Getting out on the road can be a chance to get away from it all, including the texts and calls and strangely addictive likes and smiley faces that arrive on our shiny little pocket screens. I’m all for that. But sometimes you want to head out on a journey but remain in touch with the world at home and in that case keeping your phone / tablet topped up with power can be a bit of a chore, either forcing you to make unplanned stops to sneak around and find a plug socket in a cafe / bar / rest stop or to mess around with turning on and off data, bluetooth, etc and ration your phone time to a few minutes a day.
Fortunately some helpful tech manufacturers have realised that sometimes one-charge-worth of power isn’t enough to get us from one wall socket to the next and have created these portable battery packs that you charge before you leave home (or whenever you find a socket) and then you use the battery pack itself to bring your phone back to life when the inevitable happens and the first charge runs out.
There are many different models of portable phone and tablet chargers on the market but from my search it looked to me that those from RAVPower were the ones to go for. They come in a range of sizes depending on your application – some giving just one full recharge for your phone like the daypack-friendly 3,200 mAh model while others will charge a phone and an ipad simultaneously multiple times before running down to zero.
Wanting to keep my options open for multiple occasions, I went for the RAVPower 16,000 mAh Power Bank which can charge two USB devices at once (2 phones, iPhone & iPad, etc) and claims to be able to recharge an iPhone 5 seven times. You’d have to be on a long trip (or doing some pretty intense Instagramming) to run your phone down that many times before finding a plug to take advantage of.
I’ve not had it long but my first impressions are that it’s more than exceeding my expectations. The high current USB sockets and smart charging technology means it transfers the power to my phone quickly and effectively getting me back to the elusive 100% in record time! It’s definitely small enough and durable enough to chuck in a rucksack. It’s not super-light but batteries aren’t light so can’t really fault it on that and you’re not going to leave it out for being too heavy.
Overall, it’s a sleek, unassuming package containing a whole lot of power for a very reasonable price and I’ll consider it a valuable addition to my adventure go-bag!