It seems to be that as technology gets more advanced, our batteries are lagging behind, not taking on the new workload that new features present. Year on year, our batteries die quicker and quicker, creating anxieties about leaving the house without a backup charge solution. But, what happens when you are travelling and you don’t have access to mains electricity. Well, on this page we’ve listed some of the best ways, in our opinion, to keep your phone charged while you’re on the move. Mobile devices are increasingly becoming essential parts of our daily devices, don’t let yours die on you when you need it most!
Method #1 – Always carry a USB cable
You never know when you are going to have the chance to charge your phone in a USB socket. If you are flying long distance (or even some short distance flights), you are almost guaranteed to have a USB charge in front of you in your seat. In an age where we use our phones for pretty much everything, including storing boarding passes, it is important that you keep your phone charged up to allow accessibility to all of your travel documents. Most popular airports and train stations will now also provide free charge points, but require you to have your own USB charger with you. As such, it is important that you have on to hand just in case.
Method #2 – Power bank
Carrying a power bank with you means that whether you have access to electricity or not, you can still charge your phone in any scenario. Due to the low performance of recent smartphone batteries, power banks are becoming increasingly popular, allowing people to roam worry-free about their battery life. These devices come in a variety of capacities, giving you more or less full charges depending on how much you are willing to invest. This is a great solution if you are going to have access to electricity every now and again on your trip, but if you’re going to be long periods of time (days) without mains access, it could be problematic, as power banks, the larger they are, the longer they take to charge, and sum can take up to 13 hours to charge up.
Method #3 – Phone case charger
In a similar vein to the power bank, a phone case charger will keep your phone charged without you having to think about it and then when the power bank runs out of charge, your phone battery will decrease as normal. These are much more convenient logistically than the standard power bank and act as protective wear for your phone. Because of their limited capacity, you will also probably find that phone case chargers are much cheaper than standard power banks. If, however, you want to get a few full charges out of your device, you would better off investing in a decent power bank.
Method #4 – Rentable power banks
Instead of buying your own power bank, in some major cities you can rent power banks from convenience stores, shopping malls and subway stations. In Seoul, South Korea, for example, you can download an app called ‘Happy Spot’ which allows you to rent power banks that are actually free to use for the first three hours. If you fail to return them within this time, however, you will have to pay a quite hefty per-hour fee that will automatically come out of your bank account.
Method #5 – Charge stations
Big city or not, you will likely find that in most urban areas there will be at least one ‘charge station’ in which you can pay for a locker and put your phone on charge for a predetermined amount of time. You will usually find these in big supermarkets or shopping malls. If you don’t have any data and you need to find an emergency charge point, your best bet is to head towards your nearest shopping mall.
Method #6 – Solar panel chargers
For those travellers who will be without mains electricity for long periods of time, such as those who are going hiking, camping or trekking, using the power of renewable energy, solar panels can convert energy from the sun’s rays into usable electricity, enabling you to charge your phone wherever you are. In addition, in order to counter the lack of sunlight in times of darkness, many solar panel chargers now come equipped with a battery pack that will be charged alongside your phone, making sure that you will be able to charge up whatever the weather. Using this method, you can completely remove your reliance on mains electricity. Whether you are travelling or not, using a solar panel charger is a great way to save on your electricity bills and help the environment.
Method #7 – Kinetic chargers
Just like the solar panel charger, the kinetic charger uses natural energy to power your device. In this case, your charger will convert the force of movement, usually your movement, into usable electricity. It does this by using your movement potential to power a small generator. This is called energy harvesting. There are numerous models currently on the market, some with better reviews than others, but if you are going on an active trip, such as cycling, running or hiking, this could be the device for you.