Ugreen 65W DigiNest Cube Review: Compact convenient charging station

On the modern working table, you probably have several devices, such as laptop, smartphone, true wireless earbuds and power bank, that you need to charge at the same time. While those charging stations with multiple USB-A and USB-C ports are great, there are times you need an AC outlet (or two) to plug in another appliance. This is where the Ugreen 65W DigiNest Cube comes in.

The DigiNest Cube (L) compared to Apple 96W USB-C power adapter. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

As its name implies, this 7-in-1 charging station comes in the form of a sleek cube. On its front, it has two USB-A Quick Charge (QC) ports and two USB-C power delivery (PD) ports. You can find a three-plug AC outlet on its top, left and right sides. At back of the cube, there is a power switch for you to turn on and off the charging station.

  • Price: $99.90, get it at Lazada, Shopee and Challenger
  • Ports: 2 x USB-A QC, 2 x USB-C PD, 3 x AC outlet
  • Weight: 607g
Sleek and compact designNot exactly cheap
Small footprint save table top spaceUndetachable power cord
Two USB-C and two USB-C charging ports
Three AC outlets
Rear power switch offers convenience

In other words, the DigiNest Cube has four USB ports to charge your smart devices and three AC outlets to plug in your electrical appliances. And thanks to its GaN (gallium nitride) technology, it comes in a nice compact size measuring 8cm x 8cm x 8cm and weighing 607g. As such, it will not take up much of your valuable table top space.

The DigiNest Cube measures 8cm by 8cm by 8cm. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

Its 1.8m power cord should be long enough for you to plug it into your wall AC outlet and extend the charging capabilities onto your desk. On a wee bit of down side, this power cord is fixed and not detachable. If it is detachable, I could have used one of the existing power cords I have on my table to plug it into the DigiNest Cube.

Its rather long 1.8 power cord ensures you can easily reach the wall outlet wherever your table is. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

However, unlike many power strips, this charging station has a power switch. This offers convenience, as you do not need to reach to the wall AC outlet to switch it off. This convenience makes it more likely for you to switch it off than leaving it on all the time, making it a potential hazard.

That said, the DigiNest Cube is said to come with protection against short circuit, over-voltage, over-current and overheating. So, you can have a peace of mind when charging your devices.

A power switch at its rear means you do not need to reach out to a wall AC outlet. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The DigiNest Cube offers up to 65W PD using one USB-C port or 18W charging using one USB-A port. If you are using two USB-C ports simultaneously, it will be one 45W PD and one 20W PD. If you are using one USB-C and USB-A port at the same time, it will be 45W PD (via USB-C) and 18W QC (via USB-A).

In the event you are using two USB-C ports and one USB-A port, the charging will be at 20W PD for both USB-C ports and 18W QC with the one USB-A port. If you are using all four ports, you get only a 30W PD and a 20W PD via the USB-C ports and 5V3A charging via the USB-A ports.

In my tests, I found it charged an iPad mini (2021) from 68% to 92% in 35 minutes using one USB-C port. while my iPhone 13 Pro Max went from 75% to 100% in 15 minutes. Mileage might vary depending on your use. But it is certainly one convenient charging cube to have.

VERDICT: With a price tag of S$99.90 (street price can go down to S$79.90), it is not exactly cheap compared to normal power strips. However, there are not many power strips or charging stations, like the Ugreen 65W DigiNest Cube, which is able to offer four USB charging ports and three AC outlets in such a sleek and compact form.