These days, most of us carry multiple battery-powered devices at any given time, which can lead to lots of cables to follow and a lot of inconvenience if you forget to bring the correct power adapter. That’s why, with four USB-C ports and two USB-A ports, support for a range of fast charging protocols and an impressive total power of 200 watts, the Ugreen Nexode 200W charger is a fantastic accessory for many creative people. We take an in-depth look at the device in our review here.
If you’re like me, you probably carry around several battery-powered devices that need regular charging. I need to regularly charge my Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, laptop, and headphones, as well as a portable air purifier and fan that I use for teaching. And, of course, I also need to recharge my numerous camera batteries. If I travel, I have a portable white noise machine that I use for sleeping. I have video game controllers at home that need to be charged weekly. There are power banks that I need to charge. I have a Bluetooth speaker that I use for both personal enjoyment and for work. I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting, but I think you get it: I live in a sea of batteries and cables.
On the one hand, I like the fact that we live in an age of long-lasting, easily rechargeable batteries for just about any major device. This means I can pick up and go and have full work and play capability wherever I land. On the other hand, keeping track of all the bricks and power cables is a real hassle. Fortunately, there’s a lot more standardization than a decade ago, with most devices using either a Lightning, USB-C, Micro-USB or Mini-USB connector, although the latter two are generally dropped for the former. That means most of the time, you can just grab a handful of the right cables without worrying too much about device-specific options.
On the other hand, you should always be aware of the power adapters you bring. Sure, the days of the proprietary connector are mostly over, but it’s more complex than just making sure you have the correct USB slots. Different devices require different wattages to ensure the most efficient charge rate, and many manufacturers have different fast charge protocols in place which can be very useful when you need to charge quickly, but these usually only work with the appropriate dedicated chargers. If you just brought that little 5 watt cube that came with your phone, you’ll be lucky to charge a tablet to 100% overnight, and don’t even dream of charging something like a laptop or try to keep multiple devices in mind. when you use them simultaneously. It can be cumbersome and inconvenient to drag and track all the proper chargers, which makes an all-in-one device like the Ugreen Nexode 200W charger so appealing.
- Input: 100-240V, 2.5A, 50-60Hz
- Total power: 200 W maximum
- Power cord: 6.5 ft (2 m)
- USB output
- USB-C ports 1 and 2: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/5A, 100W max. PPS: 3.3-21V/3A
- USB-C ports 3 and 4: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3.25A, 65W max. PPS: 3.3-21V/3A
- USB-A ports 1 and 2: 4.5V/5A, 5V/4.5A, 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A, 22.5W max.
- For an illustration, click on the two images below:
- Supported charging protocols:
- USB-C: PD3.0, PPS, QC4+(QC4.0/QC3.0), FCP, AFC, 5V/2.4A, BC1.2
- USB-A: SCP, QC3.0, FCP, AFC, 5V/2.4A, BC1.2
- GaN and SiC for better heat dissipation
- Temperature safety system that checks system temperature every 0.5 seconds to prevent overheating
- 95% energy efficiency
Content, design and configuration
In the box are the Ugreen Nexode 200W, power cable, and a 3.3ft (1m) USB-C charging cable. It’s a perfectly attractive device, mixing black and a polished silver look. I particularly liked that the company name was tasteful and not garish, blending well with the rest of the style and fitting in well in just about any space.
At the bottom is a non-slip pad to keep the device in place. At over a pound in weight, the device is quite heavy, but that’s a plus in my book. I have too many lightweight plastic USB hubs that slip and slide around my desk when a cable tugs on them and always look messy. Once you put the Nexode down, it stays there, even with lots of cables tugging at it, and it looks good too.
Setup is simple: plug it in and start charging. Fortunately, there is no brick on the end of the socket, just a normal three-prong socket, which means that the device only takes up one socket space and will not prevent other .
Performance and use
I think the choice of four USB-C ports and two USB-A ports is the right balance. The tech world is gradually shifting to USB-C, but, of course, many of us still have lots of USB-A cables lying around. I took the charger to a wedding in another state and left all my dedicated power bricks at home. This meant that it was charging and/or powering:
- Apple Watch Series 7 (5 Watt)
- iPhone Pro Max 11 (22.5 watts)
- iPad Pro 12.9″ 2017 (18 watts)
- Westinghouse air purifier (10 watts)
- Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones (8 watts)
- Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd generation speaker (18 watts)
At any one time I was drawing around 100 watts from the charger, using a variety of different protocols. The charger performed flawlessly, not only topping up all my devices, but doing so at the maximum speed allowed by their respective protocols. This is especially important to me, as I often need to deliver a lot of power to my devices in a short time. For example, I need to charge my iPad during my lunch break before several hours of class in the afternoon, or I will need to charge my watch after using the GPS for a walk of several hours without losing too much time, because I use to track my total steps for my health insurance.
To push it a bit further, I swapped the headphones for a camera charger that draws 60 watts and put a second iPad drawing 30 watts in place of the air purifier. That put me at 153.5 watts total. Once again the charger provided the necessary power with maximum efficiency. It seemed like there was no combination of devices I could use to fade it; it tackled everything competently and much easier than swapping out a ton of different power supplies across multiple outlets, especially since I was traveling. For those using a laptop with USB-C charging, these two ports with 100-watt output are particularly useful, capable of charging even a 16-inch MacBook Pro in 1.5 hours. Even when drawing near maximum power, the device never got particularly hot. The only thing I would change would be to add labels showing the maximum power output of each port to make it easier to remember which ports to use for specific devices.
What I liked
- Solid design
- Heavy enough to stay in place
- Attractive finish
- Good balance of USB-C and USB-A ports
- Inclusion of all major charging protocols
- Lots of power
- Much more convenient and efficient than bringing lots of power supplies
What I did not like
- No power rating on respective ports
Conclusion and purchase
Overall, the Ugreen Nexode 200W is a fantastic charger. It’s well-built, looks great, and most importantly, it can charge all of your devices to their respective top speeds, all in a package that’s much more convenient than carrying around a bag of power supplies. You can buy yours here.