Anker has just introduced a range of new gallium nitride (GaN) chargers called GaNPrime, which use the latest GaN 3 fast charging technology to deliver up to 150 watts of power while taking up even less space than the previous generation. Anker notes that its new flagship 150W GaNPrime charger is 38 percent smaller than Apple’s 140W GaN MacBook Pro charger, and Anker’s 120W version is 39 percent smaller than Apple’s 96- Watt MacBook Pro charger, which offers an obvious advantage in portability.
Compared to Anker’s own previous generation chargers, the sizes are only slightly smaller. But they can still deliver more power to more devices. “The new [737 GanPrime] The 120W charger is 8 percent smaller than the Anker 736, but is capable of delivering 20W more power… the increased power output and increased number of charging ports achieve our goal: to reduce the number of chargers consumers juggle with every day have to,” Edo Campos, Anker’s head of communications, said in an email this week.
This also includes new power allocation smarts, which Anker calls Power IQ 4.0 and ActiveShield 2.0 temperature management to prevent overheating. All of this contributes to GaNPrime gear achieving a jump of about 1.6 percent in AC-to-DC conversion efficiency.
In its higher wattage chargers (100W or more), Ankers Technologie uses an Infineon digital power controller and IPS switch to replace slower silicon material and Navitas GaN power ICs. In a November Decode On the episode, Steven Yang, CEO of Anker, explained that the company’s early relationship with partners developing GaN devices is why it brought chargers using the technology to market months ahead of similar products.
The new 150-watt Anker 747 is the company’s latest flagship charger for the US. It has one USB-A port and three USB-C ports with Power IQ 4.0, which Campos says can sense the needs of connected devices and dynamically redistribute power from connector to connector. According to Campos, Power IQ doesn’t see the percentage of power remaining per device; Rather, it prioritizes devices with higher demands while ensuring that each device is powered.
If it works as described, it could make the multiport chargers more user-friendly by making sure everything gets charged as quickly as possible and by thinking less about where things are plugged in and how many ports are being used. The Anker 747 150W is available for pre-order for $109.99 and will ship “late third quarter”.
Anker’s 727 charging station is a combination power strip and 100W device charger. It’s only 18mm thick but can accept two grounded AC plugs straight from the top, and the front has two USB-C PD ports as well as two USB-A ports. ActiveShield 2.0 is also here to ensure the station doesn’t overheat, and while the power cord is detachable, be careful not to lose it as the three-prong in-line connector is substandard. It’s on sale now for $94.99.
There’s also a cool little AC extension cord with a built-in 65W power adapter that allows you to wrap the cord around your body and tuck it conveniently in a silicone cocoon – a throwback to the old Quirky Powercurl MacBook charging case. It has two USB-C ports and one USB-A port for the two AC outlets and is available now for $69.99.
The PowerCore lineup has also received an upgrade with the Anker 733 (pictured above), which is now available for $99.99. It can deliver 65W of power through two USB-C ports and one USB-A port, and can quickly charge an iPhone to 50 percent in 30 minutes in 10,000mAh power bank mode.
Anker also has two other chargers for the US, UK and EU markets: the Anker 737 120 watt charger and the Anker 735 65 watt charger. The 737 has two USB-C and one USB-A port and is available now in the US for $94.99 and in August for €94.99 / ₤89.99 in other markets. The 735 is available worldwide today for $59.99 / €59.99 / ₤54.99.
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