Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

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The Lowdown

I like the compact size of the Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter. I appreciate the folding US 110V Prongs, and I am pleased to see Nomad release an AC wall adapter that can charge multiple devices simultaneously. Hopefully, the next offering offers even more power so that I can leave my MacBook Pro’s huge charging brick at home!

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • Small and solidly built
  • Foldable prongs for travel
  • A full 65W of power when charging one device using the upper port
  • Upper ports deliver 45W when also using the lower port, which delivers 20W

Cons

  • 65W output is enough to charge an M1 MacBook but not an M1 MacBook Pro
  • Adapters are required if traveling to countries that do not use US plugs
Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power! Listen to this article

In my Nomad Base One Max review, I commented that potential buyers need to be aware that it requires a 30W AC wall adapter to work wirelessly and that one isn’t included. I also wrote that I’d love an additional charging port on the back. The new Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter (largely) addresses both of those concerns.

 

Nomad 65W AC Adapter with prongs extended

The new 65W AC Adapter is the third addition to Nomad’s growing lineup of GaN chargers.

Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

The Nomad AC Adapter lineup, with the Nomad 65W AC Adapter in the middle.

Unlike its predecessors, the Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter has two USBC PD ports, so you get the ability to charge a third device if, for example, you are using the AC Wall Adapter with the Base One Max! In addition, as the name suggests, it delivers up to 65W of total power.

Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

The 65W AC Wall Adapter is a solid heavy-duty plastic block with the Nomad name tastefully embossed on each side.

Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

The US-Style prongs fold out from the body of the adapter. I love this feature as it makes it simple to throw an adapter like this into my backpack without worrying that I’ll bend the prongs.

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Note: With some of their products, Nomad includes an AC adapter and a variety of plugs so they can be used anywhere in the world. This is not the case here. If you are planning to travel with this AC Wall Adapter, it would be wise to make sure you either won’t need an adapter or that you bring the proper one for your destination.

Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

The back of the Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter has two USB-C ports, so you can charge two devices simultaneously.

Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

When charging a single device, the upper port delivers a full 65W.

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Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

When two devices are plugged in and charging simultaneously, the upper port delivers a maximum of 45W while the lower power maxes out at 20W. That means you can charge two devices at once, and one of them can be an M1 MacBook!

Features:

  • Powered with GaN
  • 2 USBC-PD Ports
  • Up to 65W power
  • US Style plugs only

Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter Review: Two USB Type-C Ports for up to 65W of Charging Power!

I like the compact size of the Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter. I appreciate the folding US 110V Prongs, and I am pleased to see Nomad release an AC wall adapter that can charge multiple devices simultaneously. Hopefully, the next offering offers even more power so that I can leave my MacBook Pro’s huge charging brick at home!

The Nomad 65W AC Wall Adapter retails for $69.95; it is available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: Small and solidly built; Foldable prongs for travel; A full 65W of power when charging one device using the upper port; Upper ports deliver 45W when also using the lower port, which delivers 20W

What Needs Improvement: 65W output is enough to charge an M1 MacBook but not an M1 MacBook Pro; Adapters are required if traveling to countries that do not use US plugs

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.