Wait, why would I need to charge my lipstick?
There’s probably no doubt that a portable charger would be a great addition to your many devices, but you might wonder which is the best portable charger for your money. I know I did! My parents saw a lipstick charger at the Verizon store, and thought about buying it but it was $40+! I told them not to worry, I’d get them lipstick chargers online for cheap. Then I realized I know nothing about lipstick chargers, and I’d better figure it out quick. Everyone loves to save money, but nobody likes to find out the hard way their inexpensive item is really just cheap… or worthless. So, I did some searching and found cute little chargers online that were about $14 each. I bought two and they arrived in about 3 weeks. One of the chargers and one of the cords was dead on arrival. I contacted the seller, exchanged several messages, only to be told I had waited too long to file a complaint. I’d filed literally within a few days! Oh, “sorry, I forgot,” he said. To make a long story short, he wanted me to send the charger back at my expense. It wasn’t my fault it arrived dead. Finally he said I could send a picture of it plugged in and not functioning. Only then, and over a month later, did he refund my money. The ones I bought were 2200 mAh and besides one completely not working, the lower battery capacity means you can only get one full charge from it. Disappointing.
So, when I learned about RAVPower and they offered to send each GimmieGirl one to try out, in our choice of colors, I was excited! We have put together the finer points about this lovely gem of a charger that should answer any questions you may have. But, if you still have more let us know!
RAVPower 3000mAh External Battery Charger Pack Power Bank
RAVPower® Luster 3000mAh External Battery Pack Portable Charger Lipstick-Sized (Ultra Bright Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe Modes) for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPod; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note3, Note2; Nexus 5, Nexus 4; Motorola Razr Maxx, HTC ONE, most Smartphones and other USB-charged devices - Price $19.99 on Amazon (list price $49.99)
Hear it from the GimmieGirls:
Debbie: Technologically speaking, the RAVPower Luster Lipstick charger has a 3000 mAh battery capacity. What does that mean? Let’s start with what a mAh is first. A milliamps hour or mAh is a measurement of energy current that a battery can discharge in one hour. This is important to know because it tells us the strength of a battery: the bigger the mAh, the more energy capacity. Here is an analogy, think of the mAh as the size of a car’s gas tank. The bigger the gas tank in similar cars, the more gas it will hold and the longer it will run. The higher the mAh means longer run time. So, say compare a 3000 mAh battery in this charger to a 2000 mAh battery; the higher capacity battery (bigger number) will last longer andcharge devices faster.
Just how much juice can it give your cell phone? Using the iPhone 5 as an example, whose battery capacity is 1440 mAh, the RAVPower Luster portable charger will deliver just over 2 full charges to the iPhone 5 before the RAVPower needs to be recharged (keep in mind using the included flashlight will also drain the RAVPower’s battery). Here’s the math: 1440 + 1440 = 1880, which is the amount needed to charge an iPhone 5 twice. Actually, 1440 goes into 3000 (the capacity of the charger) 2.08 times, which means you probably could use the flashlight a little and still get two full charges. Check your phone’s battery capacity to see how many charges you could get!
TIP: To take advantage of the RAVPower’s quick charging capabilities, don’t use your phone while it charges. If your phone’s battery gets to the red zone while shopping, plug it into your portable charger and throw it in your purse. By the time you are done with your errand, your phone should be good to go!
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the RAVPower Luster portable charger. It’s quick, compact and inexpensive; three things I value the most in tech gadgets!
Trish: Practically speaking, I take my iPhone everywhere I go. I use my iPhone as a phone obviously, as a radio to play music, as a map, as my shopping list, as a GPS, as a camera — you name it, that’s my iPhone! There’s nothing worse than being out and about and having my iPhone battery start to die. You never know if there is going to be an emergency and you need your phone to call 911, or reach your family. Car chargers are great, but you need to be IN your car to use one. It’s very frustrating having to conserve my battery life in case my phone decides to die when I’m not at home. I have 3 kids and 1 on the way. I feel it’s VERY important if I have a phone on me at all times, especially if I’m outside of my home. With my RAVPower Portable Charger, if my phone battery is dying, I plug my phone into the portable charger right inside my purse and continue with whatever I am doing! No more worrying about my phone dying while I’m out running errands with my children!
