It might seem weird to have a favorite power bank, because they're all pretty much the same, right? Yes and no. For example, the Replitronics Hotline 16000 earned a spot in the Cheapskate Hall of Fame for its combination of versatility, retro-cool design and affordable price.
This one might just replace it, because while the design isn't terribly special, it's the most feature-packed power bank I've ever used -- and right now it's an incredibly good deal.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Oiyme DN49 30,000-mAh solar power bank drops to just $26 with promo code V896CM2X. Regular price: $47.
I've seen mobile chargers that have a solar panel, and I've seen them with Qi wireless charging pads. But I've never seen one that also has three built-in cables: Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-C. Add in the Type-A and USB-C ports, and you've got a power bank that can charge six devices simultaneously.
But wait, there's more: ruggedized dust- and waterproof design, dual-LED flashlight, carabiner ring.
So here's the reality check: That 30,000-mAh battery needs a lot of juice to fully recharge, meaning your best bet is USB-C -- but you'll have to provide your own AC adapter. (Here's one for $8.49.) The solar panel is really meant as a kind of emergency backup option; don't expect to just leave the thing in the sun for an hour and find it fully recharged.
Even without the solar option, I'd be gaga for this. I'm a sucker for built-in cables, which are great for reducing carry-on cord clutter. This is the only power device I'll need to pack on my next trip.
This article was published earlier this week. It has been updated with the latest pricing.
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