Hyper 245W GaN Desktop Charger review: All the bells and whistles


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The new Hyper 245W GaN Desktop Charger is compact, slim and the most powerful multi-charger you can have ready. You’ll have no problem charging your USB-C gear with four outputs, including multiple Apple laptops at full speed.

As devices grow in size and performance, power requirements also increase. Here in 2022, Apple has its highest capacity charger to date, providing 140W.

Power users using a power-hungry 16-inch MacBook Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 100Wh battery pack, and more can benefit from a desktop charger with enough juice to power all that gear at once.

Impressive design

We’re big fans of the Hyper 245GaN Desktop Charger in terms of design. Hyper uses GaN technology to keep the design small. It’s not much bigger than the Zendure SuperPort 100 that we reviewed in 2019, which had 120W of power.

Each port can deliver 100W of power

Each port can deliver 100W of power

The body is plastic with small edges along the top and bottom. It has a very smooth finish that feels good in the hand. There are subtle looks running down the left and right sides, though they aren’t noticeable unless under bright light.

This is a charger with four outputs and each one is actually the same. Each port is a Type-C port that can deliver 100W of power. Many multiport chargers offer only one or two high-watt outputs, while others are relegated to slower speeds.

In total, you can get up to 245W power from the charger. How much you get from each device will be dictated by the power consumption of each device. For example, you cannot connect four 100W units and get 100W from each of them simultaneously, and each will be throttled proportionally.

Charging all our equipment

Charging all our equipment

Many devices do not draw the maximum current at once, so the current output will change immediately. The quartet of ports run along the front of the device with a small “100W” designation above each of them.

Around the back is where the power cable connects. Hyper has chosen to use a very common C7 power cable for its powerful charger. This is the one that looks like a figure eight.

A standard C7 power cable

A standard C7 power cable

Should the cable become damaged, it will be easy to replace. Or, if you’re traveling, you can swap to a local variant instead of the US version.

Although reasonable in size, it has considerable weight. It would easily fit in our gear bag, but we wouldn’t want to lug it around with us for long periods of time. We would pack this with us on a trip, but probably not carry it around town all day.

Only limited by PD 3

There is only one downside we see with the new Hyper charger. We’d love it if it supported the latest USB PD 3.1 specification, instead of just USB PD 3.0. With USB PD 3.1, chargers are capable of up to 240W output power.

We don’t need this charger capable of the maximum power, but we are looking for at least 140W. If the number sounds familiar, it’s what it takes to fast charge Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple's 140W GaN charger vs Hyper's 245W GaN charger

Apple’s 140W GaN charger vs. Hyper’s 245W GaN Chargr

The latest 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 140W GaN charger with a braided USB-C to MagSafe cable. You need MagSafe and a 140W charger to quickly charge this machine. Apple’s 140W GaN charger is one of the few that supports this latest USB PD standard.

With a maximum output of 245W, it looks like the Hyper could have handled 140W of output with plenty of bandwidth to spare.

Should you buy Hyper’s 245W GaN Desktop Charger?

This is without a doubt the most capable desktop charger we’ve tested to date. It has unmatched output power, Apple-inspired Space Gray aesthetics and is compact enough for travel.

In our use, the charger was not too hot either. It definitely gets hot under maximum load, but felt reasonable and always safe to the touch.

The only reason not to consider this charger is if you don’t need this amount of power. A charger that delivers 245W is rare, about three times what you need to charge an iPad Air, a MacBook Air, an iPhone and an Apple Watch simultaneously.

For all users with higher power needs, this charger is a must-have to reduce desktop clutter and increase charging performance.

Hyper's 245W GaN charger in its box

Hyper’s 245W GaN charger in its box

Advantage

  • Slender, space gray body
  • Four USB Type-C outputs
  • Massive 245W max output
  • All ports are capable of the same output
  • Replaceable and widely used AC power cord
  • GaN technology for smaller footprint

Disadvantages

  • Does not support USB PD 3.1

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Where can it be bought

The HyperJuice 245W GaN Desktop Charger retails for $199 from Hyper direct, but B&H Photo has units in stock and on sale for $149.99 with free expedited shipping within the contiguous US

William

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