For anyone who is planning on travelling, whether it be Newfoundland, or to the cottage, really any place where you do not have a power source and need to charge your phone, or GPS unit. Over the last month or so, I’ve been looking at different options, as well as trying different battery packs to see how they work for charging my Blackberry phone. Before I get into depth on it, there is one thing you need to know before you get started.
- With your device, how much mAh does it take to do a full charge from Empty?
A Few examples of battery capacity:
Blackberry Z10: 1800 mAh
Iphone 5S: 1560 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S5: 2800 mAh
So what does that mean in the grand scheme of things. Well, the phone batter requires that much mAh to charge from empty to full.
Now what does that mean when looking at Power Packs. Well that means the number that your phone requires, you would need a pack with equal or more capacity to allow a full charge.
Costing for these units ranges. You can find some for a really good price. See below.
The unit from Giant Tiger is a 2200 mAh capacity. So that will charge a BlackBerry and an Iphone no problem. This is the unit that I have been testing over the last 2-3 weeks, and they seem to work really well.
Another option, From Derek.
He has been using it, says it charges up slowly but it works as well. I’m going to look at this option for sure as well.
For the Newfoundland Trip, my plan is to bring 5-8 of these units to allow for charging my phone as well as GPS unit. They weigh next to nothing, so the added weight will not be a problem.
Take a look at places like Best Buy, Giant Tiger, Princess Auto, the Source, they all have these units. They are very handy to have for sure.