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I don't know about you, but I am always looking for charging options with several iPads, a MacBook, a MacBook Pro and various iPhone models in the household - which of course not only belong to me. If you then go on a trip, you of course have to have a suitable charger with you. And if you are traveling with a USB-C MacBook and your iPad or iPhone, you also have to find a charger that has both a USB-C and a USB-A output. This is exactly where the Artwizz PowerPlug USB-C / USB-A power supply comes into play, which I would like to introduce to you in more detail in this article.
The power supply was made available to me by Artwizz. Thank you very much for that. I don't have any contracts with the manufacturer that would allow any say in my test report. This means that you are not reading an advertising article here, but an honest report on the device's experience. But let's get started ...
As in most test reports, I would like to first explain the technical details of the Artwizz PowerPlug USB-C + USB-A 24W:
Incidentally, the 24 W in the name of the product only refer to the USB-C interface. The device can deliver a total of 36 watts, because the two USB outputs are independent of each other.
As with many other Artwizz products, care has been taken to ensure that this power supply matches the aluminum design of the Apple devices. The appearance of the power supply is elegant, but kept simple and practical. The sockets for the power and charging cables are located at the front and rear and are easily accessible. Because the sockets are incorporated into a light-colored plastic surface, you can quickly see what the USB-A and what the USB-C output is, even in poor light.
Two transparent rubber bands are included in the pack of the power pack that can be put around the power pack. As a result, the side lying on the floor no longer tends to scratch or be scratched when moving. I did without the rubbers because a charger is not a design object for me and it may well get a few signs of use.
I find it very positive that the mains cable with the Euro plug is not permanently installed, because you can either attach a longer or shorter cable for your own purpose or replace a cable if a pet (I'm looking now niemanden an) gnawed on the original cable.
Of course, you can not only charge Apple devices with the Artwizz power supply. Fortunately, it has not yet come to that when we also have to buy Apple-compatible electricity at a high price from Apple. ;-) Samung Phablets, Google Pixel Phones and everything else that can be supplied with power via a USB-C or USB-A connection can also be made happy with the power supply. But since we are here in one Apple blog I have gathered my experience with Apple devices here.
The UBS-C port is of course intended for USB-C MacBook models. Here, however, only for the small 12-inch model, because the MacBook Pro models are not charged with 24 watts, but you can only "delay" the discharge. Anyone who owns a 13- or 15-inch MacBook Pro knows that a power of up to 84 watts is required for charging. If you are looking for a combined charger with USB-C and USB-A outputs, you might want to get the tizi filling station which I also use and which will soon get its own report.
In order to stay within the scope of the Artwizz USB-C power supply, I did a few tests with my iPhone X, iPad Pro 10,5 inch and my 12 inch MacBook, which should give you an impression of how quickly you can Can charge devices with it. But what you should always keep in mind: Such practical "measured values" are only snapshots. For example, most devices charge from 0% to 10% and from 80 to 100% much more slowly than in the range in between. This is simply due to technical rules that are followed in order not to unnecessarily shorten the life of the batteries.
But here are the measurement results. All devices were charged for 20 minutes each. I charged the iPhone X once with the normal USB-A port and once with one Apple USB-C to Lightning charging cable, which supports USB PowerDelivery (USB-PD) for fast charge.
|Gerät||start (0 min)||End (20 min)||Profit%||Time for 10% charge|
|iPhone X (USB-A)||42%||59%||17%||11,7 min|
|iPhone X (USB-C)||58%||89%||31%||6,4 min|
|iPad Pro 10,5 '' (USB-A)||68%||76%||8%||25 min|
|MacBook 12 '' (USB-C)||65%||83%||18%||11,7 min|
With these values you can already see that you should take your time with the iPad Pro overnight to fill it with the charger. In contrast, the charging of the MacBook is relatively quick. According to my measurements, this was charged with 11,5 V and approx. 1,9 A (i.e. approx. 22 W), while the iPad Pro at the USB-A port was of course only charged with 4,9 V at approx. 9 watts - that just takes time - understandable with him large battery (approx. 8134 mAh)that the iPad Pro has built in.
To see how much power the ports are giving off before they go to their knees, I connected a USB multimeter and a load resistor with which I can set the "virtual" consumption as required. The USB-A output still delivered 2,0 volts of voltage up to over 4,9 amps. Only at around 12 watts of power did the voltage drop rapidly, so that at around 2,9 amps we only had 3,3 volts output voltage - that is just under 9,5 watts. The maximum power output was thus 12 watts.
What it shows: Using a Lightning USB-C charging cable is worthwhile for both the iPhone and the iPad - provided the port is still free and you are not charging a MacBook. Both devices are charged almost twice as fast (82% faster). If you are still looking for a suitable USB-C to lighting cable, I can do it this certified cable from AmazonBasics (more about the MFI certificate here.) recommend. I would just be careful not to buy the cable in lengths of 1,8 or 3,0 meters, as the effective charging current is reduced with each meter of length. I measured it a few days ago and was surprised how high the losses were.
I would recommend the Artwizz PowerPlug USB-C with 24 watts mainly to users who are traveling with a MacBook and an iOS device. Apple itself includes a 29 watt power supply with the MacBook, which charges the device a tick faster than the Artwizz PowerPlug - but it lacks a USB-A output that you could use in parallel for your iPhone or iPad. As a rule, I am traveling with at least two devices, so that such a power supply from Artwizz makes perfect sense.
Fortunately, the charging current for the iPhone and iPad is in the upper range. The 5 watt power supply supplied by Apple with the iPhone only achieves half the power. The possibility of using USB-PD for the newer iPhone and iPad models also speeds up the charging process significantly.
The only criticism I see is the limitation to one USB-A output. When traveling, I need a few more charging options because I usually have Apple Watch, iPad Pro, iPhone and MacBook with me. With so many devices you can't avoid packing several chargers. But if you don't have such an extensive equipment park as Sir Apfelot, you should definitely take a look at the Artwizz equipment. Currently it is at Gravis branches Can even be picked up at a bargain price of just under EUR 12. Anyone who wants to order it online will still find it well below the RRP for 44,95 EUR on Amazon.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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