September 22, 2014

FOR ANY BUDGET: Backup batteries and power packs

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Find yourself running low (or out) of battery come the end of your work day? Of course not, you own and Android phone and those are notoriously awesome, right? OK, in all seriousness, everybody could stand to use some extra power for around the house, office, or school.

We’ve come up with a buyer’s guide of backup batteries, power packs, and other handy accessories to consider. You’ll find that the following list is grouped according to (current) price with links to Amazon. While this  list is largely comprised of products we’ve spent time with, some are from also brands we’ve come to trust and admire.

Under $50

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Opteka BP-SC4000: The Opteka BP-SC4000 Ultra Thin Solar Powered Mobile Device Charger lets you charge up a variety of devices, including smartphones, Apple products, portable gaming devices, and GPS units. Thanks to 10 connecting tips, there’s a good chance that you device can be charge in a pinch. Two options exist for charging: micro USB and/or solar power. Contains a 4000mAh lithium-polymer power bank which should charge your standard Android phone twice over. $25.07

skiva

Skiva PowerVault: Very small and super light (only 4.8 oz), the 5000mAh internal battery is plenty to power a phone or tablet. Built-in 30 pin male connector allows for charging your older iPad or iPhone while the microUSB works for pretty much every Android handset ever. $34.99

powergen

PowerGen Mobile: With a 5200mAh battery, the PowerGen Mobile can provide up to (2) full charges while maintaining a sleek profile. In addition to its LED display, this compact little unit doubles as a flashlight.Compatible with all USB-powered devices $29.99

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Anker Astro Mini: Touting a “lipstick” design, this 2600 mAh battery should boost your talk-time by roughly 8 hours. LED indicator, connectors, and travel pouch included. $21.99

motop893

Motorola P893: This economically-priced option should fit nicely in just about any pocket. Supporting only MicroUSB, this 1860 mAh unit offers the ability to charge two devices simultaneously. $18.95

$50+

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PhoneSuit Flex: AndroidGuys contributing writer Shawn Collins’ favorite of the bunch. Although significantly more expensive than the others on the list, you can head here to read why Shawn thinks it is worth every penny. $70.79

aviiq

AViiQ Portable Charging Station with 5200mAh Battery: This convenient package includes a 5200mAh battery, a detachable wall charger, 4-port USB charging hub, and four cable rack winders.  Encased in a well-designed leather zip bag, it’s everything you need to charge up to four devices when on the go. Thin, lightweight, and ultra-handy, it’s the first thing we toss in our bag when packing for a conference. $129.99

rpod

r.Pod Multifunction Portable Solar Battery Pack and USB Charger: A camper’s delight, this one collects power from either a microUSB port or the sun. Available in a variety of color options, this pill shaped unit doubles as a night light and triples as an ultra-bright LED flashlight. Clip on your backpack or canopy and take it everywhere. Read our full review here. $69.99

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New Trent iCarrier 12000mAh Dual USB Ports External Battery Pack: With 12000mAh worth of juice, the New Trent iCarrier is strong enough for the average Android phone up to five times over. Features a 1A output for smartphones as well as the 2A port for your rapid charging tablet needs. Take this with you on a long trip and you’ll be able to enjoy the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy and both Star Wars trilogies. $76.95

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  • GoalZero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit: Light and somewhat rugged, this charging system can power your USB devices as well as AA/AAA batteries. Unfold and hang on your tent or lay it out on the rocks and gather up power through the solar panels.  The 12V charging option also works great if you have access to a car or generator.  Read our full review here. $99.97

 

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