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The RAVPower 10000 USB-C is a slim power bank, good for commutes or short trips. What it lacks in speed compared to similar USB-C PD power banks it makes up for with more playtime.
RAVPower 10000 USB-C
- Ports: USB-C x1, USB-A x1, micro-USB x1
- USB-C Output: 5V/3A
- USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A
- USB-C Input: 5V/3A
- micro-USB Input: 5V/2A
- Capacity: 10,000mAh | 38Wh
- Size: 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.63 inches | 146 x 72 x 16 mm
- Weight: 6.9 oz | 196 grams
Switch Chargers Ratings:
Included In Box:
- RAVPower 10000 USB-C
- micro-USB cable
- micro-USB to USB-C adapter
- Charges Switch while you play
- Dual input for faster recharge
- Supports pass through charging
- Charge Switch and phone at same time
- Fits in most Switch carrying cases
- Can’t be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
- Doesn’t included a USB-C cable ($8-10 value)
- Included micro-USB cable + micro-USB to USB-C adapter is not as good as a regular USB-C to USB-A cable
Compared With Similar Chargers
|Charger||RAVPower 10000 USB-C||Anker PowerCore 10000|
|AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C|
|eeco 10000 USB-C|
|Switch Speed Rating||Good||Good Enough||Good+||Good|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Nintendo Suggested||Safe||Safe|
|Features||Pass Through Charging|
Dual input: micro-USB and USB-C
|Pass Through Charging|
Quick Charge 3.0
Requires a 9V/2A charger to recharge quickly
|Also Good For||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet|
|5.75 x 2.83 x 0.63 inches|
|3.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches|
|5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches|
|5.74 x 2.87 x 0.56 inches|
- Total of 7.8+ hours playtime
- Charging while you play
- Road trips
- iPhone and Android phones
- iPad and tablets
Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.
The RAVPower 10000 USB-C has the thin profile I’ve come to prefer in 10,000mAh power banks. It can fit into a pocket if needed. Its longer form makes it easy to pull out of a bag. But what drew me first was the included pouch. The main pocket fits the power bank with room to spare, enough for a cable or two. A second, open pocket is on one side. You can load it up with earbuds or other small accessories. Or keep your cables separate from the power bank, preventing any scratches. It is the nicest pouch I’ve seen come with a power bank.
Power Meter Readings
This power bank has a dual input function for faster recharging. You can connect both the micro-USB and a USB-C ports to USB chargers. This indeed works, but only with a particular setup.
The dual input function comes into play while using two USB-A power sources. One connects with a micro-USB cable. Such as the one included with the power bank. The other connects with a USB-C to USB-A cable. Dual input charging continues until the power bank is almost full. In my testing it didn’t work when the power bank was close to 100%.
If you connect the power bank to a USB-C charger then dual input will not function. The USB-C power source is providing all the current the power bank can take.
This gives you several options for recharging the power bank. Here they are, in order of fastest to slowest:
- Two USB-A wall chargers with micro-USB and USB-C to USB-A cable
- One USB-C wall charger with USB-C to USB-C cable
- One USB-A wall charger with a USB-C to USB-A cable
- One USB-A wall charger with a micro-USB cable
The RAVPower 10000 USB-C has fewer compromises than similar sized USB-C PD power banks. By only offering standard USB-C 5V/3A output it provides 35 more minutes of playtime. And it generates less heat, meaning less wear on its power cells. But it won’t fast recharge the Switch while you play. Nor does it offer fast charging for the iPhone via USB-C or Quick Charging for supporting phones. A classic case of endurance verses speed.
The 4 blue LEDs that show charge remaining act different than other power banks. They remain lit while charging the power bank. But when charging a device they soon turn off. You can push the button while in use and they’ll display.
It supports pass through charging, though RAVPower doesn’t recommend it. You can charge the power bank and have it charge a device at the same time. Every combination of input/output worked in my testing. This is useful if you only have access to one USB wall charger. But it is a slower charge and puts more heat on the power bank. Use it if you need to, but don’t make a habit out of it.
Like most USB-C power banks this one can charge two devices at once. But it has a max output limit of 3.1A. This isn’t a problem with the Switch and a phone. The Switch draws a bit under 2A, leaving a bit more than 1A for the phone. Likewise two phones would be fine. But the Switch and a tablet would result in one or both devices charging a bit slower.
RAVPower has U.S. based support contacts (web, email, phone) and warranty service. They are a respected brand within and outside of the Switch community.
The RAVPower 10000 USB-C offers almost 5 hours of extra playtime in a small, sleek package. It isn’t the faster USB-C PD, but that gives you an extra half hour of gaming on the go.
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