One of my favourite categories of mobile accessories is portable power. There are so many choices these days depending on what you need. From small chap-stick sized power tubes to large bricks that are designed for travelers. Some models have cables built-in, while others will allow you to power an entire MacBook or multiple devices at the same time. Today we’ll be taking a look at the RAVPower 20100mAh portable battery pack.
The RAVPower 20100mAh Quick Charge 3.0 external battery pack is the ultimate choice for any traveler or person that needs to charge multiple devices at one time. Not only does it have multiple outputs, but it’s also “future proof”, because it covers so many different types of devices for charging.
It incorporates the latest Quick Charge 2.0 & 3.0 technology (in one output) for your Qualcomm devices. On top of that, there’s an iSmart output, powered at 2.4 amps so you can quickly charge your “i” devices and other technology. The iSmart output automatically optimizes for the device that it’s plugged into and maximizes the charging speed. The last output is for USB-C cables, and also doubles as in input. Yes…you CHARGE your devices and RE-CHARGE the RAVPower using just that ONE port. This is quickly becoming the industry standard, and RAVPower is one of the first to offer this.
I’ve tested this unit with both my Samsung GS6 edge+ and Nexus 6P. Both devices received “fast charging” or “charging rapidly”, as long as I plugged into the USB-C output or Quick Charge outputs. Re-charging the device was very quick, at just under 4 hours, using the Quick Charge input.
This battery pack comes with a very nice soft mesh bag for carrying, and 2 micro USB to USB-A cables.
Both are flat. One is longer than the other. I didn’t bother measuring, because I’ll just carry the shorter one. You use this cable for re-charging the unit. The finish on the unit is a matte black, that doesn’t pick up finger prints, and the LED lights on the device are nice and bright. You don’t need to worry about pressing the button next to the LEDs to start the device. Just plug in and it’ll start charging your device. The LEDs are just an indicator of how much power is left in the battery pack.
Overall I would say this is your best bang for your buck, if you’re looking for a portable power pack for traveling. It’s definitely not something you want to carry in your pocket, but it’s perfect for carrying in a laptop bag, large purse or laptop backpack.
Oh, and if you want to know how many times this can charge your devices, find out how many mAh your device has and divide by 20100. 😉 That’s assuming you’re charging from dead.