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What exactly is Power Delivery ?

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Is a power delivery revolution finally at hand?

You may not have been paying all that much attention, but in your time you’ve probably been witness to the rise and fall of dozens of different battery charging standards. From the days when being well-prepared meant keeping a drawer full of gangly wires like a spilled box of black linguine, to the hardy four or five USB types still standing today, we’re closer than we’ve ever been to a universal standard. Power Delivery, or USB PD is a new standard capable of supplying five to ten times the wattage of conventional USB, enabling unprecedentedly fast charging across all devices.

Whether it is a revolutionary leap like USB PD or a logical extension, check out how technology continues to change.

The revolutionary benefits of a universal standard are obvious: less e-waste in landfills, less inconvenience for end users, and better compatibility across devices. So what separates USB power delivery from previous claimants to the throne?

  1. Power delivery brings 100 watt strength to an 18 watt world: USB PD provides unmatched charging efficiency. It’s rated for up to 100 watts—no other widely-used standard (Quick Charge, VOOC etc.) cracks 36 watts, with most occupying the 15 to 18 range. The higher wattage is intended for powering heavier devices like hard drives, laptops, and printers—most current smartphone devices will only request 10 to 18 watts from a PD block. It’s very likely that future models will up these caps in response to the availability of power delivery, leading to next-level charging speed for handheld devices as well.
  2. Power delivery doesn’t discriminate between devices: PD is backward compatible with devices designed for other USB standards, like 2.0, 3.0, and type-C. It intelligently delivers an appropriate amount of power based on the architecture of the device to which it is connected.
  3. Power delivery is a two-way street: One of the most exciting developments in recent USB technology is two-way charging. This means that, for example, your tablet could be used to power a portable hard drive via the charge port. This functionality unlocks bold new possibilities for consumers and manufacturers alike.
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RAVPower: The Industry Pioneer in Power Delivery Technology

Since 2011, we have established ourselves as a leader in the field of charging technology. Our innovations in wireless charging, power banks and solar batteries have quickly become industry standard, and we are now the first to offer a complete line of power delivery chargers, including power banks, wall chargers, desk chargers, and car chargers.

RAVPower’s PD line offers the following unique benefits:

  • Never find yourself without power with complete compatibility for laptops and other USB-powered devices
  • No matter if it’s a phone or something that needs more ‘oomph’, enjoy speeds 2.5X faster than standard 5V/1A chargers
  • Supports 100V-240V for hassle-free use no matter where in the world you plug in

Power Delivery’s Time is Now

Given its early adoption by giants like Google, and the positive response of consumers enjoying faster and more convenient charging than ever before, it’s clear that power delivery and PD charger products have finally arrived. It offers all of the benefits of conventional USB charging with exponentially greater muscle, backward compatibility, and two-way charging. Meanwhile, a worldwide reduction in the manufacturing of redundant cables will make Mother Earth happy too.

Whether you’re a tech aficionado or just too busy to wait out one more agonizingly slow charging cycle, it’s a guarantee power delivery will have a positive impact on your relationship with the devices that keep you in touch with the world. It’s the perfect time to join the revolution.

 

Vivi Jochmann
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Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera Battery by RAVPower

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Whether you are a paid photographer, or someone who take pictures for fun, your camera is one of your most important possessions. As they can capture all of life’s hidden, ephemeral moments, many photographers don’t leave their house without one. But being able to shoot all day without having to worry a dwindling camera battery is just as important for any photographer.

For the rapid-shooting photographers out there, many aren’t lucky enough to get all-day battery life from their cameras. In order to make sure that you get the most out of your camera battery, we’ve come up with a list of tips to help improve battery life in your camera.

Using the LCD Screen instead of Your Viewfinder

Many modern cameras come with giant, bright, and high definitions screens that can show you exactly what you will be taking a photo of. But, as you could imagine, these screens can use a lot of battery to run all day every day. So instead of using the LCD to set up and capture your shot, you should try and use the built-in viewfinder instead to save your camera battery. While you can dim the LCD screen while taking photos, you can also turn it off altogether to save battery. Of course, you can turn it back on review the photos from your session and make sure they are Instagram worthy.

