Review: RavPower portable charger

A portable cylindrical phone charger and cable.

If there’s one gripe I have with smartphones, it’s their short battery life. Well that coupled with their infuriating propensity to run out just as you’ve thought of something downright hilarious to say on Twitter.

Mine seems to take forever to charge via a socket these days too. I spent most of BritMums Live stood at the back of the main hall looking like a right Billy No Mates next to the charger table. Something had to be done and here’s the answer. The RavPower Luster Mini 3000mAh portable charger.

The pocket-sized charger – which, I’m reliably informed, is roughly the size of a lipstick – comes with a micro USB cable and user guide. Using it is dead simple.

Just plug the standard USB end of the wire into your laptop, the micro USB in the charger and press the on button to charge it. An LED light indicates the battery level – Green indicates 80-100%, blue 50-79% and red 20-49%. When the charge drops below 20%, the red LED blinks.

When your phone runs out of juice, reverse the cable, press the same button and hey presto. It charged my Samsung Galaxy S3 from almost dead to full charge in two hours. This is much faster than my standard charger manages. It worked a treat on Kate’s HTC Desire too. The charger is compatible with several Android and Apple devices. You can find a full list via the link at the bottom of the page.

It’s all very intuitive. In fact, I only needed to read the instructions to check a couple of facts for this review. It definitely ticks the ‘portable’ box too. Weighing in at under 3oz and in a handy shape for any bag or coat pocket, I can’t see anyone having a problem taking it with them. Even when travelling light.

For the style conscious out there, it’s available in a number of colours. As you can see, I opted for black as it goes with everything. I know, I’m something of a fashion expert. Anyway, I’m very happy to recommend it and will be taking it everywhere from now on.

The RavPower Luster Mini 3000mAh portable charger has an RRP of £34.99 but is currently available for a knockdown price of £6.99 on Amazon.

Comments

  1. daddydaddycool

    Yes, fully agree – smartphone battery life is rubbish!

    I like the separate charger batteries you mention, but it does mean carrying yet another thing around with me. I went, instead, for a battery case. Although branded packs from Mophie and Otterbox have them at around £70, ebay has cheaper versions – the case for my iPhone 5S was £12.99, protects the phone and gives me an extra 1.5x battery life. It charges through the regular cable and fully charges both phone and battery case in around an hour.

    I’m loving the lack of 3pm smartphone battery anxiety every day!!!

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