AUKEY USB-C Chargers
- Foldable Type B Prongs
- Power Delivery
- Affordable Price
- 18W device may not be needed due to 27W device
- No included USB-C cable
- Cover Art for the PA-Y8 did not match the device
Enjoy USB-C charging with a pair of AUKEY USB-C wall chargers, the 18W PA-Y15 and the 27W PA-Y8.
With so many USB chargeable devices at my disposal, I want a charger that provides full power to each of my devices. It seems that we are in another tech war, similar to the LP Cassette tape compact disc battles, to the VHS to DVD, DVD to Blu-Ray, cassette tape to CD to digital media and possibly my favorite the Betamax to VHS. It appears that technology is struggling between wired and wireless charging. The USB-A input is slowly being replaced by USB-C and now there are a variety of affordable options on the market. The AUKEY 18W Power Delivery charger and the AUKEY Amp USB-C Wall charger with Power delivery 3.0 arrived in similarly styled brown cardboard boxes. At first glance, the covers of each of the products contained the same 1 1/4 inches long by 1 inches tall black-ink outline of the AUKEY charger. However, upon closer inspection, the image of the 18W Power Delivery Charger had a higher type B wall plug and an upper cutout to allow the prongs to fold inside. Each of the packages measured 3 5/16 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 3/8 inches thick. Each of the packages left the top/bottom panels devoid of writing and each printed the same “Go Green with AUKEY” along the right and left side panels. There were some differences on the back of the packages, however. Each one had its own product sticker/UPC label and a different model number located toward your upper right. The model PA-Y15 sticker noted the “USB-C charger with… Pixel 2/2XL and More” and the PA-Y8 noted “USB-C Charger wi… Samsung Note8 and More.” There was some writing hidden behind the PA-YB model, which was not listed on the other device. Each was wrapped with a plastic shrink wrap and each of the devices proudly documented “MADE IN CHINA.” From the outer packaging, I did not sense much of a difference between the two model types. Again, the major difference being the subtle drawing differences in the location of the type B wall prong.
I removed the plastic from the Model PA-Y15 first and noted the hidden product information was the address to AUKEY International Ltd in Shenzhen, Guangdong China, the www.aukey.com website, and the email@example.com email address. To access the product, pull the bottom flap toward you and lift the cover upward. I was treated first to a 2 1/8 inches long by 1 5/16 inches wide 24-month product warranty card, with an attractive digitalized golden-key backing. This sticker card provided the same support email and information to link to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Beneath the card, I found a hexa-lingual instruction manual (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese). Beneath the instruction manual, AUKEY provided a quaint 2 1/8 inches long by 1 7/8 inches wide by 1 inch wide flat-black wall charger. The charger, as depicted by the cover, had a retractable B type wall prong along the back, with smooth action. The face had a centered USB-C port, the top was devoid of writing and when placed with the wall prong toward your left, a shiny “AUKEY” was easily viewed etched into the flat black surface. The bottom of the device detailed the 18W delivery system, the PA-Y15 model, the 100-240V/0.45A input and the ability to use 50/60Hz frequencies. Additionally, the classy gold writing detailed the 18W output (PDO5V/3A, 9V/2A, and the PPS 3V-5.9V/3A, and 6V-11V/2A). Lastly, I found the typical product labels.
Turning to the instruction manual, I was pleased with the three-page English instructions. The first page provided a nice thank you note, the package contents and a diagram of the product. The second panel, and probably the most useful of the panels, provided a product specification table, a definition of “What is Power Deliver?,” and how to use the USB power delivery. The table provided essentially the same information that was listed in gold at the bottom of the wall port. Beyond the input/output information, we were also given information about the product dimensions and the 2.3 oz/66g weight. The weight and dimensions matched the actual values that I measured. To utilize the device, plug the type B wall port into a standard wall outlet, and plug your USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB-micro, USB-C to Lightning cable into the wall charger. To test the output, I used an Eversame USB-C multimeter and charged my iPhone XS max with USB-C to lighting cable. I also used the same USB-C multimeter and used the device to charge our Nintendo Switch. The end result was a very compact pair of wall-chargers, perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle.
Returning to the PA-Y8 model, I removed the outer plastic and found the same address/contact information and the same front flap. I again lifted the front flap and was greeted by the same product registration/warranty card but a differently shaped manual. The PA-Y8 charger had the same dimensions as the PA-Y15 charger, the same USB-C port location, the same retractable type B prong and the same etched AUKEY along the front panel. Comparing the two products, they were essentially identical except for the lower product labels. The PA-8 charger was listed as a 27W Turbo Charger with 100-240V/0.8A input at 50-60Hz frequency. It was capable of PDO 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.25A, 15V/1.8A, 20V/1.35A and PPS 3-11V/3A output. Again, Aukey provided the same product labels. The bilingual instruction manual was similarly organized but was not designed as a book. There were two obvious differences between the two devices. First, the PA-Y8 was a tad heftier than the PA-Y15 (73g/2.57 ounces versus 66g/2.3 ounces). Second, the PA-Y8 USB port was colored green, depicting the fast charge technology.
If you are looking for the fastest possible charge for your iPhone 8/8S/X/XS Max/XR, you will need to purchase the Apple 85W charger and a USB-C to Lightning charger. The combination promises 50% power in thirty minutes and a full charge in just under two hours. I was pleased with the AUKEY chargers and found minimal differences between the two devices. With my iPhone XS Max attached to the Eversame USB Multimeter, the output read 9.3V/2.2A, using a USB-C to lighting cable. My iPhone XS Max charged at just faster than 1% every minute. In fact, I found that I generated 13% every ten minutes. As an example, I plugged my iPhone XS Max into the 27W charger at 7:47 PM with 49% power. At 8:07 PM my phone was at 72% and by 8:30 PM my iPhone was at 86% power. By 8:50 PM, my phone was fully charged. Interestingly, when I repeated the testing, the 18W charger charged at just about the same rate (9.02-9.08/1.5-1.9A). If you are looking for a portable USB-C charger, the AUKEY charger should suit your fancy. Neither of these devices will substitute for your Nintendo Switch branded charger. Yes, the devices will charge your Switch, but you cannot use this and also output HDMI. For a portable charger, this device will work well to keep your Switch fully charged. I do not yet have a modern MacBook Pro, with USB C charging. I thus was unable to attest to the quality of the power delivery system. Despite the positives, my main complaint was that the wall ports only had a single output. There may be an advantage to the PA-Y8 over the PA-Y15 based upon the 27W vs 18W power output. Since our devices modulate power, I would choose the 27W charger over the 18W. However, with office/desk charging real estate at a premium, I would prefer a multi-charger or USB-Hub.