You Can Rapidly Charge Your Mac and Phones in Parallel Using the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger with USB Power Delivery
If you want an affordable AC charger for your Mac as well as your smartphones, you can use the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger. This China made charger offers 60 watts of charging over its single USB Type-C port for Mac's as well as 12 watts of charging from its three USB Type-A ports for phones, which is also similar to the Nekteck 72W USB Type-C PD Charger Station.
Like its 32 watts based Choetech PD32-1C1U 32W Dual Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger or 51 watts based Choetech PD51-1C1U 51W Dual Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger siblings, the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger is also USB-IF certified as seen from the official Certified USB logo on the front of the box and on the charger itself. Even when USB-IF certified, the charger fails many USB compliance tests (see more details at the bottom of this review) so be extra careful when using this charger.
Note that while the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger supports USB Power Delivery based charging, it can also support Qualcomm Quick Charge technology to charge Qualcomm Quick Charge enabled phones (click here to see how we tested this charger with the Xiaomi Mi 5 phone).
Just like the Choetech 32W charger in this review or 51W charger as seen here, no separate USB Type-C to Type-C charging cable was included in the packaging which needs you to use your own cable with the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger. It does however come with a power cord to plug into a AC wall outlet for charging.
The USB Type-C port supports many different power profiles- 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 27 watts (9 volts @ 3 amps), 36 watts (12 volts @ 3 amps), 45 watts (15 volts @ 3 amps), and 60 watts (20 volts @ 3 amps) using USB Power Delivery 2.0 technology. We also found out that this charger can also support Qualcomm Quick Charge technology for charging as observed here.
Note that while the USB Type-C port can independently charge up to 60 watts, the USB Type-A ports can at most deliver 12 watts (5 volts @ 2.4 amps) on an aggregate basis.
If you just want a lower range charger good enough to power your PC or phone, you can go for the Choetech PD32-1C1U 32W Dual Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger or Choetech PD51-1C1U 51W Dual Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger.
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, we can confirm that the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger supports the following PDO's- 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps), 27 watts (9 volts @ 3 amps), 36 watts (12 volts @ 3 amps), 45 watts (15 volts @ 3 amps), and 60 watts (20 volts @ 3 amps) for charging. Note compliance failures were mostly observed even though the charger shows it is USB-IF certified, so do take better caution when using this charger.
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Controller and Instrument Information
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*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.
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USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary
Test Group Description
BMC Physical Layer Transmitter
BMC Physical Layer Receiver
TDA.126.96.36.199 BMC PHY TX BIT
TDA.188.8.131.52 BMC PHY RX INT REJ
TDA.184.108.40.206 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL
TDA.2.2.7 BMC PROT BIST NOT 5V SRC
TDA.2.2.8 BMC PROT REV NUM
We further verify using the GRL-USB-PD C2 Compliance Test Solution App to generate the below load trace diagram to see that the Choetech PD72-1C3U 72W 4-Port USB Type-C PD Wall Charger also supports charging at different voltages and current levels.