Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) Review: Small but Powerful

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The Lowdown

The Anker 735 Charger is a great little wall charger; it is small, solid, and packed with the tech needed to charge your devices safely and quickly. With it, you can charge up to three devices simultaneously, and with a bit of thought, you can quickly prioritize which devices to charge, so you’ll get the fastest charging speeds possible.

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Well-built
  • Three charging ports include two USB Type-C and one USB Type-A
  • Provides a total of 65W output
  • Smart power distribution when multiple devices are connected
  • Smart, over-charging technology to keep devices safe
  • It will power up to a 13″ MacBook Pro at full-speed

Cons

  • Understanding how the power output adjusts and is distributed when multiple devices are connected can be confusing
  • If you travel internationally with it, you’ll likely need an adapter
  • If your MacBook Pro is larger than a 13″, you won’t get a full-speed charge
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When Apple stopped including AC wall adapters with their products, it was a callous attempt to maximize profits further. At the same time, Apple also unlocked the creativity of companies that stepped in and filled the void. The new Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) is one example of a third-party solution; this foldable wall charger has three ports and offers a maximum output of 65W!

Charge three devices at once with the Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W).

The Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) measures just 2.60″ long by 1.50″ tall by 1.15″ wide; it’s a bit larger than two of Apple’s 5W iPhone adapters and a heck of a lot smaller than the adapter included with my MacBook Pro.

Here’s one comparison shot:

The Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) is touted as “the only charger you need.” Thanks to its small size and multiple charging inputs, I would agree.

On one end, there are US 110V foldable prongs. When not in use, the prongs fold into the Anker 735 Charger, protecting them from being bent while knocking around in your backpack. You’ll simply fold out the prongs to plug them into a wall outlet to charge a device when needed. Since the prongs are integrated, it does mean that if you are traveling internationally to a county that uses a different prong design, you’ll need to bring an adapter.

Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) Review: Small but Powerful

The sides of the Anker 735 Charger are covered in a finger-print-rejecting soft-touch black plastic with Anker printed in white on the side. Incidentally, when you pick up the charger, you will be surprised. It is small but relatively hefty!

Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) Review: Small but Powerful

The business end of the adapter has a metallic-looking plastic face. It looks classy, but more importantly, it makes it easy to see the three charging ports on the front, including two USB Type-C ports and a legacy USB Type-A port.

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Because the Anker 735 has three charging ports and can provide up to 65W of total charging power, properly managing the wattage you can expect to receive for each device plugged into it might seem slightly more complicated than if there were just a single port for one device that could draw all of that power. The Anker 735 delegates the 65W it can output to different ports, depending on how many ports are being used and the types of devices drawing power from the ports.

For example, the Anker 735 will deliver up to a full 65W of power when a single device is connected to one of the USB-C ports. That’s enough power to charge a 13” MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air.

If, however, you connect multiple devices, the Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) is “smart” enough to distribute the power across all three. You can charge up to three devices simultaneously, and when that is happening, the top USB Type-C port outputting 40W, the second USB Type-C port outputting 12W, and the USB Type-A port outputting 12W.

I find this graphic to be helpful:

Charging guide for the Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W)

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This technological charging wizardry is made possible thanks to Anker’s GaN II technology. Anker points out that GaN II technology has an upgraded circuit board structure, an innovative stacked design, and a 100% increase in operating frequency, so you can get a smaller charger that can do even more without sacrificing power.

The Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) has GaN II Technology

The Anker 735 Charger is a great little wall charger; it is small, solid, and packed with the tech needed to charge your devices safely and quickly. With it, you can charge up to three devices simultaneously, and with a bit of thought, you can quickly prioritize which devices to charge, so you’ll get the fastest charging speeds possible.

I have several other 65W wall adapters that do a great job, but the Anker 735 Charger is the only one that offers three different port options, making it ideal for daily carry and travel.

The Anker 735 Charger (Nano II 65W) retails for $79.99; it is available directly from the manufacturer and other retailers, including Amazon.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: Small and compact; Well-built; Three charging ports include two USB Type-C and one USB Type-A; Provides a total of 65W output; Smart power distribution when multiple devices are connected; Smart, over-charging technology to keep devices safe; It will power up to a 13″ MacBook Pro at full-speed

What Needs Improvement: Understanding how the power output adjusts and is distributed when multiple devices are connected can be confusing; If you travel internationally with it, you’ll likely need an adapter; If your MacBook Pro is larger than a 13″, you won’t get a full-speed charge

 

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.