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For me, the devices with a USB-C port are slowly stacking up. From Mac to various headphones to power banks, many manufacturers rely on this connection. I keep noticing that you can actually have enough of these charging options. If my kids come with two iPhones, then play on my iPads and I also come to charge my iPhone, then some charging ports are occupied very quickly.
Ugreen offers one for this 4-way charger, which has 3x USB-C and 1x USB-A as output. With a total of 65 watts, all kinds of consumers can be served - even a MacBook Pro.
I asked Ugreen for a free device for testing purposes. Since you have sent this to me, I can now give you my assessment of the power supply.
As always with the multiport USB-C chargers, it is important to note how the power is distributed over the ports. Because "65 watts of power" does not necessarily mean that you get 65 watts at each of the three ports.
This is also the case here, because only ports 1 and 2 deliver 65 watts if none of the other 4 ports is occupied. For example, if you use ports 1 and 2, the first port can deliver 45 watts and the second 18 watts (over USB Power Delivery).
Since it gets quite complex if you want to list all combinations here, I have a small graphic from Ugreen that shows the loading capacity of the ports in connection with the occupancy. In this case, an asterisk means that the port is unused.
You can see that it is best to charge a MacBook Pro at port 1, because there it gets 45 watts or more in almost all combinations. Devices such as the iPad or iPhone can then be charged at ports 2 and 3, because they can handle 18 watts of power.
Chargers rarely have fancy designs. No wonder, as they are usually supposed to be practical rather than pretty. With the Ugreen power supply you can at least say that it is nice and small and inconspicuous thanks to the gallium nitride technology.
The ports are aligned frontally so that you can easily access it when it is plugged into a socket.
Overall, the device makes a high-quality impression. It is made of plastic, has rounded corners and the USB-A connection also clearly defines which USB-C port is number one and number three. This is important because the strongest consumer should be plugged into the first port.
The original Apple power supply has well over 80 watts, while the Ugreen can only deliver a maximum of 65 watts. This is not a bad thing, however, since measurements with my MacBook Pro 15 inch (Intel processor) have shown that it only consumes 60 watts even when the battery is half empty.
There were brief outliers in the measurements where the power went up to 80 watts, but that was only a few seconds. If this happens to the Ugreen power adapter, the MacBook Pro simply gets less power to charge the battery. You don't notice any impairment during operation.
Even if you charge an iPad or iPhone on the second USB-C port, the MacBook Pro will continue to charge - just not as fast as it would be on the Apple power supply. It then charges with approx. 40 watts.
While the Ugreen power supply charges the MacBook Pro at port 1 with 20 volts if you only have two USB-C ports occupied, the charging voltage drops immediately to 15 volts and the power to 17 watts when you use all three ports. I did this with these devices:
In this constellation, the MacBook Pro no longer receives enough power to charge itself. So you should make sure that you only use two ports when a MacBook is attached to port 1.
I always wrote above that it was a MacBook Pro with an Intel processor. This is an important note, because my new MacBook Pro 13 inch with the Apple Silicon M1 processor is significantly more energy efficient and manages with almost 20 watts even under load ... the thing simply doesn't want more to keep the battery in operation to load.
In terms of power consumption, my 13-inch MacBook Pro is only slightly higher than my iPad Pro. That's a figure that is almost unbelievable when measured against the performance that the Mac offers.
I got the hint from my reader Volker that some people have problems when they have devices connected to the USB-A port AND to a USB-C port, so I have recreated this scenario. In fact, there was the phenomenon here that the iPhone kept restarting charging on the USB-A port or stopped charging at all.
You can find my long explanations on the matter in the comments below. There is only one thing to mention here: If you don't use the USB-A port, the charger works fine. Only when you plug a consumer into the USB-A port do the problems start. For this reason I would only like to make a limited recommendation here.
If you own an Apple Silicon Mac, the Ugreen power supply is a perfect all-round device for charging Mac, iPad, iPhone and a power bank at the USB-C port.
For people with an old MacBook Pro that still works with Intel processors, a power supply with more power would make more sense. But I will soon have something on the test stand for that too - that much can be revealed.
Due to the problems with the USB-A port, I would only recommend the device to people who only want to use the USB-C ports. As soon as a consumer is plugged into the USB A port, very strange charging behavior or failures occur, which also affect the USB-C ports.
If you are interested in the Ugreen power supply, you will find it here at 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.