Deal | Baseus 65 W GaN charger is a jack-of-all trades extension cord with both USB-A and USB-C ports for $50 USD
Baseus is now running a sale on its GaN power strip for $9 USD off the original launch price of $59. Unlike most traditional power strips, the smaller Baseus strip offers just two power outlets but with two USB-A ports and two USB-C ports.
The manufacturer sent us a sample for our impressions and we're impressed by both the small size and overall build quality of the unit. Its 1.65 meter cord is thick while the main housing is firm and unyielding from all sides. We especially appreciate how the LED on the unit is a dimmer blue instead of the BRIGHT blinding green on most other consumer electronics. Thus, the light is easier on the eyes at night especially when trying to sleep.
The collective total output of all four USB ports is 65 W while the two standard power outlets can handle a total of 1250 W. The individual power output is different between the USB ports as printed on the side of the unit. Users will want to utilize one of the two USB-C ports for the full 65 W charging as the USB-A ports can only output a maximum of 15 W each.
It's worth keeping in mind that since the maximum USB output of 65 W is shared between all USB ports, utilizing two ports simultaneously will impact the performance of the other. For example, a laptop charging via USB-C will receive the full 65 W throughout if the model supports it. However, if simultaneously charging a phone via the second USB-C port on the power strip, then the laptop will charge more slowly at just 45 W. It's too bad that the Baseus couldn't up the power ceiling from 65 W to 100 W, but we suspect that 65 W will be sufficient for most users regardless.