These days I don’t travel so much as I used to so recently when I had to go overseas, I ended up thinking long and hard about what I needed to take. Normally there’s my laptop and then, sometimes, my iPad and always my iPhone. That’s three items that need charging, along with any other gadgets I think I can’t manage without, even if it’s just an overnight trip.
All that tech needs four or maybe five power adapters which soon eats into a measly 10kg of carry-on bag allowance. So, I got to thinking if there wasn’t a better way. The answer arrived in the form of the new Satechi 165W USB-C 4-port PD GaN charger. It’s a bit of a mouthful but this powerful device is about the size of a packet of 20 cigarettes (remember those things?) and it can pump out up to 100W from a single PD USB-C port, which is enough to power MacBook Pro M1, iPad Pro setup or iPhone 12 Pro at full speed.
The four USB-C PD outputs can split the total 165W of power budget in a variety of ways such as 100W + 30W + 30W. It can power up to four devices with a total power draw of up to 165W at a maximum of 100W on any one port. It weighs around 345g/12oz and is just a bit too chunky to work as a wall charger so the connection to a power socket is by a regular Figure 8 (IEC C7) cable which is so universal you can get one in almost any country that will suit the local power sockets or else use an adapter.
The reason this little power pack can output 165W is down to the use of GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology. Compared to conventional silicon electronics, GaN technology has higher temperature limits, enabling the unit to handle higher power ratings. Such a power supply using silicon technology would weigh at least twice as much. GaN is the future and it’s already bringing us smaller and smarter charging options.
The Satechi 165W USB-C 4-port PD GaN charger is supplied with a power cable and has an input voltage that ranges between 100 and 240V at 50/60Hz and 2.5A. This means you’re covered wherever you are in the world. The unit is also shipped with a handy little desk stand so it can be used vertically on a desktop.
All the outputs on the charger are USB-C so be sure that the cables for your kit are all USB-C rather than USB-A. I think I would like to have seen just one USB-A port for emergency use but just try to make sure you have the right cables before leaving home.
Verdict: This Satechi 165W USB-C 4-port PD GaN charger is an ideal travel companion wherever you’re going. It has sufficient muscle to power almost any device including a laptop and a monitor. The power budget is intelligently managed and it’s just a case of plug and play. The universal AC input range means the charger can be used almost anywhere on the planet where there’s an AC outlet. It certainly saves on carrying four separate chargers for your phone, tablet and laptop in your baggage. If you travel a lot with your tech, pop the Satechi 165W USB-C 4-port PD GaN charger in your flight bag and leave all the other adapters at home.
Pricing & Availability: This Satechi 165W USB-C 4-port PD GaN charger is available now and costs $119.99.
More info: www.satechi.net
- Compatible devices: 2021/2020/2019/2018/2017/2016 MacBook Pro, 2020/2018 MacBook Air M1, 2021 iPad Pro M1, 2020/2018 iPad Pro, 2020 iPad Air, iPhone 13 Pro Max/13 Pro/13 Mini/13, iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12 Mini/12, iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, XS Max/XS/XR/X, and most USB-C devices.
- Connector type: IEC C7.
- Voltage: 100V-240V / 50/60Hz / 2.5A.
- Dimensions: 3.93 x 1.22 x 2.8in / 99.8 x 31 x 71mm.
- Weight: 345g/12oz.
- Model No: ST-UC165GM.
- Speed: 1 x USB-C PD connected – up to 100W, 2 x USB-C PD connected – up to 100W/60W.
- 3 x USB-C PD connected – 60W/60W/45W or 100W/30W/30W, 4 x USB-C PD connected – 60W/45W/30W/30W up to 165W total.