Review: PowerArc Arcstation 30W Power Delivery Car Charger

PowerArc Arcstation 30W Power Delivery Car Charger

9.7

Power

9.0/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Pros

  • Has a 30W Power Delivery port
  • Quick Charge USB-A port for fast charging Quick Charge compatible Android smartphones
  • White LED Power light

The main focus for fast charging tech is mostly placed on wall chargers and portable chargers. It makes sense, as both of those types of chargers are among the most used, but if there’s one type of charger that is not nearly as used, but can be as useful or even more useful, it would have to be car chargers.

Many people commute with a car, and if you’re someone that does, and needs their phone charged while you’re driving, a car charger with fast charging is a must.

In this review, we’re taking a look at this PowerArc Arcstation 30W Power Delivery car charger. The charger features two fast charging technologies, with USB-C Power Delivery and Quick Charge, not only that, the power of the car charger can be used for more than just charging smartphones.

Power

Output Charging:

 

The charging from this PowerArc car charger is great, and as we said, it has a USB-C Power Delivery port, and a Quick Charge USB-A port.

If you’re using the USB-C Power Delivery alone, and not charging from the USB-A port, the Power Delivery port can output 30W of charging power. This is substantially more charging power than 18W which is what most other Power Delivery car chargers tend to use.

With a 30W Power Delivery charging speed, you’re able to charge more powerful devices. In our case, we tested the USB-C Power Delivery with a Google Pixel and a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and it was able to fast charge them both.

On the larger side with more power, a 30W charging speed is going to come in handy for charging larger devices and was able to charge a Lenovo Flex 5 laptop and a Microsoft Surface Go tablet, both of which were able to charge from this PowerArc car charger.

The USB-A port has an 18W charging speed, and therefore it can fast charge Quick Charge compatible Android smartphones. The USB-A port can still charge Non-Quick Charge compatible smartphones, but the port will default to 12W.

Since the max output of this PowerArc Arcstation car charger is 30W, if you’re charging two devices at the same time, then each of the ports will only be able to output 12W. This is mainly to prevent overheating, so if you want to ensure that your device is getting the fastest charging speed from either port, then it’s best to charge one device at a time.

Design

Size and Weight:

Alright, so this is one of the larger types of car chargers that we’ve reviewed, and this mostly goes for the end where the charging ports are located. The port end is about 2 inches wide and is unlike the smaller form factor that most other car chargers have.

That said, the car charger itself will still be able to fit into a 12Volt car outlet. You may notice it a bit more than other car chargers that you’ve owned though.

Functional Components:

Once the car charger is plugged in, there is a White LED power light that goes around the car charger, and it does make it easier to find the car charger at night time. The two ports are on the same of the car charger, and there’s a good amount of space between them, which is also unlike other car chargers where the ports are right beside each other.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of this car charger is great, and yes it’s made of plastic, but the car charger is going to last you a very long time, just as most car chargers should because you’re simply plugging it into your car and leaving it there.

Tech:

Overheating does not occur with this car charger, at least, that’s not what happened in our case. We tried to make full use of the 30W max output by charging a Power Delivery compatible laptop and tablet, and also by charging two devices at the same time for a long period. Still, nothing.

This is likely due to the larger form factor of the car charger that is accompanying more space for heat management and also because of the 30W max output. There are some car chargers on the market that have a 48W max output, but you may rarely get to that output as the car charger heats up so much that charging has to be lowered to prevent overheating.

This PowerArc car charger takes the smarter approach with better heat management and a more realistic max output that allows you to use more charging power.

Reliability

In a time where Power Delivery is widespread between smartphones, tablets, and laptops, this PowerArc car charger is a very reliable option for fast car charging. As you’re able to make use of a 30W PD port or an 18W USB-A Quick Charge port.

The unreliable part is that you get slower charging when you’re charging two devices at the same time, but the reason for that is better heat management.

Summary:

Power:

The car charger has a powerful 30W USB-C Power Delivery port and it also features a Quick Charge 3.0 port. When using two ports at the same time, each port is capped at a 12W charging speed.

Design:

The car charger has a larger portend that is going to be more noticeable than many other car chargers that you have used. It does have a large but dim LED power light that makes it easier to find the car charger.

Build:

The car charger has a great physical build, but what’s on the inside is even better as the car charger can make better use of its charging power without overheating and lowering its charging speed.

Reliability:

With the use of a more powerful 30W Power Delivery port and a Quick Charge port, this car charger is reliable for Power Delivery compatible laptops, tablets, smartphones and it’s also great for charging Quick Charge compatible Android smartphones specifically.

 PowerArc Arcstation 30W Power Delivery Car Charger Specs
USB-C Power Delivery Port5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/2.25A | 15V/2A (30W MAX)
USB-A Port3.6V-6.0V/3A | 6.0V-9.0V/2A | 9.0V-12.0V/1.5A
Each port when used at the same time12W
Max Output30W
Size3 x 2 x 2 inches
Weight4 Ounces

Conclusion:

The PowerArc Arcstation 30W USB-C Power Delivery dual car charger brings more efficient fast charging while you’re driving. You’ll be able to charge your laptop and your smartphone at faster speeds.

PowerArc ArcStation 2-Port Car Charger USB C+A, 30W Power Delivery Compatible with iPhone 11/Pro/Max/XS/X, iPad Pro, Air 4th Gen, MacBook Air, Watch 6, SE, Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra/S20/S20+ & More
  • Fast Charge an iPhone: Charge an iPhone 11 at it's maximum charging speeds of 18W with our 30W ports. Charge your iPhone 11 from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes! (Requires a USB C to Lightning Cable)
  • LED Indicator: Easily plug cables in low light settings thanks to our 360° LED ring.
  • Dual Ports: Utilize the Power Delivery 3.0 USB C port and Quick Charge compatible USB A port to charge two devices at the same time! (If both ports are in use each port will output 12W)
  • IntelligentSafety: PowerArc considers safety as a top priority. IntelligentSafety is a 15-point safety standard to protect you and your devices from harm
  • Quick Charge Compatible: Charge up to 18W with a Quick Charge enabled device while using the USB A port. Charge the device from 0% - 50% in 30 minutes

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