touch on the internal battery's capacity. The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 has an internal battery capacity of 5000mAh, which is admittedly less robust than other offerings on the market.

I think its capacity is too limited for it to be a viable power bank.

Putting the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 to the Test

Now that we've touched on the reviews we've found for the product, it's time to put them to the test. We purchased an Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 and asked a panel of electronics specialists to perform the following tests:


Test 1: Convenience

Test 2: Charging speed

Test 3: Actual charging capacity

Test 4: Heat generation

Test ① Convenience

Our first order of business was to test its convenience and ease of use.


While plenty of reviews online praise the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 for its ease of use, we also found some negative reviews concerning its weight. That's why we measured its weight to see if these reviews hold any water.

Weighs about 6.6 Ounces - Not Too Heavy to Carry around

Our weight test showed that the unit itself weighs a measly 6.6 ounces (or 186 grams). By comparison, a small can of coffee weighs approximately 6.7 ounces. This shouldn't feel too heavy when placed inside a bag.


Some negative comments mentioned that the unit is so heavy, it feels like it would fall out of the socket under its own weight. While it didn't actually fall off the socket during our tests, suffice it to say that we completely understand where these reviews are coming from.

2 Charging Ports Make it Super Convenient

The device comes with 2 charging ports, allowing users to charge 2 USB devices simultaneously. This makes it perfect for people that find themselves needing to charge multiple electronics on the go. Anker's unique technology gives the device a wide range of compatibility and allows it to charge most devices at full speed.

Test ② Charging Speed

Next, we took a look at charging speeds.


While the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 supports high-speed charging via QuickCharge, a significant portion of reviews online feel that its charging speeds are not up to the task. To put these reviews to the test, we measured its charging speed using special equipment.

Average Charging Current of 1.40A, so it's Not Super Fast

When we hooked the device up to a digital power meter, we found its power output to be at 1.40A, which is a little higher than average. In comparison, most power banks have an output current between 0.96A and 1.31A, which in turn negatively impacts charging speed. This means that the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 actually has a higher-than-average current output and charging speed.


We also tested its charging speed as a wall charger plugging the unit directly into a wall socket, connecting a fully-drained smartphone to it, and measuring the time it took to fully charge the phone. 


In our tests, we found that it took 2 hours and 30 minutes for it to fully charge the phone. Considering the fact that the internal battery has enough capacity to fully charge a smartphone, we consider its charging speed to be reasonably quick.

Test ③ Actual Charging Capacity

Our next agenda was testing its actual charging capacity.


To test this, we connected a USB fan to a fully-charged unit and let it run continuously until the battery ran out while using a current measurement device to test the battery's actual capacity. This allowed us to find out exactly how much charge the battery pack can store.

Charging Capacity is 2963mAh - Enough to Completely Charge 1 Smartphone

Our testing indicated that the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000's charging capacity is around 2963mAh, which is 60% of its advertised capacity of 5000 mAh.


This is normal as power banks usually undergo some form of conversion loss, leading to actual capacities of around 60% to 70% of their advertised capacities. Considering that 2963 mAh is just enough to charge a smartphone once over, the battery capacity may not be enough for buyers who need to charge their devices multiple times in the course of a day.

Test ④ Heat Generation

Lastly, we tested the amount of heat generated by the device.


Some power banks generate heat when used. Our use tests also tested the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 for any safety issues related to heat generation.

No Significant Heat Generation; PSE-certified Device for Peace of Mind

We used the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 both as a wall charger and power bank during our tests, and we are glad to report that it did not generate any heat in both use cases. While it did generate a small amount of heat when used for prolonged periods of time, it did not generate enough heat for it to become too hot to the touch.


The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 has been found to comply with the Japanese Act on Product Safety of Electrical Appliances and Materials by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and awarded with PSE certification.

The Final Verdict: a Very Convenient Charger for Long Trips or Excursions

We were reasonably impressed by the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 as a power bank. Its most unique feature is most definitely its built-in wall charger capabilities, which greatly extend the capacity of its built-in batteries (providing there's an outlet). This makes it perfect for office or home use.


Its 2 USB ports mean that you can charge multiple devices such as your phone and iPad at the same time, making it extremely convenient and easy to use. While its capacity and charging speed are on the average side, neither of these were pain points for us during normal use. 


Taking build quality, size, and weight into consideration we highly recommend the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 for people who value portability and want to pack light. And at its price point of $29.99, it's a great buy for people who value convenience, price, and ease of use.

The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 Comes in 3 Colors!

The Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 comes in 3 colors: black, white, and red. Most power banks usually come in either black or white, so the added color option might be just what you're looking for if you want a power bank with a more personalized touch.

Summary

In this review, we took a look at the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 and subjected it to a battery of rigid testing. Its affordable price point, convenience, size, and charging capacity make it an excellent product for buyers looking for a power bank that is both compact and portable.

