These days, I’ve had this concept to construct separate ready-to-go tech backpacks that make me really feel ready for any gadgety scenario. A kind of luggage could be my light-weight pack containing a laptop computer and small Nintendo Swap package, minimal cables, a battery financial institution, a mini toolkit, and crucially, one charging brick that may energy any gadget I throw at it.
Ugreen’s 140-watt Nexode charger is a robust candidate to be that one charging brick. It’s a three-port GaN charger with flip-out prongs and as much as 140W charging for a single USB-C system. Its means to cost one system at that pace is due to help for the comparatively new Power Delivery 3.1 protocol (or PD 3.1).
The Nexode doesn’t help the super cutting-edge PD 3.2, however Ugreen is sort sufficient to incorporate a 1.5-meter braided USB-C cable that supports future 240W devices. However the Nexode does help virtually each different USB-C protocol you possibly can swing at it, together with the largely Samsung fast-charging-friendly PPS, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 Plus (and three.0 / 2.0), and even Huawei’s SuperCharge (SCP and FCP).
That makes it a superb match for my light-weight backpack as a result of it ought to help virtually any system I’d run into on the workplace or elsewhere and be capable to cost a number of gadgets concurrently. I additionally want it to help Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Professional, which is certainly one of only a few gadgets available on the market that helps 140W charging — although you would want to make use of Apple’s MagSafe 3 to USB-C cable to get that pace.
By way of portability, Ugreen says the Nexode is “20 % smaller” than Apple’s 140W charger, and it actually appears that approach, because the Nexode is nearer to the scale of Apple’s 60 / 61 / 67W bricks. The Nexode is about 3 by 3 by 1.4 inches and weighs about 14 ounces, whereas the 140W Apple charger is greater however lighter, at about 3.8 by 3 by 1.1 inches and about 9.8 ounces.
I examined out the Nexode at full pace with the 16-inch MacBook Professional. Beginning a cost at 33 %, it estimated a full cost in 1 hour and 20 minutes. After 31 minutes, the MacBook Professional elevated to 91 % and up to date its estimate to 29 minutes till a full cost. The Nexode is quick.
However the pace of the Nexode unlocked one other type of vitality: warmth. This brick received virtually uncomfortably scorching. Even our resident laptop computer reviewer Monica Chin was stunned at how heat it felt — and he or she has dealt with an entire lot of charging bricks. I may scent the Nexode — that’s how heat it received.
On a second 140W charging take a look at, I discovered the Nexode to get as heat as 124 levels Fahrenheit utilizing an infrared thermometer — and didn’t scent a lot that point. I took the temperature of Apple’s 140W charger, too, which can also be GaN primarily based, and it solely received as heat as 99 levels.
Throughout basic multi-port use, although, the Nexode didn’t really feel almost as heat. The total 140W single-device charging is just doable when plugging in simply the MacBook Professional (or any PD 3.1 system). Roger Wan, Ugreen’s PR supervisor, advised me that the Nexode is designed to cut back energy to keep away from overheating when the temperature reaches 95 levels Celsius (203 levels Fahrenheit) — and can resume charging as soon as it returns to beneath 75 levels Celsius (167 levels Fahrenheit).
With a MacBook Professional plugged into port C1 (the one one which helps 140W), I plugged in a pair of AirPods Max into the USB-A port. The MacBook Professional then reported it was charging at 100W, down from 140W. I then plugged in a USB-C Apple Watch charger (the newer era) and positioned a Collection 7 Apple Watch on it — which is when the MacBook Professional reported it was right down to 65W charging. I’ve additionally observed when plugging / unplugging gadgets into the charger, that there’s a delay of about 5 to seven seconds earlier than the Nexode redistributes energy.
The extremely energy person / video editor would in all probability must have a devoted energy brick that doesn’t get interrupted by additional gadgets like their smartphone. For my wants, the Nexode serves me nicely. It might probably even energy a Nintendo Swap dock for TV mode whereas concurrently charging two professional controllers — although it could make the TV display go black for as much as 10 seconds when plugging / unplugging.
At Ugreen’s list price of $149, the Nexode is on the expensive aspect. That sum may get you Satechi’s 200W charger that has twice the amount of ports in comparison with the Nexode and may help 140W charging with none energy drop-off, alongside with a second 20W device attached. (Although now we have not examined this but.) Or you may purchase an additional 140W charger from Apple for $99, which leaves you some cash to purchase a pair extra bricks on your different gadgets.
However as is usually the case with these sorts of merchandise, the listing value isn’t what it’s a must to pay to get one. On the time of writing, Amazon is selling the Nexode for about $90, a way more interesting value that’s additionally cheaper than Anker’s single-port 140W charger. And if the objective is to hold mild with the massive 16-inch MacBook Professional, Ugreen’s received a reasonably good choice right here with the Nexode.
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