Photos: The best chargers for business pros on the go
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The bustling winter break is a great way to test out the new chargers you’ll be hauling around for business trips. We take a look at some of the newest, coolest and reliable chargers available.
“It is the first ever Bluetooth connected solar powered light, speaker and alarm clock all-in-one,” MPOWERD’s Eddie Soto said of the MPOWERD EXPLORE.
Armed with the research that the size and speed of the battery are the “two major considerations for a quality customer experience,” Soto added, “MPOWERD has learned how important it is for products to be reliable, dependable and ready to use at any given time, especially while traveling. As Luci Explore is solar powered, this provides peace of mind for consumers knowing they have a ready to use mobile charger at anytime, that also triples as a light and speaker.”
Available at MPOWERD, REI, and Amazon, $75
Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim
Anker’s latest is the PowerPort Atom III Slim, which has four ports, so you can charge your smartphone, iPad, iPod and tablet at the same time.
4-port ultra-slim desktop charger with GaN
45W Power Delivery output to charge phones, tablets, laptops, and more.
“Business travelers don’t like being forced to carry a different charger around for every single one of their devices; by incorporating all the ports and power you need into a single charger, we greatly simplify travel and the mobile workstation,” Anker’s Aaron Gotzon said.
Available on Amazon, $54
Satechi Model: Dual Type-C PD
Satechi Dual Type-C PD is the latest charger to join the Satechi series of device chargers.
Satechi learned that most important to business travelers is “speed of charging as oftentimes you are only in the charging place for a limited amount of time, so the more charge you can get in your window of opportunity the better.” And speed is what the company hopes Satechi will be best known, “Specializing is the way to go, especially as most people are brand loyal, so their devices will have similarly charging cables, etc.” Satechi found that going for a streamlined, compact size was essential, too, because “cumbersome chargers are a pain to travel with.”
Available from both Satechi and Amazon, $70
The Powerbar by Jackery
Reps said the Powerbar has “an ultra-high capacity of fully charging a laptop or charging a cel phone up to eight times. It can be taken on a flight and charge both a laptop and cel phone at the same time, yet can fit in a briefcase, or even a laptop case.
When designing a new product, “it has to be an upgrade over what they currently have or you won’t be able to break into the market,” said Steve Foley of Bulk Memory Cards. “You have to add charging capacity, efficiency, additional features, or all of the above.”
Available at Amazon, $130
STM Goods' Wireless Powerbank
This wireless charger is compatible with your iPhone, Samsung, or other Qi enabled device. The unit also features a standard USB-A port to charge other digital devices with your cable. Convenient suction cups provide the ability to attach the Powerbank to your device for portability, perfect for when you’re about to go on a long distance run and need to make sure you have enough juice for your phone to power through.
Available at stm goods, $60, on sale, $42
AINOPE LCD 10000mAh
When bigger isn’t necessarily better: AINOPE 10000mAh portable charger, updated this year, is more lightweight (weight decreased by 25%) and smaller (volume decreased by 30%) the most chargers on the market. The compact size can easily be carried, even in a pocket without disrupting your silhouette. The LCD power display indicates the available power, rather than the more typical row of LED lights.
It will charge the iPhone Xs 2.4 times, iPhone 8 Plus 2.7 times, iPhone 8 about 3.6 times, iPad Mini 4 1.3 times, Samsung Galaxy S9 2 times, Nintendo Switch 1.5 times, MacBook 0.8 times etc.
Dual USB QC 3.0 ports, each supports QC 3.0 quick charge. The other USB-C port (input & output) has two quick-charge protocol, both QC 3.0 and USB-C power. Charge a MacBook and USB-C devices and phones.
Available, Amazon, $27
The Oriflame Powersave, a USB-C power adapter has 61w, and a type C fast wall-charger for Macbook Pros (13″), 12″ laptops, and smartphones.
The company said the charger remains safe and cool during the charging cycle, with the design of short circult protection, over-current protection, over-voltage protection and over heating protection. The charger will identify devices automatically to provide “the fastest and most efficient output current,” said a release.
Available at Amazon, $25
ZENS Wireless Power Pack
The ZENS Wireless Power Pack can be charged at home, work or a wireless charging hotspot, and since it’s both wireless and wired, when hooked up to a USB, it will give, reps said, your phone a fast charge. It can provide three charges and comes with an extra long black USB cable. It’s compatible with both Apple and android devices.
