RAVPower 10400mAh RP-PB07 Power Bank

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Product: RAVPower 10400mAh RP-PB07 Power Bank
Price: ~$35.99 Online at Time of Publication

Introduction:

As more hiking, camping and all round gadgets in general switch to USB charging, there is more of a demand for portable power sources to recharge your devices while on the go. While I have dabbled with solar options that work well in bright light, as we all know, the sun isn't always shining when you get to your outdoor destination. Until recently, bringing along a charger for your USB devices was near impossible if you planned on doing anything other than day trips from a car camping site. Enter the DYNAMO-ON-THE-GO series from RAVPower.

On the bench today I have the RP-PB07 10400 mAh portable battery pack. The RP-PB07 is the second largest capacity battery pack in the "DYNAMO-ON-THE-GO" lineup, eclipsed only by the RP-PB13 at 14000 mAh.  As a company, RAVPower was founded in 2010 as a replacement laptop battery and AC adapter company and by 2012 had moved into the mobile phone and portable power space. The company’s name, RAV, is an acronym for Reliable Affordable Value. Let's see how they stand up.

Power Bank Profiles

Specifications:

Input/Output ports:
  • 1x 5v 1A input (micro USB)
  • 1x 5v 1A output
  • 1x 5v 2A output
Weight 230g
Dimensions (mm) 112 x 70 x 21

First Impressions:

The first thing I want to note is the solid build quality of the unit. It feels solid in your hands and when you put pressure on the outside of the case there is no separation, or for that fact movement on the seams. The battery pack is thicker but smaller than an average smart phone, measuring 11.2cm long by 7cm wide by 2.1cm thick and is easily pocketable. Weighing in at 230 grams (the nexus 4 weighs 138 grams for reference), it is a bit heavy to be carrying around every day, but if you are planning a multi-day trip where you know that you will be away from power or if you are going to be on a long flight and know your device won’t make it through, then it is well worth its weight in your pack or bag.

Paired up with a Sanyo Eneloop USB AA/AAA battery charger and some 1500 mAh rechargeable batteries, the RP-PB07 is a must have on 2-3 day outdoor adventure where you don't want to have to deal with packing in, organizing, then packing out multiple sets of batteries. The battery pack makes charging your all of your devices just as easy as plugging into your computer at home. 

Nexus 4 Comparison

 

On the last page we'll have some test results and find out if this device can stack up to its claims.


Testing:

Multiple Cell Phones: Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4
 
All phones were below 10% battery, and were charged until full. The RP-PB07 was charged to full before starting and sat for 16 hours between tests to allow cell phones to be used to run their batteries back down.
  • Nexus 4 (charged 2x)
  • Galaxy Nexus (charged 2x)
  • iPhone 4 (charged 1x)

After charging phones from ~10% battery to full 5 times, the unit was still showing 1/4 bars of remaining charge. On the 6th charging session, the unit ran out of charge.

All Plugged In

 

GoPro Hero video camera 

The battery on the GoPro was run down until it shut off between each charge. 

  • GoPro Hero (charged 5x)

After 5 charges of the GoPro, the RP-PB07 was still showing 2/4 bars. Mathematically, I could have gone to almost 8 charges of the GoPro, but the numbers were adding up properly (The GoPro battery is 1100 mAh)

 

Conclusion:

Not only does the unit do what it claims, but it does it well. The results of the charge tests leave no doubt in my mind that there is in fact a 10400 mAh battery in the unit without having to crack the case for a closer look. However if you do want to crack the case open to verify, simply remove the sticker on the bottom of the unit to reveal a single Philips screw. 

Ease of use is in the top 5% of devices I have ever used. The fact that the battery pack itself charges via micro USB means that you only need one cable to charge either the battery pack or your device, and RAVPower includes 2 cables. One cable now stays at my desktop computer for charging the RP-PB07, and one in my pack to charge devices. If I ever lose a cable, the other can take its place. Since they did not chose a proprietary charging cable it is easy to replace for under $10 at any computer store. Checking the remaining charge on the unit is as simple as pushing a button, and not a tiny one at that. The only flaw I found in the unit is the fact that the charge indicator button sticks out about 0.1mm above the side of the unit. If you set it upside down on a flat surface and put any weight on it, you will activate the charge remaining indicator LEDs. Bravo for keeping it simple RAVPower. 

Pros:
  • Good size
  • Works as advertised
  • 2 USB cables come with the unit
  • Very solid build quality
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • Charge indicator button could be recessed just a tiny bit more. 

 

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