Hands-On With Anker’s Apple-Certified iPhone Camera Flash Accessory

Anker in December debuted a new LED flash accessory that's unique because it's the first iPhone flash option that's Apple certified with Made for ‌iPhone‌ approval.

Anker started accepting pre-orders for the flash earlier this month ahead of a launch in late January, and we were able to get our hands on the LED flash to try it out.

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Priced at $50, the LED flash from Anker is designed to work with Apple's newest iPhones, which means it is compatible with the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

There have been other flash accessories on the market in the past, but these have all worked over Bluetooth. Anker's LED flash has a Lightning cable that plugs right into the Lightning port on the ‌iPhone‌, so it's perfectly synced with the rear cameras and goes off at just the right time.


Design wise, the flash is a little cube with an LED bulb at the front, a Lightning cable at the bottom, and a power button at the side. It comes equipped with a storage pouch and a little diffuser accessory to make the lighting less harsh for when you want a softer look. At the side opposite the power button, there's a tripod mount so you can mount it if desired, but holding it is an option too.

Anker's flash is equipped with a 700mAh battery, which is good for approximately 10,000 shots in flash mode or 50 minutes of light during video capture. Using the flash for video requires putting it into a flashlight mode, which can be done by pressing on the power button.


Once the battery has been exhausted, it will need to be recharged, which can be done with a 5W charger and a USB to Lightning cable. Recharging takes about 75 minutes.

Using the flash with the ‌iPhone‌ requires no setup because of the Lightning cable. Once it's plugged in, it works with the built-in Camera app of the ‌iPhone‌ when the flash is turned on, and it can also work in third-party apps.


According to Anker, the flash accessory is meant to offer 4x more light than the standard built-in flash of the ‌iPhone‌, which has always been weak and often of very little use for most images.


Anker's flash provides more even lighting throughout the image, and it provides a cooler color temperature. You can see the difference between no flash, the built-in flash, night mode, and the Anker flash accessory in the images below.


The LED flash from Anker puts out quite a bit of light, which is useful for photos and videos alike in low lighting conditions. The diffuser is a useful tool too, as seen in these comparison images.


For those who are into ‌iPhone‌ photography, Anker's little cube flash is a tool that will give you more options when capturing images and videos, and it's certainly more useful than Apple's built-in flash.

Those interested in the Anker flash can pre-order it from Amazon for $50, with orders set to ship out on January 25.


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Anker’s Made for iPhone Certified Flash Accessory Now Available for Preorder

Anker in late December debuted a new Made for iPhone (MFi) certified LED flash accessory that's meant to connect to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max through the Lightning port, and now it's available for preorder ahead of a late January launch.

Anker's ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash is the first Made for ‌iPhone‌ flash accessory that's available for purchase. With Made for ‌iPhone‌ integration, the flash accessory is recognized by Apple's new iPhones and can be triggered using the default Camera app and third-party camera apps.


According to Anker, the ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash offers twice the range and four times the brightness of the built-in ‌iPhone‌ flash. It will last for approximately 10,000 shots before needing to be recharged, and it comes with a detachable diffuser.

‌iPhone‌ flash accessories are not new and there are other options available on the market, but Anker's is the only one that is Apple certified and able to be synced with the ‌iPhone‌'s camera using the Lightning port.

Anker is charging $50 for the ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash, and it can be ordered from Amazon starting today. Orders will ship out on January 25.


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Anker Adds HomeKit Compatibility to EufyCam2 Security Camera, HomeKit Secure Video Support to Follow

Anker has updated its EufyCam 2 and EufyCam 2C security cameras with Apple HomeKit support, allowing owners to use the Home app and Siri to control the smart devices.


You can check to see if your Anker HomeBase 2 and Eufy cameras have been automatically updated by launching the Eufy Security App. According to tech blog Macerkopf.de, if the updates have been successfully installed you'll see a new "‌HomeKit‌ Setup" menu item in the HomeBase 2 settings.

