RAVPower Portable Charger PD 20,000mAh review. Ravpower power bank 20000mah

RAVPower Portable Charger PD 20,000mAh review

REVIEW – As much as phone, tablet and computer brands might improve technology and increase battery density and performance, there’s always going to be a new app or connectivity struggles to drain that same battery much faster than you would like. That’s where portable batteries come in very handy. There’s lots of variations out there and the RAVPower Portable Charger PD 20,000mAh Input Output Power Bank is one that caught my attention with it’s large capacity and bi-directional Power Delivery capability.

What is it?

The short answer is it’s a portable battery. The lengthier answer is it’s a 20,000mAh battery with multiple inputs and outputs to allow it to fit into your device ecosystem as best it can. The LED display tells you exactly what percentage of battery is left.

Hardware specs

Input Ports: – PD USB-C: 5v~2A, 9v~2A, 12v~1.5A – Micro-USB: 5v~2A, 9v~2A, 12v~1.5A – Lightning: 5v~2.1A Output Ports: – PD USB-C: 5v~3A, 9v~2A, 12v~1.5A – USB-A (3.0) QC: 5v~3A, 9v~2A, 12v~1.5A – USB-A (2.0) iSmart: 5v~2.4A Total Output: 5v~3A Max Output Power: 18w Capacity: 20,000mAh Dimensions: 1650 x 780 x 23mm or about 6.5 x 3 x 1 inches | 420g or 14.7oz Display: LED displays battery percentage

Design and features

The RAVPower PD Power Bank is a 1″ thick rectangle with rounded corners and edges. The entire product has a smooth matte black finish except for the face which has a small glossy section next to a subtly ribbed surface with a centered RAVPower logo.

The glossy end hides a display that lights up when you press the power button.

The amount of remaining power is displayed as a percentage which is a lot more detail than decoding a blinking LED or a 4-LED power meter. 65%? No more guessing.

That same end houses all the connection ports. The two on the left are input only. Lightning and Micro-USB. The two on the right are outputs. USB-A QC 3.0 and USB-A iSmart 2.0. The USB-C PD port in the middle is both input and output.

Setup

The PD Power Bank does not come with a wall adapter. This is becoming more common. The devices you want to power up already came with an adapter, and RAVPower’s goal is help you minimize what you need to carry around.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to top off the charge on the PD Power Bank. You can use the included Micro-USB cable, but if you have a USB-C cable and adapter you’ll want to use it as it will up the charging speed to a full 18 watts, significantly reducing charge time. RAVPower claims a full recharge in about 5.4 hours which more or less matches what I saw during the review period.

Performance

There’s not a whole lot to cover here because the PD Power Bank just works. That the first necessity of a reliable battery. The main devices I need to power up on the go are a MacBook Pro, iPad Pro and Pamu Slide earbuds (all with USB-C). My iPhone, Apple Watch and Bose Frames (which I use for cycling) all have their own connector cables with USB-A power ends.

The PD Power Bank is able to charge all of these without issue. A single USB-C cable lets me charge the RAVPower, and then recharge any of my USB-C devices. Sure I still have to carry 3 specific cables for my smaller devices, but that’s a lot better than 6 specific cables and numerous wall adapters.

The next thing that falls into the ‘just works’ category is the PD Power Bank starts supplying power upon connection. This is a good thing in my opinion because If it’s connected, it’s charging. In fact, the only thing the power button does is display the charge level on the unit’s display. If you want to stop charging you need to unplug it.

It also has no issue charging multiple devices at the same time with the only caveat being only a single USB-C device can charge at a time unless you have a USB-A to USB-C cable.

It’s not a small battery being pretty close to an iPhone Max in length and width, but it should give you plenty of power on the go and the ability to charge multiple things is exactly why you’d want a battery of this size in the first place.

If you’re flying anytime soon, TSA allows batteries of 100Wh or less in your checked luggage or carry-on. The RAVPower PD 20,000mAh 18w Power Bank has a Rated Capacity of 66Wh and a Battery Capacity of 74Wh, both of which are under that limit. Here’s all that and the input/output ratings all in very hard to read print on the back of the device.

The only thing funky that I saw during use was charging my MacBook Pro while writing this review. Just double-checking some functionality, I connected my MacBook (98% battery) to the RAVPower PD Power Bank via a USB-C cable. I got the chime that the MacBook was charging and so I kept working. A few minutes later, I started hearing a repeating chime every 30 seconds or so. Turns out I was at 100% and my Mac was fluctuating between 99 and 100%. I haven’t been able to recreate the issue and it’s actually a pretty unlikely scenario as you most likely won’t be using a portable battery when your Mac is full, but I did think it was worth mentioning.

