AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Review

AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD
AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD plugged in

AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD plugged in

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AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD – A pocket sized USB-C PD wall charger

Model: PA-Y18

AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD specs

AUKEY PA-Y18 specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
  • Input: 100V–240V, 0.5A, 50/60Hz
  • Size:  1.42 x 1.42 x 1.26 inches | 36 x 36 x 32 mm
  • Weight: 1.5 oz | 43 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Included In Box:

  • AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD

Good For:

  • Additional charger for home or work
  • Travel charger
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD box and contents

AUKEY PA-Y18 box and contents

Pros:

  • Among the smallest USB-C PD chargers on the market
  • Travel friendly design
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons:

First Impression

The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger is almost as small as iPhone’s included 5W USB charger. But where those slow charge your phone this will fast charge. It has folding prongs, unlike most included phone chargers. Able to fit in your pocket it is as travel friendly as USB-C PD chargers get.

Power Meter Readings

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiations

iPhone 8 power negotiations

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power negotiations

Moto G6 power negotiations

The Moto G6 does faster than normal charging via USB-C. Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones may see a similar rate. Or at least a normal USB-C charge rate. While the 12W provided is a good rate, it isn’t fast charging. 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.

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiations

Switch power negotiations

The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected rate with a 12V charger. Chargers which offer 12V but not 15V will under perform with the Switch. It under draws power, maxing out at 12W instead of 18W with a 9V or 15V charger. The issue is with the Switch, not the charger. Please note 12W is still more than enough to charge the Switch in handheld mode while you play. Learn more about charging the Switch.

AUKEY appears to be aware of the issue. They state this charger, “Doesn’t charge Nintendo Switch at full speed.”

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 12V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 12V connection is made.

You can read my review of this charger specifically for the Nintendo Switch at Switch Chargers.

Compared To Similar Chargers

ChargerAUKEY PA-Y18 18W PDAnker PowerPort PD 1AUKEY PA-Y15 18W USB-C PD ChargerGoogle 18W USB-C Power Adapter
Price$19.99$19.99$19.99$34.99
Output18W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD
PortsUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C
FeaturesFolding prongsFolding prongs
No 12V, will charge Switch faster
Folding prongs
No 12V, will charge Switch faster
No 12V, will charge Switch faster
CableNo cableNo cableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions1.4 x 1.4 x 1.3 in
1.5 oz
2 × 1.7 × 1.1 in
2.1 oz
2.2 x 2 x 1.1 in
2.3 oz
2.1 x 1.6 x 1 in
2.1 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-09-22.

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD with Moto G6. Cable not included.

AUKEY PA-Y18 with Moto G6. Cable not included.

AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

AUKEY PA-Y18  with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

Summary

The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD Wall Charger is a a great option for those who prefer to travel light. Other USB-C PD chargers can outperform it, but few do so at its size and weight. And those few are more expensive.

Top: AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD. Bottom: Google 18W USB-C Power Adapter.

Top: AUKEY PA-Y18. Bottom: Google 18W USB-C Power Adapter.

At 18W USB-C PD it will fast charge Power Delivery supporting phones and small tablets. It will also charge the Nintendo Switch while you play in handheld mode. Though not as fast as possible (12W vs 18W). You can also recharge USB-C power banks. But with larger models you’ll want to do it overnight.

Other small devices, including Samsung, Motorola, and Quick Charge Android phones will charge. But they won’t fast charge. The 2018 iPad Pro will charge as well as with its own charger, but it can charge faster.

What you lose in device flexibility you gain in portability. The AUKEY PA-Y18 is as small as an iPhone charger, and smaller than most Android phone fast chargers. Folding prongs make it perfect for travel. It takes up almost no space in a bag or Switch carrying case. It would even fit in your pocket. The smaller size does increase its temperature while in operation. But not enough to be a bother. The exterior didn’t go past 86°F (30°C). And it was never too hot to handle.

AUKEY offers the charger in black or white.

About AUKEY

AUKEY has U.S. based support (web and email) and a 24 month warranty. You must have purchased the product either from them or through Amazon for support.

Bottom Line

The AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD is a great charger for the minimalist traveler. It’ll charge any USB-C phone, though it works best with USB PD supported phones. It’ll charge a Nintendo Switch while you play. What you lose in charge time you gain in reduced size, weight, and cost.

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