UGREEN GaN X 65W Charger Review: Post-Covid Travel Companion

If you’ve been one of the fortunate people to have been able to upgrade to a flagship phone recently, you’ll have noticed they don’t often come with chargers anymore. The UGREEN GaN X 65W charger solves this problem…almost.

UGREEN GaN X 65W Charger
+ FOR
  • Tiny and portable
  • Powerful
  • Good price
- AGAINST
  • No cables included

Buy on Amazon – £31.99

Disclaimer

This 65W charger from UGREEN was provided free of charge in exchange for a frank and honest review. UGREEN have had no input on the final copy produced, and have had no preview prior to publishing.

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Overview

Chargers aren’t sexy. Good chargers aren’t even rare. But there is something about well built, speedy, compact chargers that just float my boat! The UGREEN GaN X 64W charger is one such beast.

Whilst the move towards a more green focus from smartphone manufacturers (aka, they realise they can make more money and appear environmentally friendly at the same time), could leave many feeling decidedly red. The UGREEN Gan X 65W charging brick should be all you need to set things right.

This tiny little charging brick is, well just that, tiny. It has a matte finish which does pick up fingerprints but looks lovely. A small UGREEN logo on the rear side sits opposite a UK 3-pin on the flip. Finally, two USB Type-C ports on the bottom side are all that adorn this little brick.

Specifications

SKU70866
Input100-240V~50/60Hz 1.8A Max
Single-PortUSB-C1/C2:5V/3A   9V/3A   12V/3A   15V/3A    20V3.3A   66W Max

PPS:3.3-21V/3A
Dual–Port
(5V/3A   9V/2.22A  12V/1.67A    20W Max     PPS: 3.3-5.9V/3A      3.3-11V/1.8A) &
(5V/3A   9V/3A   12V/3A   15V/3A    20V2.25A   45W Max     PPS:3.3-21V/2.1A)
Protocols
(PD2.0) /QC3.0/QC2.0/PPS/APPLE 5V2.4A/BC1.2
Shell MaterialFireproof PC /UL94-V0
Dimension60*60*32±0.3mm

In The Box

  • 1 x 65W 2-Port PD Fast Charger
    1 x User Manual

Performance & Use

There isn’t too much to test here. Starting with the power delivery, the UGREEN Gan X 65W charger manages to pump out power to a Macbook, Dell XPS, and my Android smartphone with ease, never getting too hot and never causing an issue.

The C1 USB port is capable of 18W power delivery with the C2 port capable of full 65W power output, but only when it’s used universally. Something to note if you want to charge your laptop and smartphone at the same time. Some laptops will happily drop feed whilst others will flat out refuse until you unplug your smartphone.

I was a little shocked to see no USB Type-C cables included, but then again the cost is low enough for this not to be an issue/ Additionally, I suppose UGREEN would have had to guess as to what was being charged and provide a Type-C to Type-A cable as well as Type-C to Type-C to placate consumers.

Probing into the name of the UGREEN charger, GaN technology, whilst not new, is proving to be incredibly efficient. In short, Gallium Nitride (GaN) has a few areas in which it can beat out its silicon counterparts. There’s more information in The Verge video below, but in short it can allow devices to be smaller (denser) as well as using less power, and as such being more efficient in the energy conversion process too. It’s excellent to see devices using this technology.

 

Final Thoughts

The UGREEN GanX 65W charger performed admirably. Its tiny footprint is perfect for those starting to travel again for work (like myself). For those wanting a few more ports, UGREEN does offer a 4-port solution rated at only £9 more, which I think I’d opt for if you have the room in your bag.

My only gripe is the lack of any Type-C to Type-C cables included, but, I would surmise that the majority of individuals looking at these solutions will already have a cable with their smartphone. If not they are rather cheap. Still would have been nice to have in the box!

About Craig Bradshaw

Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

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