A Guide to Emergency and Portable Phone Chargers
We have all been there – phone out of charge, with an important call awaited or the need to look up directions to a meeting. That’s bad enough in your everyday life, but if you are abroad with no real idea or possibility of finding a mains power source you are clearly headed up a muddy creek with no paddles left in the shop!
When you travel with Airparks, we try to make things as easy as possible for you – particularly if your trip is for business. That’s why we provide all of our customers with free wifi in our buses and in the car parks; it’s easy to access, it’s fast and it’s exactly what you want when you are on the move. We also have free wifi and internet access in our airport lounges as well as the opportunity to charge your phone before you fly.
But whether you travel for leisure or business, it is important that you have planned ahead.
- Made sure that your device is fully charged at the outset
- That you are carrying a mains charger to fit whatever mains outlets you expect to find, as well as USB and car sockets
- Be aware of how you use your device and how much power those functions consume – kill unused screens and the Bluetooth, don’t play games or watch video!
- Limit your use to what is essential if you need to make it last!
- There are many other solutions available to back up your battery or provide an alternative means of charging. We have listed five choices that you may find it useful to invest in before your trip.
Some of these draw power from an off-the-shelf battery and convert it for phone use (becoming less popular); others are pre-charged from a USB source to be carried as a spare for when the need arises. These are fast becoming the most common with the element of choice being ‘how big do you want it?’.
Remember – ‘you get what you pay for’ so try before you travel! You need to know that your system works, how quickly, and what limitations it may have.
You will find the more basic back-up’s in a wide range of shops or online; if you need something more than ‘basic’, a good first port-of-call is Power Traveller who market a wide range of ‘chimp’, ‘monkey’ and ‘gorilla’ devices across the price and size range.
These commonly use one or more AA batteries (you will therefore need some of those in your bag!) Rapidly falling from favour as USB/rechargeable based devices become increasingly available.
Maplins stock this basic AA battery model for just £2.69
USB-charged back-up batteries
All computer monitors and most TV’s will have a USB socket nowadays; as well as allowing data to flow, they provide a small power source. Ask before connecting to somebody’s computer though!
For £59.99 via Amazon, the ANKER Astro Pro2 can take a charge from USB or mains sources and provide up to 9 full charges for your phone – or even one charge for a laptop.
The Nomad Chargekey is a novel design, fits on your keyring, and retails for around £20. One end fits a USB socket, the other fits your iPhone. Simples!
Alternative Power Sources
You won’t need bright sunshine but you will need a decent amount of light. This might seem obvious, but if you will be travelling by day and static at night you’ll need to plan how you will charge on the move. The independence may come at a higher price but is very worthwhile. Remember that in a group you can share the charger, and also between devices – so it can still be cost effective.