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Nothing is worse than being on the go and in the middle of an important call, waiting for a much-anticipated email, or hoping your child will text you back when your phone is about to die. I always make a point of having an external charger with me to provide backup power but with so many to choose from, it’s hard to know what to look for. I often will select an external charger based on my needs. I have chargers that vary in weight and size that weigh anywhere from an ounce to 10 ounces and cost between $29.99-$129.99.
With so many chargers to choose from, it can be hard to know how to select one to fit your needs so I made this helpful video with some things to consider as you select the charger that’s right for you.
Additional things to consider when purchasing an external charger for your smartphone:
- What will you be charging? Smaller devices such as smartphones require chargers with a lower mAh.
- Does the charger require an additional cable? Chargers that require additional cables provide flexibility but honestly, an Apple Lightning, 30 pin, or micro USB cord can be just one more thing to remember. Look for an all in one charger that has a way to plug directly into your phone.
- Size—Size does matter. The more mAh a charger has, the bigger and heavier it is. If you’re looking for something portable for daily use for your smartphone, go with the smallest one you can find. For example, the 12,000 mAh charger I showed in the video is $129.99 and weighs 10 ounces. It’s an expensive charger and too heavy for me to carry for daily use but I’ll often tuck it in my camera bag on a day where I might be taking a lot of pictures and have to charge my camera on the go after I use up the power from the additional battery I carry. Chances are you don’t need something this powerful or heavy for daily use so consider something smaller.
- Price— The more mAh, the more the charger will cost. It’s important to think about what you’ll be charging, how often you’ll need the charger when considering how much to spend.
My favorite affordable external chargers for everyday use that helps me keep my phone powered when I’m away from an outlet or the USB charger in my car is the Rayovac Phone Boost 800. Available for iPhone and Android phones, this one ounce charger can easily be attached to my keys thanks to a handy keyring so I always have it on hand. I appreciate that I can just plug it in to my smartphone and charge on the go without requiring the use of any extra cables.
The Rayovac Phone Boost 800 provides 150 hours of talk time and stays charged for up to 6 months if you don’t need the charge right away. Affordably priced at $24.99 for micro USB and $29.99 for Apple Lightning, Phone Boost 800 is my new favorite portable phone charger for everyday use.
I am a Rayovac Power Blogger and am compensated for my involvement in the program and also receive products for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.