Portable power chargers for travellers
These days we rely on many chargeable gadgets, including mobile phones, cameras, video cams and GPS gadgets. But when you are travelling it’s not always so easy to find an electricity point for recharging these items. Even if you are staying in accommodation each night, you may find that your gadgets are drained of energy within a day of cycling (or walking). Fortunately there is a solution. A small portable charger can recharge gadgets while you are on the move. These chargers have become smaller and more powerful over recent years and we take a look at three that would be durable enough for a cycling or walking holiday.
Three top portable power chargers
Powermonkey Explorer 2The mobile charger is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand and weighs 286g. The casing feels strong, durable and it’s waterproof. The charger is capable of recharging an iPhone 5 up to three times, a GoPro Hero3+ four times and a Garmin Edge 1000 four times. It is also compatible with many other 5V devices, such as tablets, iPad, iPods and digital cameras and head torches. To use the charger you must first charge it up via an electricity point. Price: £79 from Powertraveller
Brunton Metal 4400There are plenty of chargers on the market but when you are travelling you need the charger to be durable and waterproof. The Brunton Metal 4400 ticks these boxes. It takes around four hours to charge from an electrical point and will charge up gadgets such as mobile phones while on the move. It costs around £30. Look on-line and in selected outdoors stories.
Solarmonkey AdventurerThe solar charger works without the need for an electrical point so it’s a great idea if you plan to travel further off-grid or for camping trips. The gadget is slim and compact and weighs just 265g. There are two solar panels that work even in low light conditions. When not opened up and receiving sunlight, the charger can be folded away in a padded carrying case. It charges all kinds of items including phones, cameras and GPS gadgets. £85. See Powertraveller
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