Gadgets: Ugreen Nexode USB charger has what you need

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Fast, friendly and safe are qualities you want when charging expensive USB devices. Chargers are not the same just because they have the right connections, but I describe the Ugreen Nexode 100W desktop USB charger with advanced gallium nitride (GaN) technology as the device that has what you need.

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The AC-powered charger (3.3-by-1.4-by-1.1 inches) is built with four ports for multi-device compatibility (three USB-C and one USB-A) and safety protocols for protecting your device during charging.

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If you are unfamiliar with GaN terminology for charging, join the club. It’s a somewhat new technology that more advanced chargers are using. GaN semiconductors are said to be much more efficient, smaller in size, and faster to charge compared to traditional silicon-based devices.

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Back to the Ugreen Nexode charger, it has 100-watt fast charging and automatically detects what charging the connected device needs. Then, smart power distribution automatically provides the proper current for the particular device(s).

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Ugreen lists internal technology as Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick Charge 4+ charging protocols to allow users to access ultra-fast power-ups for their devices. In addition, Thermal Guard protection technology protects charging devices with temperature monitoring. The ports provide 100 watts maximum on the USB-C1 and USB-C2 ports and 22.5 watts maximum on the USB-C3 and USB-A ports.

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The Ugreen Nexode charger works simultaneously with laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. When charging the more power-hungry laptops, it’s essential to know the power needs before charging.

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The 100-watt charger is $99.99, and the 65-watt version with dual USB-A and dual USB-C ports is $59.99, both on Amazon. A 6-foot AC power cable is included.

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www.ugreen.com

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iHome’s PowerValet and PowerValet Snap are simple, highly efficient nightstand clocks and accessory chargers.

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The PowerValet 2-in-1 wireless charger (iW24BG) has a front-facing 12/24-hour clock display with an auto-dimming sensor. This automatically adjusts the brightness of the LED display based on the amount of room lighting.

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The AC-powered PowerValet (6.46-by-1.22-by-5.52-inches) has an internal backup battery to ensure either of the two alarms goes off on time despite losing power. The pair of alarms can be set for two times every day, weekday or weekend.

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For charging, behind the LED display is a Qi wireless charging pad for enabled devices. Charging for iPhones is at 5 watts, and up to 10 watts of wireless charging of compatible Android devices. Non-wireless charging devices can connect a USB charging cable to a 5-watt USB charging port on the back.

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The iPhone PowerValet Snap (iW23BG) with 25 watts of total power output has the same LED display, auto-dim, snooze and alarm clock features. The wireless charging pad behind the display has a 15-watt output for MagSafe-compatible smartphones (or cases) and wireless caring cases for AirPods and other compatible earbuds cases.

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The PowerValet Snap measures 5.52-by-2.01-by-6.23 inches, and on the back for non-wireless charging is a pair of USB ports (USB-A and USB-C). Each port delivers up to 5 watts of charging with USB-A or USB-C cables for other USB charging devices, including smartwatches.

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Both are AC-powered and include a power adapter and a lithium metal battery for backup.

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www.iHomeaudio.com PowerValet $52.99, PowerValet Snap $62.99

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(Contact Gregg Ellman at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @greggellman.) ©2023 Gregg Ellman. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

this story was originally published February 15, 2023, 12:32 PM.

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