Review: RAVPower 5-Port Power Delivery USB-C Charging Station
- The Power Delivery port on this charger can output more than the average USB-C Power Delivery port on most chargers
- Each of the USB-A ports have a charging rate of 5V/2.4A
- Does get a little warm while you're using the Power Delivery Charging
If there’s one charging technology that’s not exactly used too much but has a bright future ahead, it would have to be Power Delivery. Power Delivery is used with the Type-C charging method and the reason that it’s so useful because it’s capable of faster-charging speeds than just your regular USB-C charging. Power Delivery is basically a universal type of Quick Charge that’s going to be usable for not only smartphones but also for larger devices.
For example, the MacBook is actually compatible to use with Power Delivery because it uses USB-C and if you have a smartphone such as the Google Pixel 2, that is also Power Delivery compatible; you can very well use the same charger to charge both of those devices.
This RAVPower 5-port Desktop charger that features a USB-C Power Delivery port is a great option if you’re searching for one Power Delivery speeds while still being able to charge other devices at once. Let’s see what it has to offer with its ports.
The USB-C Power Delivery port on this charger is actually more powerful than most other wall or desktop chargers and that’s because it has an output of 45W. Most of the time when chargers use Power Delivery they tend to output 30W. 30W of charging power for Power Delivery compatible devices isn’t bad at all, but at the same time devices that are compatible with PD are able to charge faster than 30W.
Such as Chromebooks and MacBooks that use PD are able to charge beyond the 30W threshold and into the 45W charging rate or even beyond that too. So the Power Delivery port with this charger is actually very useful for charging more powerful devices to charge them at a faster speed.
Also, since there’s more power being used with this port, it’s able to charge all Power Delivery compatible smartphones at their max charging rates. Such as Google Pixel 2 and Essential are able to charge at their max charging rate with this Power Delivery port. You can also charge the iPhone X and iPhone 8 at their max charging speed with the Power Delivery port and that’s because you can use a USB-C to Lighting charging cable. The iPhone X and iPhone 8 is compatible with USB-C Power Delivery isn’t known too well but hopefully, now you know and can charge your iPhone at a faster charging rate.
USB-C Power Delivery Charging rate in terms of Voltage and Amperage:
5V/2.4A | 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A
There are 4 USB-A ports on this desktop charger and each of them has a charging rate of 5V/2.4A. None of the ports features Quick Charge but at the same time, that’s okay as 2.4 Amps of charging power is enough to charge most smartphones at a fast enough charging rate and can actually charge an Apple iPad at its max charging speed.
The max output of the USB-A port section is 6A and so you can actually use the max power of two USB-A ports at the same time. If you’re using all four at the same time with the max output being reached, then that will result in a charging speed of 5V/1.2A for each of the ports.
You can use the max power of the USB-C Power Delivery port and the max output of the USB-A section of this desktop charger at the same time, as they both have their own max power output limits.
Size and Weight:
The size of this charging station isn’t large at all and we’re not really surprised by that as charging stations in general, even with many ports aren’t large. It has a length of 3.9 inches, a width of 2.7 inches, and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight of this charger is 8.1 Ounces. So it’s perfect for placing on your computer desk and charging various devices at once. The only thing that you really have to worry about is keeping the charging cables organized so they don’t run rampant on your desk.
Using this desktop charger is very easy. It comes with a Power Cord that you have to connect to the desktop charger and then you can connect it to an AC Outlet and you’re ready to use it. On one side is where all the charging ports are, and once the charger has power, there’s a Green light above the USB-C port that turns on to indicate that it’s ready to use.
Structure and Material:
This is a very well built charging station, as the center of the charger is just two pieces only. Using the ports feels great with them holding on strong to the charging cables that you place into them.
With so much charging power being outputted from this charger you’re probably wondering if it heats up and well, the simple answer is that it does become warm. The charger only becomes warm if you’re using the Power Delivery port as it’s able to output 45W of charging power, but even so, it’s be expected as most other wall chargers that use Power Delivery become warm and nothing serious as long as it’s not hot to the touch.
This is a very reliable desktop charger to use if you can make use of the Power Delivery port. It’s definitely not a charging station that you purchase if all you’re doing is using the USB-A ports, as the main reason that it’s priced at is somewhat high is because of its use of Power Delivery.
Charging power is great with the USB-C Power Delivery port being able to output 45W of charging power, which is higher than most other Power Delivery charging rates. It also has four standard USB-A ports with each of them using a charging rate of 5V/2.4A.
Despite having so many charging options, this charger is actually quite small and is easy to use.
The build quality of this charger is good with the ports holding strong onto the charging cables that you connect it with. It does become warm only when you’re using the Power Delivery charging.
It’s a great desktop charger if you can find a use for the Power Delivery charging, but not the best if you’re just going for standard USB-C charging and using the USB-A ports.
Specs of the RAVPower 5-Port Power Delivery USB-C Charging Station:
USB-C Power Delivery Port: 5V/2.4A | 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A (45W)
USB-A Port: 5V/2.1A
Max Output: 60W
- Input: 100-240 AC Input
- LED Power Indicator: Single Green LED Light
- Size: 3.9 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches
- Weight: 8.1 Ounces
RAVPower has a made an excellent USB-C Power Delivery charging station that also features powerful USB-A ports that you can use with the overly average Power Delivery port.
USB C Power Delivery Charger, RAVPower 60W 5-Port USB Desktop Charging Station with Type-C PD Port for Nintendo Switch, MacBook, iPhone X 8 Plus, Pixel 2016 and iSmart Ports for iPhone, iPad and More
1 used from $ 31.99
- Faster Charging: Up-to-45W USB C Power Delivery fully recharges your MacBook 2017/2016/2015 and Dell XPS 13 in about 2 hours; iSmart 2.0 adjusts to connected devices and outputs up to 2.4A per port
- Charges 5 Devices: One USB Type-C PD port pairs with four iSmart 2.0 USBs for a simultaneous fast charging treatment
- Works Worldwide: Universal 100V-240V AC input ensures the wall charger connects even when you're travelling abroad
- Fully Protected: Integrates safeguards for overcharge, short-circuit, over-voltage, and overheating
- What You Get: Lifetime Warranty (After Register), RAVPower 60W 5-Port USB Charging Station, 5ft / 150cm Detachable Power Cord, and User Guide