Eventually, there’s going to be a time where you’ll find yourself unable to charge your device, leaving you without a way of communicating, taking photos, or finishing that level in Sonic CD.
The first week of May was spent abroad, so when you’re carrying two iOS devices that have great cameras, the inevitable happens of where you see the ‘Low Battery‘ notifcation appear. But instead of looking for a spare plug socket, it was a simple matter of plugging the iPhone into a battery pack I had bought a fortnight before. Now I can’t imagine a time without it.
Each flight was seven hours, and as good as the entertainment was on the screens on the seats, sometimes you just wanted your smart device to watch or play something you’re comfortable with.
About four hours in, playing Final Fantasy IX and enough Simpsons episodes to recite the quotes from, the red battery icon appeared on the iPhone. This is when the PowerCore+ came in, and saved me idling away the hours on the plane.
The Anker PowerCore was one I had my eye on for a while. I needed a battery backup, but enough to cator for any long haul trip, but also for another device that may need a USB-C port on the off chance.
It comes with a massive 20100mwA of capacity. This is enough to charge the iPad three times over, while it’s double that amount for my iPhone SE. If I was more obsesssed with achieiving the fitness goals on the Apple Watch, I could even plug in its charger and leave it for a half hour.
You don’t realise how often you need to charge it until you have a battery pack, but when you’ve got two devices that are battery hungry, you’ve got no choice but to invest in one. When I had the iPad Mini, I’d either just carry it around in my hand, or have it in my coat pocket. But with the iPad Pro, 90% of the time it’ll be in a bag.
Now though, I’m looking at smaller, tablet bags; one that will be big enough for the iPad and just enough to fit in the PowerCore. Especially as I was abroad for the five days, carrying a big travel bag that only contained these two devices wasn’t feasabile, but it was still a good way of stopping by a Starbucks or a pizza house, and recharging both devices due to using the camera excessively.
It may cost around £40, but it’s worth it for the times you’ll wish you needed one at the most pertitent moment.
The only caveat that I noticed, is to not use the device while its charging. The percentage stays on the same amount, or, dependant on how much you’re using it, increases by one or two in the next hour, which only depletes the PowerCore, and doesnt leave you with much charge left when you’re about to board the flight, as I discovered on the way back home.
Charging the pack itself will be an overnight job. If you attempt it in the day, I guarantee you won’t have it fully charged if you have a full day planned to visit certain landmarks.
I carried this around with me everywhere i went. You couldn’t predict where you’d need it most, and in that week, it must have happened at least three times once the low battery notification appeared.
It also helps to be futureproof, which is why I wanted one to have a USB-C port. With the way it’s going, USB Type C looks to be the standard going forward, especially with its fast-charging capability. I wanted to have the ‘just in case’ scenario in the future, no matter how far ahead it came to needing the port. Apple’s new Macbook only has a USB-C, while more and more Android devices are shipping with them as well. To be able to have that option to give a stranger some extra charge on their USB-C device can’t hurt when needed.
Overall, I’d strongly recommend looking in investing in a powerpack. You may not need one with as much capacity as I have, but if you’re abroad with family, or find yourself in a place with no electricity nearby, it may be your only option.