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This tiny USB-C charger packs a lot of power

The Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W Dual USB-C charger is hard to beat.
Ugreen Nexode 45W Dual USB C charger on a patterned desk mat.

Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W Dual USB-C charger.

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While it's great to have a big desktop charger that will charge up and power a raft of devices, sometimes portability is more desirable than power.

But you don't have to choose one over the other. With the Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W Dual USB-C Charger, you can have both.

The Nexode 45W charger is another in a line of chargers from Ugreen that makes use of GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology

The switch from silicon technology to GaN allows manufacturers to create smaller, more efficient chargers that are capable of outputting more power and yet remain cooler.

Also: The 6 best MagSafe battery packs

Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W Dual USB-C Charger tech specs

USB-C output

Single port: C1/C2:5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A, 45W Max. PPS:3.3-11V/4.05A
Dual ports: C1+C2:PD25W+PD20W/ PD20W+PD25W

Fast-charging protocols

PD3.0,PPS,QC4+(QC4.0/QC3.0),FCP,AFCApple 5V2.4A,BC1.2

Max output

45W max

Multiple protections

Over-voltage, over-current, short-circuit, over-temperature

Material

L94-V0 PC fireproof shell with texture, scratch, and wear resistance

Input

100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 1.2A Max

Size

1.57 x 1.57 x 1.93 inches

Weight

3.46 ounces


Packed into a charger small enough to slip into a pocket is enough simultaneous power to charge two iPhones, or fast-charge the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (taking the battery from zero to 55% in 30 minutes) at 45W, or even power a 16-inch M1 MacBook Pro

Yes, it might be small, and output 100W less than the charger that ships with Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro, but this charger can keep that powerhouse of a laptop running.

Power info of MacBook Pro.

Yes, it can charge a 16-inch M1-powered MacBook Pro.

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When using a single USB-C port, the charger outputs a maximum of 45W (up to 20W from one port and a maximum of 25W from the other port when using both). 

For such a small charger, that's a lot of power.

Also: Using the wrong USB-C cable can damage your tech. How to avoid that

And yes, you read that right, it's a dual USB-C charger, so there's no legacy USB-A port here. This might have been a dealbreaker once, but now USB-C is everywhere, and USB-A is fading fast from people's memories.

Temperature of Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W dual-USB-C charger.

The temperature stays low even under full load.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

And it is small. Thanks to the miniaturization that GaN technology allows, this charger is 36% smaller than silicon-based 45W chargers. Its size is perfect for travel and for those who just want to have a more minimalist setup.

Also: The 5 best international phone charger adapters for travel 

No cable is included, but for a charger that comes in at under $40, this is not a surprise to me. And most people have all the cables they need these days anyway.

Being able to get 45W out of a charger this small, and have it run efficiently at a temperature that feels safe, is something that I get excited about (I know, maybe I should get out more). Given the price tag of $39.99, it's hard to beat the Ugreen Nexode Mini 45W Dual USB-C Charger.

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