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Anker's popular GaN fast charger just got a whole lot better
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Anker's popular GaN fast charger just got a whole lot better

Anker has unveiled the next generation of its proprietary PowerIQ fast-charging chips, the Power IQ 3.0. The new chips make the USB-C ports on Anker’s chargers and portable batteries compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery, enabling them to charge virtually any USB-C device at its fastest possible speed.

The Anker PowerPort+ Atom III (two ports) is the first wall charger powered by PowerIQ 3.0. It can output a total of 60W via its USB-A and USB-C ports. Like other entries in the Atom series, it uses highly-efficient GaN (gallium nitride) semiconductors instead of silicon. This allows for a significantly reduced size compared to traditional chargers.

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GaN technology means you can charge a laptop without a fat power block! / © Anker

“The fast-charging capability of mobile devices is now faster than ever thanks to USB-C, but the industry continues to get fragmented due to manufacturers choosing different fast-charging protocols for their products, which creates confusion,” said Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations. “With PowerIQ 3.0, we’ve created a new generation of chargers and batteries that can communicate with all of these protocols, allowing them to identify and fast-charge any device. For the first time, consumers only need to rely on one charger to charge all of their devices fast.” 

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Two USB ports are included. / © Anker

The first generation of PowerIQ in 2014 changed the industry by regulating and adapting the power output from a single USB-A port depending on the device it was charging. With PowerIQ 2.0 in 2016, Anker accommodated the then-most popular fast-charging protocol: Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0  With PowerIQ 3.0 Anker has now moved their charging solutions one step closer to the unified future that USB-C promised when it first launched. Whether charging an iPhone, MacBook, or any Android smartphone, tablet, or computer, Anker says that it will always be able charged as fast as possible.

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The evolution of Anker's PowerIQ technology.  / © Anker

The Anker PowerPort+ Atom III (Two Ports) will be available on Amazon US for $42.99 on from today and in the UK for £44.99 at the end of May. Anker said that more details on the entire lineup of PowerIQ 3.0 products will be announced in the coming weeks.

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