Review: RAVPower 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger

RAVPower 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger

8.8

Power

8.2/10

Design

9.5/10

Build

9.5/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • The USB-C Port can still charge large USB-C Compatible devices such as laptops even though it doesn't have Power Delivery
  • Each of USB-A Ports have a charging rate of 5V/2.4A
  • The size of the charger is very small and it has a retractable AC adapter

Cons

  • You can't use the full power of each port at once with its 30W max output

Wall chargers are the most used type of charging electronic as they’re powerful and easy to use. With that said, you have to make sure that the wall charger that you’re using feature powerful charging at the same time. The new standard of charging is now becoming USB-C if it already isn’t considered the new charging standard. That’s because so many new smartphones are now using USB-C and this is also true for larger devices such as tablets and laptops too. As a result, the use of a USB-C port with charging electronics is now becoming common because it’s able to deliver powerful charging to certain devices that now use the USB-C standard.

This RAVPower 3-Port wall charger with its two USB-A ports and a single USB-C port is proof of that. So let’s see if pairing a USB-C port with USB-A ports really makes sense or if it’s a strange duo to have.

Power

Output Charging:

Charging power from the ports on this wall charger is very good and if the charging rate of the ports that you find are lower than they are on here with this RAVPower wall charger, then you should steer clear. As standard fast charging speed with ports for a wall charger and desktop chargers should basically be the norm now.

USB-C Port:

This wall charger does not feature Power Delivery and the reason that we wanted to mention that upfront is because many people assume that just because a wall charger features a USB-C port means that it uses Power Delivery. That’s not the case here, and so if you do want a charger that features USB-C Power Delivery then we recommend RAVPower’s very own 5-port charging station that does have it.

Instead, the USB-C port on this charger has a charging rate of 5V/3.0A and this is basically the standard charging rate of a USB-C port. It’s still very useful for charging USB-C compatible devices with a USB-C to USB-C charging cables such as the Google Pixel 2, Galaxy S8 and other USB-C compatible smartphones. It’s not Quick Charge but it’s faster than the two USB-A ports on this wall charger.

At the same time, you can still charge larger devices such as the new MacBook models that use USB-C to charge. Of course, those larger devices use Power Delivery to charge at their max charging speed, but even with the 15W speed that this RAVPower wall charger features, it’s still able to recharge larger USB-C compatible devices.

Another thing is that you can use a USB-C to Lighting charging cable to charge the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 faster than just with a standard USB-A port. Not something that many people know, and it’s always good to know how to use faster charging for devices.

USB-A Ports

Charging speed of each of the two ports on this charger is 5V/2.4A. Overall, it’s what should be expected from most standard ports on most charging electronics as it’s enough to power to charge smartphones and tablets at a fast rate. Of course, neither of the ports use Quick Charge but they’re very reliable to use because all you need is a USB-A to whatever charging cable that you’re using to charge your smartphone and it’ll charge it.

Max Output

The max output of this wall charger is 30W and that basically means it has 6A to output altogether. It’s a powerful max output, but at the same time, you won’t be able to use the max output of each of the ports at the same time. That’s because the output of the USB-C port is 15W, and the output of just a single USB-A port is 12W, and so adding another USB-A port on top of that goes above the Max Output.

However, you can, of course, use all the charging ports on this RAVpower wall charger at the same time, it’s just that you won’t be able to use the full power of all the ports at once. So more charging power may go to the port that’s charging the device that’s capable of the fastest charging speed.

Design

Size and Weight:

The size of wall charger isn’t going to hold any problems and that’s because it’s wall charger. It has a length of 2.6 inches, a width of 2 inches, and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of the charger is just 6 Ounces. Very small and light, and with the use of a retractable AC adapter, you’re able to place this in a pocket and take it nearly anywhere that you go.

Functional Components:

Using this wall charger is very simple. It has all of its charging ports on a single side and there’s an AC adapter that’s retractable on the opposite side. When you plug in the AC adapter into an AC Outlet there’s a white LED light that turns on inside the wall charger.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of this wall charger is very good as the ports keep the charging cables that you plug into them very snug and tight. One concern that we had was whether or not the retractable adapter would have a good structure and it does no matter if you’re taking it out or putting it back into the wall charger.

Tech:

On the tech side, even when you’re using the max output of the wall charger it doesn’t get warm and we’re glad that’s not the case because 30W of max output power isn’t really much to cause a lot of heat, as this charger doesn’t use Power Delivery with its USB-C port.

Reliability

It’s a solid wall charger with its use of a USB-C port that can charge certain devices faster than just the standard USB-A ports. Of course, you should not be getting this wall charger expecting Power Delivery speeds because it doesn’t even feature Power Delivery with its ports. The USB-A ports on this charger each have a charging rate of 5V/2.4A which is quite fast is standard terms.

If you’re not going to make use of the USB-C port at all with this charger then we just recommend purchasing a 2-port wall charger with USB-A ports only.

Summary:

Power:

It’s a powerful standard wall charger that has all the basics with its USB-C port and USB-A ports but does not feature Power Delivery.

Design:

It’s a very small wall charger that you can take anywhere and its retractable AC adapter makes it even better.

Build:

The build quality is good and the AC adapter doesn’t wiggle around. Neither does this charger get warm while you’re using all of the ports.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable wall charger, but the main reason that you’re getting this wall charger should be because of the USB-C port. If not, then it’s best to go for just a standard 2-port wall charger.

Specs of the RAVPower 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger:

  • Output:

USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A

USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A

Max Output: 30W / 6A

  • Input: 100-240V AC Input
  • LED Power Indicator: White LED Light
  • Size: 2.6 x 2 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 6 Ounces

Conclusion:

It’s a powerful wall charger that uses USB-C as it’s main part and two additional USB-A ports that are also powerful.

USB Type C Wall Charger RAVPower 30W 3-Port Charging Station with 5V 3A Output for Macbook, Galaxy S8,Note 8,HTC 10, LG G6 G5 V20,Moto Z2,Google Pixel, 2 iSmart 2.0 USB Ports Travel Adapter for iPhone

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Features

  • Future-Proof USB C Charging: 5V 3A Type-C output charges next gen devices.
  • iSmart 2.0 Technology: Detects connected devices and adjusts the output up to 2.4A per port
  • Easy to Store & Carry: Lightweight wall charger with retractable pins is ideal for travel
  • Secure Charge: Charging station packs overcharge, short-circuit, over-voltage, and overheating protections
  • Lifetime Warranty: Get 18 months out of the box and extend to a lifetime of quality guarantee by simply registering your device

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