On my trip to Manila earlier this summer I had some power problems. First, I forgot the plug for my phone and had to charge it through my laptop USB the whole trip. Then I had a hard time finding a plug at the office for my computer, which died during a presentation (SO embarrassing). Finally, I forgot to charge my phone before my flight from Tokyo to Dallas, so it died, and the customs line was so long that I wasn’t able to charge it before my flight home.
Plenty of planes have power outlets of some sort, which is great. But what about times when you’re standing in line in customs or security for two hours? Or if you’re on a plane that has DC but not AC plugs? Battery packs are the perfect solution for these exact problems. After my recent power issues, I am definitely going to invest in one, and here are the three I’m considering.
Jackery Mini. The tiny Jackery Mini is the size of a lipstick, which will free up room for other important items (like, say, lipstick). It will power a variety of devices, including most iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, as well as the iPad. At $25, it’s extremely affordable. While it will add a full charge to my phone, it will only add a partial charge to my iPad and won’t charge my laptop at all.
Anker Astro 3E. A size up from the Jackery Mini, the Anker Astro 3E will fully charge a smartphone 3-4 times and an iPad once. It’s still well priced ($40), and the Amazon reviews are very favorable (rated 4.7 out of 5). It’s slightly bigger than an iPhone, but definitely heavier. Again, it won’t charge my laptop, but for longer trips this would be incredibly helpful.
Energizer XP18000. The Energizer Xp18000 will charge just about anything, including phones, tablets, and laptops. It is also big, heavy, and expensive ($140). However, if you are taking your computer to places with no outlets, this would give you the power you need.
I’m leaning toward the Astro, but I love the size of the Jackery Mini. While it would be awesome to be able to charge my laptop, I’m not willing to spend as much or carry something as large as the Energizer.
Readers, do you have a battery pack that you like? Do you have any experience with these three?
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