TP-Link 10,400mAh Power Bank

Maximum PC - - IN THE LAB - –ZS

I’M AN OUTDOORSY kinda guy. There’s noth­ing I love more than be­ing out there in the el­e­ments, camp­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, or hik­ing. Get­ting out of the big city into the wilder­ness is heaven.

Yet I’m still a techno geek. Be­ing a tech journo, you’re per­pet­u­ally on call, so hav­ing a fully charged smart­phone is es­sen­tial. There is no shut-off switch in this pro­fes­sion. On top of that, my hobby’s pretty tech­no­log­i­cally de­mand­ing, too— from my Garmin Edge 820 bike com­puter I need to keep charged, to the Go Pro Hero5 I slap on my chest, hav­ing ac­cess to some form of power is vi­tal.

For me, that prob­lem is solved by TPLink’s bat­tery banks. I cur­rently use two: the 10,400mAh TL-PB10400, pic­tured above, and the 15,600mAh TL-PB15600.

The former is the one that comes with me most of­ten. Thanks to its su­per-small form fac­tor, I can throw it in a back­pack or pocket, and run the cable straight to my phone to charge it on the move. It comes with two USB 2.0 ports, a bat­tery level in­di­ca­tor, and a handy lit­tle LED torch. There’s some se­ri­ous tech in here, too, with short-cir­cuit, over-volt, over­charge, and over­heat­ing pro­tec­tion.

I’ve had the 10,400mAh prod­uct for three years, and it’s more than made up for the ini­tial cost—that’s why I bought the 15,600mAh one, too. I ad­vise go­ing to www.bh­pho­tovideo.com to grab one— it’s the cheap­est place I’ve found it on­line.

If you’re on the move, and need a bat­tery bank, I can’t rec­om­mend TPLink enough.

$30, www.tp-link.com

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