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Ugreen Nexode 140W Charger is a compact, multiport powerhouse [Review] ★★★★☆

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The 5-foot braided cable that comes with the charger is one of its highlights.★★★★☆
The 5-foot braided cable that comes with the charger is one of its highlights.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

In the fast-growing world of increasingly compact-yet-powerful gallium nitride (GaN) chargers, Ugreen is a player. The company has expanded its line of multiport chargers and recently sent me its Nexode 140W model to try out.

I found it potent, reasonably compact and a fine purchase for most people who need to charge laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices — especially if they can get it at the discount below, which makes it an exceptional value.

Win a 100W GaN compact charger to take anywhere [Cult of Mac giveaway]

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Lululook 100W GaN charger giveaway: This petite but powerful charger packs four ports so you can fast-charge all your devices simultaneously.
This petite but powerful charger packs four ports so you can fast-charge all your devices simultaneously.
Photo: Lululook

The Cult of Mac giveaway prize this week is a great fit for anyone who has any electrical device they wish to charge quickly. We teamed up with Lululook for five lucky winners to get their hands on a four-port, 100W USB-C GaN charger.

This fierce device houses three USB-C ports along with one USB-A port, and pumps out enough power to charge up a MacBook Pro. And, at just over 2 inches, it’s the perfect charger to take anywhere to keep all your gear juiced up.

Powerful new Ugreen Nexode Charger juices 3 devices fast

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Ugreen's new charger can pump 140W of power to up to three devices.
Ugreen's new charger can pump 140W of power to up to three devices.
Photo: Ugreen

Ugreen rolled out its new Nexode 140W Charger Tuesday, saying it “can charge as fast as any charger currently on the market, while also being able to fast charge three devices at once.”

The compact charger has three ports to charge MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and other devices. I plan to review it soon.

Get Anker’s ‘industry first’ plant-based charging cables and new Nano charger in matching colors

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Anker's new bio-cables and Nano 3 charger come in a variety of colors.
Anker's new bio-cables and Nano 3 charger come in a variety of colors.
Photo: Anker

With the iPhone 14 series imminent, Anker rolled out its tiny new Nano 3 wall charger Tuesday along with an “industry-first” set of eco-friendly, bio-based charging cables.

The gallium nitride-based Nano 3 is even smaller than before and packs 30W of power. But the real headliner may be the two sizes of plant-based USB-C charging cables for USB-C and Lighting devices.

And you can get the charger and cables in a choice of fanciful matching colors and at 10% off for two weeks, Anker said.

Potent new OtterBox charger lineup powers you up at home and on the road

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OtterBox rolled out an array of new chargers.
OtterBox rolled out an array of new chargers to address different needs.
Photo: OtterBox

OtterBox released its Premium Pro Power lineup of chargers Wednesday, including wall chargers, car chargers and MagSafe charging stands.

With the release, OtterBox steps further into the market for smaller charging accessories, including potent-but-compact gallium nitride (GaN) chargers.

New Belkin Boost Pro GaN chargers top off iPhones fast

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Belkin's compact new GaN chargers feature dual USB-C ports and fast charging.
Belkin's compact new GaN chargers feature dual USB-C ports and fast charging.
Photo: Belkin

Belkin trotted out two new Boost Charge Pro GaN wall chargers Tuesday in 65W and 45W versions. Both adapters feature dual USB-C ports and programmable power supply (PPS).

The compact chargers are designed for fast charging. You can use them to power up an iPhone 13 to half-full in 28 minutes, the company said.

Pump 245 watts into your gear with new GaN desktop charger and power bank

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Pump 245 watts into your gear with new GaN desktop charger and power bank
Hype has a pair of GaN accessories that can handle 245W either in the office or on the go.
Photo: Sanyo/Hyper

The switch to gallium nitride continues to lead to less bulky but more powerful charging accessories. As their names indicate, the HyperJuice 245W GaN Desktop Charger and 245W USB-C Battery Pack can each supply 245 watts of power, but GaN means they aren’t oversized.

Both launched Monday.

Anker GaNPrime power bank and charging station are capable specialists [Review] ★★★★☆

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The Anker 727 Power Station, left, and Anker 733 Power Bank have your special needs covered.★★★★☆
The Anker 727 Power Station, left, and Anker 733 Power Bank have your special needs covered.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

Anker deployed a whole squad of six new, compact and capable high-speed GaNPrime chargers to the charging accessory battlefield a few weeks back. They seem equipped to cover pretty much any need, taking different forms and offering different charging capacities and numbers of ports.

The company sent me a few to try out. I already reviewed the impressively potent and portable Anker 747 150W GaNPrime Charger, an adapter. Now I’ll take a look at two other forms — the Anker 733 Power Bank and the Anker 727 Power Station, which is a compact power strip.

They each address specific capabilities a lot of people might look for in a charger. You might want one of each.

Compact Anker 747 GanPrime Charger packs 150W of power [Review] ★★★★☆

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The new Anker 747 GanPrime Charger pumps 150W of power through four ports for your devices.★★★★☆
The new Anker 747 GanPrime Charger pumps 150W of power through four ports for your devices.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

It’s not easy to get super-excited about chargers. But the current wave of ever-smaller and ever-more-potent gallium nitride (GaN) chargers gets the heart pumping a little faster than that or your average sleeping person, at least.

And if anyone’s keeping us awake and watchful regarding the charger market, it’s Anker.

The company recently held a special event to release six chargers in its new GaNPrime line. The first to arrive in my hands is the Anker 747 GaNPrime Charger, which pumps out 150W of power through four ports. But it’s just small enough to toss in your computer bag or knapsack without a second thought.