Callum McInerney-Riley tests a 14,000mAh external battery/portable charger

RAVPower-RP-PB13-DeluxeRAVPower RP-PB13 Deluxe at a glance:

  • 14,000mAh power capacity
  • Dual USB ports
  • Charges via Micro USB
  • Price: From £24
  • Website: www.ravpower.com

It’s hard to get excited by a power bank these days, as there are thousands out there doing almost the same job. However, RAVPower specialises in battery and power-based technology, and makes some of the highest-capacity power banks currently available, at a very affordable price.

The RAVPower Deluxe RP-PB13 14,000mAh power bank is one of the company’s highlight products and is perfect for photographers. With a capacity of 14,000mAh, the RP-PB13 will charge the 1,080mAh battery of a Sony Alpha 7, for example, at least ten times before needing to be recharged. Alternatively, it can fully charge the Apple iPad Air 2’s 7,340mAh battery, with plenty of juice to spare for topping-up your phone.

There are two USB ports on the front of the RP-PB13, one being a 5V/2A port and the other a 5V/1A. Both ports can be used simultaneously, so users can charge two devices. Four LEDs across the top indicate how much charge is left in the power banks.

RAVPower RP-PB13 Deluxe – key features

What’s in the box?

Two USB-to-Micro USB cables are included, with Micro USB-to-Mini USB and Micro USB-to-30-pin Apple adapters.

Dual USB ports

Two devices can be charged simultaneously by using the 2A and the 1A USB ports.

LED torch

By tapping the power button on the top, a small LED torch will activate. This is useful when rummaging through a camera bag in the dark.

RAVPower RP-PB13 Deluxe – verdict

I find myself carrying more and more battery-powered gadgets and gizmos, so having one small device with a lot of power is fantastic. Weighing 290g and measuring 121.2 x 20.3 x 81.3mm, the RP-PB13 is fairly large and weighty, but without being a cumbersome addition to a kit bag. In size and weight it’s comparable to an average-sized external hard drive. The device charges via Micro USB, which is a fairly universal charger. However, to charge the battery fully does take a while – if the battery is empty I leave it overnight and it’s charged by the next morning.

SCORE: 4 out of 5

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