REVIEW – It’s safe to assume that almost everyone (in North America, at least) is now carrying at least two things that they need to charge on a daily basis. It may be a phone and a watch, a phone and a laptop, or a phone and earbuds – but very few folks have only one electronic thing they use on a daily basis anymore. So, how does this impact your charger situation? Do you charge one and then wait to charge the other? What if you only have a limited time close to a power outlet and both devices are needing a top-up? Or you’re in a place with only a single outlet available? UGreen has several solutions that they’ve recently released, but today, I’m looking at the Nexode Mini 45W two-port charger.
What is it?
The Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W is a two-port USB-C charger with folding power prongs for use in North America.
From manufacturer website
- Two ports supply up to 45W of power to any device
- Next-Gen safety: output preventing overheating, overcharging, and over-voltage
- 36% smaller than other 45W chargers
Design and features
The UGreen Nexode Mini 45W charger is a simple 1.57” x 1.57” x 1.93” grey box with a two-prong power connection on one of the smaller sides. The opposite side has two USB-C ports that can either deliver 45 watts (using one port only) or up to 25 watts if you’re using both of them at once. Internally, UGreen has a combination of firmware and hardware that monitors the load on both ports to prevent overheating and excessive power to any device connected.
I found the charging times using two ports at once to be equivalent to using two Apple 20-watt power adapters separately. I tested with two different iPads (a Pro 12.9” 5th gen and a mini 6th gen) as well as an iPhone 13 Pro Max. I currently don’t have anything that can use more power, but it’s nice to know that if a traveling companion had, say, a laptop, I’d be able to let them use it without worrying about overheating.
What I like
- Power equal to two phone chargers
- Prongs fold up for travel
What I’d change
- Having an international solution would be nice.
While many are still staying away from crowded spaces or being locked into a metal tube several hundred feet up in the air for hours at a time, there are others who are starting to embrace this thing called travel once again. Even if you’re using a car or train, you may still appreciate having a charger that doesn’t poke holes in your bag. While the UGreen Nexode Mini 45W USB-C charger can fold up its prongs, it’s still a lump in your bag. Trade-offs happen. Still, I much prefer a single unit to several to avoid overloading the outlet while charging. Who knows what else will need to be plugged in at whatever site you stop to power up at?