GaN vs Silicon AC chargers

You will have noticed that all but our lowest price AC wall chargers are GaN chargers. The GaN stands for Gallium Nitride but how do these chargers differ from the more traditional chargers using silicon and not the newer gallium nitride AC chargers?

Traditional chargers work by passing an electric current into the battery cells and forcing the ions to transform. Ever since the 1980's, almost all AC battery chargers have been made with silicon components.

These silicon transistors have been very cheap to produce and have been used to convert raw electrical energy pulled from the AC power outlet into a more stable output of electrons, which is known as "switching".

Improvements in the silicon-based technology have produced reliable and effective AC wall chargers, however, silicon has a number of physical limitations and have reached the end of their effective evolution. Whilst silicon made the previous materials obsolete, GaN chargers are now sending silicon chargers the same way of the dodo. GaN chargers can conduct electrons with an efficiency of 1000 times that of silicon.

The immediate benefit is that GaN chargers can be made in sizes far smaller than silicon chargers. By being smaller, the new technology GaN chargers require far less components, and this is now driving down prices.

Our HomeKit Australia GaN chargers run from 30w through to 100w with both standard USB and USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectors.

Put simply, Gallium Nitride (GaN) chargers – smaller, faster, cooler, safer.

GaN vs Silicon AC chargers | HomeKit Australia

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