These are some of the power banks and chargers our team has tried out recently. I hope the results are helpful for you. Having a charged up power bank can make a world of difference when stuck at the airport, in a long-than-expected client meeting, or during an emergency.
Zolt Laptop Charger Plus
A super small charger to use on the go instead of dragging your chunky laptop power adapter to meetings. The Zolt is slightly heavy at about 13 ounces, but is The Zolt produces 70W of power and comes with eight different PC tips to support the most common laptop models. There are also two built-in USB ports so you can also charge two other devices at the same time. It has folding prongs for convenient storage and features a 90 degree rotation to free up other outlets while charging. One downside: MacBooks require an additional $20 power adapter cable. The Zolt sells for about $70.
RAVPower Portable Power Bank
This ultra-high power bank charges an iPhone twelve times and a tablet about three times. Two USB Smart Ports enable all devices to charge at their maximum speed and three devices can be charged at the same time. The aluminum body doesn’t get too warm and measures about 5 x 7”, weighing just over a pound. The LCD screen displays the amount of power remaining, charging status of the devices, and voltage selection. At about $100, you can get about 500 recharges during the lithium-ion polymer battery’s life, which equates to about $0.20 per charge. This bank is compatible with camera equipment, most PC laptops, Macbooks, as well as all tablets and phones.
This battery pack provides over 12 hours of extra time for your phone or tablet. The device is quite small at about 3 ounces with 4 x 2 x 0.4 dimensions. The attached AC prongs enable you to charge the power cell back up quickly. A digital battery life indicator is included so you know how much is remaining. For about $30, the backup battery also includes a Micro USB charging cable.
Ok, and just for fun…
Star Wars BB-8 Car Charger
For the Star Wars lover, the BB-8 car charger sits in an empty cup holder and recharges your devices while moving it’s cute little head around and making some robot-appropriate sounds (which can be muted). This little wingman sells for about $30. It includes two USB charging ports and a 36” cable.
Knight Rider and Back to the Future Chargers
For those wishing to still live in the 80s, the Knight Rider and Back to the Future USB chargers are just for you. For about $15 the Knight Rider K.I.T.T. charger includes unbelievably awesome light bars that emit 11 different audio tracks from the show. For only about $10, the Flux Capacitor USB car charger looks like something right out of the movie, with a genuine flux lighting pattern effect. A flexible arm pivots up and down so you can better customize it to fit your vehicle’s power port placement, and it can charge two devices at the same time.
In conclusion, we recommend the RAVPower Portable Power Bank for its versatility, ease-of-use, and reasonable price.
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