Review: RAVPower 20,100mAh AC Outlet USB-C Power Bank

RAVPower 20,100mAh AC Outlet USB-C Power Bank

8.7

Power

9.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

8.0/10

Pros

  • Features an AC outlet with 60W of power output that can be useful for laptop chargers
  • Has a smaller size than you would expect that can easily be taken anywhere

Cons

  • There is no water-resistant build

If you already don’t own a power bank, there’s a good chance that you probably thought about owning one at least. The reason for that is just how useful portable chargers are, because they can now feature a ton of power capacity, and at the same time, many use some sort of fast charging tech such as Power Delivery.

This RAVPower 20,100mAh AC power bank that we’re reviewing does have a USB-C port, it does not use Power Delivery. What it does have is an AC Outlet, and with it, this charger can prove to be the most useful portable charger that you’ll ever own. Within its powering limits at least.

Power

Power Capacity:

Despite having an AC Outlet, this RAVPower charger has quite a low power capacity in terms of power banks that use AC outlets. Most chargers that do use AC outlets have very higher power capacities such as being in the 30,000mAh to 50,000mAh range. 

There are also ones that go higher, but at that point when a power bank uses Watt Hours (Wh) as a measure of how much power capacity it has, such as 300Wh or 500Wh, it’s no longer a power bank and a more like a portable power station; that can tend to weigh very heavy and be large.

That’s not what this RAVPower charger is, as it’s a power bank with its use of  20,100mAh power capacity. It’s a high power capacity that can be useful for what this charger has to offer with its three output options.

You’re able to charge from two ports, a USB-C port, and a USB-A port, so charging tablets and smartphones can easily be done. Charging them to full power many times is also possible.

A Samsung Galaxy Note 9 charging from the USB-C port, a Google Pixel charging from the USB-A port and a Dell laptop charging from the AC outlet

When it comes to using the Tri prong AC Outlet, it’s less about the power capacity and more about the power output that its capable of. In this case, the outlet is capable of 60W of power and 65W of peak power. If you’re wanting to know how long it would last, you have to take a look at the appliance or charger that you’re using it with it.

For example, if you’re using a 30W charger with the AC outlet, then you’re going to get about a 2 hour charge time. However, if you’re using a 60W laptop charger, then you’re going to fair about an hour only. This power bank is not meant for powering for a long time, but when it comes to being able to charge a laptop wherever you are and get it to full power so you can continue to use it, then that’s where it shines.

Output Charging:

As we mentioned before, this charger has two charging ports. The USB-C port on this power bank does not feature Power Delivery, instead, it’s a standard USB-C port with a 15W charging speed. If it were a PD port it would have an 18W charging speed or higher.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 standard charging from the USB-C port

 

So, the USB-C port on this power bank is going to be most useful for charging smartphones with or tablets that use USB-C ports, too. It’s not going to be useful for using the USB-C port to charge USB-C Power Delivery laptops, as 15W is not nearly enough charging power.

Note 9 charging specs

The USB-A port has a standard 12W charging speed and does not feature Quick Charge.

Note 9 charging specs while charging a Google Pixel

Of course, the main highlight of this power bank and the reason that you should be getting this charger is because of the AC outlet. The outlet has a 60W power output and it’s a Tri input outlet, too. That’s really what the outlet is made for, which is using laptops chargers with.

From our experience using this power bank, you can’t power an appliance with the outlet, there is simply not enough power. However, when it comes to powering a laptop charger such as a DC laptop charger that uses a DC connection or a Power Delivery charger, then the outlet can be super helpful.

Input Charging:

To recharge the power bank, you have to use the included DC charger. This power bank does not recharge from the USB-C port. We would have liked to have the ability to recharge from the USB-C port though, as it’s more accessible.

Recharging using the DC input port is very fast though, with its 19V/1.6A recharge rate, you can expect a full recharge in only four hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

The power bank is about the same size as a smartphone

The form factor of this RAVPower portable charger is not like a regular power bank and this is due to the usage of an AC outlet. The charger is large and does have some weight to it, and it definitely won’t be fitting in your pocket, but it’s still very portable.

It has a length of 6 inches, and the thickness is 2 inches. The weight of the charger is 2 pounds. So, you’re not going to be able to fit this power bank in your pocket. You can simply hold it or carry it around in a backpack. It’s lightweight and small enough to take anywhere you want especially to be a laptop charger powering the device.

