Review: One Power Adapter to Handle USB-C and Traditional USB

I had the opportunity to try a pre-release version of the PowerJoy 30C ($44) from Innergie. The PowerJoy should ship soon and is a smart solution to a real problem. As Apple and other vendors transition to USB-C, most users still have a wide variety of devices that charge using a traditional USB cable. Instead of traveling with and using multiple charging bricks, the PowerJoy is one device with two charging ports, one for USB-C and one for traditional USB.

Related: Review: Embrace USB-C with the USB-C Multiport Adapter from Moshi

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This means you can charge your MacBook and your iPhone (as long as you bring your own USB-C and USB to Lightning cables, which are not included.) The PowerJoy is a bit bigger than an iPad charger, but smaller than a MacBook charger. It doesn't have fold-away prongs, but instead they include different adapters for world travel, which is nice.

Pros

  • Compact and easy to travel with
  • Includes international adapters
  • Charges both USB-C and traditional USB devices
  • Fast, intelligent charging

Cons

  • Does not have fold-away prongs

Final Verdict

The PowerJoy offers fast, intelligent charging for both USB-C and traditional USB, for less than what Apple charges for a charger that only charges one USB-C device. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.