A capable, compact charger that makes working remotely simple.

Nowadays, there are many different ways to charge devices. Typically, they come with their own charger and you also have the option of buying a charger from a third party vendor. No matter how you decide to charge your devices, you definitely need a power source and when you have several devices that need power, having something like the Satechi 100W USB-C PD Compact Charger available is a great idea. 

DETAILS

This charger is designed with working people in mind. It is built with Gallium nitride (GaN) technology (next-gen charging tech) for a faster, more efficient charging experience. The charger features dual USB-C PD ports and a single USB-A port. It effectively combines three chargers in one and intelligently adjust its power output according to its connected devices. The charger provides worry-free charging by protecting against over-temperature, current, voltage, load, and short-circuits. It’s available in one color – space gray – to match Apple’s brand colors. The dual USB-C power delivery ports charge two USB-C devices simultaneously. It provides up to 60W/30W with both ports connected. Its flexible charging outputs detects and adjusts its ports accordingly to fit a variety of charging combinations: 100W, 100W/12W, 60W/30W, 12W. 

USER EXPERIENCE

The Satechi charger comes in a standard package. There is an image of the product on the front along with the fact that it’s capable of charging at 100W. The back has an additional image of the product along with the main details of the product. The charger comes with a power cable that is about 6 feet long. It’s a good length for use in places like workspaces or for travel. There is also an LED indicator that shows when power is connected. I’ve always liked this feature because it ensures that you know that your devices will be receiving their power. 

This charger is a handy little companion. I have had other charging stations that are similar to this, but weren’t as compact. I think this charger is ideal for when you are working remote. Since it can charge up to 100W in total, it’s great for tossing into a laptop bag when you need to work remotely. I tested the charger a number of different ways. First I plugged a 16-inch MacBook Pro into the Satechi charger to see if it would charge it since it requires a 96W charger. I was happy to hear the familiar charging chime when I plugged it in and my USB Digital Tester reported that the charger was providing 20.1V/1.47A and 29.60W. I also plugged in my Siri remote for my Apple TV using a Lighting to USB-C cable. The tester reported 5.12V/0.21A and 1.07W. Finally, I plugged in a 2018 11-inch iPad Pro. The tester showed that it was receiving 15.0V/0.67A and 10.09W. 

After confirming the different outputs that the charger puts out, I did a timed charging test using the aforementioned iPad so that I could calculate its charging rate. After 30 minutes, the iPad gained 18% and the charging rate was 0.6% per minute. Now, it’s important to note that after the first 10-15 minutes, the iPad was over 80% battery, which means it changed over to trickle charging so that it doesn’t ruin the life of the battery. 

CONCLUSION

The Satechi 100W USB-C PD Compact Charger is a very capable charging device that prevents you from having to carry around multiple wall chargers. It’s lightweight, doesn’t overheat, and it allows you to charge up to three devices simultaneously. Satechi is a brand I trust and I love that they keep coming up with products like this. 

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