RAVPower 65W PD GaN Charger Review – One USB-C Port, One USB-A port means even greater versatility

RAVPower 65W PD GaN Charger Review – One USB-C Port, One USB-A port means even greater versatility

If you’re anything like me, you probably carry a number of different chargers in your bag at any given time. I talked about that a little bit when I reviewed the RAVPower 61W PD GaN plug and mentioned how it was able to reduce the number of plugs I carried in my bag. Now the RAVPower 65W PD GaN reduces the number of plugs I carry in my bag yet again, as it packs not just a USB-C port, but a USB-A port as well. It’s only a small bit larger than the 61W PD GaN charger we already reviewed and is much smaller than both the MacBook Pro charger and the Nintendo Switch chargers I previously carried in my bag.


About this review: : I received the RAVPower 65W PD GaN from RAVPower at the end of May 2020. While I received this product for review from RAVPower, they did not have any input in the contents of this review. 

The RAVPower 65W PD GaN charges two of everything

Just like the previous charger we reviewed from RAVPower, the 65W PD GaN also charges practically everything. With the aid of its USB-A port though, it charges two of everything, even if it can’t quite reach those insane 65W charging speeds from the USB-A port. It gets up to 18W maximum charging speed from the USB-A port, which is still equivalent to Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 and will charge the Nintendo Switch at full speed. I typically keep the USB-C port for charging my MacBook, as it’s capable of much faster speeds than the USB-A port. Note that the RAVPower 65W PD GaN does not come with a USB-C to USB-C cable, and that you’ll need to provide your own. The USB-A port is for devices like older iPhones and Samsung smartphones. You can read more about RAVPower’s iSmart charging tech here. Please note that it does not support Qualcomm QuickCharge.

The RAVPower 65W PD GaN is slightly bigger than the 61W charger that we already reviewed, though not by much. The US version of the plug can also fold in its prongs on itself to be even more compact – a luxury that I sadly don’t get with the UK plugs that we use in Ireland. Still, there is one major downside here. Just like with the previous RAVPower charger, this won’t quite reach the fastest charging speeds that a MacBook Pro is capable of. MacBook Pros charge at 87W, though 65W is perfectly respectable and will still charge your device extremely quickly.

Just like last time around, the RAVPower 65W PD GaN will power the Nintendo Switch dock and will charge the Nintendo Switch to full in approximately 3 hours. It will also charge the OnePlus 8 Pro with USB Power Delivery at 15W, while the Google Pixel 4 will charge at 18W using USB Power Delivery.

RAVPower 65W PD GaN Pricing

The RAVPower 65W PD GaN comes in at £45.99 on Amazon UK. As I mentioned in our review of the RAVPower 61W – that seems like a steep price, until you consider that the MacBook Pro’s 61W charging brick comes in at £69.99, a price that still manages to exclude the cable.  A Nintendo Switch charger does admittedly cost only £24.99 with a cable, but its use case is rather one dimensional coming in at just 15W. If you needed a new MacBook Pro charging brick – or even just a charging brick for USB PD-charged devices – the RAVPower 65W PD GaN would be perfectly apt for the job, and the USB-A port adds even more to an already good deal. If you’re interested, you can pick it up from RAVPower’s own site or Amazon from the links below.

Amazon U.S. | RAVPower’s website

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Adam Conway
Adam Conway

I'm the senior technical editor at XDA-Developers. I have a BSc in Computer Science from University College Dublin, and I'm a lover of smartphones, cybersecurity, and Counter-Strike. You can contact me at [email protected] My Twitter is @AdamConwayIE and my Instagram is adamc.99.

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