The Anker® 2nd Gen Astro E5 with 16000mAh
It’s finally there and we Germans may now be excited about the Anker Astro E5 in its 2nd generation. It now has 1000mAh more than the „old“ version and it also comes with a completely new look. Additionally, the E5 now comes with IQ-technology and thus has some advantages that I will talk about in further detail in the text below. Of course we also made a video for you again, as well as a few pictures.
The battery is identical in construction to its smaller brother E4, which has been available on the German market for about a month now, but it has quite a bit more steam under the hood. On the upper face you can see the 4 LEDs that depict the capacity in 25% steps.
On the side of the Anker Astro E5 is the big button with which you can turn it on. After a certain period of time without charging any device, the battery automatically switches off to save its capacity. On the front there are two outputs (USB) and one input (Micro-USB). The outputs have the IQ-technology, which I will talk about further below. The battery can be charged from 0% to 100% in 8 hours, which translates into 2 A. The output can handle a maximum of 3 A, which means that we can charge a device with a maximum of 3000 mAh per hour. Additionally, there is a small lamp included in the device so you have some light with you. (to turn it on, hold the button for 3 seconds).
You can also use your own cords, such as Apple recharging cords.
For ideal use:
- Use the included cord, your original cord, or a cord from a certified third-party vendor (e.g. Mfi).
- Compatible with Apple and Android smart phones, tablets (including the Nexus 7), and other devices that charge via USB, except iPod nano, iPod Classic, HP TouchPad, LG G2, Asus tablets and some GPS and Bluetooth devices.
The notable thing about the IQ-technology is, that there is not a definitely set output like other devices have. Other Powerbanks with more USB outputs have different amperages with which you can recharge your smart phones. This is not the case here, as the IQ-technology recognizes the proper amperage for the device and sets it accordingly. Like this, smart phones, tablets, and all other devices are always recharged as quickly as possible.
The Anker Astro E5 of the 2nd generation satisfied us completely and we can recommend it heartily. It now has 1000mAh more and the new design makes it more attractive. The surface is probably nothing for „sticky fingers“ but thanks to the bag, the fingerprints disappear shortly. We can confirm the 16000mAh capacity, with which an average phone can be recharged about 8 times.