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Portable Chargers: What To Look Out For

If you’re like me, then you have a mobile device that loves to just die; It gives up and it goes kaput. You’re in the middle of an important call when suddenly the phone says “remember that 10% of battery you had? Sykes! You have 0% now, loser!” What if you just really love to play Candy Crush Saga on your phone? Well then, might I be able to recommend you invest in a portable charger/charging bank? Join Timlah as we look through portable chargers and what you should look out for when purchasing one.

Phones come in many shapes and sizes, as do tablets. A portable charger might be just the thing you need to give your device a much needed boost in time, without having to plug into the mains sockets that are littered around the place. But with all this said and done, what ones do you pick? Is there any difference between them and what does it mean? I hope to show you the benefits of having a portable charger, why you might want one really and most importantly, how you’ll know what your portable charger will be able to do.

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This all started for me when I started going to conventions. I realised that I’d often have to carry my plug around and pray there was a place to plug in and charge my phone. Whilst that’s all well and good, sometimes this didn’t happen, so I’d have to retreat to my hotel room, plug n charge and then hope it wouldn’t take too long. Sometimes, I’d only be able to charge for a couple of minutes at a time and this just wasn’t enough. I’d need power but I need to keep going. I don’t like missing anything when I go to an event; there’s something abhorrently sad about missing interesting panels, just because your tech isn’t able to last quite long enough. So I invested £25 of my hard-earned cash to have a portable charging bank.

This is the device I picked up and I’ve used it very happily for a long time. It’s bigger than my actual phone, but not too big to carry in a pocket if you don’t mind doing that. Otherwise, it’s way small enough to put inside of a small bag, or even a large bag. Often, when I’m struggling for charge, I’ll plug my phone in, drop it in my bag with my charger and then pull it back out of the bag just under an hour later and will have gone from 5% back up to ~70%. Speed of charge is an important factor, but even more important is how much charge you can get out of one of these power banks.

It even comes with a handy torch built in!

It even comes with a handy torch built in!

I usually end up plugging my device into a wall for about an hour and a half and it’s reached it’s full charge. I then take this on long journeys, on the train or on the bus and if I need power because I’m about to run out (the Sony Xperia S, albeit is an older phone now, has lasted me a long time – So I forgave the battery), then I had it there in abundance. But how would I know what charger to pick? It all boils down to how much ampere-hour is available in your devices battery and how much is available on your portable charger. Simply put:

If your portable charger, like the one linked above, has 7800mAH and your phone has 1750mAH, then you will obviously get several charges from your portable charger.

Effectively then, if you’re looking for a solution to you being on the go all the time and wanting to have a charger that will keep your phone alone, I’d recommend you invest in one of these. It’s super useful for conventions, or if you’re just going to a GeekOut Meetup. What about if you’re on a long train ride? All of these solutions are certainly alright – and I find I can still use my phone whilst it’s charging off my portable charger. I’ll tell you now; half of the GeekOut stuff we do at conventions probably wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have this as a viable solution. But that’s enough about what I’ve found about them. It’s now over to you! Do you have a portable charger that you can’t live without; or do you think it’s better to be more conservative over your tech? As always, comments below, or over on our Facebook, Twitter or Reddit pages.

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4 responses

  1. Oh yeah, I remember picking that one up!

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    June 17, 2016 at 8:10 am

    • Oh aye: I still use it :) Cheers for grabbing it for me for Rezzed 2015 :D

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      June 17, 2016 at 8:25 am

      • I brought and used mine at the GeekOut meetup :)

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        June 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

      • Same :P

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        June 17, 2016 at 8:47 am

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