Small size, massive power”: This is how Ravpower describes its PD Pioneer 10,000 (RP-PB186). Well, they are right about that because the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 is a small and pocket-friendly power bank that has a lot to offer in terms of battery capacity and charging capabilities across various fast-charge protocols. If you’re looking for power banks that are small enough for daily carry but has the highest charge speed with great efficiency, then the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 is definitely the perfect pack for you.
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Model: RP-PB186Ports: USB-C, USB-A
Total Output: 29W Max (PD 18W + I-Smart 5V/2.1A each port)
29W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
18W Quick Charge 3.0
Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
Length: 111.8 mm Width: 50.8 mm Height: 25.4 mm Weight: 188.8 grams The first thing you will notice upon unboxing the black-cased Ravpower PD Pioneer 10000 (RP-PB186) is that it’s not as slim as the two power banks we have tested before (Anker Powercore Slim III and Aukey Sprint Lightning). Just look at its dimensions: 111.8 mm x 50.8 mm x 25.4 mm.; this one is thicker than the power banks we have mentioned. However, this power bank is still smaller than Aukey and Anker considering its volume which measures about 0.1442 cubic meters, and its weight of 188.8 grams. This is perfect for daily carry in your pocket whenever you’re going to work or traveling to far places. Aside from the main product, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 also comes shipped with a USB-C to C charging cable that is about 60 cm. in length, a user guide, a travel pouch, and a thank you card, which is very sweet if you think about it. You’re welcome, Ravpower.
Despite its small size, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 has much to offer in terms of its performance. Much like the recent power banks that we have covered so far, this one also has a stated capacity of 10,000 mAh, or 36.3 watt-hours; slightly lower than the Anker Powercore Slim III and the Aukey Sprint Lightning. However, the real deal with this power bank is its maximum output which is a whopping 29 watts (at maximum) on its dual output ports, which is enough to charge two devices simultaneously without compromising its charging speed, and can do so much more with only one plugged device. So what’s in this impressive 29-watt max output? Well, this power bank utilizes the main fast charging protocol Power Delivery (PD) which is already suitable for devices that are compatible with the USB-C charging cable iPhones and iPads. The power bank also uses another charging protocol called “I-Smart Charging” which amounts to 10.5 watts or 5V/2.1A on its i-Smart port. This feature aids in fixing a couple of charging issues on your device that lead to longer charging time and overheated battery. This enables the power bank to make some adjustments on the charge current and charge time depending on your device’s battery, which in turn, ensures the proper functioning of the battery. This 10000 mAh power bank uses two LG 21700 batteries, which sets apart from other packs that use three 18650 batteries. This high-density battery set provides four charges for iPhone 8, about two charges for iPhone 11, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung S10, and nearly one charge for an iPad Pro. So what kinds of devices are suitable for Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000? Considering its use of Power Delivery 3.0, it will provide fast charging to most android phones and iPhones. Aside from this, the power bank can also support other fast charging protocols such as Quick Charge 2.0 (Samsung Galaxy Note 4/5/Edge/9, Samsung Galaxy S5-S10, Xiaomi Mi 3/4/4c/Note/Note Pro, Asus Zenfone 2/3/3 Ultra, etc.) and Quick Charge 3.0 (BlackBerry Evolve/KEYone/KEY2/KEY2 LE, Xiaomi Mi 5-8/Max-Max 3, etc.). Even Huawei Phones with Fast Charging Protocols (FCP) such as Huawei P10 and Huawei Nova 7i; and SuperCharge Protocols (SCP) such as Huawei Nova 7 SE can be fast-charged with this power bank. Sadly, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 cannot do any fast charging on phones with VOOC/DASH/WARP mechanisms such as Oppo F11, OnePlus 7/8, and Realme 3 Pro/5 Pro/X, among others. It cannot also fast charge Samsung phones that require Programmable Power Supply (PPS) such as the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra because this power bank doesn’t have PPS support. This can also be the case for the more obscure fast charging modes in some phones.
RAVPOWER PD PIONEER 10000 CAPACITY AND PERFORMANCE (TESTED)
Now, we test the actual capacity and efficiency of Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 under various fast charging loads. Here at Power Up, we monitor the performance of the power bank as we increase the demand on it. Take note that as per the manufacturer details, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 is capable of 36.3 watt-hours of power, and has a maximum total output of 29 W. First, we test the efficiency of the power bank at the baseline of 5W, or 5V/1A of output:
After testing, we found out that at 5W, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 is capable of 30.95 watt-hours. This means that under a 5-watt fast charging load, the power bank performs at an efficiency of 85%. While it is lower than those we have tested before, 5W is just a baseline load and 85% efficiency in its internal battery is just fine. Second, we increased the demand of the power bank to 9W or 9V/1A output: We found out that at 9W, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 is capable of 31.91 watt-hours, which means that at 9W, the power bank performs at an efficiency of 87.91%. This is, so far, an improvement from what the results at 5W, compared to the power banks we have tested before where the performance level has been decreased.
Now we go to what we call the “final boss,” the 18W, or 9V/2A, of output. Will the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10000 beat the other power banks of the same rated capacity with that load? After testing, we found out that at 18W, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 is capable of 31.66 watt-hours. This means that with this charging load, the power bank runs at an efficiency of 87.22%, which is really fascinating. Compared to the other power banks with the same rated capacity, the performance of the PD pioneer on this charging load doesn’t have a significant decrease. This just proves the fast-charge potential of the power bank to fully-load your device battery for just a couple of hours.
So, the answer is: YES! Comparing this to the other power banks, this power bank doesn’t have a significant decrease in efficiency between the 9W and 18W charging loads. As a matter of fact, the efficiency of this one is nearly double the efficiency of the Anker PowerCore Slim. Yet, we still need to know one thing: How does the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10000 perform when subjected to its maximum charging load of 29W or 14.5V/2A? So we test it, and… Yes, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10,000 beats every other power bank with a rated capacity of 10,000 mAh that we tested. Why is that? Well, at a charging load of 29W, the power bank performs at 30.30 watt-hours, or at an 83.5% efficiency. At this point, we can now really prove that, despite its small appearance, this power bank is really capable of charging multiple compatible Android and Apple phones at once -- and even large devices such as laptops, iPads, and Nintendo Switches -- with really decent results.
SHOULD YOU BUY THE RAVPOWER PD PIONEER 10000?
For us, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10000 is the best power bank for most smartphones that currently exist. Its 29W total output is really impressive as very few power banks have this capacity. It’s also powerful enough to fast charge phones with Power Delivery (PD) protocols such as iPhones, phones that have Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 capabilities, or even protocols exclusive to Samsung (Samsung AFC) or even Huawei (FCP/SCP). Yet despite how powerful this power bank is, this may not be the case for phones with VOOC/DASH/WARP mechanisms, or those recent Samsung models that have Programmable Power Supply. In this case, there are worthy alternatives out there. In general, the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10000 is a great and usable power bank. It perfectly lives through the description provided in the Ravpower website: “Small size, massive power.” Though it is not as slim as the other ones, it is still small enough to be inserted in a pocket; perfect for traveling and any outdoor excursions. However, the real deal of this power bank is its charging capability as you can use this to a wide range of Android phones, iPhones, and even large devices like iPads and Nintendo Switches; and you will still be satisfied by its efficiency. Talking about the price, this costs about $30; nearly the same price as that of Anker and Aukey, and $20 cheaper than the popular Zendure Supermini. This price is perfectly reasonable though because the Ravpower PD Pioneer 10000 is small but has really great charging power. asdf