RAVPower RP-PB13 14000mAh Li-on Battery Power Bank Test

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The new RAVPower RP-PB13 is the second RAVPower battery in my collection and at 14000mAh it is also the largest. It packs in a massive 14000mAh of battery capacity which should be enough for even the most ambitious of Raspberry Pi projects!

The box includes :

  • RP-PB13 device
  • 2 x MicroUSB cables
  • 1 x MiniUSB Connector
  • 1 x Samsung 30pin Connector (Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 2,Galaxy Note)
  • Carrying bag

Here is the specification :

RAVPower RP-PB13 14000mAh Power BankSpecification

  • Capacity: 14000mAh
  • Input: DC 5V/1.5A (Standard MicroUSB Port)
  • Output: DC 5V/3.1A (2A+1A)
  • Weight: 294g

The shape of this device makes it interesting for Pi projects because the flat top and bottom surfaces are perfect for sticking things to.

ravpower_pb13_model_b_plus

The Test

My standard test method is to connect a network cable to a Raspberry Pi, add a BerryClip and run a Python script via SSH. The script lights up LEDs on the BerryClip add-on board. This draws an extra 5mA via the GPIO header and ensures the Pi is performing some light work. The LEDs also give a good indication that the Pi is working during the test period.

Results

The Raspberry Pi Model B+ ran for : 31 hours (1860 minutes)

This was slightly lower than I expected compared to the predicted range of 36-45 hours I calculated using the Pi Power Estimator Android App. I ran the test a few times and also measured the actual current usage over half an hour. It averaged 230mA which was as expected given I was using a Model B+ with ethernet and a BerryClip.

It goes quite nicely with my HDMIPi setup although the WiFi dongle I was using didn’t work very well. I suspect my Pi was having USB issues due to a slight voltage drop somewhere.

RAVPower RP-PB13 HDMIPi

Although I haven’t had a chance to test it yet based on the results above I would expect it to run the HDMIPi for at least 5-6 hours.

A more detailed review of the RAVPower RP-PB13 can be found over on Tech-spy.co.uk.

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  1. i am looking at there 15000mah battery for a portable pi 2 project. do you think it will be a good fit for it? also how would recommend handling a safe low power auto shut down with one of these?

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