Translation: Jamie Martin

Related Articles

  • Top 10 Best Laptops Under $500 to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Laptops Under $500 to Buy Online 2020
    Rest assured that, even at under $500, you can find a quality laptop. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when comparing laptops from numerous big names, such as Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and HP. But, just pay attention to the Operating System (OS), storage type, memory capacity, and various ergonomic features.For students, professionals, or anyone in between, our top 10 budget laptops will help you make the right choice, even if you aren’t computer-savvy. In this era of accessible technology, having a mobile computing station isn’t something you have to break the bank for anymore!
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    121 views
  • Top 10 Best VR Headsets for Smartphones to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best VR Headsets for Smartphones to Buy Online 2020
    In 2016, virtual reality went mainstream with inexpensive VR headsets for smartphones. No longer did people have to have a high end gaming PC to experience the joys of virtual reality.There’s so many types of VR headsets on the market today, and VR apps are becoming more and more complex–so if you’ve been on the wall about getting a VR headset for your iOS or Android, now’s the time. The question is, what should you be looking for when you purchase one?
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    122 views
  • Top 10 Best Wireless Mouse to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Wireless Mouse to Buy Online 2020
    Entropy. The law that ensures that if you have cords, they will tangle. Enter the wireless mouse. These things are handy, clearing up desk space and following you on business trips. But depending on the technology, user-friendliness, response time, and sensitivity will differ. So what mouse is best for you?This time around, we’ll tell you how to pick out a mouse and then look at a few best-sellers. Let’s sift through big names like Apple, Logicool, and Anker and find the ideal mouse for you.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    139 views
  • Top 10 Best Bluetooth Headsets to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Bluetooth Headsets to Buy Online 2020
    Live free of wires! It’s 2018 and Bluetooth headsets are more popular than ever due to their form factor, style, ease of use, and most of all, convenience. With so many extra features–such as being waterproof, optimized for Skype, or noise cancelling–it can be daunting deciding which headset will suit you best. Brands like Sony, Bose, Jabra, LG, Logitech, Plantronics, and more are all vying for your attention but never fear, help is at hand.As such, we’ll be looking at how to choose the Bluetooth headset that’s right for you based on features and functionality. Once all that’s said and done, there’ll be a top 10 list of the best Bluetooth headsets to buy online. So what are you waiting for? Let’s take a look.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    149 views
  • Top 5 Best Cordless Electric Knives to Buy Online 2020
    Top 5 Best Cordless Electric Knives to Buy Online 2020
    When choosing a cordless electric knife, there are many factors to consider, such as blade length, handle design, safety features, and battery life. On top of all that, you want to pick the knife that’s right for your purpose, whether that be added convenience for camping or fishing, durability for extensive food prep at home, or the highest professional-grade knife for your work as a chef.Now, we’ll help you find a cordless electric knife that’s perfect for you based on price, function, and specifications. By the end of this article, you’ll find 2018’s best cordless electric knife that is, of course, suited for you!
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    1,074 views
  • Top 11 Best VR Headsets to Buy Online 2020
    Top 11 Best VR Headsets to Buy Online 2020
    When it comes to VR, imagination’s the limit. That’s why it’s constantly developing, whether we’re talking about headsets, games, or controllers and other peripherals. Even though virtual reality is a relatively new field, there’s already many variations, so it’s high time we took stock of and sorted through everything.What kind of VR headsets are out there? What do they have to offer? And which one will give you want you want and need? No doubt, in the near future, VR will evolve in ways both exciting and alarming, but here’s a quick guide on what’s available in the here and now.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    153 views
  • Top 10 Best Ergonomic Mouse Pads to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Ergonomic Mouse Pads to Buy Online 2020
    For most of us, spending hours on the computer is almost an inevitable part of life. Unfortunately, that can leave our arms and wrists stuck in uncomfortable positions for an unhealthy amount of time, leading to issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. But using an ergonomic mouse pad can help!Ergonomic mouse pads are designed to keep your hands and wrists in more natural positions to prevent injury. But because we all use the computer differently and have different needs, it’s important to pick the right one for you. This guide will help you to figure out what just you’re looking for. If you’re still stuck at the end, we’ve also got a list of our ten favorite mouse pads for you to start your search.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    1,225 views
  • Top 7 Best Japanese-English Electronic Dictionaries to Buy Online 2020
    Top 7 Best Japanese-English Electronic Dictionaries to Buy Online 2020
    If you’ve been studying Japanese for long enough, you’ve probably considered investing in a Japanese-English electronic dictionary. Ubiquitous in Japan and full of more (and better) resources than you could ever have on your phone, it makes sense to have one if you’re serious about your study.But with so many models each with different functionalities, it can be hard to pick one out. In this guide, we’ll cover the things you should look for when choosing an electronic dictionary so that you can find the right one for you. If you’re still stuck at the end, we have a list of our 7 favorite options (available in the US) for you to consider.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    1,544 views
  • Anker PowerCore Lite 10000 Review
    Anker PowerCore Lite 10000 Review
    Power banks seem simple enough–you plug in your device and they feed it juice, right? What’s there to review? But there’s a lot that goes into a portable charger–size and power, output (which also determines charging speed), and likelihood of malfunction, such as overheating. It’s these small things that, when push comes to shove, really make a difference.Our editing department purchased Anker’s popular PowerCore Lite 10000 and gave it a test run. We then summed up the pros and cons of the PowerCore Lite 10000 and also suggested a few alternatives, just in case that you find that it doesn’t fit your needs after all.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    152 views
  • TaoTronics TT-BH07 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review - mybest
    TaoTronics TT-BH07 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review - mybest
    The TaoTronics TT-BH07 is a full-featured earbuds that can be had for less money than you might expect. While it is well-regarded for its unbelievable cost-to-performance ratio, some of the reviews for the product claim that it sounded static-y or that high pitched-tones were off, which is an understandable cause of concern for potential buyers.To get to the bottom of the reviews, we evaluated and compared the sound quality of the TaoTronics TT-BH07 by using it in some real-world scenarios! Lastly, we provide some quick tips for using the earbuds and compare it to its sister model, the TT-BH07S. If you’re considering buying the product, then read on!
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    50 views
  • Popular Articles

