At CES 2022, Anker introduced an addition to its Nano II USB-C charger lineup with this more powerful version sporting two USB-C ports able to outputting as much as 100W, plus an old style USB-A charging port. Now the $79 Anker Nano II 100W (also called the Anker 736 charger) has popped up for sale on Amazon (through MacRumors), though it’s already displaying sold-out.
The Nano II chargers use the corporate’s second-generation model of gallium nitride-based elements that substitute older charger’s silicon elements to pump out extra energy in a smaller bundle with much less warmth. According to Anker, the Nano II 100W is 34 p.c smaller than Apple’s 96W charger, with comparable capabilities plus two further ports that aid you scale back the variety of objects you’ll have to preserve your entire gadgets powered up. One different plus is that its quick charging is appropriate with a wide selection of gadgets, with USB Power Delivery 3.0 PPS (programmable energy commonplace), and Quick Charge 3.0 assist.
The caveat with this charger is that its USB-C ports are able to as much as 100W energy output — however that’s solely true when you might have one machine plugged into one in every of them. Many notebooks and different gadgets require considerably much less energy than that to cost and even quick cost, nevertheless it’s one thing to contemplate you probably have a bigger MacBook Pro. Using each USB-C ports concurrently cuts max output to 60W from the primary slot and 40W from the second — Anker has a chart to interrupt it down additional.
Anker isn’t the one firm utilizing gallium nitride (GaN) for smaller, extra highly effective chargers — Apple’s first brick with the tech is the 140W power supply that ships with the 16-inch MacBook Pro — nevertheless it has been forward of the pack since showing off its first GaN power adapter in 2018.
In an interview with The Verge EiC Nilay Patel on the Decoder podcast final fall, Anker CEO Steven Yang defined why his firm has been so fast to introduce GaN and iterate merchandise primarily based on it.
Gallium nitride is a key enabling expertise that hit the market round three years in the past, however you’re already speaking concerning the third technology. Is gallium nitride a expertise that it’s a must to make investments engineering assets in? Is there a provider pipeline or a cloth science pipeline? How do you handle that funding?
Anker was truly the primary to introduce gallium nitride to client electronics charging. The approach we had been ready to do this was by partnering with the frontier chipset producers who developed the gallium nitride charging chip. We had been virtually their alpha buyer. So when the chip was first developed, it’s a whole lot of hoops to leap via to make it right into a product. That requires not solely materials science information, but additionally utility information, system structure information, and information about managing warmth. It’s virtually a system effort. We accumulate information in that, and couple that along with the gallium nitride chips and the producer to construct them into merchandise.
You’ll be seeing the GaN2 this 12 months on the 65-watt measurement and the 30-watt measurement. We’ve been working with Power Innovations for nearly a 12 months on that. GaN2 is the model new technology of chips that we launched in the midst of this 12 months. GaN2’s 65-watt measurement was a fraction of the competitors’s.
The cause we had been ready to do this relies on Power Innovations’ latest technology of their GaN2. We’ve been the only real accomplice for nearly a 12 months creating that — you received’t be seeing comparable merchandise coming from different manufacturers for no less than three to 6 months as a result of PI and Anker are working collectively, solely.
So Anker and PI have had an unique relationship to develop the subsequent technology GaN chipset, and then that window opens three to 6 months later so different folks should buy that chipset.
Anker US media relations head Tyler Mallery confirmed to The Verge that the charger did, in actual fact, launch and that Anker is ready for extra stock to reach. The 736 charger is briefly sufficient provide that it’s not even listed on Anker’s web site but, but when that is the charger you’ve been ready for, preserve an eye fixed on that Amazon web page to see when it returns.