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Anker takes the wraps off portable batteries, true-wireless earbuds, and more
At IFA 2019, Anker announced a variety of batteries, wireless headphones, and much more. Let’s check out what the popular portable battery maker has in store.
First up is the PowerCore+ portable battery, which comes in two flavors: 10000 and 26800 PD 45W. Starting with the smaller of the two, the PowerCore+ 10000 features a 10,000mAh capacity and up to 18W for input and output. The battery also features a built-in USB-C or Lightning connection, which means you don’t have to remember to bring a cable to charge your device.
Moving to the PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W, the battery features a 26,800mAh capacity. It also features a USB-C port with support for Power Delivery. That means a maximum input and output of 45W, enough to charge larger devices at full speed. There are also two regular USB ports with 15W of output.
The PowerCore+ 10000 will be available sometime this month for 28 euros (~$31). The PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W will be available in October for an undetermined price.
Anker PowerPort III Nano and Anker PowerLine DC to USB-C
Also announced under Anker’s main brand were the PowerPort III Nano and PowerLine DC to USB-C.
As the name implies, the PowerPort III Nano is a very small wall adapter with one USB-C port. Even with the small size, the PowerPort III Nano outputs at a maximum 18W. That’s more than good enough to charge smartphones and other similarly-sized devices, though we wouldn’t use it to charge laptops and the like.
Speaking of laptops, the PowerLine DC to USB-C is a cable that converts DC to USB-C output. The cable will be available in six- or 10-foot lengths and can be used with older laptops, electric shavers, projectors, and other devices that feature DC output.
The PowerPort III Nano launches today in the U.S. for $19.99. It will also be available in Europe next month for 25 euros (~$28). Anker didn’t say when the PowerLine DC to USB-C will launch or how much it will sell for.
Soundcore Spirit 2, Soundcore Spirit X2, Soundcore Spirit Dot 2, and Soundcore Life Note
Next up are four new devices under Anker’s Soundcore audio brand: the Spirit 2, Spirit X2, Spirit Dot 2, and Life Note.
The Spirit 2 look like what you’d expect from wireless sport headphones, though it’s rated IP68 for protection against water and dust. It also features up to 14 hours of battery life, a USB-C port for charging, and wings to keep the earbuds from sliding out.
Next up are the Spirit X2, true wireless earbuds reminiscent of the Powerbeats Pro in design. The Spirit X2 features up to nine hours of use, an extra 27 hours from the case, an IP68 rating, USB-C for charging, and quick charging that delivers 1.5 hours of listening with a 10-minute charge. The earbuds also features Qualcomm’s aptX for improved sound quality and Qualcomm’s cVc 8.0, which cancels environmental sounds during phone calls.
The true wireless earbud train continues with the Spirit Dot 2. The earbuds deliver 5.5 hours of playtime, an extra 10.5 hours from the charging case, touch control, a transparency mode to better hear what’s around you, and USB-C for charging.
Finally, the Life Note takes the AirPods’ design and turns it into proper in-ear true wireless earbuds. The Life Note offers USB-C charging, 40 hours of total playtime with the case, graphene drivers, and four microphones for clearer calls.
The Spirit 2 and Spirit Dot 2 will launch this month for 50 euros (~$55) each. The Spirit X2 and Life Note will launch in October for 120 euros (~$132) and 80 euros (~$88), respectively.
Nebula Apollo and Nebula Capsule Max
We now move to the two latest entries in Anker’s Nebula series of projectors: the Nebula Apollo and Nebula Capsule Max.
The Nebula Apollo features up to 200 lumens of brightness, touch controls, Android 7.1 Nougat, four hours of continuous use, one built-in 6W speaker, and connectivity over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Strangely, there’s no mention of HDMI out.
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The Nebula Capsule Max features Android 8.1 Oreo, an output of 720p resolution at 200 lumens, four hours of continuous use, one built-in 8W speaker, and a projection size that ranges from 20 to 100 inches. There are also ports for HDMI, USB, and auxiliary. If you live the wireless life, there’s support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Miracast.
The Nebula Apollo and Nebula Capsule Max launch today for 400 (~$442) and 500 euros (~$552), respectively.
Eufy RoboVac L70 Hybrid
Finally, we have a new entry in Anker’s Eufy line of smart home devices: the RoboVac L70 Hybrid.
As the name implies, the RoboVac L70 Hybrid is a robot vacuum that supports real-time laser mapping and navigation, virtual no-go zones, and a 150-minute runtime. If the battery is running low, the RoboVac L70 Hybrid stops what it’s doing, goes to recharge, and resume the cleaning. Finally, you can control the vacuum either with the app or your voice with Amazon Alexa.
The RoboVac L70 Hybrid launches today for 500 euros (~$552).
Any of these new Anker batteries, earbuds, or other products interest you?