AUKEY PA-Y12 USB-C Desktop Charger REVIEW Enjoy 72W of power
When I moved across the country for college, I was not prepared to live in and share a 12″ x 17″ dorm room. There was limited room for a lofted bed, a desk, a bookshelf, microwave, small TV, etc. Clutter did not work and similar to a motor-home, we became creative with multi-purpose gear. Interestingly, this was before the current “Tiny Home” trend. Our walls and desks became a cacophony of cords/cables, struggling to find their place in a surge protector or power strips. As devices progressed to USB charging, USB Hubs and multi-chargers started to replace some of the Type A and B power strips. Now that we have USB-C and USB-A powered devices, companies are starting to make hybrid chargers. If you are looking for a triple port charger, with USB-A and USB-C capabilities, look no further than the AUKEY dual port USB-A and single port USB-C wall charger PA-Y12.
The Aukey USB-C Desktop Charging Station with PD arrived in a tan brown 6 1/2 inches long by 5 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches thick retail box. The cover was adorned with a 2 7/8 inches long by 2 7/16 inches tall black ink outline of a three-outlet charging block and the generic “USB-C Desktop Charging Station with Power Delivery” title. Both side panels displayed the recycle logo and “GO GREEN WITH AUKEY.” The back panel displayed the PA-Y12 model along the top corner and along the bottom corner, the webpage address (www.aukey.com), support email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and their physical address in China. You will also find the typical product labels and a product UPC sticker on the back. I appreciated that the company left the top and bottom panels unadorned.
Opening the lid of the box, I found a 2 1/8 inches wide by 3 3/8 inches tall product warranty card and a 3 3/16 inches wide by 4 5/16 inches tall user manual. The product warranty card listed the 24-month product warranty, support email addresses on one side and had a circuit board key sticker on the other side. The hexalingual instruction manual (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese) provided the packaging contents (charger, cable, manual, warranty card), product diagram (USB-C, USB-A x2, and AC Power input) and listed the specifications. The device will accept 100–240V input and will output USB-C PDO 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, PPS 3–21V/3A and USB A output 5V/2.4A (Total 72W). Measuring 100x78x31mm (3.94×3.07×1.22 inch) and weighing 218 g/7.69 ounces, the charger would be perfect for a dorm, an office desk or a bedside table. The instruction manual was easy to use and provided a reasonable amount of information. Each of the languages utilized three pages of the instruction manual.
The device arrived cradled within a tan cardboard shell. The pristine surface of the matte black right side panel was disrupted by an attractive, glossy, “AUKEY” etched into the side. Similar to the cover, the top and bottom panels remained immaculately unblemished. The back of the charger provided a single double prong charging port, oriented along the long axis of the charger. The left side panel subtly listed the product specifications and typical product safety/regulation labels. The front panel provided three access ports, a single USB-C, and two USB-A. Before you throw the box away, make sure that you lift upward on the cardboard section along the back of the packaging. Hidden in the chamber was a generous 47 3/4 inches long power adaptor (47 inches not counting the Type B wall plug). Having previously tested numerous chargers, I was very pleased with the small wall plug. It will fit into either port on a wall outlet and easily squeeze into a surge protector or power strip. The cable came with an included velcro strap. Instead of utilizing an oversized charger, AUKEY chose to use the bare minimum for a wall plug. For those struggling with their game of power cord Tetris, the charger shape/fit provided the nostalgic feel of placing a long 4 piece and earning a Tetris.
I plugged my DROK USB-C LCD Multimeter into the USB-C port and an Apple USB-C to lightning cable into my iPhone XS Max. The Multimeter read 9.18–9.23V/1.41–2.5A but hovered mostly around 1.5–1.7A throughout testing. I plugged my iPad Pro 10.5” into the USB-A port and noted no change in the output of the USB-C port. I moved the USB multimeter to one of the USB-A ports and found my iPad to charge at 5.07V/2.36A. With both devices plugged into the multimeter, I found my phone increased from 60% to 79% in 18 minutes. I enjoyed the roughly 1% per minute power increase throughout the charging process. The iPad charged at just over 10W and while typing this review charged at about 1% every 2 minutes. Starting at 10:00 PM at 60% power, my phone was charged fully by 11:10 PM. When I plugged my Nintendo Switch into the USB-C port of the multimeter, it read 15.1V/.78–0.96A. When I plugged a USB-A to USB-C cable into the Multimeter it read 5.08V/1.45–1.8A. It thus appeared that the Switch was calling for 7.5W-10W of power. I charged my iPhone XS max using a Drok USB-A Multimeter and found the Switch to charge at 15.1V/0.79–0.91A and my iPhone XS Max at 5.10V/2.07A. I was pleased with the rate of charging, which did not change when a third device was plugged into the middle port. I never tried plugging the USB C into the TV base stand as Nintendo recommends only using their charger. I look forward to testing the device with my new iPad Pro 2018 when it arrives.
If you are looking for a desktop charger that will allow you to charge up to three devices, navigate to Amazon and add the AUKEY PA-Y12 to your shopping cart. I liked the Type B wall plug with the long cable and was incredibly pleased that they did not utilize a large charging brick. The charger can stand vertically or can be set down upon its side as well. I would have liked the bottom panel to have some rubberized antislip pads, to reduce sliding and falling over. The rounded edges provided a pleasant visual appeal but decrease the ability for the device to remain upright. It fell over multiple times throughout the charging process. The packaging was on the bland side, which was a disappointment. Everybody knows that you judge a book by the cover and AUKEY needs to step up their packaging game. If the customer bypasses the product and the product stays on the shelf, both parties lose. I cannot attest to the ability to charge a new Macbook, as I do not yet have one. Multiple reviews on Amazon stated that the MacBook will continuously beep once fully charged. I personally enjoyed reviewing this charger and it has now found its way into my Nintendo Switch Everywhere Messenger Bag.
Originally published at macsources.com on January 18, 2019.