Smartphones have become indispensable accoutrements to modern life and battery drain a debilitating, front-of-the-mind anxiety.
Apps like Carat can help gauge where power is going but no matter how much you manage performance there are always times when a portable top-up can come in handy.
There are plenty of devices to choose from and the decision over which one to buy will come down to a trade-off between price, weight, size and performance.
For the past week I’ve been trying out a Super Magicstick 2800mAh supplied by Powerocks and it’s a good all-round compromise.
It’s about the size of a glue stick so small enough to pop in a pocket, comes in at 2.6oz so won’t weigh you down, and is claimed to be good for two full charges.
That might be possible by switching to airplane mode to ease power demand and give a quicker boost, but the penalty is paid in time off the grid. Real-world use suggests most people will use it for partial top-ups between mains outlets rather than for full charges.
Either way, it’s great to have on hand if you’re shooting video clips, taking lots of pictures or using mapping/navigation functionality.
For mojos (mobile journalists) a portable power supply that’s simple, versatile, light and inexpensive makes it an essential piece of kit.
The Magicstick comes with a micro-USB to USB connection cable and has a three-stage LED indicator to indicate the range of remaining available charge. The recommended retail price is $49.99 but a quick skim around Amazon reveals that they can be had for much less.
If you’re looking for a gift idea for someone who’s hard to buy for, or stocking filler for Christmas Day then this Powerocks portable charger might be just the thing.