RAVPower 14,000 mAh Power Bank $43.99

RAVPower 14,000 mAh Power Bank

Author
  • Design
  • Effeciency
  • Durability
  • Convenience
  • Value

Summary:
This RAVPower RP-BP13 battery is a nice Power Bank overall and while its not the highest scoring i have seen in terms of efficiency, its up their on the list rating on average at 65%. What are getting is a fairly efficient portable battery at a decent price.

With the lower cost you are losing a lot of the nice to have features and getting a pretty basic battery pack. But since it performs well I think for many this would be an acceptable trade off.

Product Details
Battery Model: RP-PB13
Rated Capacity: 14,000 mAh
Output ports: 2 (1A/2.1A)
Input Port: 1 (1A)

Battery Features:

Ports: The battery sports 2 USB output ports rated at 1A and 2A (2.1A). Newer batteries are now being released with 2 USB ports that are both rated at 2.4A and the battery auto-senses what is needed and adjusts the output as needed. The setup on this battery is good, and while the separate ports shows the age of its design a bit, it still performs very nicely. It will charge all of your devices well. On the input side it is only rated at 1A where newer devices of this capacity are now using 2A inputs. This just means you can expect this battery to take well over a half a day to charge (roughly 14-16 hours).
Indicator Lights: The battery does come with 4 nice indicator lights showing the % of battery charge, 1 LED per 25%. I did not test the accuracy of these so i will just assume the product descriptions valid. The indicator stays off while the pack is charging a device which generally a good thing as it means no power is used for the LEDs and no extra heat is being generated.
Auto-on: This battery does not feature Auto-on charging. This is a feature common on many similar batteries where it automatically starts to charge the device as soon as the USB port is plugged into the battery. On this battery you have to press a button to start the charge. Some may prefer this others may not, preferring to manually control the on/off state of the unit, While i like the Auto-On feature, this is a matter of personal choice
Pass-thru Charging: This is a nice feature that allows the battery itself to be charged while also delivering a charge out to another device that is connected, unfortunately this batter pack does not have this feature. There are numerous occasions when this feature can be helpful and none that i can thing of where its a hindrance.
LED Flashlight: Like many batteries in this class, it comes with a bright LED that is turned on with a long hold of the button and can be used as a flashlight. This is a nice to have feature, but this pack is a bit large for it to be carried in a way that would make it a convenient flashlight. Nonetheless, on more than one occasion I have grabbed one of my batteries and used its flashlight when getting under my desk looking for something or when I need to see the back of my computer. In short, it’s a nice bonus.

Device Finish:
614FaUsY-dL._SL1500_The device comes in with 2 options, a matte black and a glossy white. The unit purchased and tested was the one with a glossy white finish. And while I, in general, prefer the matte finish , this was the one that i was able to get on sale. So in regards to this unit, it has a slick white acrylic finish. It looks very nice, but as i noted it’s not my favorite kind of finish for practical use. These glossy finishes can become slick/slippery and they attract fingerprints to no end. Since its white, the good news is that the fingerprints don’t stink out that much. Ont he plus side these types of finished tent to not scratch as much as some of the matte finished. I cant speed to the matte finish of these unit as i was not able to review it.

Testing details and efficiency.
RP-PB13 Test DataThis battery rates well, as do most batteries in the 14000 or 15000 mAh capacity range. In a series of 10 controlled tests the battery has an average output rating of 65%. As you can see this average was brought down by a couple of low tests. I normally only do 4 tests per battery, but did an extra test of each type to ensure it wasn’t a fluke or a mistake. To interject an opinion, I feel that that the battery is likely to perform closer to 67% more often, but lets move on from that.

This means that you can, on average, expect to get about 9,100 mAh of actual juice from this 14,000 mAh battery. In its best test, 68%, You would get 9,520 mAh, and it’s lowest about 59% you can expect about 8,260 mAh.

Now lets put this into terms that many end users can relate to. This means that you can expect this battery to give your iPad (gen 2/3/4) almost a full charge if it’s totally dead. You Galaxy S3 will get about 4.5 charges, Galaxy S4 will get about 3.6 charges. If you are an iPhone user your iPhone 5 can expect to get about 6.6 charges, and for the newer iPhone 5s/5c you can expect a bit over 6 full charges.