ROG Ally Charging Test - ChargerLAB Compatibility 100
The realm of handheld PCs has been filled with constant excitement in recent years. Among the most anticipated handheld PCs on the market, the ROG Ally and Steam Deck have garnered substantial user interest. Many are curious about the charging compatibility between these two devices. We conducted a charging compatibility test for the Steam Deck shortly after its release and have recently acquired the Ally for similar testing.
After that, we did a ChargerLAB Compatibility 100 video for it. Through the video, we believe that everyone has gained some understanding of this console. Now, we present it in a textual format to provide a more detailed insight into its charging compatibility.
Charging Compatibility Test
Next, ChargerLAB will conduct a comprehensive test on the compatibility of the ROG Ally, evaluating its performance with a selection of more than 100 charging devices. These devices include ROG chargers, third-party chargers, power banks, and portable power stations, aiming to cover the majority of users' charging scenarios.
The ChargerLAB POWER-Z KM003C shows that the included 65W charger can deliver 19.73V 3.11A, equivalent to 61.42W of power to the ROG Ally. This exceeds the maximum charging power of the Steam Deck, which is around 40W.
Next, we'll examine the performance of the official ROG accessory, the ROG 65W Gaming Charger Dock. By the way, we've conducted a comprehensive charging review for this charger—stay tuned!
As for the performance, it can deliver 19.9V 3.07A, equivalent to 61.16W of power to the Ally. That's basically the same as the included charger.
For optimal results, this test exclusively uses the included 240W dual USB-C cable from the ROG 65W Gaming Charger Dock.
Our tester shows that the Anker 140W charger can deliver 19.45V 2.87A, equivalent to 55.9W of power to the ROG Ally.
The result is pretty much the same for the Apple 140W one, which is 57.76W.
Summarizing the compatibility test data from third-party chargers, it’s evident that chargers with a power output of 30W or above can trigger a voltage value of 20V.
Representing the charging power data in a bar graph illustrates that for lower-powered chargers, the maximum influencing factor is the charger's own highest PD output power limit. Additionally, third-party charger output can reach up to 60.98W, closely aligned with ROG chargers. Hence, third-party chargers supporting PD 65W or higher output can meet the charging needs of the ROG Ally.
Moving on to power bakns. Taking the Anker GaNPrime 140W power bank as an example. It can deliver 19.63V 2.88A, equivalent to 56.45W of power to the device.
Summarizing the test data to a table, it's observed that the handheld triggers voltage values of 12V and 20V. Paired with high-power PD fast-charging products, the charging power can reach around 57W.
Representing this data in a bar graph reveals that the ROG handheld's charging power is similar to third-party chargers. Due to the PD output power of power banks, the handheld’s charging power varies between 18W, 30W, 40W, and 60W levels, performing slightly inferior to third-party chargers. Additionally, the actual output power of Samsung 10000mAh and Anker GaNPrime 65W power banks is significantly lower than their rated values.
Summarizing the test data into a table, except for Xiaomi's model, all other power stations provide 20V voltage to the handheld, delivering around 57W of charging power.
The bar graph illustrates more prominently that the Xiaomi MIjia 1000W provides only 33W of power. This power might be acceptable if not gaming during charging. However, using the 25W turbo mode at this power can be quite challenging.
Summary of ChargerLAB
In summary, the ROG Ally has excellent maximum charging power among handheld PCs. Utilizing the commonly seen PD 65W charging protocol, its compatibility is generally good, with only a few products exhibiting lower power but not complete incompatibility. So, users can go out with it without the original charger, as a high-power charger can sufficiently do the job. In conclusion, the ROG Ally successfully passed the ChargerLAB Compatibility 100 Test. Below is the compatibility 100 test report issued by us.
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