Review of RAVPower Luster Mini 2 in 1 Powerbank

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  1. Donka macrumors 68020

    Donka

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    The Luster Mini is a rechargeable 3,000mAh battery unit that can then be used to charge a slave device connected to it via USB. The 2 in 1 refers to this also acting as a flashlight at the expense of some onboard power. Included in the package is the Luster External Battery/Flashlight, pen style clip, user manual & a USB to micro USB cable for charging. You can obviously use any USB cable that is designed for your device.

    The RAVPower is very compact and it's cylindrical shape make it seem like an oversized lipstick. It's finished in brushed aluminium and has a weighty and very solid feel to it which inspires confidence.
    It features an LED torch on one end and both full sized and micro USB ports on the other next to a small on/off button. There is no supplied charger but the included cable or indeed any other micro USB cable can be used in connection with any USB source.

    From a full charge, 3,000 mAh of portable power is on offer. While this doesn't sound like a lot, to put this in an IOS perspective, an iPhone 5 rated @ 1,440 mAh could be fully charged twice. Charging a retina iPad is out with the scope of this product with its single 1A USB output but the earlier iPad mini would get a healthy shot in the arm when out and about, charging to around 2/3 full. One thing I did note during my testing was that regardless of what device you are charging or even if you are recharging the Ravpower itself, it remained cool at all times with no sign of heating up. This is a reassuring surprise when it comes to portable devices and batteries.

    The LED torch adds to the utility of this product and it functions very well indeed. It works in one of three modes, high power which is very bright, half power which saves battery at the expense of luminosity and finally strobe which could be useful in an emergency for attracting attention.

    Because of the shape of the Luster Mini, I think the clip is very handy, not just to secure it in a pocket or similar but also to stop this rolling around flat surfaces. The only negative to this battery pack is a lack of a charge indicator meaning you have no way of accurately telling how much charge remains.

    For me, travelling with my usual compliment of gadgets makes a product like a power bank a sensible purchase. All my portable gadgets from phones, tablets, music player, ebook reader and camera can be charged via USB and having the ability to do this when away from a fixed power source gives real peace of mind. The RAVPower RP-PB08 delivers a small but pocket-able power source with the added benefit of a handy LED torch in a well priced package. Available in a choice of five colours, this is available for around £11 @ http://www.amazon.co.uk/RAVPower-Ex...-Black/dp/B0084Y47SK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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  2. rctlr macrumors 6502a

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    Nice small and simple, handy for out and about.

    I have a Powergen 12000 mAh
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/PowerGen-12...qid=1404465458&sr=1-1&keywords=powergen+12000
    With 3 USB ports (one 1amp dedicated, and 2 which share 2amp), this is more than enough to keep both my iPhone AND iPad charging at the same time.
    Sometimes I've even used it as a power hub - it plugged into one socket to charge, and then plugged in iPad, iPhone5, and Seagate Wireless 1TB.
    Keeps everyone and everything happy on long train journeys.
     
  3. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yup, I have one of the bigger power banks with multiple USB ports to support iPad as well but this product is perfect for slipping in a pocket for when you may run out of juice for your iPhone.
     
  4. rctlr macrumors 6502a

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    I'll probably pick up one of these little ones just for myself and my iPhone.
     
  5. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Just saying, the Ravpower luster mini has an extremely bright flashlight. You will be silt used on how bright it is. They make great emergency flashlights. The 3000mah battery can power that flashlight for days non stop. I high recommend it as well.
     
  6. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeh, the flashlight is very bright; the half brightness mode is probably closer to a normal LED flashlight. Very handy.
     
  7. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I can help if you have any questions about battery packs. I've helped many people...
     
  8. Donka thread starter macrumors 68020

    Donka

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    Feel free to ask any questions here if they are related as it may help others, otherwise just drop me a PM.
     

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