Featured Review: Tronsmart USB Type-C Wall Charger

USB Type-C has really gained in popularity over the past year or so. With the likes of Apple, Google, LG, OnePlus, Meizu and ZUK opting for USB Type-C ports in their smartphones and other devices. Apple and Google used them in their Macbook and Chromebook Pixel 2, respectively. There are many advantages to USB Type-C. One of them being the fact that it is reversible. So you can plug it in upside-down and you wouldn't even know the different. Additionally, it is truly universal, allowing you to plug in a USB Type-C flash drive into your smartphone, which you previously couldn't do. With changes like USB Type-C, it means that many of us need to buy new chargers, and new cables. The Nexus 6P comes with a USB Type-A to Type-C cable as well as a USB Type-C to Type-C cable. But only one wall charger. Luckily, there are plenty of wall chargers available, including this one from Tronsmart.

Tronsmart is no stranger to producing wall chargers, desktop charging hubs and even car chargers. They were kind enough to send us their latest USB Type-C wall charger, which also supports Quick Charge 3.0. In fact, the USB Type-C port supports Quick Charge 3.0 itself. A bit future-proof there, as the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P don't support Quick Charge 3.0, officially (since the Snapdragon 810 doesn't use it, neither does the Snapdragon 808). Tronsmart also added in a USB Type-A port to this charger, which uses their VoltIQ technology, this is great for those that don't have a USB Type-C device yet - as it is future-proof for a bit - but also great for those that have a device using a Type-A port and another with a Type-C port. It also has foldable prongs, always a great feature for a charger that way you can throw it in your travel bag without worrying about the prongs being bent at all.

Output for the USB Type-C port are 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5-9V/2A, and 9-12V/1.5A. The Nexus 6P uses the 5V/3A speed, allowing for quick charging of the device. The USB Type-A port, which uses VoltIQ Technology, does output of 5V/3A, the same as the Nexus 6P, again, so you can use your USB Type-A to Type-C cable and charge your Nexus 6P at the same speed. Which is actually what we did during the past week and a half where we were using this wall charger. We saw charging times similar to the wall charger that comes in the box of the Nexus 6P. A great thing to see here. The charger nor the Nexus 6P gets too warm when charging. It gets about as warm as any other smartphone or charger. Unless you are heavily using the Nexus 6P while its charging, in which case it will get a bit too warm. Which again, is quite normal.

On the turbo charger here, we have a green LED light on the other side of the brick. This is here to show you that it is indeed getting power from the outlet that it is plugged into. It's pretty subtle, and is not bright at all. What we mean is if you have this plugged in, in your bedroom at night, the green LED light won't keep you awake. It's a nice indicator to have, to be sure that you are getting sufficient power for your wall charger.

When talking about design, this wall charger appears to be pretty similar in design to their Tronsmart Titan desktop charging hub, which we reviewed not too long ago. From the top, it really just looks like a smaller version of the Titan. On the top we have their logo with the LED light there. The charger is outlined in a glossy plastic look, with more of a matte finish on the rest of it. Can't say it's my favorite design, but it's also not the worst design I've seen. Now, the charger is a bit bigger than the conventional chargers that are available. We've seen this happen before with Quick Charge 2.0 chargers in the past year or two. Due to the extra power needed for Quick Charge 2.0 and now Quick Charge 3.0, these wall chargers have gotten bigger in size. Most companies have found ways to make these bigger without covering other outlets. Tronsmart has also done that here. By making it a rectangle that sticks out a bit (you'll see what I mean in the gallery below).

This Tronsmart USB Type-C wall charger checks a lot of boxes here for us. It's nice and compact, its sturdy, and it charges the nexus 6P as quickly as the bundled charger does. The only complaint we have here is actually the USB Type-A port. Now while Tronsmart has gone to a lot of lengths here to make this charger perfect for most people, and a bit future proof (which is hard in the tech world), it would have been nice to have Quick Charge 3.0 in the USB Type-A port as well as the Type-C port. Seeing as we know that every smartphone coming with Quick Charge 3.0 this year won't feature a USB Type-C port. Especially considering that a few of the processors supporting Quick Charge 3.0 are mid-range and low-end SoC's like the Snapdragon 430, 617, 618 and 620, in addition to the flagship Snapdragon 820.

Otherwise, this is a great charger from Tronsmart. It fits the bill for those with both USB Type-A cables and Type-C cables, which is going to be a thing going forward, at least until everyone is fully switched over to USB Type-C, which can take a few years (maybe even close to a decade, as some are slow at upgrading their gadgets). For a wall charger, it's a bit pricey. However the two main culprits for its $21.99 price tag is the Quick Charge 3.0 (between royalties and licensing fees for Qualcomm and the extra power needed for Quick Charge 3.0) and then USB Type-C, since it's still a brand new technology and is quite expensive compared to USB Type-A and even micro USB. We would still recommend everyone to pick one up. It'll work just fine for just about every smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch out there - including the Chromebook Pixel 2 - whether you have a Nexus 6P, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, or even the older Samsung Galaxy S5. This charger will work with every USB device out there. We should be seeing more USB Type-C accessories coming pretty soon from Tronsmart. You can pick up their USB Type-C wall charger from Amazon, exclusively.

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