USB-C high power output (80-watt+) chargers, battery packs, and cables for Surface and other premium laptops

[updated 2019/11/12 with latest 100W PD power supplies and battery packs plus USB-IF certification numbers where available]

To follow-up from my previous Surface power supply article, I wanted to point out how easy it is to find USB-C chargers and battery packs lately. A search on Amazon returns more than 10,000 results. But if you have a premium laptop like the Surface Book 2 or MacBook Pro, you don’t want just any USB charger – you probably want the most capable charger that can supply 20 volts at 4+ amps (80-watts+) that meets or exceeds the OEM charger so you can be assured of the same performance. Here is a handy list of the most powerful readily available USB-C chargers and battery packs for premium laptops. We compare the travel weights, charge rates, and features of each power supply and battery pack so you can make an informed choice.

Skip ahead links:

What about Surface Go or the 12″ MacBook? Do I really need all that power?

For smaller laptops like the Surface Go or the entry-level MacBook 12″ there is no advantage in getting a high-power output charger or battery pack – 45-watt class chargers will max out the charge rate just fine. Similarly 30-45 watt output battery packs which output 15 volts will work fine.

We recommend against using 5-18 watt phone chargers on laptops – while some will trickle-charge your laptop overnight or while the system is idle, they will often have no effect while the laptop is switched on and actively being used.

What about Surface Pro 7, Pro X and Laptop 3?

60-watt class power supplies will max out the charge rate of these devices. We recommend against using 5w-18w class power supplies on these devices – most 18w-29w class power supplies will work fine although charge slowly.

Can I use a USB-C power supply or battery pack on older Surface devices without USB-C?

Yes. Please see the relevant Reddit discussion. There is a full featured Microsoft certified data+power adapter as well as 3rd-party power-only USB-C charging cables from several brands. Do note that the 3rd-party units may have issues such as those noted by Nathan K.

  • Microsoft HVU-00001 official power/data USB-C adapter
    • Intended for Enterprise deployments where universal USB-C docking stations are used across an multiple laptop brands such as HP, Dell, Apple, Surface, etc.
    • Passes power and data (DisplayPort alt-mode and USB 3.0) via 40-pin Surface connector
    • Works with Surface Pro 2017, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, and Surface Laptop 2 (does NOT work with other models)
    • Requires a USB-C PD 2.x/3.x capable charger or hub that delivers at least 27w (12v @ 2.25 amps, 15v @ 1.8 amps, or 20v @ 1.35 amps)
    • Max Surface charge rate is 39W (same as OEM 44w power supply)
    • Able to supply 5v @ 1.5 amps to USB-C connected devices
    • Terminates in USB-C receptacle
    • Available from several USA Enterprise resellers but not broadly available at retail

3rd-party power-only USB-C adapters

  • Work with Surface Pro 3 and later devices
  • Provides power via 12-pin Surface connector (no data connectivity)
  • Works with Surface Pro 3 and later devices
  • Max charge rate is 15V @ 2.58 amps (same as OEM 44w charger)
  • Does not implement Microsoft specification anti-arc circuit – any sparking may result in accelerated wear of the Surface Connect port over time. Recommend against “hot-plugging” these adapters
  • Not USB-IF compliant and may hold voltage high at inappropriate times
  • BETOP Surface USB-C charging dongle
    • Requires a USB-C PD 2.x/3.x capable charger that delivers 15v @ 1.9 amps+ or 12v @ 2.25 amps+
    • Terminates in USB-C receptacle for use with chargers that have a non-detachable cable
    • cable length: 25 cm
  • BETOP Surface USB-C charging cable
    • same features as BETOP charging dongle
    • Terminates in USB-C plug for use with chargers that have a detachable cable
    • cable length: 1.8m
  • HAOZTAO/Star Moon PD cable
    • Requires a USB-C PD 2.x/3.x capable charger that delivers 15v @ 1.9 amps+
    • Terminates in USB-C plug for use with chargers that have a detachable cable
    • cable length 1.5m
  • DYKB PD cable
    • Requires a USB-C PD 2.x/3.x capable charger that delivers 15v @ 1.9 amps+ or 12v @ 2.25 amps+
    • Terminates in USB-C receptacle for use with chargers that have a non-detachable cable
    • cable length: 15cm

Various re-brands of the aforementioned cables are available on AliExpress, eBay, and Amazon.

