Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
If you've been searching for a USB charger for your iPhone lately, you have probably noticed that some of them come fitted with USB-C ports labeled PD.
These chargers support Power Delivery. This specification denotes higher power capabilities, allowing USB-C PD-enabled devices to charge quickly over a USB connection. The two coupled devices negotiate a power contract, determining how much power will be pulled from the charger.
Output voltages begin at the 5V setting but are configurable up to 20V. The output of these chargers can rise as high as 65 watts.
If you own an iPhone 8 or a later version, your smartphone supports Power Delivery. Unfortunately, most models earlier than iPhone 11 came with a 5W power adapter. That works fine for those that charge their phone overnight. If, however, you are in a hurry, this device will not get the job done.
Today I am taking a close look at the Ravpower RP-PC144. This tiny plug-in charger is PD capable and designed to charge an iPhone as high as 50 percent in only 30 minutes.
The RP-PC144 is a small MFi certified USB charger that plugs directly into an AC outlet. It weighs less than three ounces. This charger is 1.2 inches wide, 2 inches deep, and 2 inches high and is fitted with a pair of foldable prongs. Both a USB-A and a USB-C output port are located at the front.
An MFi certified lightning to USB-C cable is included in the package.
This charger's USB-C PD output can supply 5, 9, or 15 volts. Its USB-C output can supply 5, 9, or 12 volts.
- Manufacturer: Ravpower
- Name: Ravpower iPhone 12 30W Charger
- Model: RP-PC144
- Weight: 82 grams (2.9 ounces)
- Dimensions: 31 x 51 x 51 millimeters (1.2 x 2 x 2 inches)
- Input power: 100-240VAC
- Output power: 30 watts (max)
- Outputs: 1 USB-C PD plus 1 USB-A
- USB-A port compatibility: Most rechargeable devices
- USB-C port compatibility: PD enabled laptops, tablets, and other devices
- Charger certification: MFi
- Accessories: MFi certified lightning to USB-C cable
Ravpower is trademarked by Sunvalleytek International.
An MFi (Made for iPod) certification is granted to manufacturers who successfully run their iPad and iPhone accessories through Apple-approved compliance and safety tests.
Although these products are slightly higher priced than their non-certified competition, MFi accredited products provide benefits for everyone involved.
- The end-user is assured that the product meets Apple's stringent guidelines for quality control.
- Confidence in the manufacturer is increased because of the MFi license, enhancing sales of their products.
- Apple's income increases because of the royalties they receive from the manufacturers.
USB Power Delivery support is becoming increasingly common in modern smartphones. Some handsets are also making use of the cross-compatibility feature of Qualcomm's Quick Charge.
The RP-PC144 charger is fully compatible with most type-C enabled mobiles, tablets, and gaming controllers. These include the latest iPhone 12/11 Pro, Galaxy Note 20/S20, iPad Pro 2018, and Switch.
Not all devices are QC or PD-enabled. I plugged a few of my more pedestrian gadgets into both the USB-A and USB-C ports. While this assortment of tablets, water flossers, and earbuds could not take advantage of PD and QC functions, the charger still provided the power required to recharge them.
The Ravpower RP-PC144 has been designed to prevent over-voltage, overheating, and short-circuiting.
Don't let the size of this charger fool you. It is powerful enough to quickly charge a PD-enabled device such as an iPhone 12 or a Samsung Note 20.
If you are looking for a small but useful USB charger with Power Delivery capability, the Ravpower iPhone 12 30W Charger should be on your shortlist.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington