No matter how diligent you are about charging your smartphone chances are you’ve found yourself in a coffee shop asking fellow patrons if you can borrow their charging cable. Ah, the feeling of success when the person sitting next to you not only has a charging cable but also has one that matches your phone.
Then all you have to do is find a wall outlet.
There has to be a better way. There is, and we’ve put together five solid choices for your approval.
1. Innergie PocketCell Rechargable Battery Bank
This battery bank will quickly appeal to fans of design, especially fans of Apple design. But it’s not all looks. It works well as a battery solution for multiple devices.
The included universal USB cable – which the company calls the Magic Cable 3-in-1 – supports the Apple 30-pin connector along with micro and mini USB connectors. It’s as easy to charge as it is to use and packs a 3,000mAh battery. That should double an iPhone’s life and give you about four hours on a tablet.
2. Mojo Hi5 Powerbank
This one can double the mobile usage of your iPhone 5? It’s inspired by the iPhone 5’s minimalist design, which is nice if you want an inconspicuous and thin power bank with an aluminum unibody enclosure that fits effortlessly to the back of the iPhone 5. It features pass through charging, which means you can charge the power bank and the phone at the same time. It’s also pretty smart. The case won’t let you over charge, over current or short circuit your phone.
3. i.Sound Portable Power Max
$89.99 (8,000 mAh) and $119.99 (16,000 mAh)
No matter which of these chargers you choose, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the light weight and slim profile of each unit. Each one comes with five USB charging ports, an LED battery meter and even a built-in LED flashlight. The box contents are rounded out buy a carrying case and a USB to micro/mini USB cable.
4. iGeek iPad SmarthPhone Charger
New Trent’s iGeek IMP99D is a popular and solid choice for your charging needs. It’s compatible with Apple phones and tablets as well as major smartphones and tablet PCs. The external battery pack is made well, comes with a capacity of 9900mAh (36.2Wh) and a recharge input time of 7.5 hours. It comes with one USB cable and two connectors (micro USB, mini USB).
5. Anker 1600mAh Li-ion HTC battery
Some HTC fans have complained about battery life on the phones, especially in the Desire S. This product from Anker, a popular battery tech company, has 1600mAh and works with many HTC phones. The device not only improves battery life but decreases charging times.
The company uses selected Top 10% Grade A cells that should give you over 500 recharge cycles over the life of the battery. If you want your HTC phone to last all day, this is the battery for you.