Travel Smart with Battery Backup Chargers

Travel Smart with Battery Backup Chargers

Jesse Leikin
Jun 27, 2011

The 4th of July holiday weekend is right around the corner, which means many of us will be traveling. Even if you're not going anywhere this weekend, chances are you have a nice summer trip planned over the next month or two. Instead of waiting for your gadgets to drain prematurely during travel, be proactive and prepare yourself with power options for your devices while on the go.

Traditional Battery Backup: For people on the go, carrying around a traditional battery backup is a good idea for heavy users who tend to need extra charge throughout the day. While this won't get you through extended time away from the outlet, it ends up being a great solution for giving your gadgets a little extra life when there are no outlets around. With so many different battery packs to choose from, it's hard to recommend just one. But as we have said before, the goBat II is our top pick for its features, quality, and cost.

Solar Power Backup: Using a solar charger is another great way to get extra juice for your gadgets while on the go without the need for an outlet. While generally solar chargers don't last terribly long - nor do they recharger themselves quickly - a solar backup is a great alternative to traditional battery backups for the environmentally conscious. If this piques your interest, check out Solio for a nice selection of solar charged battery backups.

Kinetic Energy Backup: Every once in a while you may find yourself, for lack of a better term, off the grid. In such scenarios, there are likely no outlets nearby, and as long as you're on the move, you'll need an option for portable power. Cue in the nPower PEG, a passive kinetic energy source which generates power from your own body movement to top off a battery backup. The more you move, the more you've energy you've got for charging up!

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