Review: Rating RAVPower's wireless iPhone charger lineup

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in iPhone edited September 18
When the iPhone X and iPhone 8 gained faster 7.5W charging with iOS 11.2, RAVpower was one of three brands to offer compatible high-power solutions. With a slew of third-party accessory makers now marketing compelling options, we examine whether RAVPower's latest chargers deserve a spot on your desk or nightstand.




So how does RAVPower's lineup hold up? Turns out, surprisingly well.

Aside from their flagship wireless charger, RAVPower has also released a trio of additional models, known as the HyperAir series. They are meant to be more lightweight, affordable and useful than the original.

A new charging pad, stand and portable battery pack make up the new additions to the lineup.



RAVPower 7.5W charging pad

This is the original 7.5W RAVPower charger. Many users and critics claim this is the best wireless charger out there on the market, and when it comes to standard wireless chargers, we don't disagree.

It is a great blend of premium quality and affordability. The body is made out of metal, with a silicone ring on the top to prevent your phone from slipping off. There is a very nice weight to it, clearly contributing to that premium quality.

RAVPower has quite a compact design to it, making its footprint noticeably smaller than much of the competition. This is not just useful for on your desk, but if taken along for travel as well. A small multi-purpose LED is centered on the front and will cycle its hue depending on the charging status of your device.

RAVPower


One thing that is particularly nice is that a 24W QuickCharge 3.0 power adapter is included in the box, a part that can range from $10 to $15 by itself. A braided nylon and aluminum USB cable is paired with it as well.

Like the rest of the RAVPower chargers, it supports 7.5W of power, or 10W if you are on an Android device.

When it comes to charging, the numbers are impressive. DigitalTrends pitted the RAVPower charger against Mophie and Belkin's, which happen to be the only two endorsed by Apple. They found that RAVPower could reach a full charge 20 percent faster than the others.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

We can't find a single criticism of RAVPower's flagship wireless charger. It quickly and efficiently charges the latest iPhones in a sleek, metal design. Additionally, a fast power adapter and premium USB cable are included which can be a rarity.

Where to buy

If you want to pick up RAVPower's best charging pad, you can find it on Amazon for $29.99.

HyperAir pad

Alternatively, RAVPower's new HyperAir charger is still slim and fast, but it opts for a plastic body.

HyperAir


All of the other qualifications stay the same and the device itself boasts features identical to the original charging pad, but it is hard to understand why RAVPower added this to the lineup. The prices, even with our promo discount, are very close to one another. Why it needs to exist is something we are struggling to comprehend.

In a vacuum, this charger is excellent, but when compared to RAVPower's own chargers, it is the lesser of the two options.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

While RAVPower's original charger felt premium, the HyperAir charging pad feels cheap. It still charges fast and has the proper included accessories, but it doesn't feel nearly as nice as the original.

Where to buy

If you want to pick up RAVPower's latest charging pad, you can find it on Amazon for $25.49. Realistically though, for only a couple dollars difference, we'd highly recommend the above model.

HyperAir stand

One thing that can be burdensome time to time on the iPhone X is Face ID. When using a charging pad, the phone is flat on the table. When it comes time for unlocking, you need to lean over the phone or pick it up, which is much more of a pain than simply touching your finger to a Touch ID home button.

That and improved notification visibility are two big reasons to opt for a stand rather than a pad.




RAVPower's HyperAir Qi charging stand has two coils inside, allowing it to work with many devices, vertically or horizontally.

It still has the light, plastic design we saw in the HypeAir pad, and RAVPower says that is to help keep it cool. If the temperature rises too high, the charger will slow down. So a key point to consistent fast charging is keeping the charger cool.

Again, like the others, it supports 7.5W charging on iPhone and 10W on specific Android devices.

Between the RAVPower and the Anker charging stand we we reviewed earlier this year, we still prefer the former. It has a slightly better build quality, and your phone won't slip off as easily as it does with Anker's.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The cheap plastic feel is what hurts the rating here. We prefer the design of Nomad's charging stand (review), but it is considerably more expensive.

Where to buy

RAVPower's Qi charging stand is available on Amazon for $29.69

HyperAir battery pack

Wireless charging is becoming more and more ubiquitous. Instead of just relying on it at home, in the car, or at the office, this battery pack helps you take it everywhere.

Inside is a 10,400mAh battery which will yield roughly two full charges for an iPhone X. As a backup, a USB port is also available. When using the wireless charging, an iPhone X can be charged 1.8 times, and using the USB port it can be charged 2.7 times. This is due to wireless charging not being quite as efficient as wired.




