Power Bricks and Charging Sticks: Modern Solutions to Make Sure Your Devices Are Always Ready to Use
Modern technology is amazing. These days, none of us go far without our mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, e-readers, and more. But no matter how advanced our gadgets become, one problem refuses to go away: Lack of battery power.
As devices become more powerful, they use up more of the battery. That means even the best gadgets end up running out of juice just when we need them the most.
One solution to this problem comes in the form of portable chargers. These excellent devices can be used to charge up our gadgets during the day so we never need to run out of battery power again.
And the great thing about these chargers is that they come in so many forms. Here are a few to consider.
Dedicated Portable Chargers
These are the most common charging solutions. They are devices that have the sole function of charging our gadgets, and they essentially work as external batteries. They come in a wide range of different sizes, and while some may just provide one charge of your phone, others can be used to charge a number of devices multiple times.
When choosing one, look at the capacity of the battery compared to your gadget’s capacity. This will give you a good idea of how useful the charger will be.
Also consider how portable it is. Obviously you will want to be able to keep it in your bag while out and about, so it can’t be too cumbersome..
Fortunately, you have countless options to choose from, so you’re certain to find one that works for you.
One of the simplest solutions is to just invest in some rechargeable batteries with you when you go away somewhere. Buy a charger, and you will be able to make sure you always have some charged. This is a great option for digital cameras.
Rechargeable batteries are affordable, convenient, and when you use your charged batteries, you can charge the others to make sure you always have some to hand. These are especially useful for digital cameras.
While some portable chargers do one thing and one thing only (charge your devices), others come with two functions.
For example, the Patriot FUEL Active comes with an LED torch as well as a charger. Or you could use the RAVPower FileHub Plus, which can be used as a Wi-Fi router and SD card reader on top of its charging ability.
Then there is the Luce Wallet, which doubles up as a battery pack so you always have some extra power on you.
Phone Case Chargers
Another clever solution to the lack of battery power in mobile phones comes in the form of the numerous cases that double up as chargers.
There are lots of these that work with the iPhone and other popular devices. They simply fit onto your phone and adds extra power to keep the phone lasting much longer, and you can just recharge your phone as soon as the battery runs low.
There are many other options to choose from, so fine one that works with your smartphone model.
Some portable chargers are designed to be weatherproof and drop proof so that you can take them with you on adventures. Something like the Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme could be useful, as you can use it to charge up all your devices while knowing that it is protected from the elements.
What happens when your charger runs out? Unless you are near to a power socket, you could be in difficulties. Unless, of course, you have a solar charger. These are perfect for taking camping, because you can charge them up wherever you go.
And then there are chargers that use your own kinetic energy to charge themselves. If you cycle to work, you can find a range of products that attach to your bike and charge themselves up on the go, so you can recharge your gadgets without having to find a power source.
Keep Your Gadgets Going All Day Long
No matter where you are going, whether to work or on a week-long camping trip, make sure you keep your gadgets charged up and usable by taking a portable device charger with you.
As you can see, there are many options to choose from, and they will enable you to keep your cameras, phones, and tablets going for as long as you need to without having to worry about running out of juice. So take your pick, and never run out of power again.
John Stowe is an amateur photographer based in Leeds UK. He got the digital photography bug back in the early 2000’s and has since had many different models of cameras. He loves to share his ideas and thoughts online for others to read.