Thanks to the magic of science, GaN chargers have been getting smaller, and in some cases, cuter. Like the Shargeek Retro 35, the Ugreen Nexode Robot GaN are compact chargers. It comes in two versions, a smaller 30W and a slightly bigger 65W.
- USB-C output: 30W or 65W
- Ports: 30W (1x USB-C), 65W (2x USB-C, 1 USB-A)
- Weight: 30W at 58g 65W at 143g
The charger looks like an adorable robot, with a monitor face and two feet. These feet are actually a magnetic cover you slip over the two-pin power prongs. This allows you to stick the charger on a metal surface. It's strong enough to keep it stuck upside down, but will slide if you try sticking it sideways. Note that this charger is best used in the US, China, or Japan, but you can always grab a converter to use it in places like Singapore or Malaysia. But if you're traveling to say, Japan, it's perfect.
The face of the robot changes accordingly. When it's charging, it will show a smiley face with a pointed mouth, switching to show smiley eyebrows when it's done. And when it's on standby, the face will look like it's at rest. The 30W charger has a single USB-C port, while the slightly bigger 65W has two USB-C ports and a USB-A port. Charging worked fine on all the ports, but do note that the C2 port only has a max of 30W charging, if you want the full 65W, you'll need to plug your device into C1. The USB-A has a 22.5W max output. Power will obviously be split when you plug in more than one device into the charger.
According to Ugreen, using both USB-C1 and C2 will result in a 45W and 20W split. USB-C1 and USB-A will be 45W and 18W, while C2 and USB-A will be 5V/3A and 15W max. When all three ports are used, then it's split to 45W and 7.5W and 7.5W. Based on my USB-C power meter, the 30W charger puts out around 30W easily, while the 65W is around 55W on the C1 port. The C2 port is capped at 30W as stated in the specs. It's honestly more than enough to keep your MacBook Air charged while it's chugging along. There were also no issues with fast charging, too.
The Ugreen Nexode Robot GaN retails at US$26 for the 30W and US$50 for the 65W. There's a 20% discount coupon available on Amazon as well for 30W and 65W versions, so don't forget to click that. Otherwise, you can also get it from Shopee or Lazada. It's cheapest on Lazada at S$28 and S$58, though.
Note: Review unit provided by Ugreen.
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