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In late 2018 RAVPower renamed this power bank from XTREME 26800 PD to PD Pioneer 26800. The power bank itself renamed the same.
The RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 is one of the largest power banks allowed on U.S. flights and capable of fast charging your Switch. While it may not fit well in your Switch carrying case it’ll provide half a day of extra playtime without any compromises.
RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800
- Ports: USB-C x1, USB-A x2, micro-USB
- USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A
- USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A (3.4A max on both ports)
- USB-C Input: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A
- Capacity: 26,800mAh | 99.16 Wh
- Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 173 x 81 x 23 mm
- Weight: 16.3 oz | 463 grams (18.6 oz | 527 grams with pouch and cables)
Switch Chargers Ratings:
Included In Box:
- RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800
- USB-C to USB-C cable, 42”
- micro-USB cable, 26”
- micro-USB cable, 10”
- Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
- Supports pass through charging
- Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
- Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
- Charge Switch and phone at same time
- Includes USB-C cable
- Fits in most Switch carry cases, but takes up most of the accessory pocket
- Within FAA limits for lithium-ion batteries and flights
- Heavier than the Switch itself
- May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly
Compared With Similar Chargers
|Charger||RAVPower XTREME 26800 PD||Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD w/PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C||AUKEY PB-Y7 30000 USB-C PD||J-Go Tech The Tanker|
|Switch Speed Rating||Great||Great||Great||Superb|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe|
|Features||Pass Through Charging||Only available with included wall charger||Quick Charge 3.0||Pass Through Charging, USB-A only|
|Also Good For||Phone, Tablet, 12-inch Laptop||Phone, Tablet, 12-inch Laptop||Phone, Tablet, 12-inch Laptop||Phone, Tablet, 13-inch Laptop|
|6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches|
|6.54 x 3.15 x 0.91 inches|
|5.91 x 3.31 x 1.14 inches|
|7.25 x 3.12 x 0.88 inches|
- Total of 13+ hours playtime
- Charging while you play
- Road trips
- iPhone and Android phones
- iPad and tablets
- Laptop, up to 12-inch (MacBook, Chromebook, etc)
Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.
The RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800’s appearance is that of a typical, high capacity power bank. It isn’t much bigger and only 2-4 ounces heavier than 20,000mAh models. While providing 33% more power. But those few ounces push it past 1 pound, which can be a mental barrier. In exchange for the weight you get 10+ hours more Switch playtime.
With the typical black matte exterior I was glad to see the printed text was silver. As someone who reads lots of spec printing I appreciate this easy to read color combination.
FAA Lithium-Ion Battery Limits
In the United States the FAA has limits on how large and how many lithium-ion batteries you can take on board a plane. Lithium-ion batteries are found in all modern electronics, including your phone, the Switch, and power banks. For most travelers the restricts are only a concern when dealing with large power banks. Other countries have similar restrictions.
- Under FAA regulations you can fly with a 100Wh or 26,800mAh (technically 27,027) or smaller power bank.
- You can bring multiple lithium-ion batteries which total more than these limits.
- It must be in your carry on bag. Do not bag check any devices with a lithium-ion battery.
- You may also be able to bring up to two power banks up to 160Wh or 43,243mAh, but you need the airline’s approval. American, Delta, Southwest, and United all allow for this. For other airlines you’ll need to check their policy.
- Check with your airline when flying outside of the United States.
Amazon Listing Note
On its Amazon page you may see a “newer model” listed at a much lower price. That is the RAVPower Ace 26800. It is a newer model, but it doesn’t support USB-C PD. It will charge the Switch at a slower rate and does not include a USB-C cable, hence the price difference.
The RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 is a solid, high capacity power bank with great output for the Nintendo Switch. It’ll charge a handheld Switch as fast as any other option. Its 26,800mAh capacity (which is right at FAA’s 100Wh w/o permission limit) will give you 10+ hours more playtime. Like most other USB-C PD power banks it won’t power a docked Switch. It’s 30W output limit is low for 13-inch or larger laptops, but it do in a pinch.
It supports pass through charging on its USB-A port. You could charge the power bank and a phone from a single USB-C or micro-USB source. Could also work with the Switch, but would require a USB-C to USB-A cable and would be a slower charge.
The big (hehe) downside to this power bank is its weight. It is larger than most 20,000mAh power banks, but not enough that you would notice. Its weight pushes past 1 pound. That’s more than the Nintendo Switch, with Joy-Cons and a cartridge.
There is also the risk of buying too much power bank. Over buying capacity costs you more, and you’ll have to carry more. You may want the biggest one available, and here it is. But do you need 10+ hours more playtime? If 7.5+ hours will due, then a 20,000mAh alternative would be lighter and likely cheaper. If you don’t travel overseas or own a car charger you might need even less. That said, if you want to take one power bank to keep several USB devices up and running, then more capacity helps.
It can fit in most Switch carrying cases. But with its weight I’d suggest using its included pouch and carrying it outside the Switch’s case. The pouch is a tight fit, but will handle a USB-C cable.
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 PD Pioneer 26800 gives your Switch the most uptime under FAA regulations. Its fast charge rate and included USB-C cable is everything you need to play for 13+ hours.
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