ANKER Atom PD 1 and PowerLine II with Lightning Connector REVIEW
I am an active iPhone user. It goes with me everywhere and I am constantly checking in with work email and social media not to mention the fact that I am usually listening to music or watching streaming video from one service or another. Those activities drain the battery of the phone quite quickly. I have an iPhone XS and even though the battery life of this device is much stronger than my previous iPhone 7, it does still need to be recharged by day’s end. Even though this model has the option for wireless charging, I don’t like to wait. I plug my phone in the old-fashioned way — using a Lightning cable. I get a clean, efficient charge, but I have to admit that sometimes, it’s not as quick of a charge as I’d like. So, I’m grateful to now have the Atom PD 1 power adapter and PowerLine II with Lightning cable from Anker in my possession. Both objects are equipped with fast-charging technology so that you get the quickest possible charge for your iPhone or iPad.
The PowerLine II Lightning cable is the most durable MFi certified cable for iPhone available. It’s available in four colors — white, black, blue, and red. The cable is tested for strength and can be bent more than 12,000 times. It is approximately 5X the durability of other cables. Because it’s MFi certified it’s Apple authorized for use with any device featuring a Lightning port. Anker is dedicated to providing the best possible customer experience so they provide hassle-free replacement for any quality issues — for an entire lifetime. The cable is 3-feet long and weighs 0.64 ounces.
The PowerPort Atom PD 1 is dubbed “the world’s smallest power delivery charger” by Anker and in truth, it is pocket-sized. It features one USB-C/power delivery port and a wall plug. The plug does not collapse into the charger. The charger is designed to be 2.5X faster than standard chargers and will charge a phone’s battery up to 50% within 30 minutes. Even though the aforementioned PowerLine cable is compatible only with Lightning capable devices, this power adapter can be used with a wide variety of devices including Apple phones, tablets, and laptops. It is a 30W charger so if a laptop only requires 30W then this devices can handle its power delivery.
Before I get into this too far, I want to start by saying that this is now my ‘go to’ charger for my phone. There were a couple of times this week where I had worn my battery down to single digits and I just didn’t have the time in between activities to let the phone sit and wait for it to gain a charge with a standard cable and power adapter. I did, however, have the time for this Anker combo to charge up my phone. I was shocked to find how quickly my phone charged.
The first time I charged my phone using the PowerLine cable and Atom charger, I was able to gain 50% battery power within about 34 minutes. And after another 47 minutes, the battery gained another 27%. I do need to note here that I was also watching Netflix on the phone at the time and occasionally accessing other services on the phone, too. The next time I used the Anker charging combo, my phone was at about 3% battery and I only had about 45 minutes until I had to be somewhere. So, I grabbed up the cable and Atom charger and plugged it in. Within 30 minutes, there was enough power on the phone to get me through my next activity.
I am a big fan of these two items from Anker. The cable is incredibly sturdy, but still flexible and the power adapter is compact enough to carry in your pocket. The only thing I don’t really like is that the plug part of the adapter doesn’t fold up. I have gotten it caught a couple of times and it would really be nice if there was a version that collapsed the plug so that it was easier to stow the adapter.
I’ve been a fan of Anker products for a while now, but I’m a super fan of this cable and charger. I think that if you have a Lightning capable device or need a 30W power adapter, you should invest in these devices. They are truly awesome and perform like champs.
Originally published at macsources.com on April 12, 2019.