Razer Announces Ultra-Compact "Razer GaN" 130W USB Type-C Chargerby Gavin Bonshor on June 14, 2021 8:15 PM EST
Alongside their new AMD-powered Blade 14 laptop, Razer today also used E3 2021 to announce a new, high-powered USB-C charger. The Razer GaN USB Type-C charger is a compact charging solution that is pocket-sized and can deliver up to 130 W of combined charging power across its two USB-C and two USB-A outputs.
If you've ever owned one of the latest smartphones or Bluetooth 5.1 devices, it's likely to come with a USB Type-C charging port. The Type-C connector has become more popular as more and more powered devices come with Type-C. With the USB-IF announcing its specifications for the new USB-PD standard with support for up to 240 W, power supply engineers are increasingly using Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors for more efficient and compact designs.
GaN by name and GaN by nature, the Razer GaN is powered by using Gallium Nitride, which has allowed Razer to cut down on the size of the charger. Razer claims that their GaN charger is small enough to fit inside a pocket, measuring 62 x 32 x 76 mm (D x W x H) in size and weighing in at 349 g. Looking at the aesthetics, the GaN includes a black plastic chassis with Razer's trademark green accent color being used in the USB Type-A ports as well as the power indicator light. And in case you're still not sure who made it, there's a Razer logo embossed onto the side as well.
The Razer GaN has a foldable fork for plugging directly into a plug socket and comes supplied with global power adapters. Users can charge devices in regions such as North America, Europe, the UK, and Asia. Also included in the accessories is a 2 meter USB cable, although Razer didn't specify Type-C or Type-A.
In terms of charging ports, the Razer GaN has two Type-C outputs and two Type-A outputs. Each pair of outputs are on a shared power plane, allowing the charger to power several devices at once, though at a reduced rate if used with multiple high-powered devices. This works out to the two Type-C ports sharing 100 W of capacity, while the two Type-A ports share another 18 W. And since this is a universal power supply, the Razer GaN can charge everything from phone and tablets to Razer Blade laptops, Apple MacBooks, as well as smartwatches and Windows laptops that support Type-C charging.
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The Razer GaN USB Type-C 130 W charger can be pre-ordered at the Razer Store from the 14th of June, with shipping of stock expected within 30 days of the date. Though don't mistake the diminutive size of the charger for a diminutive price tag; the charger carries an MSRP of $180.
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BillyONeal - Monday, June 14, 2021 - linkHow is a group that shares 100W plus a group that shares 18W a total of 130W?
basroil - Monday, June 14, 2021 - link1) It probably has 130W at wall draw and 118W output (>90% efficiency)
2) Barring the above, you can usually have larger initial charging speed before being delegated to a lower total. Same concept as TDP numbers on a (laptop) CPU, it's not a peak, just overall steady state target.
DanNeely - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkThe specs say 130W output. My guess, just based on the numbers is that either the A ports aren't grouped or have a 30W group size.
deil - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkits same as xiaomi one propably top 2 ports share 2x65W 120 total, while botom ones do 2x5W then.
if top ones don't go full throttle botom ones propably can go up to 30W, maxed at 15 each.
I always wonder if they can go 18 +12 as I would love to charge multiple devices without affecting one another as much as I could.
Findecanor - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkit is typical of Razer's marketing to lead customers to think that their products have better specs than they really have.
They never lie outright but they do sometimes choose to not adhere to established industry conventions when it comes to counting things — and this could be an example of that.
Fulljack - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkno, I think it's spec sheets just hasn't fully informed us. it's probably like other 130W GaN charger, using both Type-C connector could output 2x 65W, totaling of 130W.
s.yu - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkAFAICT the only misleading phrasing is "ultra-compact", while this is a typical size for GaN chargers, if not slightly larger.
And it's way overpriced, somebody mentioned $49, that would be mostly fair.
Fulljack - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkare there smaller 130W GaN charger than this?
Drumsticks - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkI looked on Amazon for a 130W USB Charger, and the only things I found were model specific single slot chargers (like for a Dell laptop) and an unnamed, low reviewed (couldn't even get fake reviews) Chinese charger for $80. If you've seen another 130W reputable USB Charger for $50 somewhere, please do suggest where.
I mean, I agree that $180 seems pretty steep, but $49 is funny.
tayyh89 - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkI have bought 3-port (2C1A) and 4-port (3C1A) at $39 and $49 respectively, and they are smaller than what Razer offers.
Mopoint 65W 3-port: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mopoint/mopoi...
Chargic 100W 4-port: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chargic-gan-c...