Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in Kauai.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger – My New Travel Charger

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Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in Kauai.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in Kauai.

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The Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger has all the benefits of a dual port charger, with another USB-A port on top of that.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger
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Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger box and contents.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger box and contents.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1, USB-A x2
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.25A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A
  • USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A (max 3A total)
  • Power Input:100-240V, 1.4A, 50-60Hz
  • Size: 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches | 71.6 x 57 x 29.5 mm
  • Weight: 4.7 oz | 132 grams (6.6 oz/187 grams w/cable)

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 6.6 feet
Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in a Nintendo Switch carrying case.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in a Nintendo Switch carrying case.

Pros
  • Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
  • Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Charge Switch, phone, and other USB devices at same time
  • Includes USB-C cable
  • Travel friendly design
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)
Cons
  • USB-A ports have a 3A total max output
  • Glossy exterior attracts smudges, also annoying for reviewers taking pictures
Compared With Similar Chargers
ChargerInateck 45W 3-Port USB-C ChargerAnker PowerPort II PD

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Cost$29.99$29.99$56.99$13.38
Switch Speed RatingExcellentExcellentDock SupportingFair
Switch Safety RatingSafeUSB-IF CertifiedSafeSafe
FeaturesUSB-C x1, USB-A x2
Travel Friendly
USB-C x1, USB-A x1
Quick Charge 3.0 compatible
Travel Friendly
USB-C x1, USB-A x2
Quick Charge 3.0
USB-C x1, USB-A x2
Travel Friendly
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cableNo cableNo cable
Dimensions2.8 x 2.3 x 1.2 in
4.7 oz
2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 in
5.3 oz
3.9 x 3 x 1.2 in
7.7 oz
2.9 x 2.2 x 1.2 in
4.4 oz
Top to bottom: Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C, Anker PowerPort II PD, AUKEY PA-Y13.

Top to bottom: Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C, Anker PowerPort II PD, AUKEY PA-Y13.

Good For
  • Second home charger
  • Work charger
  • Travel charger
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPad and tablets
  • Power banks
  • Laptop, up to 12-inch (MacBook, Chromebook, etc)

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.

First Impression

So we’re clear from the start, the Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger is a 30W USB-C charger. The extra 15W in its name is from the two USB-A ports (5V/2.4A each, 3A max for 15W). It has the same glossy black exterior as other Inateck chargers. That looks like at first, but will attract fingerprints and smudges. It is lighter and less volume than the Anker PowerPort II PD I had been using for travel. But the difference is so slight I had to measure to be sure. The Inateck charger doesn’t have an LED light, which can be nice in a bedroom room.

Power Meter Readings
Power Meter Readings - Asleep

Power Meter Readings – Asleep

Power Meter Readings - Idle

Power Meter Readings – Idle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Meter Readings - Gaming

Power Meter Readings – Gaming

Power Meter Readings - iPhone

Power Meter Readings – iPhone

Power Meter Readings - MacBook Pro

Power Meter Readings – MacBook Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Weeks With the Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger

A bit after receiving the Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger my wife and I went to Hawaii (Maui and Kauai to be specific). The trip offered a great field test of the charger. It ended up getting used in 3 lodgings, 2 airports, and 1 plane.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in Maui.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger in Maui.

Travel Gadgets:

  • 2 iPhones
  • 1 iPad
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Poke Ball Plus
  • Bluetooth headphones (micro-USB charging)
  • Anker PowerCore+ mini (for the iPhones, kept in the daypack)
  • Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition (for everything on the flights)

Cables:

  • Lightning to USB-A (regular Lightning cable) x2
  • USB-C to Lightning
  • USB-C to USB-C
  • USB-C to USB-A (only used on flight with USB port)
  • micro-USB to USB-A

Every flight had a 4 hour or more gap until the next. This allowed me to recharge the power bank as needed. If the flights had been back-to-back I would have taken a 20,000mAh model. As it turned out our two longest flights had in-seat power, which further. reduced our reliance on the power bank.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger charging a Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and iPad.

Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger charging a Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and iPad.

The Inateck 3-port charger handled all our daily charging needs once on the islands. We’ve used a 2-port charger on several trips without issue. But the extra USB-A port reduced the need to decide what to charge first. While we often only charged two devices at once, we never needed to charge more than three. The headphones and power bank got charged after the flight and put away. The Poke Ball Plus can last for days as a Pokemon Go device. And the Switch didn’t get played that often (we were in Hawaii after all).

Bringing a USB-C to Lightning cable was important. It allowed the iPhones and iPad to all charge together, and kept the current up for each device. It also allowed either of the iPhone 8 to fast charge via USB-C if needed between outings.

The Anker PowerPort II PD I had been using for travel is a great charger. It is USB-IF certified, which is important to some. Its PowerIQ 2.0 is compatible with Quick Charge, worth considering if you have QC enabled devices. But for me Inateck’s extra USB-A port is worth more. The size and weight are close enough it won’t impact my packing. Its included USB-C cable is too long (and heavy) for my needs. It’ll stay at home and I’ll keep the Anker USB-C cable in my travel kit.

Summary

The Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger has similar dimensions to a 2-port charger. The USB-C port’s performance doesn’t compromise. It uses standard power profiles for a 30W charger, good for small devices up to a 12-inch laptop. It charges a handheld Nintendo Switch as well as its original charger. The two USB-A ports support two phones, or a phone and tablet.

If you have an iPhone 8 or X you’ll want to bring a USB-C to Lightning cable. It’ll allow for fast charging on the USB-C port. It’ll also allow you to charge up to three phones and tablets are the same time.

It doesn’t solve every charging need one may have on the road. It won’t power the Switch’s dock. It also isn’t ideal for most USB-C laptops. It’ll handle up to 12-inch laptops fine. With 13-inch laptops it works for light duties (email, Internet, video streaming). But not under heavy load. A 15-inch laptop would have it even worse. Its USB-A ports are good, but nothing special. They don’t support Quick Charge or other fast charging standards. And be mindful of their 3A limit when considering what devices you would use with this charger.

On a two week trip without a laptop this charger met all my needs. And it did so without being bigger or heavier than the 2-port charger I had used before. Taking a laptop or Switch dock along I’ll also bring a more powerful USB-C charger. This one will still come along for my smaller devices.

Inateck has U.S. based support contacts (web, email, phone) and warranty service.

Bottom Line

The Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger has become my new standard travel charger. It handles my away from home needs with a handheld Nintendo Switch and other USB devices.

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