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Spigen PowerArc ArcStation™ Pro Wall Charger: Review

Image via Spigen
Spigen PowerArc
Image via Spigen

Apple recently stopped providing power adapters with new iPhones. The reason? “Everyone has a drawer full of iPhone power adapters…” That might be true for some people; others need AC adapters. The Spigen PowerArc ArcStation Pro ($15.29, Amazon affiliate link) is a fast 20W adapter with features and pricing that make it a winner. Read on for a full review.

Spigen PowerArc Design

The PowerArc ArcStation Pro (which I’ll call the PowerArc from here on out) is a tiny adapter with foldable prongs. Weighing just 1.48 ounces (42 grams) and measuring 1.56 x 1.36 x 1.09 inches (39.5 x 34.5 x 27.7mm), the PowerArc charges quickly and efficiently.

The PowerArc uses GaN (Gallium Nitride) semiconductor technology to charge devices up to 3.1 times faster. This figure comes from comparison testing versus the stock 5W Apple adapter. GaN is more efficient than silicon converting AC power to the direct current needed for charging. As a result, GaN chargers run cooler and are smaller than traditional 20W chargers. You can read more about GaN semiconductor technology here.

Spigen PowerArc Compatibility

The PowerArc is compatible with just about all current Apple products except for the MacBooks, which require more power.

iPhone 12iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 11iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro MaxiPhone XiPhone XS
iPhone XRiPhone XS MaxiPhone SE 2020
iPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusAirPods
AirPods ProAirPods MaxiPad Pro (12.9-inch or 11-inch)
iPad Air 4th Generation
Spigen PowerArc compatibility table for Apple devices

Function

While it doesn’t have the capacity to charge a MacBook, the PowerArc fits in a pocket. As you can see, It’s more compact than the standard charger that comes with the iPad Pro:

Spigen PowerArc wall charger review
Spigen PowerArc (left) is much more compact than the standard Apple iPad Pro charger (right). Photo ©2021, Steven Sande

The PowerArc charged my 12.9-inch iPad Pro faster than the included charger! The light blue LED on the USB-C side of the charger helps to ensure it is plugged in correctly. The GaN technology provides current and voltage regulation, overcharge prevention, short circuit protection and temperature control all in one svelte package. I wish that Apple would adopt the Navitas GaN technology to reduce the size of its AC adapters for all products.

At a current (January 2021) Amazon price of $15.29, it’s 20% less expensive than the bigger and less efficient Apple 20W adapter.

Review overview

Price9
Size9.5
Weight9.5
Efficiency (compared to traditional technology)10

The Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Small
  • Efficient
  • LED indicator
  • Folding Prongs
  • IntelligentSafety
  • 2-Year Warranty

The Cons

  • No USB-C Cable

summary

9.5Less expensive, smaller, and more efficient than Apple's 20W USB-C Power Adapter, the Spigen PowerArc puts the Apple product to shame!

Steve Sande
the authorSteve Sande
Steve is the publisher and editor of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!