How To Choose An External Battery Pack For Your Phone

Whether you are a vacation traveler or a business traveler you have no doubt experienced being in a crowded airport with your phone battery dying and every power socket in sight already snagged by other travelers.


Or maybe you are out seeing the sights, taking photos and videos on your phone, and part way through your day your battery starts to die.

With  smartphones being our source of everything now, from city maps to restaurant guides, cameras to social media uploaders, you really do need a light, portable external battery to throw in your handbag or pocket and take with you.


I’ve been trying to figure out what I need in an external battery.
2000, 4000 or 13000 mAh? (like I even know what that means???) 1 USB port or 2?
It’s all pretty confusing to a non-techie type.

I read a few articles on the subject, and got a little info.
If you just need a battery source for your phone, then look at a 4000 mAh. If you will also be charging up an iPad or tablet look for a 13,000 mAh battery pack.
13,000 can charge an iPad from completely depleted to full.

Things to consider are how speedy your device is, how it holds a charge, and how slim and portable it is.
Based on the article I read on The Wirecutter (The Best USB Battery Pack) I am buying the Anker’s $30 2nd Gen Astro E4 13,000-mAh External Battery. It’s very fast, slim enough to slip in your pocket, and can power up both my iPad and my iPhone.

Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 13000mAh 3A High Capacity Fast Portable Charger  External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note Tab, Nexus, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, PS Vita, Gopro, more Phones and Tablets and More (Black)

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