With the large number of computers, peripherals, smartphones and tablets that many of us use these days, a stable and efficient power supply is more critical than ever. Instead of using multiple chargers with different power outputs, it can make more sense to consolidate power needs into a single supply that’s flexible enough to adapt and deliver the correct amount of power for running and recharging a laptop, topping up a smartphone and powering a tablet.
Today Ugreen announced its latest charger in its Nexode range of power supplies. The Nexode 300W GaN desktop charger is a veritable monster but keeps the same recognizable design that Ugreen uses on its smaller, lower-powered chargers.
The Nexode 300W’s casing is finished in the same space gray and black façade as the other chargers in the range. The Nexode 300W can deliver up to 140W to a single device from a dedicated fast-charging port. There are another four ports for charging multiple devices simultaneously at various voltages. The Nexode 300W supports the PD3.1 protocol and employs a combination of GaN and SiC components for more efficient charging at high speeds via four USB-C ports and a single USB-A port for legacy equipment.
In 2022, Ugreen launched its first Nexode 140 charger, which offered support for PD3.1 charging protocols through a dedicated 140W port. The Nexode 300 takes things a step further by incorporating the same power output in a five-port desktop tower charger format.
This new charger is Ugreen’s first 300-watt five-port model and is suitable for high-powered laptops and other power-hungry devices. Ugreen says the charger has been developed for power users who need to power and charge multiple devices at high speed in a single charger that’s more convenient and only occupies a single mains power outlet.
A bigger and more powerful charger translates into faster charging speeds, delivering extra power to more devices, all while reducing clutter and waste. Inside the Nexode 300W are Navitas Semiconductor GaN-powered integrated circuits. By switching from using older silicon chip technology, the new charger is better for the environment. Ugreen claims that using GaN Fast-powered integrated circuits effectively reduces carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent and removes an estimated 2.0Gtons of CO2 by 2050, according to data collected by Navitas Semiconductor.
Sometimes, the downside of using high-output chargers is the risk of overheating. The Ugreen Nexode 300W desktop charger has a built-in Thermal Guard system that measures operating temperatures 6,000 times a minute in real time. The safety system protects devices from overheating, overcharging and drawing excessive current. Additionally, the Nexode 300W has a fire-resistant and flame-retardant PVC housing that protects against fire and is more robust against physical damage.
Verdict: The Nexode 300W Desktop Charger is an absolute beast of a charger but makes sense for desk use. With one of these chargers, it’s possible to power and charge a high-end laptop and keep a tablet and smartphone topped up, while charging devices like a rechargeable mouse, keyboard or portable powerbank. The new charger’s build quality is excellent and feels like a solid piece of kit built to last. Recommended.
Pricing & Availability: The Ugreen Nexode 300W desktop charger is available today and costs $269 in the U.S. on Amazon.com, and Ugreen.com. The recommended retail price for Amazon UK is £269.99, and €269.99 on Amazon EU.
More info: www.ugreen.com