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Anker pushes GaN envelope with 6 new fast chargers

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Anker launched a new range of advanced GaN chargers Monday.
Anker launched a new range of advanced GaN chargers Monday.
Photo: Anker

Anker Innovations said Monday at a special event that new partnerships have birthed a new lineup of Gallium Nitride (GaN) fast chargers for use at home and on-the-go.

The six new compact, efficient GaNPrime chargers range in power output from 150W down to 65W and cover a lot of possible uses. The range includes wall chargers, a power bank and a power strip.

“GaNPrime represents a new era in charging,” said Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations. “In addition
to delivering a faster and safer charging experience, our new GaNPrime chargers offer significant savings in energy consumption, reinforcing Anker’s commitment to a more sustainable future.”

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6 new Anker GaNPrime fast chargers cover a lot of needs

Anker worked with different partners depending on a charger’s power output.

To develop GaN chargers with output over 100W, the company partnered with Infineon (semiconductor technology) and Navitas (GaN power ICs). The partners said the result was greater efficiency, with less electricity lost and a smaller carbon footprint than its previous chargers.

“By combining Infineon’s Hybrid Flyback and CoolGaNTM switch in Anker’s new charging lineup, we achieved a system efficiency of 95%, amongst the highest level in industry, reducing energy losses by about 20% in comparison with other charging solutions,” said Adam White, an Infineon president of Power & Sensor Systems.

“This is the first time Infineon’s HFB architecture and the CoolGaNTM switch have been applied together to any commercially available consumer electronics,” he added.

Gene Sheridan, CEO of Navitas said its GaNFast power ICs help the new chargers reach 97% peak efficiency and with up to 25% energy savings compared to silicon chargers.

“By adopting our latest technology, Anker can reduce the CO2 footprint of the whole charger by up to 30% vs. legacy solutions,” he said.

For its new GaN chargers with under 100W power output, Anker partnered with Innoscience, a GaN power device manufacturer, and Southchip, a high-performance semiconductor design company.

“By using all GaN FET technology, each charger in Anker’s new series is powered by two Innoscience GaN power chips on both the AC side and DC side (an all-GaN solution)”, said Wei Wei Luo, founder of Innoscience. “Being the world’s first to adopt this technique, the new Anker chargers take full advantage of GaN.”

Anker’s new generation of GaN chargers feature the latest version of PowerIQ, the company’s proprietary technology that allows chargers to intelligently detect the power needs of each connected device.

The GaNPrime series includes six chargers with different styles and outputs.
The GaNPrime series includes six chargers with different styles and outputs.
Photo: Anker

More about new Anker GaNPrime chargers

You can find the chargers at Anker.com and Amazon.com, but some are available now and others are available for preorder. Available now, in addition the Anker 727 Charging Station (GaNPrime 100W) listed below, you can get the following:

  • 735 Charger (65W), $59.99, available  on Anker and Amazon
  • 615 Power Strip, $69.99, available on Anker and Amazon

Anker 747 Charger (GaNPrime 150W)

Multi-device fast charging: Equipped with three USB-C ports and one USB-A port, and 150W total output to charge a MacBook, iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously. Each USB-C port has a maximum output of 100W.

PowerIQ 4.0 with Dynamic Power Distribution: An intelligent power-allocation algorithm automatically detects and adjusts voltage output of connected devices and shortens the overall charging time.

Compact design: As compact as an AirPods Pro charging case or 38% smaller than an original MacBook Pro charger (140W) for greater portability.

High speed: Charges a 16” MacBook Pro to 100% in just 1.7 hours and an iPhone 13 up to 3x faster than an original 5W charger.

Sustainability: “If every household in the U.S. used the 747 charger continuously for a year, it could save up enough electricity to power all of Hawaii for 1 month,” Anker said.

Key specs:

  • Output ports: 3 USB-C and 1 USB-A
  • Power per port: USB-C: 100W, USB-A: 22.5W
  • Maximum output: 150W
  • Available late Q3 2022.
  • Price: $109.99

Where to preorder: Anker or Amazon

Anker 737 Charger (GaNPrime 120W)

Multi-device fast charging: Equipped with two USB-C ports and a USB-A port with 120W total output to charge a laptop, a smartphone and a smartwatch simultaneously.

PowerIQ 4.0 with Dynamic Power Distribution: An intelligent power-allocation algorithm automatically detects and adjusts voltage output of connected devices and shortens the overall charging time.

Compact design: 39% smaller than an original MacBook Pro charger (96W).

High speed: Charges a 16-inch MacBook Pro to 100% in 1.5 hours and an iPhone 13 up to 3x faster than an original 5W charger.

Key specs:

  • Ports: 2 USB-C and 1 USB-A
  • Power per port: USB-C: 100W, USB-A 22.5W
  • Maximum output: 120W
  • Available late Q3 2022.
  • Price: $94.99

Where to preorder: Anker or Amazon

Anker 733 Power Bank (GaNPrime PowerCore 65W)

Multi-device fast charging: 65W max output in charger mode, and 30W max output in battery mode. Charge a MacBook Pro in 50 minutes when used as a wall charger and charge an iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes when used as a power bank.

Compact design: small enough to easily fit in any backpack or bag and light enough for travel.

Key specs:

  • Output Ports: 2 USB-C & 1 USB-A AC Input: 100-240V, 0.5A
  • AC output: 65W
  • DC output: 30W
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh
  • Available late Q3 2022.
  • Price: $99.99

Where to preorder: Anker or Amazon

Anker 727 Charging Station (GaNPrime 100W)

Multi-device fast charging: Four ports allow for multiple device charging (2 USB-C, 2 USB-A) with high, 100W single-port fast charging (using USB- C).

Thin and small: 50% thinner than many traditional power strips makes it good for travel.

ActiveShield 2.0: Intelligently monitors temperature and adjusts power output to prevent overheating and safeguard connected devices. Compared to previous generations, ActiveShield 2.0 has an increased temperature detection frequency by 75%.

Portable: The 5-foot cord can be detached from the power strip and the battery can be taken separately.

Key specs:

  • Output ports: 2 AC, 2 USB-C, 2 USB-A
  • Maximum output: 100W
  • Available now
  • Price: $94.99

Where to buy: Anker or Amazon