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It’s not hard to find a USB-C wall charger capable of charging thin and light laptops. The number that can put out enough juice for power-hungry gaming laptops or mobile workstations is smaller, but there are some options.

The REDMAGIC DAO 150W GaN Charger manages to stand out from the crowd for a few reasons though. It has a striking-looking design that includes RGB lighting effects (as you’d expect from a company with a focus on gaming hardware), enough ports to charge or power up to 4 devices at once, and a small status screen that shows charging info for each of the ports.

REDMAGIC just sent out a press release saying the charger will be available starting March 1, 2024. It has a list price of $199, but it’s expected to be $20 off for customers who place an order before March 31.

The charger actually went up for pre-order for $129 and up last fall through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, and at least one AliExpress store seems to already be selling it for $143.

But you might want to read through the Kickstarter comments before pulling out your wallet. It looks like only a handful of backers have received their chargers so far, but several have complained that it gets hot while in use and that the status screen doesn’t always work.

The good news is that the charger does seem to do the thing it was made for: even when the display isn’t working, the device does put out enough power to keep a gaming laptop going. It’s just that there are already cheaper 140W chargers that can also do that.

As for the REDMAGIC model, the DAO 150W GaN charger has four ports:

  • 1 x DC 150W output
  • 2 x USB-C ports with support for up to 140W output (USB PD 3.1)
  • 1 x USB Type-A port with up to 30W output

Note that the charger only supports up to 150W total output at once. So you can’t, for example, use it to charge two laptops at the same time and expect both to get 140W of power.

But you can plug in a laptop that supports 65W USB-C charging and use other ports to charge a phone and table tat the same time.

By default the 1.47 inch TFT LCD display on the front is designed to show power stats for each of the ports. But you can also use a smartphone app to establish a wireless connection to the charger to view the same data on a bigger screen or change what appears on the charger’s display (there’s support for animated wallpapers).

The smartphone app also lets you adjust RGB lighting effects for the small window on one side of the charger.

The REDMAGIC DAO 150W GaN Charger measures 101 x 71 x 35mm (4″ x 2.8″ x 1.4″) and weighs 870 grams (1.9 pounds). It has folding prongs for easy portability. It comes with an AC adapter, a USB-C to USB-C cable, a DC-to-DC power cable, and a velvet pouch.

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  1. Looks interesting… and it really seems we’re migrating towards a separate power station scheme of sorts. 😛 I’ve got 2 65W GaN chargers both that came with unrelated products – a portable soldering iron, and something else.
    But it’s good to see we’re finally getting more products with these important details upfront. I have so many USB 3.0 hubs that don’t work for the stuff I have because the product does not state how much power it can handle, and so it’s all the same as if they were USB 2.0…
    I can do without the gaming aesthetics though. 😛 Will probably have to get something similar to this once I manage to get a portable gaming PC, if it doesn’t already come with a docking station.

  2. I looked at the product could not find the price for the product … but then I saw it has a charger.. over 100$. Then I realized it had shiney bright lights!

  3. I’d buy something like this if it had more Type-C ports. I currently have a charger at my desk with 2x Type-C ports, and I use it to charge my phone, watch, laptop, and Nintendo Switch. It’s annoying to swap the cables around between those 2 ports.

    1. I have this: “ASOMETECH 260W PD3.1 GaN Charger”.
      It’s not perfect, but has a nice display, has 3 USB-C and 2 USB-A ports, has wireless charging, and charges most of my devices quite fast and without any hiccups.
      (The leftmost USB-A ports behaves a bit weird with old devices sometimes.)
      It’s around $80 on AliExpress ATM.

      Specs from the product page:
      “PD3.1 Type-C1 : 5V/3A,9V/3A,12V/3A,15V/3A,20V/5A,28V/5A; PPS :3.3V-28V/5A 140W(Max)

      Type-C2 / Type-C3 : PD3.0 5V/3A,9V/3A,12V/3A,15V/3A,20V/5A; PPS :3.3-21V/5A 100W(Max);

      USB-A1 /USB-A2 : QC3.0 5V/3A,9V/2A,12V/1.5A,4.5V/5A,5V/4.5A 22.5W(Max);

      Qi Wireless output : 15W/10W/7.5W/5W”