Most people would just call it a ‘phone charger’ and while they’re effectively correct, it’s a fairly specific and feature rich phone charger! Let’s take a look at it…
The Belkin BOOST CHARGE PD 3.0 (PPS) Wall Charger is essentially a small white box that plugs into your regular household wall socket (I’m testing the 220-240v 50Hz two pin Australian wall socket version, as that’s where I am.) it’s a plastic moulded unit that is sturdy and compact! I’m so over those massively bulky wall transformer plug packs that take up all of the space in your wall outlet, and then (hello, gravity) pull themselves out of the socket at a moment’s notice! It weighs in at just 94.9gm – Yes I have coffee scales, yes I’m a coffee nerd.
Something of note in the photograph above, look at that beautifully chunky USB-C to Lightning cable (included) If you’ve read my other Belkin review here on DRN, you’ll know I love a good cable! It’s flexible enough but feels very sturdy.
There’s a shot of the Belkin BOOST CHARGE PD 3.0 in a regular dual socket outlet below, you can see that it, along with the other regular cable sit just fine side by side, with no wedging or jamming required. Never good when you have to wedge and jam!
The Belkin BOOST CHARGE PD 3.0 also fits well in your run of the mill power boards, this is my ‘utility cupboard’ and charging board for all sorts of random items, the Belkin easily at home betwixt. (Let’s hope I never need to use that fire extinguisher on this lot, eh!)
Down to the technical sounding letters that Belkin have included in the name! The Belkin BOOST CHARGE USB-C PD 3.0 (PPS) unit incorporates PPS which stands for ‘programmable power supply’ The easy to understand version of PPS is that with certain devices, the charger and the device being charged talk to each other and work out the optimal charging speed. (voltage) This is listed as functional with everything* after the Apple iPhone XR pretty much, and though it doesn’t list anything after the iPhone 13 Pro Max, I can tell you that it works flawlessly with my iPhone 14 Pro Max.
*Belkin do point out on the packaging that not all models will perform as well with PPS and that your results could vary, but my results of charging the iPhone 14 Pro Max from 10% back up to full are ….very quick! In both cases my battery charged to more than 60% from 10% in about 25 minutes – great if you’re headed out and you’ve forgotten to charge! (Yes, you could take a USB-Brick, but you could also just charge your phone)
PPS and PD work seamlessly together, PD (power delivery) is very basically about delivering ‘high power’ over compatible USB connections, but I think what most people really should take away from all of these abbreviations is that PPS makes for a more efficient power delivery, better efficiency = less heat and that (should) lead to better battery health over time. (If you’ve had to pay to have your iPhone’s battery replaced, you’ll know why this makes me smile)
The other block of text on the packaging that caught my eye was that Belkin would cover certain connected charging devices up to $2500 if something went horribly wrong, but when I popped across to the URL listed on the packaging, it didn’t exist – so I can’t tell you much more about that I’m afraid! Granted, this charger is from last year (or maybe even the year before?) so that program could be superseded.
In closing, “Fast charge your iPhone or iPad with a safe and powerful wall charger and USB-C cable with Lightning connector” was the first paragraph I read when I looked at the box this charger came in, and it does exactly that really well. My device doesn’t heat up, the plug in the wall doesn’t heat up, it’s well priced at $34.95 (Get it on Amazon).