Functional Components:

All the ports, including the AC outlet, can be found at the top of the power bank. There is also a power button at the top. The power button is used to start charging from the ports by simply pressing the power button. To turn on the AC outlet you have to hold down the power button for about 5 seconds and do the same thing to turn it off.

Once the AC outlet is turned on, there is a green LED light that turns on.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of this power bank is great. Everything is so close together and it has a rather industrial design and feel to it. Around the entire power bank is rubber wrapping that can provide some protection in the event of a fall.

The cover that goes over the outlet does not make it water-resistant, but it does provide simple protection such as preventing anything from going into the charger.

Tech:

This power bank does not have a fan on the inside, that said, we feel that’s fine. The power output of this charger is not high enough to warrant the use of a fan. Instead, at the bottom of the power bank, there are heat vents used to let out any excessive heat so the charger does not overheat.

Reliability

The reliability of this power bank may put some people off. This is because it has a USB-C port that does not feature Power Delivery, the USB-A port does not feature Quick Charge either. The AC outlet doesn’t even have that high of power output with 60W.

What does make it reliable is its usage of a portable laptop charger power source. If you have a laptop that uses a DC charging brick, and the charger fits within the 60W power range, then this power bank is going to be highly reliable. The same is true if you own a USB-C Power Delivery laptop, as you can simply plug your PD wall charger into the power bank and charge your laptop wherever you go.

Speaking of “wherever you go”, this charger is not very large or heavy. You’re able to easily hold it and take it anywhere. Whereas, higher capacity AC outlet power banks with more powerful outlets are larger and a lot less portable.

Summary:

Power:

The charging power from the ports is not very impressive, what is more, impressive is the AC outlet and how you’re able to use it to power laptop chargers.

Design:

The power bank is easy to use with the press of a button. It’s not a large power bank and not a heavy either. It’s possibly one of the most portable AC power banks that you can own.

Build:

The build for this RAVPower charger is great. It’s not a rugged build, but it is a safe one with its rubber wrapping that goes around the charger, a cover for the outlet and there are vents at the bottom to let out heat.

Reliability:

What makes this power bank reliable is the AC outlet. It’s the main reason to get this power bank as it can be highly useful for powering laptop chargers.

Specs of the RAVPower 20,100mAh AC Outlet Power Bank:

  • Power Capacity: 20,100mAh
  • Output:

USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A | 15W

USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A | 12W

AC Outlet: 60W Rated Power | 65 Peak Power

  • Input: 19V/1.6A DC Input
  • LED Power Indicator: 5 Blue power indicators
  • Size: 6. x 2 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 2 Pounds

Conclusion:

This RAVPower 20,100mAh AC outlet power bank is not a powerhouse of a portable charger. The capacity is not too high and the power output from the AC outlet is not very powerful either. It is useful in its own way by being handy for being used as laptop charger as the outlet is a tri input so you can use a wide range of laptop chargers with it and its output of 60W means that you will most likely be able to power your laptop charger with it.

The next best thing is just how portable it is, with it being about the same length of a smartphone, you’re able to take this power bank anywhere.

AC Portable Laptop Charger RAVPower 20100mAh AC Outlet Power Bank 65W(Max) External Battery Pack Travel Charger Compatible for MacBook,Surface Pro,Dell XPS 13, iPhone 11, iPhone Xs, Galaxy S9, Note 8

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as of February 18, 2020 10:22 pm

Features

  • New-and-improved version: 2-prong AC output with a power supply on/ off switch indicator for devices up to 50W (to turn on the AC power, hold the power button for 8 seconds)
  • Charge two devices at once: Type-C and ismart USB ports allow for fast and simultaneous charging of a MacBook and another Device (Type-C port only supports output)
  • A 20100mAh Power fortress: enough juice to charge an iPhone 7 up to 5. 6 times, a Galaxy S8 up to 3. 7 times, or the 12” MacBook up to 1 time
  • Faster recharge between uses: with the 19V/1. 6a DC input, The battery recharges in just 3. 5 hours while 5 LED lights indicate remaining battery
  • Advanced protection: Keep your gadgets safe from overcharge, short circuit, and power surges with air vents for heat dissipation

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