Anker's first gallium nitride (GaN) charger – the 30W PowerPort Atom PD 1 – was particularly interesting for its size, but less practical because of its low power and single USB-C port. The company's new GaN charger, the aptly named PowerPort Atom PD 2, solves most of these problems with 60 W of power, a second USB-C port and an improved design.
The changes are obvious if you just look at the Atom PD 2. Where the Atom PD 1 looks like a refined iPhone stone, the PD 2 is more in line with one of Apple's MacBook Pro chargers. At 60 W, it's much better to charge a MacBook Pro (or another USB-C laptop).
Unlike Apple's included charger, the Atom PD 2 offers two USB-C ports instead of just one. That does not seem like much, but given the universal nature of USB-C, the difference is whether you're on the go with a second charger for your phone / headset or not. In addition, Anker says the GaN design means it's still the "smallest 60W USB C-Power Delivery Charger on the market despite the extra connector." USB-C PD (Power Delivery) standard (aka the good standard), which means it should charge almost any USB-C device at full speed, provided it is rated at 60W or less. Owners of the largest and most powerful USB-C notebooks that require 80 W or 100 W power will have to look elsewhere for the time being, but for most people it should do the job. The Atom PD 2 can only deliver the full 60W to a device. When multiple devices are connected, the charger manages the power intelligently as needed.
Anker PowerPort PD 2 will be available for purchase on April 29 for $ 54.99.