Satechi 145W USB-C 4-Port GaN Travel Charger review: Plenty of power on the go

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At a glance

Expert’s Rating

Pros

PowerfulGood design Several adaptersFour charging ports

Cons

Relatively heavy

Our Verdict

The Satechi 145 W USB-C Gan Travel Charger makes life easier when traveling. You can replace all your chargers with this one. It’s also just as perfect to keep at home on your desk. Plenty of wattage and ports (as well as different plugs) make it a great buy.

The best thing about the USB-C standard is that not only does it reduce the amount of e-waste, but it also makes traveling easier–but you may still need multiple chargers when on the road. Your iPad requires one, your iPhone another, and your computer a third. While it’s possible to charge them individually with one charger, the problem is if you need to charge multiple gadgets at the same time.

Enter the Satechi 145W USB-C GaN Travel Charger. Satechi’s latest addition is a relatively compact charger with a charging capacity (as the name gently alludes) of 145 watts.

For those who don’t know what a GaN charger is, it’s technology where that uses Gallium Nitride, a semiconductor material that has excellent conductivity and resistance to high temperatures. That means that chargers can be more compact and also benefit in power conversion and energy output. When a regular charger gets hot, it is because the current “leaks” and is converted into heat. A GaN charger stays much cooler, even when you put a heavy load on it.

It doesn’t take up much space.

Petter Ahrnstedt

The Travel Charger’s 145 watts are distributed across four different ports. If you only connect one device, the first two ports deliver 140 watts, while the last two deliver 45 watts. The ports that provide more power support PD 3.1, while the other two support PD 3.0. If you connect four devices, the ports deliver 65, 30, 25, and 20 watts respectively. That’s quite enough to charge a MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch at the same time. You can easily use your computer or tablet while charging.

This is how the charge is distributed when you connect multiple devices.

Adapters for the whole world

The Travel Charger is space gray, slightly rectangular, and has a small button on the top. This is so you can change the plug itself. Along with a small woven nylon bag, the package includes four different plugs:

1x UK adapter

1x EU adapter

1x AU adapter (Australia)

1x USA adapter

The device doesn’t have a USB-A connection. But at least since the iPhone 12, Apple has included a USB-C to Lightning cable and the iPhone 15 has USB-C.

Should you buy the Satechi 145W USB-C 4-Port GaN Travel Charger?

The Satechi 145 W USB-C Gan Travel Charger is a powerful charger that you can use at home as well as when traveling. The format is flexible and you get plugs that work in most corners of the world. If I’m going to complain about anything, it’s the weight, but then I’m a whiny journalist who needs to find something to complain about.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden and was translated by Roman Loyola.

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At a glanceExpert’s Rating
ProsPowerfulGood design Several adaptersFour charging portsConsRelatively heavyOur VerdictThe Satechi 145 W USB-C Gan Travel Charger makes life easier when traveling. You can replace all your chargers with this one. It’s also just as perfect to keep at home on your desk. Plenty of wattage and ports (as well as different plugs) make it a great buy.

The best thing about the USB-C standard is that not only does it reduce the amount of e-waste, but it also makes traveling easier–but you may still need multiple chargers when on the road. Your iPad requires one, your iPhone another, and your computer a third. While it’s possible to charge them individually with one charger, the problem is if you need to charge multiple gadgets at the same time.

Enter the Satechi 145W USB-C GaN Travel Charger. Satechi’s latest addition is a relatively compact charger with a charging capacity (as the name gently alludes) of 145 watts.

For those who don’t know what a GaN charger is, it’s technology where that uses Gallium Nitride, a semiconductor material that has excellent conductivity and resistance to high temperatures. That means that chargers can be more compact and also benefit in power conversion and energy output. When a regular charger gets hot, it is because the current “leaks” and is converted into heat. A GaN charger stays much cooler, even when you put a heavy load on it.

It doesn’t take up much space.

It doesn’t take up much space.Petter Ahrnstedt

It doesn’t take up much space.Petter Ahrnstedt

Petter Ahrnstedt

The Travel Charger’s 145 watts are distributed across four different ports. If you only connect one device, the first two ports deliver 140 watts, while the last two deliver 45 watts. The ports that provide more power support PD 3.1, while the other two support PD 3.0. If you connect four devices, the ports deliver 65, 30, 25, and 20 watts respectively. That’s quite enough to charge a MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch at the same time. You can easily use your computer or tablet while charging.

This is how the charge is distributed when you connect multiple devices.

Adapters for the whole world

The Travel Charger is space gray, slightly rectangular, and has a small button on the top. This is so you can change the plug itself. Along with a small woven nylon bag, the package includes four different plugs:

1x UK adapter

1x EU adapter

1x AU adapter (Australia)

1x USA adapter

The device doesn’t have a USB-A connection. But at least since the iPhone 12, Apple has included a USB-C to Lightning cable and the iPhone 15 has USB-C.

Should you buy the Satechi 145W USB-C 4-Port GaN Travel Charger?

The Satechi 145 W USB-C Gan Travel Charger is a powerful charger that you can use at home as well as when traveling. The format is flexible and you get plugs that work in most corners of the world. If I’m going to complain about anything, it’s the weight, but then I’m a whiny journalist who needs to find something to complain about.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden and was translated by Roman Loyola.

Docks and Hubs, Mobile Phone Accessories, Mobile Phone Chargers, Power 

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