GravaStar Delta35 Review
Most charging blocks sit on a wall or desk, big hunks of non-descript black, gray or white plastic. Some are etched; some sport nicely turned corners, others reflect light from their glossy finishes. Differentiation in the charging market often comes down to prongs that fold up for ease of travel.
GravaStar’s new 35W GaN charger, the Delta35, arrives with all of the necessary features to power a phone or tablet or headset, or a couple of them at a time. But unlike most charging blocks, the GravaStar Delta35 charger arrives packaged in a not surprisingly robotic skin, given GravaStar’s brand aesthetic. The Delta35 appears freshly minted from the robot factory, not yet bearing the battle damage found on some of its 65W Alpha65 cousins.
My Delta35 is pink, but the 30W GaN charger also comes in white. Arms reach out while diminutive legs dangle. Or if they aren’t plug-in, perhaps those legs prove antennae rather than legs. Use your imagination. All the appendages move to transform the charger from a utilitarian device to an action figure. Lights tied to the dual USB-C ports act as eyes, which adds a bit of emotional experience as owners insert a USB-C cable, and the device’s eyes confirm the connection.
A glaring white indicator light brings that “face” to life as it charges the slabs of glass and metal poking into its peripheral charging ports.
As GravaStar’s founder expressed in the press release for the product, these chargers aren’t meant to be tools alone but collectibles. He sees them creating not just function but art.
As for function, the GravaStar Delta35’s two USB-C ports will, as the name implies, supply up to 35 watts of power, enough for smartphones, tablets, even a laptop like the MacBook Air, or a personal game console like the Nintendo Switch.
The Delta35s, however, are not toys. Just beneath the robotically inspired surface lies a flame-retardant shell, a final stopgap on a series of safety measures, including a design that minimizes heat loss during power conversion and technology to manage overvoltage, overcurrent, short circuits, and over-temperature issues.
The GravaStar Delta35 will handle a maximum of 35 watts on a single USB-C port. According to the manual, using both ports reduces output to 12 watts per port.
At the launch on September 26, 2023, the Delta35 will be available for $29.95 in the aforementioned white or pink trim with a US plug. Although only available initially with a U.S. plug, the GravaStar Delta35 is designed for 240 current with a proper adapter.
The accompanying manual displays information in surprisingly large and readable type compared to many “modern” inbox manuals.
On the environmental side, the cardboard packing material is filled with non-recyclable foam that, thankfully, isn’t glued in place, so it can be easily removed, and the box recycled. Gravastar should explore a more sustainable internal packing material.
Those seeking a 35W charger to complement their mecha robot-inspired decor look no further than GravaStar’s diminutive pink or white robochargers. And if the Delta35 piques your interest, GravaStar’s other chargers, speakers and earbuds may also be of interest.
Serious Insights previously reviewed the GravStar Sirius Pro earbuds here.
GravaStar provided the Delta35 for review. Images courtesy of GravaStar unless otherwise noted.
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