Final thoughts

As I mentioned before, this product just works. The only thing I can find to call out RavPower on is the ridiculously long boring name of this product. And actually, if you look again at the superfine black-on-black printing on the back of the device they call it “RAVPower PD Pioneer” right in the first line. Pioneer is a much better product name. If your kit would benefit from 20,000mAh of back up power you should take a closer look as this is a great value for the dollars.

Price: 49.99 Where to buy: Amazon Source: The sample of this product was provided by RAVPower

RAVPOWER PD PIONEER 20000mAh 60W 2-Port Power Bank (PD 60W)

Okay, we all need a decent mobile battery now and then, and I was pleased to try out the RAVPOWER PD PIONEER 20000mAh, a 60 W 2-Port Power Bank. I’ll start by saying that you heard me right with those first specs.

The PD 60W has total charging protection as it has multiple charging guards protecting against overcurrent, short-circuit, overdischarge, and even offers high temperature protection.

The RAVPOWER PD 60W has an LG21700 battery pack, and has a fast 18 W QC output for unlock peak performance. This particular Power Bank has a USB-A port, as well as a USB-C port.

Most of this would probably feel comfortable having the RAVPOWER PD 60W to power their phones, but this can power your laptop, like a MacBook Pro. In fact, you can power your mobile device and laptop at the same time.

Facts About The Company

I honestly didn’t really know what I was getting into with this RAVPOWER company, but they make a lot of chargers and power stations.

What Does This Company Make?

Basically, they make products that can charge things. I’m kind of hoping that I can review some more of their products.

Just the Specs, Man

If you’re the type that needs this info, this section is for you!

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The portable charger power bank is compatible with Steam Deck/ MacBook Pro 14“/ MacBook Pro 16“/ MacBook Air 2020/ MacBook Pro 13″ 2020/ MacBook Pro 15″ 2017/ MacBook 16″/ MacBook 12″/ MacBook Air 13″/HP /XPS; Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9”/ iPad Pro 10.5″/ iPad Pro 11″; Compatible with iPhone 14/13 / 12 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro max / 8 Plus/iPhone SE2; Compatible with Galaxy S22 /S22 Ultra/ S21 Ultra/S21/ S21; Compatible with Google Pixel 6/5 and even any Airpods and all Headphones more.

If there is something on this that I didn’t cover, please let me know.

What Do the Reviews Say?

I could really find anything like this on Amazon, but it is quite something on the RAVPOWER website. I mean, seriously, there are many 5 star reviews, and this is from 149 reviews.

Numbers like that seem suspicious to me, so I have this to say: if this particular product does its job, which is taking a charge and then giving it out again, then it is perfectly doing its job. So that is worth 5 stars, right?

Okay, I Like It, Just Give Me The Link So I Can Buy It Already!

I couldn’t find it on Amazon, so check out the website.

Maybe I Want It, But Is There Anything Else Like It? Maybe For A Lower Price? Please?

You know, I really thought that I would have reviewed more mobile batteries, like really recently. However, the most recent one that I could find was from 2019. Weird.

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh Power Bank Review. A Perfect Travel Companion

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh powerbank is the perfect travel companion, and you can read more about it here in our review.

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I’ve been in search of a power bank for a long time now, ever since my trusty Anker PowerCore 20100 started to show signs of aging. Thanks to shipping regulations, it can be difficult to get power banks into Ireland, though, so when I had the opportunity to review the RAVPower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh portable charger, I jumped at the chance. For pretty much anyone else, though, it’s an easy device to pick up: You can buy it from Amazon in the U.S. or RAVPower’s own store on their website.

Specifications

USB-C, 2x USB-A (one iSmart, one Quick Charge 3.0)

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Design

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh portable charger is definitely bulky and a bit heavy, though it’s not a huge deal as it’s something that you’ll typically just toss into your bag and forget about. That’s what I’ve done with it, anyway.

Charging speed and usability

Because this power bank supports USB Power Delivery, it should be capable of fast charging pretty much any USB Type-C compliant device that you own. I found it can charge the Samsung Galaxy A20e, the Huawei P20, the OnePlus 7T Pro, and even the Nintendo Switch quickly. so long as I used a proper USB-C to USB-C cable, anyway. That’s because the Power Delivery port is the USB-C port, which can both charge and discharge the power bank. Sadly, there isn’t much in the way of cables in the box. you only get a USB-A to microUSB cable in the box.

