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Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid review: Confident combo charger

A charger for all seasons and all regions.

Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid wall charger
Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid
4 out of 5 stars
4
Price
From $119
Max wattage
25W
Powerbank capacity
5000mAh
Fergus Halliday
Feb 21, 2024
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Quick verdict: Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid

Whether you're looking to rely on it as your go-to charger or an on-the-go one, the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid lets you carry one less piece of tech around with you. That dead-simple pitch isn't without its caveats, but there's plenty to like about it.

pro
Pros
pro Three-in-one design
pro Travel adapters
pro Minimalist looks
con
Cons
con Relatively heavy
con Relatively expensive
con Relatively small charging capacity

*Officially, Belkin is marketing this product as the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid Wall Charger 25W + Power Bank 5K. For the sake of clarity, we will be referring to it as Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid for this review.

It's not all that often that an accessory like a power bank or USB-C charger is compelling enough to hold its own as a headline act. More often than not, there's not much to say. If there is, it's usually not good news. Whenever that's not the case, it's usually because the specs do most of the talking.

The Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid is the exception to that rule of thumb. For most people, the only thing worth talking about here is the fact that this travel-friendly fast charger doubles as a power bank.

How much does the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid cost in Australia?

Starts at $119
Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid sitting on table

The price tag for the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid starts at $119.95 in Australia. That's far from cheap, but the accessory does come with a quartet of power socket attachments and a 1 meter long USB-C cable in the box.

For a sense of how much the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid costs from various retailers, check out the table below.

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Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid: Design and features

Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid sitting on table

As far as wall-chargers go, the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid doesn't break the mold when it comes to looks. It arrives wrapped in a matte-black finish that's both familiar and inoffensive.

The unit itself is relatively slim and made from 72% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. It features a total of two ports that can be used for charging. One of those is an old-school USB type-A input. The other is a more modern USB-C one. Sitting above the former is a chunky power button. Nestled next to the latter is a set of LED lights that indicate how much charge remains.

As mentioned above, the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid's main claim to fame is that it plays double duty. Depending on the situation, you can use it as either a power bank or a wall charger. If you stick it into a wall socket, It'll charge compatible devices with up to 25W fast-charging. If you're on the go, you can just hit the power button and use it as its own standalone power source.

The only other big selling point here is that the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid comes with four interchangeable power plugs that can be swapped between as needed.

Out of the box, you've got everything you need to charge your devices in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. Changing things up is as simple as holding down the release toggle, removing the old plug and then popping the new one into place. This process takes no more than a few seconds and ends with a satisfying click.

Although the simplicity is a big part of the appeal for this particular product, it's not that hard to start splitting hairs and asking for more. It'd be nice if there was a second USB-C port in the mix. It'd be even nicer if the hardware here supported the faster wired charging that modern smartphones and laptops are capable of.

Still, in terms of meeting the brief, Belkin has done a great job in blending what used to be three different product experiences (fast-charging, power-banks and travel chargers) into one easy-to-use piece of gear without going overboard or trying to reinvent the wheel where it's not needed.

Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid: Performance

Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid sitting on table

The design of the BoostCharge Hybrid is eminently likable, the results rarely feel like much to write home about given the price. 25W is plenty fast for a phone or tablet, but less well suited for a laptop and MacBook. Given what you're paying here, it's hard not to wish it supported faster speeds like 45W.

To Belkin's credit though, the BoostCharge Hybrid does integrate a Programmable Power Supply, which modifies the voltage and current going to your device to better match the size of the battery inside it. This optimisation promises lengthen the battery life of a compatible device over the long run, which is hard to test but nevertheless neat.

While the 3-in-1 utility of the BoostCharge Hybrid wall charger is well-realized, it's as subject to the negative aspects of being a jack-of-all-trades as it is the positive ones. It's fairly heavy for a travel charger and, with 5000mAh to its name, it's not all that big for a power bank. If you run a laptop off this thing, you'll run out of juice fairly fast.

Realistically, the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid is not going to be something you charge up and rely on for a week at a time. In most cases, it's just going to be something that gives you a little more room to breath and peace of mind when you need it most.

Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid wall charger: Is it worth the money?

A confident combo charger

Belkin's BoostCharge Hybrid is a clever 3-in-1 accessory that combines fast-charging, travel adapters and a built-in powerbank. It's not going to out-perform the best in any of these categories, but if you fancy the idea of carrying less gear around with you then there's a lot to like about it.

That extra utility does come at a price though. $119 is more than the cost of buying a travel adapter, charger and power bank separately in some cases and a lot to spend on any individual accessory in any one.

When it comes to tech accessories, it's very easy to get away with spending less. However, if you don't mind spending more then the extra flexibility that comes with Belkin's latest move towards product consolidation is definitely going to be worth the investment.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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