Ugreen Nexode 140W GaNFast Charger Review – Power Delivery 3.1 for 140W on a single port

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Ugreen Nexode 140W GaNFast Charger Review Rating

Summary

This is a superb charger, but only if you can make the most of the increased 140W output this has to offer compared to 100W chargers.

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Pros

  • Superior to OEM chargers from Apple and Dell

Cons

  • Expensive if you don't make use of the 140W charging

I have been reviewing a lot of power delivery chargers recently. It seems like there has been an influx of high-power multi-port chargers over the past few months.

I love the adoption of USB-C as the universal charging standard (apart from Apple). It just makes life so much easier. Multi-port chargers are always great, I have them dotted around the house, so I am never far from being able to charge my laptop, phone, Nintendo Switch or the many other pieces of tech I use daily.

Some devices, like gaming laptops, require too much power for USB-C, but that’s starting to change. But things are starting to change. Last year the USB-IF released a new specification for USB-PD R3.1, which updates the “Extended Power Range” aspect that allows for delivery of up to 240W.

Companies like Apple and Dell have been producing chargers that go up to 140W for a while now, but third-party solutions have typically been limited to 100W until now.

The Ugreen Nexode 140W is the first charge I am aware of that can do 140W from a single port, making it compatible with the 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro and recent Dell XPS 15 laptops.

Specification

  • USB-C1 Output:
    • 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓3A, 12V⎓3A, 15V⎓3A, 20V⎓5A, 28V⎓5A. 140W Max
    • PPS: 3.3~21V/5A
  • USB-C2 Output:
    • 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓3A, 12V⎓3A, 15V⎓3A, 20V⎓5A. 100W Max
    • PPS: 3.3~21V/5A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 5V⎓4.5A, 4.5V⎓5A, 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓2A 12V⎓1.5A. 22.5W Max
  • Total Output:140W Max
  • Protocol:
    • USB-C Port:PD3.1(PD3.0\PD2.0), QC4+(QC4.0\QC3.0\QC2.0), PPS, AFC, APPLE 5V2.4A, BC1.2
    • USB-A Port:SCP, QC3.0, AFC, FCP, APPLE 5V2.4A, BC1.2
  • 1.5m 240W USB-C to USB-C cable included
  • Charger Size: 75.9×75.9×34.7 mm (2.99×2.99×1.37 in )

Size Comparison vs Anker 737 GaNPrime Charger vs Apple 140W USB-C Power Adapter

Even though GaN chargers are smaller than the older chargers, these new high-power chargers are quite chunky. I am not too fussy about the size of things normally, but if you plan to use something like this for travelling, it is worth considering.

This has dimensions of 75.9×75.9×34.7 mm and weighs 294.5 g.

The Anker 737 is quite bit smaller at 43 × 32 × 80 mm, being taller but much less deep. With a similar width, neither charger should interfere with anything plugged in next to them.

The Anker weighs in at 187g, over 100g less.

The 140W Apple charger is 96mm x 75mm x 28mm and 277g.

In Use

I don’t have anything that can pull more than 65W at a time. All the ultra-portable Huawei and Honor laptops I have used are limited to this. However, I was able to test charging two of these laptops at once.

While I don’t have two USB-C power monitors, when I charge two laptops together, they should draw the same amount of charge (assuming they are low on battery).

My Huawei Matebook 13 and Matebook 14, both at around 50%, drew up to 65W each while on charge at the same time. With both USB-C ports in use, the maximum output is 65W per port

The USB-A port can do 22.5W, and if this is in use, then the maximum output from either of the USB-C ports is 100W. If all three ports are in use, you get 22.5W, 45W and 65W. Which I think is plenty, I can charge my laptop, phone and Garmin Epix 2 at the same time.

Price and Alternative Options

The latest Nexode 140W, $149.99: Available today on both Amazon.com and Ugreen.com.

I have been informed the UK model will be £149.99.

The 200W Ugreen Nexode desktop charger I previously reviewed is available on Amazon UK for £170 or Amazon US for $185. This has a higher total output but can only do 100W max per port.

The Anker 737 GaNPrime Charger can do 100W on a single port and 120W total and costs just £90. The 100W Ugreen Nexode is available for less than £70 with the 20% voucher on the page.

The Apple 140W USB-C Power Adapter for the 16‑inch MacBook Pro (2021) is £99 and only consists of one USB-C port.

The Dell USB-C 130 W AC Adapter is £128

Overall

At £150, this is quite an expensive charger; you can get 100W chargers for a more reasonable price. I find that 100W chargers are now cheap enough to buy even if you don’t have any devices that can draw that much.

The same isn’t true for this 140W charger, but it is still a good buy when you compare it to official chargers for laptops that do require more than 100W.

If you have a 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro, then it makes more sense to buy this charger than the official Apple charger. Similarly, the recent Dell XPS 15 laptops can charge via USB-C, and these require 130W if you want to run the laptop at full throttle while charging.  

Therefore, this is a superb charger, but only if you can make the most of the increased 140W output, this has to offer compared to 100W chargers.

Last update on 2023-01-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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