These days, chargers have had some rather nice improvements. Not only can you get multiple ports, as well as both USB-A and USB-C in the same device, we’ve also got more efficient chargers that don’t heat up courtesy of GaN technology (you can read more about GaN in this article). The latest to hit our review desk is from a new charging accessory company. Meet the LDNIO 120W Charging Station.
Now, the astute eye will see a very similar profile to a prior GaN charger we reviewed (seen here). While the shape of things is the same, and overall max power output is the same, there are some subtle changes. For one, the ports are aligned differently, with USB-C on top and USB-A on the bottom (instead of side-by-side). The LDNIO layout is one I prefer, as it just makes more sense to have the larger plugs on the bottom.
There’s also a slight difference in how much power can be output. Obviously, how much you have plugged in will affect how much power can be delivered; as you plug in another cable, charging is slightly paused while the device redistributes the load (so be mindful of your charge cycles). Here’s how it breaks down:
- Single port in use
- USB-A: 18W max
- USB-C: 100W max
- Two ports in use
- USB-A: 18W per port max (36W max total)
- USB-C: left port 65W max / right port 45W max (110 Max total)
- USB-A + USB-C: 100W on USB-C + QC18W on USB-A
- Three ports
- Works similar to the two port setup – you get 18W max out of USB-A, 65W out of one USB-C and 45W out of the other
- Four ports (120W max)
- USB-A: 18W from each port
- USB-C: 65W from left port, 20W from right port
Finally, how the device lights up to let you know it’s plugged in is different; the LDNIO relies on a gentle green stripe across the top. This I’m impartial on, and frankly wouldn’t mind having the ability to turn the external light off (though, it is a good reminder it’s plugged in). As far as charging goes, I used it on a variety of things (phone, tablet, Kindle, lanterns, and so on) and charged up without any issue. And the best part is – thanks to that GaN – is that the brick doesn’t heat up.
As I’ve said before, if you’re looking at a new charger – of any style – you want to consider one that uses the GaN technology. One like this LDNIO option is great for at-home setups where it can be in place and be ready to charge up all manner of devices. While the list price is $79.99 over on Amazon you can use the code LDNIOVDO to get $20 through March 12, 2023. You can check this one out, as well as all their offerings, over at ldnio.com
Details from LDNIO
- 100W High-Speed Charging: The USB-C output can deliver 100W (Max.) of power that rapidly charges a MacBook Pro 16″ in 1.7 hours charge 3X faster than your original iPhone charger or fast charging 2 MacBooks simultaneously via both USB-C PD ports.
- 4 Ports Charging All Your Devices: Bring efficiency and organization to any desktop with all your devices within arm’s reach. LDNIO desktop charger supplies up to 120W of power, charging your MacBook, ipad, iphone and AirPods simultaneously.
- Wide Compatibility: LDNIO 120W USB C desktop charger supports Power Delivery 3.0/Quick Charge 3.0/PPS/AFC charging protocols. Compatible with MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad pro, iPad air, iPhone 14/13/12 series, Galaxy S22/S21 series, iPad, Steam Deck and more!
- Improved Safety: With the latest GaNⅢ technology & Advanced chips improved heat dissipation. LDNIO desktop charger station is designed with over-current, over-voltage, overcharge, short-circuit, over-temperature protection and more to ensure the safety of you and your devices.
- Accessories & Unparalleled Guarantee : Equipped with 3.9Ft 2 Prong AC Extended power cord, Adjust to a comfortable charging distance for convenience and for busines trip, home office and on-the-go charging. Return LDNIO product and offer a full refund for ANY reason within 30 days after the date of purchase.