Xcentz xDynamo 5 Review

Xcentz xDynamo 5
Xcentz xDynamo 5

Xcentz xDynamo 5

Xcentz xDynamo 5 – A compact, 5-port USB desktop charger

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The Xcentz xDynamo 5 is a 5-port desktop charger, offering a variety of USB connections. Including a 15W USB-C port. And an 18W Quick Charge 3.0 port. It works best as a dedicated charging station for your small devices. But its compact form makes it more forgiving for travel than other desktop chargers.

Model: AT25011

Xcentz xDynamo 5 specs

Xcentz xDynamo 5 specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1, USB-A x4
  • USB-C Output:
    • 15W USB-C (5V/3A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A (QC) Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • Max 3A across three USB-A ports
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 100V–240V, 1.5A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 inches | 64 x 64 x 56 mm
  • Weight: 7.9 oz | 224 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards

Xcentz xDynamo 5 box and contents

Xcentz xDynamo 5 box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Xcentz xDynamo 5
  • power cable

Good For:

  • Additional charger for home or work
  • iPhones
  • USB-C phones
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)

Fast Charges:

  • iPhone 8/X/XR/XS
  • Phone 4/5/6/7
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • LG phones
  • Motorola phones

Pros:

  • Charges Switch while you play
  • More travel friendly than most desktop chargers
  • Charge five devices at once, but limited to ~3A total on three regular USB-A ports
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons:

First Impression

The Xcentz xDynamo 5 is a desktop charging. Such chargers are good for desks and designated charging areas at home or work. This particular model is better suited for travel than others. Given its compact, cube shape. And the weight is only a few ounces more than what I usually travel with.

The layout of the USB ports worked well for the small amount of space. I was able to fit several power meters in among the cables. And plugging/unplugging any one cable was easy enough. The USB ports are labeled, and the QC port is also colored to help it stand out. The USB-A ports have LED indicators showing power, but the USB-C does not.

The gray model is featured in this review. There is also a “blue” model available. Though it is more of a teal.

Device Testing

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
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
iPhone 8 power meter (USB-C)

iPhone 8 power meter (USB-C)

iPhone 8 power negotiation (USB-C)

iPhone 8 power negotiation (USB-C)

iPhone 8 power meter (USB-A)

iPhone 8 power meter (USB-A)

iPhone 8 power negotiation (USB-A)

iPhone 8 power negotiation (USB-A)

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will charge over the USB-C port. But they won’t fast charge. Fast charging needs higher voltage than this USB-C port supports.

For iPhones the USB-A ports supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast charging standard. Both new and old iPhones can fast charge using USB-A. The USB-C port also supports Apple 2.4A according to my tester. But I saw better results on the USB-A ports.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones
  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola (TurboPower mimics QC 3.0)
  • Nokia
  • Samsung (AFC mimics QC 3.0)
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
Moto G6 power meter (USB-C)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-C)

Moto G6 power negotiation (USB-C)

Moto G6 power negotiation (USB-C)

Moto G6 power meter (QC port)

Moto G6 power meter (QC port)

Moto G6 power negotiation (QC port)

Moto G6 power negotiation (QC port)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-A)

Moto G6 power meter (USB-A)

Using a Moto G6 for testing we see Quick Charge will fast charge over the designated QC USB-A port. Any QC supporting Android phone with USB-C can use the included USB-C to USB-A cable.

Only the colored USB-A port supports Quick Charge. The USB-C and other USB-A ports will support normal charging speeds (which were still faster than the iPhone). But if you need to charge fast save the QC port.

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter (USB-C)

Switch gaming power meter (USB-C)

Switch sleeping power meter (USB-C)

Switch sleeping power meter (USB-C)

Switch power negotiation (USB-C)

Switch power negotiation (USB-C)

The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected rate with a regular USB-C charger, up to 10W. That is 1-2W more than it uses while playing. So it will charge while you play. But slower than you’ve seen with its own charger. Learn more about charging the Switch.


