Review: Two weeks abroad with Anker’s PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger for USB-C and Lightning devices

By SteveJack

I recently spent two weeks abroad in Italy, France, and Germany and I took along the new Anker PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger (around $55 via Amazon) to charge my iPhone, iPad Pro, and MacBook Air.

Yes, finally, one charger to rule them all!

Anker's PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger for USB-C and Lightning devices
Anker’s PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger for USB-C and Lightning devices

Actually, I took along two, along with, of course, the requisite plus adapters (I used Ceptics’ Type C 2-in-1 Travel Adapter Plugs – just $9.99 for three of them – which worked perfectly in all three countries), so that I could charge my iPhone, iPad Pro and MacBook Air simultaneously.

Foldable Plug: Simply slide down to charge, then fold back into place for transport
Foldable Plug: Simply slide down to charge, then fold back into place for transport
The Anker PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger is billed as the “Ultimate Travel Charger” and it really is just that. It’s 15% smaller than Apple’s stock MacBook charger with the power to charge 2 MacBooks at once. By swapping out silicon for gallium nitride (GaN), Anker has created a higher efficiency charger that generates less heat, allowing the charger to be shrunk smaller than ever. 60W output delivers high-speed charging to nearly all USB-C and Lightning devices. I also appreciated the 18-month warranty and the Apple-esque foldable plug. With the plug folded, it’s just a small 68 × 69 × 28 mm, 130 gram piece that smoothly drops into my backpack’s cable bag.

With Anker’s “Intelligent Power Allocation,” exclusive technology distributes power between devices and allows for high-speed charging up to 60W when a single device is connected. With just my iPhone XS Max plugged in using Anker’s 3ft USB C to Lightning Cable (Apple MFi Certified) Powerline II cable, it charged to 55% in just 30 minutes!

Everywhere I went, I congratulated myself for picking up these chargers prior to my trip. I was using my iPhone a lot more, taking photos, messaging friends, family, and traveling companions, looking up local information, etc., so being able to charge quickly was a huge plus. I never ran out of juice through the whole trip which I’m sure would have happened if I had saddled myself with slower non-GaN chargers.

So, after putting these chargers and cables fully through their paces, I highly recommend the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger, Anker’s 3ft USB C to Lightning Cable (Apple MFi Certified) Powerline II cables, Anker’s Powerline II USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 cables, and, when traveling abroad, Ceptics’ Type C 2-in-1 Travel Adapter Plugs.

Gallium nitride (GaN) makes all the difference!

SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer, and contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section.

5 Comments

  1. I’ve had one of these chargers that I use for my iPhone and MacBook and it really is the best charger I’ve ever used, Apple’s included. I expect to be using it for many years to come – good value

  2. I wish Steve would Jack himself in to MDN more often! We don’t hear from him enough. Long live Steve!

    If you don’t like it then please jack off!

  3. Great idea, but tragic that this is USA plug format only. The beauty of Apple chargers is the interchangeable head system making them native in every country. Hard to believe that the engineers at Anker could not come up with a similarly smart system. 3rd partly adapters are clumsy in use and a paid to carry.

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