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Anker Nano PIQ 3.0 Review: A compact universal charger

It’s one of the smallest yet most powerful fast chargers we’ve tested.

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Anker has a wide range of charging products to meet almost any charging demand. The Anker Nano PIQ 3.0 was created with space efficiency in mind. It has to be one of the smallest USB-C charging devices ever released.

Of course, size isn’t the only consideration when selecting a charger for your devices. The ideal adapter is determined by the amount of power required as well as the inbuilt fast charging standards. In this review, we’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks.

The third generation of the PowerPort line offers users a speedier alternative to the charger that comes with their new gadgets. Anker’s new PowerPort III 65W and Nano carry on the legacy.

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Anker’s Nano PIQ 3.0 is a 20W small fast charger without a charging cable. It’s made exclusively, but not limited to, for iPhones and provides a maximum charge for iPhone 12 and higher models. The charger charges three times faster than a standard 5W charger. The Anker Nano is not only a fast charger, but it is also 50% smaller than other 20W iPhone chargers.

What’s in the box?

A charging adapter, welcome instructions, and an 18-month guarantee are included with the Anker Nano PIQ 3.0. Unfortunately, there’s no charging cable inside the packaging.

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Design and Features

The Anker Nano PIQ 3.0‘s primary selling point is its compact size. It’s small enough to carry in your pocket, making it an ideal travel buddy that you can carry anywhere you go. It has a space-saving design that is half the size of a typical iPhone 12 USB-C charger, giving plenty of power while taking up less room in the user’s bag or when plugged into a wall outlet. Isn’t it incredible that the same 20W output power adapter can fit into such a little space?

Anker Nano PIQ 3.0 Features:

  • Model Number: A2633
  • Compatibility: iPhone 12 / 12 mini / 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max / iPhone SE (2nd generation) /11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max / XS / XS Max / XR / X / 8 Plus / 8; AirPods, Apple Watch, Galaxy S10 / S10+ / S10e / S9 / S9+ / S8 / S8+; Note 9 / 8; Pixel 3a / 3XL / 3 / 2 XL / 2, and more.
  • Input: 100-240V 0.6A 50-60Hz
  • Output: 5V=3A / 9V=2.22A
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We absolutely enjoy the idea of using fixed prongs rather than folding ones. Folding prongs, in my opinion, clearly highlight the space savings. It also folds up more compactly. However, a hinge must be located inside the charger to do this. In addition, the housing must be wide and tall enough to accommodate the prongs. This increases the charger’s weight and size. It also includes moving parts that could malfunction as a result of wear and tear. 

Performance

Anker is the most popular mobile charging brand today, and for good reason: its products are high-quality and compatible with a wide range of devices. Anker has created a unique charging technique called PowerIQ 3.0 technology, which is used in a variety of its devices, including power banks, wall chargers, and auto chargers.

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The plug has a single USB-C port that supports the USB Power Delivery 3.0 protocol. This is referred to as PIQ 3.0 by Anker, however, it complies with the same standard and also supports Quick Charge, Apple Fast Charging, and other earlier standards. In either 5V 3A or 9V 2.22A mode, the port can deliver up to 20W of power.

The charger has enough energy on board to support a variety of compact USB-C and USB Power Delivery devices with up to 20W of power. With this plug, a number of smartphones, including the iPhone 12, will shift to their full 20W charging capabilities.

It also works with Anker’s PowerIQ 3 technology. According to Anker, the PowerIQ 3 is so well matched to each device that it can charge an iPhone faster than a normal USB-C PD charger. It’s not considerably faster, but faster is always better.

During our review, we tested the iPhone 12 with the Anker Nano PIQ 3.0 charger. The battery went up around 50% in the first 30 minutes and went fully charged after an hour.

It’s worth noting that this charger does not support Samsung Super Fast Charging for the Galaxy S20, S21, and Note 10/10+/20/20 Ultra.

Should you buy Anker Nano PIQ 3.0?

The Anker Nano PIQ 3.0 is one of the most versatile fast chargers available. Their PIQ 3.0 technology supports both USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge. It charges most iPhone and Android models from recent years quickly, as well as most Huawei and Nokia devices. However, any of them will be charged at the typical rate. It will also charge as you play in handheld mode on the Nintendo Switch, which shows its flexibility. It may be slower than the 30W charger that came with it, but you won’t be able to tell the difference.

When compared to the charger that came with your phone, it’s easy to see why Anker’s is a better option. It’s practically smaller than any of the quick chargers on the market. And it’s about the same size as the much slower 5W charger that most iPhones come with.

For some, the non-folding prongs are a deal-breaker. However, you’ll end up with bulkier chargers if you want those folding prongs. If this is not an issue, go with the best value for your money. The Anker Nano PIQ3.0 is obviously a better choice.