Xcentz xDynamo 5 with Moto G6

Xcentz xDynamo 5 with Moto G6

Xcentz xDynamo 5 with Nintendo Switch

Xcentz xDynamo 5 with Nintendo Switch


Compared To Similar Chargers

ChargerXcentz xDynamo 5Anker PowerPort+ 5 Ports USB-C

Review
Anker PowerPort Speed PD 5RAVPower 60W USB-C PD Wall Charger
Price$25.99$29.99$49.99$27.99
Output15W USB-C
Quick Charge 3.0
30W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD45W USB-C PD
Ports1 USB-C port
1 Quick Charge port
3 USB-A ports
1 USB-C port
4 USB-A ports
1 USB-C port
4 USB-A ports
1 USB-C port
4 USB-A ports
FeaturesOlder of the two Anker chargersNewer of the two Anker chargers

USB-IF Certified
CableNo cableNo cableNo cableNo cable
Dimensions2.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 in
8.7 oz
4 x 3 x 1 in
7.7 oz
4 x 3.2 x 1.1 in
8.5 oz
3.5 x 2.3 x 1 in
6.1 oz

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

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

3A Limit on USB-A Ports

The three regular USB-A ports each support up to 5V/2.4A. But together they only output ~3A. Xcentz states 3A in their specs. I measured 3.3A.

Xcentz xDynamo 5 ports

Xcentz xDynamo 5 ports

The limit on the USB-A ports does not impact the USB-C port of the Quick Charge USB-A port. Both of those ports output normally. Even when all five ports are in use.
This all means you’ll want prioritize your charging if using four or five ports at once. As this will be a permanent location charger you’ll end up assigning ports to devices.

  • USB-C Port: Reserve for Nintendo Switch or USB-C tablets. Also good for a steady charge of any USB-C phone.
  • QC Port: Reserve for your phone. Especially iPhone, Samsung, Motorola, or any Quick Charge compatible Android.
  • USB-A Ports: If using only one, then you’ll get a steady charge. If using two or three then put low priority devices on them. The devices will charge slower. And you can’t control which gets more power.

Summary

The Xcentz xDynamo 5 offers options for charging a lot of small to medium sized devices. It’ll take up less space on a desk or workspace. And traveling with it is workable, if not optimal. If you don’t need USB Power Delivery support it is a good option and a great price.

Xcentz xDynamo 5 and power cable

Xcentz xDynamo 5 and power cable

For most model iPhone and Android phones it’ll provide a fast charge. It has only the one port for that, the QC port (colored USB-A). It can provide regular charging via USB-C. And it’ll fast charge a second iPhone on any of the USB-A ports. Provided you don’t use the other two USB-A ports.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode while you play. You need to use the USB-C port. Otherwise you’ll get a slower charge. It’ll be a slow charge with demanding games, but enough to keep up.

When using four or five ports you’ll need to juggle your charging needs a bit. The USB-C and QC ports have fixed rated. But the three other USB-A ports share a max output. And you can’t tell it which device to favor. If time isn’t a factor then plug everything in and don’t worry about it. But for best results you’ll end up assigning certain ports to certain devices.

With all five ports in use the temperature measurements were normal. And within safe to handle limits. Under a heavy load much of the surface got up to 90-100°F (32-38°C). The hottest point was 122°F (50°C). It is safe to handle any type of solid material up to 122°F (50°C). Plastic enclosures, such as this, are safe at even hotter temperatures.

About Xcentz

Xcentz (pronounced “accents”) has U.S. based support (web, email, chat, phone) and an 18 month warranty.

Bottom Line

The Xcentz xDynamo 5 is a compact desktop charger for all day charging. A good option for a small footprint charger. You have one fast charging port available for your phone. Provided you’re not in a hurry for the rest of your devices you can take advantage of its size and price.

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