Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C – Say aloha to this travel friendly charger
I took the Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C charger on a two week trip. It served as our only charger for all out devices. Being able to go down to one charger was nice for packing and island hopping.
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- Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
- USB-C Output:
- 30W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
- USB-A Output:
- 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
- 3A max total on both ports
- Apple 2.4A
- Input: 100V–240V, 1.4A, 50/60Hz
- Size: 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches | 72 x 57 x 30 mm
- Weight: 4.7 oz | 132 grams
Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.
Included In Box:
- Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C
- USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 6.6 feet
- Additional charger for home or work
- Android phones
- Power banks
- Nintendo Switch (handheld)
- 12-inch laptop
- iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
- Phone 4/5/6/7
- Google Pixel
- iPad Pro
- Travel friendly design
- Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
- Charge three devices at once
- Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)
- USB-A ports limited to 3A max
- Glossy exterior shows smudges
The Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C charger gets its name from its total output. The USB-C port offers up to 30W. The two USB-A ports offer up to 15W combined. That totals to 45W, hence the name.
Like other Inateck chargers it has a black, glossy exterior. It looks great out of the box. But will attract fingerprints and smudges. This charger is lighter and smaller than the Anker PowerPort II PD I had been using for travel. Though the difference is slight, I had to measure to be sure. The Inateck charger doesn’t have an LED light, which is nice in a hotel room.
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 series
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 8/9
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. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, which is included.
For iPhones the USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using USB-A. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes faster using USB-C.
Quick Charge 3.0 Phones
- Motorola (TurboPower mimics QC 3.0)
- Samsung (AFC mimics QC 3.0)
- Xiaomi Mi 5/6
Using a Moto G6 for testing we confirm no support for Quick Charge. And Quick Charge mimicking tech. These phones will charge at their regular rate using either USB-C or USB-A. The Moto G6 charged 1W faster on USB-A. But keep in mind the USB-A ports share their total output.
The Nintendo Switch charges near its max rate. Getting up to 17W, 1W shy of the max draw rate. The charge rate while sleeping is likewise <1W less than optimal. In practice you wouldn’t notice the difference. The 30W spec is too little to support a docked Switch. Learn more about charging the Switch.
Using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for testing we can draw ~28W from this charger. That’s expected, after accounting for efficiency loss.
Different model laptops have different power demands. But in general a 30W charger can support 12-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.
Compared To Similar Chargers/Power Banks
|Charger||Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C Charger||Anker PowerPort II PD|
|AUKEY PA-Y13 46W PD Charging Station||Obsidian Series 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger|
|Output||30W USB-C PD||30W USB-C PD|
|45W USB-C PD|
Quick Charge 3.0
|Features||Travel Friendly||Travel Friendly||Travel Friendly|
|Cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||No cable||No cable||No cable|
|Dimensions||2.8 x 2.3 x 1.2 in|
|2.7 x 2.7 x 1.1 in|
|3.9 x 3 x 1.2 in|
|2.9 x 2.2 x 1.2 in|
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Trip Report – Two Weeks In Hawaii
Shortly after receiving the Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C charger my wife and I went to Hawaii (Maui and Kauai). The trip offered a great field test of the charger. We would be staying in three different locations. So I wanted to take only one charger to support all our devices. Inateck’s offered me more ports in a travel friendly design. And small enough I didn’t mind it being in my backpack in case we needed it at the airport.
It ended up getting used in 3 lodgings, 2 airports, and 1 plane.
- iPhone x2
- Nintendo Switch
- Poke Ball Plus
- Bluetooth headphones (micro-USB charging)
- Anker PowerCore+ mini (for the iPhones, kept in the daypack)
- Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition (for everything on the flights)
Every flight had a 4 hour or more gap until the next. This allowed me to recharge the power bank as needed. If the flights had been back-to-back I would have taken a 20,000mAh model. As it turned out our two longest flights had in-seat power, which further reduced our reliance on the power bank.
- Lightning cable (regular USB-A) x2
- USB-C to Lightning
- USB-C to USB-C
- USB-C to USB-A (not used with this charger)
- micro-USB to USB-A
Kept Up With Our Daily Needs
The Inateck 3-port charger handled all our daily charging needs. We’ve used a 2-port charger on previous trips without issue. But the extra USB-A port reduced the need to decide what to charge first. The 15W limit on the USB-A ports didn’t matter when charging overnight. And with no device juggling we never had a phone below 100% when going out.
To be fair, we didn’t need to recharge everything everyday. The Switch and headphones were used on travel days. The iPad and Poke Ball Plus went days between charging. The iPhones were the only daily, full recharge.
Bringing a USB-C to Lightning cable was important. It allowed the iPhones and iPad to all charge together, and kept the current up for each device. It also allowed either of the iPhones to fast charge via USB-C if needed. I did leave Inateck’s USB-C cable at home. I appreciate there are times a 6.6 foot cable is handy. But it was too long and heavy for my taste. For travel I use 3 foot cable in a dedicated travel kit.
If we had a Quick Charge enabled phone I would have gone for a different charger. The Inateck supported fast charging our iPhones, but not Samsung phones.
If we had taken our MacBook Pros then I would think hard about this charger. It would pair well with a separate laptop charger. But as a “one charger to rule them all” the 30W is less than I’d want.
The Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C charger offers three USB ports in a package like most two port chargers. It does limit total output of the USB-A ports. And there’s no Quick Charge support. But for USB PD phones it offers fast charging. And supports USB-C devices ranging from earbuds to a 12-inch laptop.
For phones it supports fast charing iPhone and Google Pixel. iPhone 8/X/XR/XS can fast charge via USB-C. And most iPhones can get a slower fast charge out of a USB-A port. There’s no Quick Charge or similar tech supported. So most Android phones will only get a regular charge rate, ~10W.
For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. But it cannot power a docked Switch.
It doesn’t solve every charging need on the road:
- Won’t power the Switch’s dock
- Won’t fast charge Samsung, LG, or most other Android phones
- Less than ideal charge rate for 13-inch and larger laptops
But on a two week trip with a USB PD supporting phone, no laptop, and no Switch dock it met all my needs. And it did so without being bigger or heavier than my other options. If you only charge your phone overnight then lack of Quick Charge isn’t an issue. If taking a mid/large sized laptop or Switch dock then you’ll want to also bring a more powerful USB-C charger.
Inateck has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and a 12 month warranty. They have been providing PC peripherals for IT professionals and consumers for years.
The Inateck 45W 3-Port USB-C charger was a great travel companion that didn’t let me down. For active trips without a laptop or Switch dock it’ll be a go to charger. Lack of Quick Charge could be a problem if you need to fast charge a Samsung Galaxy mid day. But if charging overnight it’ll work just as well for you as it did for me.Buy on Amazon