Charging your power-hungry devices is about to get faster and more convenient. Anker, the maker of our best portable charger, has announced a new third generation of Gallium Nitride (GaN) chargers that promise a smarter, more efficient charging experience in a smaller form factor. Until recently, silicon was the preferred charging technology used in most laptops and mobile devices.
GaN technology converts energy more efficiently into energy, which produces less heat so that the internal components can be placed closer to each other. This means that even bulky laptop power units can now be replaced with smaller chargers. Anker already makes a lot of popular USB-C chargers, many of which include an earlier generation of GaN.
With its latest product, Anker is adding PowerIQ 4.0 technology, which not only tells the charger how much power is needed for each connected device, but also continually adjusts the distribution to make sure each USB port gets what it needs. Previously, if you had two devices connected to a multi-port charger, say a laptop that required 65W power and a phone that used 15W, and you unplugged the phone, your laptop wouldn’t charge extra.
With GaNPrime, the charger will recognize that the phone has been disconnected and intelligently reallocate and reallocate available resources. It also determines which device has the lowest battery level and prioritizes that device. This way, if you need to quickly charge your laptop before you go out and it’s only 20%, it will turn on before the phone actually reaches 80%.
In addition to reducing the size of chargers (for example, the Anker 737 GaNPrime 65W charger is 53% smaller than the Apple 61W charger), Anker says GaNPrime saves energy because more efficient charging generally takes less time. And since the new chargers are compatible with more than 1,000 mobile devices, you’ll likely only need to carry one. Thank God!
To take advantage of this new technology, you need one of the new GaNPrime multi-device chargers, which range from 65 watts to 150 watts of power output, and a USB-C cable. Here’s what to look forward to.
At 150W, this charger has the highest power output of the GaNPrime series. It has three USB-C ports and a USB-A port to distribute that power to it, making it able to fully charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro in 1.7 hours.
This 120W charger distributes power output between two USB-C ports and one USB-A port, so you can charge a laptop, smartphone, and smartwatch at the same time. It can charge iPhone 13 3 times faster than the original 5W charger.
This is the smallest GaNPrime charger with two USB-C ports and one USB-A port that produces 65W of power.
This power bank does double duty. Use it as a wall charger and you’ll get 65W of output, which is enough to charge your MacBook Pro in 50 minutes. Take it with you on the go and the 30W output can charge your iPhone up to 50% in 30 minutes. It has two USB-C ports and one USB-A but is still light enough to throw in your bag for portable power.
Serious multitaskers need a charging station with plenty of powerful ports. This GaNPrime charging station contains two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports and two AC ports with a maximum power output of 100W – all in a slim and light design that you can carry on the go. If you prefer to keep your desk at your desk, the Anker 615 Power Strip has the same 65W, two USB-C ports, one USB-A port and two AC ports in a larger form factor.
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