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Deal Alert: The RAVPower Ace 26800 is on sale for $10 less than its usual price. There is also an additional $3 off coupon available. Updated: March 21, 2019
RAVPower Ace 26800 – Among the lowest priced 26,800mAh USB-C power banks
Switch Chargers Ratings:
- Speed Rating: Great
- Safety Rating: Safe
- Capacity: Recharge a Switch 4 times, good for 12+ hours of play
- Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, micro-USB
- 15W USB-C (5V/3A)
- 12W USB-A (5V/2.4A, 3.1A max on both ports)
- 15W USB-C (5V/3A)
- 10W micro-USB (5V/2A)
- Capacity: 26,800mAh | 99.1Wh
- Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 173 x 82 x 23 mm
- Weight: 16.4 oz | 465 grams
Included In Box:
- RAVPower Ace 26800
- micro-USB cable x2, 2.2 feet/0.66 meter
- USB-C to micro-USB adapter
- Total of 15+ hours playtime
- USB-C phones
Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.
- Charges Switch while you play
- Dual input for faster recharging of power bank
- Supports pass through charging
- Charge two devices at once
- Fits in most Switch carrying cases, but takes up most of the accessory pocket
- Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights
- Can’t be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
- Doesn’t included a USB-C cable
- May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly
The RAVPower Ace 26800 offers a lot of capacity at a lower price. Most other 26,800mAh USB-C power banks are $20 more. But for the savings you don’t get Power Delivery, Quick Charge, or a USB-C to USB-C cable. It has a different case than RAVPower’s USB-C PD 26800 power bank. But the size and weight are almost identical. It has one of the nicer travel pouches I’ve seen. It has a side pocket designed to carry the cables or other small accessories. Keeping them separate from the power bank is nice for organization. And preventing scratches. The main pocket closes, but the side pocket does not. I wouldn’t put the USB-C to micro-USB adapter in there without attaching it to one of the cables.
Power Meter Readings
The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected ~10W with regular USB-C. Over 5V it limits its draw to 2A. But that’s still enough to charge while you play any game. Learn more about charging the Switch.
We see a less active power negotiation, as it doesn’t move up to a higher voltage. Note there is a slight delay (1-2 seconds) between plugging in and current flowing. You’ll see the same between connecting to the Switch and the Switch showing it is receiving a charge.
iPhone & Android
With regular USB-C the iPhone 8 won’t fast charge when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. The iPhone charges at nearly the same rate whether using USB-C or USB-A ports.’
The Moto G6 and all other USB-C Android phones will charge at their normal rates. Lack of USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge means no fast charging. The Moto G6 charged ~10% faster using USB-C than USB-A.
Compared With Similar Power Banks
|Charger||RAVPower Ace 26800||AUKEY PB-Y3 30000 USB-C||AUKEY PB-Y14 20000 USB-C|
|Switch Speed Rating||Good||Good||Good|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Safe|
Pass through charging
|Pass Through Charging|
|Also Good For||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet||Phone, Tablet|
|6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in|
|5.9 × 3.3 × 1.1 in|
|7.9 x 3.8 x 0.6 inches|
You can recharge the RAVPower Ace 26800 using the micro-USB port up to 10W. Or the USB-C port up to 15W. It also support dual input. Connect both micro-USB and USB-C to chargers and it recharge up to 20W total.
Dual input needs two USB chargers. One has to be USB-A, the other can be either USB-A or USB-C. Use one of the included micro-USB cables with the USB-A charger. If using a second USB-A charger you can use the other micro-USB cable and the USB-C to micro-USB adapter. Or if using a USB-C charger a USB-C to USB-C cable (not included).
Assuming you have a USB-C charger and cable dual input only recharges the power bank ~25% faster. Not worth the setup if charging overnight. But if you need to fast charge it is an option.
Using the Included USB-C to micro-USB Adapter
As a general rule it is safe to use a USB-C to micro-USB adapter. Such as the one RAVPower included. It is an adapter that connects to a micro-USB cable, giving it a USB-C end. It is not safe to use the opposite, turning a USB-C connection into any kind of other connection. That would allow for connections against USB standards, and dangerous to devices. Again, the adapter RAVPower included is the good kind.
My USB tester showed the micro-USB cable with USB-C adapter has a 56k Ohm resistor. That resistor is required under USB-IF rules for all USB-C to USB-A connecting cables.
Using the micro-USB cable and adapter on the Switch will reduce its charge rate. With USB-A in the mix it won’t draw more than 7.5W. Less than that the USB-C port provides and not always enough to charge while you play. Get a USB-C to USB-C cable to better charge the Switch.
Pass Through Charging
Pass through charging allows a power bank to both recharge and charge a connected device. Some of the energy flows from the wall output, through the power bank, to the device. The remaining energy recharges the power bank itself.
The RAVPower Ace 26800 supports pass through charging a several ways:
- Input: USB-C, Output: USB-A
- Input: micro-USB, Output: USB-A
- Input: micro-USB, Output: USB-C
- Input: micro-USB + USB-C, Output: USB-A
Using micro-USB and USB-A gives a slower charge, ~33% of what you get using USB-C as either the input or the output. Using the dual input setup also slows down the output of the USB-A port by a similar amount.
The fastest output setup is micro-USB input and USB-C output. But the output exceeds the input, meaning the power bank will continue to drain. If the power bank has enough remaining charge this should be fine for overnight. The device’s draw will reduce as it approaches 100%, then the power bank will get most/all the power.
Pass through charging is useful for overnight stays with limited wall chargers. It is not recommended to do so on a regular basis. It puts more heat and stress on the power bank, which can affect its lifespan. Doing it when traveling is fine. But don’t set this up next to your bed at home every night.
The RAVPower Ace 26800 is one of the least expensive 26,800mAh USB-C power banks. But that comes at the cost of lower output. It supports regular 15W USB-C. It does not support USB Power Delivery, nor Quick Charge.
It won’t fast charge any devices. But it will provide a consistent, regular charge rate to the Nintendo Switch. And any model USB-C phone or small tablet. It is enough to charge the Nintendo Switch while you play in handheld mode. I wouldn’t recommend it for any laptop or the iPad Pro, especially if working on the go.
The 5V output limit has the advantage of extending the already large capacity. This means more playtime compared to a USB-C PD power bank. The Switch will recharge up to 4 times. And the latest USB-C phones will get up to 6 charges.
The dual input setup gives you options for recharging the power bank. You can use the included micro-USB cable with a USB-A charger. Or both micro-USB cables and the adapter with two USB-A chargers. Or use a USB-C charger and cable if you have those. Pass through charging works under all charging setups. But it charges the connected device the slowest with only micro or dual input.
The power bank falls within the FAA’s limits for flights within the United States, barely. The limit is 100Wh, this model is 99.1Wh. If traveling outside of the U.S. contact your airline before you leave. Check the limits for lithium batteries, which are based on the country of origin. Most airlines post these limits on their websites.
RAVPower has U.S. based support (web, email, phone) and an 18 month warranty. The warranty can be extended to 30 months if you register the product with RAVPower. They are a respected brand within the USB-C community.
The RAVPower Ace 26800 is as inexpensive of a USB-C 26,800mAh power bank as you’ll find. It includes the cables and adapter needed to recharge with any USB-A charger. But you’ll need to buy a USB-C to USB-C cable. And it doesn’t support any fast charging standards. Still, it is the best dollar per hour option for playing your Switch all day long.
Have more questions about this product? Check out my review at USB-Current for more information on how it works with a variety of USB-C devices.
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