Power Up with 8 Battery Packs that Keep You on the Go

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Batteries are not a hot business topic, but we each crave longer battery life for our devices and equipment, especially when traveling. This short list of portable battery packs may help you just enough to keep an important business conversation going on your phone or allow you to finish a document on a tablet.

A technical abbreviation that you’ll want to know when considering an external portable battery pack is milliampere hour (mAh). It describes the energy charge that a battery holds and how long a device will run before you need to recharge it. I’ve included the Amazon link for each battery pack, when possible and some of these devices were sent to me for media reviews.

Anker: Astro Slim2

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This is my favorite for travel. Ultra-slim external portable battery that stacks against your smartphone and supplies simultaneous, full-speed charges for two devices. If you do a search for portable battery on Amazon, Anker frequently pops up first.  It’s available here (not an affiliate link) on Amazon for $27.99.

  • Compact, easy-to-grip slim design specifically sized to stack battery behind your smartphone while in use.
  • Hideaway micro USB cable for Android  reduces the number of cords you need to carry to stay connected; USB port available for iPhone. Elegant.
  • 4500mAh battery offers enough power for 2-3 charges on most phones.
  • Dual ports supply 1Amp of power each so you can power up in no time.
  • LED column lets you know exactly how much battery power is left.

Satechi Portable Energy Station

Another favorite of mine. This company makes lots of great travel products and innovative gadgets. I have owned this one for a long time and it has taken some abuse and held up well. You can find it on Amazon here for $59.99.

  • Instant dual power – recharge your tablet and smart phone or other mobile devices simultaneously.
  • 10000 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery – Rapid charging – faster than charging from a traditional outlet.
  • Battery life indicator & auto OFF feature that detects when fully charged. (When you look at these tiny devices, this becomes somewhat important.)
  • Lightweight and compact – easily carry it on long flights in your laptop or tablet bag. You can expect the weight to increase when you increase mAh.
  • It offers an overload protection feature to keep your battery safe.

iWALK: Extreme Series Universal Backup Batteries

This company has a large selection of portable batteries for devices, even one to power your laptop. Here is a link to the compact 5200 mAh model on Amazon, which sells for $43.99.

  • 9 compact models ranging from 1,800mAH to 15,000mAH.
  • Equipped with LED battery charge and discharge level indicator.
  • Ideal for smartphones, navigation units, cameras, Bluetooth headsets.
  • Extreme 15000 – largest capacity unit in the world with 8 different connectors.
  • Extreme 8200 Duo – capable of charging two devices at the same time.

Snow Lizard: SLPower 7

Like some of the chargers above, slim and easy to pack. Plus, you have to give them credit for a creative name. It’s memorable. Not sure what it has to do with batteries though. Amazon has it for $51.91 here. White or black.

  • Boasting a 7000 mAh battery the SLPower 7 has enough power to rapidly charge your iPad, tablet and smartphone.
  • Designed for on the go use, the low profile charger provides power and portability at just over one half inch thick.
  • 2 USB connections – Dedicated iPhone Connection and USB connection for tablets and  smartphones.

Digital Treasures: PowerFlask

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Although I don’t think I would walk around with this battery in my pocket, it certainly fits. A portable, novel way to charge two USB devices simultaneously. You can find it on Amazon for $71.91.

  • 13,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery which will keep supplying extra juice for devices on-the-go. I did find that when I had depleted the charge it took overnight to fully recharge.
  • Two ultra-bright flashlight LED’s are situated at the top of the PowerFlask for lighting options while the user is on the road. (It took me a while to figure out how to turn these on – should have read the manual sooner.)
  • The PowerFlask is wrapped in supple leather with an aluminum finish for a high-quality and eye-catching aesthetic.

Scosche: goBAT II

Dual USB portable charger and backup battery. Available at: Amazon for $42.88. You can also get it at BestBuy.com and Buy.com.

  • Internal 5000 maH rechargeable lithium ion battery can charge a drained iPhone 4 2.6 times.
  • 10 Watt (2.1 Amp) port is perfect for charging tablets and 5 Watt (1 Amp) port can charge virtually any other USB powered handheld.
  • Four blue LED lights indicate how much battery life is left.

New Trent: Powerpak+

This battery is rugged looking and powerful. One of the small things I liked about it is the ridges on the side that made it less likely to slip out of my hand. You can find it on Amazon for $54.95.

  • Powerful 13,500mAh battery pack quickly and efficiently charges USB-based devices.
  • Features a 1A and 2.1A port to juice up both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. (I found this handy for the occasional time when I needed to charge both devices.)
  • Charges most smartphones up to 6 times.
  • Slim and compact design allows it to easily fit into any backpack, purse or carry-on.

Goal Zero: Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit

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This small 3.5 Watt Solar Panel recharging system is pretty cool. It comes with four AA batteries (and will also recharge AAA). You also can purchase a portable unit called the “Switch” that is smaller than a roll of quarters, but powerful enough for smartphones, iPods or your GPS. It is available on Amazon for $119.99 (for the panel only) and $39.95 for the Switch.

If you are out in the field a fair amount, this solar recharger may be the unit for you. You can plug your device into the solar panel charger directly. Of course, you could buy extra battery units for your device(s), instead, but this one at least gives you some recharge options.

  • Charges devices via USB port.
  • Power pack and solar panel combined weight only .7 lbs. (less than one pound). It is small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse.
  • Foldable and rugged Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel recharges Switch in 2-4 hours.

You may not think about batteries on a daily basis, but if you find your devices running low all too often this list may help. It might help you to prevent that beeping tone that says, “You have less than 10% battery life remaining, plug in now…”

How do you handle keeping your devices charged while on the road?

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Sony Surprises With Profit Warning on Sale of Battery Business

Sony Surprises With Profit Warning on Sale of Battery Business


  • Sony to concentrate on videogames, entertainment and camera sensors
  • Expects JPY 270 billion in operating profit for year ending in March
  • Sony to sell its battery business for about JPY 17.5 billion

Sony Corp cut its annual profit outlook due to losses related to the sale of its battery business – disappointing a market that had been hoping for an upward revision on buoyant sales momentum for PlayStation 4 and the launch of its virtual reality headset.

Emerging from years of restructuring, the consumer electronics giant is refocusing its business to concentrate on videogames, entertainment and camera sensors and the sale of its battery business was part of that effort.

But while the sale to Murata Manufacturing Co had been flagged in July, its impact on earnings appeared to be greater than expected.

Sony now expects to post JPY 270 billion ($2.6 billion or roughly Rs. 17,175 crores) in operating profit for the year ending in March, down JPY 30 billion from its previous forecast made in July and an 8 percent decline from the previous year.

It also falls short of a Thomson Reuters Starmine SmartEstimate of JPY 308.65 billion (roughly Rs. 19,623 crores) derived from 27 brokerage estimates.

Analysts have been hopeful that brisk sales of PlayStation 4 gaming consoles and software titles would boost profits and that this would only improve with upgraded versions of the console during the year-end holiday shopping season.This month Sony also unveiled its PlayStation VR headset and it said that production of image sensors would return to full capacity in the second half due to a pickup in smartphone demand.

(Also see: PlayStation VR: Almost There but Not Just Yet)

Sony said on Monday it has agreed to sell its battery business for about JPY 17.5 billion and expects to book an impairment charge of JPY 33 billion related to the sale.

It will announce its first-half results and further details of its full-year outlook on Tuesday.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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Did In-House Testing Fail to Detect Samsung Note 7 Battery Problems?

Did In-House Battery Testing by Samsung Fail to Detect Note 7 Problems?

Samsung (KRX:005930) tested the batteries for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 in a self-owned lab.

It is the only manufacturer of smartphones allowed to test their phone batteries in-house, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The rest of phone makers must analyze their phone batteries at one of the 28 labs certified by the Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA), a trade group representing the wireless communication industry.

Phone batteries must go through an experimentation and assessment process in order to comply with standards established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Samsung officially stopped production of its newest device, the Galaxy Note 7, last week due to reports of the phones exploding, igniting and melting. This came roughly a month after it decided to recall and halt shipments of the product.

Is The Atypical In-House Battery Testing by Samsung to Blame?

The battery is the source of these potentially dangerous malfunctions. A representative for Samsung said that no problems were detected while at the internal testing labs, according to the WSJ.

“We are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7,” Samsung said in an official statement last week. “Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while the investigation is taking place.”

But there have been reports of other Samsung products breaking down and becoming harmful.

Marie Terrio’s Samsung S6 Active mobile phone was “crackling and sizzling” in her front left pocket and burned severe gashes into her thigh and shin, according to an exclusive story for The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

Terrio went to the hospital and was treated for second and third degree burns that resulted from the combusting cellular device.

