How to Stay Powered Up on the Road

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. Powermat Ring ($15) Wireless charging is probably the future. This device plugs into your phone’s micro-USB or iPhone port and feeds energy into the phone. RAVPower 22000mAh Portable Charger ($50) This is about as big a battery bank as you want to travel with. The 2.4-amp input and USB-C outlet are ready for fast-charging the newest devices but are still compatible with older standards. While that’s not enough power to bring a dead, energy-hogging iPhone 7 back to 100 percent, it is enough to revive your phone from low battery mode. You can plug in devices like a cellphone and the Nomad will charge them in about an hour. The Pocket Socket 2 is a hand-crank generator with a standard 120-volt power outlet. Lifeproof Lifeactiv Power Pack ($55) This Lifeproof phone case does three things to keep your phone alive: An LED flashlight provides more illumination than a phone’s puny light (so you can keep it off and not sap the phone battery).

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)

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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)

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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…

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