Zendure’s Passport 30W global Adapter doesn’t revolutionize the tedious process of powering your tech while traveling abroad. But one feature makes it so much better than any other one that I’ve used before: USB-C. Like its predecessor, there’s a smattering of USB-A ports along one of its sides, but this newer version that launched in late 2019 includes a single USB-C port that can charge at up to 30W. That’s quick enough to fast charge almost any phone or tablet, a Nintendo Switch, or power banks. It can even be used to power some low-power laptops, such as the MacBook Air, and for a recent vacation of mine to India, it made all of the difference.
When I travel, there are a few gadgets that I absolutely must bring along: my phone (obviously), Nintendo Switch, a power bank, and my white noise machine. My wife brings her phone along, as well as her Samsung Chromebook Plus. No single global adapter (that I’m aware of, at least) can bring power to all of these things simultaneously, but Zendure’s makes the juggle fairly — dare I say — pleasant to manage. Thankfully, not every device required a recharge each night, so finding a spot for all of my gadgets wasn’t too difficult. My Pixel 3 gets a charge from this adapter’s USB-C port, while my wife’s Pixel 3 plugs into one of the adapter’s outlets with its 18W wall charger — both of which are able to recharge at their fastest supported charging speeds.
- Has a speedy USB-C port
- The auto-resetting fuse is an added convenience
- Very comprehensive plug compatibility
- Why stop at one USB-C port?
- Could take some design cues from Moshi’s global adapter
I still have three USB-A ports to spare, one of which goes to my white noise machine, and another is used by my power bank (I can take the hit of slowly charging it overnight via its Micro USB). That leaves one left to spare, and if I was someone who used an Apple Watch or another wearable, it’s nice to know that I’d have room for that to charge, too.
Zendure’s global adapter tops out at 30W of power for all of its USB ports (and up to 30W for the USB-C port when used alone), so if you’re crowding it with devices, your overall charge speed will be reduced. But even with all of these devices plugged in, things charged quickly enough, and importantly, I never woke up the next morning to dead batteries. I would have appreciated even more USB-C ports, since most of the personal devices in our home get their power from that connector type. But having just one made charging my stuff easier than I imagined it would.
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This is definitely not the only global adapter out there to feature a USB-C port, but there are a few other reasons why you might want to consider this one over others. Compared to countless options available on Amazon, and even Moshi’s more elegant global adapter, Zendure’s features an all-important auto-resetting fuse. Thus, you won’t have to replace it in the event of a power surge, which could very well take down your gadgets and the adapter itself. I wasn’t sure if I’d need this feature, but I was sure happy to have it after I experienced a surge during my trip. After a minute of my own panicking that I broke it, it worked normally again.
For the parents out there, or for those who are around kids a lot, you might appreciate that Zendure’s global adapter has plastic shields covering up the sockets that aren’t being used, nipping any worry of accidental electrocution in the bud.
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Zendure’s Passport 30W costs $59.99 and comes in white or black. It doesn’t solve every annoyance with powering your tech while traveling abroad. It’s clunky to pack in your suitcase, mostly because it has several plug types that allow it to work in 200 countries. And as mentioned before, I’d love if there were two or three USB-C ports instead of just one. But still, its added conveniences turn what’s normally a joyless gadget into something for which I’ll gladly make room. And what’s more, it makes me a little excited to see where Zendure takes it in the future.
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