Power in Your Pocket – Charging on the Go


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As mobile devices acquire more features, they use battery power faster. For instance, Apple doubled the size of the third generation iPad battery in an attempt to provide the same usage time as previous iPad generations while facilitating added features like the new retina display.  But, despite the extra battery power, some users report that their device usage falls about an hour short.

If you’re in meetings all day, at a trade show or just out for a day shopping, finding a place to charge your mobile devices can be a pain.  Luckily, manufacturers are developing portable charging solutions.

Before purchasing a portable charger, you need to assess what you’re going to charge. If you’re looking to charge a single item, such as a phone, tablet or MP3 player, something like the Duracell Instant Charger will do the trick.  This pocketable device features a standard USB port so you can plug-in your device and get a few extra hours of use.  The major drawback is that the charger itself needs to be recharged via a USB port on your computer.

If it’s going to be quite some time before you have access to electricity, you may want to check out something like the Choiix Power Fort.  This beast packs a 5600 mAh battery for some serious charging, allowing most cell phones to get two to three full charges.  With all of that power comes a slightly bigger body, but it can still easily fit into a purse or backpack.  The Power Fort can be charged-up via a wall outlet or computer.

For people who don’t want to carry cables and want to charge multiple devices, the myCharge Power Bank 6000 may be the answer.  This device features a 6000 mAh battery that can charge a phone up to four times.  Built-in docking connectors mean this device is ready to go at any time without any cables.  This one is definitely not going to fit in your pocket, but if you carry several devices or want to help out friends and co-workers, it offers a viable solution.

Keep in mind that portable chargers need to be charged up before they can save you in a pinch.


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