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Anker Power IQ Automatically Optimizes Device Charging Based on Amps

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External batteries and other charger usually are only able to charge certain devices at a single amperage — a lot of phones charge at 1.0 amps (sometimes slightly more), while most tablets charge at 2.1 amps. This can pose a problem when you want to charge your iPad, but don’t have a compatible charger. Anker is solving this with Power IQ.

Anker’s Power IQ technology is coming to the company’s second-generation of external battery packs, desktop chargers and car chargers. The technology “intelligently identifies your device and speaks with the language it needs for full speed charging.”

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This means that whenever you plug an iPhone in, it’ll detect that it’s an iPhone and charge it at the proper 1.0 amps, but if you plug an iPad in, it’ll detect that it’s an iPad and charge it at the proper 2.1 amps.

Granted, many USB charging products already have this kind of technology, but it’s something that isn’t as prevalent as it needs to be. So many USB chargers are only meant for one device at a single amperage and voltage, which is really frustrating when you can’t charge your iPad at full strength.

Second-generation Anker external batteries with Power IQ will come in a variety of sizes, going up to 20,000 mAh and starting at $69 with multiple USB ports, depending on your needs. The company says that these devices will be available early this month on Amazon.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Nick Donnelly

    10/18/2015 at 6:30 pm

    This doesn’t make sense. A charger with higher than required Amps (and 5V USB standard) should always be able to charge any device as fast as possible.

    What does PowerIQ do above just making a lot of Amps available?

    • Adrian

      12/31/2018 at 10:45 pm

      It breaks the phone if you charge it with too much power so you just shoot for the lowest common denominator that can charge every device safely even if its slow for larger devices. Power IQ manages it do that it can charge smaller and larger devices supplying the max power to both.

  2. Mike

    11/15/2015 at 12:04 am

    Exactly, Nick. This doesn’t make any sense.

    • Walls

      04/26/2019 at 6:25 am

      It does make sense, because some phones 18W Quick Charge ability, and other phones do not. Anker provides a charger which can adjust to both.

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