AC/Mains Wall chargers (80-100 watt class)

In this list we’ve collected technical details about various high-power USB-C chargers including USB-IF certification, PD mode 2.0 vs 3.0, maximum charge rates, travel weight, and whether AC/Mains and USB-C cable ends are detachable or not to help our customers and the broader Surface Community make an informed decision.

Few broadly available chargers support the maximum 100 watts power delivery (20V @ 5A) although many support ~80-90W. Laptops capable of receiving 100W via USB-C rarely do so and typically step down to lower charge rates quickly as battery temperatures rise. Most laptops will get similar charge speeds across the 80-100 watt class. For long term durability and performance, the exact wattage rating is less important than the quality of the charger. USB-IF certification provides good assurance of compatibility, reliability, and safety so the article focuses on those. Popular non-certified devices are listed as well for comparison since some are also high quality.

USB-IF Certified

Nekteck TC-AC-90W

  • USB-IF certified TID: 1200084
  • PD 2.0
  • 90 watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable
  • includes non-detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • black color
  • 0.5 pounds
  • available at Amazon

Insignia NS-PWLC908

  • USB-IF certified TID: 1100084
  • PD 3.0
  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable (very short cable according to reviews)
  • includes non-detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • black color
  • ~0.77 pounds
  • available at Best Buy and Amazon

Insignia NS-PAC90C

  • USB-IF certified TID: 1977
  • PD 3.0 with Optional PDO
  • 90 watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes detachable USB-IF certified 5A USB type-C charge cable
  • includes non-detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • black color
  • 1 pound (including cable)
  • Available at Best Buy

Nekteck TC-AC-PD-111W  / CE-Link PDS114-5UT01

  • USB-IF certified – TID: 268 / 194
  • PD 3.0
  • 87-watt output (20 volts @ 4.3 amps)
  • includes detachable USB-IF certified 5A USB type-C charge cable
  • includes non-detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one USB-C receptacle and four USB-A receptacles
  • black color
  • 1.32 pounds (including cable)
  • available at Amazon

Platinum PT-PAC90C2U

  • USB-IF certified – TID: 1892
  • PD 3.0
  • 87-watt output (20 volts @ 4.3 amps)
  • includes detachable USB-IF certified 5A USB type-C charge cable
  • includes non-detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one USB-C receptacle and two USB-A receptacles
  • black color
  • 1 pound (including cable)
  • Available at Best Buy

Energear/Fantany/MobileConn ATRODM85

  • USB-IF certified – TID: 1100019
  • PD 3.0
  • 85-watt output (20 volts @ 4.25 amps)
  • includes detachable USB type-C charge cable (6 feet)
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one USB-C receptacle
  • black or white color
  • ~0.5 pounds
  • Nathan K’s notes
  • available at Amazon

Not USB-IF certified

Many of these are high quality even if they are not certified but in general, I recommend certified units.

Anker Atom PD 4

  • PD 2.0
  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains cable
  • does not include USB-C cable
  • Two USB-C ports and 2 USB-A ports (2.4A)
  • white color
  • ~0.84 pounds
  • available at Amazon

Wacom ACK42714

  • PD 2.0
  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable integrated USB type-C charge cable
  • requires separate detachable three-prong AC/Mains cable
  • OEM replacement power supply for Wacom Mobile Studio Pro devices
  • black color
  • ~1.1 pounds (with AC/Mains cable)
  • available at Amazon

J-Go Tech 112 / Alsterplus 112

  • PD 3.0
  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5amps)
  • includes detachable USB-C cable
  • includes folding two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes international adapters (EU/UK/AU)
  • white color
  • 0.75 pounds
  • additional USB A port supports BC 1.2 protocol
  • Available at Amazon

Zendure SuperPort 4

  • PD 2.0
  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • does not include USB-C cable
  • Silver or Black color
  • 1.05 pounds
  • two USB-C ports and 2 USB-A ports (2.4A)
  • Available at Amazon

Better Line BLC100

  • PD 3.0 with PPS
  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • does not include USB-C cable
  • includes detachable 2-prong AC/Mains cable
  • white color
  • 0.75 pounds (with AC/Mains cable)
  • additional USB A ports support QC3.0 and BC 1.2 protocols
  • Available at Amazon

Apple MX0J2AM/A

  • PD 3.0
  • 96-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • requires separate detachable charge cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one type-C receptacle
  • white color
  • ~0.85 pounds (with USB-C cable)
  • available at Amazon, Apple, and other retailers
  • Notes: Supports 20V but not 15V and therefore is not fully PD compliant.

