review – I’m usually not a huge fan of novelty products, but when I got a review sample of the Shrgeek Retro 35W GaN charger, I didn’t even think to say no. As a fan of all things Apple (see episode 5 of my video podcast where I share my iPod collection), this is a must-have charger, not just a novelty. Let’s plug it in and check it out!
what is it?
The Shrgeek Retro 35W GaN Charger is a small USB-C power adapter shaped like a small Apple Macintosh. When these iconic computers were popular in the ’80s, I didn’t own one. But I do have one now…
A few years ago, I was at my neighbor’s house and we were in his garage when I saw a dusty Macintosh sitting on his workbench. I swear, when I saw it, I heard the choir of angels singing.My neighbor noticed my reaction and immediately said I could have it, now it’s out mine Garage collecting dust 🙂 I definitely need to try to fix it one day. Maybe a winter Gadgeteer DIY project? If you think I should let me know in the comments…
What’s in the box?
- Shurgeek Retro 35W GaN Charger
- screen stickers
- Port: USB-C
- Input voltage 100-240 volts (AC)
- Output: Max 35W
- Supported protocols: PD3.0/PPS/QC4+/Apple2.4/SCP/FCP/AFC/PE
- Size: 1.37*1.70*1.24″
- Weight: 55g
Design and Features
have a look. So smelly and so cute! The Shrgeek Retro 35W GaN Charger is made of beige plastic and is shaped like an Apple Macintosh computer, right down to the “screen”.
You can even customize the screen with the included stickers, but I’m not sure why you’re covering the smiley face with stickers. Especially since the smiley face would show, which is weird. I like the smiley face just fine so I leave it as is and will find another use for the sticker.
On top of the Shrgeek Retro 35W GaN Charger is a USB-C port. For the price, it would be nice to have two USB-C ports, oh well.
At the bottom is a folding fork. Note that you can buy a travel kit version with an international plug adapter.
One thing I’ve realized is that due to the position of the prongs, how cute this adapter really is depends on where you plug it in. It looks great if you plug it into a horizontal outlet like a power strip (see below), but if the outlet is vertical, like on a wall, the effect is less interesting. I really wish they made a version of this adapter with the pins coming straight out of the back of the adapter instead of the bottom.
Charge with the Shargeek Retro 35W GaN Charger
This charger will charge your gadget using a USB-C cable (not included). This little guy will charge your phone, tablet and even your laptop! I tested it with my iPhone 13 Pro Max and 13″ MacBook Pro. In this regard, the Shargeek Retro 35W GaN charger works just like any other GaN charger. But in addition to the cute shape, it has another surprise for you…
“Screen” has four display modes. When the charger is plugged in but not charging, the screen is white. When charging, the yellow light on the screen is charging normally, the blue light is fast charging, and the green light is overcharging.
I tested the Shargeek Retro 35W GaN charger with my iPhone 13 Pro Max at 27% battery and the screen glowed green to indicate it was in supercharge mode. When I checked after 20 minutes, the phone was up to 64% and the status color had changed from green to blue.
I also tested it with my 13″ MacBook Pro and it charged in yellow – normal charge mode.
When charging my Apple Airpods Pro earbuds, it charges in yellow – normal charging mode, and the screen light turns off completely when the earbuds are fully charged.
what do I like
- Great for Apple fans
- Light up the “screen” to show the charging status
what would i change
- It’s expensive compared to similar GaN chargers
- It would be nice to have a version with a prong coming out the back instead of the bottom
I love this little power adapter, but not just because it quickly charges my phone and other devices. I mainly like it because it looks like a miniature Apple Macintosh. As a big fan of Apple products, it “speaks” to me. The Shrgeek Retro 35W GaN Charger is a bit pricey, but if you’re an Apple fan too, you might want one too. Now I wish I had a numpad and a button mouse to go with it!
where to buy (this: Shurgeek and Amazon
resource: Samples for this review provided by Shargeek.