Running dead is not an option—at least not one we want to contemplate
More and more, we rely on electronic devices to stay entertained, informed, connected, and employed on the road. Though it’s getting easier to keep the phones, readers, cameras, and laptops charged (thank you, power outlets in economy), there are still times when you need to bring your own juice. These days, it comes in many forms.
Powermat Ring ($15)
Wireless charging is probably the future. With nothing to plug in, you charge your device simply by laying it near the receiver. Powermat has partnered with Starbucks and Delta Airlines to make the technology more ubiquitous, but if it’s not built in, you’ll need to utilize the Ring. This device plugs into your phone’s micro-USB or iPhone port and feeds energy into the phone. An accompanying app alerts you when your battery is getting low and gives the location of the closest business with Powermat charging stations.
RAVPower 22000mAh Portable Charger ($50)
This is about as big a battery bank as you want to travel with. Slightly bigger than a typical smartphone, this 22,000-milliampere-hour portable charger is enough to revive most laptops and doesn’t exceed the max carry-on battery size limit of 27,000mAh. (Remember: Lithium-ion batteries usually aren’t allowed under the…