The new power banks include four different wireless Power Packs for one (3000 mAh), two (5200 mAh), three (7800 mAh) or four (10400 mAh) charges respectively. With an output of 2A, fast charging is guaranteed. The one and two-charge Power Packs measure 7,9 x 7,9 x 2,5 cm (LxWxH), weigh 137/150 gr and feature one USB-port. The three and four-charge Power Packs measure 9 x 9 x 2,8 cm (LxWxH) and weigh 220/264 gr. Using the two USB-ports, two devices can be charged simultaneously.
Available at Zens and Amazon, $35 to $59.
Shore-Tex Solgaard Solar Sling
Sustainably-made and solar-powered, the Shore-Tex Solgaard Solar Sling is hands-free. It comes standard with our 10,000 mAh Solarbank, ready to charge anything with 2 USB ports + USB-C.
Carry a few things that won’t fit in your pocket, and keep your phone charged. It’s available in four colors, green camouflage (the latest color), Baltic black, Atlantic blue, and Maldivian blue. It’s available with the power bank and solar system bag; the sling with the solar bank boombox, and the sling without the solar bank for those who already have the charger.
Available at Solgaard, $85 to $125
Satechi Model: Dual Type-C PD
Satechi, which makes the Satechi Dual Type-C PD, learned that most important to business travelers is “speed of chargingm as oftentimes you are only in the charging place for a limited amount of time, so the more charge you can get in your window of opportunity the better,” a Satechi rep said.
And speed is what the company hopes to be known for, and the rep added, “Specializing is the way to go, especially as most people are brand loyal, so their devices will have similarly charging cables, etc.” Satechi found that going for a streamlined, compact size was essential, too, because “cumbersome chargers are a pain to travel with.”
Available from both Satechi and Amazon, $49 to $70
Solgaard Solarbank Boombox
The Solgaard Solarbank Boombox is described as “3-in-1: Bluetooth Speaker + Solar Charger + Power Bank,” and boasts it can play music, at the same time it charges a phone. It’s available in a neutral matte black.
Available at Solgaard.co and Amazon, $110
Lander Neve Lightning
The Neve Charging Cable was inspired by the reflective lines on tents. Neve cables are woven with a durable material made with Illumiweave reflective technology, and are easy to find deep in backpack pockets or a dark tent at night. The weaving prevents tangling. The cable is MFI certified.
Available at Lander, REI, $12.50 to $35
Lander also sells the portable power bank, which comes pre-charged. Originally, $70, it’s currently on sale for $35.
NXT Technologies 5000 mAh 1 USB Port PowerBank
The NXT Technologies 5000 mAh charger comes with a micro-USB cable, and an LED ring which illuminates when the device is properly connected and charging. The same LED indicator will display the remaining battery life until you need to recharge, so you know how much charge is left in your power bank. The illuminated ports help you find your device in the dark. The one USB port charges up to 12W.
Available at Staples stores and online, $20
Journa Tech USB crossbody
Here’s something different a little different, the Journa Tech USB crossbody. Reps say it is the first of its kind, this wearable technology, making the charger and cord part of your ensemble, with this crossbody case that conceals a hidden USB charger.
Available at Journa, $49
myCharge Hub Turbo
For those iconoclasts who have both Apple and Android products, this product is for you.
Reps said the myCharge Hub Turbo is the first charger to feature a built-in Apple lightning cable and a USB-C cable that push both Power Delivery and Qualcomm Quick Charge for a recharge up to 75% faster than a traditional charger or power block.
Regarding travel chargers, “It is all about convenience,” the rep added. “With the Hub chargers, they have built-in charging cords as well as wall prongs on the back to directly recharge the unit. Travelers do not want to deal with trying to remember to pack all of the charging cords needed, let alone waste time trying to untangle them. We came out with the original model that had built-in Apple lightning and micro-USB cables because the most popular phones on the market at the time used these to recharge, but then we released the HubPlus-C that features micro/USB-C, which was targeted to Android users.”
Available, Amazon, Best Buy, 10,050 mAh $109.99, 6,700 mAh $89.99
PureGear PureJuice 10K PD Portable Charger
“Portability is one thing, but how fast you can charge your device in the short duration of travel is also very important,” PureGear’s Arthur Chen said. “The last thing you want is to only get a few percentages juice after being plugged into a powerbank during your 30 minute commute.”
The charger works for both IOS and android devices. “We implement smart detect technology in our chargers to facilitate this, designing the output spec of each of our chargers strategically to different handset and user profiles,” Chen added. “Our new PD line up, for example, include models with 18W outputs catered to iPhone users as well as 45W outputs for the more power hungry 5G Samsung phones.”
Available, PureGear, $60.