Anker’s new GaNPrime charger range delivers up to 150W of power – TechCrunch

Keeping your devices in top condition while on the go is a constant challenge for the road warriors among us. Today, Anker unveils a line of chargers that promise to keep even the most power-hungry people in charge. The new series uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) for its silicon, which promises much higher power output with much lower heat loss. In other words: smaller chargers, less heat.

GaN technology isn’t entirely new — but the technology is finally making an appearance in affordable consumer products, and it’s something to celebrate.

“GaN allows us to completely change the way we charge our electronics by offering better energy transfer efficiency, faster charging speeds, and smaller, more portable chargers,” said Stephen Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations, in a press release. “Our partners have provided exclusive access to cutting-edge GaN technology that has enabled us to create chargers that last longer and are more sustainable.”

The new series of chargers includes USB-A and USB-C wall chargers, from the ultra-compact but slower 65W “735” with two USB-C ports and a USB-A socket, all the way to a 150W charger called the “747”. and two smart “power strips” and wireless charging solutions.

The complete lineup of newly launched Anker chargers and power banks. Image credits: Langerhans (Opens in a new window)

To me, the reason these chargers are so interesting is portability above all else. The Anker 737 charger, in particular, packs 120 watts of simultaneous power delivery to two USB-C devices and one USB-A device. Together, this means that you can charge two laptops simultaneously, or – more likely – a laptop and a phone or tablet, as well as an accessory of some sort, without having to use more than one power socket.

The best-in-class 747 offers more speakers but sacrifices the 737’s compact size in favor of an extra USB-C port and an additional 30W of power delivery.

On paper, these chargers outperform the ones included in an Apple laptop for example. Time (and reviews) will tell if it’s robust and reliable, but Anker has proven over time to be a very serious player in the field, with quality products that aren’t the cheapest at all, but find a good product. Balance between quality and price.

As a hacker and hardware maker, I’m also excited that there are more power delivery options available for my own projects; USB (and more recently USB-C) is a versatile and almost ubiquitous standard. Access to high-speed, reliable chargers is a boon to prototyping builders and creators on the go alike.

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