Whatever you’ve come to expect from a Power Delivery Type-C port is exactly what you’ll get here, and it’s a nice luxury to have. It can even charge my MacBook Pro, although obviously it’s not nearly as fast as the 87W charger. It can still help me if I’m in a pinch, though. If I forget to charge my laptop, I can put it in my bag, connect it to my power bank, and leave it to charge in my bag while I go about my day. The ability to do that alone is understated. It’s pretty slow, but the battery of my MacBook didn’t drain when I had it plugged in, which is the most important thing. It did, however, say it would take about 8 hours to charge to full. As for the charging speed of the power bank itself, it can charge in roughly five and a half hours when charged using a USB PD-compatible charger. That means you can just leave it to charge overnight and have it ready the next morning, which is what I’ve been doing. I generally just top it up a little bit whenever I’m not using it, rather than charging it all in one go every few days.

Price and availability

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh power bank can be difficult to import depending on where you live. Even getting this review unit was difficult as changing transport regulations mean that it could not be sent via air. If you live in the U.S. or mainland Europe, you should be fine, though. Parcel forwarding services may also be an option depending on where you live. For 50 (on Amazon U.S.), though, I think you’ll get your money’s worth. Previously, I used the Anker Powercore 20100, but its lack of versatility became somewhat of a problem as it aged. It couldn’t charge my Nintendo Switch, for starters, and the lack of USB-PD meant that lots of devices would charge rather slowly. If you’re interested in picking up this particular power bank, you can grab it from either Amazon US or RAVPower’s own website. Check out the links below! Amazon U.S. | RAVPower’s website Note: We use plugins that automatically generate affiliate links.

I’m Adam Conway, an Irish technology fanatic with a BSc in Computer Science and I’m XDA’s Lead Technical Editor. My Bachelor’s thesis was conducted on the viability of benchmarking the non-functional elements of Android apps and smartphones such as performance, and I’ve been working in the tech industry in some way or another since 2017.

In my spare time, you’ll probably find me playing Counter-Strike or VALORANT, and you can reach out to me at adam@xda-developers.com, on as @AdamConwayIE, on Instagram as adamc.99, or u/AdamConwayIE on Reddit.

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W Review

Summary The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W supports 18W USB-C PD and Quick Charge. Ideal for most phones, small tablets, and the line of Nintendo Switches. With twice the capacity of a sized model. And several input and output options.

User Review

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, LG, and Motorola phones
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases, but takes up most of the accessory
  • LCD shows a more exact capacity level (0-100%)
  • Recharge the power bank with USB-C, micro-USB, or Lightning
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights
  • Disables fast charging when two or more devices are connected
  • Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C is against USB-C specs
  • Can’t be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Doesn’t include a USB-C to USB-C cable

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I purchased the product in this review.

Model: RP-PB172

Tech Specs:

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  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, micro-USB, Lightning
  • USB-C Output:
  • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Apple 2.4A
  • 18W Quick Charge 3.0
  • Apple 2.4A
  • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
  • Apple 2.4A

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W box and contents

Included In Box:

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • iPad Pro

Estimated Number of Charges:

  • iPhone 6/7/8/SE: 7 charges
  • iPhone Plus/X/XR: 4 charges
  • iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S8/S9: 4 charges
  • Samsung Galaxy S10: 4 charges
  • Nintendo Switch (2017): 9.75 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch (2019): 15 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: 14.5 hours of play

First Impression

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W is a typical, rectangular form factor of a 20,000mAh power bank. Its stand-out feature is an LCD in place of the more typical LEDs for displaying the remaining capacity. With a 4 LED system, you know within 25% how much power you have left. With an LCD you get a 0-100% number, taking a lot of the guesswork out. Though the estimate itself is still only an estimate. And tends to drop faster below 50%. When charging the LCD blinks and displays the current charge level.

All five ports at on the front panel. Which I prefer over a port hiding on the side. They are in a logical order. The micro-USB and Lightning ports (used for input only) are on the left. The USB-C port (output and input) is next. Followed by the two USB-A ports. The green one next to the USB-C supports Quick Charge.

The enclosure around the LCD invites smudges. But most of it is matte black plastic. Good luck trying to read the technical specifications. With are in an even darker black on a black background.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

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Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery Quick Charge 4 Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11/SE
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over the USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, also not included.

For iPhones, the USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast-charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using either USB-A port. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes faster using USB-C.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

Using a Moto G6 for testing we see Quick Charge will fast charge over the green USB-A port. Any QC supporting Android phone with USB-C can use the included USB-C to USB-A cable.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected rate with a 12V charger. The original model will draw up to 12W, shy of its 18W max draw. This is due to a shortcoming with the Switch itself. But it is more than enough to charge while you play. The new model Switch (2019) and Switch Lite don’t have this issue. And will draw at or near their max draw rate.

Slower Recharge, But Not That Slow

Like its output specs, the RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W can only input up to 18W via the USB-C port. Its micro-USB port can also support up to 18W, provided you use a Quick Charge charger. Its Lightning port only gets up to 10.5W. But will be less than 5W if you use Apple’s iPhone USB power adapter.

