Power strip provides a solid charging option for users that travel.
One of the things you may not think about packing when you take a trip is a power strip. But, if you are like me, you probably should have that on your checklist. You want to protect your devices and ensuring they have the right type of power source is essential to this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stayed in hotels and used the plugs that are built into the side table lamps.
I’ve been chastised by my fiancé for doing so because “you don’t know how those plugs are made.” It’s true. I don’t know how those outlets were made and chances are, they probably weren’t made with smartphones and tablets in mind.
This is why it’s a good idea to pack your own power strip and plug it directly into the wall. Fortunately, in this day and age, it’s easy to find compact power strip options like the DigiNest Pro 100W USB-C Power Strip by UGREEN.
About the DigiNest Pro
The DigiNest Pro is a 7-port power strip that provides up to 100W of power using GaN (Gallium nitride) technology. The power strip is equipped with high-speed charging technology which allows users to charge their devices quicker and more efficiently. This power strip also provides overload, overcurrent, grounded protection, and many other security features.
The DigiNest Pro is compatible with virtually every modern device currently available. There are 3 USB-C ports, 1 USB-A port, and 3 AC outlets (2 are grounded). So, in addition to tablets, computers, and smartphones, users can also use this power strip to provide power to home appliances and personal care items like shavers or curling irons.
One of the big benefits of the DigiNest Pro is its effect on the environment. Because it is built with GaN technology, the power strip helps to reduce carbon emissions and waste.
“Ugreen GaN series have helped reduce carbon emissions by 2,264 tons since 2020 and are anticipateed to save 5,503 tons of carbon from going into the atmosphere per year in the future. (Producing one GaN chip can save 8.8 pounds of CO2 compared to silicon chips).”
Finally, the design of the power strip is meant to mimic a classic radio. It is meant to be seen and not hidden away. UGREEN took special care to make sure the DigiNest Pro was as pleasing to the eye as it is powerful.
|Product Dimensions||5 x 3 x 2 inches|
|Item Weight||1.31 pounds|
|Compatible Devices||Tablets, Television, Laptops, Lamp, iPhone|
|Compatible Phone Models||Compatible with smartphones, Tablet, and Laptop|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Weight||21 Ounces|
|Support Protocols||• USB-C : PD3.0/PPS/QC4+(QC4.0/QC3.0)/FCP/AFC/5V2.4A/BC1.2|
• USB-A: SCP/QC3.0/FCP/AFC/5V2.4A/BC1
AC Output: 1875W Max 15A Max 125V~ 50/60Hz
USB C Output: 100W Max
- USB-C1/C2: 5V/3A 9V/3A 12V/3A 15V/3A 20V/5A 100W Max PPS：3.3-21V/3A
- USB-C3: 5V/3A 9V/2.5A 12V/1.88A 22.5W PPS: 3.3~5.9V/3A 3.3~11V/2A
- USB-A: 4.5V/5A 5V/4.5A 5V/3A 9V/2A 12V/1.5A 22.5W Max
Pricing & Availability
The DigiNest Pro comes in a simple retail-style box. There is an image of the product on the front with some basic details included around the package. One of the things I noticed right off the bat was how heavy the package seemed to be. What I found was that the power strip itself isn’t super heavy, but the attached power cord is. It’s a thick, robust power cable that weighs the power strip down.
While I appreciate the high-quality build of the power cable, it did hinder my experience with the power strip a bit. The power strip has silicone feet on it and it’s designed to be used on a flat, desktop surface. Unfortunately, the weight of the cable made the power strip tilt on its side. At the time, I only had two devices plugged in — USB-A and USB-C ports — so it’s possible that with additional items plugged into the AC outlets the power strip might be more balanced.
I also think the tension in the cable from being packaged might have played a factor in this imbalance issue. The power cord is tight and even after it was unbound for several hours, it retained its folded shape. With this in mind, if you were to travel with this power strip, you could run into a similar issue based on having the power cord wrapped up.
I do love the compact nature of the power strip box. It doesn’t take up much space on a desktop, which is a huge benefit in my opinion. The layout of the ports and outlets makes it very easy to use the device, too. There are many standard power strips that make it difficult to utilize the outlets due to their spacing, but the DigiNest Pro was designed for users who have USB-C-powered devices and for those who might have larger power bricks to plug in.
As far as the price point goes, I do feel that it’s a little higher than some other 100W GaN Power Strips in the market. I did a quick search to see what other options might be listed and the UGREEN DigiNest Pro. I did not find an exact product with the same number of ports, but one option which was a 5-port charger was listed at $95. I am hoping that the price of these types of charging devices will come down in the future to be more affordable for consumers.
I did do a charging test with my Apple Watch plugged into the USB-A port and my iPhone 14 Pro plugged into one of the USB-C ports. The Apple Watch gained 48% in 30 minutes (charging rate = 1.6% per minute) and the iPhone 14 Pro gained 14% in 30 minutes (charging rate = 0.46% per minute). Both of those were respectable charging rates — especially since the iPhone 14 Pro was above 80% when I started charging it.
Having a single power strip that can serve multiple needs is a great option. The DigiNest Pro has the potential to provide that type of utility to users. I hope that over time the power cord loosens up and the power strip can steady itself better on a desktop, but it works really well as a power source regardless.