Aukey Releases Its First USB Power Delivery 3.0 Single Port Charger with the AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger
The emergence of USB Power Delivery 3.0 makes this fast charge technology even better than it already is. The newer 3.0 version should provide more efficient charging at lower temperatures when supplying power to most mobile phones, tablets, and notebook PC's sold today over the USB Type-C port. Charging peripherals supporting USB PD 3.0 technology have recently showed up which include the AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger.
The AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger is a single port wall charger which can output up to 27W of charging to your phone or tablet from its USB Type-C connector. Instead if you're looking for a dual port wall charger, you may consider the AUKEY PA-Y10 Amp PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger with an additional USB Type-A port for legacy charging.
To see how the AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger actually looks like, we purchased the charger which came delivered in typical Aukey cardboard packaging. Obviously Aukey prefers to keep their product box plain and simple.
For an Aukey product, don't expect a USB Type-C cable to come with the charger which would have been useful otherwise. Here it includes only the standard 24-month product warranty and instruction manual. In contrast you would normally find a included USB Type-C cable from other popular charger brands like Belkin and Ventev.
The charger can use USB Power Delivery 3.0 technology over USB Type-C to support Power Data Objects (PDO) protocol negotiation using 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 27 watts (9 volts @ 3 amps), 27 watts (12 volts @ 2.25 amps), 27 watts (15 volts @ 1.8 amps), and 27 watts (20 volts @ 1.35 amps) power profiles as well as Programmable Power Supply (PPS) of 3-11 volts @ 3 amps.
To enable faster charging, the USB Type-C port can be used to charge phones which support USB Power Delivery technology like the iPhone X, iPhone 8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, HTC 10, and LG V20 or tablets such as the Huawei MateBook. Note if you need to charge your iPhone you need to use the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable.
Similar to other wall chargers, this charger also has foldable ac power prongs that are used to plug in to a ac power outlet for charging.
The AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger is a very compact option if you need USB Power Delivery 3.0 through USB Type-C although it only comes with a single USB Type-C port. While you will not be able to charge two devices at the same time, the charger has enough power to support all phone and tablet models.
To view more details on the power capabilities of the AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger, we used the USB Power Test App from Granite River Labs with the Granite River Labs USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester to produce the following test results.
The USB Power Test App first negotiates a power contract for every PDO supported by the AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger, and increases the load gradually to find the threshold where over current protection (OCP) kicks in and voltage and current start to drop for safety reasons.
The USB Power Test App also reports out all the PDO's supported by the Aukey charger and their OCP thresholds. OCP thresholds for the charger are set at about 14-32% above the maximum current levels for the fixed PDO's.
|PDO#1 Fixed: 5V 3A|
|PDO#2 Fixed: 9V 3A|
|PDO#3 Fixed: 12V 2.25A|
|PDO#4 Fixed: 15V 1.8A|
|PDO#5 Fixed: 20V 1.35A|
|PDO#6 PPS: (3~11)V 3A|
The USB Power Test App takes this data to produce an I-V curve which graphically shows the relationship between voltage and current for each PDO. Like other chargers that support PPS (Programmable Power Supply), we can observe current fold-back behavior where as the current increases beyond the OCP threshold, the voltage starts to curve down rather than immediately shutting off. The 5th PDO shows more dramatic fold-back behavior compared to the other PDO's.
The USB Power Test App can also use the Granite River Labs USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester integrated with the GW Instek APS-7100 programmable AC power supply to compare the charger's power output vs power input so that power efficiency can be measured and compared to regulatory limits from United States of Energy (DOE) Level VI or European Union's CoC Tier 2 requirements. We can repeat the power efficiency tests for different PDO's, current load conditions, and different AC input ranges, allowing us to get a complete picture of power efficiency ranges across all different usage scenarios.
Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, some USB Power Delivery 3.0 compliance failures were observed for the AUKEY PA-Y8 PD 3.0 USB-C Wall Charger.
GoodCRC Specification Revision compatibility
Source Capability Fields Checks
Accept Fields Checks
PSRDY Fields Checks
Specification Revision Check after Contract
Source Capabilities Extended sent timely
Source Capabilities Extended Fields Checks
Battery Status sent Timely
Battery Status Fields Checks
Battery Status Fields Checks Invalid Battery reference
Unrecognized Message Received in Ready State
Get Status Fields Checks
Get Battery Status Fields Checks
Status sent timely
Status Fields Checks
Battery Capabilities sent timely
Battery Capabilities Fields Checks
Battery Capabilities Fields Checks Invalid Battery Reference
Manufacturer Info Sent Timely
Manufacturer Info Fields Checks
Manufacturer Info Fields Checks Invalid Manufacturer Info Target
Manufacturer Info Fields Checks Invalid Manufacturer Info Ref
Cable Type Detection
Unexpected Message Received in Ready State
Receiving chunked extended message
Soft Reset sent regardless of Rp value
PPS Status Sent Timely
PPS Status Fields Check
Country Codes Sent Timely
Country Codes Fields Checks
Country Info Sent Timely
Country Info Fields Checks
Fields Checks Discover Identity
Unchunked Extended Messages Supported
Source Capabilities Extended