Anker SOLIX C1000 review

Is this 1056Wh (upgradeable to 1800Wh) the ultimate power bank — and perhaps the key to your first solar farm?

5 Star Rating
Anker C1000
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Without complaining about the physics of battery tech, there is very little I can say about this device that isn't positive. It's not a cheap investment, but it's generously equipped and it can help out in off-grid camping, remote device charging, and if you live somewhere you can't trust the power grid.


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    More AC sockets than most power bricks

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    UPS (uninterruptible power supply) mode

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    Beautifully designed study housing

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    Integrated LED lamp


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    A bit heavy to move a long way

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Gone are the times when an extra battery pack was something a heavy user might have to top up their phone. OK, not gone – far from it – but power banks are now available in a much greater range of capacities, some of which can bring electricity on the road (and off it). 

Solix C1000 Specs

1,056Wh (upgradeable to 1800Wh)
Power Output:
USB-A: 2x 30W
USB-C: 2x 100W
12V: 1x
AC: USA: 6x 120V / UK: 4x 240V

Anker Prime 20,000mAh Power Bank

If you only need power for a couple of small devices out and about, then the C1000 might be overkill. Anker's more pocket-sized Anker Prime 20,000mAh Power Bank manages to tuck in a detailed display that shows charge level in both percentage and minutes. Handy!


The Anker PowerHouse 521 is a smaller version of the C1000, although obviously with that, can't keep up with the maximum capacities or output. But if space is tight, or you don't have huge amounts of equipment to power, then this might be a more convenient option. 

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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