RavPower Xtreme Series PowerBank RP-PB14

A new lightweight but powerful charger that’s handy for long-haul trips

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Having expounded on the boring-but-vital matter of backup with the ioSafe 214, now the boring-but-also-important question of power. When I travel long haul on a flight without in-seat power, I carry a PowerTraveller PowerGorilla to give my MacBook a few extra hours, or my iPad almost eternal life.

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This, from US maker RavPower, claims to have almost 10 per cent more capacity (23,000 mAh against the British PowerGorilla’s 21,000). It’s also 10 per cent lighter, a little smaller – and half the price. It has four outlets instead of two, so you could rig it up to charge several gadgets – it comes with tips for most phones, tablets and PC laptops. With your own leads, it will also boost your iDevices.

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What then, about MacBooks, with their MagSafe charger plugs? Tricky area, this. It is the will of Apple that you don’t use external chargers; they’re not sold by Apple Stores, and MagSafe isn’t licensed to non-Apple manufacturers. However, the very latest MacBook models have quite enough battery life to do a decent day’s work without power assistance. Otherwise, it’s best to regard the adaptable, neat and useful PowerBank as essentially for PC and tablet users only.

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