If you've been waiting for a reason to pick up a big external battery, perhaps you should consider today's deal as a potential motivation. Right now we've got a coupon code that brings Anker's PowerCore II down to $34 over at Amazon. Not a bad price for something with a 20,000 mAh capacity that can charge over a pair of inputs at 4A, and spit 6A combined over three USB ports, with 3A max output per port. Read More
In this job I work with a lot of public relations people. Their task is similar to mine, but in the opposite direction: while the responsibility of tech journalists is to present consumers with information that helps them make buying decisions, PR agents are generally instructed to drive sales by getting the news out. There's nothing wrong with the profession itself, and I've known great PR agents and those who are not so great. But I often look across the professional aisle and feel profound sympathy for my counterparts on the corporate side of tech media. Read More
RAVPower has a pretty sweet 20,100mAh battery on sale today. It sports almost every charging technology you could ask for and is very highly rated on Amazon. It charges in just 4.5 hours thanks to its QC 3.0 compatibility and boasts a USB Type-C, QC 3.0, and a 2.4A charging port. The Type-C port will charge other devices at a rate of up to 5V/3A, meaning it's capable of rapidly charging the new generation of Nexus devices. You can also use it to recharge any computer that charges with USB Type-C – like an Apple MacBook.
The power pack sells on Amazon for $59.99, but you can pick one up today for $10 less with coupon code 759XIH8U. Read More
Portable chargers are nice. They don't quite make up for phones with crappy battery life, but they come close. Plus they bring the peace of mind that comes from knowing you won't be tethered to a wall if your phone decides it won't make it through the evening.
You can grab one at full price, but the reason you're reading this is so that you don't have to. So let's cut straight to the chase. Read More
Portable battery packs are nice. When they're slim, they're even nicer. Taking up less space goes hand in hand with the whole being portable thing.
iMarku makes a 20,000mAh external battery pack that is only 12mm thick. Read More
Ingress players are a special breed. They're willing to take their phones out in public and walk around staring at their phones. Okay, maybe they're not all that different from other Android gamers after all. Nonetheless, their game of choice requires they go out and explore, and that means running the risk of a dead battery.
Cheero made a battery specifically for Ingress players, and it has been officially licensed by the game's creator, Niantic Labs. Read More
You could say external battery packs are the AA batteries of our times. They breathe life into your phone during an emergency, and some even come with a flashlight built-in. Such is the case with the RAVPower 16,750mAh portable charger that is currently Amazon's deal of the day. Read More
External battery packs come in all shapes and sizes, but there's something about a solar panel that makes me want one more. I conjure up images of a battery that never dies and never needs to be charged, that can get me through a power outage after a summer hurricane with an overabundance of energy.
In reality, ZeroLemon's Solar Juice power banks might reach a full charge after several days of optimal sunlight. Fortunately, they're good external batteries in other ways. They're water, dust, and shock resistant. They come with two USB ports. They also offer a flashlight. Then there is the generous capacity. Read More
Like you, I love external battery packs. I especially like ones that don't require you to plug them into the wall. Okay, ZeroLemon's SolarJuice backup chargers aren't quite there yet—you could easily spend a weekend getting enough power from the sun to recharge your phone once. But boy, there's something about having the option that sure feels awesome. And I live in a part of the country that's not unfamiliar with losing electricity for days due to hurricanes, so there's that. Read More
Update 10/12/15: New code below.
Each month this summer, the KMASHI 10,000mAh battery has become available for under $10 bucks. In June it hit $9.50. In July, it was $9.40. Now we're seeing it available for $9.29. All you have to do is head to the Amazon page and enter the coupon code
ME6ADK4L MHLSNM2R YTI7MT89 at checkout to drop the price down from its usual $14.
Yes, we all see what KMASHI is doing here, but we don't care. This is about saving money. This battery comes with two USB ports (5V / 2.1A and 5V / 1A) that can revive your dying smartphone when you're away from a charger. Read More