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I have previously reviewed the Ugreen Nexode 140W GaNFast charger and the Nexode 200W USB-C GaN desk charger.

The new Nexode 300W 5-port charger is a bit like those two chargers combined. It is very much a desktop-style charger and has five ports in total, one being 140W, two additional 100W USB-C ports, a 45W USB-C port and then a 22.5W USB-A port.

It is designed to be a central power hub for laptops such as the 16-inch MacBook Pro plus any other high-powered devices you may have on your desktop.

Specification / Features

  • 300-watt 5-Port GaN Charger
    • 1x 140W PD 3.1 port
    • 2x 100W Ports
    • 1x 45W port
    • 1x 22.5W USB-A Port
  • Support PD3.1, QC3.0, and more fast charging protocols
  • 240W USB-C cable included
  • Advanced GaN & SiC chips offer improved heat dissipation. The built-in smart Thermal Guard system ensures first-class safety by continuously monitoring temperature changes in real-time, and taking 6000 temperature readings per minute.
  • Fully charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro in just 1.5 hours

Design

The older Nexode 200W was a hefty charger, but the 300W variant takes it to the next level. It is not just bigger, but it is surprisingly heavy. With this being a desktop charger, you are not going to be packing it into your bag, and therefore, I quite like the weight, it is so heavy it just sits there, any minor snag on a cable barely moves it.

The power cable is also exceptionally long, which again benefits the whole desktop charger form factor. You should easily be able to reach any plug socket with this.  

A welcome addition to the pack was the inclusion of a 1.5m long 240W cable.

I have noticed a small number of people criticise the inclusion of the USB-A port, but I still have some legacy devices that don’t like USB-C at all. The Teclast M40 tablet and XMax V3 Pro vaporiser both refuse to accept a charge from USB-C.

Similarly, some people have criticised the 140W limitation, with them questioning why 240W is not in use. Currently, nothing uses more than 140W, but I can appreciate the desire to have something future proof.

Port Configuration

  • Input: 100-240V 4.2A Max
  • USB-C1: 5V3A / 9V3A / 12V3A / 15V3A / 20V5A / 28V5A – 140W Max
  • USB-C2/3: 5V3A / 9V3A / 12V3A / 15V3A / 20V5A – 100W Max
  • USB-C4: 5V3A / 9V3A / 12V3A / 15V3A / 20V2.25A – 45W Max
  • USB-A1: 5V3A / 9V2A / 12V1.5A / 10V2.25A – 22.5W Max
  • Total Maximum Output Power – 300W

Three Port Output Power

  • With USB-C1/C2/C3 you would have an output of 140W/100W/60W.
  • With USC-C1/ C2 or C3/C4 you would get 140W/100W/45W.
  • For USB-C1, C2 (or C3), and USB-A1 that would be 140W/100W/22.5W.
  • USB-C1, C4, and USB-A1, you will get 140W/45W/22.5W.
  • C2/C3/C4 is 100W/100W/45W

Four Port Output Power

  • USB C1-C4 = 140W/60W/60W/30W
  • USB C1-C3 + A1 = 140W/60W/60W/22.5W
  • USB C1, C2 (or C3), C4 + A1 = 140W/100W/30W/22.5W

All Five Ports Output Power

Finally, with all ports in use, you will get 140W/60W/45W/20W/22.5W

In-Use

For testing, I used:

Unfortunately, I appear to have misplaced my Anker 737 Power Bank, which is the only device I have that can take a 140W charge. However, USB-C1 through 3 were all capable of 100W. Similarily the USB-C4 port achieved its 45W output.

With four USB-C ports in use, the power station showed a peak output of 275W.

Once I find the Anker power bank, I will retest to confirm the 140W output and hopefully hit 300W max total output.

The included cable should be capable of achieving 140W. However, like many of these USB cables, it is not very good as a data cable I was only able to achieve 50MB/s when testing it with Crystal Disk and an external SSD. I assume the official data rate will be 480mbps, similar to the other Ugreen charging cables.

Price, Availability and Alternative Options

The Ugreen Nexode 300W will be available for a discounted price of €199 for the first two weeks after launch. At the time of writing, I am waiting on the official RRP.

The official launch date should be the 5th of September.

The existing Nexode 200W has an RRP of £200 but is currently available for £150.

The Chargeasap Zeus 270W is the most powerful charger I have reviewed, and I think it is the most powerful alternative option. This plugs straight into the socket, so it’s not quite the same style of product. You can buy it from Chargeasap for £173.95/$219, but UK buyers will likely get stung with VAT/duty fees, taking it up to around £210.

Anker has the Prime 240W GaN Desktop Charger (4 Ports) with 140W on one port, two 100W ports and a 22.5W USB-A port. This isn’t available yet but will be available for $200 or £199.99  RRP but with discounts taking it to £159.99.

There is the MUYAGU Sturdy 240W USB C Charger available for just £120, this has three USB-C ports, with one being able to do 140W plus an additional USB-A port. It has only landed on Amazon, has no reviews and is an unknown brand, so it is a bit of a risky buy.

Ugreen Nexode 300W 5-Port PD GaN Desktop Charger Review

Summary

The Ugreen Nexode 300W is the most powerful desktop charger on the market. It is probably overkill for the vast majority of people, but if you have a workspace with a lot of high-powered USB-C devices, this will be a perfect solution to help minimise clutter on your desk. While it is not a cheap product, the pricing is competitive when you look at the alternative options from reputable brands.

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Pros

  • Massive 300W output
  • 1x 140W USB-C port
  • Cable included

Cons

  • Expensive

Last update on 2024-02-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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