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Staying connected and having fully powered devices is part of my every day mission. Have you ever wondered what life might be like without power, nevermind Internet?
As many of you know, I make my living online and in order to stay connected at all times, I simply cannot rely on just one full battery cycle throughout the day, no matter what device I’m using. It doesn’t matter if it’s my HP Envy 4 Ultrabook, iPod Touch or my Nexus 5, speaking of which burns battery life like none other.
I don’t know about you but when I’m on my devices, I’m a heavy Wi-Fi user. Combine that with the outrageous amount of apps I have open as I write this and there’s no wonder why my devices need to have their own dedicated backup batteries.
So, what’s a digital nomad to do when it comes to keeping his or her devices charged at all times? Well, fortunately, I’ve got the perfect solution for you.
PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGERS
There’s a good chance you might have already heard about these awesome little devices. Knowing the power and comfortability that comes along with having one of these portable battery chargers by your side at all times is one thing, but actually adding one of these bad boys to your packing list is another.
First, let’s go ahead and jump right into my personal recommendation when it comes to choosing a solid dual port charger that is guaranteed to suit all of your wants and needs.
Note: I own the unit shown below and I couldn’t be more pleased with its performance. If this model doesn’t suit your needs, or you’re looking for something with a little more power (mAh), be sure to check out the special chart I created at the end of this review which highlights some of the best alternatives on the market.
Neptor Dual Port Portable Battery Charger
The Neptor Dual Port Portable Battery Charger (NP056K) is a stylish little charger that packs a huge punch when it comes to topping up your juice. Your battery juice, that is.
This 5600mAh battery charger features two ports (hence: dual port) which means you can charge not one, but two devices at the same time. I bet you didn’t see that coming, now did you? The two ports provided support charging for both smartphones and tablets — (1) 2.1A port and (1)1.0A port.
Did I mention you can charge your devices up to 4 times on a single charge?
Of course, this all depends on your device and how much time it takes to fully charge, but I’ve never run into any device that has outlasted the power of my Neptor Battery Charger.
Neptor claims that the NP056K can hold a charge for up to 1 year but I personally wouldn’t go that long without charging mine. No matter what the situation, I always plug my charger in a few hours ahead of time if I’m heading out for the day.
- Dual Port Charging (Smartphone & Tablet)
- Built-in LED Flashlight
- NEC Chip for fast and safe charging without overheating
- High quality Samsung cells for long term performance and durability
HOW IT WORKS
Using the Neptor Charger or any charger for that matter really couldn’t be simpler. As long as it’s charged, that is!
As for the Neptor, simply connect the charger cord into your device and the other end into one of the two USB ports, hit the power button on the Neptor Battery Charger and you’re in business. It’s really that simple.
You can check the battery level of your charger by clicking the power button once. Hold the power button in for a couple of seconds to power on/off the unit. Double click the power button and you’ve got yourself a brand new, energy efficient LED flashlight for those times that you’re stuck in the dark without a light.
USES FOR A PORTABLE CHARGER
I don’t know about you, but I always find myself needing to top up my batteries when I’m on long flights, bus rides, and road trips. A portable battery charger would also be useful in a situation where you were planning on trekking, hiking, or biking for several days at a time without any way to power up your devices each night.
Having one of these chargers on my Pacific Coast Bicycle Tour would have been killer. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about them at the time, otherwise I would have taken a few along with me.
ALTERNATIVE PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGERS
As you may or may not know, there are a wide variety of portable chargers on the market. Because of this, I’ve created this special chart below which highlights the best of the best chargers available.
|Brand||Power (mAh)||Rating: (1-5)|
|Anker® Astro E5||15000mAh||4.9|
|RAVPower Deluxe External Battery Charger||14000mAh||4.8|
|IntoCircuit Power Castle||11200mAh||4.5|
|RAVPower Portable Power Bank||10400mAh||4.6|
At the end of the day, think of a portable battery charger as your “Plan B” in an emergency situation where you find yourself stranded on the side of the road with your mobile device in hand. The only problem is your battery just kicked the bucket. Now, what?
Having a portable charger in your pack is like having a spare battery or four. Do yourself a favor and purchase a charger before you take off on your next trip. It’s a small investment that will save your sanity time and time again.
What would you use your backup charger for? Leave a comment below with your recommendations!