One of the biggest problems with international travellers is the need to carry a bulky international charging adaptor to allow their charger to use overseas charging points.
This isn’t typically a problem for most users who aren’t globe trotting. However, travellers, digital nomads and the like have found it irksome to have to carry an international charging adaptor and their charger too which is where the likes of the new UGreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger come into the picture which have swappable charging plugs blended with their proven GaN charging tech.
Our Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger review puts their latest design to the test to see if it can really stand up to the rigours of the road.
Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger Review – Build and Design
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Ugreen have carved out a name for themselves as a reputable purveyor of chargers, cables and other accessories and those of us here at Hitech Century have come to rely on their array of sturdy chargers that can juice up a laptop and a smartphone from the same charger without issue both in the office and on the road. However, most of their fast chargers did not feature changeable charging plugs such that you’re stuck with a US, EU or UK style-charger when you bought it.
The new Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger addresses this issue as it features their proven 65W GaN fast charging tech and pairs it with the convenience of a compact form factor with the ability to change chargers to US, UK or EU style plugs as needed.
Out of the box, our Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger review sample features the charger itself, a US, a UK and an EU style charging adaptor that slots into the charger and
a slim fabric travel pouch to store it all in. The pouch itself is sized such that it offers a snug fit for all three charging heads and the charger itself but not much else for any other cables. If it was a little bit larger enough that you can store an extra cable or two with it, it would have made it much better.
In terms of design, the charger adopts the quintessential UGreen design cues with a matte plate polycarbonate chassis sandwiched by two solid gunmetal grey panels emblazoned with a prominent 65W symbol and the UGreen logogram on the other.
One end features two USB-C ports and a USB-A port with a grand total of 65W of fast charging divided amongst all three ports while the other side sports a recess with a pair of prongs that allows you to slide in any of the three provided charging adaptor plugs. Swapping it out is as easy as pressing the side-mounted button to get it to pop out on demand.
When toted around as a daily carry charger for work on the commute, it proved to be a highly compact solution that fits neatly into a backpack and even a slingbag in a pinch to charge my work laptop and a phone. While the additional US and EU chargers didn’t see much as we weren’t assigned to travel out of town for the foreseeable future, they will certainly come in handy.
Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger Review – Specifications
The Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger makes for a compelling and versatile setup that lets you ditch the international adaptor at home and which helps to save on a bit more space and weight too in the bargain. Here’s how it stacks up in terms of its specifications
Total output power 65W Max
Input 100-240V 50/60Hz 1.8A max
USB C1/C2 output 5V-3A, 9V-3A, 12V-3A, 15V-3A, 20V-3.25A, 3.3-21V-3A
USB-A output 4.5V5A, 5V4.5A, 5V3A, 9V2A, 12V1.5A, 22.5W Max
Size/Weight 63 x 65 x 30mm / 210g
Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger Review – Performance
As mentioned earlier, the 65W total of fast charging is contingent on what combination of charging ports you use. If you use the USB-C ports on their own, you’ll get the full 65W of charging while the USB-A port gets you 22.5W maximum. Using both USB-C ports simultaneously gets you 45W on one port and 20W on the other.
Assuming things go pear shaped and you use all three ports, you’ll get 45W of charging via the USB-A port for juicing something hefty like a laptop and 17W for either of the two USB-C ports, You can check out the summarised chart below. In general, if you are charging something power hungry like a laptop or a flagship phone, stick to the USB-C ports.
To put it through its paces, we put our Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger review sample to work charging various products from different brands. With a separately purchased UGreen USB-C to C cable plonked into the first USB-C charging port, we managed to get quick charging status on a Huawei nova 10, a Huawei Mate50 Pro and a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with each charged separately to test it at its full potential.
From dead zero, the Huawei nova 10 charged at a healthy 1% per minute and managed to fully charge itself in an hour and 30 minutes and the other phones also displayed fast charging support as well.
The charger was also able to charge a Huawei MateBook X Pro 2022 in a comfortably fast fashion. While the laptop has a bundled 90W charger with a faster charging rate, the Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger was able to tackle it at about 1% per minute with the laptop fully charging from dead zero in about an hour and 30 minutes which is still respectable by any measure.
Things slow down significantly if you’re charging multiple items at once and using all the ports to charge 3 different items will end up with much slower charging speeds which makes this a better option for overnight charging.
Even with heavy use, our Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger remained just warm to the touch. This is on account of Ugreen’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) tech that ensures faster safer charging and a host of failsafes to ensure protection from overvoltage, short circuits or other potential mishaps when charging which does add peace of mind when using it.
Should you buy the Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger
At RM149, the Ugreen GaN 65W Travel Fast Charger is a modest investment that will see the most benefit for frequent travellers as it can charge multiple devices and ultrabooks while having the ability to swap out charging plug to suit almost any region on the planet.