Review: Crave PowerPack 2 – this portable battery charger is an absolute unit
Looking for a powerbank that can charge your new MacBook? Look no further.
I’m a sucker for portable battery chargers. Seriously, they rule. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my phone run out of juice only to have a portable power delivery system bring it back to life. Not to mention all the times I’m just sitting on the couch and too lazy to plug my phone into a wall outlet to charge.
However, when it comes to finding the best one for your needs, that may prove to be difficult because there’s so many of them out there. Portable battery chargers come in all shapes and sizes and at many different price points. There’s small ones, big ones, and ones right in between. Today, we’re looking at one of the bigger options available on the market: The $200 Crave PowerPack 2.
But first, some specs:
- Output: Type-C (PD): 1:5V-3A, 9V-2A, 12V-1.5A, 15V-1.2A 18W (Mobile Phones, and more)
- Type-C (PD): 2: 5V-3A, 9V-3A, 12V-3A, 15V-3A, 20V-3A 60W (Laptop Charging)
- USB 1/2: 5V-3A, 9V-2A, 12V-1.5A 18W (Phones, cameras, & misc)
- Total Output Limit: Max 81W
|Features||Camping, emergency power source, road trips, etc.|
|Smart Charge IC||Yup|
|PD (Power Delivery)||60W + 18W|
|Charging Ports||USB-C (In/Out) with PD x2, USB-A x2|
|Size||8.2 x 5.4 x 1.3 in|
|Weight||3lb 3 oz / 1450g|
|Compatible with||Laptops, phones, tablets, portable speakers, USB powered devices|
The first thing I want to bring to your attention is how much battery capacity this sucker has. Most portable battery chargers sit around the 10,000mAh to 20,000mAh mark. The Crave PowerPack 2 has a battery capacity of 50,000mAH. That’s a massive battery. To put things in perspective, this battery pack is capable of charging a new MacBook Pro to 100% at least three times on a single charge. Additionally, it can charge your smartphone or similar devices from 0-100% battery power up to 15 times. So yea, that’s a lot.
Speaking of laptops, the Crave PowerPack 2 is totally capable of charging them without any issues. Not many portable battery packs are capable of this. However, to fully utilize this, your laptop requires a USB-C port for charging. So if you’re rocking an older notebook, this might not work for you. But if it does, the good thing about this is that you’re able to charge your phone and laptop all at the same time.
One thing that’s worth mentioning about the Crave PowerPack 2 is that it’s big
Like, it’s massive. And that’s understandable seeing that it packs 50,000mAh of power. And when it comes to the weight of the device, it’s slightly on the heavy side, but again, see above. The company’s website states the device weighs about four pounds. So yea, this is definitely not something you can slide in your pocket.
Overall, Crave’s PowerPack 2 is a solid product. It’s a little pricey at $200, but seeing how much battery life you get out of the thing, it makes sense. Not to mention, you’ll get a ton of value from this device over time. Whether it’s camping, traveling, or long road trips – this device will certainly come in clutch when you need it.
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