RAVPower also has a built-in flashlight. This light is extra bright and has 3 different settings: bright, dim and strobe. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed a flashlight, especially if we arrive home late with the children. Instead of stumbling in the dark to the house, I can pull my charger out and use the flashlight so everyone can see! This would be ideal in emergency situations such as power outages, if it’s dark and you need extra lighting, or to be able to have your phone charged at all times in case you need your phone in an emergency. I think we can all agree having our phones is VERY important when we are away from home! All I can say about this portable charger is that it truly is a life savor, or at least it has been for me so far! I really enjoy the convenience of charging my phone outside of the home and the car, and I enjoy the ease of use. It’s also the most perfect size for us women to stash inside our purses!
Heather: A different kind of lifesaver… A few months ago I stopped smoking with the help of those super popular Vapor eCigs. They are great cause they are portable, but its difficult to keep up with their charge! Once its dead, there is no hitting it! What a pain when you’re out & about! In comes my pretty little pink RAVpower stick! I plug my eCig in for a bit, and I am good to go again!
Alternate uses: The most use I have gotten out of mine so far is from charging up the portable devices my little girl likes to take along for the car rides including the PS Vita and Tablet, it has helped bring them back to life (and saved my sanity!!)
I love the fact that its really light weight. I keep it in one of the side compartments of my purse for on the go (it comes with a pocket clip for the guys). Its rather attractive too. They have 5 sleek and vibrant colors to choose from, so its easy to find something that fits you. I picked their fun hot pink color! I absolutely love the fact that it comes with an attached flashlight! It actually has 3 different settings High, Low, and Strobe (think unexpected emergencies).
In all, this is a great little affordable dual purpose gadget that is guaranteed to save the day!
Reylin: First off, iPhone users, you’ll notice that the portable charger comes with a USB cable that can not be used with iPhones, but do not lose it. It’s for charging the RAVPower charger. When charging your phone, you’ll need to plug your own iPhone charge cord’s USB end into the portable charger. If you do not have an iPhone, the USB that it comes with is compatible with most HTC, Samsung, Google, and Motorola phones.
Now, to get the best use out of this charger you’ll need to make sure the portable charger is fully charged. When I first got the portable charger, I used it right away to see if it would work (which it did, it charged my phone up to 50% before it died), instead of charging it first. I would advise anyone using this to charge it fully before using. There are two lights that indicate charge level: blue means it’s fully charged and red means it’s not.
The first time I fully charged the RAVPower charger, I left it plugged in overnight. When I did that, it charged my completely dead phone up to 100% with power to spare. I decided to see how many uses I could get out of it, so I charged my iPod also. It charged it up to 60% before it died. After doing that, I plugged the portable battery in and timed how long it took for the light to turn from red to blue (dead to fully charged), and it took about 4 and a half hours to recharge the RAVPower charger. So, no need to leave it plugged in overnight to charge.
It took a little under 2 hours to fully charge my iPhone.
A couple of small issues I had was I noticed after charging my phone up to 40%, the portable charger felt a bit warm. Also, the flash light randomly turned on. This wasn’t a big issue at all, but I couldn’t figure out why.
Overall I think this is perfect for days when I’m gone all day. It takes 4 hours to fully charge, but takes a little under 2 hours to fully charge my phone. AND I can get two charges out of it, which is more than enough for me if I’m gone all day. All I have to do is make sure this is in my bag, and I never have to worry about my phone dying on me while I’m not home. Just remember to make sure the battery is fully charged (remember the light will be blue). Otherwise, you may not get a full charge on your phone.
Small but Powerful:
Lipstick design at only 2.57oz, fit easily into your pocket, purse or bag. A whopping 3000mAh capacity enable you run your iPhone 5 for another 6hrs.
Extra Flashlight Function:
The only external battery chargers on Amazon that have 3 modes flashlight function. Great for Camping, Riding and Nocturnal lighting.
Charge Multiple Devices:
Standard USB output, compatible with any mobile devices with DC 5V input. Charge your mobile devices while it is charged.
Input: DC 5V / 1A (Standard Micro USB Port)
Output: DC 5V / 1A
Warranty: 12 Months Warranty
Size: 4.17″ x 0.9″ x 0.9″
Weight: 2.57 oz.
- iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4,iPod (please use the original 8Pin / 30Pin Cable from Apple)
-1 x Micro USB Connector:
HTC: One X, S, V/Sensation XE XL/EVO 4G/Radar 4G/Inspire 4G/ ThunderBolt
Samsung: Galaxy S4/S3/Note 3/Note 2/S2 /Nexus/Galaxy Note/Focus S/Infuse
Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Google glass
Motorola: Droid Razr, Bionic/Atrix 2/riumph
- Other cell phone, MP3, MP4, digital camera, and other with DC 5V input