RAVPower PD Pioneer 40W 2-Port Fast Charger Hands-on Review
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.
This, then, seems to uphold RAVPOWER's claim of up to 20W from both ports of this 40W accessory when in use.
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.