I’ve been using RAVPower battery packs for years and recently taken kindly to their new high power PD (60w and 65w) phone chargers, so my excitement at receiving the new PD Pioneer 20000maH 65E 2-port Power House should come as no surprise.
That didn’t stop me getting excited when it turned up – and days hours later I’m STILL excited – just LOOK at this monster.
The model (RP-PB054) Power House I received has a UK power output socket and has USB-C input and output – taking advantage of PD power delivery to quickly charge the internal battery. It also has a USB 3 connector and comes with a universal mains adaptor, tiny “thank you” note with warranty info (12 months) with US, DE and Japan phone numbers and a help email address. The user guide has 5 pages of English as well as German, French, Spanish and italian help.
So, I started thinking about a night in a tent – high speed charging 2 phones (one on USB-A, the other on USB-C) and enough 220v power to run a substancial LED lamp all night or even for two nights. Give me time and I’ll think of all sorts of other uses. Of course you can carry around a solar panel for all of this – but as I’m currently UK Northeast bound – forget that – there’s little chance of 2 consecutive days of decent sunshine.
The RP-PB054 Power House also comes with a decent carry-case and the whole lot looks like it will be shower-proof..
The USB-A connector is an output (and I can verify offers Quick-Charge as I just charged my Pocophone on it), while USB-C is both in and out.
Ok, I know, a MESS – I have so much to test right now I’ve given up trying to make my worktops presentable. The IMPORTANT thing in this photo is: you are looking at the RavPower Power House being charged via it’s USB-C connection while simultaneously powering my Raspberry Pi 4 via the USB-A output – and I can confirm that my Pi 4 was and is showing NO voltage drops (Pis are very sensitive to this) – the power from startup (I started charging AFTER connecting the Pi) shows perfect voltage values – never dropping below 5.1v – a dream Raspberry Pi supply – perhaps a little expensive to use for the Pi alone – but given that it can do other jobs at the same time…
In a later test I continued to power my Raspberry Pi 4 while charging my near-dead Pocophone F1 simultaneously. Finally while using my (discussed elsewhere) new Riden TC66C to monitor charge rate, I charged the Power Houseouse through the USB-C connector while still running the Pi4. Charge rate from a RAVPower PD Pioneer 65w charger was 15v at 1.9A.
There is a power button and 5 charge-level LEDs. If using the Power House to charge something else (like a phone or tablet) – when your device is fully charged, the AC output will turn off. I had thoughts of using the unit to power my tiny travel fridge on the beach this summer, but thinking about it, I’m guessing the AC power-out shut off will only happen if there is no load – based on what I’ve seen so far I’m banking on it doing the job just nicely though at this rate it might end up having a permanent job in my Spanish office.
The unit will protect itself from excessive discharge – more than can be said of some power invertors I’ve seen elsewhere.
Chargers – not the most exciting subject but we need them constantly – may as well have the best…