Devices are becoming hungrier and hungrier when it comes to power requirements. New flagship phones require additional umph to charge quickly and large-form gaming laptops are making another comeback thanks to the power and popularity of the latest RTX 40 series GPU solutions. All of this drives the continued push for better power sources, and with that, new wall adapters. Wall adapters like the VOLTME Revo 140W PD3.1 Multiport GaN USB Charger.
This charger is hot on the tail of brands like Hyper (which we also recently just covered) as VOLTME seeks to gain some weight in the industry next to some of the other brands. With an adapter that is virtually identical in specs at 23% less in price (the only difference is the USB-A port is 22.5W max vs 30W) currently as it is on sale for $99 at the time of writing this (normal MSRP is $139 though and we’ll touch on that in the conclusion).
The only difference with this charger is that it doesn’t come with any cables or international adapters. So you are on your own for that. This is likely where you save the cash with this model.
Inside the box, you simply get the charger along with some instructions. Not that you’d need the instructions for much more than the various ways you can use it for output (the ports are capable of different max outputs depending on the number or type of devices you have plugged into it at the same time).
In fact, the company supplies a decent chart here breaking down various configurations of its use with various devices. It can put out up to 140W via the main UBS-C port for power-hungry laptops used for gaming or heavy creative design, but then it drops a little as you start to use the other ports or plug in additional devices.
It can charge two 65W (or less) laptops at the same time. This used to be one of our biggest benchmarks when testing chargers since we have a lot of Dell laptops that require 65W and many of the chargers have been “up to 60W” until the last year or so. If the charger can’t keep up, you get a slower charge that may not keep up with your use (although, you’d at least get an extended use time beyond what the battery would normally provide) or no charge at all.
In this case, this can charge two of those Dell laptops without breaking a sweat. You just wouldn’t be able to use the USB-A port while doing so (a more than reasonable compromise). When using all three ports, it can charge at a max of 65W (main USB-C) + 45W (second USB-C port) + 22.5W (USB-A port), which is still enough to charge one of those Dell laptops, any tablet, and virtually any smartphone.
What is also nice is that it keeps up with the new smartphones launching this year, including the new hungry Samsung Galaxy S23 models.
We have some 100W USB chargers that we have been using with some of the laptops that have a second USB-C port, but the moment you plug in a smartphone into the second port, the main USB-C port stops charging at 65W and the laptops start to take a hit. We never understood that since it should have been able to still provide “at least” the 65W, but many of the models out there were like that. This model, solves all of that (unless you have a laptop that requires more than 100W to charge).
So I keep saying main USB-C, secondary USB-C, etc. Looking at the charger itself, the main USB-C port is closest to the logo (furthest from the USB-A port) and has an icon of a laptop above it. It’s purpose is pretty obvious. This is the port that is capable of up to 140W.
The one in the middle is the secondary USB-C port that is capable of up to 100W. The USB-A port offers a max of 22.5W.
We have been testing all of these ports and the charger has been able to keep up with some of the hungrier gaming models we have, in the exact promised configurations. The only laptop this won’t work well with is the upcoming MSI Titan GT77 HX mini LED laptop. However, no “current” USB charger in the market is capable of that just yet (although that may be changing real soon).
There appears to be two color options (black and white), although it seems the black is the only option in the market at this time. Maybe the white one is coming soon. Regardless, the black model looks fantastic as the textured pattern on the sides is much more noticable and the orange accent of the ports pops better.
Regardless, at some point, you’ll have the option of either color per some of the marketing materials that are out there.
The size of the charger is pretty large and it does have some weight to it. So you won’t be plugging it into the wall directly as the weight of it will likely just cause it to fall out of the outlet (unless you have some abnormally tight outlets). Your best plugging this into a powerstrip or cable so that it’s weight isn’t pulling itself down and to the ground.
This is the same for any of these 100W+ chargers though. They are all large and heavy due to the hardware inside required to supply that much power. Then you have to consider the weight of any cables plugged into it (USB-C cables are light but depending on how much tension there is in the line, it could create some pull-factor there).
As mentioned, it does not come with any cables. So you are on your own here. This is something you have to be careful with as not all USB-C cables are capable of 100W or 140W. Thankfully, there are options out there and some of them are capable of up to 240W.
The above image shows the VOLTME PowerLink cable we have been using with this charger for any laptop models 100W or less in consumption requirements. It has been holding up just fine and is comparable to any of the other 100W cables we have lying around. It is available on Amazon here and is currently on sale at the time of writing this.
For the hungrier models, we made sure to use the 240W cable that came with the HyperJuice charger. However, there are plenty of 240W cables out there and the price is around the same as the 100W PowerLink cable or less (given, they may not all be of the same quality). We would advise picking some up though as it never hurts to be ahead of the game so you aren’t replacing cables all over again, a year or two later.
All-in-all, we do like the VOLTME Revo 140W charger and can easily see the company pushing further later in the year or next for a 240W solution when those become more of a thing. Given, not all laptops are going to power hungry like MSI’s mini LED Titan model, but with more RTX 40 series equipped gaming models hitting the market, there will be a continued demand for more power as consumers will still want to plug in multiple (various) devices. For now, though, this is a formidable charger that will cover most of the models in the market and supply enough power to charge two at a time when it comes to a good number of those models.
It does come in at a smaller price than Hyper’s charger, although it doesn’t come with the cable or adapters. So one could easily say they are (near) equal between the two once you go out and buy your own cable. It all comes down to what the user needs. If you don’t need the international adapters, then this one would be the better buy so you aren’t paying a little extra for something you aren’t going to use. And I say “near” equal since the USB-A port is 22.5W vs 30W.
That being said, this is based on the current sale price of $99. If the price were to raise, it would instantly cause a conflict competitively and we’d say that Hyper’s adapter is clearly the best bet. This caused it to take a hit on a score a little. It would take a little more of a hit if the price went back up (half-star?). So that is also something to consider.
|100-240V? 50/60Hz 2A Max
|USB-C1: 5V 3A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 15V 3A / 20V 5A/ 28V 5A (PPS:3.3-21V/5A)(140W Max) ; USB-C2: 5V 3A / 9V 3A / 12V 3A / 15V 3A / 20V 5A (PPS:3.3-21V/5A)(100W Max); USB-A: 4.5V 5A / 5V 4.5A / 9V 2A / 12V 1.5A ; C1+C2=65W+65W ; C1+A=100W+22.5W; C2+A=100W+22.5W ; C1+C2+A=65W+45W+22.5W
|PD3.1(PD3.0\PD2.0), QC5.0(QC4.0\QC3.0\QC2.0), PPS, AFC, APPLE 5V2.4A, BC1.2; USB-A Port: SCP, QC3.0, AFC, FCP, APPLE 5V2.4A, BC1.2
|Short-circuit Protection, Over-voltage Protection, Overheating Protection, Over-current Protection, Over-temperature Protection.
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