Yep I had no "dings" and tried all four ports with multiple charges. Even used the new charger on another computer and it worked on that one.No light but the system "dings" when you plug it in. It can be charged via any of the 4 usb ports.
I miss MagSafe!I still miss the light on the MagSafe connector! That was handy to see the orange light turn green..... That said, it IS convenient to be able to plug in the charging cable to any of the four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. One thing I'm looking forward to with the upcoming new version of MacOS is the return of the familiar "chime" when one boots up the machine! I've missed that, too.
I'm sorry you had such bad luck with the new 16" MBP, Todd, and I hope that the replacement works out just fine for you!
I'm slowly getting used to the new setup, and being able to plug power in on either side is a huge plus. What I do miss is the headphone jack towards the front on the unit—being a the back cuts out a good 8-9".Because prior to buying the 2018 MBP I already had the 2017 12" MacBook, I had some time to get used to the new USB-C port and the different charging setup -- as time went on I learned what would be useful for accessories and adapters and what wasn't necessary. Even so, it is a different experience when one is so accustomed to the Magsafe and its handy indicator light!