Review: RAVPower Pioneer 30,000mAh 90W Power Delivery Power Bank PB232

RAVPower 30,000mAh 90W Power Delivery Power Bank PB232

10

Power

10.0/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Pros

  • 90W Power Delivery charging when charging a laptop alone, or 65W PD charging while fast charging a smartphone at the same time
  • 30,000mAh power capacity that is able to charge smartphones, tablets or laptops to full power multiple times
  • Comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable to use the power bank right out of the box

A few years ago, portable chargers were known only to charge smartphones and tablets, and if you wanted a power bank that would charge a laptop, then you’d have to go with one of those that were bulky and used DC ports to charge from. Fortunately, things have changed, as most modern laptops are now compatible with USB-C Power Delivery charging, a more accessible form of charging that can be universally used with smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

In this review, we’re taking a look at this RAVPower 30,000mAh 90W Power Delivery power bank. It has everything that you’ll need to be able to charge a laptop and other devices, so let’s see what it’s like to use.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this RAVPower portable charger is 30,000mAh. A very high power capacity is not too common for portable chargers, but it’s normal when dealing with higher, more powerful Power Delivery charging power.

You can do a lot with a 30,000mAh power capacity. When it comes to charging smartphones, you’re able to charge most phones to full power about four to five times with this power bank. We’re considering that you may be charging smartphones with larger batteries, as most modern phones do now. As the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has a 4,000mAh battery, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has about a 3,600mAh battery.

With them being Power Delivery compatible, meaning they can fast charge, the power capacity’s conversion rate is less. That said, being able to charge a modern smartphone to full power five times with this RAVPower charger is still great as you’re able to go days without having to recharge the power bank.

The same can be said about tablets and laptops with this power bank. However, tablets and laptops are going to have much larger batteries, and it’s all relative. So you may get about one or two full charges for your tablet as they have upwards of 5,000mAh batteries and require more powerful charging. Simultaneously, you can do a lot with about one or two full charges for laptops or tablets as it gives you many hours of more use.

We were able to charge a Lenovo Flex 5 laptop to full power about two times in our experience. That said, when we were not using the laptop, if you’re using your laptop while charging it, you’re going to end up with fewer full charges but more usage time.

Output Charging:

The charging that you get from this RAVPower portable charger is minimal but very powerful. The power bank has a USB-C Power Delivery port and a USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port.

The USB-C Power Delivery port is the main reason to get this power bank, and that’s because the charger has a 90W Power Delivery charging rate. A 90W Power Delivery charging speed can charge most USB-C PD compatible laptops at their max charging speed.

We tested the USB-C Power Delivery port with a Lenovo Flex 5, and the laptop was able to charge at about 30W to 40W, which is basically the laptop’s max charging speed. With a 90W Power Delivery port, you will also be able to charge many other PD laptops at their max charging speed, such as Macbooks, Chromebooks, or Microsoft Surface laptops.

Also, when you’re charging two devices simultaneously, the power output of the USB-C Power Delivery port is 65W, and the USB-A port still outputs 18W. We were still able to fast charge the Lenovo Flex 5 and fast charge an LG G7 at its max charging speed at the same time.

Input Charging:

Recharging the power bank is done through the same USB-C Power Delivery port, and you’re able to recharge the power bank at 60W if you use a 60W Power Delivery wall charger.

Design

Size and Weight:

The charger is quite compact, and honestly, even for a 30,000mAh power bank, we have to say that you’re not going to have much of a problem with portability. The RAVPower portable charger has a 5.9-inch length, a 3.5-inch width, and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the power bank is 1 pound.

If you’ve got pockets large enough, you can fit this power bank into there; you can carry it around or place it into a bag. This charger also won’t be taking up much space at all on your desk.

Functional Components:

This power bank is easy to use, but you have to use the power button when it comes to laptops. At least we had to.

When charging the Lenovo Flex 5 laptop with the USB-C Power Delivery port, we connected the Power Delivery port to the laptop, and the laptop started recharging the power bank. We held the power button down, the power bank turned off and then automatically turned on, and then started charging the Lenovo Flex 5.

So you do have to do a quick reset for the power bank to begin charging a laptop if somehow your laptop does start recharging the power bank. When it came to charging from the USB-A port, things went completely smoothly, and there was no use in using the power button.

Build

Structure and Material:

This power bank’s build quality is what you can expect from RAVPower, meaning that it’s a solid product that you can use every day. The power bank does not have any water-resistance or shockproofing, so you should still be careful about dropping the power bank onto hard flooring.

Tech:

Considering that this charger has a 90W Power Delivery port, the charger does get a little warm if you’re using the USB-C PD port. It makes sense, and it’s nothing to worry about.

Reliability

This RAVPower 30,000mAh PB232 90W Power Delivery power bank is easily one of the most reliable Power Delivery laptop power banks that you can get. The charger has a very powerful Power Delivery port that can charge most laptops at their max charging speed, and the same can be said about smartphones and tablets. You’re even able to fast charge a smartphone and charge a laptop with this power bank at the same time.

This RAVPower charger also comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, so you’re able to use it right out of the box.

Summary:

Power:

There is a good amount of power capacity to use, with a 30,000mAh power capacity that can charge smartphones, laptops, and tablets to full power multiple times. Also, the charger has a 90W Power Delivery capable port and a Quick Charge 3.0 port.

You can also recharge the power bank at 60W with a powerful enough PD wall charger.

Design:

The charger is not very large; it is a bit heavy, though. It’s easy to use with charging automatically starting, and if you run into an instance where your laptop is recharging the power bank, just reset the power bank by holding down the power button.

Build:

The charger does heat up just a little bit when charging a laptop from the Power Delivery port.

Reliability:

This power bank is reliable for fast charging all sorts of portable devices and getting them to full power a few times before recharging the power bank itself.

 RAVPower 30,000mAh 90W Power Delivery Power Bank PB232 Specs
Power Capacity30,000mAh
USB-C Power Delivery Port5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/4.5A, 90W Max
USB-A Quick Charge Port5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A, 18W Max
Max Output when using Both PortsPD 65W + iSmart 18W, Total 83W Max
USB-C (Input)5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/3A, 60W Max
Size5.9 x 3.4 x 1 inches
Weight1.1 Pounds

Conclusion:

The PB232 RAVPower 30,000mAh 90W Power Delivery power bank can charge most laptops at their max charging speed and charge most devices to full power a few times before needing to recharge the power bank. The charging is minimal but one of the most useful ports you can find on a power bank.