RAVPOWER 20100 mAh USB C Portable Charger REVIEW Stay Powered with 45W Power Delivery
It seems that every Christmas, life gets busier and busier. With school events, extracurricular activities/parties, work parties, and Christmas Eve Church services, my phone seems to do extra duty. Additionally, with the hectic lifestyle, there may be extra wait times. We try to impart the virtues of patience and perseverance, within the storm of boredom, but reason prevails and we occasionally allow our children to use their iPads. Alas, it never fails that their iPads are on the last few percentage points of power because they forgot to charge them. It is for these reasons that I typically bring a portable battery with me. The RAVPOWER 45W Super-C Series 20100mAh Portable Charger arrived in a 6 7/8 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/8 inches thick sea green retail box. The cover detailed an attractive, inlaid, reflective silver RAVPOWER logo, with a substituted power icon for the “O.” The left and right side panels were devoid of writing, the top panel listed “Stay Powered,” and the bottom panel/flap welcomed us to the RAVPower Family. The reverse panel provided a QR code linking to the www.ravpower.com email, an SKU sticker, contact information for RAVPower and the traditional product labels. Upon opening the box, I found two additional sea green boxes. The upper 6 7/16 inches long by 2 1/8 inches wide by 1-inch thick box was labeled with two icons, a power cable, and drawstring bag. The lower 6 7/16 inches long by 3 1/4 inches wide by 1-inch thick box had three icons across the top, “smart” listed across the middle and the support email and phone number across the bottom. The icons detailed the smart and safe charging, eighteen-month extended warranty and the dedicated RAVPower customer service. Beneath the boxes, RAVPower included a ten-panel instruction manual, a dual panel comment card, and a quick user guide.
Within the smaller box, RAVPower included a 25 1/2 inches long USB-A to USB-micro cable a 42 1/2 inches long USB-C to USB-C cable and an attractive drawstring bag. The bag measured 4 1/4 inches wide by 8 1/4 inches tall and had a smaller 4 1/8 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide front pocket. I liked the grey felt coloration and the bold black font used for RAVPOWER, just under the stitched edge of the smaller pocket. Along the bottom of the bag, the company added their website, support email (email@example.com) and contact number (1–888–456–8468). The accessory bundle proved to be more rewarding than I had expected. I expected to see a USB-A to USB-Micro cable, but I never expected that they would include a bonus USB-C to USB-C cable. Returning to the main box, I found a rather hefty (14.1 ounce) 3 1/8 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall by 7/8 inches thick matte black battery. The front surface of the battery displayed the same etched RAVPOWER title across the surface. I liked that they chose to make the “RAVPOWER” a glossy black color, which allowed the name to contrast the lighter black surface.
I know I am not the only person with numerous portable batteries of various sizes. When planning for events, it is important to evaluate the charge to weight ratio, the shape/size and additional features of the batteries. I appreciated that the company chose to etch “20100 mAh” into the lower surface because it provided a quick reminder of the size of this battery. For more information, I turned to the back panel and perused the gold-colored information: 45W Super-C Series, 20100 mAh/3.67A Portable Charger, and Model RP-PB159. The device promised to accept a variety of input modalities; it will accept micro USB inputs up to a maximum of 18W (QC 5V/2A, 9V/2A) and USB-C up to a maximum of 30W (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A). Regarding output, the battery can simultaneously utilize both USB-A (12W Max 5V/2.4A) and USB-C (45W Max 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A). Along the top of the battery, you will find USB-C, USB-Micro and USB-A ports. Along the side of the battery nearest the USB-C port, you will find a 7/8 inches tall by 1/4 inches wide power button. When I pressed the button, four blue LED illuminated above the USB-micro port.
The “Quick User Guide” proved to be more of an informational booklet than a how-to manual. For example, the manual stated that larger batteries required more time to charge, weighed more, and requested that you consider a monthly charge with the included cables. The opposing face of the guide provided a QR code and recommendations to leave a review on Amazon. The four-panel product satisfaction guide provided information about the 12-month warranty, a QR code linking to the ravpower.com/warranty site and on the “Problem” side, contact numbers and their firstname.lastname@example.org email. The main instruction manual provided a refreshing multilingual experience. The manual started with the product contents and then demonstrated how to use the charger, and how to recharge the portable charger. The manual detailed the ability to use 30W Power Delivery via USB-C or 18W Quick Charge via micro-USB input. Panel six provided the email/support email, telephone and address for the North American, European and Asian Pacific locations. Panel seven provided an easy to understand LED indicator table and a second product specification table. Each of the LED represented 25% remaining charge. When all four LED were illuminated, the battery had 100% power. When three LED were illuminated the battery had 76–99% power. When all of the LED were extinguished, the device had <25% power remaining.
To test the output, I plugged a DROK USB-C Multimeter into the battery, a Lightning to USB-C cable into the multimeter and then the lighting end into my iPhone XS Max. At 8:37 PM, I placed my phone onto charge at 53% power. The tester registered 9.06V/1.28A and by 8:45 PM my iPhone XS Max was at 60% power, by 8:51 PM it was at 67% power and my iPhone was at 87% by 9:15 PM. By 9:31 my phone was at 92%, by 9:42 it was at 94% and it was charged completely by 10:08 PM. I was pleased to find that the battery increased my phone power by approximately 1% per minute. Upon completion of the above test, I pressed the LED indicator button and found all four LED remained illuminated. I repeated this charge pattern for the subsequent four days and found I could charge my phone like this for an entire week. I plugged my iPad Pro 10.5″ into the battery with my USB-C to lightning and noticed up to 15V/1.75A power delivery. At 11:00 PM I was at 47% power, by 11:15 I was at 66% power, by 11:35 I was at 80% and by 11:53 I was at 90% Power. By 12:15 am, my iPad Pro 10.5″ was fully charged and the battery was at 3 LED. I was able to charge my iPad from about half to full just at 2 times (8134mAh). Using the same USB Multimeter, I plugged the USB A end into the USB-A port of the battery and used an Apple USB cable and found my phone to charge at 4.9–5V/1.87–2.01A. Using USB-A, my iPhone XS max charged at about 2% for every 3 minutes of charging time.
With a fully depleted battery, I wanted to evaluate how long it would take to fully recharge the battery. Using a Kanex GoPower USB-C Wall Charger with Power Delivery and the included USB-C to USB-C cable, I placed the battery on charge and checked back after two hours. I was pleased to find two of the four LED were illuminated after just a couple hours and after four hours, the battery was fully charged. With 30W power output, the battery will complement my iPhone XS Max, iPad Pro 10.5″ and my Nintendo Switch. With the ability to charge two devices at once, (30W and 15W) this battery has earned its way into my every day Veho T1 Messenger Bag.
Originally published at macsources.com on January 9, 2019.