Review: RAVPower 26800 USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger

RAVPower 26800 USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger

RAVPower 26800 USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger
91.25

Power

9/10

    Design

    9/10

      Build

      9/10

        Reliability

        10/10

          Pros

          • Provides 30W of charging power with its USB-C Power Delivery Port
          • Each USB-A Port has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A
          • The power bank has two input ports, with the USB-C port using Power Delivery to recharge and the Micro-USB has a slower charging speed of 5V/2.0A

          Cons

          • Does not come with a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger

          The charging tech that we use to charge our portable devices matter quite a lot, and it’s something that not many people know a lot about. Most of the time we’re just content with any USB-A port that can charge our devices. That said, it’s not the best idea to just stop right there because there are two main charging technologies that are dominating the market.

          They’re called Quick Charge and Power Delivery. Lots of Android smartphones these days now use Quick Charge, but as useful as Quick Charge is, it can’t exactly be used for all portable devices as they would have to be using a Snapdragon processor. So the more universal and growing option of fast charging is known as Power Delivery which is used with USB-C.

          USB-C is the new standard of connectivity for devices and for charging, lots of Android smartphones are now using it, and so are larger devices such as tablets and laptops. Power Delivery is basically fast charging tech that works with USB-C specifically, so with USB-C being more common, Power Delivery will be more widespread.

          In this case, we’re focusing on Power Delivery because it’s being used with portable chargers, such as this RAVPower one. This RAVPower 26800 Power Delivery charger is one of the most useful power banks that use Power Delivery. Let’s take a closer look though, to see if what it offers is really valuable.

          Power

          Power Capacity:

          The first thing that you’re going to notice with the specs for this power bank is that it has a 26,800mAh power capacity. This amount of very high power capacity for portable chargers that use Power Delivery is actually quite normal. That’s because you’re likely going to be using this charger to charge larger devices such as tablets and laptops. Not just smartphones.

          Another reason that there’s a lot of power being used is that using Power Delivery makes the conversion of power from the power bank and to your device less efficient. So let’s first figure out the average amount of Output power capacity that you’ll receive.

          3.7 x 26,800 = 99,160 / 5 = 19,832

          Most of the time you’re actually going to be able to use about 20,000mAh of the capacity that this charger has. So the main reason that Power Delivery power banks use very high power capacities is that they provide a cushion so that when power is converted, you’re able to use a lot of power anyways.

          So what can the output power capacity offer? Quite a lot.

          A lot of Power even after Conversion

          With its power capacity, you’re able to charge most smartphones such as ones with 3,000mAh battery capacities to their full power about 7 times. That said, solely charging your smartphone isn’t just what this power bank is about, as charging tablets can result in about 4 full charges.

          Then if you’re charging even larger devices such as laptops that use USB-C, like the MacBook or Chromebooks, then you can expect about 3 full charges. With all that said, these full charge estimates are based on charging Power Delivery compatible devices alone with this power bank. Charging a device alone is, not the only option that you have with this power bank as there are actually three output charging ports.

          DevicesRAVPower 26800 USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger (Output Capacity = 20,000mAh)Phone CapacityRAVPower 26800 USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger Left Over Capacity after One Charge

          # of Full Charges for the Device
          iPhone SE20,000mAh1,624mAh18,376mAh

          12.3 Full Charges
          iPhone 620,000mAh1,810mAh18,190mAh

          11.0 Full Charges
          iPhone 6 Plus20,000mAh2,915mAh17,085mAh

          6.8 Full Charges
          iPhone 6s20,000mAh1,715mAh18,285mAh

          11.6 Full Charges
          iPhone 6s Plus20,000mAh2,750mAh17,250mAh

          7.2 Full Charges
          Samsung Galaxy S620,000mAh2,550mAh17,450mAh

          7.8 Full Charges
          Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge20,000mAh2,600mAh17,400mAh

          7.6 Full Charges
          Samsung Galaxy S720,000mAh3,000mAh17,000mAh

          6.6 Full Charges
          Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge20,000mAh3,600mAh16,400mAh

          5.5 Full Charges
          Samsung Galaxy S8+20,000mAh3,500mAh16,500mAh

          5.7 Full Charges

          Output Charging:

          Yes, there is three Output charging ports with this power bank.

          There are the two USB-A ports and the single USB-C port which features the Power Delivery.

          USB-C Port

          First, let’s go over the reason that you’re getting this power bank and that would be because of the USB-C port. It features Power Delivery and to be specific the USB-C port is able to output 30W of charging power. 30W is basically double than the standard charging that most USB-C ports are able to output, so it can charge most USB-C Power Delivery compatible devices at their max charging speeds, such as smartphones and tablets.

          Smartphones such as the Google Pixel 2, and Essential phone are compatible with Power Delivery, so this port can charge them at their max charging speed. One smartphone that not many people know that is compatible with Power Delivery is the iPhone X and the iPhone 8. The iPhone may not use USB-C, but you can just use a USB-C to Lightning charging cable to charge the iPhone X or the iPhone 8 at their max charging speed.

          30W of charging power when it comes to charging laptops such as the MacBook or Chromebook is still quite good but at the same time, the 30W may no longer be a max charging speed. Laptops that are Power Delivery compatible will charge quite quickly, but there are certain MacBook models that are able to charge faster with 45W or even 60W of charging power.

