USB-Power Delivery (PD) fast chargers have become extremely popular over the last few years. A lot of manufacturers have stopped including a charger in the box with their phones, so I am glad that these are readily to purchase in the market. Most modern devices — including many of the best laptops and top smartphones — support USB-PD, meaning you can use a single charger to power all your compatible devices.
USB PD was originally introduced back in 2012 and has since been revised multiple times. The latest revision, called USB Power Delivery Specification Revision 3.1, was announced in May 2021, and it supports the delivery of up to 240W of power over USB Type-C. There are plenty of USB-PD chargers out there, so I am going to highlight some of the best and my favorite ones in the collection below. You may also find all these options a bit overwhelming, which is why I've also put together a simple guide towards the end of this article, detailing some important things to consider while shopping for USB-PD chargers.
Baseus 65W 3-port PD GaN chargerEditor's Choice
Baseus has a lot of amazing USB chargers in its portfolio and this particular USB-PD charger is no different. It comes with two USB-C ports and a single USB-A port, meaning you can charge three devices simultaneously. You can use the single USB-C port at the top to get the maximum 65W charging speed which is perfect for all modern devices. It uses gallium nitride (GaN) technology, and it also comes with foldable prongs.
Nekteck 60W GaN chargerBest Value
The Nekteck 60W is one of the fastest single-port USB-PD chargers you can buy. It uses GaN instead of silicon for a compact design and cooler performance. One of the best things about this particular USB-PD charger is that it comes with a 2-meter USB Type-C cable in the box. It also has an LED light at the bottom of the port to indicate the charging status of the connected device.
UGREEN Four port chargerPremium Pick
The UGREEN four-port PD charger is our premium pick, and it's an excellent option if you want to charge more than two devices. It has three Type-C ports, all of which are USB PD-compatible, and one Type-A port. As for the charging speeds, you can get a maximum of 100W power while using a single port, and up to 45W power while using all the ports simultaneously. This compact charger also uses GaN tech for reliable power output.
Anker 511 Nano 3 ChargerCompact 30W GaN charger
The Anker 511 Nano 3 charger is perfect for those who just need a simple charger with a single USB Type-C port. This compact GaN charger is smaller than a lot of other 30W chargers out there. It also comes with foldable prongs that make it easier to carry around. It is available to purchase in a bunch of different colors, but you'll have to buy a cable separately.
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Ugreen 140W Nexode GaN 3-port chargerFastest USB-PD 3.1 charger
The UGREEN Nexode charger is the only USB PD 3.1 charger in this collection, and it's easily one of the fastest USB PD chargers out there right now. You can get up to 140W of power via one of the USB-C ports, so it's even capable of charging powerful and demanding machines like the new MacBook Pro 16 with M1 Pro or M1 Max chip.
Spigen 40W ArcStation Pro Dual USB-C chargerMost compact dual-port charger
The Spigen ArcStation 40W charger helps you get up to 30W of power when only one of the two ports is in use for charging. You can also use both ports to charge two devices simultaneously, but you'll only get 20W power in each port in that case. The ArcStation 40W charger also uses GaN tech, and it's the most compact dual-port charger you'll find on the market.
Shargeek Retro 67W GaN ChargerUnique retro design
The Shargeek Retro 67W GaN Charger is a unique-looking charger that is impressive in its size and output capabilities for the three USB-C ports. It also has a display to show the output levels. It's perfect for those who want to make their everyday tech stand out.
Ugreen 20W USB-C ChargerAffordable 20W charger
This basic option from UGREEN is one of the most affordable USB-PD chargers you'll find. It supports a number of charging protocols including PD 3.0, QC 4.0, PPS, and more, so it works well with phones that need 20W of power or less. This 20W charger isn't as compact as other premium GaN chargers, but it's not bulky either.
How to choose the right charger
Choosing the right charger for your smartphone or laptop can be a struggle due to the sheer number of charging protocols in use, different power requirements, and more. Let's take a quick look at some of the most important things you need to consider:
- Supported charging protocol: This is an important factor to consider mainly because not all smartphones and laptops support the universal charging protocol, such as USB Power Delivery. OnePlus smartphones, for instance, use OnePlus' proprietary Warp charge tech, thereby forcing you to opt out of third-party options. So, figure out what charging protocol your smartphone supports. Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, and Google Pixels all support USB Power Delivery, albeit at lower wattages only.
- Power requirement of your device: The next step is to make sure how much your device needs in watts (W). Apple's new iPhone 14 Pro Max requires 27W, so you'll need a charger that supports at least 27W or higher to charge this phone at its maximum supported speed. Typically, most smartphones vary between 18-80W, whereas laptops can easily go up to 140W.
- Chargers with multiple USB ports: You may come across a lot of chargers with multiple USB-C or USB-A ports. While these are great for charging multiple devices, they may not provide the fastest speeds when all ports are used simultaneously due to power-sharing. So it's important to understand how much power a particular charger can deliver through each of its ports individually and simultaneously and figure out if you need all ports to be working at maximum speed all through the day. For instance, a port usually reserved for charging a smartwatch or earbuds will only be active for a couple of hours in a day, allowing you to get away with a lower-powered multi-port charger.
- GaN chargers: Simply put, Gallium Nitride, a.k.a GaN chargers, are physically smaller and are efficient at transferring current as they lose less energy to heat. The pricing for them is a bit on the higher side as the technology is fairly new. I recommend picking up GaN chargers over others if your budget allows for it.
- Cross-compatibility: Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4.0, 4+, and 5 are compatible with the USB PD specification. Similarly, Huawei and Samsung’s fast charging standards also work with USB PD. So if you have a device with QuickCharge 4 or Huawei SuperCharge support, it can be charged faster with USB PD chargers as well. Notably, some of Samsung’s devices use Programmable Power Supply (PPS), so unless your USB PD charger also supports PPS, you won’t get the top charging speed. Your device will still charge faster than normal, though. If you want to know more about various fast-charging standards and fast charging in general, make sure to read our detailed explainer on fast charging.
With all these factors in mind, a typical purchase decision will count the number of devices you need to charge simultaneously and how quickly you need the charger to be. For example, if you have a Macbook Air and an iPhone charging for most parts of the day, you can get away with a 65W USB Power Delivery charger with two ports. But if you have a more power-hungry laptop and more devices to charge simultaneously, you may need to look at 100W multi-port chargers. If you just have an iPhone to charge, you can get by with a single-port 18W or 30W charger, depending on how recent your phone is.
Best USB PD fast chargers for phones and laptops in 2023: Final say
There are plenty of options on the market with different wattages and port selections, so it comes down to your device compatibility and preferences. But if I were to pick one, then I'd go with the Baseus 65W 3-port GaN charger. It's one of the best options out there that supports USB PD 3.0 and PPS technologies. It comes with three ports and can also deliver up to 65W of power which is more than enough to charge your phone alongside your tablet or a laptop. I'll continue to update this post with newer and better chargers in the future, so be sure to check this list in the future for those options too.
I've also added some other options, including both premium and compact options like the UGREEN 140W Nexode GaN and the Spigen 40W ArcStation Pro chargers, respectively. Many of these chargers don't come with a USB cable, so you might want to stop by our collection of the best USB cables to pick up a new one.