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Using Zoom Too Frequently

There is a good chance that if you take a lot of photos, you are likely using the zoom function far too frequently. However, one of the most important rules in photography is that you should only utilize zoom if you are unable to get any closer to the subject of your photo. See, whenever you use the zoom function, the motor within the camera needs to move the lens, which uses up a decent amount of power. Aside from saving the camera battery, moving closer to your subject instead of zooming should help you get a better photo too.

You Always Have “Automatic Flash” On

While flash is quite necessary in some environments, we often use it when we don’t need to. Especially during the day, having automatic flash on is likely doing nothing to improve the look or quality of your photos. If your flash is going off during the day, turn it off. And as easy as it is to turn off when you don’t need it, it’s as easy to turn back on when natural lighting needs some extra help.

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Perform Solid Camera Battery Maintenance

Simply put, the better you treat your camera and its battery, the better (and longer) they will work. There are a number of relatively simple things you can do to ensure that your battery is maintained correctly. This includes things like keeping it cool during incredibly hot weather, warm during frigid weather, and to make sure not to physically damage the camera in any capacity. Of course, if you’re storing your camera for a long time, it couldn’t hurt to actually remove the battery. This is because a slow drain can occur when a camera sits unused for a prolonged period of time.

Replace Batteries That Are Showing Signs of Performance Issues

It is tough to get the most out of your camera when it simply isn’t delivering the same performance that it used to. This often means it now takes longer to do things, or it simply doesn’t last as long as it once did. But its not just you, everyone has to deal with it. That’s because camera batteries are made from lithium-ion batteries which have a finite number of charge/recharge cycles.

So if your camera battery is on its last legs, or just isn’t working as well as it is suppose to, then investing in a replacement battery might be a better option than continuing to milk it for all it’s worth. Thankfully, we sell a wide variety of different camera batteries for many different cameras, so finding the right one for you shouldn’t prove very difficult.

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Turn off Any Features You Don’t Use

Many digital cameras that come out today are jam-packed full of a variety of different features. While some of them will get a lot of use, others you will hardly touch. Because some of them will be on or used by default, it won’t hurt to go into your camera’s settings and turn off any features that you don’t use. Your battery life will likely improve in a big way.

While coming up with ways to extend your cameras battery life is important, so is extending the battery life on your phone. This is not only because a phone is a means for communication, but because many people also use their phone as a backup camera. Happy shooting!

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What is USB-C exactly ?

Recently, there have been some rumors swirling on the internet about USB-C finally coming to the iPhone in the future. While they haven’t been confirmed, they have people excited about the future potential of USB-C. We already have USB-C for Apple laptops, so it makes sense that we will see USB-C for the iPhone.

With this recent news, we figured now was as good a time as any to revisit the topic of this new USB standard. Join us as we look at what USB-C is, why it’s the future, and so much more.
 

What is USB-C?

USB-C is a 24-pin USB connector system that originally released in mid-August of 2014. It is used to charge a ton of different devices, and is much simpler and easier to use than micro-USB as it is reversible and you won’t spend minutes trying to plug your device in the right way. The idea behind it is that you will eventually only need a single cable to connect everything you need. Convenience in a nutshell.

Most USB-C cables also support USB 3.1 (now 3.2) as a standard, which means faster charging and faster data transfer speeds. More and more pieces of technology and gear are adopting USB-C and this is likely going to continue into the future. This means that one day, as USB-C becomes standard, everyone (no matter what phone or device they have) will be able to use the same cable for charging devices and transferring data.

 

The Good: What are the Benefits?

There are a variety of different benefits that could be why USB-C is seen as the future of cables. First and foremost, the fact that it is universal and reversible is definitely a major plus. It will always plug in the first time, and is capable of working with devices all of kinds including computers, phones, and more.

Another huge benefit is the speed at which it works. It can not only transfer data quicker than traditional USB devices, but can also allow for faster charging, which is important in our always-connected lifestyles. These cables can output 100W of power, and transfer data up to 20 gigabits per second.

The size and flexibility of the cables and ports are also very compact, which is a positive for transportation and use with smaller devices. When space is limited, who wants to pack more?
 

