RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 Review

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800
RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 – A USB-C PD 26,800mAh power bank for all day power

Model: RP-PB058

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 ports and specs

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, micro-USB
  • USB-C Output:
    • 30W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.4A, 15V/2.1A*, 20V/1.5A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • 3.4A max on both ports
  • Input:
    • 30W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A)
    • 10W micro-USB (5V/2A)
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh | 99.16 Wh
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches | 173 x 82 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 16.3 oz | 463 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 box and contents

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 box and contents

Included In Box:

  • RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3.3 feet/1 meter
  • micro-USB cable, 2.2 feet/0.66 meter
  • micro-USB cable, 10 inches/0.25 meter
  • Pouch

Good For:

  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • 12-inch laptop

Pros:

  • Supports pass through charging
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • 3.4A max output on both USB-A ports
  • May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly

Actual Capacity

All power banks list their capacity (mAh) based on the nominal voltage of the battery cells. It does not accurately represent how many recharges you’ll get with the power bank. Actual capacity shows how much power you’ll actually get from a power bank.

You can divide the actual capacity below by your device’s battery capacity. That will give you a realistic estimate on the number of charges it will provide.

  • Listed Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • Actual Capacity:
    • Phone Charging: 18,800mAh
    • Switch Charging: 14,500mAh
    • Laptop Charging: 10,900mAh

Actual capacities are estimates are based on capacity testing and calculation.

30W+

First Impression

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 is the size and weight you would expect for a 26,800mAh power bank. The design is straightforward, which means everything is easy to find. All four ports line and are labeled on one side. The power button and LED indicators are nearby on the top side. The specs are printed in silver against the matte black background, making the easy to read. As someone who reads lots of specs I appreciate this easy to read color combination. RAVPower went for more width rather than length, making it less comfortable to hold with a tight grip. But at more than a pound weight you shouldn’t be carrying it by hand much anyway.

Power Meter Readings

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

The USB-A ports use RAVPower’s iSmart fast charging standard. The iPhone 8 saw a 25% increase in its draw rate compared to the fast charge mode over USB-C.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power negotiation

Moto G6 power negotiation

The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. While the 10-11W provided is a decent charge, it isn’t fast charging. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

If you connect to the USB-A port it’ll charge at the same rate.

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. While this charger offers 15V there isn’t enough current to power a docked Switch. That requires at least 2.6A, this tops out around 2A. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 15V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 15V connection is made.

You can read my review of this power bank specifically for the Nintendo Switch at Switch Chargers.

MacBook Pro, 13-inch
MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

As a 30W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. The MacBook Pro 13-inch comes with a 60W charger, so this 30W charger is not a great option for it. But we can see it provides as much power as it can. And power negotiation is normal. It would extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerRAVPower PD Pioneer 26800Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD

Review
AUKEY PB-Y7 30000 USB-C PDJ-Go Tech The Tanker

Review
Price$67.95$129.99$76.99$82.99
Output30W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD30W USB-C PD
Quick Charge 3.0
45W USB-C PD
Capacity26,800mAh26,800mAh30,000mAh26,800mAh
PortsUSB-C
USB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-C
USB-A x2
USB-C
USB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-C
USB-A x2
micro-USB
FeaturesPass Through ChargingIncludes 30W USB-C wall chargerBuilt-in flashlight
May be too large for some flights
Pass Through Charging
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in
16.3 oz
7.0 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
20.5 oz
5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 in
19.5 oz
7.3 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
16.8 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-26.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 with Moto G6

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 with Moto G6

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 with Nintendo Switch

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 with Nintendo Switch

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 with MacBook Pro 13-inch

RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 with MacBook Pro 13-inch

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 PD Pioneer 26800 supports pass through charging:

  • Input: USB-C, Output: USB-A
  • Input: micro-USB, Output: USB-A

You can use either USB-A port to charge while the power bank re-charges. If you connect to the USB-C port while charging from the micro-USB port the power bank will stop charging.

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.

Summary

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 is a solid, if ordinary USB-C PD power bank. Its big draw is the 26,800mAh capacity. It is cheaper than Anker’s, as it doesn’t include a wall charger. And while AUKEY’s 30,000mAh power bank has more capacity it also has more travel restrictions.

Top: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

Top: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

Its 30W USB-C output works for up to 12-inch laptops. If you have larger devices you’ll want to look at 45W power banks instead. The RAVPower also works well for phones and tablets that support USB Power Delivery. And the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. No Quick Charge means no fast charging for Samsung, Motorola, and QC enabled Androids.

*RAVPower lists 15V/2A in its specs. But my Power Delivery sniffer showed 15V/2.1A. That means the power bank advertises having 15V/2.1A to devices, regardless of what is printed on its case. It is worth noting, but not an issue beyond the listed specs not being accurate. The extra 0.1A won’t affect your devices. Devices control how much current they draw, it isn’t pushed by the charger.

Pass through charging is featured in most RAVPower USB-C power banks. You can charge via the USB-A ports while recharging. If you connect a USB-C cable to the power bank it’ll immediately stop taking a charge.

The power bank falls within the FAA’s limits for flights within the United States, barely. The limit is 100Wh, this model is 99.16Wh. 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.

About RAVPower

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.

Bottom Line

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800 works best for those needing high capacity. From a phone up to a 12-inch laptop. It is a better buy than its competitors if you already have a USB-C wall charger.

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