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.”
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.