Once you've selected ‌HomeKit‌ Setup, you'll be asked if you want to add the accessories to the Home app. Click a few more times and you'll be able to add the HomeBase 2 Bridge and cameras to ‌HomeKit‌.

Don't confuse this update with the promised support for Apple's new HomeKit Secure Video feature, which allows the cameras to capture and store recordings securely in iCloud – Anker is still working on bringing this feature to its EufyCam system and that should follow soon.


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Anker Debuts First Made for iPhone Certified Flash Accessory Designed for iPhone 11

Anker today debuted a new Made for iPhone (MFi) certified LED flash accessory that's designed to connect to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max through the Lightning port.

Though a product link is not yet available, The Verge says that the new accessory is launching next month and is priced at $49.99.


The flash accessory will be recognized by the new iPhones and can be triggered by the default Camera app and third-party camera apps. It will last for approximately 10,000 shots per charge and comes with a detachable diffuser option.

Compared to the built-in ‌iPhone‌ flash, Anker says that the flash can achieve twice the range and four times the brightness.

Anker's new flash option is the first Made for ‌iPhone‌ flash accessory that's been designed, but as Apple has now opened up its Made for ‌iPhone‌ program to these kind of camera accessories, we can expect additional Lightning-based flashes to be released in the future.

‌iPhone‌ flashes are not new and there have been other options available in the past, but this is the only one that is Apple certified and able to be synced with the ‌iPhone‌'s camera through Lightning.


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Deals Spotlight: Anker Kicks Off Big Accessory Sale With Savings on Soundcore Products, Portable Batteries, Cables, and More

Anker this week kicked off a big accessory sale on Amazon, with discounts on everything from Soundcore earphones to Lightning cables, PowerWave wireless charging mats, and PowerCore portable batteries.

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We've listed all of the devices in Anker's new sale below, along with the dates when the discounts expire. Most of the sales will end on December 22, which makes this one of Anker's last big discount events of 2019.

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USB-C Hubs
Cables
Wireless Charging Mats
Portable Batteries
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Deals: Save on Anker and Aukey’s Best Accessories, Including Aukey’s New USB-C Hub + Wireless Charger

Popular Apple accessory makers Anker and Aukey have a new set of discounts on Amazon this week, with notable savings on everything from USB-C cables to portable battery packs and Bluetooth speakers. Some of the sales have had their discounts automatically applied, while others do still require a discount code, all of which you can find below.

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As a note, in this week's sales Aukey is debuting its new combination USB-C Hub with Wireless Charger, which can wirelessly charge an iPhone while providing access to four other ports including USB-A and USB-C ports. The accessory can also connect directly to new USB-C enabled MacBook Pro models, and with pass-through USB-C charging you can charge the laptop while using the mat's other functions.

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Deals Spotlight: Save on Anker and Aukey’s Best Power and Audio Accessories for Apple Devices

Well-known accessory makers Anker and Aukey have introduced many new discounts this week, offering notable sales on helpful Apple accessories like wireless chargers, portable batteries, Lightning cables, and more. We've listed every deal from each company below, along with the expiration dates for each discount so you know how long you have to take advantage of the sales.

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Wireless and Portable Charging



Cables and Power Strips


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We routinely keep track of the latest discount codes offered by Anker and Aukey in our full Deals Roundup. If you're interested in power accessories for Apple devices, be sure to check out our giveaway this week to enter for a chance to win RAVPower's new 61W USB-C Power Adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable.

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Deals Spotlight: Save on Anker’s Lightning Cables, USB-C Hubs, and New Qi-Enabled Soundcore Wakey Alarm Clock

Anker is back this week with a new collection of sales and discount codes on many of its charging accessories, including the all-new Soundcore Wakey Alarm Clock. This device is a bedside alarm clock that has all of the usual features, like Bluetooth, alarm pre-sets, and a white noise mode, as well as a Qi-compatible landing mat on top for charging the latest iPhones.

