Baseus 65W and 100W power banks: powerful and very practical

Baseus 65W and Blade 100W USB-C PD Portable Batteries next to a Pixel 6 Pro on a Google Pixelbook

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Finding a good power bank is as easy as it is complicated these days. The choices are endless and chances are you’ll get something that will get the job done no matter what you pick. But the multitude of charging protocols, power inputs and outputs, and connectors means you’ll get a little confused by all of this.

I’ve wanted to upgrade from my 18W 10,000mAh Anker battery for about a year, but I kept putting off the decision until I could get a replacement that would offer a significant upgrade. The choices I’ve made up my mind? Two power banks from Baseus – a Xiaomi sister brand – each serving a different purpose.

One of them has become my go-to travel battery because of its super-convenient built-in USB-C cable; the other is my mobile work saver, which helps me get my work done for a whole day with the dead battery of my five-year-old Pixelbook. let me explain.

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Baseus Blade 100W 20,000mAh power bank

100W Baseus Blade portable battery connected to a Google Pixelbook

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The Blade ($99.99) caught my eye because it eschews the thick, boxy form factor for a slimmer design. It looks like two 10,000mAh are next to each other, not on top of each other. The volume – or footprint if you will – is very similar to any other 20,000mAh battery, but the thinner layout makes it more practical to carry in laptop sleeves.

It’s thin enough to fit in a laptop or tablet sleeve without adding a huge bulge.

I can easily slide it next to my Pixelbook into the flat compartments of my backpack. Sure, it’s bumpier than, say, a tablet or laptop, but not as much as a traditional power bank. But enough about the form factor, let’s talk about the specs.

Baseus Blade 100W Portable Battery Connectors

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All ports are on the same side. You get two identical USB-C 3.0 PD PPS ports that double as input and output. The input power is 65 W, the output power is 100 W per port. Next to it are two USB-A ports that can reach up to 18W. Using all ports together gives you 100W maximum output power.

When my Pixelbook is almost empty, the Blade ramps up to 15V/3.8W (57W) – close enough to the laptop’s maximum charging speed of 60W. This leaves about 40W of free power to charge my Pixel 6 Pro and charge a few accessories like my Galaxy Watch or Nothing Ear (1).

The display conveniently shows all the statistics you need: capacity, charging power and time remaining.

How do I know the loading speed? Well, there’s a handy LED display that shows it. It shows the current capacity percentage (98% in the figure below), charging power (15V/1.1A), and the time remaining until the battery is discharged at the current output power (2 hours and 25 minutes). When I charge the blade, the display shows the rate at which it is filling up and how long it takes to reach 100%.

Baseus Blade 100W Portable Battery focuses on LED display

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For the past few months I’ve had to work in some less than ideal environments where I didn’t always have access to an electrical outlet. You don’t know what the word “territorial” means until you’ve seen someone scowl at you for daring to peek at their cherished point of sale in a coffee shop, airport or press center.

It helps me keep my five-year-old Pixelbook running through a full workday.

My Pixelbook’s abused battery isn’t what it was five years ago, so the Blade has saved me multiple times. I could charge my Pixelbook twice a day and continue working for several hours straight without having to look for a free outlet every five minutes. With no plans to upgrade my laptop anytime soon, I imagine this Baseus power bank will have a bigger role to play over the next few months – maybe even a year or two.

Baseus Blade 100W portable battery bottom rubber feet

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But maybe my favorite feature is one that’s not unique to this particular unit. Some of you may not know it, but most power banks support pass-through charging, meaning you can plug them into a wall charger and plug all your devices into the battery. It starts by first allowing power to pass through to your devices and then charging itself. This is perfect for nightly charging on busy work trips.

It’s even better if your hotel or Airbnb doesn’t happen to have an outlet near your bed and you don’t have an extension cord. I was in this situation recently, so I used a long 3m USB-C cable to connect my wall charger to the Blade, which I placed on the bedside table. Now I had a charger next to me instead of across the room and I could plug my phone, watch and earbuds into it. Convenient and more practical than carrying an extra extension cord.

Pass-through charging is super convenient, while 70% efficiency is disappointing.

The only concern I have with the blade is that its efficiency isn’t outstanding. Power bank brands often claim big numbers like 20,000 mAh and 30,000 mAh, but they usually deliver 80-85% of them. In the case of the Blade, charging my Pixelbook twice when not in use (2 x 5600 mAh) drops the battery to 20%. That means we’re looking at around 14,000mAh real capacity – 70% of the 20,000mAh that Baseus claims. It still does the job for me and my use, but I wish it was more efficient and could squeeze out 2-3,000mAh more.

Baseus Blade 100W 20,000mAh Portable Battery

Baseus Blade 100W 20,000mAh Portable Battery

100W USB-C PD charging • 4 ports • Thin form factor

A slim portable battery with 100W USB-C PD charging

The Baseus Blade Powerbank is a 20,000mAh portable battery with up to 100W USB-C PD output. It has two USB-C PD 3.0 PPS ports for output and input and two USB-A ports. An LED display shows the current capacity percentage, charging speed and time remaining. It comes with a 100wc to c cable.

Baseus 65W 20,000mAh power bank with built-in USB-C cable

65W Baseus portable battery with built-in USB-C cable connected to Pixel 6 Pro

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The second 65W charger ($59.99) is a little less impressive on paper, but it won me over because of one very simple feature: a built-in USB-C cable that tucks away when not in use . (The fun orange color helped a bit, too.)

The USB-C cable is built-in, so you don’t have to think about packing it separately.

I can’t really explain this fascination with integrated cables, but the idea of ​​not having to remember and carry a separate cable just appeals to me. I’ve had power banks with integrated cables since the micro-USB days and I’m very happy to finally have one with USB-C.

Unlike the Blade, here we’re looking at a more traditional brick form factor with two 18W USB-A ports and one I/O USB-C 65W port. The orange USB-C cable (unfortunately) only serves as an output and also goes up to 65 W.

The display is smaller, but still shows all the information you need.

The LED display is smaller and only shows one status at a time. A power switch on the side toggles between showing the current percentage, charge current, and voltage. Again, the battery’s efficiency isn’t outstanding, but it seems to be slightly better than the Blade. I measured it at around 75%, ie 15,000mAh output capacity.

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While this can technically charge my Pixelbook just as quickly and as often as the Blade, I prefer to take it with me on trips where I don’t have my laptop with me and don’t have actual work to do. The 65W total output is better suited to a combination of less power-hungry devices – say my phone, tablet, watch and earbuds.

This is the ideal power bank for long vacation days or people carrying backpacks.

It’s the ideal battery for on the go, for vacations and for the everyday backpacker: powerful enough to charge two phones or tablets plus two accessories at the same time, big enough to charge one phone three to four times and always ready to go with an integrated cable. It now comes in my backpack every time I head out for a long day, no questions asked. And unlike my older 10,000mAh power bank, I know it won’t run out in a day, so I don’t have to charge it every day.

Baseus 65W 20,000mAh Portable Battery

Baseus 65W 20,000mAh Portable Battery

Integrated USB-C cable • 65W USB-C PD charging • Large capacity

A USB-C power bank with an integrated output cable

This Baseus power bank packs a 20,000mAh battery with 65W USB-C PD 3.0 output. It comes with an integrated USB-C cable that can be used for both input and output and then tucked away, plus another USB-C PD port and two USB-A ports. An LED display shows the current capacity percentage and charging speed. Baseus 65W and 100W power banks: powerful and very practical

Chris Barrese

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