For those of us who like to stay connected on the go, there’s nothing more frustrating than a dead battery on your iPhone or tablet. The world of wireless still needs power. For the traveler a dead battery can really lead to problems. Need to checkin? Have to check a train schedule? Need Google Maps? Or the worst case scenario… You just boarded a plane for a ten hour flight with a season of your favorite tv show on your iPad and there are no outlets onboard, argh! Time for an external battery. The Bar from Jackery
I have used various external batteries in the past while traveling. My latest backup battery is the Bar from Jackery. Coming in at about the size of a granola bar it’s easily tucked away in a bag or jacket pocket. The aluminum construction feels very durable and it looks pretty sleek.
It is 2.1 amps 6000 mAh, giving you plenty of power and a recharge time of several hours for the battery itself. If you are charging an iPhone you should be able to charge it at least twice. For a tablet, at least one full charge. This is based on limited use while your device is charging.
It boosts some small led indicator lights to let you know its status.
I have used the Bar in my travels on an iPhone 5s and a Nexus 7. It came in very handy when I was out on day trips, using maps and the camera on my iPhone. Since the Bar takes up minimal space, I keep it stowed in my day bag all the time.
I purchased this one for about $30 and it’s worth every penny and should be a welcome addition for today’s digital traveler.
The following is a known list of compatible devices:
Apple: iPhone 6 / iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 / iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS / iPad Air / iPad Mini / iPod (Apple cable required)
Samsung: Galaxy S5 S4 S3 S2 / Galaxy Note 3 2 / Galaxy Nexus / Focus S / Infuse
HTC: One, One max, One mini / Desire series / Butterfly series
Motorola: Moto X / Moto G / Droid series
LG: Nexus 5, 4, G2, Optimus 4X, 2X, V, S, T, 3D, 7
Nokia: Lumia 1020 920 900 710 800 / N8 / N9
Others: Most of Android Phones / Android Tablets / Google Glass / Blackberry / Sony Xperia Z1 / PSP / Nook Color / MP3 MP4 MP5 / GoPro