Charge a USB-C and USB-A device simultaneously with the 56.5W charger from AUKEY.

As USB-C technology continues to expand, more and more device companies choose to use it for data/charging.  I do not yet have a new MacBook Pro, but I do have a Nintendo Switch and a USB-C to Lightning cable for my iPhone XS Max and IPad Pro 10.5.”  If you own a Switch, you know that Nintendo recommends that you specifically use the Nintendo charger.  When I play on the TV at home, this is not a problem because I utilize the Nintendo AC adapter.  Instead of unplugging the setup, I typically choose to leave my TV dock at home when I travel.   When I heard about the AUKEY dual port USB-C and USB-A wall charger, I thought that this would be a perfect addition to my travel bag.     

AUKEY dual Port Charger
The AUKEY AMP USB-C Wall Charger with Power Delivery 3.0 arrived in a 3 7/8 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches tall by 1 3/8 inches thick tan cardboard box.  The company name and product name were listed along my upper left in vivid black ink.  Along the center of the cover, I enjoyed the 1 15/16 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches tall ink-outline image of the AUKEY 55.6W wall charger.  The left and right side panels were labeled with a recycle icon and “GO GREEN WITH AUKEY.”  The back panel provided the PA-Y10 model, toward my upper right, and the website address, email address, and physical address in China.  Lifting the front flap, I was able to lift the cover to expose the package contents.  AUKEY provided a 2 1/8 inches wide by 3 3/8 inches tall  24-month product warranty/registration card, which had a digitized key sticker on the reverse face.  Beneath the warranty card, I found a hexa-lingual, eighteen-page instruction manual.  The dual port charger will accept AC 100-240V input and promises USB-A output 5V/2.1A and USB-C PDO 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.3A, and PPS 3V-16V/3A output.  Measuring 2 1/2 inches long by 2 3/8 inches tall by 1 1/8 inches thick and weighing 4.80 ounces, the device should fit nicely into a backpack, into a cargo pocket or purse.  

The charger arrived safely nestled within a cardboard shell.  Removing the manual/warranty card, I was greeted to an etched “AUKEY” along the right side panel of the charger.  I lifted the matte black charger out of the box and perused the device.  The left panel was blank, as was the top panel.  The front face had dual output ports, with an upper green colored USB-C and lower USB-A port.  The back had a retractable type B wall plug located 3/4 inches from the top.  The position of the retractable prongs appeared intentional as this allowed full access to the upper outlet when plugged into the lower outlet.  If the prongs were centered upon the back, we would have lost access to one of the two ports.  With power access at a premium, I was thankful was thankful that Aukey thought of that and The base of the charger was labeled with the typical product labels, model number, and product specifications.

To test the device, I plugged a DROK USB-C Multimeter into the USB-C port and then a USB-C to Lightning cable into the multimeter.  I plugged the lightning prong into my iPad Pro 10.5” and found the multimeter read 15.3V/2.05A.  There was some fluctuation, but I was able to enjoy 30W power.  I plugged a USB-A to Lightning cable into the lower port and charged my iPhone XS Max simultaneously.  I was pleased to find that the power delivery did not decrease when both ports were utilized.  When I plugged the USB-C lightning cable into my iPhone XS Max, the multimeter read 9.19-9.23V/.9-1.31A.  When I unplugged the iPad from the USB-A port the multimeter changed to 5.02-5.23V/1.27-1.43A.  For my second test, I plugged the USB-A end of the multimeter into the USB-A port and then a lightning/USB-A cable into my iPhone XS Max.  The multimeter read 5.05V/1.26-1.42A.  The rate did not change when I plugged my llightning to USB-C cable into my iPad Pro 10.5.”   Switching the cables, my iPad Pro 10.5” charged at 5.12V/2.34A.  To compare, I plugged my iPad Pro 10.5” via USB-C to lightning into a Kanex USB 60W charger and the multimeter read 14.9V/2A.  When I plugged my iPhone XS Max into the same port it charged at 5.02V/1.27-1.51A.  Thus, the rates were pretty reasonable/similar. 

AUKEY 56.5W Turbo Charger
When I plugged a USB-C to USB-C RAVPOWER cable into the Nintendo Switch and into the multimeter, it read 15.1V/.23-0.4A.  While playing, the multimeter showed a max of 15.2V/0.54A.  I played a new game download called Coffee Crisis, a retro 2-D side scrolling beat-em-up for over an hour with the device plugged into the outlet.  I was pleased to find that the Nintendo Switch remained at 100% during the gameplay.  I played about 30 minutes each of Zelda, Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart and NES Classic online Solomon’s Key, while maintaining 100% charge.  As a final test, I plugged my RAVPOWER 45W Super-C series battery into the DROK Multimeter and found it to charge at 20.3V/1.46A.  The 20,100mAh battery was fully charged in just under 5 hours.  In summary, I was pleased with the charging power, with the dual ports, the retractable type B wall prong and with the overall appearance of the charger.  If I had a single criticism, it would have to be about the packaging.  Many consumers would not recognize the name and would pass over the bland packaging.  If you are looking for a dual port USB-C 46W/USB-A 10.5W charger, definitely consider looking into AUKEY.  Even better, you can enjoy these features for just under $35.  

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