If you travel a lot like I do, bringing along a large charger like the Ugreen Nexode 140W Charger may not be ideal if you're changing hotels every other night. Sure, the Shargeek Retro 35 GaN Charger is nice and small, but underpowered. Which makes the compact Belkin BoostCharge Pro 65W wall charger much like Goldilock's porridge: Just right.
- USB-C PD 3.0 for up to 65W or 45W (top) and 20W (bottom)
- Optimized for Apple, Samsung
- GaN technology and two-year warranty
We previously reviewed the Belkin Boost Charge GaN Wall Charger, which is similar, and features 65W of power. However, this version is even smaller, and can charge up to 65W. The size really impressed me — it's as small as older 9W chargers before the magical GaN days. It features two USB-C ports, great for keeping your cable collection to a minimum when travelling. Each port can do 65W max, with the bottom port doing 20W if both are in use. The top port will then drop to 45W. And don't worry about plugging into the wrong port, they are all labelled.
Note that this charger doesn't come with any bundled cables. And despite its small size, the packaging is pretty large with lots of empty space. But there's no plastic inside, which is great since you can just toss it into the recycling bin. This version comes with a UK plug that's used in Singapore, so you may need a travel adaptor, too. I also noticed that it gets quite toasty while charging.
Using the Coconut Battery app to measure, the charger is capable of charging up to 65W standalone for my MacBook Air. This dropped to around 45W when the second cable was used to charge my iPhone. I was able to get a max of 54W power when charging at 20% to 50%. Note that as long as you plug in another cable into the port even if it's not charging anything, speeds will automatically drop to 45W for the top port. While it's not as fast as 100W charging, it's more than enough to keep your laptop going even when doing resource-intensive tasks such as video editing.
At S$80, the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 65W Wall Charger is worth it for the size alone. I like how it easily fits into my travel pouch without adding bulge. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Belkin.
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