Once you start planning your travel, your smartphone becomes you most reliable partner and once you hit the road for a short- or long-haul travel, it becomes your most trusted companion.
You use it to find the destination’s best hotel, attractions and restaurants that your budget can afford. You snap it away to document your flight, adventures and other memories you would like to share with the world through the social media and to keep as a part of your personal memoir.
It is one gadget you can’t afford to run out of juice. Thus, seeing that the battery is down to the last bar of charge can cause you to panic. How do you keep this from happening on your way to the airport, while on several thousands of feet high on a plane, or while adventuring/sightseeing in one of those once-in-a-lifetime attractions? John Patrick Pullen has suggestions in his post for Time – Tech Section entitled 5 Gadgets That Keep Your Phone Alive All Day. In his post he writes:
“This no time to be tethered to a wall. But it’s also be no time for lugging around a big battery, nor topping up with a tiny pocket-sized cell. Just like there’s a right tool for every job, there’s a best battery for every circumstance…”
Instead, Pullen suggests five top battery packs to keep your smartphone powered up, so it will never die out on you, and these are
- The Power User -Anker PowerCore+: “At 7.3 by 2.4 by .9-inches, this beefy battery pack will fill up a pocket fast, but only costing $59 on Amazon right now, it won’t make a huge dent in your wallet.”
The money you’ll spend on this is all worth the juice your smartphone and tablet will get from it before it is refreshed. It is a powerful device that is loaded with a smart charging technology, so it can come handy when you need to power up your laptop too. If you dread running out of battery, check out the PowerCore+’s features.
2. The Daily Driver – PowerItUp: “Looking like a portable flashlight — only a lot more useful — this $39 waterproof, 5,200 mAh USB battery can get you out of many jams.”
If traveling light is your travel philosophy, PoweItUp, a battery chager-flashlight combo can easily and smoothly fit into your lifestyle. It serves several uses – it won’t cramp your style. Its battery capacity is amazing and its “220 lumen flashlight can throw a beam as far as 300 feet.” And in case you’ll need it, it has emergency features that can cut up seatbelts or smash a window.
3. The Off-the-Gridder -WakaWaka Power+: If you’re a green traveler, you’ll like this battery charger. It is “a durable, solar-powered battery… has no carbon footprint, powering itself up by laying out in the sunlight for 12 hours.”
It merely has 2,200 mAh of capacity, which is good enough to power up your iPhone 6 about 70 percent of the way. It also has a portable LED light that can light your way “for up to 150 hours on a single charge” in case of emergencies or during adventures.
4. The Everyday Man – Luce Wallet: “Luce is a small wallet comes with a 3,050 mAh battery stitched into it…”
This means you get to bring an extra charge each time you bring your wallet. It is small, powerful and juices up with a thin micro-USB cable, so nothing comes hefty. It is fashionable and can easily fit your garb. It is also relatively inexpensive and comes in a packaging that doubles as a valet with a place for your “keys, phone, and wallet/battery.”
5. The Jet Setter – RAVPower FileHub Plus: “…the RAVPower FileHub Plus is much more than just a hunk of Lithium Ion — it also quadruples as a portable file server, travel Wi-Fi router, and a SD card reader.”
It can be a contradiction for your “travel light philosophy,” but with its 6,000 mAh portable battery, it is a powerful piece of device that can juice up the smartphone two times. More than that, it has a WAN port that can connect several devices to the Web when plugged into a networked Ethernet. It can amazingly share files and stream media using an SD card or USB drive. The RAVPower FileHub Plus offers a lot of features for a mere $49 and saves you space as you pack it in this piece of technology that performs several functions
Pullen also suggests that you check out NomadKey. It is an inexpensive, flexible cable in two varieties – Apple Lightning and Micro-USB. It is so small it can slip into a keychain.