After years of persuasion, Apple released its first USB-C multiport charger this fall. It costs from 59 dollars. When I saw it, I immediately knew that I would definitely get it.
For those who missed it, this adapter is available for free with the purchase of some new MacBook Airs with an M2 processor. Models with an advanced processor have it in the kit by default, and for “basic” ones you can choose with a surcharge in the official Apple online store. That’s how he got me.
I didn’t find on the Internet tests of the power it gives out and sensible reviews, so I decided to fill this gap myself.
Charging like charging, just two ports
As is customary with Apple, different types of charging blocks are provided for different countries of sale. The new dual port charger has two versions.
Block with ports on bottom facets included with the MacBook Air M2 in countries with a local flat plug. For example, in the USA. The case is flattened, “smeared” over the outlet, and the plug is retracted inside (which is convenient).
I did not use this, but I immediately did not like the orientation of the ports either up or down parallel to the outlet. The idea is so-so, and the connected cables run the risk of being broken in vain during operation. Even Apple seems to agree: after the release of the new iPads in the official American online store, it became possible to buy a different version of the block.
Block with ports on the rear panel comes with the new Air in other countries. I was specifically looking for one. It almost completely repeats the 30-watt unit that previously existed, sold in Europe and Russia, with the exception of two ports instead of one (naturally). It also supports interchangeable wall adapters used by Apple chargers for the last 15 years.
It is easy to guess which of the blocks is objectively better. Removable adapter is convenient and correct. I stuck the first one with a European plug into my two-port charger, no problems. Consider localized in one motion.
How Apple Dual Port Charging Distributes Power
What I was most interested in was how the new block spreads power across the ports when connecting multiple devices. I think you do too.
Therefore, I conducted a test at home with various Apple devices. I do not pretend to be scientific, because ordinary Chinese testers are used, and the devices had different degrees of discharge. But the overall picture should be clear.
Only one port
▹ iPhone: 9V, 2.2A
▹ iPad: 5V, 3A
▹ Apple Watch: 5V, 1A
▹ AirPods: 5V, 1A
▹ Mac: 20V, 1.8A
Two ports at the same time
▸ iPhone + iPad: 9V, 1.6A + 5V, 1.5A
▸ iPhone + Apple Watch: 9V, 1.6A + 5V, 1A
▸ iPhone + AirPods: 9V, 1.6A + 5V, 1A
▸ iPhone + Mac: 9V, 1.2A + 20V, 1A
▸ iPhone + iPhone: 9V, 1.2A + 9V, 9V, 1.2A
▸ Mac + iPad: 20V, 1A + 15V, 1A
▸ iPad + iPad: 15V, 1A + 15V, 1A
From my “home” testing, I can draw several conclusions.
The adapter gives real 35 watts. Loss of efficiency, especially in Chinese multi-port chargers, is a common situation. There is also here, this is physics, but it is only a few percent, judging by the tester. And when you connect one Mac via a MagSafe cable, you get almost the reference maximum power of the entire unit.
Adapter does not reconnect devices when connecting or disconnecting new ones. Not news, just made sure. According to the tester, the amps “fell” for a short time, but the devices themselves continued to charge, as if nothing had happened. Those who understand exercises will praise it – after all, it is very rare.
The adapter does not get very hot. Of course, hot, but not in such a way that boiling water is direct and there are questions about reliability. No hotter than any other large Apple charger.
The adapter does not emit extraneous sounds. There is nothing special to add here, I didn’t expect anything else – but hello to the “Chinese”, whose multiport adapters regularly suffer from this.
The adapter sensitively recognizes the type of device. The large variability in the results is due to the variety of PD profiles that this charge actually supports. The most powerful profiles are assigned to the top models of iPhone, Mac and iPad Pro. If any of the devices is almost charged and not in use, it is allocated a minimum current in accordance with the parameters of optimized charging.
The main plus is reliability and stability
The very concept of dual-port USB-C charging has long been mastered by other manufacturers. There are models up to 120 watts, three or even four USB-C at the same time.
The difference is that none of them are very keen to make an Apple-quality product. Electronics in cupertino chargers have always been famous for their high stability, which cannot be said about small brands of accessories manufacturers.
It is easy to find reviews of multiport chargers that break down with varying degrees of epicness. Somewhere, one of the ports just turns off. Others stop working entirely. Sometimes this is accompanied by the melting of plastic or the failure of an entire outlet.
I use several USB-C multiport chargers, including this one. This is a really high-quality thing, which in general works better than most similar ones, and therefore it is relatively expensive. For a year of operation, the only problem was that some devices, when all ports are busy at once, simply do not charge. It is difficult to say what this is connected with, but most likely the problem is in the power controller.
When you connect several devices to such charges in turn, they turn off the charging of the previous ones for a second in order to reconfigure the power on the corresponding ports. Sometimes this leads to the fact that one of the ports simply does not work, and you need to reconnect the device. You have to constantly monitor whether charging has started again on everything that you connected earlier.
Apple’s new dual-port USB-C charging should have no such problems.
Apple charging is able to change the distribution of power across ports without turning off the port for a previously connected device. For chargers, this feature is a really advanced feature that requires a completely different level of hardware than in multiport chargers popular on AliExpress.
From the experience of using Apple chargers, their new two-port version can definitely be trusted with expensive devices. Some branded blocks have been working for me for more than 10 years. And during this time, in general, I have never burned or even broken the original adapters. Where else is more reliable?
Beware of fakes!
Since September, online stores in Russia and ad sites have been inundated with Chinese copies of the new original charging block with two USB-C. Apparently, such devices are “inspired” by the US version with horizontally mounted ports.
So if you see one on sale with us, then with a probability of 99% it is a fake.
I am sure that there are already (or will soon appear) non-original “correct” versions of this charger on sale – with ports on the rear panel. So purely visually, according to the box, and without experience, you can run into a fake. If I get one, I’ll update this post with a comparison to help others buy.
As a result, top charging, you can take (but difficult)
There is nothing to complain about here. Unless there are not enough more powerful models of the same type. 35 watts is not much for a charger with support for two devices at once.
I think that the appearance of 67+ W versions of such an adapter is not far off, perhaps even this year. It makes sense to launch them along with the release of the new MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. And in general, if you have a powerful Apple laptop, it’s better to wait for the release of the block more powerful.
And for those who are ready to buy such a 35-watt charger, I can only wish good luck. Separately, such a block is not offered anywhere from respected stores. And taking the MacBook Air M2 for the sake of the adapter alone – well, you yourself understand, is a so-so idea.
Finally, the prices of the official store:
▪ 59 US dollars (3650 rubles)
▪ 65 euros in Europe (4000 rubles)
▪ 229 dirhams in the UAE (3850 rubles)
▪ 1189 liras in Turkey (3950 rubles)
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After years of persuasion, Apple released its first USB-C multiport charger this fall. It costs from 59 dollars. When I saw it, I immediately knew that I would definitely get it. For those who missed it, this adapter is available for free with the purchase of some new MacBook Airs with an M2 processor. Models with an advanced processor have it in the kit by default, and …
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