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UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W test – Compact GaN charger

Having recently tested several docking stations such as the UGREEN Revodok 11-in-1 (test), we now take a look at the manufacturer’s matching charger series. The new UGREEN Nexode Pro series is based on GaN technology and offers high performance and energy efficiency with compact dimensions. The series comprises a total of four models, two with 65 W (including an ultra-slim model), one with 100 W and one with 160 W. In our test, we take a closer look at the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W, which offers 2x USB-C and 1x USB-A.

Technical data of the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W

Model UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W (X757, P/N: 15203)
Outputs 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A
USB-C output power 100 W
USB-A output power 22,5 W
Output power (total) 100 W
Special features GaNInfinity chip, protection against short circuits, overvoltage, overheating and overcurrent
Dimensions
70 x 43 x 33 mm
Weight 210 g
Color Space gray
Scope of delivery Charger, operating instructions
Warranty period
2 years
Price € 74.99 *

Scope of delivery

The UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W comes in a compact light gray box with black accents. On the front, next to a picture of the charger, some features are listed, which are explained in more detail on the back. UGREEN also lists the output power of the individual USB ports on one side.

In addition to the Nexode Pro 100W, there is only a user manual inside the packaging. A charging cable or other accessories are not included.

Design and workmanship

The UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W is predominantly made of grey plastic; UGREEN itself describes the color as space grey. With dimensions of 70 x 43 x 33 mm without or 107 x 43 x 33 mm with mains plug, the charger is very compact and ~37 % smaller than the UGREEN Nexode 100W (link to manufacturer), weighing 210 g. The charger is black around the connections and all connections are arranged one below the other. As only the upper USB port offers an output power of 100 W, this is additionally labeled. On the underside of the charger, as on the box, UGREEN lists the output power of the individual USB ports.

The material quality and workmanship of the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W are convincing in the test and give no cause for criticism. The charger has a very high-quality appearance and the plastic is resistant to fingerprints and scratches.

Connections of the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W

The UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W has a fixed power plug and a total of three USB ports. These include 2x USB-C and 1x USB-A. The maximum output power is 100 W at the USB-C1 port, 30 W at the USB-C2 port and 22.5 W at the USB-A port, the output power of the individual USB ports can be found in the following overview:

Output Output power
USB-C1 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/5A, max. 100 W
USB-C2 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, max. 30 W
USB-A 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A, 10V/2.25A, max. 22.5 W

If several devices are connected, the output power is up to 95 W depending on the selected USB ports.

Outputs max. output power
USB-C1 USB-C2 95 W (65 W 30 W)
USB-C1 USB-A 87.5 W (65 W 22.5 W)
USB-C2 USB-A 30 W (15W 15 W)
USB-C1 USB-C2 USB-A 95 W (65 W 15 W 15 W)

Practical test of the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W

In the test, we used the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W with a notebook, a smartphone and other devices. The power consumption of our notebook, which supports Power Delivery 3.0 (up to 100 W), was 60 W under load, rising to 85 W in the stress test. Our smartphone supports a charging power of up to 27 W.

The Nexode Pro 100W relies on GaN technology (UGREEN GaNInfinity). By using gallium nitride (GaN) instead of silicon, more compact housings are possible and the connected devices are charged faster, more efficiently and with less heat generation. This makes the Nexode Pro 100W significantly more compact than the power supply included with the notebook, which also offers a maximum output power of 100W.

Charging our devices always worked quickly and reliably in the test, and the output power was in line with UGREEN’s specifications. The notebook was charged with 100 W at the USB-C1 port, and the charging power was quickly adjusted when another device was plugged in. The other USB ports charged at up to 30 or 22.5 W depending on the connected devices. At a charging power of 100 W, we determined a power consumption of ~110 W with a Shelly Plug S; without a connected device, we determined less than 1 W.

The temperature of the Nexode Pro 100W rose significantly despite the GaN technology, probably due to the very compact housing. With a charging power close to the maximum and charging times of 60 minutes and more, the charger became noticeably very hot, but this did not have any further negative effects. UGREEN does not specify a maximum operating temperature, but the charger has extensive protection functions against short circuits, overvoltage, overheating and overcurrent.

UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W test: Conclusion

The UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W impresses in the test with its compact dimensions and high performance. The housing is ~37% smaller than the UGREEN Nexode 100W, UGREEN itself writes ~45% smaller than conventional chargers. Nevertheless, the charger offers 2x USB-C and 1x USB-A. The output power is 100 W at the USB-C1 port when using one port and 65 W when using multiple ports. This means that the Nexode Pro 100W is sufficiently dimensioned if, for example, you want to charge and use your notebook at the same time and occasionally charge your smartphone or other devices at the same time. If you frequently charge and use several devices at the same time, you should use a larger charger such as the Nexode Pro 160W (link to manufacturer), as this offers 100 W even with several devices connected. The charger also impresses with its very good material quality and workmanship.

On the other hand, the very high temperature during longer charging times gives cause for criticism, partly because UGREEN advertises the lower heat development as an advantage of GaN technology. A better compromise between compactness and heat development would be desirable. Furthermore, given the high price, we would also like to see a charging cable included in the scope of delivery.

The recommended retail price for the UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W is ~€75, which is €9 more than the Nexode 100W. Through coupons, the charger is currently already available for ~64 € (as of 18.02.2024). The price is quite high, but reasonable considering the compactness and quality.

UGREEN Nexode Pro 100W

Workmanship
Hardware
Performance
Value for money

87/100

Very compact and high-quality GaN charger that offers 2x USB-C, 1x USB-A and up to 100 W charging power despite its small dimensions.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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