Review: RAVPower 26,800mAh 3-Port 5.5A Portable Charger

RAVPower 26,800mAh 3-Port 5.5A Portable Chager

8.8

Power

9.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

8.0/10

Reliability

9.0/10

Pros

  • Very High Capacity that can last for days or even weeks
  • Easy to use with automatic charging and automatic shutdown
  • LED Power Capacity indicators turn off during charging
  • Fast charging with a high Max Output of 5.5A

Cons

  • Large and heavy that can make it difficult to carry

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We’ve continuously reviewed plenty of high capacity portable chargers because high capacity power banks are able to provide the ultimate charging experience.

It’s important to remember that these kinds of chargers have a capacity that’s so large that it could last for days or even weeks without needing to be recharged.

These chargers are basically the equivalent to a wall charger, just as any other power bank is, but in this case, these can last for a long time and usually have fast charging capabilities.

In this review, we’re reviewing this RAVPower 26,800mAh power bank.

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Power

Power Capacity

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Of course, the first major power aspect of this charger is its power capacity, which is 26,800mAh.

The RAVPower charger does not use Panasonic Battery cells, instead, it uses A Grade Lithium batteries that are usually used in most power banks.

As a result, the heat during charging will have an effect on the power capacity and the conversion rate can suffer quite a bit.

Although it isn’t too bad depending on how many devices you’re charging and how fast they’re charging at.

Tons of Power even When Charging Multiple Devices at Once

So we’re approximating that you’re going to charge about 2 devices at once with this 3 Port power bank, that’s going to be able to get you about 23,000mAh of power.

With that concluded, charging 3 devices at the same time could result in even less power capacity than that.

Although with an Output power capacity of 23,000mAh the RAVPower power bank is still capable of charging nearly any smartphones 6 times or more.

Even tablets are going to charge relatively lots of times, especially if we’re talking about the iPad Mini 2 and 4 versions with their lower battery capacities that’ll be able to charge 2 full times.

Whichever way you experience this power bank, the “High Capacity” part of the charger is always going to stand true and with a power capacity this big, you can expect to be taking it nearly anywhere or using it for emergencies.

DevicesRAVPower 26,800mAh 3-Port 5.5A Portable Charger (Output Capacity = 23,000mAh )Phone CapacityRAVPower 26,800mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE23,000mAh 1,624mAh21,376mAh

14.1 Full Charges
iPhone 623,000mAh 1,810mAh21,190mAh

12.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus23,000mAh 2,915mAh20,085mAh

7.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s23,000mAh 1,715mAh21,285mAh

13.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus23,000mAh 2,750mAh20,250mAh

8.3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S623,000mAh 2,550mAh20,450mAh

9.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge23,000mAh 2,600mAh20,400mAh

8.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S723,000mAh 3,000mAh20,000mAh

7.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge23,000mAh 3,600mAh19,400mAh

6.3 Full Charges

Output Charging: Max Output 5.5A

Port 1: 5V/2.4A

Port 2: 5V/2.1A

Port 3: 5V/1.0A

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Powerful Optional Charging

The charging speed of this power banks is one of the best we’ve seen. This is because each of the charging ports has their speeds labeled according to what they can deliver.

The best part is that each of the charging speeds for each sport is real and won’t go down just because the max charging speed of 5.5A has been reached.

Each of the charging speeds for each port is aligned correctly so even if each of the ports is using the max Output of its current, it will always reach the 5.5A Max Output current. There isn’t much of a compromise here.

As a result, you can use this power bank to quickly charge nearly any device you’ve got.

The RAVPower power bank does not have Quick Charge but its Amperage Outputs are still able to deliver very fast charging.

It has a 2.4 Amp port that can charge at the max standard charging speed and will be able to charge iPads at their max speeds.

The same goes for the 2.1 Amp port because it’s really close to the 2.4 Amp port and is able to charge many devices at their max charging speeds. Then there’s the 1 Amp port that is mostly meant for smartphones or devices that have low charging speed needs. Although that’s not entirely the truth.

Know your Charging Configurations

Let’s say you’re only using this power bank to charge smartphones, then you should connect smartphones to the 2.1A and 2.4A ports first before going to the 1A port.

This is because many smartphones today are able to charge faster than 1 Amp. Although, if you’re charging an iPad, you’d connect it either to the 2.4A or the 2.1A port because connecting a tablet to a 1 Amp will make it charge VERY slowly.

Altogether the Max Output of this power bank is really amazing because it’s able to provide 2 Full amps through two ports.

Input Charging: 5V/2.4A

If there’s one aspect of powering capabilities that we expected better from, it’s the Input charging.

Use a 2.4A USB Wall Charger

The power bank uses 1 Micro-USB Input that is able to recharge the power bank at 2.1 Amps.

So if you’re recharging the power bank using a 2.1 Amp wall charger or higher then you can expect it to be fully recharged in about 9-10 hours.

