Baseus GaN Powerful Portable 120W Charger Review (PD USB-A / USB-C) for Laptops and Gadgets 2022 on Sale
Here is a review of the first high-power PD-capable charger with real 120W output that I came across for testing. Baseus GaN — useful for recharging laptops and tablets, works with most smartphones. Such a device is useful for gadgets with PowerDelivery support, there are three independent power channels (three different power supplies, each separately sets the voltage on demand). One adapter will replace many different ones for powering smartphones, laptops and tablets. As for the GaN abbreviation in the name, it means that the device uses modern semiconductor materials that provide reasonable power in a compact form factor.
So, a review on a very interesting charger for gadgets, which is notable for three powerful independent outputs at once, with a total power of 120 watts. In general, there are a number of similar powerful chargers with full PowerDelivery support, including battery-operated ones .
Brand: Baseus 120 W
Type: compact GaN wall charger
Power: 120 W (30 + 30 + 60 W)
Number of outputs: three outputs (USB-A 30W, USB-C1 30W, USB-C2 60W)
Supply voltages : 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V
Supported standards and protocols: PD3.0, QC4.0, QC3.0, SCP, FCP, AFC
Types of built-in protective circuits: OVP (overvoltage protection), EP (electrostatic protection) , OCP (over current protection), SCP (short circuit protection), OPP (over power protection), OTP (over temperature protection)
Declared power outputs:
Total output Type-C1 + Type-C2 + USB-A current: 60 W + 30 W + 30 W.
Output Type-C1 60W 5V / 3A, 9V / 3A, 12V / 3A, 15V / 3A, 20V / 3A.
Type-C2 output 30W 5V / 3A, 9V / 3A, 12V / 2.5A, 15V / 2A, 20V / 1.5A.
USB-A 30W output: 4.5V / 5A, 5V / 4.5A, 5V / 3A, 9V / 3A, 12V / 2.5A, 20V / 1.5A.
The packaging is branded, minimalistic: a photo of the adapter, the Baseus logo on a yellow background and the type of device.
The package includes: Baseus CCGAN120E AC charger, Baseus USB-C to USB-C cable, soft case for storage and carrying, and a quick start guide.
The appearance of the Baseus AC adapter is a medium-sized power supply with built-in EU plug, fits most outlets.
The USB sockets are covered with a sticker indicating the type of connectors for connection and with a power mark. Remove the sticker.
The user manual details the parameters of each output.
The set included a soft case for storing and carrying / transporting the device.
The quality is decent, there is a soft lining inside, there are drawstrings.
The bag holds not only the charger itself, but also the complete power cable. There is room for your cables too.
It is convenient to take such a bag on the road — on a trip, on a train ride, etc.
Yes, the bundle includes a good quality 60W Baseus cable.
The cable is one meter long, tied with a branded Velcro.
From both ends of the USB Type-C, such a cable is suitable not only for powering modern gadgets (Samsung, Xiaomi smartphones), but also for recharging laptops.
External view of the Baseus GaN 120W charger.
Three connectors are located side by side, marked: Type-C1, Type-C2, USB. They differ not only in the form factor (USB Type-C and USB Type-A), but also in the permissible power per channel: the most powerful is Type-C1. which provides up to 60W output.
The Euro plug is suitable for power extension cords with a 45 degree rotation of the outlet. In this case, a narrow adapter will simply not interfere with the connection of neighboring consumers.
The Baseus logo is modestly located in the corner of the case.
On the lower part there is a detailed description of the modes (applied by a laser installation).
The supplied cable connects to one of the USB-C connectors, to work with USB-A you need to have your own cable, or view a.
For comparison I put the “junior” model of charging
The Baseus GaN 65 W adapter is slightly more compact, also has three outputs (USB, Type C x2). Well, it costs a little less. Suitable for those cases when you do not need to charge several powerful devices at once (up to 65 W in total — this is decent).
Let’s move on to checking Baseus GaN.
As a power strip I use a good, which has been “working” for the third year on such “tests” as a desktop power strip / surge protector . The sockets are rotated to allow multiple devices to be connected at the same time.
The test stand will look like this: this is an electronic load that will have to provide the required consumption, as well as a USB tester that will display the status of the work. Additionally, I use powerful USB-A and USB-C cables and PD2.0 / QC3.0 protocol triggers .
First, I check the USB-A output, which is marked as one of the “weak”: up to 30 watts.
The following power modes for USB-A are declared: 5V / 3A, 9V / 3A, 12V / 2.5A, 20V / 1.5A.
I connect the load, tester, set the starting current. The screen displays 5V and 2A for a total of 10 watts. This value is enough to charge 99% of tablets and smartphones. In this mode, Baseus charging does not heat up, it can work for a long time without switching off.
Next, I check the nominal declared modes. These are 3 Amperes for 5V and 9V, as well as 12V / 2.5A and 20V / 1.5 A. As I understand it, the “safety margin” of the charging is large and you can even load one output more strongly with the rest free.
Next, I turn to testing USB Type-C outputs. To connect, you can use either the cable from the Baseus USB-C kit, or take a tester with the required type of connector such as RD TC66 or FNC88 .
I settled on the option with a cable, because the FNB38 USB tester used has a USB Type-C input .
So, for the Type-C2 output, the following power parameters are declared: 5V / 3A, 9V / 3A, 12V / 2.5A, 15V / 2A, 20V / 1.5A. The maximum is the same 30 watts.
The Type-C2 output fulfills the declared parameters, even gives a little more (35 W in the last photo). True, so far without checking the power supply mode of 20 volts.
Further more difficult. If the power / current is exceeded, the protection is triggered on the tester. I turn to a more powerful electronic load such as DL24 / P , it just knows how to work with powers of more than 100 W.
I check the last mode for the Type-C2 output, this is 20V and 1.5 A.
As you can see, the Baseus PSU copes well with this load.
We carry out a similar test for the Type-C1 output, only with an increased consumption current. Similar power parameters are declared: 5V / 3A, 9V / 3A, 12V / 3A. Note that the output current is increased for “laptop” operating modes: 15V / 3A and 20V / 3A. The maximum declared is 60 watts per Type-C1 channel.
I check the 20V 3A mode. I set the current slightly higher: 3.3 A. Now the output is 61.3 watts. Perfect for the average laptop or netbook.
It remains to check all three outputs at once.
We carry out a full load test of the Type-C1 + Type-C2 + USB-A outputs. To do this, I am assembling a stand with three loads and three testers at once. The output power is 60 W + 30 W + 30 W.
Two testers are set to 20 V 1.5A mode, and I connect a powerful load with a cable.
I install 20V and 3A (load on the left). Indicated 54W.
The test result — the Baseus GaN 120 W charger confirmed its declared power characteristics both separately and on all power lines at once. According to the PD3.0 / QC4.0 power supply protocols, the consumer independently sets the power mode, and the charger provides the required current. All three channels are different, that is, you can power a simple smartphone, a tablet, and even a laptop.
By the way, to connect laptops, I use a universal bundle USB-C cable (Baseus, included) and a DC5525 laptop adapter .
There are also separate ready-made cables with USB at one end and a laptop connector at the other.
In any case, such a charger makes it possible not to take with you several chargers from laptops, tablets and smartphones, but to be limited to one single one, with the appropriate cables.
The Baseus GaN 120W portable charger turned out to be really powerful and versatile. Such a charger can safely charge three powerful gadgets at once, for example, a tablet, a smartphone and a laptop. All three power channels are independent and set the power mode in accordance with the gadget’s requests. The declared power parameters were confirmed during testing, both for each channel separately and in total.
That’s all, happy shopping on the sales!