UGREEN Nexode 65W Review USB PD Fast Charger With Retractable Prongs

Friday, March 31, 2023

The UGREEN Nexode 65W charger makes charging fast and convenient, thanks to its full cross platform device and charging protocol compatibility.

The UGREEN Nexode 65W charger is a full fledged USB PD charger with a small form factor. With the prongs retracted, the UGREEN Nexode 65W charger measures 5.5cm deep x 4.5cm high x 5cm wide. With the prongs extended/unfolded, the charger depth is 7.5cm. Weighs 151 grams.
The Nexode 65W is capable of charging 3 devices at the same time. It integrates two USB-C ports and one USB-A port. Both USB-C ports are capable of up to 65W, while the USB-A is capable of 22.5W.
One key selling point for the UGREEN Nexode 65W charger is the retractable prongs and GAN power efficiency - about 89% conversation efficiency - which is more efficient than a traditional silicone-based charger. 
The Nexode charger generates less heat but, it can get very hot - especially when charging at full load for several hours in a hot environment. This is to be expected though, since the UGREEN Nexode 65W is a small fast charger so, it has less surface area to effectively dissipate heat like a bigger charger. Just about every GAN USB PD charger (including Apple chargers) get hot since no charger on the market is 100% efficient. 

The Nexode 65W is designed to work with a range of devices - big and small - and cross platform, thanks to supporting various protocols including Samsung PPS fast charging, Qualcomm Quick Charge, Power Delivery, Huawei's fast charge SCP (Super Charge Protocol) and Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC).

Other charging protocols supported include BC 1.2 charging and Apple 2.4A charging protocol (12W max), which means you can charge older iPhones and newer iPhones (iPhone 8 and newer) that support the USB Power Delivery fast charging protocol. The BC 1.2 protocol is a useful addition because it enables the USB-A port to deliver up to 2.4A, allowing you to charge low power devices quicker than via a computer USB port. If you require more power and ports, check out the Ugreen Nexode 300W gan charger.
Compatible devices include iPad, Galaxy S23, iPhone 14 Pro Max, ThinkPad, MacBook Air, Surface Book 2, and even larger laptops like the 16 inch MacBook Pro. You can also use the charger for low power devices such as headphones and earbuds cases (e.g. AirPods Pro).
Charging time performance depends on the device and how many devices are charging at the same time. When using a single USB-C port, the Nexode charger can deliver up to 65 watts, although it depends on the device. For example, when charging some laptops such as the 13" MacBook Air, the Nexode charger can only put out 40 watts so, it takes about 2 1/2 hours to charge a 13 inch MacBook to 100% battery.

When using the USB-A port alone, the Nexode charger delivers around 22.5 watts. When using 2 ports at the same time, the Nexode charger automatically splits wattage accordingly, prioritizing the first USB-C1 port with up to 40 watts of power. When charging via USB-C1 and USB-C2 or USB-A port, the power split is 40 watts and 20 watts respectively. When charging via USB-C2 and USB-A, the power split is 10 watts per port.When using 3 ports at the same time, the power split is 40 watts for the USB-C1 port, 10 watts for the USB-C2 port and 10 watts for the USB-A port.

Potential deal breakers
  • Only 3 ports
  • No status leds
  • No TÜV/UL certification
  • No cables included
  • Not able to deliver full 65 watts for some devices
  • Draws power with no load
  • Can get very hot (87C in +25C environment)
Selling points
  • Retractable prongs
  • 89% conversion efficiency
  • USB-C ports
    Compatible with UGREEN 145W powerbank
  • Safer to use than an 100W charger
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Limited 2 year warranty
  • Overheat protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Over current/voltage protection
  • Power Delivery protocol (PD3.0/PD2.0)
  • Quick Charge protocol (QC4+/QC4.0/QC3.0/QC2.0)
  • Samsung PPS protocol
  • Huawei SCP protocol
  • Samsung AFC protocol
  • Apple 2.4A charging protocol (12W max)
  • BC 1.2 protocol
  • 2 year warranty

There is no accessories or cables included with the UGREEN Nexode 65W charger, which is worth knowing as you will need a Huawei cable when charging a Huawei device that supports SCP protocol. You can use the one that came with your phone or, you can get a PD fast charging cable from UGREEN. The cable pictured is a 5A USB-C cable so, it supports up to 5A of current, which means it can handle up to 100W chargers. Even if you aren't using a 100W charger, getting a 5A cable is ideal because 5A cables also work perfectly fine with chargers below 60W. You can buy the UGREEN Nexode 65W charger (model CD306) from amazon. Check out the review nof the UGREEN HiTune T3 earbuds.


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