Anker Nano PIQ3.0 Full Specifications:

  • Ports: USB-C
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/2.4A, 9V/2A)
    • PowerIQ 3.0 (Quick Charge compatible)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 100V–240V, 0.6A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 1.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches | 45 x 28 x 28 mm (including prongs)
  • Weight: 1.1 oz | 30 grams

What you will get with every purchase of the Anker PowerPort III Nano (PIQ3) is a welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service. You can purchase this charger for only Php 1,244 and available at Soundcore Global’s official Lazada Store 

Anker Nano PIQ 3.0 Review: Most compact universal charger

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Summary

Anker Nano PIQ3.0 is a wonderful fast charging alternative for Apple, Samsung, Google, and other phones. Additionally, different tablets including the Nintendo Switch are also compatible. It is equipped with Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ 3.0 technology that makes the charger universally compatible with a huge range of devices. While the fixed prongs may not be your favorite, they do help to keep the size and weight down.

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RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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SteelSeries officially introduces Stratus+ for Android

The evolution of mobile gaming optimized for Android.

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SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, today announced the launch of the Stratus+ wireless controller. Delivering a full console experience on a mobile phone, the Stratus+ gives a competitive edge to Android™ and Chromebook gamers anywhere, anytime, and on the go.

The SteelSeries Stratus+ is the easiest and most authentic way to play on the go with an Android device and expands the gaming ecosystem. Players get the perfect combination of precision and comfort to upgrade their mobile gaming experience from standard mobile touchscreen controls.

SteelSeries Stratus+

Key Features:

  • Console Experience​ – Dominate on the go. Mobile gaming never felt so good, as the Stratus+ can easily pair and play Fortnite Mobile and all controller-supported Android games.​
  • Android + Chromebook Bluetooth LE Connectivity – Built to be the ideal solution for cloud gaming, gamers can seamlessly connect the Stratus+ controller to any Android™ mobile or Chromebook device with Bluetooth LE, or any Windows PC via USB connection.
  • High-Performance 90-Hour Rechargeable Battery – A built-in lithium-ion battery lasts up to 90 hours, and fast charging delivers 12 hours of gameplay on a mere 15-minute charge.
  • Slim-Profile Phone Mount – SteelSeries’s unique detachable slim phone mount adjusts to fit any Android™ phone quickly and easily for gaming anytime, anywhere.
  • ALPS Analog Thumbtacks – Designed to give maximum control, the ALPS analog thumbsticks feature clickable L3/R3 buttons for more input options across a wide variety of games. The control effect has been engineered for pinpoint 360° precision, whether carefully aiming or button mashing.
  • Precision Hall Effect Triggers – New Hall Effect magnetic sensors provide the perfect amount of force for the right feel and a lifetime of precision and consistent smoothness. The new trigger design allows for flawlessly smooth actuation from top to bottom.

The SteelSeries Stratus+ is certified for Chromebook and a recommended controller for GeForce NOW, NVIDIA’s open cloud gaming service. With GeForce NOW, gamers can tap into the thriving PC gaming ecosystem by streaming from world-class NVIDIA GPUs across nearly all their devices, including Android and Chromebook. Members on the RTX 3080 plan can stream their favorite PC games at up to 120FPS on PC, Mac, and supported Android devices while staying in full control of the action with the Stratus+.

Available at SteelSeries.com: $59.99 (North America) | €69.99 (EMEA) | $69.99 (APAC)

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SteelSeries unveils Aerox series, the lightest gaming mice

The worldwide leader in gaming and esports expands the Aerox family of ultra-lightweight mice to every gaming genre.

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SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, today unveiled three new additions to its award-winning family of SteelSeries Aerox mice, creating the fusion of ultra-lightweight design and customizable button options for maximum precision, speed, and comfort for every style of gamer. Similar to the way innovations in aerospace bring advanced technologies and design improvements to new product categories, the ultralight and structural designs first seen in the Aerox 3 expand their reach with the new Aerox 5, Aerox 5 Wireless, and Aerox 9 Wireless mice.

Less weight equates to speed and endurance. Speed and endurance equate to wins. Whatever the game, players want an edge, the ability to play better, and the ability to win. Whether they’re playing competitively online or trying to advance past the last boss of a Souls game for the 17th time, the ultra-lightweight Aerox line of mice gives gamers the ability to move quicker, more precisely, and with less fatigue so they can maintain their level of gameplay no matter how long the gaming session.

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Customization is key. From the apps and shortcuts on a mobile phone to a coffee at Starbucks, nearly everything in life is customizable today. The way people play games should be no different.

Now, gamers can customize the programmable buttons on the Aerox 5, Aerox 5 Wireless, and Aerox 9 Wireless and have immediate access to whatever they want, whenever they need it, at their fingertips.

