An external battery pack can provide some peace of mind, but what happens if the power's out long enough to drain it down? Or what if everyone requires more juice on the next camping trip than you plan for? What charges the chargers?
The unit comes with two USB ports (2.1 & 1A), so you can power multiple devices at once. You can recharge the pack itself through its microUSB port or the 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel that lines the top.
The power's out. This road trip will never end. Camping, again? Fine.
Whatever the reason, sometimes you just need extra power when there's no outlet in sight. In those instances, you're going to want the biggest, fattest external battery pack you can find. And if you have to share it, or you have multiple devices, then you're going to want something with more than one USB port.
If you head over to StackSocial and happen to live in the US, you can currently get a Limefuel LP200X battery pack with a whopping 20,000mAh of juice. That's enough to recharge your average smartphone at least four or five times, with the number varying depending on just how much junk your handset has in its trunk.
Camping season is pretty much over for most of us, but that doesn't mean we've stopped leaving the comfort of our homes to venture into the great unknown. One thing we've got to be sure of is that our bevy of gadgets can survive between sessions with their charging cables. If you'd like to keep your phone, tablet, and assorted wearables alive and kicking, Amazon is offering a pretty sweet deal on the Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger. With coupon code AASTROE5, you can pick up this portable powerhouse for just $32.99 (plus tax and shipping).
Weighing in at 15,000 mAh, this battery should be enough to recharge most tablets at least twice, and several times for any phone.
It's been said that you can never be too young, too skinny, or too rich. A similar aphorism for smartphones might be, "they can never be too fast, too hi-res, or have too long a battery life." The user in search of longer untethered battery life has a few options including external packs or extended batteries for phones that support them. And today, Galaxy S5 owners get a new option in the form of Mophie's $99.95 Juice Pack.
Recent expatriates from the Nation of iPhone might be more familiar with the Juice Pack design than most Android users, who might prefer removable batteries.
There are a lot of portable battery packs out there, and a lot of them can be had for less than forty bucks. Motorola is counting on a bit of style and extra functionality to get you interested in its new Power Pack Micro, a first-party 1500mAh battery booster that looks more than a little bit like a Zippo lighter. The device also connects with your phone via Bluetooth for some location features. It's priced at $39.99, and should be available for purchase later today on Motorola.com
The Power Pack Micro comes in a variety of colors and finishes with a pop-out MicroUSB port (sorry, no port for USB cables).
There's only so much you can say about portable batteries. Power goes in, power goes out, phone charges up. Here at Android Police, we generally just recommend that people buy the biggest battery with the smallest price tag, which usually ends up being one of the various Anker models sold on Amazon. But manufacturer UNU is trying to shake things up with the new Ultrapak Tour series, which they claim charge in a fraction of the time of standard external lithium-polymer battery packs. As in, fast enough that you can get a "full phone charge" worth of power in 15 minutes.
Woot has the Jabra Solemate Mini portable Bluetooth speaker on sale for 50% off its usual price (and roughly $20 less than on Amazon), bringing it down to a reasonable $49.99. The site is offering the product in black, blue, red, and yellow. We haven't reviewed the Solemate Mini, but our Max review might provide you with some idea of what we think of the Jabra brand.
Shipping will cost an extra five bucks minimum, and then there's tax.
The Gorilla Gadgets CHR-150 16,800mAh external battery pack is currently on sale for $39.99 on Woot. The site lists this as a savings of 71% ($100 off its original $139.99). This undercuts the price currently displayed on Amazon, where the battery goes for $69.99. This Woot deal, which will be over before the end of today, costs nearly half as much.
Gorilla Gadgets' external battery comes with an LED screen that shows how much of a charge the pack has remaining. It's equipped with two USB ports, with one providing 2A of current while the other sticks to 1A. The box comes with a microUSB extension cable and some adapters for Apple products.
Around these parts, we like our gadgets. Unfortunately, accumulating a couple of them leaves us regularly in need of juice. Power outlets become scarce after stepping outside the house, which is why it's worth picking up an external battery pack or two. Currently you can get an Anker Astro E5 15,000mAh battery pack for $49.99 from Amazon, but with a coupon code, you can bring that down to $35.99.
This external battery comes with two USB ports (5V/2A and 5V/1A), so you can charge two devices at once. This could especially come in handy the next time the power goes out or two kids (for the sake of this example, ages 25 plus or minor 15 years) both throw a fit over dying devices in the backseat.
Smartphones are convenient, but keeping them charged is not. Charging cables get tangled easily and, despite being lightweight and portable, aren't all that useful on the go. External battery packs can provide a ton of juice when away from a power outlet, but if you forget to keep them charged, you might as well leave them at home. The JUMP Kickstarter project alleviates this issue by combining the two. Now your smartphone cable can double as your external backup battery.
The idea is pretty straightforward. JUMP plugs into your phone and a computer just as a regular cable would, transferring current from one device to the other.