The power bank does not come with a wall charger, so if you think that using your smartphone’s wall charger will suffice, then you should reconsider because if your smartphone wall charger is 1 Amp then it can take the power bank to recharge to full in 20 hours.

Although, that’s not the disappointing thing that we wanted to point out. It’s the lack of another Micro-USB input port.

Other power banks of the same power capacity and charging speed have 2 Micro-USB Input ports that are able to recharge the power bank at a faster charging speed.

For example, the EasyAcc Monster and the PowerCore 26,800mAh charger have 2 Micro-USB Input ports and as a result, they have shorter recharge speeds.

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Design

Size and Weight

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With Great Power comes a Great Weight

Of course, like many other high capacity power banks, this one is large and somewhat heavy. The length is 6.8 inches, the width is 3.2 inches and the thickness is 0.9 inches.

So the charger is large but isn’t so large that you can’t fit it into a single hand. This stands true even with a weight of 1 pound.

It’s heavy and larger than your usual power bank but it’s to be expected with a power capacity as large that it has. We usually say that portable chargers of this size and weight aren’t meant to be held and used but this one is a slight exception.

If you’re charging a single device like your smartphone then holding this power bank won’t be too bad.

Although, as usual, if you’re charging 2 devices or more then you’re going to have to set it down and use it. This power bank is mostly meant to be used as a charging hub.

Functional Components

All the functional components are basically in the same general area.

The 3 Output charging ports and the Micro-USB Input port are on the side of the power bank. The power button and 4 LED power capacity indicators are on top of the charger.

This charger follows the same general charging design that many other modern power banks use.

When you plug in a device, the power bank automatically begins charging and if there aren’t any devices connected to the charger then it turns off automatically in about 3 seconds.

At times, though, the charger won’t turn on if you connect a device to it, so you can always press the power button to manually turn on the power bank and to check the power capacity that’s left in it.

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LEDs don’t stay On

One of the best things during charging is that the LED power capacity indicators turn off during charging, and this is to conserve power capacity.

Of course, you can just tap the power button to check the capacity during charging; a design like this isn’t used a lot but it’s a very smart way for a power bank to add longevity to its usage. Also, once it’s fully recharged, the LED lights turn off.

Build

Structure and Material

The RAVPower power bank is made of plastic and separated by 3 parts. There are the top, bottom, and middle sections.

It may sound cheap but the build quality is actually really well put together. The plastic even has a light resin coating that helps it with not getting scratched but smudges are going to be very prevalent.

Just one last thing about its build. We said that it’s structurally sound and although that may be true for normal usage, this high capacity portable charger is not a rugged charger. Dropping it will most likely mean that it will get damaged because of its weight and lack of protection due to the shock of a fall.

Tech

The safety tech features are the standard that usually comes with these beasts. You can expect the standard Short-Circuit Protection, Over-Current Protection, and Voltage Contol during charging to keep either one, two or three of your devices that are charging safe as possible.

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Reliability

There’s no doubt that this RAVPower charger is reliable. The power capacity will be able to last for days, and this still stands true if you’re charging 3 devices at once.

The charging speeds are perfect and take full advantage of the Max Output of 5.5A. Then when you take the portable size and alright build into account, then what you get is a power bank that is very capable of delivering nearly the best of what portable chargers have to offer.

Constant and superior charging.

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Summary:

Power:

The power capacity and charging speed are the strongest points of this power bank.

An initial capacity of 26,800mAh and an Output capacity of about 23,000mAh set this charger to be constantly used for days or even weeks before needing a recharge.

The charging speeds are great with two ports being able to deliver 2 Amps and a single 1 Amp port; the Max Output of 5.5A is able to make sure charging speed is consistently fast.

The Input charging could use some work with the implementation of another Micro-USB Input Port.

Design:

It’s a large and heavy charger but it’s just small enough to carry in a single hand and charge a single device; but for any other situation, like charging 2 or 3 devices at once, then you’re going to have to set the beast down.

The charger is able to begin charging and turn off automatically. A really good feature is how the LED power capacity indicators turn off during charging.

Build:

It doesn’t have the best build but it does just good enough to be structurally well off. Just don’t drop it or else it will get damaged due to the shock damage.

Reliability:

Like many of its kind, having a power capacity at or near its 26,000mAh one is a really good aspect. Along with the charging speed, portable enough design with ease of use and good build.

You’re looking at a power bank that can be used for days without needing a recharge.

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Specs of the RAVPower 26,800mAh 3-Port 5.5A Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 26,800mAh            Output Capacity: 23,000mAh
  • Output:   Max Output: 5.5A

Port 1: 5V/2.4A

Port 2: 5V/2.1A

Port 3: 5V/1.0A

  • Input: 5V/2.4A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 1 Pound

Conclusion:

High capacity portable chargers are one of the best categories for portable power because so much technology is able to be fit into these kinds of chargers and as a result, the end product is a powerful and capable one.

 

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