Whenever I leave town these days, I now include an assortment of electronic gadgets and corresponding chargers on my packing list.
It seems that list has gotten exponentially more complicated as devices multiply within families: Parents and their children carry some combination of mobile phones, iPods, cameras, tablets, electronic readers and gaming devices. All require their own chargers; many come with headphones.
If you're willing, I have one more device to add to your list of gadgets to manage — a portable travel charger. I have tried out Fatcat's PowerBar and a 2011 version of New Trent's super external battery and found them to be very helpful on days when I know I will be away from a power source for an extended period of time.
Most recently, the people of Fatcat asked me to try out their PowerBar 4200mAh Travel Charger. I took this one to a football game, knowing I would be draining my battery by using my phone extensively that day.
The PowerBar, which costs about $60 to $70, is small and works with most devices. I liked the fact it came in its own pouch, with a single cord and multiple attachments. It fit easily into my purse and I charged it before the game using a computer's USB port.
To use the PowerBar to charge a gadget or to recharge itself, you have to find the right configuration of tips and cords, a relatively easy puzzle.
The New Trent that I bought last year for a trip overseas is heavier, but it also offers a longer charge, whether you need it for one device or many. I used it often on that trip for an Android phone and iPad.
The company offers an array of travel chargers for various uses in different price ranges, depending on the amount of power you need.
Like the PowerBar, New Trents comes with an assortment of tips to plug into devices. Unlike the PowerBar, the New Trent charger plugs into an electrical outlet to recharge, which I liked.
These travel chargers may seem like one more gadget to manage, but they are so handy you will find that you are using them more than you think you will.
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