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Hands-on Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim – Giant in Compact form

Anker is no stranger in the charging market. Their products range from portable charger to power strips, and recently, they even released their own line of audio products. But today, we have on our hands is the Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim wall charger. Don’t let the slim & compact form factor fools you, Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim is able to deliver a total of 65W Power Delivery by using the PIQ 3.0 & GaN technologies.

With the explosion of portable devices, mainly laptops, smartphones & tablets, our needs for power is more than ever. People now have not just one, but two smartphones in their disposal, count in several home products that utilize the power supply from USB ports, such as this cute portable humidfier. Having more power on your hands while retaining the small size is always convenient.

Super slim & compact
Total of 65W power delivery
USB Type-C output with 45W
3 USB Type A with maximum 12W charging
Premium build
A bit expensive, but worth every cents

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Unbox

The box of Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim is quite minimal. You find find the white paper box white blue and black color, as usual from Anker. Opening the box, you will find the star of today article.

Exterior

Upon first glance, the Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim looks like a power bank with a flat design, larger than conventional chargers, but significantly thinner, and still flexible with a weight of only 0.3oz (or 136g). The compactness of the Atom III Slim is due to the use of Gallium Nitride (GaN) material instead of silicon, with better energy transmission & efficiency. What does that mean? That means will charge your devices faster & much cooler, thanks to the efficiency of GaN. Meanwhile, because of the heat generated in the process is much lower, Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim is able to slim down, by a lot, to 0.8 inches (or 2cm). The width & height of the device is about 3.5 inches each (or 9cm).

The top of the Atom III Slim is finished with a fabric pattern, that provides a premium quality to the product. The bottom is not cover with fabric, this is intended so customer can use adhesive to stick the device to the bottom of their table. On the center, you will find an LED indicator that shows the status of the device.

Comes with the charger, quite interestingly, is an extension cord, so you can easily connect the charger to the power outlet with inconvenient plugging locations. No more worrying about your favorite seat next to the power outlet at the coffee shop being taken away!

Charging experience

On the front, we have 4 charging ports including 3 traditional USB-A ports and 1 USB-C port. Notably, this USB-C port has a maximum capacity of 45W, supports Power Delivery, so you can also charge your laptop, such as the Macbook Air, not just a smartphone.

Meanwhile, the Atom III Slim’s remaining three USB-A ports provide a total of 20W when operated at the same time (for 3 ports). Anker PowerIQ technology automatically adjusts the output power based on the connected device, with a maximum output per port of 12W. That is enough to fast-charge your smartphones, even tablets. Remember, plugging in more devices into Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim will reduce the power current. However, the Anker PowerID technology is smart enough to provide necessary to each type of devices.

Connecting the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G that supports up to 33W fast charging, the Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim is still fast charging but the charging speed is nowhere as fast as the included 33W wall charger. This is possibly because of Mi 10T Pro 5G Separate charging technology requires the correct use of chargers and cords. Meanwhile, connecting Atom III Slim to iPhone 11 with Type-C to Lightning fast charging cord, the device has a full charge time on par with the fast charger Apple.

Verdict

In general, compared to the previous generation or other multi-function chargers on the market, Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim scores thanks to its compactness, convenience with long power cord and high charging capacity. The price of more than 1 million VND for a charger is quite “acrid” with most users, but in exchange for convenience and a seamless gaming experience, it is still a worthy investment.

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