For many of us laptop users who use a single machine between multiple places, I can reassure you that many of us have experienced the time where we forgot to take the power adapter with us. As everyone is done on smartphones and computers (particularly laptops) these days, a power adapter is very important. The Innergie PowerGear 60C is here to replace your power adapter with its small and powerful yet lightweight form factor.
Today thanks to Innergie Malaysia, we have the Innergie PowerGear 60C USB-C power adapter and also its accessory, the MagiCable 150 laptop adapter.
Let us first take a look at the packaging. The Innergie PowerGear 60C here has a simple design that works very well. It shows you the power adapter itself and highlights the features instantly – universal compatibility, swappable travel plugs, and 92% energy efficiency.
Opening up the box reveals the accessories compartment covered by the eye-catching blue color.
Digging out everything, you have the Innergie PowerGear 60C adapter itself with the three swappable plugs (UK, US, Europe) and the USB-C to USB-C cable.
I do wish that Innergie included a pouch to store all of these things, though.
As for the MagiCable 150 laptop adapter (which is sold separately), is a USB-C to different types of laptop power adapters. Innergie has included a total of 6 different tips in this accessory pack, and is compatible with ASUS, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP as stated at the back of the packaging.
The MagiCable 150 itself comes with the cable and also 6 tips only. If it doesn’t fit your laptop, then you can request for a tip that fits your laptop through the free tip program. Click here to learn more.
I want to make a point here to say that I don’t really bother about the overall build quality. The material feels abut the same as MacBook power adapters. However, the Innergie PowerGear 60C is much smaller than the MacBook power adapter.
We have a comparison here between the Apple MacBook Pro (2016) power adapter with the Innergie PowerGear 60C. Obviously, the Innergie PowerGear 60C is much smaller and easier to take around. Lighter, too.
Remember when we said that the Innergie PowerGear 60C comes with 3 different plugs? Swapping them is easy as you just simply twist and it is installed right away. There is no right or wrong way either – if it’s twisted and secured, it works right away. Brilliant design!
The MacBook power adapter on the other hand, is quite troublesome as you have to forcefully push the plug apart – but there is no point in doing that as Apple does not include other plugs.
Then comes the cable itself. The new MacBook comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable with nothing in between – and that is okay. The cable that comes with the Innergie PowerGear 60C on the other hand, has a ferrite core to prevent electromagnetic interference.
The MagiCable 150 on the other hand, comes with a USB-C cable that converts to the whatever laptop jack you need. This cable also comes with a ferrite core.
In case none of these tips fit on your laptop, remember that they have something called the free tip program. You can request for the specific tip that works with your laptop by clicking on this link.
Overall design wise, I like how the Innergie PowerGear 60C and the MagiCable 150 are designed. Though, I do wish that a pouch was included so that everything can be stored and carried easily.
Testing the Innergie PowerGear 60C
According to the packaging itself, Innergie claims to be able to output a maximum of these amounts of currents according to the voltages, with a maximum output of 60W:
- 5V 3A
- 9V 3A
- 12V 3A
- 15V 3A
- 20V 3A
Our testing methodology here is a little unconventional. We have 3 sets of tests and we use the Innergie PowerGear 60C to compare against the product’s included charger. We have these devices to test with:
- MacBook Pro (2016) with touch bar
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Redmi Note 7
After obtaining all of the data, we plot these 3 graphs to compare the charger’s performance.
As shown above, the Innergie PowerGear 60C performs just as well as the included charger in each of the product. It is even slightly faster than the original Apple charger! Let’s not forget that this is a tiny, portable, and has multiple different swappable plugs.
For the case of the Xiaomi Mi 9, the PowerGear 60C is competing against a certified Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 charger. The graph above shows that the PowerGear 60C is compatible with QuickCharge 3.0 as well.
The Redmi Note 7 is the only anomaly I encountered in this test as for some reason, the PowerGear 60C is significantly faster than its bundled charger, but not by much.
The PowerGear 60C can also handle Samsung’s proprietary 15W charging standard as well.
Wrapping up the Innergie PowerGear 60C + MagiCable 150 review
By no doubt, the Innergie PowerGear 60C is a tiny little power adapter that is very portable, travel-friendly, and most importantly – versatile. The performance is just as advertised and performing just like any other bundled charger – if not better.
For the price of RM273 for the Innergie PowerGear 60C or at $109 at Amazon, it is very worth the price. It can handle multiple different voltages and currents, thus support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 too. Still, I wish that they have an included pouch to store and carry everything.
The Innergie MagiCable 150 is priced at RM62 or at $19.99 at Amazon, it is a reasonable price. With this accessory, you can charge your ultrabook without any issue.