“My leg looked black and the pain was unbelievable,” Terrio told TheDCNF.

A California man is suing Samsung for intense burns allegedly caused by his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Batteries are the identified cause in the majority of examples of overheating or exploding mobile devices.

Samsung testing its own batteries seems like it could potentially be a conflict of interest, in which a manufacturer may be more likely to green-light a battery for reasons of profit motive.

John Copeland, a former employee of Motorola who now works at a battery test lab in Atlanta, said that cellphone developers would use their own labs because it would help maintain secrecy over the products and the features.

Manufacturers are “very concerned about their proprietary information leaking out,” Copeland told the WSJ.

Copeland believes that the audits were thorough enough to ensure an absence of conflicts of interest.

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Archos 50 Saphir With IP68 Certification, 5000mAh Battery Launched Ahead of IFA

Archos 50 Saphir With IP68 Certification, 5000mAh Battery Launched Ahead of IFA


  • The Archos 50 Saphir is priced at roughly Rs. 7,500
  • The smartphone is IP68 certified
  • The company claims that it can survive a fall from one meter

Just a day after unveiling a slew of Helium smartphonesahead of IFA 2016, Archos has now launched another smartphone called 50 Saphir. The smartphone will also be showcased at IFA, and will be made available in Europe starting October for EUR 99 (roughly Rs. 7,500).

The highlight of the Archos 50 Saphir smartphone is that it is highly water-resistant. The smartphone is IP68-certified which means it can survive immersion in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes. Archos further claims that it can withstand falls from one metre.

As for specifications, the Archos 50 Saphir runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports dual-SIM (Micro) slots. It features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6737VWT processor with 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be further expanded via microSD slot (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, 1080p video recording, and LED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel selfie camera on board. The Archos 50 Saphir packs a huge 5000mAh non-removable battery. The company claims that the smartphone can run for two days on one full charge.


Connectivity options include LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, USB OTG, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio. The Archos 50 Saphir comes with light and proximity sensors, and the dimensions of the smartphone measure 146.6×75.9×13.9mm. The device will be made available only in Black colour variant. There is no word on international availability outside of Europe.

As mentioned, Archos also announced the 50f Helium and 55 Helium smartphone lines, and even confirmed its ‘worldwide’ availability for October). All of these smartphones will be demoed at IFA in Berlin.

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Panasonic T44 Lite With 4-Inch Display, 2400mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 3,199

Panasonic T44 Lite With 4-Inch Display, 2400mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 3,199


  • Panasonic T44 Lite offers 3G connectivity
  • The smartphone supports dual-SIM cards
  • It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card support

After the Eluga Note, Panasonic has now launched a smartphone in the budget category. The Panasonic T44 Lite will exclusively be sold on Snapdeal from Monday, and will be priced at Rs. 3,199.

As for specifications, the Panasonic T44 Lite supports dual-SIM (Normal+Micro) cards, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The smartphone offers 8GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Optics include a 2-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 0.3-megapixel front camera for selfies. Camera features include Burst Mode, Just Shut Mode, Panaroma, and Digital Image Stabilisation. The Panasonic T44 Lite packs a 2400mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 20 hours of 2G talk time, 8.5 hours of 3G talk time, and up to 400 hours of standby talk time.

Connectivity options include GSM 800/900/1800/1900, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. There is no support for 4G connectivity. The Panasonic T44 Lite’s dimensions measure at 127.3x66x9.65 mm, and it weighs 137 grams. The smartphone will be made available in Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, and Electric Blue colour options. Panasonic offers one year manufacturing warranty for the T44 Lite smartphone.

Earlier this month, Panasonic launched the Eluga Note for the price of Rs. 13,290. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display, 1.3GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

Panasonic T44 Lite

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five Smartphones underneath Rs. 15,000 With pleasant Battery life

Five Smartphones Under Rs. 15,000 With Best Battery Life

You do not want to buy a flagship to get super battery lifestyles.
a few specialized models change thickness for battery.
The mAh score of a phone is most effective a hard guide to its battery existence.
everyone wishes different things from their telephonessome of us want the quickest processors, others need the best cameras, and anyone has a specific budget. the coolest news is that you don’tneed a smartphone with the present day components just to have a good enjoy, or even in case you‘re on a smaller budget, there are any variety of tremendous handsets you could purchase.

