Here on Carwitter we’ve always been a fan of Ring products, they always seem to add the latest tech when competitors stick with what’s cheapest. Their latest Wireless Jump Starter & Power Bank, the RPPL250 is no exception.
What is it?
A 9,900 mAh power bank with wireless charging, a quick 5v 2.4A/9v 2.0A rapid charging USB port as well as your standard 5v 2.1 amp USB output. It also has the ability to jump-start your car using the supplied jump lead adapter. It’s able to start petrol cars up to a 2.5 litre and diesels up to 1.8.
Charging via micro USB takes 4 hours, and the LED light can be switched on and off with a long press of the power button
Inside the pack is a lithium cobalt oxide battery and circuitry that provides a 200A starting current with a peak of 500A for a maximum of 3 seconds.
The pack can be used to jump-start all types of 12v batteries, and the smart clamps are polarity aware, so there’s no chance of blowing the thing up.
What’s it like?
It’s a chunky device to start with, whereas the RPPL200 was far more slimline and compact, this 250 model is a lot thicker to accommodate that extra 3,900 mAh, it can also start far heftier vehicles.
The wireless charging feature is also convenient. You can just plonk the pack on your desk, sit your phone on top and it will begin ‘Fast wireless charging’ which seems incredibly quick compared to the regular trickle of power most charging pads give out.
As for jump-starting, you have to make sure you either have 100% charge or at least three bars lighting up on the pack for it to work. Any less and it won’t jump-start, so make sure you keep it topped up in case of an emergency.
Fixing on the clamps is easy, they feel incredibly well built, it appears they’re the same as the RPL200 model. A rubber cover protects the jump start port along with a sliding door to keep them dust-free.
The torch is handy in an emergency, it can strobe, flash SOS as well as staying permanently on. Having two USB ports makes the RPPL250 more practical than it’s slimmer brother, fast charge is again a superb addition.
There’s only one slight gripe, and that’s the lack of a USB C port. You have to charge the pack up via a micro USB connector, which to be honest are becoming rare these days. You’re more likely to have a USB C cable on you than a micro USB.
A huge plus, and always a nice thing to have is a heavy-duty pouch which stores the USB cable, jump start leads and pack in two separate compartments. It also has a net pocket on the rear and a handy loop.
Where can I get one?
As usual, Amazon is your best bet for speediest delivery, but there are numerous other websites out there stocking the RPPL250, as well as a few on eBay at around £75.
Full info can be found on Rings website here.