Tiny and Powerful? RAVPower Luster Battery Backup Review

RAVPower How often do you worry about your cellphone battery dying when you’re out hiking? I always keep my smartphone with me when I’m hiking and backpacking in case of an emergency and as a backup camera.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup cellphone charger, that is small, and functions as a flashlight? We’ve been testing out a brand new device from RAVPower, and are quite impressed.

The RAVPower Luster charger is the size of a rolled stack of nickels, and it is compatible with any device – you just need to swap in the USB charging attachment that came with your smartphone, camera, or GPS device.

To recharge the device, you simply plug it in to a wall outlet using a USB adaptor (most cellphones are sold with these, so you probably have one at home), or else you can plug it in to your computer’s USB slot.

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RAVPower – compact yet powerful

How well does it work?

We’re impressed. We used it to charge our iPhone, and in less than an hour we recharged the battery from 50% power to 100%!

It also functions as a flashlight with 3 modes – full power, mid power, and strobe light.

Using the RAVPower to charge an iPhone
Using the RAVPower to charge an iPhone

Talk about a great little device to put into your emergency kit and take with you hiking.

Plus, it is extremely affordable!

Bottom line: Hiking Lady loves the RAVPower Luster Battery backup!


  • Battery charging power: 8 hours of talk time for iPhones; one full charge for mobile phones
  • Flashlight capability: 3 modes
  • Package includes: Power bank, 1 micro USB to USB charging cable, and manual
  • Weight: 2.93 ounces
  • Dimensions: 0.87×0.87×4.25 inches
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Pink, Silver
  • Capacity: 3000mAh
  • Price:$19.99 at Amazon

Other Ways to Stayed Charged in the Wilderness:

Hiking Lady’s Review of the Powermonkey eXplorer and the Solar iCharge.

One comment

  1. Carl says:

    I could definitely use one of these! A portable charger for hiking is just what I was looking for. A lot of us depend on smartphone apps while hiking — one of my favorites is the an altitude app. The challenge I often face is that without a charger, my phone battery gives out before we’re done with the hike.

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