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Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by Kinioo » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:39 am

Morning All,

I am after a portable external battery charger(s) for emergencies to charge our phones etc.

Need to be fairly small as we will be doing some backpacking etc.

What would you recommend here ??

Are they all rechargeable or they can be powered by i.e. AA batteries etc ??

Thanks,

Chris

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by legoman » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:14 am

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by AndyB » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:21 am

I use an Anker battery pack and they're pretty good. They can be charged off the mains or a cigarette lighter type power outlet via a usb lead so I shove it in my tankbag and charge off the bike as I go when I'm away.

The model I've got will give 4 full charges to an iPhone so unless you're caning the phone battery that should get you through close to a week.

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by Wapping » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:29 am

Some can be recharged via the mains, some have AA batteries. In effect the external mains / USB charged chargers are heavier, whilst the AA battery ones are obviously lighter.

The truth is, if you can recharge the charger via the mains, you could probably have recharged your phone / ipad or whatever simply by taking a mains adapter. Even backpacking, most places have electricity of some sort which you can plug into.


You could do worse than typing 'portable ipdad phone charger' into Google and seeing the many reviews that pop-up. They can't all be wrong, biased or lacking 'personal recommendation' surely?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=porta ... gws_rd=ssl

I have two, one small and the other larger. Which is 'better' is very much up to me to decide, most often depending on what I want to use them for. The larger one is great if I want lots of power and maybe charge three devices at once; the smaller one less so but it will fit in my pocket.


PS One tip. Check that your device(s) charge BEFORE you set off. Some are sensitive as to the 'quality' of the juice flowing into them. Similarly, if usung a dual or tripple port charger, make sure that all three devices will charge at once; some won't. A fully charged charger that will not charge your phone or ipad is called a brick.

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by Kinioo » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:36 am

AndyB wrote:I use an Anker battery pack and they're pretty good. They can be charged off the mains or a cigarette lighter type power outlet via a usb lead so I shove it in my tankbag and charge off the bike as I go when I'm away.

The model I've got will give 4 full charges to an iPhone so unless you're caning the phone battery that should get you through close to a week.
Which one have you got Andy ?? As I have found few different models...i.e.


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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by Kinioo » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:37 am

Wapping wrote:Some can be recharged via the mains, some have AA batteries. In effect the external mains / USB charged chargers are heavier, whilst the AA battery ones are obviously lighter.

The truth is, if you can recharge the charger via the mains, you could probably have recharged your phone / ipad or whatever simply by taking a mains adapter. Even backpacking, most places have electricity of some sort which you can plug into.


You could do worse than typing 'portable ipdad phone charger' into Google and seeing the many reviews that pop-up. They can't all be wrong, biased or lacking 'personal recommendation' surely?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=porta ... gws_rd=ssl

I have two, one small and the other larger. Which is 'better' is very much up to me to decide, most often depending on what I want to use them for. The larger one is great if I want lots of power and maybe charge three devices at once; the smaller one less so but it will fit in my pocket.


PS One tip. Check that your device(s) charge BEFORE you set off. Some are sensitive as to the 'quality' of the juice flowing into them. Similarly, if usung a dual or tripple port charger, make sure that all three devices will charge at once; some won't. A fully charged charger that will not charge your phone or ipad is called a brick.
Few good points here - cheers!!

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by AndyB » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:49 am

My one is an older model but if I was buying now I'd buy the 2nd generation one shown in the link.

They can be left in a state of partial discharge with no problems and another handy feature on the one I've got is that it's got a pretty good torch built in though what that does to the charge I don't know.

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by JimboF650 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:34 pm

I've got one of these

http://www.red5.co.uk/ultra-power-bank-5200.aspx

very happy with it.

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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by 92kk k100lt 193214 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:49 pm

I got a decent power bank [50,000ma] and it will charge the phone quite a number of times. The upside is I have a tiny USB LED light on a short flexi lead [Ikea] which plugs into it and runs forever so I don't need a torch for the tent. So far I have found its good for a week charging phone every day. I am wiring a USB point on the bike to charge it on the move so that whenever I get somewhere I am not looking for mains power. Main reason is that camping for a weekend or a few days I didn't want to be bothered looking for mains power or hanging around somewhere so no one nicked my phone while it was charging. Some of them will run or charge an iPad iPod and others too, if that's what you want. Some also come with solar panels but that's not for backpacking.

I also got a tiny one supposedly for charging a phone, just to try it out. It was too small, but its got solar cells on one side and stored cell side up it stays charged. Its got a single LED light beam and about the size of a credit card. Maplin and it cost me €3 so its a good buy too.
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Re: Recommend me a Portable External Battery Charger

Post by Monster » Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:17 pm

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