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Gallium Nitride out of the Laboratory: ANKER GaN Charger first Evaluation

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Oct. 25, 2018 ANKER in New York released a new epoch-making product-“ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1” GaN charger, this charger is because of its high frequency and high efficiency of the GaN (gallium nitride) power device and the attention of the industry. Gallium nitride (gan) is called the third generation semiconductor material in the industry. It is used in many fields, such as semiconductor lighting, laser, radio frequency and so on. It can realize high power output in small volume when it is used in power supply products. Change the design and manufacturing plan of the industry, change the consumer’s use habits. This is the first time the ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 GaN charger in the public eye, the product has reached the charging head net evaluation room, and then the editor to send you the exclusive ANKER GaN PD charger global first test.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 GaN charger follows the ANKER family plump ID design, the front mirror and the side matte detail complement each other simple and not simple, a blue tongue on the USB-C export printed on the “PD” logo; It shows that this product supports the USB PD fast charging standard which is currently the most versatile and will be the development direction in the next few years. The side “ANKER” trademark is painted firmly with silvery grey silkscreen printing and will not drop the paint.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

Apple’s first feature on the iPhone X/8/8Plus in 2017 was a quick charge that was added directly to the mature General Motors’ USB PD charging system, which brought the charging power into line with Android’s, and finally resolved Apple users’ longstanding pain point. The iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, which was released in September, also supports USB PD charging, but Apple’s usual 5W charger, the, USB PD charger, needs to be purchased by consumers themselves, so there are several questions: what PD charger to buy? Original? A third party?

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

The GaN PD charger released by ANKER has the selling point of small volume, large power and high efficiency. The left side of the iPhone XS Max is the ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 GaN charger, and the right side is the APPLE 30W USB-C charger. It can be seen that the size advantage of the ANKER charger is very obvious.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

The output power of the, ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 GaN charger is 27W, and the output power of the Apple USB-C charger is 30W. The power difference between the two is not significant, but the volume is completely different. The volume of the ANKER is 40% smaller than that of the Apple charger.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

Luo Han, ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 GaN charger is not much larger than apple’s ancestral tofu block 5W charger, but this is a charger that supports USB PD high-power output, 27W VS 5W, more than five times the power. The development of science and technology is really changing with each passing day.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

On the other side, famous brand parameter part, brand name: PowerPort Atom PD1 rapid charger, model: A2017, input: 100-240V~1.2A 50-60Hz global voltage, output: 5V3A / 9V3A / 15V1.5A / 20V1.1A, rated output power 27W.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

The POWER-Z FL001S developed by ChargerLAB reads the PD message of ANKER GaN PD charger. From the screen, we can see that there are four PDO, in the charger: 5V3A / 9V3A / 15V1.5A / 20V1.1A. the rated power is 27W.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

How well did the actual machine test work? Plug the ANKER GaN charger into the plug-in board. The charger looks very small and the plug-in board “seems to be getting bigger.” The editor uses the same POWER-Z KM001C USB tester developed by ChargerLAB to monitor the output of the ANKER charger. Here, iPhone XS Max, which supports USB PD charging, is chosen as the test object.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 to iPhone XS Max charge smoothly handshake USB PD quick charge, power 8.78V, 2.39A, 21.0W, faster than the original 5W charger speed more than 400%, amazing!

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

Let’s take a look at the tablet, where we chose iPAD Pro 10.5, which supports USB PD quick charging, as the test subject.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 to iPAD Pro 10.5 smooth handshake USB PD quick charge, power 14.82 V, 1.43 A, 21.29 W.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

So what about charging a laptop? Can you charge a laptop with such a small charger? MacBook Pro is selected as the test object.

氮化镓走出实验室:ANKER GaN 充电器 首发评测

ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 MacBook Pro charge smooth handshake USB PD quick charge, power 8.75 V, 2.89 A, 25.36 W, it can be seen that this little guy charge notebook is also no problem.

ANKER PowerPort Atom PD1 support for Apple devices is good, compatibility is very good, Android side to be tested in the future, small editor should be no problem with compatibility.

ANKER GaN gallium nitride charger can be described as attracting the world’s attention, high speed and high efficiency so that high-power USB PD charger is no longer a burly brick, compact volume can achieve high-power output, APPLE 30W charger than the original factory is smaller and lighter. The real machine test link iPhone XS Max, iPad Pro 10.5, Macbook Pro can shake hands normally USB PD charging, compatibility is good. The portability of small travel is greatly enhanced, home and office space can also keep the desktop clean, and consumers know that there are better third-party PD chargers to choose from than Apple’s original product.

Does the introduction of ANKER GaN charger mean that the difficulties in the field of GaN have been successfully conquered and the output and cost of raw materials have been reduced to the range of mass production?

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