We'd prefer a slightly higher capacity battery as well. 10,400mAh is a bit on the low side, and there is also a complete lack of USB-C.

A distinct hollow feeling can be noticed with this battery, in complete opposition to the other RAVPower battery packs. All others from the company are hefty and wrapped in aluminum. The choice to go with plastic, and add some internal openness was due once more to the desire to keep things cool.

Still, while it does support 7.5W of charging, we did notice that it was a bit slower than the other RAVPower wireless chargers.

In use, another problem arises. Turns out while sometimes wireless can be handy, other times it is a pain. If you are at a bar or restaurant and want to top off your battery, wireless charging can be great as you can rest your phone and charger on the table.

Other times, however, it is entirely impractical, especially when you are on the go. It is tough to throw the wireless charger in a backpack or pocket and have it continue to charge. A small bag is included that could squeeze both devices together, but that arrangement is not ideal. Those USB ports exist, but at that point there are much better traditional battery packs, including those from RAVPower.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The HyperAir Qi battery pack works well, but a wireless power bank is not consistently useful. There were times when it was more of a hindrance to entirely recommend a wireless over traditional portable battery.

Where to buy

If you are looking for something for travel and like the option of having both wired and wireless charging capabilities, the HyperAir power bank is on Amazon for $65.99. Using promo code W7AXHD62 will bring that down to $52.79 through May 24th.

Power up

Wireless chargers have made keeping your phone topped off easier than ever. With several of them placed around our homes and offices, we rarely see our devices drop below 50 percent. Habitually, it is easier to just set our phones down than go through the effort of actually plugging them in.




RAVPower has always made exceptional charging products and their flagship wireless charger is a standout. The rest are solid and reliable, though they have their faults.

Using our exclusive discount codes makes this a rare opportunity to get some of the fastest wireless chargers at much more affordable prices. They all have a better quality than the cheaper Anker, but smaller size, features, and speed than the expensive Belkin and Mophie chargers.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 18
    mwhitemwhite Posts: 152member
    Editor did you try the new Mophie, I have it and it's very very fast to charge?
    edited May 9
  • Reply 2 of 18
    crabbycrabby Posts: 32member
    can any of these be used in a car's 12 volt system? I have a place in my car center pod that would work...
  • Reply 3 of 18
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,208member
    Yes, I would like one in the car that fits inside the console. It would need to be roughly the width of an iPhone 8 and be set up so the phone would be automatically correctly positioned, and stay that way as the car moves about.  
    So probably rectangular, an adjustable frame to accomodate different phone widths and lengths, and a rubberish surface to stop the phone sliding around.
  • Reply 4 of 18
    chronartchronart Posts: 17member
    I do not see anything to click on to order.  All your videos seem to have this problem.  Make a video showing were to click and apply the discount code.

    The RAVpower.
    edited May 9
  • Reply 5 of 18
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 805member
    For me wireless charging means no wires for the phone and the charger. Maybe some day.
  • Reply 6 of 18
    pvonkpvonk Posts: 4member
    I was interested after reading this, however after reading comments at Amazon, I hesitate. A lot of high scores, but there seem to be many users who claim defective units. I at least recommend that readers here skim through the owner comments at Amazon and judge for themselves. 
  • Reply 7 of 18
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 161member, editor
    chronart said:
    I do not see anything to click on to order.  All your videos seem to have this problem.  Make a video showing were to click and apply the discount code.

    The RAVpower.
    There are links all throughout this written article, and they are also in the description of the YouTube video. They are Amazon links. So you can add them to your cart, and when you check out there is a field for discount code.
  • Reply 8 of 18
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 161member, editor

    pvonk said:
    I was interested after reading this, however after reading comments at Amazon, I hesitate. A lot of high scores, but there seem to be many users who claim defective units. I at least recommend that readers here skim through the owner comments at Amazon and judge for themselves. 
    Looking at the original charger, the one we really recommend, there are not many negative comments at all. A few here and there, but not out of the realm of occurrence on a product that is sold at that volume. I haven’t looked at the other products though.