That’s not a lot of input for a power bank twice the size of most other 18W models. With USB-C I was able to recharge the power bank 0-100% in ~5,5 hours. A Quick Charge should be able the same. While Lightning will be twice as long.

Given the 20,000mAh and output for smaller devices, you shouldn’t zero out this power bank often. And giving it a partial recharge will be faster. But should you drain it then expect it to take half a day or overnight to recharge.

No Fast Charging With Two or Devices

If you connect two or more devices to the power bank it will disable all fast charging tech. When you connect the second device you’ll notice the charging resets on the first. This is the power bank stepping down to a 5V output level. If you disconnect the second device you’ll want to unplug and replug the first. To make sure fast charging turns back on.

This limitation is typical of most power banks. The few I’ve seen which allow for two fast-charging devices are unusually large. There is a limit to how much current can cross its circuits without extra hardware. Which adds size, weight, and cost.

Most smaller devices will revert to their normal charging rate. Which will continue to charge the battery while they are in use. The total charge time for the two devices is about the same. Whether you fast charge them one at a time. Or charged them at a slower rate together.

Quick Charge 3.0 Over USB-C

The presence of Quick Charge over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. Such chargers have been around for years without issue. But we don’t know what the future holds.

Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications, a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Quick Charge operates at higher than default voltages. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open-source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases the voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.

There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer anyway. Some USB-C engineers warn against using any USB-C chargers with third party standards. Their concern is unforeseen consequences. Future technology may prove to be incompatible with such configurations. And pulling out a charger several years from now with a new device could have a bad result.

I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.

Pass-Through Charging

Pass-through charging allows a portable charger to both charge itself and a connected device. The power received from the wall charger splits. Some to the portable charger’s own batteries. And some to the connected device. How it handles the split varies. And there are more inefficiencies than normal.

This portable charger supports pass-through charging under these connections:

  • Input: USB-C, Output: USB-A (6.5W)
  • Input: micro-USB, Output: USB-C (5W)
  • Input: Lightning, Output: USB-C (5W)
  • Input: Lightning, Output USB-A (5.1-5.6W)

Pass-through charging is useful when you only have one USB wall charger. But it is not recommended to use this feature regularly. It puts more heat and stress on the portable charger. Which will affect its lifespan. It can also provide an inefficient charge to your device. Again, not great for its own battery’s lifespan.

If you like to have the option when traveling, fine. But don’t set this up next to your bed at home every night.

Summary

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W is a good, large capacity power bank. Made for iPhone, most Androids, Nintendo Switch, and other small devices. It is more capacity than your phone needs for a day trip. And not enough output for a laptop. It works best for multi-day charging. Whether at a convention, outdoors, or want to reduce the number of times you need to charge your power bank.

RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W ports

For phones the USB-C port fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel. And the green USB-A port will fast charge most Samsung, LG, and Motorola models. And any other Android which supports Quick Charge.

It’ll charge any model Nintendo Switch while you play. The original mode underdraws power. While the updated model and Lite draw closer to their max rate.

If you need to fast charge a device it needs to be the only one connected. Connecting a second device will disable fast charging across the board. Otherwise, you can normally charge two devices at once. Or three devices, though they’ll charge a bit slower still.

Pass-through charging is available. But with quite low outputs, between 5-6.5W depending on the setup. That’s okay for overnight charging. But it shouldn’t need to be a regular thing with so much capacity and smaller devices.

The LCD is a nice feature. Giving the power bank a distinct look. And allowing you to see how much power remains. Without having to round to the nearest 25%.

About RAVPower

RAVPower has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and an 18-month warranty. The warranty can be extended to 30 months if you register the product with RAVPower. They are a respected brand within the USB-C community.

Bottom Line

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 18W’s output best supports phones, tablets, and the Switch. Its capacity will keep those devices running for a long time. Use it as a recharge once a week commute charger. Or for long trips with infrequent charging points.

Buy if you:

  • Only need to charge phones, tablets, and similar size devices on the go
  • Need enough capacity for a few days, or want to reduce the number of times the power bank gets recharged
  • Want to see an actual number instead of a few dots when checking capacity

Don’t buy if you:

  • Need to also charge a USB-C laptop
  • Want a.sized power bank
  • Prefer to travel light, and won’t have an issue finding wall outlets

You’ll want a USB-C wall charger to quickly recharge this USB-C power bank. I recommend the RAVPower Super-C 18W 2-Port. It’ll support the same type of devices, as well as the power bank.

Be sure to check the Deals page to see if this or a similar charger is on sale.

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