Are your mobile devices always running out of juice? Here are the best new rigs to give your gadgets extra battery life while you’re on the go.
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There’s nothing <em>more</em> frustrating than a beeping low battery—except maybe your busy schedule, which prevents you from finding a wall socket to bring it back to life. But to save yourself the headache next time your computer, tablet, or phone is running on empty, why not invest in a charging gadget that can re-up your energy and keep you in the <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/technology" target="_blank">game</a>? Here, we round up nine of the best. Most of these solar-powered <em>and</em> portable rigs will fit in your pocket, computer case, or carry-on, so you’ll be powered up 24/7.
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The <strong>PowerStick</strong> USB portable charger makes re-juicing your mobile devices easy. Simply plug it into any USB outlet, let it charge, and use it later as a second power supply when you’re running low on battery. Models are available in 2G, 4G & 8G of memory, plus it weighs only 40 grams and feels as small as a stick of gum in your pocket. For this price tag, you can’t afford not to have it. ($50; <a href="http://www.powerstick.com/microsite/products/powerstick/" target="_blank">powerstick.com</a>)
Hyper Juice Plug
Hyper Juice Plug
If you’re looking for extra energy, the <strong>Hyper Juice Plug</strong> packs a punch on the power front. Two USB ports allow you to simultaneously charge two iPads at once, and the Hyper Juice Plug can juice up your iPhone 11 times over before you need to resupply it with energy. This means no dropped calls in your future. ($260; <a href="http://www.hypershop.com/HyperJuice-Plug-15600mAh-Atmosphere-p/p15-blue.... target="_blank">hypershop.com</a>)
Callpod Chargepod & Fueltank
If you travel with half a dozen gadgets, you want the <strong>Callpod Chargepod</strong> ($40; <a href="http://callpod.com/products/chargepod" target="_blank">callpod.com</a>) which is the most powerful and compact multi-device charger in the world. Pair it with <strong>Callpod’s Fueltank</strong> ($70; <a href="http://callpod.com/products/fueltank" target="_blank">callpod.com</a>) as your power source, and the Chargepod allows you to charge those six devices simultaneously. It is pitch-perfect for a tabletop full of execs, a busy bar, or your own mobile office.
If you are an adventure enthusiast who likes to stay wired while away, <strong>JOOS Orange</strong> is your super-durable, solar-powered mate. It works in all light conditions and light rain, charging 3.5 times faster than other portable solar chargers at this price range. Throw it in the back of a boat, inside a sand castle or take it to the top of the mountain for bragging rights in real time. ($150; <a href="http://solarjoos.com/products" target="_blank">solarjoos.com</a>)
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger
The <strong>Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger</strong> power source charges your mobile devices and AA batteries while you’re out in the wild, with no effort on your part. Simply let the sun shine on the solo flashlight and it’ll absorb the rays, charging itself and delivering up to two hours of light. (That’s plenty for a wilderness camping trip where you don’t <em>need</em> high-powered light bulbs all night.) Pop this in your backpack, then hit the trails. ($120; <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/827121/goal-zero-guide-10-plus-adventure-kit-... target="_blank">rei.com</a>)
If you are looking for a sleek charging station for home or away, the <strong>idapt-i4charger</strong> charges four devices in one clutter-free zone: three via tip ports and one via USB. At just 1.5 lbs., you can put this into your rolling carry-on suitcase. It’s what Bond would use in his virtual office. ($60; <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/idapt-i4-charger?bkiid=SearchResults|CategoryProductList|829173p" target="_blank">brookstone.com</a>)
Portable Power Supply
Consider this your power wingman. The <strong>Portable Power Supply</strong> delivers backup power during emergencies. In addition, this is your go-to for camping, tailgating and travel. It features USB ports and plugs, which can recharge camera batteries in remote areas. Plus, its LED flashlight, and the fact that it comes with a cable to jumpstart a car or boat, make this the do-it-all. ($240; <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/Portable-Power-Supply_10589697_2?bkiid=SearchR...|CategoryProductList|656793p" target="_blank">brookstone.com</a>)
MiLi Power King Universal Power Bank
The <strong>MiLi Power King Universal Power Bank</strong> is a high-capacity external power bank that takes only four hours to charge up. Then, once it’s juiced, just plug in your devices—it can power them up several times over. Seriously. You’re good to go for 112 hours on the phone and you’ve got 540+ hours of music. Perfect for the off-the-beaten path traveler. It’s good to be king. ($240; <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/mili-18000mah-power-universal-charger?bkiid=Re...|ProductDetails|Accesories|689919p" target="_blank">brookstone.com</a>)
Okay, so you can’t actually own this one, but it’s just too cool not to mention. After one too many requests to charge gadgets behind the bar, an entrepreneurial-minded bartender came up with this bright idea. Next time you're at a hotel, casino, bar, or other event space look out for <strong>Brightbox</strong>. This totally secure charging kiosk has six slots where people with power-less devices can store and charge their gadgets, worry-free. Simply swipe your credit card to unlock the compartment, plug in your stuff, then get on with your business. When you're ready retrieve your phone with the same card. (Price varies per charge based on venue and event. Flat charge of $2-$3 for unlimited time; <a href="http://brightboxcharge.com/" target="_blank">brightboxcharge.com</a>)