  • Reply 9 of 18
    erioerio Posts: 16member
    What happened to the stand for the original charger? Did they gave up and screwed early buyers?
  • Reply 10 of 18
    hucom2000hucom2000 Posts: 37member
    Too bad there's isn't any information on how the battery is doing in the mobile charger. Given what we know about the (lack of) efficiency with wireless charging, I would expect this to be a problem. 
  • Reply 11 of 18
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 161member, editor
    hucom2000 said:
    Too bad there's isn't any information on how the battery is doing in the mobile charger. Given what we know about the (lack of) efficiency with wireless charging, I would expect this to be a problem. 
    What do you mean?
  • Reply 12 of 18
    At least the flagship of these products retains the fatal flaw that has stopped me from buying a wireless charger: lack of Watch support. My Series 0 is getting hella scratched, I think mostly from the charger, so wireless Watch charging is attractive to me. (So are hawt chicks, I guess, but that's kinda moot.) 
  • Reply 13 of 18
    chronartchronart Posts: 17member
    Hi Again,  I did what you described yesterday but Amazon kept refusing the discount code.  But this morning after reading your response I tried again and it worked. Perhaps it was me and I tried to use the wrong discount code for the one I was ordering.  But I’m suspicious the code had not been activated yet. Yesterday and today I did copy and paste.  And went back more than once to copy and paste.  I love technology, but sometimes it takes the biblical patience of Job, to keep loving it.  

    I would stop using “in the comments below” and use “in the text or copy of this article.  Comments refers to what we are doing now.
  • Reply 14 of 18
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 16,899member
    pvonk said:
    I was interested after reading this, however after reading comments at Amazon, I hesitate. A lot of high scores, but there seem to be many users who claim defective units. I at least recommend that readers here skim through the owner comments at Amazon and judge for themselves. 
    You're going to get that with them.  I have a RavPower bank that they replaced under warranty because it stopped holding a charge consistently.  I still have it, but you never know if you'll get a charge or have to plug i back in for 6 hours first.  The replacement is great though.  
  • Reply 15 of 18
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 16,899member
    I've been taking issue with some AI reviews lately in terms of them making sense, and this is no exception.  I understand the comments on the Hyper AirPad's feel (not that I have one).  I even understand that you'd ding it on overall capacity.  But hitting it because " but a wireless power bank is not consistently useful" is off-base and somewhat unfair, I think.  That's like dinging a Corvette in a car review because it's a sports car and you have a lot of luggage.  The next comment about not being able to recommend it over a traditional wireless battery was a bit odd to me as well.   It is what it is.  If you don't want a wireless battery, don't buy one.  But dinging the rating because of the product it actually is seems silly.  
  • Reply 16 of 18
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 161member, editor
    chronart said:
    Hi Again,  I did what you described yesterday but Amazon kept refusing the discount code.  But this morning after reading your response I tried again and it worked. Perhaps it was me and I tried to use the wrong discount code for the one I was ordering.  But I’m suspicious the code had not been activated yet. Yesterday and today I did copy and paste.  And went back more than once to copy and paste.  I love technology, but sometimes it takes the biblical patience of Job, to keep loving it.  

    I would stop using “in the comments below” and use “in the text or copy of this article.  Comments refers to what we are doing now.
    You're right, saying in the description doesn't make sense when viewed within the context of the article, but saying "in the body of the article" doesn't make sense when viewing it on YouTube or in the YouTube app, which is where a significant number of views come from. Something definitely to think about for the future videos! I may just start calling out both.
  • Reply 17 of 18
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 161member, editor
    sdw2001 said:
    I've been taking issue with some AI reviews lately in terms of them making sense, and this is no exception.  I understand the comments on the Hyper AirPad's feel (not that I have one).  I even understand that you'd ding it on overall capacity.  But hitting it because " but a wireless power bank is not consistently useful" is off-base and somewhat unfair, I think.  That's like dinging a Corvette in a car review because it's a sports car and you have a lot of luggage.  The next comment about not being able to recommend it over a traditional wireless battery was a bit odd to me as well.   It is what it is.  If you don't want a wireless battery, don't buy one.  But dinging the rating because of the product it actually is seems silly.  
    I guess I was more dinging it on usability. It is too big to easily fit in a pocket like other portable Qi batteries (QiStone+), it doesn't utilize USB-C, it feels cheap and hollow, and in general, it is more burdensome than useful. If we gave this a 4 or 5 star because it works fine as a wireless battery, and someone bought it, they could have issue when the realize that having wireless in there isn't as useful as they wanted, and they end up with a battery that doesn't really perform the best.

    I look at it as a whole. It isn't exceptionally useful, there are better batteries, and it feels cheap. I can't rightly give that a 4 or 5-star rating.
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