Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I purchased the product in this review.
Interested in using this charger with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.
ZMI PowerPlug Turbo – My most often recommended USB-C PD wall charger
- Ports: USB-C
- 45W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Input: 100-240V, 1.2A, 50/60Hz
- Size: 2.4 × 2.2 × 1.1 inches | 60 × 57 × 28 mm
- Weight: 3.6 oz | 101 grams
Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.
Switch Chargers Ratings:
Included In Box:
- ZMI PowerPlug Turbo
- USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 5 feet/1.5 meters
- Additional charger for home or work
- Travel charger
- Fast charging:
- iPhone 8/X
- USB-C PD Android phones
- Quick Charge Android phones
- iPad Pro
- Power banks
- Nintendo Switch (handheld & docked)
- 12-inch laptop
- 13-inch/14-inch laptop
- Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
- Powers the Nintendo Switch dock
- Fits in most Switch carrying cases
- Travel friendly design
- Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
- Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)
- Offers Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C, which is against USB standards
The ZMI PowerPlug Turbo has a great size and weight for a second charger. Or as a toss in your bag and go travel charger. It was so appealing that when I showed it to my wife she took it right out of my hand. The first ZMI charger I bought now lives at her work, I had to buy a second one for my own use. The included USB-C cable is no frills, but no fuss either. At 5 feet the length is good for most locations. I put a velcro cable wrap on it to keep it neat when packed.
Power Meter Readings
The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging 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.
The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.
The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C, even though Quick Charge 3.0 is offers over USB-C. Motorola doesn’t use Quick Charge, its TurboPower tech mimics it. So 100% compatibility isn’t guaranteed. Not to mention Quick Charge over USB-C isn’t sanctioned. Samsung and proper Quick Charge enabled Android phones should see better results. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.
As a 45W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. As well as 13-inch models running office, Internet, and entertainment apps. If playing video games or using CPU intense apps it may only extend battery life. But either way you get a lot more uptime. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.
Compared To Similar Chargers
|Charger||ZMI PowerPlug Turbo||Monoprice Obsidian Speed USB||Nekteck 45W USB-C PD||RAVPower PD Pioneer 45W GaN|
|Switch Speed Rating||Dock Supporting||Dock Supporting||Dock Supporting||Dock Supporting|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||USB-IF Certified||USB-IF Certified||Safe|
|Features||Travel friendly||Travel friendly||Travel friendly|
|Cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||No cable||Built-in cable||No cable|
|Dimensions||2.36 × 2.24 × 1.1 inches|
|2.8 x 2.2 x 1.2 in|
|2.1 x 2.1 x 1.2 in|
|2.8 x 2.1 x 0.6 in|
Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-20.
Fast Charging Standards Over USB-C & USB-IF Specifications
The ZMI PowerPlug Turbo’s USB-C port supports more than USB Power Delivery. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0. QC 3.0’s presence on the USB-C connection is against USB-IF specifications.
USB-C includes communication lines, along with power and data lines. The comm lines allow power negotiation without disrupting data transfers. USB Power Delivery uses these comm lines. As does Quick Charge 4+. But fast charging standards which pre-date USB-C do not. Instead they manipulate the data lines to negotiate power. That go against USB-C specifications, as it disrupts data transfers. But one doesn’t use data transfers with a dedicated charger.
In 2016, some USB-C chargers started offering Quick Charge 3.0. A few USB-C focused engineers warned against this practice and cited USB-IF specifications. But the predicted consequences were vague. As it turned out, nothing bad happened. Since then many chargers have operated this way, against specs. But there have been no reports of real world issues.
I have also not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But you should be aware of all the information before buying.
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 well and has no known issues.
The ZMI PowerPlug Turbo is great value 45W USB-C PD wall charger. Inexpensive, proper power profiles, included USB-C cable. And back with U.S. based support and warranty. There is a reason I recommend this charger more than any other to the Nintendo Switch community. And use it myself for both my Switch and MacBook Pro.
For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. And can power a docked Switch.
As a 45W USB-C PD charger it can fast charge most small to mid-sized USB-C devices. Newer iPhones and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery. The iPad Pro (all versions). And up to 13-inch laptops under most conditions.
It also supports Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C. That should work with Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones.
I like this charger for commuting or traveling with a USB-C laptop. It doesn’t cover every workload scenario like a 60W charger would. But as I rarely get the fans running on my MacBook Pro I’ve found a 45W charger works fine for my less demanding needs. I’ve also used it to setup a docked Switch at friends’ homes. And with a USB-C to Lightning cable it’ll charge my iPhone when available.
Even if you only have a USB-C phone or tablet this charger is worth looking at. Its price point and included cable make it a great value. You may not need more than 18W. But most name brand 18W USB-C PD chargers cost the same, and don’t include the cable. If the larger size doesn’t matter to you it is the better deal.
ZMI has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 18 month warranty. Zimi Corporation was funded by Xiaomi, a large and well respected tech company in China. And growing in the USA. Zimi provides all mobile power accessories for Xiaomi.
The ZMI PowerPlug Turbo is one of my most often recommended chargers. At 45W it fast charges the Nintendo Switch in handheld and TV mode. And it works well with a variety of other USB-C devices. Its price is hard to beat with the included cable. It may be overkill for smaller devices, but its value is superb. A solid addition to your tech bag.Buy on Amazon
Enjoyed this review? Sign up for the Switch Chargers newsletter and get updates on future reviews and Nintendo Switch related deals.