By Jon DeMeo,
Think of how many items you have to charge each time you are headed to bed. It can be upwards of 3-5 devices or computers each night that need to be fully charged for your next day. Airports prove to be the worst and there are never enough outlets for everyone. There are many ways that can make life slightly easier when traveling in airports, hotels, on the trail and international destinations that will keep you charged each step of the way. Some options are more expensive than others but each serves a unique purpose for the situation you are in.
Make the outlet multipurpose
Have you ever looked around the airport or in your hotel room to realize there is only 1 or 2 open outlets for you to charge all your devices on? This Philips portable surge protector comes equipped with 2 USB ports and 3 outlets ready for use if you can find one open outlet to plug it into. These are built small and ready to be packed into any backpack or suitcase for easy and quick access. I suggest carrying it in your bookbag so that no matter where you are at or whatever part of your travels you are on, this can make charging your devices handy and fast. When not traveling, they make the perfect bedside outlet because all your devices can plug into one spot! I have charged iPads, iPhones and other devices with this portable surge protector with no problems!
Built for anything
If you are looking for a rugged option to keep your gear charged and you will be out on the trails when you need it, take a look at the Goal Zero Yeti 150. This piece of equipment is compatible with Goal Zero solar panels and will be sure all your gear stays charged even though you may be in the middle of nowhere. It is pricey at $229.00, but the options it provides is could make it worth it. Goal Zero says, “A plug-and-play, silent, fume-free generator for emergencies, camping, or wherever you need power.”
There are many options on the market for this option that will give you power wherever you are at whenever you want. You will have to charge these in a wall outlet once they are dead but before than they provide a quick and easy solution to charging. A few specifications to consider is battery size, recharge speed and how many ports are available to charge on. Other companies may provide products that are waterproof, rugged, and slim designs. I use this option as a backup in case there are no outlets for me to use my other products on or I am in a destination where power is intermittent and power is not trusted because it is not reliable.
Simple and cheap
If you can’t find any of the above options, don’t underestimate just taking your everyday power strip. This will still open up options for you and give you the opportunity to charge multiple devices on one outlet. be sure to pack a few extra USB converters so that you can charge your mobile devices as well.
The point of taking this extra piece of gear is to make your life more simple and keep you charged wherever you are headed. It may seem a “little much” to pack something like this, but when you are staring at one outlet and 4 devices that need charged, you will be thankful you brought it along. Be sure to do your research and find the best option that will fit exactly what your needs are for power.