UGREEN Nexode 300W Review 5-Port PD GaN Fast Charger

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

Turbocharge your devices with the Nexode 300W! No more juggling between charging cables, trying to prioritize which device gets a turn, and anxiously watching the battery percentage creep up at a snail's pace. Ugreen's new Nexode 300W charger, it's not your average charger; it's a technological powerhouse designed to simplify your charging routine.

The Nexode 300W charger's casing is constructed from matte graphene plastic, while the front and back panels have a matte black plastic coating. The charger's bottom base is covered entirely in rubber, featuring a thick rubber piece and raised rubber feet for stability.

Although it's relatively small, it packs a punch in terms of both performance and weight, tipping the scales at 847 grams (excluding the power cord). The power cord adds another 200 grams to the overall weight. Its physical dimensions are 11cm in depth, 9.5cm in height, and 5.5cm in width. This charger exudes sturdiness and quality construction, but its substantial weight might not make it the most suitable choice for everyday portability. Instead, it's better suited as a fixture on your desk or nightstand.

When it comes to performance and charging speeds, the Nexode 300W charger shines with its impressive 300W total output distributed across multiple ports. It's worth highlighting that the maximum power output from a single port is 140W. Specifically, the charger offers a maximum output of 140W through a single port (USB-C 1), and each of the top three USB-C ports can deliver up to 100W individually. This capability makes the Nexode 300W charger well-equipped to handle power-hungry laptops and multiple devices concurrently. Notably, this charger can fully charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro in just 1.5 hours. Additionally, while it excels with high-power devices, it can also charge lower-power devices, such as headphones, via the USB-A port.

The Nexode charger lives up to its promise of delivering fast charging, thanks to its support for various rapid charging protocols, including:
  •     USB-C1 Port: PD3.1, PD3.0, PPS, QC5.0, QC3+, QC3.0, SCP (10V/2.25A), FCP, AFC, Apple (5V/2.4A), Samsung 5V/2A and BC 1.2 protocol.
  •     USB-C2/C3 Ports: PD3.0, PPS, QC4+, QC3, QC2.0, FCP, AFC, Apple (5V/2.4A), Samsung 5V/2A and BC 1.2 protocol.
  •     USB-C4 Port: PD3.0, PPS, QC4+, QC3, QC2.0, SCP (10V/2.25A), FCP, AFC, Apple (5V/2.4A), Samsung 5V/2A and BC 1.2 protocol.
  •     USB-A Port: QC3, QC2.0, SCP (10V/2.25A), FCP, AFC, Apple (5V/2.4A), Samsung 5V/2A and BC 1.2 protocol.

A common worry with powerful chargers is the risk of overheating. However, the Nexode 300W charger pleasantly surprised me by effectively controlling its temperature, even during demanding charging tasks. While it did become warm, which was to be expected, it never reached concerning or alarming levels. This excellent temperature management guarantees consistent performance without any interruptions or power issues.

The Nexode 300W charger is accompanied by a lengthy two-meter power cable, providing ample flexibility when it comes to placing the charger. Furthermore, Ugreen includes a top-notch 1.5-meter USB-C to USB-C cable in the package, capable of delivering speedy charging at up to 240W. This nylon braided cable not only feels robust but also makes for a valuable addition.

To sum it up, the Ugreen Nexode 300W charger stands as a true powerhouse among GaN chargers. Its remarkable total output and swift charging capabilities set it apart. However, it's essential to note that its substantial weight and relatively high price might not suit everyone. In such cases, interested buyers should explore the Nexode 65W charger or the Ugreen 145W powerbank – a smaller, more affordable, and compact alternative.

One noteworthy aspect is the arrangement of ports, which would be more convenient if the high-power ports were positioned at the bottom, with the lower-power ones above them. Typically, users tend to utilize the high-power ports first, resulting in cables draping down from a higher point on the desk and making it slightly less accessible to reach the lower ports.

Another consideration is the need to keep in mind which port delivers specific power. The Nexode 300W charger comprises 5 ports, and the power distribution varies depending on whether 2, 3, 4, or 5 ports are used simultaneously. This complexity may pose a challenge for some prospective buyers.

Selling points
  •     300W total output
  •     Multiple USB-C and USB-A ports for versatile charging.
  •     Fast charging support for various devices.
  •     Thoughtful design with rubber feet for stability.
  •     High-quality included USB-C cable.
  •     Effective temperature management.
  •     Future proof with newest protocols (e.g. QC5.0)
  •     240W cable included
  •     Compatible with low power devices

Potential deal breakers
  •     Relatively heavy and less portable for frequent travel.
  •     Price may be a consideration for some buyers.
  •     Not capable of 300W via a singe port
  •     No status leds
  •     No physical power switch
The package includes additional items such as a velcro strap and Ugreen-branded cables. These cables consist of a 1.5-meter USB-C to USB-C braided cable, boasting a robust rating of 248W (5A/48V), and a lengthy 2-meter power cable. The power cable specifications are 2.5A/250V IEC 60227 and feature a C5 cloverleaf connection. It is worth noting that the cable is both insulated and encased in PVC for protection.You can buy the Nexode 300W from Ugreen website and Ugreen's amazon store.

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