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Review of Choetech USB-C Desktop Charger (Works With MacBooks & iPhone X)

Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.

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Powerful MacBook Charger

Choetech's 72W USB-C Desktop Charger ($34.99) is one of the most powerful third-party iPhone and MacBook chargers on the market.

The charger contains a 60W USB-C port for power delivery (PD) charging and includes 3 additional USB-A ports for multiple devices. It can simultaneously charge your MacBook, iPhone, and a slew of other gadgets in rapid time.

This is a compact, premium product that warrants the higher price tag, and it's the best travel accessory for on-the-go consumers.

USB-C (PD) Compatible Devices

PD brings 60W of maximum power to numerous consumer devices. Below are just some of the products it's compatible with.

  • MacBook Pro 2016/17
  • MacBook 2015/16/17
  • iPhone X/8/8 Plus
  • Google Pixel 2/2XL

Devices charged through PD will recharge 2x as fast as those using the standard USB-A port, so be sure to take advantage of the power charging.

USB-A Compatible Devices

The 3 other ports can be used with a multitude of older products including those from Samsung. Below are some more gadgets it's compatible with.

  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPhone 5/6/6S & 6/6S Plus
  • iPad/Mini/Air
  • Google Pixel/XL
  • Galaxy Note 8/9
  • Galaxy 8/9 & 8/9+

That's a small sample of acceptable gadgets, and there are dozens more that can use these slots.

Just make sure they're USB-A friendly.

Product Specifications

Product Specs.

Input: AC 100-240V - 50/60Hz - 1.5A Max

Output: USB-C - 5V=3A; 9V=3A; 12V=3A; 15V=3A; 20V=3A

Output: USB Ax3: Total 5V=2.4A Max (2.4A max for each port)

Total Power: 72W Max

Item Weight: 8.43oz.

Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.8 x 1.08 (inch)

What's included: 1 USB-C Power Delivery Charger; 1.5m Power Cord, User Manual, Bookmark

Additional: Includes 18 month warranty w/lifetime tech support

Best Features

Choetech takes pride in safety, stability, and reliability, and their attention to safeguarding your devices is the best part about this item.

4 Best Features

  • Full Safety Certifications
  • 60W Power Delivery
  • Multi-device Charging With 4 Ports
  • Compact & Portable

Full Safety Certifications

The product has USB-IF/UL certification, which will protect your gadgets from high currents, voltage, and short-circuiting.

These safety mechanisms will ensure that your connected phones or laptops won't get damaged while they're charging. Choetech wanted to make sure you could charge your gadgets overnight without panic, and I appreciate them for it.

Safety is often overlooked when purchasing these types of items, so I'm happy it's in the forefront this time.

60W Power Delivery

The biggest pro about the 60W PD is that it can thoroughly charge your heavy-duty MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Few chargers have those capabilities, and if they do, they'll take a long time to recharge your Mac.

But that's not all.

You can use the USB-C port for many other products, including the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2/2XL phones. And the best part is that the recharge speeds will work just as fast as on a MacBook.

That should make Apple and Android customers very happy.

Multi-device Charging With 4 Ports

For some, 4 ports aren't enough, but for me it's plenty.

With 3 USB-A ports, I can charge my tablet, Galaxy phone, and older iPhones without having to worry about slow charging speeds. With 12W of power spread over 3 slots, you won't have to sacrifice space for convenience, and better yet, you're guaranteed to have all your devices fully charged.

Will 4 ports be enough for everyone?

No, but I don't believe consumers will mind once they realize how quickly everything charges.

Compact & Portable

The size makes it perfect for personal or business trips because you can stash it anywhere.

Then again, the power cable is a bit lengthy (1.5m), which may or may not be a good thing, but I found that the extra length made it more accessible.

Size wise, it's comparable to an Apple or Anker charger, and while it's a bit on the heavier side, it should be easy to store in your luggage, backpack, or handbag.

Biggest Cons

The negatives are few and far between although I did notice some preferences and complaints from other reviewers that I agreed with.

3 Biggest Customer Complaints

  • Charger Gets Hot
  • Lack of Quick Charge
  • No Extra Cables Included

Charger Gets Hot

I trust the safety specs, but it's naturally worrying to see the charger get hot while it's concurrently charging 4 devices.

Thankfully that's a normal side effect for a high output charger though it did make me wonder about the longevity of the product.

Lack of Quick Charge

I'm a big fan of Qualcomm's Quick Charge in many Anker and Aukey devices, so it would be neat if the other ports had it.

I'm not sure what the cost would be or how they would apply both PD and QC into a charger, but it would certainly take the product up a notch.

Despite the lack of QC, I was still satisfied with how quickly the standard ports charged my Galaxy, and the 72W of power definitively makes up for it.

No Extra Cables Included

I understand why companies refuse to bundle products, but I wouldn't mind paying extra if they added a cable or two.

There have been times where I forgot that a charger didn't include a charging cable, which did get annoying, but maybe that was my own fault.

Regardless, I know I'm not alone on this, and I've come across many customers that wished these gadgets had everything they needed.

One can only dream.

How It Compares to Other Chargers

There are numerous 4-5 port chargers, but a lot of them are only USB-A compatible.

The two USB-C versions that stick out the most happen to be my favorite third-party chargers, Anker and RavPower.

In Anker's version, its charger has an extra port but the PD only gets to 30W Max.

Meanwhile the 60W RavPower charger has up to 6 ports but only the 45W version has PD (much less output than Choetech).

The pricing for each unit varies ($30 to $60) due to how many ports are utilized, whether smart charging tech is used, and what the total power is. I'd say the 72W Choetech Charger falls somewhere in the middle, but again it depends on what you're seeking.

If you're mostly an Android user and own little to no Apple products, then I'd probably go with the Anker version, but if you own Macs and iPhones, then Choetech will suit you better.

Final Review

The Choetech Desktop Charger is a really well-made product that has several features I can get behind.

I would give the 72W Choetech USB-C Desktop Charger 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The item gets plus points for its compact, portable size, the 60W PD, the multi-device charging, and its safety certifications.

I do have concerns about how hot it gets during multi-charging, but I also understand that it's using a ton of power to do so. Quick Charge would've been a cool add-on, but it's something I can live without because it still charges my devices quickly.

Furthermore I didn't deduct points for the lack of charging cables as most chargers do not bundle them; just make sure you have some at home, preferably the ones that originally came with your devices.

Overall I would recommend this product to anyone that requires an added power boost, and I especially think it's an excellent charger for those who own MacBooks or other Apple products.

For more USB-C desktop chargers, please visit the Choetech official website.

Your Turn!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments

Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on August 18, 2018:

It's a very common question, so no judgement here.

The differences come with the cable or current connector shape.

USB-C is the newest standard and it has an oval shaped connector and is found in many new phones from Samsung, Google Pixel, and MacBooks.

USB-B has a square shape and is often found in printers or external hard drives.

USB-A is the most common USB port connector for chargers, media players or laptops.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 11, 2018:

Stupid question but I'll ask anyhow ... what's the difference among USB-A, B, and C (and any others that might exist) and how can I tell the difference? It might've been better if I could've asked this under the cloak of anonymity but hey, I know you won't judge that much, will you? Thanks, Chris.

Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on August 11, 2018:

Thank you that means a lot. I'm just here to help consumers.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 10, 2018:

This is a well-balanced and thorough review. It's very helpful for anyone who is in the market for a device like this.

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