Dell LA90PM170

  • PD 2.0
  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable three-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • black color
  • ~0.92 pounds
  • available from Amazon, Dell, and other retailers

HP 90W USB-C Power Adapter

  • PD 2.0
  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable three-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • black color
  • ~1.3 pounds
  • available from HP retailers

BatPower P90B

  • PD 2.0
  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes detachable 5 amp PD USB-C cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • includes two USB A receptacles and one type-C receptacle
  • supports quick charge (QC 3.0) for cell phones/tablets
  • white or black color
  • ~0.57 pounds
  • available at Amazon

CYD 90W USB Type-C Laptop Charger

  • PD 2.0
  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable integrated USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable three-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • black color
  • ~0.88 pounds
  • available at Amazon

Kamera PD90Charger

  • PD 2.0
  • 90-watt output (20 volts @ 4.5 amps)
  • includes non-detachable integrated USB type-C charge cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power cable
  • includes one USB A receptacle
  • black color
  • ~0.59 pounds
  • available at Amazon

Apple MNF82LL/A

  • PD 2.0
  • 87-watt output (20 volts @ 4.3 amps)
  • requires separate detachable charge cable
  • includes detachable two-prong AC/Mains power plug
  • includes one type-C receptacle
  • white color
  • ~0.85 pounds (with USB-C cable)
  • available at Amazon, Apple, and other retailers
  • 3rd-party clones at various quality levels and price points are available from many Chinese brands
  • Notes: Supports 20V but not 15V and therefore is not fully PD compliant.

There are dozens of other brands that appear to be clones of the same designs but are not certified. If you are skeptical of the price point and durability of a new brand, contact the company and ask for their USB-IF certification number. If they are not certified, it may be better to go with an alternate brand.

Portable Battery Packs (60+ watt output)

Most portable laptop and tablet battery packs deliver 15-30 watts which means your premium laptop will take a long time to charge and may not deliver enough power to keep your machine running at full performance. Battery packs that deliver 60-watts or more (20 volts at 3 amps) are preferred. When evaluating the overall capacity of the battery pack to understand how long it will keep your device running on the road, compare the watt-hour rating of the laptop vs the battery pack.

  • Surface Book 2 15″ devices have two batteries totaling ~90 watt-hours
  • Surface Book 2 13.5″ Core i7 devices have ~75 watt-hours total
  • Surface Book 2 13.5″ Core i5 devices have ~69 watt-hours total
  • Surface Pro 2017/Pro 6/Surface Laptop ~45 watt-hours
  • Surface Go has ~26 watt-hours
  • MacBook Pro 15″ has 83.6 watt-hours
  • MacBook Pro 13″ has 54.5 – 58 watt-hours
  • MacBook 12″ has 41.4 watt-hours

Note that the capacity is in watt-hours (W-h) or milli-amp hours (mAH) which describes how much energy the battery pack can store. Because battery charging is not 100% efficient, some energy will be lost as heat if you attempt to charge your laptop battery with an external battery pack, so charging one battery with another may result in lower than expected runtime.

The charge rate is described in watts or volts * amps and is an indicator of how quickly you can charge your laptop. Below are a few of the the more robust battery packs suitable for Surface Book 2 and similar premium USB-C chargeable laptops. (For the Surface Go, you need not search for a 60+ watt output unit – 29-45 watts is fine.)

Note that very few of the listed battery packs are USB-IF certified. We’re not sure why.