  • Top 10 Best Ergonomic Mouse Pads to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Ergonomic Mouse Pads to Buy Online 2020
    For most of us, spending hours on the computer is almost an inevitable part of life. Unfortunately, that can leave our arms and wrists stuck in uncomfortable positions for an unhealthy amount of time, leading to issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. But using an ergonomic mouse pad can help!Ergonomic mouse pads are designed to keep your hands and wrists in more natural positions to prevent injury. But because we all use the computer differently and have different needs, it’s important to pick the right one for you. This guide will help you to figure out what just you’re looking for. If you’re still stuck at the end, we’ve also got a list of our ten favorite mouse pads for you to start your search.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    1,225 views
  • Top 7 Best Japanese-English Electronic Dictionaries to Buy Online 2020
    Top 7 Best Japanese-English Electronic Dictionaries to Buy Online 2020
    If you’ve been studying Japanese for long enough, you’ve probably considered investing in a Japanese-English electronic dictionary. Ubiquitous in Japan and full of more (and better) resources than you could ever have on your phone, it makes sense to have one if you’re serious about your study.But with so many models each with different functionalities, it can be hard to pick one out. In this guide, we’ll cover the things you should look for when choosing an electronic dictionary so that you can find the right one for you. If you’re still stuck at the end, we have a list of our 7 favorite options (available in the US) for you to consider.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    1,544 views
  • Top 5 Best Cordless Electric Knives to Buy Online 2020
    Top 5 Best Cordless Electric Knives to Buy Online 2020
    When choosing a cordless electric knife, there are many factors to consider, such as blade length, handle design, safety features, and battery life. On top of all that, you want to pick the knife that’s right for your purpose, whether that be added convenience for camping or fishing, durability for extensive food prep at home, or the highest professional-grade knife for your work as a chef.Now, we’ll help you find a cordless electric knife that’s perfect for you based on price, function, and specifications. By the end of this article, you’ll find 2018’s best cordless electric knife that is, of course, suited for you!
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    1,074 views
  • Top 10 Best Hair Dryers To Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Hair Dryers To Buy Online 2020
    A hair dryer is so much more than just a device to help you dry your hair. It’s an essential styling tool that many people just can’t live without. Hair dryers have come a long way since the old days where you needed to sit for hours at beauty salons to have a good blow-dry. Today, there are plenty of quality hair dryers you can use at home. A good hair dryer can give you volume, straighten hair, or even give a curly or wavy look.Whatever style you are going for, it's important that your hair dryer is as gentle to your scalp as it is to your sensitive strands of hair. mybest searched for the most popular hair dryers online and ranked them. Then we compiled this guide to help you choose the right one.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    58 views
  • Top 13 Best Japanese Dehumidifiers to Buy Online - Tried and True!
    Top 13 Best Japanese Dehumidifiers to Buy Online - Tried and True!
    Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as Kakaku.com, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best dehumidifiers. We then chose the 13 most popular products and tested them.We focused on four things: how well it removed moisture, whether it could be used to dry clothes, ease of use, and noise level. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese dehumidifiers available online.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    535 views
  • Anker SoundCore Mini 2 Review
    Anker SoundCore Mini 2 Review
    The Anker Soundcore Mini 2 Bluetooth speaker is said to be the perfect leisure companion, featuring superb sound quality despite its compact size.On the other hand, there are some disappointing reviews and user feedback online claiming that it “lacks power.” If you’re thinking to get this item, the mixed reviews can be quite confusing.Our editing department purchased the SoundCore Mini 2 to find out its overall sound quality and bass power. Our sound specialists put it to the test to see if it’s worth the money.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    266 views
  • Top 10 Best Laminators to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Laminators to Buy Online 2020
    When it comes to protecting and preserving documents, photos, luggage tags, and more from being ripped to shreds, laminators can be one useful tool. Once your precious items are sealed in a plastic sheet, they’re much closer to being considered indestructible.However, as with most electronics, knowing what kind of laminator is best for you can be a stressful ordeal. Some are better suited for office-type settings while more cost-efficient options could be a great addition to your home, classroom, or small-scale office. In this guide we’ll go over the characteristics of the most popular laminators out there, and then we’ve got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started in your search.
    Home electronics, PC, camera
    147 views
  • Popular Item Lists

    Search by Category