Anker Powerport+ Atom III anounced

Anker has for a long time been working to make charging our devices easier and faster. They have also been striving to make their chargers more universal by utilising their IQ technology in the universal chargers that they make. For someone like myself who is always on the road and doesn’t want to have to carry too much, this is a godsend. so much so that I very rarely go on a trip without my trusty Anker Powerpack. This will allow me to charge both my laptop and also my phone.

The problem is when that runs out then I have to have a high power charger to recharge the power pack which can be slightly annoying as it invariably means that I am going to have to carry a charger. What I really need is a small and compact charger that will do my phone my laptop and also my power pack. Well, thankfully Anker has the answer is in the form of the newly release Powerport+ Atom III.

This will utilize the Power IQ technology now in its third generation to allow the charger to intelligently allocate power to the device depending on what that device is. All the devices that we use day to day will use different protocols for charging. This means that there needs to be an element of intelligence within the charger to allow it ascertain through communication with the device what current and voltage are needed to allow that device to fast charge.

This diagram shows how the IQ tech has evolved over the past few years to its third generation.

Featuring both a USB 3.0 Type A port and a USB Type C port this charger will be able to help keep you charged effortlessly whilst on the smaller of the 2 ports is the one that is enabled for the full IQ 3 charging tech with the larger only having IQ 2 tech behind it.

Here are the specs of the charger

PowerPort+ Atom III (Two Ports) Product Specifications :
● Total Wattage: 60W
● Input: 100 – 240V ~ 1.8A 50 – 60Hz
● USB-C PowerIQ 3.0 Output: 5V ⎓ 2.4A / 9V ⎓ 3A / 15V ⎓ 3A / 20V ⎓ 2.25A
● USB-A PowerIQ 2.0 Output: 5V ⎓ 2.4A / 9V ⎓ 1.66A / 12V ⎓ 1.25A
● Dimensions: 2.67” × 2.71” × 1.10”
● GaN Semiconductors

One interesting point of note is the use of Gallium Nitride to make the semiconductors allowing for the device to be smaller but affording the same level of heat dissipation as on the bigger silicon semiconductor-based designs.

The charger is launching in the USA initially today and will cost $42.99 and we win the UK will get it a little later on and it will cost us £44.99. This definitely going to be a piece of kit that will be coming out on the road with me when I can get hold of one. I will finally be able to say goodbye to the big bulky laptop charger that I have had to be carrying around with me (at least that is the hope)! A full test will be done when i get the charger in for review in a few weeks. in the meantime, if you are in the USA and wish to buy one then you can do so by checking this link.