Published on January 19th, 2015 | by Dan Barbera0
RavPower Savior Series External Battery Pack
External battery packs come in all shapes and sizes. There are thousands of products out there competing for your attention. So which one should you buy? It’s kind of hard to get this question wrong. I would stay away from the ones that cost $3.99 on Amazon because you get what you pay for. In some cases, they might not work at all or only last a few charges. RavPower was kind enough to send us their Savior Series External Battery Pack for us to review!
Let’s start with the first two things people want to know: How much and how big is the battery? Well, the RavPower Savior Series will cost you $49.99 for the Lightning model and $44.99 for the Micro-USB model. While there are cheaper power banks available, most don’t pack a 9000 mAh battery. This battery itself, while not the biggest, is a decent size. I was able to charge two phones (Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and some of my iPad Air before the battery pack died. It is is perfect for people who are traveling and need to get a quick charge.
Good size, decent price. That should be the only two things that matter, right? Wrong. Since I use my external battery packs almost exclusively on the go, weight, portability, and my recent favorite feature, built-in charging cables are all crucial when purchasing a battery pack. The RavPower is thick and kind of heavy. It fits in your pocket, but you might want to wear a belt to prevent any embarrassing situations (just kidding, sorta). It does have a built in AC adapter, which only increases the portability feature and allows for the battery pack to be plugged straight into the wall. I have been using a Limefuel 11,000 mAh battery pack, and it’s a hassle to bring a cable to charge your phone and a cable to charge your battery pack.
As stated earlier, there are two models for this battery pack. One that holds a lightening cable bulit in and another for Micro-USB. Although it is convenient to have a cable built in, it would have been nice to feature both types of cables for the same price. Most people do not have an Android phone and an iPhone on them at the same time, but they do carry a possible Android phone/tablet with an iPhone/iPad combo. Whichever model you end up buying, you will need to bring another cable if you plan on charging both items.
Overall it’s a solid battery pack. The battery size is great, and the built in cable is a nice touch. It’s heavy in your hand on a little heavy on the wallet but if you can get past those things, then this may be the battery pack for you.