Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank at a glance
44.6 oz / 1264 g
Status: Not Allowed
This power bank is over160 Wh and is not allowed on planes. Read more about it here.
LED power indicator
Short circuit protection
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Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank with 12V Socket Review
Renogy is an intriguing manufacturer in the power supply business. Founded by students at Louisiana State University, they quickly rose to prominence, winning two “Gold” and two “Bronze” awards from Business World magazine in 2016. They’re known primarily for their solar power and deep cycle battery offerings, but they also make everyday power banks. Today, we’ll be looking at one of these, the Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank. This power bank is exceptionally powerful, with a capacity of 72000mAh. Let’s take a deeper dive, and see what else it has to offer.
As the name suggests, the Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank is designed primarily for laptops, not for smartphones. Because of this, the two USB Type-A ports do not support any type of quick charge technology. But when you look at the other features, this isn’t a significant complaint. In fact, considering all the other features, it’s just nice to be able to recharge your phone at all.
The main output on the power bank is a DC barrel type of connection. This connects to an adapter that includes 19 different tips that will connect to just about any laptop. These include Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, and Acer laptops. There’s even a USB Type-C tip that can be used to power most USB Type-C laptops. Keep in mind that it will not power the latest MacBook and iPad versions, but older versions will be just fine.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank is that it features a 12-volt DC cigarette lighter-style plug. This can be used to recharge more powerful devices that most power banks can’t handle, including CPAP machines. Because CPAP machines require different barrel sizes and different power levels, there’s no adapter included in the kit. You’ll need to buy that separately from your CPAP manufacturer. Regardless, it’s a great added value, especially if you need to keep your CPAP machine running during an emergency.
All four charging ports on the power bank can be used simultaneously. This makes it easy to charge all your devices without waiting for each one to finish. The power bank even supports pass-through charging, which means you can charge it while it’s being used. It charges with a proprietary 15-volt AC adapter, and will fully charge from a dead state in about 8 hours. With pass-through charging, you shouldn’t have an issue with most devices. That said, if you’re using all four ports, the battery will still slowly drain while using pass-through charging.
The Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank measures 9 inches long, 4.9 inches wide, and 1.7 inches thick. This makes it fairly bulky, but still compact enough to hold in one hand if the situation demands it. That said, it’s too big for your pocket. Picture a large bottle of mouthwash, and you’ll have a good idea of the overall size.
It weighs 2.79 pounds, which is a bit heavier than most power banks, but not when you consider how powerful the battery is. Regardless, you can still throw it in a backpack or bag without it feeling like a brick. One place you can’t take this power bank is on an airplane. It has a total capacity of 266 watt-hours, almost three times the TSA’s limit for a battery to go on a plane.
Look and Feel
The Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank has a sturdy, rugged design that can take a beating. It’s constructed from a combination of ABS plastic oil rubber. The bulk of the design is plastic, but the rubber bumpers on the side make it easy to grip despite the relatively large size. The finish is a satin black, which is generally easy to clean. However, the grips are a little bit tougher to keep clean, since they have a textured finish. Rubber plugs on the front keep the power ports from getting dirty when they’re out of use.
On the top, you’ll see a series of LED lights, which indicate the status of each power port. There are four additional LEDs that indicate the overall charge level of the battery. On the back, there’s an LED flashlight that’s exceptionally bright. It can be used in two modes: solid or flashing. This makes it great for emergencies, whether you need to find your way or signal for help.
Durability & Build Quality
The Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank is not technically shock-proof, so you shouldn’t use it in scenarios where it’s going to get bashed around a lot. That said, it does include a neoprene case that provides some measure of shock protection. It’s also sturdily built and feels solid and rugged. So if you do happen to bang it into anything, you’re not likely to have any significant problems. It’s not waterproof in any way. Make sure to keep it dry to prevent any damage.
This power bank uses all the electronic protections you’d expect from a modern power bank. It protects you from overcharging, over-voltage, over-current, and short circuits. It also has overheat protection to prevent the battery itself from getting damaged. The battery is rated for 500 charge/discharge cycles, so you’ll get plenty of life out of it before you need to replace it. The entire unit is guaranteed by Renogy’s 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you’re fully protected from any defects in materials or workmanship. Make sure to register your power bank on Renogy’s website, though. If you don’t, you’re not going to be covered.
Huge battery capacity
Great choice for laptops
Can be used to power CPAP machines
Multiple output ports and adaptors
No fast charge USB technology
Not TSA-approved for air travel
The Renogy 72000mAh Laptop Power Bank is an excellent choice for emergency backup power, particularly if you rely on a CPAP machine. It also does very well for laptops, with the exception of very new Macs. For anything with a barrel-style charger, you’re golden. The only significant drawback is that you don’t get quick charge USB technology, so you won’t be able to use the fast charge function on your smartphone.
If you’re looking for a power bank for your laptop, check out our previous article on this topic.
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