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RAVPower PD Pioneer 40W 2-Port Fast Charger Hands-on Review

The new dual-port charger. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The new dual-port charger. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The RAVPower PC152 is one of the latest in a long line of third-party wall chargers directed at the standard power brick-less iPhone 12 user market. It is a 40-watt (W) adapter, albeit one rated for up to 30W from one of its two USB type C ports. How does it stack up against other similar products in this space?
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RAVPower has released a number of high-speed power accessories for USB type C-capable mobile devices – or even laptops, in some cases. The 40W 2-Port Fast Charger is the latest in this line, and it is marketed as capable of delivering the highest rate available to new Apple devices such as the new iPad Pro or iPhone 12-series devices. It might even do so for two of these at the same time, as it is rated to deliver up to 20W from either of its two USB type C ports simultaneously.

The new power brick is also slated to support Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 and USB PowerDelivery 3.0, which should render it suitable for more or less up-to-date Android devices, as well as other gadgets such as the Nintendo Switch and various wearables. Can it live up to these claims?

Unboxing & First Impressions

The RAVPower PC152 comes in a very minimal box, as do most of its PD Pioneer siblings. It also shares those accessories’ black plastic casing, greenish-blue ports and electric-blue function LED. Admittedly, the latter could be brighter and more prominent: It is barely possible to tell if this unit is on in good lighting.

The RP152, its original packaging and its contents. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The RP152, its original packaging and its contents. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The 40W charger, in comparison with its smaller 30W sibling. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The 40W charger, in comparison with its smaller 30W sibling. (Source: Notebookcheck)
 

Testing

However, it does certainly work, as demonstrated when connected to a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and turned on. This resulted in a charging rate of ~25W, deemed “Super Fast Charging” in One UI terms. Not many of the power bricks I have tried have offered such performance when paired to this phone. 

The Note 10+ stayed at this rate even when I started charging my Sony WH-1000XM3s using the second port. However, it did drop to a more conventional ~15W when the headphones were replaced with a more power-hungry UGREEN power bank, which also proceeded to charge at a similar rate to the phone.

This, then, seems to uphold RAVPOWER's claim of up to 20W from both ports of this 40W accessory when in use.

Conclusion

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 40W seemed to live up to its marketing claims during my testing. I am particularly pleased with how well it paired with my Galaxy Note 10+. On the other hand, the fact that both its USB ports are type C may make it less useful for those with older, possibly microUSB, devices.

All in all, it may be a worthwhile buy for those with newer Apple devices, or those committed to living that type-C life and who get heavy use out of their smartphones and companion wearables. This 40W dual-port fast charger goes for US$21.99 on Amazon right now.

Disclaimer: The author of this review received the PD Pioneer from RAVPOWER free of charge for the purpose of testing.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 5122 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-27 (Update: 2021-05-27)