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Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 vs. Aukey 18W PD 3.0 USB-C Charger: Which compact charger should you buy?

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 30W USB-C Charger

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With the Anker PowerPort Atom, you get 30W, which is quick enough to recharge most Chromebooks at a good rate. Plus, this durable little cube is smaller than even most 18W chargers on the market today.

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 30W USB-C Charger

Laptop league charger

Faster, more powerful charging speeds
Super compact for its capacity
Uses GaN technology
Prongs don't fold in

Aukey USB-C Charger with 18W Power Delivery 3.0

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This is a truly portable Power Delivery charger. It's not as not as powerful as the Anker, but it's more than adequate to quickly charge a phone during a lunch date or an afternoon nap.

Aukey USB-C Charger with 18W Power Delivery 3.0

Perfect for phones

Quickly charge phone or peripherals
Folding AC plug is easier to pack
Size of a quarter
Too slow for most laptops

These are both great portable USB-C chargers, but they're for different devices. If you want a charger that can charge all your devices quickly (including Chromebooks), then you'll want to go with the Anker PowerPort Atom.

What do you need to charge?

Anker PowerPort Atom 1

I'm going to be as blunt here as I can: these chargers are almost the same dimensions with the same sturdy plastic construction and a single USB-C port on the front. The Anker is a tiny bit bigger and the Aukey has folding AC prongs on the back, but otherwise they're pretty similar apart from the fact that the Anker is fast enough to charge laptops and the Aukey isn't.

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1Aukey 18W PD 3.0 USB-C Charger
Total Power Output30W18W
Power Delivery Output5V ⎓ 3A
9V ⎓ 3A
15V ⎓ 2A
20V ⎓ 1.5A
5V ⎓ 3A
9V ⎓ 2A
12V ⎓ 1.5A
Dimensions1.61" × 1.50" × 1.37"1.4" x 1.4" x 1.25"
Warranty18 months24 months
Compatibility notesWill charge Nintendo Switch but does not support "Charge-and-Play" in TV mode.
After connecting to iPhone (8/8 Plus/X/XS Max/XS/XR), fast charging (9V) will begin automatically, regardless of whether you hear one charging indicator sound or two.
Fast charging supported for iPhone XS/XS Max/XR when used with original Apple USB-C to Lightning cable
Doesn't charge Nintendo Switch at full speed

Total output isn't the end-all be-all of chargers, but I plugged the Aukey charger into three different Chromebooks and it wouldn't register as charging any of them, so the 12V ⎓ 1.5A output option still wasn't high enough for them. If you need one charger for all your gear, then the Anker is going to be your winner, but keep in mind that plugging most phones into a 30W charger will still only charge them at 15–18W.

Since normally I just need to top off my phone on the go and the folding prongs are easier to fit in my pockets — jeans or gear bag pockets — the more affordable Aukey has been enough for my needs on all but the most unending of marathon days, with a larger multiport charger charging my Chromebook once I return home in the evening. If I didn't already have the Aukey, I'd buy the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 just so I had all my bases covered.

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.