J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD Review

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD outlet
J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD outlet

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD – A companion charger for J-Go Tech’s power banks

Summary

The J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD is an optional bundle item with J-Go Tech’s power banks. Also sold as by itself. Or paired with a Surface Connect to USB-C cable to charge Microsoft Surface devices.

Overall
4.3
  • Performance
    (5)
  • Design
    (4)
  • Safety
    (4)
  • Portability
    (4)
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Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and LG phones
  • Charges Switch in handheld and TV mode
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Charges a 12 to 14-inch laptop
  • Travel friendly design
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons

  • Won’t fast charge Motorola phones over USB-C
  • Larger than similar chargers
  • Doesn’t include a USB-C to USB-C cable

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. J-Go Tech provided the product in this review.

Model: HDD19-PD
J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD specs

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD specs

Tech Specs:
  • Ports: USB-C
  • USB-C Output:
    • 45W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Input: 100V–240V, 1A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 3 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches | 76 x 58 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 4.6 oz | 130 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD box

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD box

Included In Box:
  • J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD
  • Available in various bundles
Good For:
  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • iPad Pro
  • Power banks
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld & docked)
  • 12-inch laptop
  • 13-inch/14-inch laptop

First Impression

The J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD is bigger than some other options. But it meets my travel friendly criteria and fits okay in a Nintendo Switch carrying case. Most of it is matte black with the third by the plug is glossy. Which can attract fingerprints. But if you hold it on the matte section it’ll continue to look nice. There’s a small, blue LED to show power is available. It isn’t bright and shouldn’t cause issues in a dark bedroom or hotel room.

 

Compared To Similar Chargers

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Quick Charge 3.0
FeaturesTravel friendlyUSB-IF Certified

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CableNo cableNo cableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions3 x 2.3 x 1.3 in
4.6 oz
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2.4 × 2.2 × 1.1 in
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Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-10-15.

 

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

 

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, also not included.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

 

Using a Moto G6 for testing we don’t see Quick Charge engage. So charging is at its normal rate. This is normal with Motorola phones when QC is offered over USB-C. Samsung Galaxy, LG, and other QC supporting Android phones would be expected to fast charge.

Nintendo Switch

 

The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, up to 18W. It’ll fast charge while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. This charger can also power the Switch’s dock. Learn more about charging the Switch.

USB-C Laptops

 

Using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for testing we can draw up to 43W from this charger. That’s expected, after accounting for efficiency loss.

Different model laptops have different power demands. But in general a 45W charger can support 12-inch, 13-inch, and 14-inch laptops. It can power a larger laptop in a pinch. It will charge while sleeping. But may only extend runtime if used while the larger laptop is active.

Quick Charge 3.0 Over USB-C

The presence of Quick Charge over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. That said such chargers have been around for years without issue.

Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Quick Charge operates at higher than default voltages. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.

There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer anyway. A few USB-C focused engineers warn against using any USB-C product against specs. Their concern is unforeseen consequences. And we have seen bad USB-C products in the past. But since the first QC over USB-C charger came out in 2016 we haven’t seen any systemic issues emerge.

I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.

Summary

The J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD is a standard 45W USB-C PD wall charger. It doesn’t stand out in a crowd. But it more of an optional accessory to go with your J-Go Tech power bank. Or if you want to check out their cable for charging Surface devices via USB-C.

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD

J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD

For phones it fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS and Google Pixel. It should also fast charge Samsung and LG phones. And any other Android which supports Quick Charge. It won’t fast charge Motorola phones, but will charge them and any other USB-C phone at their normal rate.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. And can power a docked Switch.

As a single port charger it is best suited for powering small to mid sized laptops and larger tablets. It’ll keep most 12 to 14-inch laptop runnings under any condition. And can support most 15-inch laptops under lighter loads.

With the Surface Connect to USB-C cable it can charge these Microsoft Surface devices:

  • Surface Go
  • Surface Pro 3/4/5/6
  • Surface Laptop
  • Book 1/2

About J-Go Tech

J-Go Tech is located in southern New Jersey, USA with local 24/7 support (web, email, phone). They offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee and a 24 month warranty.

Bottom Line

The J-Go Tech 45W USB-C PD is a good add-on item for a J-Go Tech power bank. It’ll recharge them at their fastest rate. Where using an older USB-A charger will take many hours more. And it doesn’t hurt having the same company would support all your chargers.

Buy if you:
  • Are getting a J-Go Tech power bank (bundle to save money)
  • Need a charger for your USB-C laptop or larger tablet
  • Want to try out their Surface Connect to USB-C cable
Don’t buy if you:
  • Need as small of a charger as possible
  • Need multiple USB ports
  • Want a USB-IF certified charger
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