Get a 4,000mAh mobile charger for $16.99 shipped
This slim battery pack, which should recharge a smartphone at least twice, normally sells for $29.99
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On to business. Traveling these days means packing along tablets, e-readers, smartphones, and other mobile devices. Of course, these things require power, which is why a travel charger is also essential gear.
At this year's CES I must have seen several hundred of them, though with not much to distinguish one from another. Ideally, you want a charger with a decent-size battery, a slim, lightweight design, and a low price.
Asked and answered: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie has the ReVive Restore 4,000mAh external battery pack for $16.99 shipped when you apply coupon code SAVE4000 at checkout. Regular price: $29.99.
With a weight of just 4.5 ounces and dimensions of 5 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.5 inches, this is a pretty travel-friendly customer for having a such a beefy battery. I especially like the black, monolithic design, which is accented by four blue LEDs that light up when you press the Test button to see how much power remains.
Like most travel chargers, this one recharges via Micro-USB -- you supply the car/boat/laptop USB port or wall adapter. (I actually find it kind of criminal that most chargers come without an AC adapter, but c'est la vie, I guess.) On the plus side, it comes with a way-better-than-average three-year warranty.
As for what it can actually power, that's pretty much anything you plug into its one-amp USB port. Although that's not ideal for iPads and other large tablets, the ReStore will charge them -- just not fully, and not very quickly.
I haven't tried this power pack myself, but over at Amazon, some 25 buyers rated it 4.3 stars out of 5 -- and that was at the $30 price point.
Needless to say, if you're looking for cheap portable power, look no further. But do act quickly, as I know for a fact that quantities are limited.
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