Comparing Raptic's Titan XL to an ordinary power bank reminds me of the "That's not a knife..." line from Crocodile Dundee. The Titan XL is a 13-pound, 14-inch-long power station that has a capacity of 497 watt-hours. It's the next best thing to having a gas generator. And though it usually retails for $500, right now you can get the Titan XL for $425 when you apply the exclusive CNET promo code CNET15 at checkout. That's an impressive $75 off.
I've been drawing power off this beast for a week or two, and I'm starting to get antsy for a camping trip to try it out away from home. At least I'm now ready for one of LA's infamous brown-outs.
I've been charging everything I can think of and it has such a big battery that it seems bottomless. Consider the raw numbers: The Titan XL should be able to charge your phone more than 40 times, your laptop 10 times, or a GoPro something like 70 times. My back-of-an-envelope calculation tells me that I could run my HP Pavilion laptop off the Titan XL for over a week while also keeping my iPhone 11 topped off. There's no question it's up to the task of a camping trip or a day-long power failure.
One end of the Titan has a digital display above the ports to see your battery level. As for ports, it has a 12-volt car port, a USB-C port, a trio of USB-A inputs and a 120-volt three-pronged AC outlet. You can't run the car adapter and 120-volt outlet at the same time, but I have frequently sipped from all the USB ports and the outlet at the same time. It has no trouble with my laptop, printer and desk lamp. And did I run my full-size electronic drum kit off the Titan XL? Of course I did. Raptic mentions that you could run a CPAP machine off this charger as well.
To be honest, this beast isn't light, and carrying it around will wear you out quickly. But it has a heavy-duty fabric handle and a shoulder strap, so I can definitely see taking this camping. It emits no fumes -- it's a giant power bank, after all -- so it's safe for use in enclosed spaces like a tent.
This article was first published earlier last year.
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