I was thinking about what I would like in a travel charger for work, because it isn’t readily available today. And we keep hearing about upcoming products, which are all cool, but I have a couple additional requests to make them even better.
So this is it:
Enough power for a medium sized business / or personal laptop - 90-100W.
Multiple ports - preferably 3, all USB-C. Phone, computer, and an extra for my battery pack, noise cancelling headphones, etc.
I would not expect full power on all three ports at once. If only one device is plugged in, provide as much power as that device will support. If a second is plugged in, split it up. Basically, the computer only needs full power if it is the only thing plugged in. That way it is fully functional during the day, but at night I can still trickle charge it with everything plugged in, so everything is fully charged in the morning.
As small and light as possible.
Not blocking adjacent outlets on a wall or powerstrip. My preference would be a 3-6’ power cord going to the block, just like my current laptop power supply, and then USB-C cables can be shorter to only reach to the power supply on the table.
Plugs on the wall need to be very compact for me, and while the 18W ones are getting there, 100W need a lot more shrinking for my preferences.
Right now, I have a power supply for my laptop and an older generation dual port USB-A QC charger in my backpack. Plus another one of each in my rollaboard, redundancy is important - I hate arriving on site missing something because it got pulled out of my bag accidentally.
The Omnia 100W charger would replace my laptop power supply, and save some weight:
But I would still be carrying another charger to use for everything else.
The 100W duo is closer (whenever it actually comes out), but is still one port short - I would have to do more swapping things around.
So I guess I am asking for a 100W trio with a very light weight extension cable. Having the cable included in the design (as in my PA-T11) would be ideal, since you can use lighter gauge wire with a small fixed electrical load.
Based on the size of the hardware I am seeing here, this would probably be a little bigger than my dual port charger, and much lighter and smaller than the combination of laptop power supply and dual port charger. And I would be replacing two pairs of those, so that adds up in the weight I am pulling around.
I am guessing there are other business travelers who would see the benefit in this, chime in if you have other comments or improvements, or if you just want Aukey to get right on this.
Hopefully not too long of a to do list, but your designers are all stuck at home anyway, they might as well get going on the project, right? Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with in the next year!