Charger Harbor SAIL01 65W GaN wall charger review

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REVIEW – The wall chargers market now includes GaN devices that are small, powerful, and can charge compatible devices quickly. The Charger Harbor SAIL01 65W PPS GaN Power Delivery Wall Charger and included cable can charge a phone and power a laptop too. I have one to review. Read on to see what I think!

What is it?

The SAIL01 wall charger features two USB-C Power Delivery ports, with output that varies depending on how many devices are being powered. When powering only one device, the charger can output up to 65W to Power Delivery (PD) compatible devices. The device can also use Programmable Power Supply (PPS) via USB-C 2, enabling you to charge the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the Galaxy S21 at up to 25W.  When powering both ports simultaneously, the maximum power from the high voltage port is 45W and the maximum power from the low voltage port is 18W to 20W. In addition to the fast charging, the charger also features  Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors. These devices can sustain higher voltages and higher temperatures than silicon semiconductors and therefore permit the construction of higher power chargers with more compact dimensions and comparatively cooler operating temperatures.

What’s in the box?

  • SAIL01 65W PD wall charger
  • 100W 3.3-foot USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Manual
  • Warranty card.

Hardware specs

full size

full size

  • Input: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz 1.5A
  • using one port:
    • USB-C 1 Output: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)
    • USB-C 2 Output: 5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/3.25A (65W)
    • PPS Output (Via USB-C 2): 5V-11V/3.0A
  • When using both ports simultaneously:
    • USB-C 1 Output: 5V/3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A (18W)
    • USB-C 2 Output: 5V/2.4A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/2.25A (45W)
    • PPS Output (Via USB-C 2): 5V-11V/3.0A
  • Max Output: 65W

Design and features

Unboxing

The Charger Harbor SAIL01 65W PPS GaN Power Delivery wall charger with USB-C to USB-C cable comes in a retail display box that includes specifications and a large amount of information printed on the outside of the box.

Design

The Charger Harbor SAIL01 65W PPS GaN Power Delivery wall charger is about the size of many other wall chargers available today but has higher than typical output. The charger feels very sturdy and dense and there doesn’t feel like there is any play in the plastic. The dimensions of the unit are 2 inches square and 1 inch tall. The edges on the sides of the unit are all rounded. The edges of the plug side have a narrow chamfer and the edges on the port side are a wider chamfer surrounding a rounded inset.

The device has built-in protection against over-voltage, over-heating, and short-circuiting. Devices sold to be used in markets that support the NEMA 1-15 2 Pin standard (Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, and the United States of America) have a folding two-prong design that makes the device very compact.

The plug side has a slot to adapt to international chargers but the product does not come with these included and they are not apparently for sale separately.  When the prongs are stored they do not stick up out of the unit at all.

The front of the unit has two USB-C ports about 1/2 inch apart. There is no status light to indicate that the charger is being powered. Other chargers available on Amazon have 3 ports (2 USB C and 1 USB A), a status lamp, and international adapters, but no USB C to USB C cable. 

The charger is encased by an off-white matte plastic.  The plastic around the outlet side is glossy.

A large color Charger Harbor icon is printed on one side. The port name and an icon for the typical usage are indicated below each port. 

More information about each port’s capability is printed on the bottom of the charger.  

The size of this unit is comparable with many other 65W GaN chargers available on Amazon or available at other retailers.

The type C ports in the front grab onto and connect with an assortment of type C cables that I have at my disposal. It seems that the clips inside the receptacle do a good job of holding the plug into place. Other chargers have electrical designs that permit each port to charge devices equivalently. This charger is different in that it has one port that is primarily high voltage and another that is primarily low voltage. This design requires that devices must be plugged into certain ports to get the required power. The charger features Programmable Power Supply (PPS) super-fast charging that can charge the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 at 25W via USB-C 2.

The cable that comes with the charger is also off-white plastic and has a Charger Harbor logo printed on each end. The stated capacity is 100W but there is no indication of the USB cable capacity.

Operation

The operation is very simple and as easy to use as a typical wall charger. The charger will get warm under constant load but not too hot to handle. There is not any indication of the output or current load. The adapter automatically adjusts the output based on the connected device and what charging protocol it communicates to the adapter when it is plugged in.

Performance

The Charger Harbor SAIL01 65W PPS GaN Power Delivery wall charger is basically a device for converting power. I used a USB load and tester to verify the operation of the USB ports. I tested the power output as high as the load testers would operate but that was below the maximum output of the charger. I also used the adapter to charge an iPad Air 4th Gen but there was no second beep so I’m not sure it was charging quickly. I charged an iPhone XR to about 50% in a half hour so that suggests the charger is capable of 20 W charging. I also verified that the adapter fast-charges my Android using Qualcomm Quick Charge. I didn’t hear any resonance or hiss from any of the internal components.

What I like

  • high-power
  • small

What I’d change

  • no USB A port
  • no international adapters
  • no indicator light
  • need to choose port to get maximum power delivery

Final thoughts

It seems that with the ever-increasing number of rechargeable and plug-in electronics, that there are never enough wall chargers to keep everything going. The small size and convenience of this unit are exactly what is needed for devices that require up to 65W charging. There are chargers about the same size and for the same cost that have more ports, port that have the same voltage capability, indicator lamps, and international adapters, but do not come with a 100W USB-C to USB-C cable. If you are interested in getting a type C charger for a phone or tablet, the Charger Harbor SAIL01 65W PPS GaN Power Delivery wall charger may suit your needs, but also consider other similar chargers that may offer other features that may be more desirable.

Price:  $33.99
Where to buy: Charger Harbor and Amazon
Source: The sample of this product was provided by Charger Harbor.

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