/>
X
Home & Office
Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.

Close

This gadget is the USB-C accessory you didn't know you needed, and it's only $20

The Baseus mini retractable USB-C to USB-C cable packs down small and tidy, yet can carry 100W for charging smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer
Baseus 100W mini retractable USB-C to USB-C cable

This 1-meter (3.3-foot) USB-C to USB-C cable can carry a full 100W of power and retracts into a small reel that easily fits into the palm of your hand.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

ZDNET's key takeaways

  • The Baseus 100W mini retractable USB-C to USB-C cable is available for $20 right now
  • It's compact, well-made, and features a durable cable, solid retraction reel, and four different retraction settings.
  • The cable only supports data transmission and does not support video transmission.

My laptop bag is an absolute rat's nest of tangled cables, despite the fact that I try to do a decent -- or at least half-decent -- job of putting them away. 

But they always seem to get into a massive tangle. And don't get me started about the cables on my desk!

Also: My favorite USB-C accessory of all time scored a magnetic upgrade

Now, at least my USB-C cable is tidy, thanks to the Baseus 100W mini retractable USB-C to USB-C cable.

View at Amazon

Baseus 100W mini retractable USB-C to USB-C cable tech specs

  • 3.3-foot length.
  • 100W max load capacity.
  • Retractable reel with four locking lengths -- 1.1, 1.9, 2.7 and 3.3 feet.
  • Weighs only 50 g.
  • Four colors: Black, white, blue, and purple.

I've tried a lot of retractable cables in the past, and most end up being a disappointment, with the cable or reel being of poor quality, and the whole thing falling apart in short order.

However, that has not been the case with this retractable cable by Baseus. Everything about this is quality, from the flat ribbon cable used to the retraction reel, and it's designed for regular use. 

The cable fully retracted into the reel.

The cable fully retracted into the reel.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

The first thing that surprised me about this reel was the size -- I was expecting something bigger and bulkier, not something that would fit into the palm of a hand or slip unobtrusively into a pocket.

And don't let the small size of the reel fool you. This is incredibly well-engineered and strong enough to put up with a lot of usage. The retractable reel has four different length settings -- 1.1, 1.9, 2.7 and 3.3 feet -- and to retract the cable back, you simply pull on the ends, and the spring action quickly and tidily rolls the cable back into the reel.

The cable fully extended.

The cable fully extended.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

The flat ribbon cable is strong and yet flexible, and the connectors used by Baseus are of the highest quality. The cable is kitted out with an e-Marker chip, which means that it will be able to deliver the full 100W of power to all devices and ensure that it does this safely. 

Also: The best iPhone power banks for recharging

I've tested the cable under a variety of loads, and it has no problem delivering 100W continuously, either when fully extended or fully retracted in the reel.

Hand holding cable

Quality cable and connectors used in the construction of this cable.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

ZDNET's buying advice

For $20, this is a great USB-C cable

Built to the highest standards with quality materials, this is a retractable USB-C cable that will last you a long time, and it will help keep your desk or laptop bag clutter-free.  

Editorial standards