RavPower Luster 5200 mAh PowerBank

Electronics, Power Banks

Last week I posted the review of the RavPower Luster Mini, an extremely portable, light and well designed powerbank.  Today I post about its big brother – the RavPower Luster.  This little monster packs 5200 mAh of juice which gives more than two full phone charges and would charge your tablet around halfway.

 First Impressions

Shaped differently to the Luster Mini, the Luster is shorter and chubbier at 89mm x 43mm x 22.5mm and weighing just 200g, which is quite light compared to the 159g of the Luster Mini.  One end has the product’s certifications and specifications, whilst the other end holds the charging port, output port (2.4A), a flush button, 4 tiny blue LEDs and iSmart written in white.

In the box you’ll find the Luster itself, a usb to micro-usb charging cable, the manual and a fabric carry pouch.

Technology

The company introduced a new technology not too long ago – iSmart.  “iSmart automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device – outputting a maximum of 2.4A”, which in layman’s terms means it takes care of your device’s battery.

The batteries used are claimed to be A+ industry grade Lithium-Ion batteries with over 500 charge cycles.  Since Li-Ion are notoriously dangerous batteries (a quick Google  or YouTube search will explain this) RavPower introduced a couple of precautionary measures including short circuit protection and current surges.

A point which is also worth noting is that this powerbank can take up to 2A charging current, that is, current used to charge the powerbank itself.  This means that it will take half the time to fully charge.

Conclusion

I’ve honestly never been disappointed with RavPower products and I believe that I have tested my fair share.  Priced at £9.99 and available in 4 colours, this product can find its place easily in the pocket of a multitude of people.

RavPower Luster Mini 2nd Gen

Electronics, Power Banks

These things keep getting smaller.  How did RavPower manage to pack 3200 mAh of juice into a package so small?  I am talking about the Second Generation of the RavPower Luster Mini.

What Changed?

RavPower Luster Mini Black

You might remember I reviewed the first generation a while back and some changes were made.  The flashlight – which sometimes was annoying since it would drain the battery if left on by mistake – was removed.  Power indication LEDs were also added along with a power-check button. The product’s design was also changed, whilst keeping the metal body, a plastic strip, which houses the power indication LEDs and button was added.  I believe this addition gives it a more sophisticated look.

The Luster mini comes in four different colours; Black, Gold, Blue, and Pink.

What’s in the Box?

Apart from what’s in the box, I’d like to add a comment about the box itself.  As a person who likes packaging and (and I hate to admit this) tends to hold on to packaging long after a product has lived its life, the packaging that RavPower are shipping in lately is quite impressive.  RavPower Luster Mini packaging

Look at that box.  With one image the company explained all the things you can do with the product, it shows their new technology, iSmart, and it shows you what you can achieve as a result of using their product – play more games, take more pictures, listen to more music.

RavPower Luster Mini iSmart

Inside the box is the Luster Mini, a ribbon type micro USB charging cable and a User Manual.  I get a feeling that RavPower got inspired by apple’s manual with the simplistic approach, what do you think?

Conclusion

A good product made better.  The second generation of the Luster definitely improved on the first.  At a selling price of £15.99 this device is a steal.  Perfect to carry around in your pocket or handbag, sure to help in your desperate moments of trying to get the highest score on your favorite game whilst waiting for the bus.

RavPower All-IN-1 Filehub

Electronics, Networking, Power Banks

The title says it all, ‘All-IN-1’, and they were not kidding.  This device is very similar to the HooToo HT-TM05, with the addition of an SD card slot.  In my opinion the RavPower filehub seems more of a ‘Trip Mate’ than the Hootoo due to the fact that it has the SD card slot in-built.

Ravpower Deluxe Series External Battery Packs

Electronics, Power Banks

RavPower have just released the new Deluxe Series.  Whilst very similar to the older series – in the sense that the product is essentially a portable battery pack – the deluxe series come with some added features.5136Yty5AbL._SL1000_

What’s new

Design

RavPower already had great product design with the older series, take the Luster Mini for example, it was a decent power bank which incorporated an incredibly handy flashlight. With this new series they changed the way their power banks looks.  A sleeker, tougher case finished in a semi-gloss black or white colour.

Functions

iSmart has also been introduced in this series and if you care about your device’s battery health and require a fast charge, is the technology you didn’t know you needed.  iSmart automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device – outputting a maximum of 2.4A, which enough to charge a tablet.

Specifications

I was very kindly sent two models to review, the RP-PB31 (7800mAh) and the RP-BP07 (10400mAh).


Product
Capacity (mAh) No. of Outputs Current Output Dimensions (mm) Weight (g) Charge Time (h) Status Lights
RP-PB31 7800 1 2.4A 95 x 63 x 20 281 8 h Yes
RP-BP07 10400 2 2.4A 140 x 55 x 22 340 12 h Yes

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What’s in the Box?

RP-PB31

  • 1x Power Bank
  • 1x Multilingual  Manual
  • 1x Micro USB charging cable
RP-BP07

  • 1x Power Bank
  • 1x Multilingual Manual
  • 1x Micro USB charging cable
  • 1x Grey Fabric Case

As you noticed for some reason the RP-PB31 is missing the fabric case which I tend to use to protect the power bank from the light scratches and scuffs it could get from everyday use – but don’t let this deter you from getting it.

Conclusions

Both these products are extremely cheap to purchase so I would not think twice before buying either one, or both for that matter.  For the power users I would suggest the RP-BP07 since this carries the most juice and has two output ports – allowing you to charge two devices at once. For the casual ‘leave the power bank in the backpack for emergency’ users the RP-BP31 should suffice, although I would personally still go for the larger power bank unless physical size is an issue.  Carrying either product around shouldn’t be too much of a problem – the heaviest one, the RP-BP07, weighs only 340g.

HooToo TripMate HT-TM05

Electronics, Networking, Power Banks

The TripMate is the tech-traveler’s perfect companion.  It’s as simple as that.

What is it?

This small device hides three ‘very different but powerful features’, as HooToo themselves put it.  So what are these features?

  • Its a PowerBank – it will charge your devices on the go.
  • Its a NAS – Network attached storage
  • Its a Router – Connect it to any wired connection and produce Wifi.