What's the Deal with GaN?

| Words by Madeline Myers

In the world of power electronics, Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology has emerged as an exciting game-changer. GaN electronics deliver high levels of power from remarkably small bodies, making them an invaluable resource for modern, on-the-go lifestyles where space and portability are essential. Let’s explore how it works and touch on the latest in GaN charging from Nomad.

5 Key Takeaways

Gallium Nitride (GaN) is a wide-bandgap semiconductor material that exhibits remarkable properties when used in power electronics. Here are five key things you should know about it.

Reduced Heat Generation. GaN devices operate at higher efficiency levels, resulting in less energy being converted to heat compared to their silicon-based counterparts.

Smaller & Lighter. Due to its superior performance, GaN technology allows for smaller and more compact electronic components. This is particularly beneficial for devices where size and weight are critical factors. Just think about how many heavy adapters you’ve lugged around in your travel bag.

Higher Electron Mobility. GaN allows electrons to move more freely compared to silicon alternatives. This higher electron mobility enables faster switching speeds in electronic devices.

Lower Resistance. GaN-based transistors have lower electrical resistance, which means they can conduct electricity more efficiently. This leads to reduced power losses and improved energy efficiency.

Wide Bandgap. GaN has a wider bandgap than silicon. This means it can operate at higher temperatures and voltages without breaking down, making it suitable for high-power applications.

GaN electronics deliver high levels of power from remarkably small bodies, making them an invaluable resource for modern, on-the-go lifestyles where space and portability are essential.

35W Slim & 65W Slim Power Adapter

Now that we’ve covered GaN, let’s shift gears to our latest power adapters – 35W Slim Adapter and 65W Slim Power Adapter.

With GaN, these adapters are up to 3 times as efficient as silicon-based alternatives, and they're much more compact. Plus, we packed the adapters to the brim with thermal compound to keep them cool as they charge and maximize their efficiency. What’s all this mean for you? The most powerful and efficient charge, from the smallest possible body.

35W Slim Adapter harnesses the power of GaN technology to deliver a striking 35W of power from a remarkably slim body. It ensures rapid and efficient charging for a wide range of USB-C devices and its compact body effortlessly slips into pockets, bags, and crowded airport outlets, making it the perfect travel companion for the modern nomad.

35W Slim fast charging an iPhone on Stand One

Then there’s the stronger, and only marginally larger, 65W Slim Power Adapter. Boasting an impressive 65W output, it's equipped with dual USB-C PD ports for maximum charging versatility. Using ProCharge Power Philosophy to intelligently split power when charging multiple devices, it promises a fast and efficient multi-device charging experience.

65W Slim charging a MacBook Pro

Wait, What’s ProCharge Power Philosophy?

Here at Nomad, we believe that one adapter should be able to charge all your tech. That’s why our Product Team developed ProCharge Power Philosophy. ProCharge intelligently redistributes power among your adapter’s ports depending on how many devices you're charging and what ports they’re charging in.

Both 65W Power Adapter and our newer 65W Slim Power Adapter are able to channel 65W of power to either port when charging a single device. When charging two devices, the adapters intelligently reroute power to both ports, delivering 45W to their blue high-speed ports and 20W to their black standard ports.

On the hunt for even more power? We’ve got you covered with 130W Power Adapter. When charging two devices, 130W reroutes 100W of power to your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone, and another 30W to another device. With all three ports in use, enjoy 70W from the top high-speed port and 30W from both bottom ports. More ports, more power. All from a sophisticated, sleek, and satisfyingly matte body.

Our standard sized 30W, 65W, and 130W Power Adapters

That's It!

GaN’s exceptional properties have paved the way for smaller, faster, and more efficient electronic devices. The integration of GaN in our 35W Slim Adapter and 65W Slim Power Adapter represents a testament to its transformative power. These adapters not only exemplify the cutting edge of efficiency and performance but also fit seamlessly into your Nomad collection of power products. They look good, they feel good, and we promise they’ll be the most reliable travel companion you’ve ever had.

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