Charged all my stuff during a four-day trip
January 18-22 I was in Nashville, TN for Imaging USA, a photography convention. During this time, I knew the hotel I would be staying would not have enough outlets for me to power all the camera gear and gadgets I would be dragging along with me. So, I brought along the Satechi 108W Pro USB-C PD Desktop Charger. Now just to be frank, I also brought along a surge-protecting power strip because I had way more gear with me to charge than what this particular Satechi charger can do at one time. That being said, I did use the Pro USB-C PD to power my MacBook Pro, my iPad, my Apple Watch and my iPhone. I had even used it one time to charge up my Canon EOS-R.
The Satechi 108W Pro USB-C Desktop Charger features dual USB-C power delivery ports (90W and 18W) that will charge your devices at full power. It’s equipped with additional USB-A ports. With the charger, you can simultaneously charge up to four devices (charging cables are not included). The charger is housed in durable, heat-resistant materials and it complies with CE, ETL, USBIF and FCC standards.
- Compatible With: 16-inch 2019 MacBook Pro, 13 and 15-inch 2018/2017 MacBook Pro, 2018 MacBook Air, 2018 iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 7/Surface Laptop 3/Surface Go, iPhone 11 Pro Plus/11 Pro/11, XS Max/XS/XR, Nintendo Switch, iPad Air/Mini, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus/S10/9 Plus/S9 and more.
- Connector Type: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz 1.5A (Max); Cable length: 4 Ft
- Dimensions & Weight: 4.75 x 1.19 x 3.13 inches , 14.7 oz
- Speed: 1 x USB-C PD port (90W), 1 x USB-C PD port (18W), 2 x USB-A ports (total 12W)
- Guarantee: 1-year
Satechi is one of the brands that always seem to have wonderful packaging. If I was to see it in a store, I would be attracted enough by it to check it out. They have a nice photo of the product on the front and include some basic details like its name and how many watts it can handle. On the back, there are small descriptions of how the charger can be used. When you pick it up, you will notice right off the bat that this is a hefty beast of a USB charger. It is not light. It’s made from good material and a standard-sized power outlet/plug. I have had a few that for whatever reason have giant outlet/plugs and it just looks hideous.
Before the trip I mentioned, I did test this unit out at home. I didn’t notice any heat coming off of it and my devices charged up quickly and efficiently. This is why I felt that it would be a must-have charger to power my devices on the trip.
It was quite useful to have both USB-C and USB-A ports on this charger. Even though I try to avoid USB-A as much as I can, there are still some devices that require it. As it happens, I ended up utilizing all four ports throughout the duration of my trip. It was great to be able to leave the wall chargers at home and be able to use this charger instead. That saved me a lot of space in my luggage and weight in my bags.
Satechi makes some wonderful gadgets and when it comes to devices that will power my gadgets I will only use brands I feel safe with. Satechi is one of these brands. The only ‘issue’ I had with this device was its price. At nearly $80, I would really love to see some additional USB ports included. The design is slick and the product is top-notch quality. After all, it’s housed in heat-resistant materials to keep you and your gadgets safe from the heat.
But, since it only has four ports, I found myself needing to use the aforementioned power strip to make sure ALL my devices could be charged at night. If the charger would have had a few more USB ports I might have been able to get away with just taking it. But for $80 you can buy three really nice surge protecting power strips, now they won’t be space gray and look classy like this Satechi but they will get the job done. I really do like the 108W Pro USB-C PD and think it’s a great tool for me but the price is something that would hold me back for sure.