What’s more annoying than watching your smartphone or laptop slowly but steadily run out of power as you travel? Fortunately, you don’t have to endure this. That’s because external battery packs let you plug just about any tablet, smartphone or laptop into them. The battery packs power your dying devices. But which external battery pack to choose? The Lifehacker Web site asked its readers to rank their preferred battery packs. Here’s what the readers had to say.
Anker produces three solid external battery packs in its Astro line, the 3E, 4E and Pro. All three of these devices ranked high among Lifehacker readers, mainly for the powerful charges they furnish. Readers also enjoy the Astro line’s small sizes and even smaller prices.
The iCarrier and iGeek battery packs from manufacturer New Trent also score points for their portability as well as the powerful charges they offer. These units, too, are priced reasonably. One special feature? The indicator light that quickly lets you know just how much charge your New Trent unit still holds. That way, you’ll never be surprised as you travel.
Energizer is renowned for its line of batteries. The company also receives praise for its line of external battery packs, too, Lifehacker readers say. Among the selling points: The versatility of these units. The Energizer XP line includes a range of tips and cables which fit nearly every portable device, even smartphones that are no longer made.