Excerpted from the June 25, 2023 edition of Sree's Sunday Note.
While the post-pandemic migration of workers back to offices is far from complete, and may never be, mobile workers are definitely mobile again based on the recent surge in air travel. But with mobility comes the need for mobile power for mobile devices, and that’s an area where Anker Innovations has carved out a sizeable niche.
At a press event in New York last week, Anker took the wraps off its new Prime series chargers and power banks as well as new Soundcore wireless earbuds, eufy security and robotic floor-cleaning devices and other products.
At the core of many new Anker products is gallium nitride (GaN), a semiconductor proven to be more efficient than silicon. Since GaN transistors are smaller and can handle more power than silicon counterparts, Anker—and other companies—can build fast chargers that are smaller and more responsive to power conditions.
Mobile workers who tote multiple power-hungry devices may appreciate the new Anker Prime 250-watt power bank, which has two USB-C ports, a single USB-A port and comes with a useful 100-watt charging base. Its 27,000mAh battery delivers enough power to keep a laptop and other mobile devices alive deep into an extended workday and the charging base has two USB-C ports and a USB-A port of its own, which means users can charge three devices while the power bank gets recharged atop the base.
The Anker Prime 250-watt power bank, like many of the new Anker charging products, has a bright color display which allows users to track how much power is being delivered to each port.
For those who prefer a tent to an office, the Anker Reserve Power Bank provides enough power for a long evening and night of al fresco spreadsheet crunching and web surfing and doubles as a lantern with its top-mounted, extendable light. The 60,000mAh unit has dual, front-facing USB-C and USB-A ports as well as an XT60 connector, which means that it can be recharged with a compatible solar panel.
The Anker 6-in-1 Charging Station is quite slim, yet has two AC outlets, two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports. Its long AC cord comes in handy for situations—like in some old hotels—where the wall AC outlet is hidden behind furniture.
The $170 Anker Reserve Power Bank is available now while many new Anker Prime series products will be available in July, according to the company. My tech tips appear regularly in Sree's Sunday Note.