          That said, with this being a Power Delivery portable charger, 30W is quite good and is the standard with power banks that do feature the charging tech.

          Power Delivery Charging Speed: 5V/3A | 9V/2A |15V/2A | 20V/1.5A

          USB-A Ports

          There are two USB-A ports on his power bank and each of them has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and the max output of the USB-A port section of this charger is 3.4A. That’s to make sure that you can still use the full Power Delivery capabilities of this charger while still charging another two devices at once.

          This power bank does not feature Quick Charge. If you do want a power bank that does feature Quick Charge along with Power Delivery, then we recommend Jackery’s Titan X portable charger which features Power Delivery and Quick Charge.

          USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A Per a Port | Max Output of USB-A Section: 3.4A

          Input Charging:

          Recharging his power bank can be done through one of two input ports. There is a Micro-USB and USB-C input port. You’re definitely going to want to use the USB-C input port on this power bank. As the USB-C input uses Power Delivery, that said, you’re going to need a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger in order to recharge this power bank at 30W and a USB-C to USB-C charging cable.

          Using the Micro-USB input for recharging this power bank will result in a 5V/2.0A recharge rate.

          Power Delivery Recharging Speed: 5V/3A |9V/2A |15V/2A | 20V/1.5A

          Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A

          Design

          Size and Weight:

          The size of this power bank is quite large and that’s really what you can expect with most power banks that have this much power capacity and use Power Delivery. It has a length of 6.8 inches, a width of 3.1 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. The weight of this charger is 13.3 Ounces.

          Not too large, and you’re able to take it anywhere with you. That said, it’s definitely the type of power bank that you’re going to set down and use, rather than walking and charging your smartphone with.

          Functional Components:

          Using this power bank is very easy.

          All the charging ports are on a single thin side, with the Output and Input ports being together. Then at the top of the charger is where you have the Power Button and four Blue LED Power Capacity indicators. You do have to press the power button to begin charging with this power bank.

          Build

          Structure and Material:

          The build quality of this power bank is very good and that’s something that you can expect from RAVPower. As the ports feel great to use, and the charger does have a great build to it that won’t break apart.

          Tech:

          Since this power bank does use Power Delivery, it can get warm while you’re using the Power Delivery charging. However, it really only gets warm near the ports area of this charger, as all other areas of this power bank stay quite cool.

          Reliability

          The reliability of this RAVpower Power Delivery portable charger really depends on whether or not you’re going to be using the Power Delivery charging that it has.

          If you’re not using Power Delivery, then this charger will not be very reliable as the price point is mainly because of its Power Delivery capabilities.

          If you are in the market for a Power Delivery portable charger, this is a good choice because of its charging power and its power capacity.

          Summary:

          Power:

          Charging power is quite good with its USB-C Power Delivery port, both for output and input charging.

          Design:

          It’s quite a large power bank and one that you’re going to set down most of the time when you’re using it.

          Build:

          When you’re using the Power Delivery, the charger does get warm, but mostly around where the charging ports are, because Power Delivery charging is fast.

          Reliability:

          This is a great option for anyone that owns a Power Delivery compatible device and want to charge it while they’re on the move, and not having to rely on a wall charger.

          Specs of the RAVPower 26800 USB-C Power Delivery Portable Charger:

          • Capacity:

          Initial Capacity: 26,800mAh

          Output Capacity: 20,000mAh

          • Output:

          USB-C Port: 5V/3A | 9V/2A |15V/2A | 20V/1.5A

          USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A Per a Port | Max Output of USB-A Section: 3.4A

          • Input:

          USB-C input: 5V/3A | 9V/2A |15V/2A | 20V/1.5A

          Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A

          • LED Power Indicator: 4 Blue LED Power Capacity Indicators
          • Size: 6.8 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches
          • Weight: 13.3 Ounces

          Conclusion:

          RAVPower proves once again that they can make strong products, with this RAVPower 26800 Power Delivery portable charger offering great Power Delivery charging, recharging and standard charging with its USB-A ports.

          USB C Power Bank RAVPower 26800 PD Portable Charger 26800mAh(Faster Recharged in 4.5 Hours &USB-C Input, 30W Type-C Output)for Nintendo Switch, USB Type-C Laptops, 2016 MacBook Power Delivery Support

          $199.99
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          Features

          • Capable of charging a Nintendo Switch while it is being played. The Only USB PD Portable Charger Up To 30W: Recharge the 26800mAh battery through the Type-C port in just 4-5 hours (compared to the standard 14 hours); also features 2A and 1A input recharging. Note: Type-C charger sold separately. Type-C port is incompatible with the Type-C cable or charger of Huawei P10, Huawei mate9 as well as all OPPO & One Plus phone
          • Massive 30W Type-C Output: The Type-C output reaches up to 30W that matches the original AC MacBook charger, so you can charge all devices including a MacBook in no time
          • Large Capacity, Multiple Outputs: 26800mAh battery capacity charges an iPhone 6S 10 times, a Samsung S6 6times, or an iPad Air 2 times; contains two 2.4A iSmart ports for a combined 3.4A total
          • Advanced iSmart 2.0 Technology: Upgraded iSmart 2.0 automatically detects and adjusts the charging current to obtain the fastest charging; advanced Panasonic IC for safer and better conductivity
          • Safety First: A+ battery for over 500 charge / recharge cycles; includes overcharge, short circuit, and current surge protection; features a scratch resistant matte finish

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