MacBook Pro-ready USB-C PD 3.1 chargers are here from Ugreen, Hyper, and Anker

The USB Promoter Group released the latest Power Delivery specification in May last year, but accessory makers are only now offering products that support it. And it was about time because 16-inch MacBook Pro users who swear by fast charging ended up with the included non-travel-friendly brick that only has one USB-C port. Now you can get ones with multiple ports, giving you the flexibility to share all that power with a phone, tablet, or even another laptop with the MacBook Pro.

We haven’t tested them yet, but some USB PD 3.1 multiport charger options include the HyperJuice 140W for $129.99 and the Ugreen Nexode 140W for $149.99. Both of these chargers have two USB-C ports and one USB-A port for flexibility, but only support a maximum of 140W on one specific port and up to 100W on the second, individually. For USB-A ports, the Nexode can do up to 22.5W, while the Hyper is 30W.

Ugreen claims its Nexode 140W can fast charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro from 0-56% in 30 minutes.

Ugreen claims its Nexode 140W can fast charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro from 0-56% in 30 minutes.
Image: Uvert

The HyperJuice and the Nexode otherwise appear to be similar products (even though the Nexode costs $20 more), but they actually behave differently when you plug in more devices. For example, if you plug two laptops into the HyperJuice, it can supply up to 100W to the first device but only 20W to the second. The Nexode, however, will split the power equally, giving each laptop up to 65W of power.

When occupying all three ports, the HyperJuice will still push 100W out of the first port, but the second USB-C port and USB-A port will now share the same small 20W pool. It doesn’t matter if your second and third devices are tablets, phones, or low power accessories, but if you’re like me and you’re using a MagSafe iPhone charging pad and an old Apple Watch charger, my iPhone might not be able to quickly charge wirelessly.

Ugreen’s charger distributes the joules differently in three ways: 65W to the high-powered USB-C, 45W to the second, and up to 22.5W from the USB-A port. It’s definitely a more versatile division, but if your primary laptop is more power-hungry, the HyperJuice option might make more sense.

The Anker 717 also has the USB PD 3.1 specification for 140W, but only has one port.

The Anker 717 also has the USB PD 3.1 specification for 140W, but only has one port.
Picture: Anker

Anker also makes a 140W USB PD 3.1 charger, but like Apple’s, it only has one USB-C port to offer. It’s also the same price as buying the official one at an Apple store for $100, but the Anker 717 is at least a bit more compact, even if it doesn’t use the slightly more efficient GaNPrime technology. of the company. There’s also Anker’s PowerCore 24K portable battery bank which can extract up to 140W of power from its cells, although it can’t plug into a wall and draw AC on its own.

This is just the beginning of a new era of compact multiport chargers. They will continue to get smaller and more powerful, but only if we get more power-demanding devices. The USB-C PD 3.1 specification revision 2.1 (yes, that’s quite confusing) is capable of up to 240W of power, so maybe power-hungry gaming laptops are the next devices to push back this envelope.

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