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-fashioned USB-A charging port. Now the $79 Anker Nano II 100W (often known as the Anker 736 charger) has popped up on the market on Amazon (through MacRumors), though it is already exhibiting sold-out.
The Nano II chargers use the corporate’s second-generation model of gallium nitride-based elements that exchange older charger’s silicon elements to pump out extra energy in a smaller package deal with much less warmth. According to Anker, the Nano II 100W is 34 p.c smaller than Apple’s 96W charger, with related capabilities plus two further ports that enable you to cut back the variety of objects you’ll must preserve your entire gadgets powered up. One different plus is that its quick charging is appropriate with a big selection of gadgets, with USB Power Delivery 3.0 PPS (programmable energy customary), 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 — but that’s solely true when you’ve one machine plugged into considered one of them. Many notebooks and different gadgets require considerably much less energy than that to cost and even quick cost, but it is one thing to contemplate when you 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 — but 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, but you’re already speaking concerning the third era. Is gallium nitride a expertise that you need to make investments engineering sources 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 shopper electronics charging. The manner we have been in a position to try this was by partnering with the frontier chipset producers who developed the gallium nitride charging chip. We have been nearly their alpha buyer. So when the chip was first developed, it’s a variety of hoops to leap via to make it right into a product. That requires not solely materials science information, but additionally software information, system structure information, and information about managing warmth. It’s nearly 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 yr on the 65-watt dimension and the 30-watt dimension. We’ve been working with Power Innovations for nearly a yr on that. GaN2 is the model new era of chips that we launched in the course of this yr. GaN2’s 65-watt dimension was a fraction of the competitors’s.
The motive we have been in a position to try this is primarily based on Power Innovations’ latest era of their GaN2. We’ve been the only real accomplice for nearly a yr creating that — you received’t be seeing related merchandise coming from different manufacturers for not 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 following era GaN chipset, after which that window opens three to 6 months later so different individuals 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 in brief sufficient provide that it’s not even listed on Anker’s web site but, but if this is the charger you’ve been ready for, preserve an eye fixed on that Amazon web page to see when it returns.