Review: iClever 18W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger

iClever 18W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger

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8.5

Power

7.5/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

8.5/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Fast charging for most Android USB-C smartphones, Power Delivery compatible iPhones and USB-C tablets
  • Has a small size and the retractable AC adapter makes it even more portable

Cons

  • 18W of charging power is not really enough for charging most USB-C laptops

Power Delivery charging is basically the universal fast charging tech. The number one reason for that is because it’s used with the USB-C standard that is now being used with many portable devices.

Devices such as smartphones, tablets and also laptops are now making use of the USB-C port, with the addition of Power Delivery, the usage of a single charger for those different devices is now possible.

In this review, though, we’re going to be taking a look an iClever 18W Power Delivery wall charger. Power Delivery charging may be powerful, but at the same time, it’s important to understand that there are different ranges to its power, which limits its usage for different devices.

Power

Output Charging:

If there’s one thing that is completely clear with this wall charger, it would have to be that it’s very simple. That’s because the charger only uses a single USB-C Power Delivery port.

The Power Delivery charging from this port is 18W, and with this much power, this wall charger is going to be most useful for charging USB-C smartphones. Or Power Delivery compatible smartphones.

This iClever wall charger can also be useful for charging USB-C tablets, too.

But, what about laptops? Well, the answer to that one is, no, or at least not really. The reason that we say that is because laptops consume far more power than smartphones and tablets. Therefore, 18W of charging power will not be very effective.

Another thing is that brands such as Dell, HP, and Samsung already have parameters set with their laptops that require a minimum of charging for them to actually charge. The usual minimum for charging USB-C laptops is 30W.

If there is one laptop that you can use to charge with this wall charger, it would be an Apple MacBook. As those laptops can actually charge with a standard 15W USB-C port, so this 18W Power Delivery port should serve even better. Still, though, that’s not max charging power for a MacBook.

So, what does the charging power excel at?

As we mentioned before, this iClever 18W Power Delivery wall charger is able to fast charge Android smartphones that use a USB-C port, or ones that are considered to be Power Delivery compatible.

In addition, you can also fast charge newer iPhones models, such as the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and the iPhone XS. All you’ll need is a Lightning to USB-C charging cable to fast charge an iPhone.

Design

Size and Weight:

With its use of just single a port, as you can expect, the charger is very small.

It has a length of 1.5 inches, and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of the charger is 2.4 ounces.

So you can basically place this charger into a pocket, or just hold it in your hand, too.

Functional Components:

It’s just like using any other wall charger. This one does make use of a retractable AC adapter that makes portability with it even easier.

Once you plug the charger into an outlet, there’s a Blue LED light that turns on above the USB-C port to show that it’s powered and ready to use.

Build

Structure and Material:

The wall charger is made of plastic, and the main concern that anyone would have is with the AC adapter of this wall charger. As there’s always a chance of a retractable AC adapter breaking.

However, with our use of it, the AC adapter holds strong when taking it out and placing it back inside the wall charger. Just snaps out and goes right back in once you’re done with it.

Tech:

Since there’s only a single port, heating up with this wall charger is not present. Yes, even when you’re charging a Power Delivery compatible smartphone, which would be mean using the wall charger at its max power.

Reliability

The reliability of this iClever Power Delivery wall charger can best be described as “Narrow”. As it only makes use of a single USB-C port, and the charging power from the port is 18W.

The best type of reliability is when it comes to charging smartphones and tablets. It’s not nearly as reliable for charging laptops with the power that it’s able to provide.

It’s not a negative part of the charger, it’s just a matter of what it’s capable of.

If you do need a Power Delivery wall charger with more power, then iClever does offer 30W Power Delivery wall charger.

Summary:

Power:

Charging power is pretty good with 18W of PD charging. However, it’s mostly helpful for charging smartphones, and tablets. While charging most USB-C laptops can prove to be futile with this wall charger.

Design:

The charger is extremely small, so small in fact, that you may easily lose it.

The use of a retractable AC adapter makes portability even easier, too.

Build:

On the build side, the charger does not get warm, and that’s not much of surprise as it only makes use of a single port.

Reliability:

It’s most useful for fast charging smartphones, and tablets, with this Power Delivery wall charger.

Specs of the iClever 18W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger:

  • Output:

USB-C Port: 18W

  • Input: AC100-240V 50/60Hz Max
  • LED Power Indicator: Single Blue Indicator
  • Size: 1.5 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches 
  • Weight: 2.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

There’s a charger made for nearly all portable devices. In this case, despite Power Delivery charging being a more universal type of charging, this iClever 18W Power Delivery wall charger is more meant for smartphones and tablets.

With 18W of charging power being the start of Power Delivery charging, so it’s able to perform at an optimal level with lower powered devices.

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