A great compliment to any work-from-home work station.

When you work from home or remotely, you try to make your workstation footprint as small as possible. Some people are fortunate to have a dedicated space in their home to be able to set up as an office away from their standard workplace, but most people have to juggle both their WFH set-up with their children’s school space as well as their spouse’s WFH space. With that in mind, it’s nice to have products that can consolidate charging multiple devices while taking up a very small amount of space. The RAVPower PD Pioneer 65W 4-port Desktop Charger does just that. 

DETAILS

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 65W 4-Port Desktop Charger is a GaN-enabled device. This technology makes it possible for the USB charging station to be smaller and maximize the charging efficiency without generating excess heat. The charger features 2 USB-C PD ports and 2 USB-A ports. The total power delivery output is 65W – that is shared between all four ports. That said, you can charge a MacBook Air at 45W and an iPad Pro at 18W simultaneously. Additionally, this charger has the power to be able to charge a 15.4” MacBook Pro from 0% to 100% in just 2 hours when only one device is connected at a time. The charger has Intelligent Power Allocation built-in to ensure that all connected devices get high-speed charging. 

Output Distribution Based on Connected Ports

1 USB-C port:USB-C – PD 65W
2 USB-C ports:USB-C – PD 45W; USB-C – PD 18W
2 USB-A ports:USB-A – 5V/2.4A; USB-A – 5V/2.4A
1 USB-C port + 1 USB-A port:USB-C – PD 45W; USB-A – QC 18W
1 USB-C port + 2 USB-A ports:USB-C – PD 45W; USB-A – 5V/2.4A; USB-A – 5V/2.4A
2 USB-C ports + 1 USB-A port:USB-C – PD 18W; USB-C – PD 18W; USB-A – QC 18W
When connected to all ports:USB-C – PD 18W; USB-C – PD 18W; USB-A – 5V/2.4A; USB-A – 5V/2.4A

BASIC SPECS

Input100 ~ 240V ~ 50/60Hz 1.5A
PD Output5V 3A, 9V 3A, 12V 3A, 15V 3A, 20V 3.25A, 65W Max Each Port
iSmart Output5V 3A, 9V 2A, 12V 1.5A, 18W Max Each Port 
Total Output65W
Weight5.6oz / 160g
What’s in the Box1 x RAVPower Desktop Charger (Model: RP-PC136) 1 x AC Input Cable 1 x User Guide

USER EXPERIENCE

The RAVPower PD Pioneer 65W 4-Port Desktop Charger comes in a simple retail box. The front of it has the RAVPower logo displayed as well as the name of the product. Other than that, there is very little information on the outside of the box. The back of it shows contact information and the model number of the charger. On the inside of the box, you will find some additional cardboard packaging, the charger, its power cord, a user guide, and a warranty card. 

The user instructions are very basic – after all, this is just a wall charger. The English instructions state that you should connect the charger to a power outlet and then plug in any devices you want to charge. It’s indicated that charging will begin automatically and that when the devices are charged, you should unplug those connected devices. As I mentioned, it’s very simple with no set-up required. 

I am completely impressed with how small this powerful charger is. I just recently acquired a 16-inch MacBook Pro for work use and its power brick (96W) is quite a bit larger than the RAVPower charger. As a test, I plugged my 13-inch MacBook Pro (61W) into the charger using an Apple USB-C to USB-C power cable. When I started charging it, the laptop had 88% battery. I want to point out that when the charger is plugged into power, it has a green LED power indicator on the top and bottom of the charger. I checked the status of the laptop every 5 minutes while it was charging. After 20 minutes of charging, the laptop was at 99% and the charger did not have any heat coming off of it. With an 11% gain, the charging rate for the charger ended up being 0.55% per minute.

CONCLUSION

One small feature I would like to see improved is that the charger have some sort of non-slip feet on the bottom of the charger. I had it sitting on my desktop and it would slide around a bit. This was more of an annoyance than a problem, but the addition of silicone feet would improve the customer experience. 

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