Light-weight Portable Chargers

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If one has to bring some kind of electronics, ie, cell phone, a charger might be necessary. I am considering bringing the cell phone just for the camera. It takes better photos than my husband's mid-range digital camera.

Is anyone using this charger? Or have a better recommendation?

Thanks, Erica

Nitecore NB10000 Quick-Charge USB/USB-C Dual Port 10000mAh Power Bank by Nitecore​


Features:

  • 10000mAh capacity can charge a modern phone 2 times
  • Carbon fiber frame and panels
  • Dual output channels USB and USBC
  • LED remaining power level indicator
  • One touch low current mode for delicate electronics
  • 5.29 oz - 40% lighter than conventional powerbanks
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Specs:

  • Dimensions: 4.8" L x 2.32" W x 0.42" H
  • Capacity: 10000mAh 3.85V (38.5Wh)
  • Input: USB-C - 5V-2.4A / 9V-2A
  • Output 1: USB-C - 5V-3A / 9V-2A / 12V-1.5A
  • Output 2: USB-A: 5V-3A / 9V-2A / 12V-1.5A
  • Power Cap: 38.5Wh
Weight: 5.3oz

 

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If you don't find info or feedback on the specific charger, these prior threads may be useful:




(Tangent: This topic also creates an adminstrative question for me as to what forum chargers should be in.)
 
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I use an “Anker” brand power bank…I forget the model #, but I believe the first thread that Glenn links above contains a lot of good info as well as a reply from me with a size comparison photo and model #…..readily available via Amazon and pretty popular amongst paddlers…..Once you go down the “rabbit hole” of carrying your cellphone, it’s amazing the number of uses you can find for it….to name just a couple, I download books to read as opposed to carrying paperbacks, back up maps, emergency gps, back up flashlight….you get the idea…

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I use my cell phone for gps and a set of Avenza maps I've downloaded for my canoe country travels. Locally I've downloaded Backroads maps. These all are intended to save me burning thru data. Otherwise my phone on trips is for photos, having replaced my waterproof Olympus point and screwuptheshoot. I intend to purchase a power bank but haven't pulled that trigger. That option seems to be the most practical for me at least. A decent sized power bank would get me thru a trip easily providing around 2-3 charges. I have considered solar chargers etc but they would be overkill for me. YMMV.
 

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After 4 years the RavPower brand powerbank I mentioned in a couple of the threads that Glenn linked is still going strong. One of the 3 USB ports quit working but the other two are just fine. I thought mine was somewhere around 24000mAh/15 ounces but I see one that looks identical on their website that is 26800mAh/17 ounces. Their 10000mAh is listed at 10.2 oz, almost twice the NiteCore that you linked. How long do you intend on keeping a phone alive? If all I did with my power pack was keep my Samsung Galaxy S10 on, in airplane mode, ready to take pictures, and didn't use it for anything except 10 or 20 pictures per day I'm confident it would last at least 10 days. I kept an S7 on for pictures, two phone calls, most of two e-books and a bit of GPS work for 21 days off of about 30,000mAh in 2016. I did shut it down once during that trip, for 3 or 4 days.

I couldn't find RavPower on Amazon just now so I searched broader and it turns out they were banned from Amazon for incentivized reviews. I was not given anything for this review. RavPower, if you're listening, you can send me another one any time.
 
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Glenn, I had looked at the older threads, but they 1-2 years old and things change fast in the world of electronics.

I am only going to use the phone for taking pictures. (I still use a map and compass :) ) I think the procedure would be to put it on airplane mode for the duration of the trip. Maybe even shut it completely off at night. I plan on being out for up to 3 weeks.

Zac, I will take a look at your suggestion. Thank you.
 
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I just bought a MyCharge Adventure (thanks to sweepers mention recently) off of eBay for $10. It said refurbished but it looks brand new. I figured what the heck, 10 bucks, and so far so good. It charged my dead laptop up to 60% and still had one of 4 little lites going. Now I'm trying to kill the battery on my new cell phone to see how the charger works with that. I will report back.
It's the size of a pack of smokes, black and orange case.
The MyCharge seems to take a long time to recharge, hopefully, that's normal.
 
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The MyCharge Adventure, Tryin’’s link, weighs 1 pound vs 5 ounces for the Nitecore, BUT, it looks like it will charge up a phone 3x as much. Plus it has USB A and C ports, which might be useful. It sells for about $80.

The RavPower model Zac mentions is about a pound and charges the cell phone about six times. (The nitecore only 2). It is selling for about $50. Has 3 ports, but all are the common ones.

So weight-wise, it looks like it takes about 1/6 pound per cell phone charge.
 
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I was gifted an Anker powerbank. It is great. Not needed for my trips. I have a NiteCore headlamp. Best headlamp I ever had. So based just on the quality of the Nitecore headlamps, I would not hesitate to get a powerbank from them.
 
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