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As to the rest of the items on sale, Anker is offering an array of Lightning cables, USB-C hubs, and portable chargers at a discount. Half of these accessories will require a promo code on Amazon to see the savings, while the other half are automatically discounted (or have an on-page coupon to clip). Check out all of these sales below:

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MacRumors Exclusive: Save Up to 40% on Anker’s Bluetooth Speakers, Headphones, and Portable Batteries

MacRumors readers have a chance to save on a collection of Anker accessories this week, thanks to our latest exclusive sale with the popular accessory maker. This time around our sale includes up to 40 percent off Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, and portable battery packs.

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As usual, all discounts can be found on Amazon and you'll have to enter the promo codes listed below to see the markdowns. The sale includes seven total items, and any tax or shipping costs are not included in the prices below. Shoppers should note that these codes will only be live through Sunday, May 26.

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Review: Anker’s Compact PowerPort Atom PD 2 Offers Up to 60W of Power for Charging Your Devices

Anker in late April announced the launch of its latest power adapter for charging Apple devices, the PowerPort Atom PD 2. Anker's newest PowerPort offers two USB-C charging ports and up to 60W of power in an enclosure that's smaller than standard stock laptop chargers.

The PowerPort Atom PD 2 uses Gallium nitride or GaN, a new material that allows semiconductor components to be shrunk down, leading to smaller charging accessories. Anker has been updating its power adapter line with GaN, bringing more compact charging options that take up less space.


Design wise, the PowerPort Atom PD 2 is smaller than your standard 61W or 87W charger for the MacBook Pro, but it's not as small and compact as the lower power 30W PowerPort Atom PD 1. It measures in at 2.68 inches by 2.72 inches and it's just over an inch thick.

Comparatively, Apple's 61W USB-C Power Adapter is 2.85 by 2.85 inches, and it's about the same thickness, so you're not saving a lot of space with the PowerPort Atom PD 2, but as explained below, it's a lot more versatile.


It's made from a shiny white plastic material with a gray face, an Anker logo at the side, and a charging indicator to let you know when it's in use. At the back, there's a set of retractable prongs that you can fold up when the power adapter isn't in use to make it easier to carrying around.

There are two USB-C ports built into the PowerPort Atom PD 2, which none of Apple's chargers can boast. With two USB-C ports, you're not limited to charging one USB-C device at a time. There are no cables included, so you're going to need to supply your own.


With the Atom PD 2, you can charge a MacBook and an iPad Pro at the same time at full speed using USB-C to USB-C cables, or charge a MacBook or iPad Pro and fast charge an iPhone using a USB-C to Lightning cable. There's a maximum of 60W of power available, so it can charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro at normal charging speed, just like the standard 61W power adapter from Apple.


You could also potentially use this to charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro, though it would charge your machine more slowly than an 87W power adapter. Still, 60W is enough to keep your MacBook Pro going with a moderate work load.

When you're charging a higher watt device like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, you're not going to want to have another device charging at the same time to make sure all 60 watts are going to the MacBook Pro. If you plug in multiple devices, the power is split and managed between devices.


I don't have a 13-inch MacBook Pro, but the PowerPort Atom PD 2 was able to charge my MacBook at the appropriate speed and fast charge my iPhone XS Max at the same time, providing a 50 percent charge from near dead in approximately 30 minutes. It also worked well with my 15-inch MacBook Pro for my standard workload, which involves web usage, Photoshop and other image editing tools, writing apps, and other miscellaneous apps.


Like all Anker devices, the PowerPort Atom PD 2 uses high quality components and features UL certification to ensure its safety.

Bottom Line


Anker's charging $54.99 for the PowerPort Atom PD 2, while Apple charges $69 for its 61W USB-C Power Adapter, which makes the PowerPort Atom PD 2 the obvious choice if you need an extra power adapter. Not only is it more affordable, you also get two USB-C ports that can be used for charging a single device at the full 60W or two devices with the 60W of power split between them.

If you have multiple USB-C devices at this point or want to be able to fast charge your iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning cable, Anker's PowerPort Atom PD 2 is a good buy.

How to Buy


Anker's PowerPort Atom PD 2 can be purchased from Amazon for $54.99.

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