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Can’t Have Enough Power…

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No longer do you just have to keep your Smartphone powered while you are on the go…

You’ve added a tablet to the mix, and possibly something else. Keeping your mobile device(s) powered can often provide a challenge. Yes, you can travel with a power adapter and cable on you, (and I’m sure you do) but then you still need to find an outlet to plug in that adapter.

If you are out and about, you won’t often find a power outlet when you need it in that coffee shop (someone else has probably beat you to it). And, you aren’t often able to spend the amount of time in your car charging up that device (it just takes too long).

Portable power isn’t new, but it has evolved.

Portable power has become the desired way to boost and extend the battery life of your mobile smartphone, tablet or mp3 player, until you can make it back home, office or to your car.

I’ve owned the bulky case batteries that you place your smartphone in. While extremely helpful, these battery-pack cases can make your smartphone longer, thicker and heavier than it originally is. Not really an appealing solution. For your tablet devices, there were no powered battery cases, so you were left to find a power outlet.

The latest solutions for portable power are portable power banks or juice packs. Small separate units that act as external power bricks that you attach your mobile device’s power cable to. All with the common characteristic of being small enough to fit quite nicely in a purse, backpack or briefcase. Yet, strong enough to keep your mobile device up and going for a few additional hours.

Recently, I’ve come across three portable power units:

  • Mophie Juice Pack (6000mAh)
  • Lenmar PowerPort Wave 6600 External Portable Battery Pack and Charger (7000mAh)
  • and the Random Order Portable Powerbank (2800mAh)

All three come in different shapes and sizes that allow me to decide which to use for different travel needs.

Brief review of each:

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Mophie Powerstation Duo

  • 6000 mAh
  • Weight 11.99 ounces
  • Dimensions 2.51 in x 4.52 in x 1.03 in
  • Two unlabeled USB ports. Two devices can be plugged in at once.
  • For use with smartphones and tablets. (Plug in item that will draw the most power first (tablet) into either USB port).
  • Fully charged my smartphone 3 times from 10 to 100% before being depleted.
  • Extended the battery life of a iPad 18% before being depleted.
  • $99

 

Lenmar

Lenmar PowerPort Wave 6600

  • 7000 mAh
  • Weight 1 pound
  • Dimensions 4.4 in x 0.6 in x 3.4 in
  • Two labeled USB ports, 2.1 to power a tablet, 1.0 to power a smartphone (etc.).  Two devices can be plugged in at once.
  • Fully charged my smartphone 3 times from 10 to 100% before being depleted.
  • Extended the battery life of a iPad 20% before being depleted.
  • $79

 

 

RandonOrder PB

Random Order Portable Powerbank

  • 2800 mAh
  • Weight 2.4 ounces
  • Dimensions 3.5 in x 0.8 in x 0.8 in
  • For smartphone (or such) only.
  • Fully charged my smartphone 2 times from 10 to 100% before being depleted.
  • $39

This unit also comes with a LED flashlight on the end. Quite handy. I was surprised, though, that this little battery took just as long to fully charge it after use, as did the larger batteries. But it charges my smartphone just as fast.

 

To fully charge all units took about 3+ hours.
It’s advised to read instructions to become familiar with the nuances of each unit.
I found all three units performed admirably for any occasion that I needed to extend battery life of my mobile devices, and recommend all three.
Though, the Lenmar is a must when traveling with the iPad. Can’t have enough power.

 

 

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