RAVPower Ace 26800 Review

RAVPower Ace 26800
RAVPower Ace 26800

RAVPower Ace 26800

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RAVPower Ace 26800 – Among the lowest priced 26,800mAh USB-C power banks

Model: RP-PB067

RAVPower Ace 26800 ports and specs

RAVPower Ace 26800 ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, micro-USB
  • USB-C Output:
    • 15W USB-C (5V/3A)
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • Apple 2.4A
    • 3.1A max on both ports
  • Input:
    • 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

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

RAVPower Ace 26800 box and contents

RAVPower Ace 26800 box and contents

Included In Box:

  • RAVPower Ace 26800
  • micro-USB cable x2, 2.2 feet/0.66 meter
  • USB-C to micro-USB adapter
  • Pouch

Good For:

  • Travel
  • USB-C phones
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)

Pros:

  • Dual input for faster recharging of power bank
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Charge two devices at once
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • Doesn’t included a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • 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: 17,800mAh

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

15W+

First Impression

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

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

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. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power negotiation

Moto G6 power negotiation

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. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

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 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.

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

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerRAVPower Ace 26800AUKEY PB-Y3 30000 USB-CAUKEY PB-Y14 20000 USB-C

Review
Price$45.99$59.99$39.99
Output15W USB-C15W USB-C
Quick Charge 3.0
15W USB-C
Capacity26,800mAh30,000mAh20,000mAh
PortsUSB-C
USB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-C
USB-A x2
micro-USB
USB-C
USB-A x3
micro-USB
USB-C
USB-A x3
micro-USB
FeaturesDual input
Pass through charging
Pass through charging
Cablemicro-USB cable with USB-C adapterNo cableNo cable
Dimensions6.8 x 3.2 x 0.9 in
16.3 oz
5.9 × 3.3 × 1.1 in
20.4 oz
7.9 x 3.8 x 0.6 in
14.5 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-08-24.

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RAVPower Ace 26800 with Moto G6

RAVPower Ace 26800 with Moto G6

RAVPower Ace 26800 with Nintendo Switch

RAVPower Ace 26800 with Nintendo Switch

Dual Input

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. Note dual input is still slower than how fast most USB-C PD/26,800mAh power banks recharge.

Top: RAVPower Ace 26800. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

Top: RAVPower Ace 26800. Bottom: RAVPower PD Pioneer 26800.

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.

The cable fast charged my Moto G6 at the same rate as a regular USB-C to USB-A cable. Both allowed the Moto G6 to draw 16W from the USB-A Quick Charge port.

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.

Summary

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 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 charges available for your smaller USB-C devices. The latest USB-C phones will get 6 charges. It can recharge an iPad almost 2.5 times. And a Nintendo Switch up to 4 times. A similar capacity USB-C PD power bank would have ~20% less actual capacity available.

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.

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 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. It is best for those with smaller USB-C devices who value cost and capacity over charge time.

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