I have a constant need power, just like many of you. And I’m not talking about politicians; I’m talking about the modern technology user that is always looking around for a wall-plug because of the high demand coming from their laptops, smartphones or tablets.
So I too have one day decided to carry my own energy source for whenever I end up with a dead gadget in my hands, and I will be sharing some of my experience with battery packs so far.
My first attempt was a mostly a safe guess, as I didn’t know much about what I had to search for. So I purchased the AmazonBasics Portable Bank 3,000 mAh. It had good reviews, and I was slim and light and had a nice pouch. It proved out to be a good acquisition and worked really well for my phone.
The problem was I never really knew how much energy it had left, because it had no level indicator. Also, the energy transfer took forever, and the cord was short. Basically, I had two phones on the table, and the next step was to buy a pack of battery packs.
The next thing I bought was a Belkin MIXIT Metallic Power Pack 6600 mAh, a gadget that was heavier than the previous. By this time I knew that the milliamp hours were really important. The cables were short again, but at least I had two of them as I could charge two devices at once. And it had what the other missed: LED indicator for the level of power it carried.
It helped me a lot, and there were a few times when I felt I was lucky for having it. The love story was intense, but short-lived because at that time I had to travel a lot and my power pack took about two hours to charge my phone and two hours to charge itself. I needed something for extensive travel, ready to disconnect for a long time without any power source around.
That’s why I had to pick a new partner for my devices, something with long lasting power supply and, if possible, of the same size.
I picked the RAVPower Xtreme 26800mAh. It’s not the same size or weight, it’s about two times bigger and three times heavier, but it’s still hand-size, and I don’t feel it in the luggage. And maybe I should mention it gives me at least 2 recharges on my phone before its first life indicator light goes out, and can do that in less than an hour.
It has three USB ports and one micro USB port. The ports are iSmart, meaning they can determine the number of Amps that it can deliver to the device.
So I may have found what I wanted for trips and adventures: it’s smart and sustainable, just like I need it.