Today, being productive on the go requires carrying multiple necessary electronic gadgets. Depending on how you work, you might carry a laptop, a smartphone, a smartwatch, a camera, a webcam, a tablet, a set of Bluetooth headphones, a Nintendo Switch, or a combination of these items. I hope you get the idea.
The amount of chargers you may need to stash away in your backpack and the restricted number of AC outlets you have to keep them all charged during the day are two of the most unpleasant aspects of carrying all these gadgets.
A novel remedy for this is a desk charger made by the Chinese electronics company UGREEN that can simultaneously power up to six electronic gadgets.
With four USB-C Power Delivery ports, the charger from UGREEN, simply and aptly called the 200W Desktop Charger (or Nexode in some regions), can support any technology that needs a little bit more wattage to function. It can simultaneously deliver up to 200W of power to your electronics (100W maximum for a single device).
Let's discuss the charger's construction and composition first, though.
Not at all cumbersome.
The charger, which is now available for roughly US$199.99, is well-made, with a plastic exterior body that doesn't feel cheap and a design that should fit into any desk arrangement. Additionally, it is rather heavy, making it more appropriate as a permanent addition to the top of your desk than something you would carry around on a regular basis (although you can do that if you want, as well).
Image via Southeast Asia's Mashable
However, given the amount of power it is capable of producing, you'd probably be content with the device's dimensions, which are 3.97 x 3.97 x 1.27 inches. This is undoubtedly due to the semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN), which has enabled the majority of contemporary chargers to get smaller without sacrificing performance.
Image via Southeast Asia's Mashable
Last but not least, the device also comes with a regular wire that plugs into a wall outlet for power and a meter-long braided USB-C cable that allows 100W charging.
Powerful yet also a little perplexing.
Although you'll need to consult a perplexing chart provided by UGREEN in order to really determine the power output of the six ports (4x USB-C and 2x USB-A), the charger appears to be more than capable of meeting the needs of most users when it comes to the device's main pull.
The diagrams show that depending on how many devices you connect in and which ports you utilize, the charger will transmit varied amounts of energy. If only the first two USB-C ports are used, for instance, 100W of Power Delivery fast-charging can be delivered, whereas 65W per device is the maximum charging output for all three USB-C ports when a third USB-C device is added.
Additionally, if you absolutely must know how much power each of your devices is receiving, you'll need to be aware of the various maximum outputs for the various ports. Depending on your priorities, you should use the charger's first two USB-C ports for the devices that need the most power (or those you urgently need to recharge), and the remaining ports for the less critical components of your setup.
When all six ports are in use, the maximum charge output for each port is as follows: 65W for the first USB-C port, 45W for the second and third USB-C ports, 20W for the fourth USB-C port, and 5V4A (20W) for the last two USB-A ports.
I discovered that I could just refer to the pictures provided (see below) to keep track of things because trying to recall these requirements was obviously not worth the trouble.
All things can be charged by it.
Despite its confusing specifications, I found the charger to be able to power several commonplace gadgets without having any issues. In my tests, I connected a laptop with a specialized graphics card, a 2021 Macbook Air, two iPhones, a Microsoft Surface Pro 7, and an Apple Watch and found that all of devices received enough power to charge from different states to full within reasonable timeframes.
PHOTO: Southeast Asia Mashable
The first two USB-C ports, which UGREEN claims can send 100W each (adding up to 200W total), were connected to my gaming laptop and my Macbook Air to test the charger's claimed 200W maximum output. I discovered through battery reporting software that this was also largely accurate, with charge rates hovering around the 100W mark when receiving power at around the 20-percent charge mark.
The 200W charger is a very useful tool for replacing the numerous charging bricks and adapters that take up space in a backpack since for the majority of users, this amount of power will be more than enough to power a daily array of portable electronics.
To keep my gaming laptop, iPhone, Airpods, and smart watch charged for my days at the office, I simply needed to bring the charger and accompanying USB cables in my case, as opposed to a bulky power brick and a wall converter.
PHOTO: Southeast Asia Mashable
I should note that it was impressive that the 100W charging from the first two USB-C ports was more than enough to keep my power-hungry gaming laptop charged throughout the day as I worked on chores like word processing, viewing movies, and browsing the internet.
However, those who purchase this charger for their own gaming laptops should keep in mind that it won't be sufficient for serious gaming sessions, which call for additional power to support specialized graphics cards like an RTX3050 (or anything similar or more demanding). For such circumstances, it is obvious that you should stay with the provided power bricks.
The charger managed to charge multiple devices at once without getting hot or even warm most of the time, which was the last thing I found impressive. The effectiveness of gallium nitride as an internal semiconductor is once more to thank for this.
If there was one thing, though, that I wished UGREEN had done better with the charger, it would have been to add some LED indicators to show whether it was working properly or if there were any issues. You will currently need to check on each device separately to determine whether power is currently being delivered to it.
But since it's one of the first of its sort, I can't really criticize the charger's design, even if I anticipate that design and price will quickly advance in subsequent incarnations.
A gadget that people will have to carefully examine before making a purchasing decision is the 200W GaN charger by UGREEN, which presently retails for a high US$199.99 on the brand's official website.
It goes without saying that such a price tag can be anticipated given the novelty of such a potent charger, but I anticipate that its functionality will (for now) only appeal to those who really want something that can easily replace their disorganized complement of charging bricks and wall chargers.