What is the differences for different power adapter in prices?

Customers or consumers often respond that why is the price of the power adapter with the same rated power so different on the market? Some even double or double? Once upon a time, the slogan of 1 watt 1 yuan rang all over the power supply industry, but today, many 36W power adapters are priced below 20 yuan, so should it really be changed to 1 watt and 5 cents? Looking at the high-end power adapter products in the same industry from another angle, although the price is also falling all the way, it is also close to the level of 1 watt and 1 yuan. Is the power adapter industry really swallowed up by the price war? Then there is a high price difference in the product. It is how it happened? Let’s take a look at the difference in the price of the power adapter.

Generally speaking, a power adapter is composed of a large number of electronic components, and due to potential electrical hazards, the power adapter is a closed product that does not allow opening the shell. This has led many users to measure only by the wattage indicated on the nameplate of the power adapter and the most intuitive price. The power adapter, the interior of this seemingly simple “plastic box” is far less simple than we think. Only the material used can affect 70% of the quality of a power adapter, and the circuit design, production process and other factors also occupy a lot of proportion. In addition to the rated power, its stability is the most intuitive factor affecting the user experience, and security issues cannot be ignored.

You get what you get for every penny. This is the philosophy of many people buying products. In layman’s terms, the materials used for the internal electronic components of the power adapter are roughly divided into three types, the lowest level is the old material or the fake material; the middle level is the inferior material; the highest level is the good material. Generally, copycat manufacturers will use old materials and fake materials to make up the number, and brand-name manufacturers will use better and inferior materials, and only first-tier brands will use the best quality real materials and good materials. Therefore, the two 36W power adapters of the same level, the products with an average price of 30 yuan are better than those cheap ones that are only 15 yuan.

Therefore, it is the most vivid to describe the power adapter with the concept of “you get what you pay for”. Although the price difference of a single electronic component is not very obvious, for a power adapter that uses dozens of components, the price difference in the quality of materials is more obvious. It is not difficult to explain why the price of some power adapters of the same level of big manufacturers is higher than that of Shanzhai products.

For the power adapter, from the initial design to the packaging and sales, it is necessary to have a complete set of research and development, production and testing procedures. In order to ensure that the power adapter products that consumers finally get have stable performance and excellent quality, any link in the whole process is very important, and these are the details that our consumers tend to ignore when choosing a power adapter.

Normally, after a power adapter is made, in order to check whether it meets the original design standards, it will go through multiple links such as aging test, electrical performance test, high-voltage test and low-voltage test. And these test equipment and security environment are also part of the manufacturers that need to invest heavily. At present, the high standard conditions of man, machine, environment and safety can only be achieved by some regular and powerful power adapter manufacturers.

For consumers, the most important thing is the final price. However, for the domestic power supply market, which is currently very homogenized, the price difference between two power adapters with the same wattage may be as high as 50% or more. When we choose a power adapter, we can’t just use the standard of “how much per watt” to measure. It is also necessary to comprehensively consider the brand, materials, workmanship, after-sales, safety and other aspects of the power adapter. Only in this way can we choose the power adapter suitable for us in the market where various false standards and shoddy charging are common.

This is the difference in price between a power adapter that cuts corners and a real power adapter.

Post time: Sep-05-2022