In our second Travel Tip Tuesday post of 2020 we are talking about power! Yup, the frequent traveler probably has several devices that all run on batteries. Batteries that have varying levels of use, charging capacity, and charging speed. And they always run out when we need them the most.
In this week’s addition we share another critical, must-know, life-altering (ok, that’s probably too dramatic) travel tip.
Always Be Charging (ABC)
This Tuesday’s travel tip is a simple, but important one. It has to do with power! If you travel much you know how fast your tech gear drains its battery. Think about how many battery powered devices you travel with:
- At least one cell phone (possibly two if you travel for work)
- You probably have a computer (rarely, but maybe two if you do business travel)
- iPad or tablet (hopefully not two)
- Wireless headphones
From your cell phone, to your laptop to your wireless headphones it seems like that battery runs out faster than ever these days!
That’s why it’s critical to always be charging!
Doesn’t matter when/where. If you CAN charge you should. This means during your layovers, in your car on the way to the airport. Heck, when you jump in the shower in the morning plug that phone in!
Over the years I’ve realized that airports don’t always have readily available plugs and while newly remodeled airports usually do, they are still pretty crowded. That’s why I invested in a couple of good portable chargers that I now carry with me on all trips (or at least one of them).
The first portable charger I invested in was the PISEN 20000mAh Power Bank. This beast of a charger is massive – both in the amount of power it puts out and it’s physical size. It features 2 USB charging ports and holds a charge long enough to charge an iPhone 6-8 times. My only complaint about the PISEN is it’s size. It’s frankly a little too big for my tastes. I’ve ultimately gifted it to my kids for use on road trips, etc.
The second portable charger I invested in was the Anker PowerCore 20100. I highly recommend you invest in this charger. It’s durable, reasonably sized, and holds a long charge. You can read my full product review of the Anker PowerCore 20100 here.
The other interesting thing I tried was purchasing a new carry on suitcase which included a power charging option. The TravelPro Crew 11 21″ Suitcase has been the single best piece of luggage I’ve ever owned. In addition to being sturdy, lightweight, durable and well built, it also features a charging feature. You have to provide your own power bar (a small one, ideally), but when you do you can charge your gear from the convenience of wherever your suitcase is!
You can read my full product review of the TravelPro Crew 11 21″ Suitcase here.
See you next Travel Tip Tuesday for another interesting installment of travel advice
Alright, we did it. Travel Tip Tuesday #2 of 2020 is in the books. Wherever the travel gods have you this week I hope you are safe and I hope you are charging!
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