Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger
Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger. A solid replacement for single port USB-C chargers. The charger ups the wattage of many basic chargers and adds a port. Works well on good household outlets, but may prove too front-heavy for outlets with loose plugs. Would be improved with at least the option for international prong adapters and a cord.
Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger Review
Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger is a well-made alternative to single-port USB-C power supplies, with enough out to charge two laptops or a bevy of other devices, like phones, earbuds, and watches.
What is GaN?
Gallium Nitride (GaN) is an alternative semiconductor material to silicon. GaN can be employed for manufacturing diodes and transistors.
GaN transistors benefit power supplies by supporting small form factors and delivering power with high efficiency.
What we like
The $59.99 Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger doesn’t really have a name as much as it has a list of specifications. I have rearranged the technology salad words into a lineup that I think makes logical sense. If any search engine ever recognizes a search, it will be a random act of semantic serendipity.
The important piece to know about the Topvork charger is this: it is a 2-Port USB-C fast charger that supports Power Delivery or PD. That means it is compatible with many devices, and with two USB-C PD output ports, it can charge two devices at the same time, or even something like Mophie’s 3-in-1 Charger with MagSafe, and still charge an iPad, MacBook or PC. You should be golden as long as the total draw on the power supply remains below the 100W limit. Most devices will only draw what they need but keep track of the total wattage of the connected devices or all charging will slow down.
Fast charging, for instance, takes a Mac PowerBook to a 50% charge in under 45-minutes.
The white review unit looks good, with a nice white satin finish. The charger comes in black. The folding prongs make it a good travel companion. A single USB-C cable comes with the unit. The unit is priced comparably to other power supplies in its class and is often discounted on Amazon, its primary source.
What could be improved
When compared to Apple’s standard power supply engineering, Topvork exceeds Apple with a 2-port, 100W design. But they limit the appeal of this power supply in three critical areas:
First, the plug brings with it considerable backend heft, Some homes suffer from overused outlets with plugs that barely hold an extension cord, let alone a weighty power supply. Apple gets around that by offering a cord option, which also extends the reach of the charging system. Of course, plugging it into a power strip vertically eliminates the issue as the mass pushes down, keeping the prongs seated.
Second, Apple’s power supplies offer a what to swap out the prongs for internationally compatible ones. The Topvork charge would require external, third-party adapters which would further push the charging mass away from the wall, increasing strain on the connection. I would like to see Tovork offer its own international solution. As with the corded option from Apple, the cord eliminates the strain issue by moving the power supply to the floor or other surfaces.
Third, I would love to see Topvork include a second USB-C cable so the associated charging setup looks consistent across devices.
Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger: The Bottom Line
The Topvork 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN PD Fast Charger offers a solid replacement for standard single-port USB-C chargers. The charger increases the wattage of many basic chargers and adds a port. Works well on good household outlets, but may prove too front-heavy for outlets with loose plugs. Would be improved with at least the option for international prong adapters and a cord.
Topvork provided the 100W 2-Port USB-C GaN Fast Charger with Power Delivery for review. Images courtesy of Topvork.
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