Product Review: RAVpower Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger

May 11, 2014 by

Product Review:  RAVpower Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger

RAVpower has asked me to review one of their newer products the Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger Lipstick-Sized. At this point the product gets a thumbs up from me. However, initially I had a difficult time figuring out how to use it and if I really needed a small portable battery charger.

At first I was a little unclear about the purpose of the portable charger. This charger is designed for a phone not for a iPad or tablet. After reading the directions I charged up the unit overnight. Nowhere in the directions (that I could find) does it tell you that the unit is fully charged when a light changes from red to blue. After charging overnight I thought I saw a little red/blue thing going on but I wasn’t sure. The Luster Mini just didn’t seem to be working.

I contacted RAVpower, believing that I received a defective charger and I immediately received a replacement. After using both Luster Minis a few more times, I realized that the units worked fine and the lights changed indicating that it was charged. It seemed that the Luster Mini needed a good long initial charge then cycle down once or twice. Now both Luster Minis hold a charge fabulously. There is no way to tell that the charge is low but if it runs out the flashlight feature will not operate.

So when would the Luster Mini come in handy? My phone is old and is holding less of a charge these days. However, I have a car with both a regular plug and the typical car charger. I’m almost always in my car. My iPad runs out of power more often but I would need a larger battery pack for that.

A couple of weeks back I found a use for the Luster Mini.  We took a trip to New York City. My phone was working hard and losing power quickly. Even with a good overnight charge by mid afternoon my phone was almost out of power. I knew this was going to be the situation so I charged up and packed both of my Luster Mini chargers. When my phone power was waning, I was able to connect my phone to the charger and carry both in a small across the chest bag.

While this product is called “Lipstick-Size” it is slightly bigger in both length and diameter. A tad heavier than a lipstick but not too heavy to carry around in a small bag. The charge takes awhile but the Luster Mini will keep your phone going. The Luster Mini comes with a cord to charge it (you use your own detachable plug piece) then you use your own phone cord (without the plug piece) to charge your phone. There is a flash light feature with both a steady and strobe light. This light is very bright. We lost power a few weeks ago and the Luster Mini lights came in very handy.

After using the Luster Mini for a while, I am very pleased with this product. I could see myself using this battery pack more often if I traveled more for work, worked in the city without a car, had to go from place to place or if we did lose power for a long period of time. The Luster Mini is also a good product to have with an aging phone that is losing it battery life. I was also extremely pleased with the customer services at RAVpower.

If you’re in need of an external battery pack for your phone, I recommend the Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger Lipstick-Sized.  It is currently listed at 14.99 on Amazon.


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