The Bad: What are the Drawbacks?

So while there are many benefits surrounding USB-C, there are also a couple of drawbacks. First of all, some have expressed concern over cheap USB-C cables. With how much power these cables can carry, using a a knock-off, off-brand or cheap cable could potentially damage yourself or your devices.

Another drawback is the confusion around USB-C and internal specifications. USB-C simply refers to the connector and there are a variety of different types that will serve different purposes. Some will be capable of faster charging or data transfer than others and if you want a cable that can power devices, you will need one that supports USB Power Delivery.

Because widespread adoption of USB-C is still relatively new, a lot of devices you use might not support USB-C, so it could be a couple of years before you are using this regularly with all of your devices. But with the new iPhone potentially embracing USB-C, we suspect it won’t be long before nearly everything is using it.

The Funky: How Does it Compare to Other USB Standards?

In addition to offering faster delivery and quicker charging compared to other USB standards, the physical look and design is different. The USB-C connector is smaller, which is good for the future as devices are getting smaller and thinner. They also have a USB-C connector on both sides of the cable, which is different than the USB devices most of us are used to. No longer do you need to find the right way to insert the cable. Both sides will work.

In addition to its technological benefits and design, USB-C also supports a variety of other protocols via the use of adapters, which can make your cable and cord management much cleaner and easier. USB-C can also both send and receive power and this power can be transferred at the same time that data is transmitted. 

In conclusion, we hope this article has helped you learn and understand about USB-C and the many features, benefits and drawbacks of the technology. While it is yet to be seen if and when Apple will bring the USB-C technology to the iPhone, it is certainly an exciting possibility. As an early adopter of this technology by integrating it into our power banks, we are definitely looking forward to potentially seeing these rumors come to fruition.

Viviane Jochmann
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Flying with Power Banks a guide by RAVPower

The Holiday season is on and we all will fly to different places to reunite with our family for the X-Mas celebration. With this many people are asking about the restriction when it comes to flying with power banks. 

Mighty Gadgets wants to try to help so here is our guide:

Are Power Banks Allowed on Planes? 

In short, yes you can fly with most power banks. That’s great news if you’re in need of a quick recharge when you touch down or if you’d like to be able to do work when 40,000 feet in the air. However, like all great things there is a catch. First, power banks, which use lithium-ion batteries, need to be stored in carry-on baggage only. Second, power banks over a certain size cannot be brought onto flights at all. 

What Sized Power Banks Are Restricted? 

The restrictions as per the Federal Aviation Administration are for lithium-ion batteries rated above “100 watt hours (Wh) per battery”. Anything above that limit is restricted. While that limit allows most power banks to be brought on flights, there are still consumer power banks that exceed that limit. Thankfully some airlines, with prior approval, will allow power banks rated between 100.1-160 watt hours to be taken onboard. 

How Is Wh Calculated? 

Calculating the watt hours of your power bank is particularly easy and can be done with your phone’s calculator or even in your head. Here’s the formula: 

(mAh)/1000 x (V) = (Wh) 

In other words, Milliamp Hours/1000 x Nominal Voltage = Watt Hours 

This means our 26800mAh Power bank is the largest power bank in our collection that can still be taken in board.

26800mAh/1000 x 3.7V = 99.16Wh

When using RAVPower’s 32000mAh Power Bank: 

32000mAh/1000 x 3.7V = 118.4Wh

As it’s over the limit, you would need approval from the airline to bring it on board. 

While these are the rules as per nearly all major airlines, some airports have their own rules that may differ from the rules listed here. 

Viviane Jochmann
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iSmart in RAVPower power banks and chargers

Many of you may wonder what iSmart is that we are constantly talking about in most of our product descriptions. 

iSmart 2.0 technology intelligently detects the charging needs of connected devices and automatically delivers the output needed for complete efficiency. With support for 2.4A output , the maximum charging needs for the most popular phones and tablets are met with zero limitations.

Your safety is our priority, which is why iSmart 2.0 technology comes with 10 comprehensive and all-encompassing types of protection.

We keep the highest safety standards in mind so your device can withstand any potential hazard.

 

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