Anker 100W multi port charger experience: a big mac

In the past two years, especially from the end of 2018 to the recent period, a variety of charger products supporting PD protocol have emerged in the market. On the one hand, this is related to Apple's full support of PD protocol. At the same time, in order to reduce the size of adapter and improve portability, most lightweight products have begun to support PD charging. There have been various 45W or even 65W multi port chargers on the market before, but at present, the single port output is basically stuck at 45W level, which is obviously not enough for many laptops that need 65W or even higher power supply capacity. If multiple ports output at the same time, the power will be more limited.

Recently, Anker, a major manufacturer of accessories, launched a multi port USB charger with a total power of 100W, which broke the new power record of PD charger. Let's talk about this "Big Mac" charger today. Why 100W?

Why 100W instead of higher? This also starts from the USB type-C interface and the PD protocol itself. USB type-C, like other common USB interfaces, comes from an organization called usb-if.

USB type-C interface

According to the definition of USB type-C, the maximum power supply capacity of USB type-C is 100W, which is also the physical limit of the interface.

The PD protocol, which we often call "USB power delivery", uses USB type-C interface form, which can not break through the physical limit naturally. So if we don't use custom interface and cable, then single port 100W is the ceiling of power of such charger. So, up to now, the charger of PD protocol can only reach 100W power per port, and Anker has undoubtedly reached the limit of this standard. It is the "power giant" in PD charger products without doubt.

The product appearance analysis is different from the design of folding plug of multi port charger. For volume reasons, Anker's 100W charger has chosen the scheme of using removable power cord. This also avoids the problem that the integrated design products are easy to fall off when inserting into the wall socket. Of course, the price is to sacrifice a certain portability. The plug-in of power cord is close-up in dimension. The third circumference is 106x85.4x34.4mm, which is close to the volume of a 20000 Ma battery. In terms of weight, the main body month is 373.4g. This volume and weight is obviously not very small and light compared to some 45W or 65W products, but it is not so exaggerated compared to the "silly big black thick" power adapter of the notebook. If it is regarded as a notebook adapter + iPhone charging head + dual port 5V 2.4a charging head, the advantages of high integration still have obvious portability advantages. The bottom is equipped with four rubber antiskid pads, which is very attentive. In the most important interface aspect, the two types-c interfaces can support 100W PD output at the highest level, and the total output of two ports is 100W. The specific supported Pd gears are 5v3a, 9v3a, 15v3a and 20v5a. There are two other types-a interfaces, and the single port supports the maximum 5v2.4a output. The maximum output capacity of the whole is 100W. The input voltage range is 100-240V and 50Hz-60Hz. Have global voltage support capability. Nominal parameters

This parameter means that two 45W laptops can be powered simultaneously, and of course, a type-C interface supplies power to the laptop, and there is no pressure to charge the iPhone with 18W PD fast (MFI wire is required). Unfortunately, the two types-a interfaces do not support common QC and other fast charging protocols, which are not very friendly to Android users. However, the output capacity of 5v2.4a can meet the charging requirements of devices including headphones and charging treasures without pursuing speed, except for charging the iPhone 7 and previous IOS devices. Nominal parameters

The length of the power cord is 1.2m, which can bring more flexibility for the charger.
iPhone Adapter
Charging power test

To verify the output capability, we found 2017 macbook pro (i5), ThinkPad x390 (i7 top version) and the iPhone XS max (20% power) used by the author for charging measurement.

The actual charging power of 2017 MacBook Pro can reach 58.6w, which is consistent with the original charger. ThinkPad x390 we found the top version, with the adapter of 65W. The measured power consumption of Anker 100W charger can easily reach more than 56W, and the peak power consumption is about 58w, which can meet the needs. The iPhone XS max with 20% power is charged with Apple's official MFI C to lightning data line. It can be seen that the charging power fluctuates between 16W and 18W, triggering PD handshake successfully, and the iPhone is charging quickly without pressure. Finally, the type-A interface and MFI data line are used to charge the iPhone XS max, and the power can be stabilized at about 12.3w.
iPhone Charger Adapter
Conclusion:

Through our experience, Anker is the most powerful one in the current PD charger products. The 100W PD protocol top power can perfectly support all the PD devices at present, and the design of dual type-C interface can meet the needs of simultaneous charging of any number of PD devices. Two types-a interfaces can be regarded as "gifts" and the charging problem of simple intelligent devices is not large. Although the volume and weight are too large to bring about the problem of not very light, but the powerful performance can "make up for the function", so we can give the conclusion that this product is worth recommending.

At present, this charger is participating in the activities of Beijing East 618, and the price of the charger is about 518 yuan. Interested friends can pay attention to it.