Never run out of juice with these nifty gadgets
Head out confidently on your off-the-grid adventures with one of these nifty chargers.
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.
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.
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.