Review: WOTOBEUS 83W 2-Port USB-C (1C1A) PPS Car Charger

Today we’re taking a look at the WOTOBEUS 83 Watt USB-C Car Charger, model WTB-CQT23L. This is a dual-port charger with one USB-C port (up to 65W PD + PPS) and one USB-A port (up to 18W QC 3.0), and it’s one of the most powerful car chargers currently available with PPS support. It’s available at Amazon for $30 at the time of writing.

With the proliferation of USB-C devices, one area of great interest today is car chargers, which plug into your car’s 12V (cigarette lighter) socket and provide one or more USB ports. Most car chargers with a USB-C port provide low output levels – 15W, for instance – but today’s USB-C devices demand much higher output for their fastest charging modes. Many Samsung smartphones can charge at up to 25W or 45W, for instance, but they require not just 45W USB-C Power Delivery (PD) support, but also support for USB-C PD Programmable Power Supply (PPS). PPS allows the charger to deliver custom voltage levels on request; PPS support is still very uncommon in USB-C PD car chargers, and the WOTOBEUS 83W charger is among the few on the market that include it.

Unboxing + Review Video

 

Basics

The specs show the charger works with both 12V and 24V DC sockets. 12V sockets are much more common, but 24V sockets are found in some trucks, for instance. The WOTOBEUS charger’s USB-C port supports Power Delivery at all the voltage levels – 5/9/12/15/20V, up to 65W, and it has PPS support. PPS allows this charger to deliver custom voltage levels anywhere from 3.3 to 11V on request. The USB-A port supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, for a maximum of 18W to compatible devices.

The maximum total output is 83W, which means the charger can deliver its peak of 65W out of the USB-C port and 18W out of the USB-A port simultaneously.

The charger is fairly compact – it does stick out from the 12V socket, as with most high-powered car chargers. The construction is metal in the upper portion and plastic below. It is quite lightweight but feels well built. There’s an LED ring around the front face, which lights up red.

The rubber sleeve has the manufacturer’s name on the side and is in a shade of dark blue. The sleeve covers the upper portion, which sticks out of the car’s cigarette lighter socket.

We attached the charger to a Qway U2 USB-C power monitor, showing the details of the charger’s capabilities. The monitor shows USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 support, at up to 20V / 3.3A, for 65W. There is support for PPS from 3 to 11V, and, consequently, for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+. All of the standard Power Delivery voltage levels are supported – 5, 9, 12, 15, and 20V – and of course the legacy Battery Charging 1.2 standard for 5V / 1.5A charging, for 7.5W.

Moving onto manufacturer-specific proprietary charging systems, Apple’s 5V / 2.4A charging is supported, for up to 12W. We also see Samsung’s old charging systems, as well as Huawei’s FCP system, but not Huawei SCP or proprietary systems from Oppo or MediaTek, though those are less relevant in the U.S.

We plugged in a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus in the Wotobeus charger’s USB-C port and verified that it drew up to the full 45W that the phone supports, as did a Dell XPS 13 laptop.

Note that you will need a USB-C to C cable with the E-Marker (indicating 5A or 100W support) for the highest powered devices – such as Aukey’s 3 foot C-to-C cable with 100W charging and 10 Gbps data.

Testing the charger’s USB-C and USB-A ports together, we confirmed that the charger does indeed support delivering its maximum rated levels out of both ports simultaneously.

Overall, our first impressions of the Wotobeus 2-port 83W USB-C charger are quite positive – it’s a good option for fast-charging USB-C devices in your car, and particularly for devices that need PPS support.

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