RAVPower 16W Prime Review
Cons: Failed to charge multiple devices at once, lacks efficiency
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RAVPower 16W Prime
|Price||$56 List||$69.96 at Amazon||$31.27 at Amazon||$69.99 at Amazon||$39.99 at Amazon|
|Pros||Lightweight, durable, simple design||Inexpensive, efficient, user-friendly, excels in partly cloudy conditions||Quick to charge, portable size, panel actually works despite small wattage||Efficient, powerful, great value for its size, lightweight||Inexpensive, lightweight, portable, charges quickly|
|Cons||Failed to charge multiple devices at once, lacks efficiency||Bulky, heaviest weight||Heavy, slow to replenish battery via solar||Pocket too small to hold extra cords and accessories||Low output power, cannot charge multiple devices at once|
|Bottom Line||This lightweight, inexpensive panel did not charge our gadgets as fast as some, but managed to be a consistent contender in all metrics||For an inexpensive, easy-to-use and efficient panel, the BigBlue is a no-brainer||For a small battery pack with solar capabilities, this is an impressive product||This panel is efficient in varying conditions and can charge multiple devices||This lightweight 13W panel is able to deliver a steady charge to a single device, but lacks in its ability to charge multiple devices at once|
|Rating Categories||RAVPower 16W Prime||BigBlue 28W||Goertek 25,000mAh||Anker PowerPort 21W||ECEEN 13W|
|Charging Speed (30%)|
|Charge Interruption Recovery (20%)|
|Multiple Device Charging Speed (20%)|
|Weight & Portability (20%)|
|Specs||RAVPower 16W Prime||BigBlue 28W||Goertek 25,000mAh||Anker PowerPort 21W||ECEEN 13W|
|Panel Size (watts)||16W||28W||5W||21W||13W|
|Weight (measured)||16.8 oz||23.5 oz||19 oz||17.6 oz||12 oz|
|# of USB outlets||2||2||3||2||2|
|Max USB Output Current (amps per port)||2.4 amp||2 amp||1 amp||2 amp||2 amp|
|Size folded||9.75" x 6" x .5"||11.1" x 6.3" x 1.3"||7" x 3.75" x 1.25"||11" x 6.3" x .75"||11.4" x 6.1" x 0.6"|
|Panel Type||Mono-crystalline||PET Polymer||Mono-crystalline||Mono-crystalline||Mono-crystalline|
|Size opened||25.75" x 6" x 0.1"||33.1" x 11.1" x 0.2"||7" x 3.75" x 1.25"||26.3" x 11.1" x 0.2"||11.4" x 14.3 x .15"|
|Battery input (Volts / Amps)||N/a||N/a||5V 2A||N/a||N/a|
|Charge capacity (mAh)||N/a||N/a||25,000mAh||N/a||N/a|
|Direct USB Plug?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||18 months||2 years||1 year||18 months||30 day return|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The RAVPower received average scores in our performance comparisons. There were no categories where the panel truly failed, yet none where the model visibly excelled. This lands the RAVPower right in the middle of the road when it comes to performance and efficiency.
Charge Interruption Recovery
The 16W from RAVPower struggled to provide a steady charge to our battery packs after multiple interruptions. It did not perform well in cloudy conditions and continued to disconnect when shaded. When plugged into our Pixel 3 via a USB/USB-C cable, it had a hard time reestablishing a connection after an interruption. We found we had to manually reconnect the phone to the panel, which is an issue.
To test the charging speed side by side, we plugged in dead batteries to the panels and fully charged them while timing the process. The RAVPower performed moderately well in this metric, charging our battery pack from 0% to 38% in three hours. It also charged our Pixel 3 9% in 30 minutes, which is average for this size panel.
Multiple Device Charging Speed
Since so much power is lost due to inefficiencies in the panels, the amount of wattage that makes it to each USB port is relatively minimal, reducing the charging speed significantly. The RAVPower struggled to sustain a charge to two of our batteries at once.
The RAVPower 16W got a bit of a lower score when it came to durability, as the solar cells themselves seem a bit less durable than the majority of other panels of similar design. Though we did not see any damage during our testing period, the cells were not well-integrated into the panel. This is a small detail, and the design is similar to the other fold-out panels in this review. The eyelets are reinforced, making the panel easy to hang up to gain full solar rays or to suspend from a pack when hiking.
The LED screens on the USB ports were finicky. At first, they worked, but after a few uses, the display screens would struggle to light up when the panel was in full sun. These features tend to have issues, and we prefer panels that do not have this capability.
Weight and Portability
Weighing only 15 ounces, the RAVPower 16W is lightweight for having a three-panel design. There is a wide range of weights and sizes among mid-range portable panels, and it's up to you to figure out which design best suits your needs.
The RAVPower is a reasonably priced panel. It is half the price of most of the 20W panels in this review, though it is less powerful and less efficient than our Editors' Choice winner.
The RAVPower is a decent panel for the price. For an inexpensive and decently reliable panel, this one does the job. However, it failed to perform at the level of our top-ranking panels in our performance comparisons.
— Jane Jackson