Review: Cable Matters 72W Power Delivery Wall Charger

Cable Matters 72W Power Delivery Wall Charger

8.7

Power

9.5/10

Design

8.4/10

Build

8.4/10

Reliability

8.5/10

Pros

  • Has a 60W USB-C Power Delivery port, which is higher than the average USB-C Power Delivery charging speed
  • There are three additional USB-A ports that you can use to charge 3 other devices
  • You can use the max power of the Power Delivery port while at the same time charging another 3 devices with this wall charger

Cons

  • There's no LED power light
  • The charging power of the USB-A port section is low, because they all share a 2.4A max output

Fast charging technologies are basically the future when it comes to using our devices for a longer duration of time. New battery tech is quite far away, so instead, battery capacities for smartphones, tablets, and laptops are increasing. As a result, if there’s more power to be refilled you’re definitely going to want a faster charging technology that has the ability to recharge devices at a much faster charging speed.

There’s Quick Charge, which is the fast charging tech that you’re likely most familiar with. That said, another growing and most likely more universal form of charging is Power Delivery. What is Power Delivery? Power Delivery is basically fast charging that is used with the new standard, USB-C. So with some smartphones and laptops now using Power Delivery and USB-C, you’re able to basically use the same charger with both of these types of devices.

This Cable Matters Power Delivery wall charger features a 60W Power Delivery charging port, and at the same time, it has three USB-A ports. So let’s see if this is the Power Delivery wall charger that you should consider purchasing.

Power

Output Charging:

There are a total of four charging ports that you can charge with this charger. The Power Delivery port is definitely the reason that you’re going to be purchasing this charger.

USB-C Power Delivery

The USB-C Power Delivery has an output charging speed of 60W. This is a lot of power and it’s actually double the power than regular Power Delivery chargers have, which is 30W. 30W of charging power isn’t exactly “Low” but it’s the limit for all USB-C Power Delivery compatible devices.

For example, Power Delivery compatible smartphones such as the Google Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S8 (Which is also Quick Charge compatible) can fast charge with a 30W Power Delivery charger. The regular MacBook that uses USB-C can also charge at its max charging speed with 30W of charging power.

That said, there are some laptops such as the MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop that has a max charging speed of 61W. As a result, a 30W Power Delivery charger will not be able to charge it at its max charging speed. This Cable Matters wall charger will be able to charge it practically at its max charging speed with its 60W of charging power.

To charge USB-C compatible devices you have to use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable with this port. One other Power Delivery device that requires a different charging cable is the iPhone X and the iPhone 8. If you want to charge either of those two smartphones at their max charging speed then you must use a USB-C to Lightning charging cable.

3 USB-A Ports

The three other USB-A ports with this wall charger are USB-A ports. Each of the ports is capable of outputting a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. The downside side is that the max power limit of the USB-A port part of this charger is 2.4A. So the 2.4A charging speed will be split if you’re charging three devices at once.

Max Output

The max output of this Cable Matters Power Delivery wall charger is 72W. This is a very good max output and that’s because 60W of charging power is dedicated to the USB-C port. While the other 12W is for the three USB-A Ports.

Design

Size and Weight:

The size of this wall charger is very small despite being a PowerHouse when it comes to wall charging. It has a length of 3.6 inches, a width of 2.8 inches, and a thickness of 1 inches. The weight of this charger is 7.2 Ounces. It can just be placed on a desktop and charge your devices from there.

Functional Components:

To use the charger, all you have to do is just connect the 4.5-foot power cord to the wall charger and then plug it into an AC outlet to power the wall charger. Once that’s done, you’re ready to use the charger with a charging cable to charge your devices.

The lack of a LED light is one problem that we had with this wall charger as it makes it seem derelict. Of course, we realize that it’s not a living thing, but a notification that the charger is powered and ready to charge would have been nice.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build of this wall charger is pretty good and that’s surprising when you consider that this isn’t coming from a leading brand. But overall, this charger does hold well and has a good structure for everyday use.

Tech:

If you’re using most of the Power Delivery charging power form this wall charger, then it will get warm. Simply because 60W of charging power is a lot of power to the output. At the same time, if you’re using the Power Delivery port along with three USB-A ports, then this wall charger will also get warm.

If you’re solely just using the USB-A ports, and not the USB-C Power Delivery port, then the charger stays cool, as there’s not nearly enough power being outputted for it to get warm.

Reliability

This is a very reliable USB-C Power Delivery wall charger, but only if you have a Power Delivery compatible device that can charge at 60W. If not, then it’s best to go for a Power Delivery wall charger that can output 30W of charging power.

If you’re simply going to use the USB-A ports, then this wall charger won’t give you too much quality and it would be best to go for a dedicated USB-A wall charger such as Anker’s PowerPort 4.

Summary:

Power:

Charging power is very good with the Power Delivery port going double with its power of 60W. The USB-A port section is weak, but really just an extra part of the wall charger.

Design:

It’s a small wall charger. It would have been nice to have an LED power indicator light to show that the charger is on and ready to use.

Build:

This charger will get warm if you’re using the full 60W of charging power.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable USB-C Power Delivery wall charger that can charge most Power Delivery compatible devices at their max charging speed.

Specs of the Cable Matters 72W Power Delivery Wall Charger:

 

  • Output:

USB-C Power Delivery: 5V-9V-12V-15V-20V/3.0A

USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A Shared

Max Output: 72W

  • Input: AC 100~240V
  • LED Power Indicator: None
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.8 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 Ounces

Conclusion:

Most USB-C Power Delivery wall chargers on the market simply use 30W, which is still a good amount of power. This Cable Matters wall charger goes further, and if you need it, the 60W of charging power can be useful for devices that are able to make use of it.

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Features

  • HIGH-POWER 72W USB CHARGER has a dedicated 60W USB-C charging port and three USB-A charging ports; Carry a single charger for latest thin computer or smartphone with USB-C and legacy USB devices instead of separate chargers for each; Supports 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V and 20V @ 3A power delivery profiles for fast charging a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3
  • 60W USB-C CHARGING port with USB-C PD supports regulated charging rates for smartphones such as the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC 10, LG G5, Nexus 6P, and OnePlus 3T; USB C charger for powering and charging computers with USB-C ports such as the Lenovo Yoga 900 / 910
  • 12W USB-A CHARGING PORTS deliver a shared 5V-2.4A over three ports; Charge an iPhone or Android smartphone with your USB or Lightning to USB-A cable; Re-charge a portable speaker or portable power bank
  • INTELLIGENT USB POWER ADAPTER is engineered with Overcurrent, Overvoltage, and Short-Circuit Protection to protect your valuable devices using a USB A or USB C charging cable; Maximizes the charging efficiency of connected devices without any risk of overcharging; No vampire power draw when devices are fully charged with a certified Energy Star Level VI rating
  • THUNDERBOLT 3 COMPATIBLE for powering and charging computers such as the 2016/2017 MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13, Razer Blade Stealth; Computers requiring above 60W will charge at a 60W maximum

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