With a majority of products adopting the USB-C PD (Power Delivery) standard for charging, we are beginning to see a rise in demand for third-party chargers: ones that offer the freedom to have/carry only one charger to fuel up multiple devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and earphones/headphones. Continuing with the course, we have another technological advancement in the charging space, which comes in the form of new material called Gallium Nitride (GaN).
Essentially, GaN is a potential replacement for Silicon (Si) in most (if not all) its diverse applications and allows for better performance and efficiency in an overall smaller footprint than its Silicon counterpart. When it comes to chargers, there is significant scope for GaN in the coming years since the material offers comparatively higher voltages than Silicon with a lot better efficiency. So, if you are looking to switch to one, here are some of our picks for the best GaN chargers.
Best GaN Chargers
1. RAVPower GaN PD 90W Wall Charger
When talking about chargers, one of the prominent and most trusted names in the market is RAVPower. And their 90W GaN charger is one good option on our best GaN chargers list. As the name suggests, the charger incorporates the GaN tech and also employs the Pi chip, both of which work in tandem to offer a higher charging power (than conventional chargers) while also being more efficient. The RAVPower GaN charger works across devices with PD charging protocol support and can detect and optimize the power for connected devices accordingly. Moreover, it is also compatible with the QC charging protocol that can be seen on devices running on Qualcomm chipsets. You get two ports with the charger, along with built-in protection against overcurrent and short-circuit to save the components from frying. According to the company, the RAVPower GaN PD (90W) charger can charge a MacBook Pro (15”) under 2 hours.
2. AUKEY Omnia Duo 65W PD Charger
Another household name in the charging and accessories space is AUKEY, known for its good value-for-money devices, and their Omnia Duo 65W charger makes its way into our list for the best GaN chargers. The charger is powered by the company’s in-house OmniaChip, which it suggests is an advanced GaN power IC that offers three times faster charging for its form factor. It features two PD ports and includes safeguards to protect against overheating and overcharging. Besides, this GaN charger also determines the output for both ports automatically using Dynamic Detect, which outputs 65W with a single device and 45W with both ports engaged. The AUKEY Omnia Duo 65W can come in handy to help you charge your laptops, tablets, and even smartphones.
3. RAVPower PD Pioneer 61W GaN Charger
If you are someone looking for a tiny charger with just one port, RAVPower has got you covered with its Pioneer 61W PD charger. Similar to its 90W charger, the 61W offering also employs the GaN tech and Pi chipset, and as per the company, it manages to keep a 50% smaller footprint than the standard 61W MacBook charger. Furthermore, RavPower also suggests that its 61W GaN charger can charge a MacBook Pro (13″) to 100% in 1.8 hours (108 minutes). Of course, it goes without saying that it can also come in handy to charge other devices with PD support like tablets and smartphones. In terms of safety, the charger features built-in protection to safeguard the connected devices against overcharging, overcurrent, and short-circuit.
4. Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim 65W
Anker is yet another popular accessory maker with a plethora of charger and cable offerings for a wide range of devices. Its PowerPort Atom III Slim happens to be one such accessory that features the latest GaN technology. The charger comes with four ports, which can charge up to four devices simultaneously. Of these four ports, the charger features one PowerIQ 3.0 port that maxes out at 45W output and three other ports that collectively offer a total of 20W output power. What’s interesting about the Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim is that, compared to other chargers in the market, it does not have a traditional, boxy design. So, what you rather get is a flat, SSD-like shape that is slim and portable. As for compatibility, the charger can be used to charge a gamut of devices, including various laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
5. Anker 60W PowerPort Atom PD 2
Besides the 65W offering, Anker also has a 60W charger that employs GaN technology. It comes with two USB-C ports and can charge various devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The overall footprint of this GaN-based charger is comparatively smaller than the 60W offering from Apple for their MacBook Pro. Talking in numbers, the company claims the charger to be 2.5x faster than the 5W charger on the iPhone X, with up to 50% fueling in 30 minutes. Similar to some of the other GaN chargers in the list that dynamically change the output depending on the number of devices connected to the charger, this 60W Anker offering also features intelligent power allocation. Intelligent power allocation allows the charger to offer up to 60W output with a single device connected, which reduces automatically when a second device is hooked on to the charger.
6. RAVPower 45W Wall Charger
Another single port charging solution with GaN technology is the 45W PD Pioneer charger from RAVPower. The charger is ideal for charging tablets and smartphones, although it does support certain laptop models. Similar to the Atom PD 2 from Anker, this 45W GaN offering from RAVPower also comes with a flat, SSD-like form factor, which gives it better portability. Talking about its charging prowess, the charger provides 45W output power to devices compatible with PD 3.0. It features, what the company calls, smart sensor technology, which allows it to recognize and offer optimum charging efficiency for different devices accordingly. Of course, like most other chargers, the RAVPower 45W GaN charger has built-in protection for devices to safeguard them against overcharging, overheating, and short-circuit.
Buy GaN Chargers in India
If you are in India, there are not as many options to buy GaN chargers. You can check this 65W GaN charger by Baseus, which is a reliable name when it comes to charging tech, or this 30W GaN charger by Anker. There’s a 100W GaN charger as well from a relatively unknown brand called Choetech, which we honestly don’t know much about.
Those are some of our picks for the best GaN chargers currently in the market. If/when you decide to purchase one of these GaN chargers, make sure that your device — laptop, tablet, or smartphone — supports USB-C PD and is compatible with it. Moreover, another thing you need to look out for is the right (and good-quality) set of charging cables to use with your new GaN charger.