Anker makes its smallest charger even smaller and cheaper at $22.99. The new Anker 511 Nano 3 Charger is a single 30-watt USB-C charger designed to quickly charge an iPhone or iPad and can even power a MacBook Air — all with a charger about the size of is like Apple’s old 5W charger it used to use. recording with iPhones.
Like last year’s model, the Nano 3 is a gallium nitride (GaN) charger that can deliver more power from smaller and cooler packages. It doesn’t use the company’s new GaNPrime technology introduced in July, but the Nano 3 does have foldable blades that make it less stately in the pocket.
Compared to Apple’s 30W USB-C charger, the new Nano 3 is about 70 percent smaller, according to Anker. It can also charge an iPad Air up to 20 minutes faster compared to Apple’s included 20W charger.
The Nano 3 is now available on Anker’s website and Amazon for $22.99 and comes in black, white, blue, green and purple colors. Anker also sells matching lighting cables that use a mix of plastic and plant-based materials for: $18.99 (3ft) and $21.99 (6ft) eachas well as USB-C versions for $16.99 and $19.99 respectively. Unfortunately, bio-based plastic blends are still not biodegradable when they eventually end up in landfill, and while their sources are renewable, experts warn that the crops the materials come from could lead to more water use and greenhouse gas emissions than regular plastics.