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Unraveling the New RAVPower Fast Charger

Like many of Apple’s product launches, the recent launch of the newest iPhones has caused much crazed and even started a new movement for charging. Although wireless and fast charging has been around for a while for android users, this is the first time Apple made their iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X to support USB PD fast charging. We already reviewed a few ones from popular brands already, but we just couldn’t help it and decided to review this one by RAVPower too. So today is going to be all about the RAVPower USB PD Dual-Port Charger. 

The Unboxing

RAVPower’s packaging design are usually very consistent to build and boost brand awareness.

After you open the box, you can see that the box is lined with a protective layer at the bottom that is said to be shock-proof and even comes with an anti-dust bag.

This USB PD charger is pretty small. The lacquered case is made of flame retardant poly plastics, smooth, and highly reflective. RAVPower’s logo is printed on the front.

The iSmart logo is simply printed in the center on the back to easy recognition.  The charger has rounded corners and curved edges to protect the user from cutting their hands.

The thickness of the Charger is slightly bigger than the diameter of a quarter. It features a US and Universal AC socket. The non-magnetic and non-sparking material guarantees the safety of users.

Similar to Apple’s charger, the foldable-prong design makes the RAVPower charger easy to carry. 

RAVPower was very mindful of the user experience when designing this product as there is even a small groove protruding out slightly at the base to help users unfold the the prongs easily. 

As for the interface, it features a USB-A interface (iSmart) and a USB-Interface.

USB-A interface supports a maximum of 5V2.4A (Apple protocol) output voltage while the USB-C interface supports 4 kinds of specifications: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A (PD protocol) with a standard output power of 36W. The Product model is RP-PC017. It has obtained both Japan and EU safety standard certifications. 

Two devices can be charged at the same time.

The Testing

Using the Chargerlab Power-z KT001 to examine the USB-A port, it shows support for 3 types of protocols: the apple 2.4V, Samsung 5V/2A, and DCP 5V/1.5A.

The USB-C port supports the PD2.0 protocol and the available voltage currents are 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, and 20V/2.25A respectively. The actual maximum output power is 45W.

In addition to supporting the PD protocol, the USB-C port also supports the DCP 1.5A protocol, but it is not compatible with other fast charging protocols.

Using the USB-A to charge the iPad Air 2 with the output voltage of 36V/2.41A resulted in an output power of 13W.

Using the USB-A to charge iPhone 8 Plus with an output power of 13W.

Using the USB-C to charger the iPhone 8 Plus (with the battery around 20%), the output voltage is 9.18V/1.74A and the output power is 16W; supporting USB PD fast charging.

Charging the new MacBook (with the battery around 54%), the output voltage is 15.2V/1.73A and the output power is 26.3W; similar to the Apple’s charger charging speed.

The RAVPower USB PD dual port charger is compatible with the majority of smartphones. Due to its dual-port configuration of USB-A and USB-C, it works perfectly well with iPhone or Macbook.

In addition to smartphones, RAVPower USB PD dual port charger is compatible with power banks too with a maximum output voltage of 37.6W (PD) and a output of USB-C is 30W.

One of the best selling points for the RAVPower RP-PC017 is its dual output interface feature, allowing users to charge 2 devices at the same time. Additionally, it supports USB PD fast charging protocol and the Apple 2.4A charging protocol. Whether you are using it to charge your iPhone 8/8 Plus/ X or iPhone 7, iPad, this charger can deliver a maximum charging speed.  

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