If you like cute, Ugreen’s got you covered. Its new Ugreen Nexode RG fast chargers are adorable little “robots” that can charge iPhones, iPads and more. “RG” stands for “Robot GaN,” meaning they’re gallium nitride (GaN) chargers.
And they really only look like robots. They’re not going to walk your dog or rise up and destroy humanity or anything. Probably.
The company sent me a trio of the little cuties to check out. You could get several for different electrical outlets, and when they’re not plugged in, they could stand guard over your computer setup.
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Ugreen Nexode RG USB-C GaN chargers
Ugreen’s new 35W and 65W Nexode RG chargers are a neat take on the latest wave of ever-smaller and more-potent GaN chargers. GaN safely packs more components into a smaller space compared to older silicon chargers. Few chargers of any kind are fun — but these are.
Ugreen took a little GaN charger, added a screen for a “face” to indicate charging status, slipped some “shoes” over the prongs so they can stand up while unplugged, and viola — cuteness.
2 sizes and 2 color choices
They come in two colors — gray/black and white/light purple — with the latter sporting a pretty bow on its back. The little bots seem like they’ll be marketed to kids, just the thing to charge up your little boy or girl’s first iPhone.
Ugreen taglines the 65W and 30W lineup “Ugreen’s first robot GaN fast charger.” So there could be more to come. Maybe a giant, 300W robot monster? Maybe leave that to the regular GaN lineup.
Take the shoes off and don’t lose them
LED screen for charging status
And notably, you stand a chance of not losing the little shoes that come with each bot. You have to take them off to plug the bot in, and then you might expect they’d fall behind your desk or be carried off by a cat or child.
But no, these bot shoes are magnetic, so you can stick them to any metal surface or safekeeping. You might lose the little things anyway, but at least magnetism gives you a fighting chance not to.
Depending on the charging status, the LED screen will display three different facial expressions. One indicates no device is plugged in. Another shows a device is charging (as in above photograph the 65W bot charges my iPhone). And a third shows a device is fully charged.
I found the 35W charger took 24 minutes to get my iPhone 13 Pro from 5% to half full. The bigger, 65W bot could do another 10% in the same time using either the C1 or C2 port.
65-watt charger specs:
- Input: 100V – 240V
- Total output: 65W
- USB-C C1 output: 65W max
- USB-C C2 output: 30W max
- USB-A output: 22.5w
The specs above are for the beefier, three-port 65W model. The 30W model features just one USB-C port at 30W of output.
At ease bots, inspection complete
I found the little squad of Ugreen Nexode RG chargers the company sent to me both cute and effective.
The 30W charger covers small devices like earbud wireless charging cases and smartphones, and even iPads, as long as you can plug them into a USB-C port (or have an adapter).
The 65W charger can juice up those devices and works well with items like MacBooks and iPads. The C1 port gives up to 65W, C2 offers up to 30W and USB-A is a typical 22.5W. And with both USB-C and USB-A ports, the larger version is especially helpful for charging up the three devices at once.