From shortcuts and macros for Fortnite or League of Legends to the synced RGB lighting for a gamer’s battle station, the new lineup of Aerox mice can be customized to suit any style of play or environment.

  • SteelSeries Aerox 5LIGHTning Fast. The lightest multi-genre mouse on the planet barely registers on the scales at a featherlight 66g. Combining ultra-lightweight design with 9 programmable buttons, the Aerox 5 provides players true versatility and the ability to adapt to whatever game or genre they play in an instant. The TrueMove Air sensor and 100% Virgin Grade PTFE feet ensure that every swipe is effortless and tracked with pinpoint accuracy. At the same time, our Golden Micro IP54 switches mean every shot is registered precisely as a player wants it to be. Brilliant PrismSync Lighting provides 3 RGB zones and a water-resistant AquaBarrier™ provides an IP54 safety rating – providing peace of mind from spills and accidents.
  • SteelSeries Aerox 5 WirelessFusing Customization x Unleashed Performance. The lightest multi-genre wireless mouse on the planet weighs in at 74g while providing up to 180 hours of battery life.  A mere 15-minute charging provides 40+ hours of use. Utilizing Quantum 2.0 Wireless and Bluetooth, gamers can play with truly untethered ultralight freedom on multiple devices for longer than ever. 9 programmable buttons and the TrueMove Air Sensor deliver unrivaled precision and accuracy.
  • SteelSeries Aerox 9 WirelessThe Ultimate MOBA and MMO mouse. Bringing the first true innovation to the MMO and MOBA genre in years, the Aerox 9 Wireless weighs just 89g, while giving users access to 12 programmable thumb buttons. The Aerox 9 Wireless utilizes Quantum 2.0 Wireless and Bluetooth for connectivity, next-gen Golden Micro IP54 Switches (rated for 80M clicks [3x the durability found in other gaming mice]), a TrueMove Air gaming sensor, and IP54 rated AquaBarrier™ protection. To keep players cable-free for longer, the lightest MMO/MOBA mouse on the planet delivers up to 180 hours of battery life, with fast recharging capabilities, giving gamers 40+ hours in just 15 minutes.

Available at SteelSeries.com and retailers around the world, the Aerox 5, Aerox 5 Wireless, and Aerox 9 Wireless are available with the following MSRPs:

  • Aerox 5 US $79.99 | EU €89.99 | AP $89.99 | PHP4,399
  • Aerox 5 Wireless –US $139.99 | EU €149.99 | AP $149.99 | Price in PH TBA
  • Aerox 9 Wireless –US $149.99 | EU €159.99 | AP $159.99|PHP7,799
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Monster Gaming supports the all-star MLBB tourney

Together with Good Game PH, Monster Energy, and PlayForce TV.

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Monster Gaming gives its full support to budding local content creators and aspiring Pro Gamers via an all-star Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament organized by the online amusement-style platform, Good Game PH.

The GoodGame.PH all-star tournament promises a fun and exciting event that will showcase 20 teams of promising local content creators throughout the Philippines that will battle for the championship title plus prizes from sponsors Good Game PH (150,000 GoodGameGold), Monster Gaming (G-Knight X300S Headsets), and Monster Energy (E-Sports Jerseys).

“When we started Monster Gaming in the Philippines, one of our priorities is to reach out to local E-Sports communities and provide them quality gear. These may help them improve gaming skills and make them more confident when they play.” shares Igue Bonifacio, Marketing Head of Monster Gaming Philippines. “We’re delighted to partner with Good Game PH as they not only provide a platform for content creators, but they also have our vision of enabling content creators to shine with their unique personalities and showcase their gaming competencies to audiences,” he added.

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According to Good Game PH CEO Wilson Tan, “Good Game PH is an online amusement-style platform launched just last year that caters to the local E-Sports industry. We want to continue to uplift the industry, which is why we continually connect with different streamers and their audiences. Our platform gives the people a fun and rewarding experience as they play because they can also redeem different premium prizes such as phones, laptops, gaming equipment, shopping vouchers, and etc. when they win.” He also shares, “Good Game All-Star is a tournament we organized together with our esteemed partners like Monster Gaming in order to increase the engagement on our platform as well as to bring our affiliates together in a fun and enjoyable manner.”

The All-Star MLBB Tournament begins April 29 and will be cast through Good Game PH’s Facebook page and featured on its online platform https://goodgame.ph/.

Online viewers will also get a chance to win Monster Gaming Arimars N1 headsets, just by watching and participating in the live games streamed on Facebook and Good Game PH’s online platform.

The All-Star MLBB Tournament is made possible by GoodGame.PH, Monster Energy, Monster Gaming, and PlayForceTV.

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