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26 February 2016

BULLET REVIEW: New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger

by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.

New Trent once again provided me with an opportunity to review a new product; the Arcadia dual port AC charger. When I received an email that the product was available for review, I must admit, my decision to review the charger was a bit selfish. I could sure use a free wall wart for the brand new nVidia Shield K1 Tablet I received over the holidays.

nVidia does not include a charger as a cost savings measure. An extra charger to throw in my travel bag would be just the ticket. Let’s see if this charger punches that ticket. Here’s my bullet review:

Charger ready to open


The New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger has the following strengths:


The New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger has the following negatives:


The New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger is a solid single port charger; however, with the increasing number of devices that require 2.4 amp charge ports, I wish I could charge two large devices at the same time. I own a Photive 60 watt 6 port USB charger that will charge 6 large devices (including a Macbook). It just would make more sense if the Arcadia could charge two large devices.

As is, the charger works well with my nVidia Tablet as long as it is the only device I need to charge at a time. Not entirely sure I can recommend this one. If you have a need to charge two smaller devices, then this might fit the bill at $13.00, but the one large device limitation puts it on my “I’m not sure I would buy one” list.


Below are images of the New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger. Comments are below each image.

Back of box The back of the charger box. Typical New Trent box quality. Accurately describes what you are getting.

Opening box Opening the box to see what’s inside.

Contents Inside we get warranty card and the charger protected by a piece of molded plastic. No case and no instructions. You should be able to figure out how to use it.

Removal Time to free the charger from it’s protective shell.

Protective wrap Like most gadgets, the device comes in protective wrap that you must peel off.

Prong down Fold the charger outlet prongs into the unit for easy and compact storage.

Prongs up Prongs are up and ready for a charge.

Unit The charger comes with two USB ports. One for a tablet or large smartphone (2.4 amps) and one for a small smartphone (1 amp).