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The first Anker GaN II chargers are small in size and price, big on speed

Anker Nano Laptop Splash
Anker Nano Laptop Splash (Image credit: Anker)

What you need to know

  • Anker has released three new Power Delivery chargers using "GaN II," further optimized gallium nitride chips.
  • The new Anker Nano II comes in 30W, 45W, and 65W sizes, with the 45W and 65W also sporting folding plugs.
  • Priced from $30-$40, these chargers are available for preorder today in the United States, eventually coming to Europe, too.

The last two years have been an amazing time for chargers — and yes, I know how nerdy that is, but really, it has. Power Delivery charging means that you can now charge basically everything you own off one charger so long as you buy USB-C accessories in addition to your laptop and phone. Gallium nitride has also allowed the best GaN chargers to get smaller and cooler when charging at full speed, meaning grabbing your laptop charger won't scald you after four hours of charging while editing in Final Cut.

Anker Gallium Nitride

Source: Anker (Image credit: Source: Anker)

Gallium nitride has come to chargers of most sizes, from phone chargers up to laptop chargers and desktop charging stations, and Anker's chargers have skillfully added GaN over the last two years while looking to add the technology to more form factors — and squeeze it into smaller chargers. Today, Anker announced the Nano II line of chargers sporting what it's calling GaN II, an improved gallium nitride chipset that allows it to generate less heat while still charging your tech at top speed.

There are three sizes for the Nano II line: the smallest 30W model doesn't have a foldable plug, but it's great for Switch or MacBook Air users and will run for only $30. The Nano II 45W — which will likely lead our best Chromebook chargers as soon as I can test it out — comes with a folding prong and is one of the smallest 45W chargers I've seen outside the card-deck-sized, bulky-on-the-wall RAVPower 45W slimline for $36. Rounding out the series, the Anker Nano II 65W is $40, undercutting the Aukey Omnia series while it's still locked out of Amazon for its part in the fake review scheme uncovered two weeks ago.

Anker Nano Ii Series

Source: Anker (Image credit: Source: Anker)

If you need a new travel charger now that we can start leaving our houses again or just need a spare around the house because the kids keep stealing yours, the Anker Nano II line is ridiculously attractive, especially at these price points.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

5 Comments
  • Do they support PPS?
  • From the 45W: Output: 5.0V==3.0A /9.0V==3.0A /15.0V==3.0A /20.0V==2.25A (45W Max)PPS: 3.3V-16.0V=3.0A Max (45W Max), 3.3V-21.0V=2.25A Max (45W Max) From the 30W: Output: 5.0V==3.0A 15W/9.0V==3.0A 27W/15.0V==2.0A 30W/20.0V==1.5A 30WPPS: 3.3-11.0V=3.0A Max (30W Max) 3.3-16.0V=2.0A Max (30W Max) From the 65W: Output: 5.0V==3.0A /9.0V==3.0A / 15.0V==3.0A / 20.0V==3.25A (65W Max) So it looks like only the 65W is missing it.
  • Much appreciated. That's an odd decision on their part.
  • I like the RavPower, deck of cards, form factor better, but it doesn't seem they are making those anymore. Too bad.
  • Anker's selling a version of it, but it's not quite as affordable as RAVPower's was.