Ugreen Nexode RG 65w and 30w Charger Review
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These cute, little Ugreen Nexode RG chargers blur the lines between “chargers” and “toys.” Squeezing a 65 watt and even 30 watt charger into a compact cube this small is almost a feat itself, but then “dressing them up” as little robots makes them even more visually appealing and adds more fun to the otherwise mundane task of charging your devices.
Each charger features a black display that dimly lights and reveals the face of the robot while it is in use and charging your devices. The “face” is dim enough to use this on your nightstand without disturbing your sleep, and may actually be difficult to see if you have natural sunlight coming into the room.
The display is limited: only showing a subtle difference (no nose) when charging is completed. Hopefully future iterations will feature more facial designs on even a technical readout of the charging voltage and amperage.
The feet, er, prongs are protected by removable “shoes” that can help protect your bag or luggage from tears that can occur if the prongs were to be exposed. However, these little shoes are also easy to lose, so you may need to pay extra attention to where you sit them.
- The dimensions of the 65 watt version are: 1.8 inches x 1.7 inches x 2.7 inches
- The dimensions of the 30 watt version are: 1.6 inches x 1.4 inches x 2.2 inches
The 65 watt version of the chargers features 2 USB-C ports and 1 USB-A port. When charging, the power gets divvied up as summarized in this graphic from UGREEN:
The 30 watt version only has 1 USB-C port and therefore can only charge one device at a time.
Performance of Ugreen Nexode RG 65 Watt Charger
I tested these chargers against several of my USB-C port-equipped devices and found that it was able to charge all of them at their normal charging wattage.
Apple MacBook Air M1
The Ugreen Nexode RG 65 Watt Charger was able to charge my MacBook Air with 20V.
The Ugreen Nexode RG 65 Watt Charger successfully charged my Nintendo Switch at 15V.
Lenovo 14W Laptop
My Lenovo 14W Laptop (running Ubuntu, if you couldn’t tell :-D) was able to charge with its normal 20V profile with this Ugreen Nexode RG 65 Watt Charger.
The Ugreen Nexode RG 65 Watt Charger supports the Dell Chromebook’s 20V charging profile, allowing it to charge at full speed.
Performance of Ugreen Nexode RG 30 Watt Charger
The 30 watt version of the Ugreen Nexode RG charger was able to support the correct charging voltages, but as is to be expected, it charges a little slower than it’s bigger 65 watt counterpart.
Apple MacBook Air M1
The Ugreen Nexode RG 30 Watt Charger was able to charge my MacBook Air with 20V.
The Ugreen Nexode RG 30 Watt Charger successfully charged my Nintendo Switch at 15V.
Lenovo 14W Laptop
My Lenovo 14W Laptop (running Ubuntu!) was able to charge with its normal 20V profile with this Ugreen Nexode RG 30 Watt Charger.
The Ugreen Nexode RG 30 Watt Charger supports the Dell Chromebook’s 12V charging profile, which isn’t the fastest, but it still gets the job done.
Which Ugreen Nexode RG Charger Should You Buy?
The 30 watt charger is ideal for charging smaller devices like phones, tablets, and slim laptops like the MacBook Air. Also, please note that you can only charge one device at a time with the 30 watt charger’s single port. You’ll want to check the specs of your device (or the original charger) to determine how much wattage it needs.
The 65 watt charger is ideal for larger devices or for charging multiple devices at the same time. For example, the 65 watt charger will charge a MacBook faster than the 30 watt charger. Or you can charge your iPhone, iPad and MacBook at the same time (although, the MacBook will be receiving less than 65 watts when multiple devices are being charged and therefore charge more slowly).
If you’re not sure, you might want to go for the 65 watt charger, as it can handle all the devices that the 30 watt charger can and gives you 3 ports total.
- Thermal Guard: Ugreen has built-in some safety checks, as is common with most modern chargers. This includes prevention measures for overheating, overcharging, and drawing too much current. The chargers are also made with a flame-retardant material.
- Facial expression status display: The robot’s LED face will show eyes and a nose while your devices are charging. The nose goes away when charging is complete.
30 watt charger
Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 800mA Max
USB-C Output: 5.0V3.0A/9.0V3.0A/12.0V2.5A/15.0V2.0A/20.0V1.5A/3.3-11.0V2.7A
30 watts max
65 watt charger
Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 1.8A Max
USB-Cl port (only) output: 5V/3/ 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, :20V/3.25A, 65W Max Output
USB C1 + USB C2 output: PD45W + PD20W (65W)
USB C1 + USB A output: PD45W + QC18W (65W)
USB C2 + USB A output: 5V1.7A + 5V1.7A
USB C1 + USB C2 + USB-A output: PD45W + 5V1.7A + 5V1.7A
Ugreen has taken something mundane like charging and put a face to it. The Nexode RG chargers support basically all USB-c charging standards and can handle phones, tablets and laptops. The LED “face” is cute, but not very functional.
- Fast charging speeds
- Compact size
- Cool design
- Display "face" doesn't show much information
- Prongs are not foldable