With USB-PD for charging laptops and Quick Charge 3.0, this comprehensive adaptor proves a good value option for anyone traveling with tech
Where do you buy your travel tech? There was a time when all gadgets came from big, well-known brands, but the direct-to-customer market has really taken off in the last few years. One of the latest Amazon-only brands is Xcentz (Xcentz.com), whose 3680W Universal Power Adapter is an interesting proposition for anyone traveling with a lot of tech.
Xcentz 3680W Universal Power Adapter: features
This adapter’s key features are USB-PD (USB Power Delivery) and QC 3.0 (Quick Charge 3.0). USB-PD is a USB-C slot that can send 100W into larger devices like tablets and laptops. All you need is the right wall charger. That same USB-C slot also copes with QC 3.0, while an additional three USB slots all allow for 2.4V fast-charge and so charge-up your phone in half the time.
Xcentz 3680W Universal Power Adapter: design
Made from soft-touch plastic, the Xcentz 3680W is pleasant to hold and weighs 205g, so it’s relatively easy to travel with. On one side are four USB slots; one USB-C for laptops and QC 3.0, and three for charging any other gadgets via any USB cable. There are sliders to pop-out adaptors for US, UK, Australia/Canada … but what about Europe? Here’s a neat trick; the Xcentz 3680W has a 16A European plug attached on the back as a universal adaptor plug. As well as catering for European plugs and adding an extra European plug adaptor that can be used separately, it means this product even supports up to 3680W. That’s a lot of power – and a lot of versatility.
Xcentz 3680W Universal Power Adapter: performance
There are several things you can do with this charger than most universal travel adaptors don’t offer. You can charge five products at once via the universal plug input and the four USBs. It sends 8W power to refuel an iPhone X to 50% in 35 minutes (way quicker than Apple’s charger) but has all-important smart xPower tech that protects against over-current and overload. During our use, even with five products attached to it, it never got hot enough to make us nervous about using it.
Easy to use, versatile and exhaustive, the Xcentz 3680W makes for a good value gadget for anyone traveling with tech overseas.
Price as reviewed: US$29.99