Topping the list of essential travel gear nowadays has got to be your smartphone – a portable translator, tour guide, and so much more in one handset. You can even navigate your way on foreign soil with Google Maps offline and let’s not pretend you could go an entire holiday without a social network status update.
You could even need your smartphone soon to rent a car overseas, thanks to DVLA changes, so let’s be grateful for the rise of free Wi-Fi around the world. The only trouble is all those selfies and Game of Thrones episodes are a serious drain on your battery; which means it’s tough to make it through the day on a single charge. Enter the portable battery pack!
You can grab this tiny little travel charger for as little as £18.99 on Amazon, which is incredible for such a high-powered, portable charger. Don’t let this cut-price deal make you think it’s a budget option though – in fact, this is one of the best travel chargers on the market and recommended by Digital Trends.
Not quite so pocket-friendly, this power station from IOGEAR lives up to its name by packing extra charging power into its chunky frame. Two USB ports pump out 11,000mAh each so you can easily charge a phone and a tablet at the same time. While the GearPower holds its own charge incredibly well – just enough to get you through an Ibiza weekender before it dies.
At £79.95 from the Apple Store the Juice Pack from Mophie is one of the priciest options available, but it’s a cracking battery pack. Build quality is everything you would expect when you’re paying this much and its dual 2.1A USB ports mean quick charging, even with two devices. Four LEDs also tell you how much power the unit itself has left and you’ll barely notice this thing in your backpack or hand luggage.
If you want portable over power then the ultra-slim – and equally light – Hue Kard is for you. At a measly 7.5mm thick the Kard demands less pocket space than most phones and it’s an efficient little number too. Charging roughly 1.5% every 30 seconds, the Kard is ideal for backpackers and short city breaks – even if it lacks the power of some options.
In perfect contrast to the Hue Kard, RAVPower’s KnightRider sacrifices weight and size for bundles of power. You can fully charge two phones from nothing in as little as an hour with this thing. Which is pretty impressive, but it means you have to carry almost 300g of KnightRider around with you – pushing it for a travel gadget.