Travel offers the unique opportunity to be completely immersed in your surroundings, away from the usual humdrum of everyday life. Yet, when we are on the move we are often more attached to technology than usual, and end using our phones more often. This inevitably means that they end up running out of battery sooner than expected, and leave us stranded, often at the worst possible moment.
That’s why portable batteries, powerbanks, or portable chargers as they are variously known, are becoming more and more popular; allowing you to top-up your phone on-the-go.
As my own powerbank has decided to stop working, I decided to find the most reliable, sophisticated and most reasonably priced models for review. This is the cream of the crop, the best of the batteries.
There are a range of capacities available, depending on whether you want to charge a phone, a tablet, or even a laptop on-the-go.
However, there are also many very cheap models that are likely to die after a few weeks buried in the bottom of a rucksack.
You can also find a range of sizes, from those like a lipstick, right up to a paperback book. Many claim to credit-card sized, which is frankly a fallacy. The smallest decent model we have found is sausage-sized, moving up to the book-sized Chargetech portable outlet, which although capable of powering a laptop is still very easily carried.
We have looked at three different sizes. The lip-stick sized RAVPower, which is ideal for charging your mobile once or twice on the go, the wallet-sized Anker Powercore, which packs more than enough punch to charge an iPad or tablet, and the paperback-sized Chargetech Portable Outlet, which can power most electronics.
Note: Since early 2017, When flying from certain airports you are unable to carry portable batteries onboard; either in your hand luggage on in the hold. This is likely to be only an issue f you are flying to the UK from the midlde east, or flying to and from other countries on high security alert.