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RAVPower Struck a 61 Watt Blow In the USB-C GaN Wars

RAVPower’s new GaN charger outputs the same 61W as Apple’s significantly larger MacBook Pro charger
RAVPower’s new GaN charger outputs the same 61W as Apple’s significantly larger MacBook Pro charger
Photo: Shep McAllister

Welcome back to The Inventory, your premier news source for the exciting world of USB-C wall chargers. This week, RAVPower unveiled its latest Gallium Nitride, or GaN charger (the same space-saving and heat-efficient tech that RAVPower and Anker have both been exploring in 2019), and it’s stunningly small.

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Though not much bigger than Anker’s 30W PowerPort Atom, RAVPower’s GaN charger puts out an astonishing 61W. That’s the same output as Apple’s 13" MacBook Pro charger, despite being only about half the size. Hell, it’s actually smaller than Apple’s 30W MacBook Air charger. I tested the RAVPower with my own 13" MacBook Pro, and charging speeds were indeed on par with the stock Apple charger.

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And yes, before you ask, it has folding prongs. Praise be.

Left: RAVPower’s 61W Dual USB-C Charger
Right: RAVPower’s 61W GaN USB-C Charger
Left: RAVPower’s 61W Dual USB-C Charger
Right: RAVPower’s 61W GaN USB-C Charger
Photo: Shep McAllister

Avid USB-C charger fans (surely there are some of you) will remember that this is actually RAVPower’s second 61W USB-C PD charger released in the last few months. Unlike the previous model, it lacks a bonus USB-A port, though it is quite a bit smaller. But the dual port model offers more utility and a lower price point, so you’ll just have to decide how much portability matters to you.


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