The Verge posted an article on the Atom PD 2. It states sales will begin April 29th for $54.99.
Nice article. Thanks for sharing! We actually already knew that this would begin selling next week. Interesting article nonetheless!
I believe the article is incorrect. We were told by Anker the Atom PD 2 is not GaN.
Either Anker updated the product, and didn’t tell us, or Verge sloppy journalist. Which?
Anker did change the power profiles on the Atom PD 1 between announcement and actual release. I’m going to wait until Anker announces specs officially.
60W, but only for one port. When charging two devices, it will “intelligently manage power” between the two ports. So if your phone pulls 18w, a max of 42w will come out of the other one. Still better than the PD 1, and would allow ditching of an additional charger.
My initial reactions:
- Price seems high
Look at it this way… The regular price for PowerPort Atom PD 1 is just $4 more expensive than PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C 30W. At $54.99, PowerPort Atom PD 2 will cost $18 more than PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C 60W.
- Still appears large and heavy
Although the specs may have changed since this was initially unveiled in January 2018 or re-announced in October 2018, it doesn’t look much different in the picture. This means the device is not so small/light… It’s somewhat difficult to believe that this is using GaN.
- Why did this take so long to release?
It has been over 15 months since the initial unveiling at CES 2018.
- Future versions
We already know this is coming soon, which appears to be much more compact.
I suspect we’ll eventually see a version with 60W PD and PowerIQ 2.0 to make for a more ideal solution for those with a combination of high-power PD laptops and QC phones.
- Still a step in the right direction
The more PD solutions Anker offers, the better.
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We actually already knew that this would begin selling next week.
[/quote]How? We were told April, but that could have meant this week.
If this truly is using GaN, I think it’s becoming clear that it doesn’t benefit higher-power devices as much as lower-powered devices.
Basic deduction. Since there’s only one week left in April, it had to be this week.
thanks @queuebitt for sharing this and @joshuad11 for in-depth details
Which one, though? We didn’t know. This is what I’m talking about…
This is what I meant. Including today, there are 7 days left in April. It does cross over the path of two weeks (weeks resetting at Sunday). So it’s sort of this week, sort of next week, but we knew it had to be in this time period.
I think I’m beginning to confuse both of us
My Atom PD 1 gets pretty warm when charging my 45w chromebook.
Warm but too warm?
What I’m getting at is that compared to Atom PD 1, Atom PD 2 does not seem so small, even after accounting for the fact that it is twice as powerful.
Thanks for sharing!
Yeah if you keep trying to pin it down to details and facts…
This week,next week.
Heisenberg uncertainty principal. The more you try to pin down location the less precise you are.
I’d take a statement sent a long time ago a not so precise.
There’s shipping and customs then warehousing to happen before actual selling so can’t be accurate til the last few days before selling.
I’m glad it’s finally getting released. I’ll probably wait to see some reviews before actually buying it. I’ve been wanting for a while so I don’t know of I’ll be able to wait
I’m uncertain about life at this point…
So will it have another smaller version (GaN ?) later ?
I need to stop ordering stuff, I don’t have nothing to charge any more. So many great deals and no much money
The Atom PD 1 gets as warm as many other USB-C PD chargers. While GaN tech makes the power transfer cooler, reducing the size does not. The two end up canceling each other out.
Instead of thinking of GaN as cooler think of it as smaller, but same temperature. If you tried the same thing with silicon you’d get more heat at a smaller size.