Anker 622 magnetic wireless power bank: Excellent for on-the-go charging

Admin, Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Two white Anker 622 magnetic batteries on a table next to the Pixel 6 Pro with Moment (M) Force case

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It is not easy to choose a power bank to charge your phone on the go. Between the different brands, charging power, and battery capabilities, the options are endless. But sometimes a product stands out from the rest because it’s so obvious and simple that we can’t help but wonder why we had to wait so long.

Anker 622 Magnetic Battery ($69.99) fits this law. I’ve had two of these for six months, and they’ve become essential additions to both my daypack and travel bag. The reason is simple: it is compact, lightweight and simply convenient.

The power bank has a 5,000mAh battery with Qi wireless as well as USB-C charging—one USB-C port can be used for both input and output (up to 10W in my tests). On the back is an invisible kickstand that allows you to prop your phone in portrait or landscape mode. But where Anker goes the extra mile is the addition of a ring of MagSafe-compatible magnets on the front, to better align your phone with the Qi coil and charge it more efficiently.

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To deal with the elephant in the room first, yes, the Anker 622 magnetic battery is clearly more adapted to modern iPhone models. But it works on Android devices too if you use a compatible case or have a MagSafe magnetic adapter on the back of your phone. Two of my colleagues here use it with their iPhones, while I have a Moment(M) Force case ($49) on my Pixel 6 Pro allows me to magnetically attach the battery.

The Magnetic White Anker 622 battery attaches to the Pixel 6 Pro with a Moment (M) Force chassis

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Unlike bulky 20,000mAh power banks, I can put this one in my jeans pocket or my small purse/clutch. When I need it, it plugs into my phone and charges – no cables needed. I can still use my Pixel 6 Pro while charging, without having to worry about dangling or tangled cables. Then, when I’m done, both the Pixel and the power bank go back to my pocket or purse to continue charging. And if I ever need to watch some videos or read some news, I can prop it up on a flat surface while it fills up.

I bring my phone near the power bank and let the magnet do its work. Snap, it’s over.

The simplicity of the magnets and wireless charging is the reason why I come back to this despite having many more powerful portable batteries. I can’t overstate how “a no-brainer” it is to power my phone by simply bringing a power bank close to it and letting the magnets do their work. I don’t think about alignment or connection and separation. Snap, it’s over.

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However, you have to lower your shipping expectations a bit here. The Qi output of the Anker 622 is slower and less efficient than wired charging. In my tests, phones like the Galaxy S22 Plus, Pixel 5, 6 Pro, and OnePlus 9 received around 2-3W of power under normal conditions (that is, when they weren’t completely exhausted). A full battery on the power bank was able to charge the Galaxy S22 Plus from 0 to 68% before it ran out. This is clearly more convenient for on-the-go charging than the only solution on a weekend camping trip.

Qi charging is slower and less efficient, but incredibly convenient.

If you want faster charging or if you don’t want to lose a lot of capacity with wireless transmission, you will have to carry a USB-C cable. It saves up to 10W of power and can power the Galaxy S22 Plus up to 90-95%.

Two white Anker 622 magnetic batteries on a table, one of which is not visible as it charges the Pixel 6 Pro in a Moment(M) Force case

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For me, the Anker 622 is perfect for when I’m out for a full day knowing I’ll be using Google Maps, taking photos, and reading the news, as well as using WhatsApp, Gmail, Slack, Chrome, and Spotify to use. It’s also a good option to slip into my bag when I’m about to go out to dinner and realize I only have 30% charge left on my phone.

Anker Magnetic Battery 622

Compact and Portable • MagSafe Compatibility • Pop-up Stand

MagSafe Compatible Portable Power Bank with Stylish Pop Up Stand

The Anker 622 Magnetic Battery is a compact and portable 5000mAh power bank with MagSafe compatibility. It also offers USB-C input and output, Qi charging for accessories and other phone brands, and a pop-up stand for enjoying content on your screen while the phone is charging.

At an original MSRP of $70 (though sometimes discounted to $40), the Anker 622 magnetic battery has a very low mAh-to-dollar ratio. It costs a pretty penny for the relatively small capacity and slow charging speeds. But what Anker sells here is convenience, portability, and simplicity. And if you’re willing to pay a premium for those, you’ll love the 622.

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