Never run out of juice with these nifty gad­gets

Head out con­fi­dently on your off-the-grid ad­ven­tures with one of these nifty charg­ers.

Getaway (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By MATTHEW STERNE

START ME UP

R1 499, cape­u­nion­mart.co.za

A jump starter for your car the size of a pa­per­back book sounds like a pretty help­ful gadget to have in your cubby hole, right? Now add a phone charger and a flash­light and you have the ul­tra-use­ful Ro­moss Jump Starter por­ta­ble kit. It can recharge a flat car bat­tery up to 20 times and pre­serves its power for more than six months. The kit has a dual USB port for phones and tablets with

12 000 mAh charg­ing power. In an emer­gency, the torch can also act as a strobe light.

TWICE AS NICE

R559, avail­able from MTN stores

The Xqisit Power Bank 10 400 mAh 2.1A has two USB ports, so two de­vices can be charged si­mul­ta­ne­ously. It also pro­vides ex­tra juice to charge gear on the go (a smart­phone can be charged about four times) and recharges it­self via a mi­cro USB port. Its LED in­di­ca­tor shows the charge level of de­vices at­tached. This power bank also looks good, with a sleek de­sign and smooth fin­ish, and weighs just 240g.

SO­LAR EX­PLO­RATION

R550, cape­u­nion­mart.co.za

Hap­pily ex­plore re­mote parts of the coun­try with this water-re­sis­tant and rugged Red-E RS80 So­lar Power­bank. It’s both so­lar and USB charge­able and can be used to fire up a mo­bile phone, tablet, GPS and GoPro. This 8 000 mAh ex­ter­nal power bank has more than enough juice for a week­end away from the wall socket and can charge de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously. It has a four-stage LED power in­di­ca­tor to show how much life there is in the de­vice.

LAMP CHAMP

R599, out­door­ware­house.co.za

Light up your camp­site and si­mul­ta­ne­ously charge your phone with the Hy­brid­light At­las Lan­tern and Hy­brid So­lar Charger. You can ad­just the beam from a dim 25 to a bright 400 lu­mens, and get 100 hours of light from one full charge via so­lar or, for faster charg­ing, through its mi­cro USB port. And all this while you con­ve­niently charge your phone through its stan­dard USB port.

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