UGREEN 100W Nexode Power Delivery Desktop Charger Review

UGREEN 100W Nexode Power Delivery Desktop Charger Review

9.3

Power

9.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Pros

  • 100W of Power Delivery available when charging alone from either USB-C 1 or USB-C 2; charging power is split when charging multiple devices
  • Can easily fast charge three devices at the same time
  • 6.6 foot power cord makes it easier to place this charger on your desk or any other location that's convenient

Cons

  • Does not come with a USB-C to USB-C cable
(Last Updated On: December 29, 2022)

Power Delivery chargers are everywhere, and if you’re looking to purchase a wall charger, chances are you’re buying one that uses Power Delivery. This is because most portable devices such as laptops, phones, and tablets can now charge via USB-C; better yet, they can fast charge using Power Delivery. A charger that uses multiple USB-C ports with PD is incredible because you can fast charge multiple devices simultaneously.

In this review, I’m looking at this UGREEN Nexode 100W desktop charger with three USB-C ports and a single USB-A port. It’s powerful enough to fit most charging needs and be the only charger you’ll ever need.

Charging Power

The first thing I want you to know is that there’s a helpful chart on the product page for this UGREEN charger that shows the power allocation of each port when charging either one or multiple devices at a time.

As I mentioned, there are three USB-C ports and a single USB-A port. The USB-C ports are labeled USB-C 1, USB-C 2, and USB-C 3. USB-C 1 and USB-C 2 are the two most powerful ports on this charger, and they’re the same port, with each of them being able to output 100W of Power Delivery when you’re charging a single device. The power gets split between the ports when you charge more than a single device.

In this case, charging from USB-C 1 or USB-C 2 alone gets you the full 100W, but charging from both C-1 and C-2 will get you a 65W and 30W split. The first device you plug in will receive the 65W charging speed, then the second device you plug in will receive the 30W rate.

Charging Excitrus power bank at 100W from USB-C 1 alone

I tested out USB-C 1 and USB-C 2 with an Excitrus power bank with a 100W input speed and a Lenovo Flex 5 laptop. First, I plugged the Excitrus power bank into the USB-C 1 port, which could charge at 92W, basically 100W. Then I plugged in my Lenovo Flex 5 laptop to the USB-C 2 port, and it was only charging at 4W, and the Excitrus power bank dropped to a 65W charging speed. My Lenovo laptop can fast charge with a 45W PD port; anything lower charges slowly, and since two devices were charging, the USB-C 2 port was outputting 30W.

Lenovo laptop slow charging because it was plugged in second

To get the best charging speed for a certain device that you’re charging, you have to plug in that device first. I wanted my Lenovo laptop to fast charge and the Excitrus power bank to charge at 30W. So I unplugged the Excitrus power bank, and my Lenovo laptop started charging at about 30W, and then I plugged in my Excitrus power bank. The Excitrus power bank began charging at 30W, while my Lenovo laptop was also able to charge at 30W.

Lenovo laptop fast charging because it was plugged in first; therefore, it can make use of the 65W output

So it would be best to choose the device you want to charge faster and plug it into a port first.

With the power bank and my laptop charging, I plugged my Galaxy Note 9 into the USB-C 3 port, and it was able to fast charge without any changes to the charging speed of the laptop or power bank. The USB-C 3 and USB-A ports can output 22.5W when charging from either one simultaneously but will output 10.5W when charging from both simultaneously.

With the power bank, laptop, and Note 9 charging, I plugged in an LG G7 to the USB-A port, and it started standard charging, and so did Note 9 plugged into the USB-C 3 port; the power bank and the laptop did not change their charging speed.

Charging power from this UGREEN Nexode 100W desktop charger is not lacking. You can potentially charge two laptops if you want to and still charge another two devices from the USB-C 3 and USB-A ports. That said, knowing the power allocation and how the charging speed for each of the ports changes depending on how many devices you’re charging does help when using the charger.

Size and Weight

This may be a 100W desktop charger, but it’s still tiny. The charger has a length and width of 3.3 inches and a height of 1.1 inches. The charger weighs 9 ounces. It won’t take up much space on your desk, and the power cord used to power it is 6.6 feet.

A desktop charger can be much more convenient than a wall charger because of the power cord. You have easier placement of the charger and can place it close to where you are.

Functional Components

To start using the charger, you have to plug the power cord into the charger and then plug the power cord into an outlet. The only thing this charger is missing is some LED power light, as it could be helpful to see the charger in the dark, but it’s not a big deal,

Structure and Material

The build quality of this UGREEN charger is strong, and this is my personal experience with UGREEN chargers overall. Their build is solid, and it feels like I’m using a premium brand.

Tech

This charger got warm when I used the near or total 100W max output, which is expected for any charger with such a high output. The charger did not get hot, so that’s good.

Reliability

This UGREEN Nexode 100W charger is a good choice if you have multiple USB-C chargeable devices. UGREEN also has a wall charger version of this one that has a built-in AC adapter rather than a power cord, which could be more beneficial for portability. That said, using a power cord is even more reliable for better placement, in my opinion.

UGREEN 100W Nexode Power Delivery Desktop Charger Specs
USB-C 1 / USB-C 2 Output5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/5.0A | 3.3-21V/5.0A (100W Max)
USB-C 3 Output5V/3.0A | 9V/2.5A | 12V/1.87A | 3.3-5.9V/3.0A | 3.3-11V/2.0A (22.5W)
USB-A Output5V?3.0A | 9V/2.0A | 10V/2.25A | 12V/1.5A (22.5W)
Total Power Output100W
Size3.3 × 3.3 × 1.5 inches
Weight9 Ounces

Conclusion

The UGREEN Nexode 100W desktop charger is a powerful and accessible charger for those that heavily use USB-C charging. It’s not a cheap charger and comes reasonably priced, but if you’re looking for powerful multi-port fast charging, this is a good choice.

UGREEN 100W USB C Charger, Nexode 4 Ports USB C Charging Station, GaN Desktop Charger Compatible with MacBook Pro, iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max/13/12, Galaxy S22, iPad, Steam Deck and More
  • 100W Max Fast Charge: Connect a single USB-C device for up to 100W of power. Charge a MacBook Air with M2 chip to 100% in less than 1.5 hours.
  • 4-in-1 Multiport Charger: Three USB-C ports and 1 USB-A port provide 100W to phones, tablets, laptops, and more! All at the same time.
  • Complete Safety & Reliability: Featuring Dynamic Temperature Sensors that monitors temperature, and an intelligent PMW chip which adjusts power outputs to safeguard your devices. UL94-V0 rated shell along with a heat dissipation design ensures safe overnight charging.
  • Broad Compatibility: This 4 port desktop charger supports Power Delivery 3.0/Quick Charge 4+/PPS/AFC/5V2.4A/BC1.2 charging protocols. Compatible with MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Dell XPS, iPhone 14/13/12 series, Galaxy S22/S21 series, iPad, Steam Deck and more!
  • More Ports, More Freedom: Get more done with all your devices within arm's reach. Charge up to 4 devices simultaneously, managing the wired mess and saving desktop space.