Tom's Teardown: SilverStone UC01 USB Power Adapter

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Daniel Sauvageau

Daniel Sauvageau is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He’s known for his feature tear-downs of components and peripherals.

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  • richardvday
    Well if you cant recommend this one is there something similar you CAN recommend ?
    btw these are interesting even if I don't understand some of your technical jargon I can get the gist of it.
  • Daniel Sauvageau
    Anonymous said:
    Well if you cant recommend this one is there something similar you CAN recommend ?

    If/when I find one, you'll read about it here. Currently, I'm still looking... and using my UC01, just being more cautious about shorting it out.
  • Daniel Sauvageau
    BTW, for the readers who asked how they may be able to contribute but may not want to deal with the logistics of having stuff shipped to me, here is an alternate idea: how about a wish list http://a.co/2aTBUHy ? Order stuff and let Amazon sort the rest out. Let me know if that's something of interest to you and would like me to add stuff to it.
  • spatch359
    This looks very similar to the Anker brand of chargers. Is the SilverStone just a rebrand?
  • Daniel Sauvageau
    Anonymous said:
    This looks very similar to the Anker brand of chargers. Is the SilverStone just a rebrand?

    Since the internals appear to be a CWT job, it is practically certain that CWT makes variants of it (if not the exact same just with different silkscreening and housing colors) for other vendors.
  • digitalgriffin
    What about these. I see these USB Chargers ALL over Amazon under various brand names

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HJC85D/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  • Daniel Sauvageau
    Anonymous said:
    What about these. I see these USB Chargers ALL over Amazon under various brand names

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HJC85D/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I have something similar to that in my pile which I bought on Black Friday last year, though mine uses an external 19V AC adapter. Guess I'll do that one next - I was already thinking about it before reading your post.
  • nings
    Have you tested this device : https://www.iremax.com/collections/wall-chargers/products/usb-charger-5-ports-youth-series-ru-u1 ?

    And there is a guide to follow for found probe location on the PCB for take the same graphic ?
  • Daniel Sauvageau
    Anonymous said:
    Have you tested this device ?

    There are thousands of adapters out there and more are coming out all the time, one lifetime isn't enough to test a significant portion of all of them. At least not until I put together a fully automated test setup.

    As for where to probe, I get my noise measurements from a separate wire pair directly at the USB connector so the amplitude doesn't get reduced by load current and wiring losses.
  • Daniel Sauvageau
    Roger, whoever you are on forums if you even have a forum account, thanks for the 18W/40W Anker and Aukey adapters!

    @nings: I ran into some silly issues with testing my 10-ports charging station, currently weighing my options. I may end up postponing that project until I get some extra equipment to deal with it.
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