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This is a lifesaver when the power goes out

It's easy to forget how much we rely on being able to plug things into a mains outlet that we only notice how much we make use of electricity when it's not there. For those times, there's the RAVPower RP-PB187 power station.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer

We rely so much on being able to plug into electrical outlets that we don't realize how much we use them until the power isn't there anymore. Thankfully, power outages are not as common as they once were, but they still happen, and while that is an inconvenience for some, for others that rely on it for medical items such as CPAP machines, a power outage can be a serious issue.

On top of that, some of us like to get away from it all but still have AC power at our fingertips, and being able to load a small box into a car or even a motorcycle or bike, and take AC power with you can mean we can take some creature comforts with us.

And for photographers and videographers who spend time in the outdoors, having power on tap to charge up devices is a must.

Over the past few weeks, I've been testing the RAVPower RP-PB187 power station. Think of it as the power of Thor in a small box. This is one of the smallest power stations I've come across, and yet is home to 7Wh/70200mAh of battery capacity and can power two AC outlets (capable of delivering 250W when using a single outlet, and a total 300W when using both).

Inside the unit are premium LG 18650 batteries, which should offer long life and safety.

There's also a 60W input/output PD USB-C port for charging modern devices, such as laptops and smartphones, and three USB-A for legacy devices (two regular 5V/2.4A ports and a single 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A port).

There's also a 12V/10A DC output.

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RAVPower RP-PB187 power station

You can charge up the RP-PB187 power station in a number of ways, from using the supplied AC charger, or USB-C, 12/24V car charger, or solar panels (you have to supply the solar panels or car charger). Charging takes around 5 hours using the PD port or 6 hours using the DC input.

There's also a light on the unit for emergencies.

  • Battery Capacity 70200mAh/252.7Wh
  • PD Input: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, PD60W Max
  • DC Input: 12-24V/3.3-4A, 60W Max
  • DC Output: 12V/10A, 120W Max
  • iSmart1 Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A, 18W Max
  • iSmart2 Output: 5V/2.4A, 12W Max
  • iSmart3 Output: 5V/2.4A, 12W Max
  • PD Output: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, PD60W Max
  • AC Output 110V/60Hz 300W Max. 250W Rated
  • Net Weight 2500g/88.2oz
  • Dimensions 130 x 130 x 189mm / 5.12 x 5.12 x 7.44in
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The RP-PB187 comes supplied in a neat cloth carry case which is quite robust, and there's a comfy shoulder strap. The whole package is stylish yet pretty robust.

The only downside I have come across is that the unit is not in any way waterproof.

At 2500g/88.2oz isn't also not that heavy, and both the carry bag and the unit have a carry handle fitted.

All-in-all, it's a really solid, robust package that delivers. I've used a number of power stations and despite being small, the RP-PB187 is still mighty.

And priced at $270 (shop around and you may find discounts), it's also reasonably priced, and is perfect both as an at-home emergency backup device, and as a power station for those who want to take power on the road with them.

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