Anker’s Nano II 100W USB-C GaN charger went on sale and sold out quickly
At CES 2022, Anker introduced an addition to its Nano II USB-C charger lineup with this extra highly effective model 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 (also referred to as the Anker 736 charger) has popped up on the market on Amazon (by way of 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 change older charger’s silicon elements to pump out extra energy in a smaller bundle with much less warmth. In keeping with Anker, the Nano II 100W is 34 % smaller than Apple’s 96W charger, with related capabilities plus two further ports that assist you to scale back the variety of gadgets you’ll have to hold your whole gadgets powered up. One different plus is that its quick charging is appropriate with a wide selection of gadgets, with USB Energy Supply 3.0 PPS (programmable energy commonplace), and Fast Cost 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 may have one gadget plugged into one in all 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 think about in case you have a bigger MacBook Professional. Utilizing 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 energy provide that ships with the 16-inch MacBook Professional — nevertheless it has been forward of the pack since displaying off its first GaN energy 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 based mostly on it.
Gallium nitride is a key enabling know-how that hit the market round three years in the past, however you might be already speaking in regards to the third era. Is gallium nitride a know-how 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 shopper electronics charging. The way in which we have been ready to try this was by partnering with the frontier chipset producers who developed the gallium nitride charging chip. We have been virtually their alpha buyer. So when the chip was first developed, it’s a whole lot of hoops to leap by to make it right into a product. That requires not solely materials science data, but additionally utility data, system structure data, and data about managing warmth. It’s virtually a system effort. We accumulate data 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 measurement and the 30-watt measurement. We’ve been working with Energy Improvements for nearly a yr on that. GaN2 is the model new era of chips that we launched in the midst of this yr. GaN2’s 65-watt measurement was a fraction of the competitors’s.
The rationale we have been ready to try this relies on Energy Improvements’ latest era of their GaN2. We’ve been the only associate for nearly a yr growing that — you received’t be seeing related merchandise coming from different manufacturers for at the least 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 era GaN chipset, after which that window opens three to 6 months later so different individuals can purchase 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, control that Amazon web page to see when it returns.