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30W (20V@1.5A) Out
30W (15V@2A) Out
15W (5V@3A) Out
27W (9V@3A) Out
USB PD 2.0
1.69A OCP Threshold (20V)
89.2 Power Efficiency Percentage (20V 1.5A)
89.6 Power Efficiency Percentage (9V 3A)
.32W Standby Power (5V)
84.3 Power Efficiency Percentage (5V 3A)
89.8 Power Efficiency Percentage (15V 2A)
3.51A OCP Threshold (5V)
3.53A OCP Threshold (9V)
2.33A OCP Threshold (15V)
66.6 deg C Max Temp (20V)
Cable Assemblies & Connectors, USB
Source, USB PD
Anker is Shipping the World's First USB Power Delivery Based GaN Charger with the PowerPort Atom PD 1 Charger
By claiming to be the world's smallest USB Power Delivery charger, the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 stands out from other existing Anker chargers. Recently released by Anker, the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 has a noticeably more compact design than most typical ac wall chargers in the market. This was made possible through Gallium nitride (GaN) technology which the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 supports.
The emergence of GaN is touted to make the USB Power Delivery fast charge technology even better by providing more efficient charging at lower temperatures when supplying power to most mobile phones, tablets, and notebook PC's sold today over the USB Type-C port. By replacing silicon chips that are currently used in many chargers, GaN chips potentially consume less power resulting in lower heat emission thus reducing the risk of chargers overheating. GaN also minimizes bloating of circuitry with fewer components allowing the charger to have a smaller and lighter form factor without compromising on output power and speed. The Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 charger also advertises to support higher speeds for charging up to 30W through USB Power Delivery. We will review more on this through testing.
The Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 unfortunately doesn't come with a USB Type-C cable which would have been useful otherwise. In contrast you would normally find a included USB Type-C cable from other popular charger brands like Belkin and Ventev.
This single port ac wall charger has ac power prongs that are used to plug in to a ac power outlet for charging.
The USB Power Test App first negotiates a power contract for every PDO supported by the Anker charger, and increases the load gradually to find the threshold where over current protection (OCP) kicks in and voltage and current start to drop for safety reasons.
The USB Power Test App reports out all the PDO's supported by the Anker charger and their OCP thresholds.
PDO#1 Fixed: 5V 3A
PDO#2 Fixed: 9V 3A
PDO#3 Fixed: 15V 2A
PDO#4 Fixed: 20V 1.5A
The USB Power Test App from Granite River Labs takes this data to produce an I-V curve which graphically shows the relationship between voltage and current for each PDO. We can observe as the current increases beyond the OCP threshold, the voltage immediately shuts off.
The USB Power Test App can also use the Granite River Labs USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester integrated with the GW Instek APS-7100 programmable AC power supply to compare the charger's power output vs power input so that power efficiency can be measured and compared to regulatory limits from United States of Energy (DOE) Level VI or European Union's CoC Tier 2 requirements. We can repeat the power efficiency tests for different PDO's, current load conditions, and different AC input ranges, allowing us to get a complete picture of power efficiency ranges across all different usage scenarios.
Using the USB Power Test App and FLIR thermal imaging tools, we measured the heat emitted by the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 charger as seen in the following temperature readings and traces for the highest 20V, 1.5A PDO. The max temperature was observed at 66.58 degree Celsius at 30W. Note that this charger is just slightly cooler than the Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30 which recorded a 66.77 degree Celcius max temperature, but takes much longer time of ~5 hours to reach the max temperature compared to only ~1 hour and 24 minutes by the Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30.