USB-C is well on its way to becoming the standard in USB connectivity for smartphones. Companies like Samsung, Huawei, Essential, and Google have all started using it and more will follow. The Ventev Chargestand 3000c is a USB-C travel charger and stand designed to be easy to throw in a bag or purse. This little charging device could be the perfect companion for those on the go with USB-C type phones. Read on for our full review of the Ventev Chargestand 3000c for USB-C type devices.
The Ventev Chargestand 3000c has the following features and specifications:
- View your device in portrait or landscape orientation with a removable docking mechanism
- Sync your device while attached t a computer via included ChargeSync flat Micro USB cable
- Works with most cases
- Bypass compatibility with Qualcomm Quick Charge
- 3,000mAh capacity
What’s In The Box
- Ventev Chargestand 3000c
- MicroUSB to USB-A charging cable
- Documentation and Instructions
The Chargestand 3000c design is fairly nondescript. It’s built well using good materials but isn’t anything amazing to look at. You have four LED lights on the front that show your battery level. The MicroUSB port is on the back for charging the 3000c along with the button that starts the charging process for the device you have plugged in.
The USB-C cable is a nice braided cable a very nice touch. The top of the 3000c flips open revealing the USB-C connector. You can place your phone here as is in portrait mode, or you can pull the connector out (gently) to charge in landscape or just on the table. There are instructions printed here letting you know how to properly take the cable out.
“With connector tip vertical, gently push backward to unlatch from the base.”
This takes some practice to get done right and is slightly difficult. Not to mention, I was nervous I would break the USB-C tip while pulling and pushing on it. There is a reason Ventev says you should do this gently. I think a pull up to unlock push down to lock in place design may have been better in this situation
When you have the top flipped open you can use it as a stand in portrait mode or take the cable out and use it in landscape mode. I wish the stand portion angled back a bit more, I felt it was too straight for my liking and was worried the phone might fall forward.
Overall, it’s not a design award winner but it is a solid build with good materials. I do also think the removal process for the USB-C cable could have been better but it’s doable the way it is.
Tested on the Samsung Galaxy S8+, the Ventev Chargestand 3000c performed as expected and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge. You should be able to get a full charge and a bit more from this battery on the S8+. That will vary depending on the battery size of your phone, too bad they couldn’t make this 4,000mAh or 4,500mAh’s. Overall, there are no complaints in performance other than 4,000+ mAh hours would have been better.
Priced at $49.99USD the Ventev Chargestand 3000c may not be for everyone. There are other less pricey options that may not have integrated cables or stands, but that’s what sets this apart. That’s also where the value will be for some.
If you like the integrated USB-C cable and ability to use this as a stand then the Ventev Chargestand 3000c may be for you. If you’re just looking for a battery bank you may be better served to find a cheaper and larger external battery. Ventev also has their Powercell 5000 or Powercell 6000 both are priced lower and have higher capacities. Of course, you’ll need your own cable and it doesn’t double a stand.