80-100-watt output class

Sanho HyperJuice HJ307

  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • 100 watt-hour capacity (27,000 mAH @ 3.7 volts)
    • ~1.2 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.9 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.2 pounds
  • available on Amazon

Zendure SuperTank

  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • 100 watt-hour capacity (27,000 mAH @ 3.7 volts)
    • ~1.2 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.9 charges for 15″ SB2
  • Includes detachable USB-C to USB-C cable certified for 5-amp charging
  • available on Amazon

J-Go Tanker Xtreme

  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps)
  • 100 watt-hour capacity (27,000 mAh @ 3.7 volts)
    • ~1.2 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.9 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.4 pounds
  • Includes 2 USB-C receptacles (dual simultaneous outputs of 60W) and one USB A Quick Charge receptacle
  • Includes detachable USB-C to USB-C cable certified for 5-amp charging
  • Optional AC/Mains 87 Watt USB-C power brick
  • available on Amazon

Omnicharge Omni20c+ USB-C

  • 100-watt output (20 volts @ 5 amps max when single USB output in use)
  • 72 watt-hour capacity (20,100 mAh @ 3.6 volts)
    • ~0.85 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.7 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.1 pounds
  • includes 2 USB A outputs and 2 USB type-C outputs
  • includes charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black color
  • available via Amazon

LifePowr A3

  • 87-watt output (20 volts @ 4.3 amps)
  • 99 watt-hour capacity (27,000 mAh @ 3.67 volts)
    • ~1.2 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.9 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.8 pounds
  • includes 2 USB A outputs
  • includes AC/Mains inverter output up to 120VAC 60Hz @ 120W
  • includes 45w or 65w AC/Mains charger
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes charge cable
  • grey color
  • available on Amazon

60-watt output class

J-Go Tech Tanker Elite

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 77 watt-hour capacity (20,800 mAh @ 3.7 volts)
    • ~0.9 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.7 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.3 pounds
  • Includes 2 USB A receptacle, one USB-C receptacle, and one micro-USB receptacle
  • Optional AC/Mains 87 Watt USB-C power brick
  • Includes detachable USB-C to USB-C cable certified for 5-amp charging
  • available on Amazon

Dell PW7018LC Notebook Power Bank

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 65 watt-hour capacity (~18,000 mAh @ 3.6 volts)
    • ~0.75 charges for SurfaceBook 2 13.5″ Core i5
    • ~0.6 charges for SurfaceBook 15″
  • 1.1 pounds
  • includes 1 USB A port suitable for data+quick-charging, 1 USB-C port, and one barrel receptacle to charge the battery pack
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black color
  • available at Amazon and other Dell retailers

BatPower P26B / PoderCamino P2680

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 98 watt-hour capacity (26,800 mAh @ 3.66 volts)
    • ~1.2 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~0.9 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.25 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes type-C charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon

BatPower P40B

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 148 watt-hour capacity (40,000 mAh @ 3.7 volts)
    • ~1.75 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~1.3 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.25 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon
  • permitted for air travel with airline permission

BatPower P60B

  • 65-watt output (20 volts @ 3.25 amps)
  • 210 watt-hour capacity (56,000 mAh @ 3.75 volts)
    • ~2.6 charges for 13.5″ SB2 Core i5
    • ~1.95 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 1.56 pounds
  • includes 4 USB A outputs
  • supports QC 3.0 for cellphones/tablets
  • includes charge cable
  • AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack is NOT included
  • black or white color
  • available at Amazon
  • likely prohibited for air travel

Romeo Power Saber with 120VAC inverter

  • 60-watt output (20 volts @ 3 amps)
  • 86 watt-hour capacity (24,000 mAh @ 3.6 volts)
    • ~1.1 charge for 13.5″ SB2
    • ~0.75 charges for 15″ SB2
  • 2.2 pounds
  • includes 2 USB A outputs and USB-C output
  • includes AC/Mains inverter output up to 120VAC 60Hz @ 90W
  • includes AC/Mains power supply to charge the battery pack
  • blue or black color
  • available at Amazon

100-watt 5-amp USB-C PD certified cables

By default, USB-C cables only support up to 3 amps for 60 watts maximum power delivery. Premium 100-watt certified cables have thicker wires and internal electronics that enable safe, reliable, and fast charging at up to 20v @ 5 amps. This is the one exception where you probably don’t want to mess around with off-brand cables. Get a name brand USB power delivery cable if you are working with >60 watts power delivery. Some of the cheaper USB-C charging cables do not offer full USB-C Gen 3.1 or Gen 3.2 data syncing capabilities and are intended for power/charging only. If you need high speed data syncing, make sure to check the specifications closely.

