When Apple launched the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros final 12 months, the 16-inch fashions got here with a new sort of USB-C charger — one that can ship as much as 140W of power to the MagSafe 3 port. That’s as a result of Apple’s largest MacBook Pro charger helps the latest USB Power Delivery specification: USB PD 3.1, which fits past the earlier 100W limitation for a single USB-C port.
The USB Promoter Group published the latest specification of Power Delivery in May of final 12 months, however accent producers are solely now delivering merchandise that assist it. And it’s about time as a result of 16-inch MacBook Pro customers who swear by quick charging have been caught with the included non-travel-friendly brick that solely has one USB-C port. Now you can get ones with a number of ports, supplying you with the flexibleness to share all that power with a telephone, pill, and even one other laptop computer together with the MacBook Pro.
We haven’t examined these but, however some USB PD 3.1 multiport charger choices embrace the HyperJuice 140W for $129.99 and the Ugreen Nexode 140W for $149.99. Both of those chargers have two USB-C ports and one USB-A port for extra flexibility however solely assist the max 140W out of 1 particular port and as much as 100W out of the second, individually. For the USB-A ports, the Nexode can do as much as 22.5W, whereas the Hyper does 30W.
The HyperJuice and the Nexode look like comparable merchandise in any other case (despite the fact that the Nexode is $20 extra), however they really behave in another way when plugging extra gadgets in. For occasion, for those who plug in two laptops to the HyperJuice, it can ship as much as 100W to the primary system however solely 20W to the second. The Nexode, nonetheless, will cut up the power equally — giving every laptop computer as much as 65W of power.
When occupying all three ports, the HyperJuice will nonetheless push 100W out of the primary port, however then the second USB-C and the USB-A port will now share the identical small 20W pool. That’s okay in case your second and third gadgets are lower-power tablets, telephones, or equipment, however for those who’re like me and use an iPhone MagSafe charging puck and an outdated Apple Watch charger, then my iPhone won’t be capable of quick cost wirelessly.
Ugreen’s charger splits the joules in another way in 3 ways: 65W to the high-powered USB-C, 45W to the second, and as much as 22.5W out of the USB-A port. This is definitely a extra versatile cut up, but when your essential laptop computer is extra power-hungry, then the HyperJuice choice may make extra sense.
Anker additionally makes a 140W USB PD 3.1 charger, however like Apple’s, it solely has one USB-C port to supply. It’s additionally the identical price as shopping for the official one from an Apple retailer at $100, however the Anker 717 is not less than a bit extra compact, despite the fact that it doesn’t use the corporate’s barely extra environment friendly GaNPrime tech. There’s additionally Anker’s PowerCore 24K portable battery bank that can squeeze as much as 140W of power out of its cells, although it can’t plug into a wall and pull AC power by itself.
This is only the start of a new period of compact multiport chargers. They will preserve getting smaller and extra highly effective — however provided that we get extra gadgets that demand the power. The 2.1 revision of the USB-C PD 3.1 spec (sure, it’s fairly complicated) is able to as much as 240W of power, so maybe power-hungry gaming laptops are the following gadgets to push that envelope.