Once limited to giant plastic bricks crammed into power strips hidden under desks, chargers have come a long way in just a few years, becoming dramatically smaller and offering new capabilities. Earned and earned some personality to boot. If you’re a die-hard Mac fan, you probably don’t want to hide it. Latest from Shargeek under the desk. Gizmos are just as beneficial as they tap into retro nostalgia.
Shargeek is an accessory maker that doesn’t yet have the brand recognition of companies like Anker, but is slowly ramping up some unique devices. Retro 35 GaN Charger, which debuted earlier this year in May. It was a compact gallium nitride-based charger with a single USB-C port for charging devices with up to 35 watts of power. It’s also designed to look like a tiny replica of the original Macintosh desktop computer, complete with a pixelated smiling screen that glows when power is applied.
Shargeek’s new Retro 67 is a big upgrade in several ways. It used to deliver just 35 watts of power, but now it’s powered up to 67 watts, expanding the range of devices you can use to charge it. It also has three USB-C ports on the top instead of one, so you can use multiple devices. You can connect and charge at the same time.
Note that all three of these devices must share 67 watts of power. So if one of them is a laptop that requires higher power consumption, it may charge much slower than usual. It claims to be able to charge two MacBooks at the same time, but this is definitely referring to the older model MacBook Air laptops that only shipped with one. 30W charger.
When actually powering the plugged-in device, the Retro 67 will show you how many watts it’s consuming, but with multiple devices plugged in, instead of seeing how it draws displays a number indicating the total power consumption. Each USB-C port uses a lot of power. So this is probably the most useful feature when you have a single device attached. Also, if the Retro 67 is plugged into a power outlet but not connected to any other device, its screen will display a pixelated reproduction instead. matrix‘s iconic digital rain effect. Staring is hypnotic, but it’s also kind of a waste of power, even if it’s just a little.
alike retro 35Shargeek is taking a crowdfunding route to help produce the new Retro 67 charger. Indiegogo Campaign This is close to reaching our modest fundraising goal of $2,560 ($3,554). Those who back the campaign can get the Retro 67 at a big discount. It will be priced at $29 ($40) instead of the usual retail price of $79 ($110) and will be delivered next March. However, this assumes that everything goes smoothly into production. At this point, Shargeek has already successfully brought several crowdfunding products to market, so it has some experience with crowdfunding campaigns. However, there is always the possibility of unforeseen delays, such as component shortages or shipping delays. As with any crowdfunded product, buyers beware.