100W USB-IF certified charging cables with high-speed data:

100W USB-IF certified charging with USB 2.0 data capability:

USB-C power delivery metering hardware and software

If you have doubts about the capabilities of a laptop or charger, a PD compliant hardware power meter can be helpful in diagnosing issues:

Notes

Further reading


Please let me know of additional AC/Mains USB-IF certified chargers that supply 80+ watts or portable battery packs that supply 60+ watts and I’ll add them to the list.

29 Comments

  1. Hey man,

    Just wanted to say, well done on this list! I’ve been researching Type-C power banks and chargers, and like you would have noted, it’s hard to find quality stuff that is rated for 60W plus.

    The Wacom charger in particular is quite interesting.

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    1. Avoid Apple USB-C stuff. Their chargers are non-compliant.

      For a start, they lack the 15V alt-mode required for compliance. It is the superset rule. A larger wattage charger must do everything a lower wattage charger will. That means if it has 20V then the 15V mode must be presence. The exception is with the 12V mode, which is optional.

      I would advise the author to put a note on the Apple stuff.

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      1. Interesting, I will have to research this further. Have you got logs showing the negotiation? I suspect many chargers are not fully compliant since they share the same basic design.

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  2. Love your list! I’ve been looking around for =>60W battery and power supplies… I too have the SB2 15″ and looking for alternative power supply.
    Can you update your article to include this 60W charger: http://www.myinnergie.com/sg/product/136?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8obGj8qg3QIV2IWPCh0_vAZNEAEYASAAEgLeIvD_BwE I ordered it during Kickstart and is very happy with it, charging my own SB2 15″, Lenovo L380 (work laptop) and Samsung Note8 and Note 9. It is quite small and easily portable.

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      1. It gets hot at full power, about as hot as a Surface Book 13.5″ standard charger gets at full power… and it is smaller. I would expect that even at twice the volume for100W, the surface area only increased incrementally, so it would be hotter. that said the 60W charger is more than enough for most use cases. The only fully 100W-compliant charger that I’ve found is the Wacom’s https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Power-Adapter-USB-C-ACK42714/dp/B074HDZ3QP

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  3. Hi Dan, great info on your blog, thanks a lot! I bought the Apple 87W wall charger with the Apple usb-c charge cable to charge my Surface Book 2 15″. Charging works, however, when I connect the cable, I get an error. In the device manager it says: Unknown USB Device (Port Reset Failed). In the details the error code is Code 43. I haven’t succeeded yet in solving this problem. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Dan, I made no progress with the issue with the Apple 87W wall charger and the Apple usb-c charge cable.
      I still have this error in device manager: Unknown USB Device (Port Reset Failed).
      In the details the error code is Code 43. Would you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  4. A couple of the battery packs listed state that they include a AC charger. But the websites and reviews state otherwise. The Dell PW7018LC and the Omni 20 USB C. Is there a version that you know of that does?

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  5. I’ve started looking for a power supply with dual USB C output so I can charge my USB C phone at the same time as one of my Surface Pro 2017 (with one of the USB C to Surface Connect cables) and my work Dell Latitude 7480 (I don’t think I’ll find something to charge both together, as the latter needs 65W), and don’t need to carry multiple chargers.

    The HyperJuice seems like a good candidate, as it can split 87W total power between its two USB C ports and one USB A QC3.0 port:
    https://www.hypershop.com/products/hyperjuice-87w-dual-usb-c-charger-with-qc-3-0-usb-a

    I’d be interested in your opinion on it before I make the plunge.

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      1. An update on the Hyperjuice; I don’t use it very frequently (it’s my backup from my Surface Pro when I’m away from my work and home docks), but it seems to do the job well. I’ve even had it charging my Surface Pro and my Dell Latitude at the same time (tbc at what rate, but they both charge).

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  6. The Dell Ultrasharp 38″ Monitor (U3818DW) can supply up to 95W of power – great if you want to have a one cable plug and done docking solution at work.

    Dell are pretty hopeless with most of their monitors and specifying the power deliver specifications though – not all monitors with USB-C have power delivery (and not all monitors with power delivery can deliver 80W+). I had to find this information out from a third party website.

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