This time, we’re searching at battery existence – and greater than simply searching at that mAh score to your phone, we desired to listing out telephones that in reality supply brilliant battery lifestyles in realinternational utilization. in spite of everything, software optimisation is just as essential to deliverdesirable battery life, and that is why you shouldn’t just examine the specs. because of this although,we’re sticking to handiest the telephones which we’ve reviewed, as our standardised battery tests assistdisplay a clean photograph of the way lengthy the phone will final while you‘re using it. apart from this,we are additionally sticking to only handsets that have been launched recently, in order that the generalexperience of the use of the smartphone won’t be compromised at the same time as chasing the first-rate battery backup.

With these caveats in thoughts, here are our 5 picks for the telephones with the best battery backup atunder Rs. 15,000.

1) Lenovo Zuk Z1
The Lenovo Zuk Z1 has top ratings overall, however its battery rating of nine clearly stands proud. Thephone is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-center Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and springs with 3GB of RAM and a five.five-inch full-HD show, but in spite of demanding specifications, grants aoutstanding battery enjoy thanks to a huge 4100mAh battery – it lasted for thirteen hours, forty mins in our video loop take a look at, and could remaining nicely over a day on a complete price, no matterheavy use.

Opera Says Its Browser affords higher Battery life Than Microsoft’s facet

Opera Says Its Browser Provides Better Battery Life Than Microsoft's Edge

Opera refuted claims that area‘s the satisfactorywireless battery saving browser.
It conducted its very own tests to exposeactualconsequences.
In its tests, Opera’s browser lasted 22 percentage longer than edge.
Microsoft lately placed out a video claiming that its facet browser for home windows 10 beats all of theother browsers in the battery saving sport. In its take a look at on a surface ebook, Microsoft showed thatthe brink browser lasted longer than the Opera browser (with the battery saving mode switched on). Opera has now lashed lower back at Microsoft for these claims, and has stated that in its very own privatechecks the effects have been pretty the other.

Opera used a Lenovo Yoga 500 laptop for its exams, and it lasted three hours 12 minutes on Microsoftedge, and 3 hours 55 mins on Opera. the first to give up become Google Chrome, which lasted 2 hours 54mins. Opera its browser with native ad blocker and electricity saver enabled was capable of run 22 percentlonger than Microsoft aspect, and 35 percentage longer than the modern model of Google Chrome. The 3browsers were placed thru same surwiwireless periods.

Opera even lashed out at Microsoft for no longer revealing its technique for conducting the take a look at.to provide attitude, it distinct the way it performed the take a look at. ‘We used a Lenovo Yoga 500, 14-inch, i3-5005U, 4GB, 500GB HDD, home windows 10 the use of the balanced energy prowirelessle. The backlight changed into set to one hundred percentage all of the time, c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a became running in 802.11n mode with RSSI –53 dBm. there has been no other software running within the foreground; indexing and heritage services were stopped. Laptops had been positioned on a wooden floor for similar heat change. The browser changed intocomputerized the use of WinAPI occasion injection,” the business enterprise cited in its blog put up.

For one issue, both Microsoft and Opera agree that Chrome is the worst with regards to saving battery on apc. As stated above, Microsoft in its check claimed that the edge browser outrun Opera browser. Opera, with its new battery saver function stayed in the sport for 6 hours 18 mins earlier than giving up. whilst the brink browser lasted up to 7 hours 22 mins before draining the battery of the surface e book.

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Microsoft Assures Users It’s Working on Surface Pro 4, Surface Book Battery Bug

Microsoft Assures Users It's Working on Surface Pro 4, Surface Book Battery Bug

Microsoft is reassuring users that it hasn’t forgotten about the improper sleep and battery drainage issues that are crippling – what otherwise are two great computing devices – the Surface Pro 4 and theSurface Book. The Redmond, Washington-based company says that it will soon release patches to fix the aforementioned issues.

Last week, Microsoft released January 2016 firmware updates for the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4, the two hybrid devices it launched in October last year. The updates were aimed to bring network and thermal improvements, but do not address the infamous improper sleep and battery drainage issues.

Microsoft has addressed the concerns, adding that it is still working on the issues. Answering user questions on its forum, the company wrote, “We know some of you are still experiencing issues, including issues related to power management, and we are working to address those as quickly as possible. We’ll publish additional updates as soon as they are ready.”

Shortly after the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book went on the sale, many users started to complain about an improper sleep issue on their Surface device. Their Surface tablet wasn’t properly going to sleep mode, which as a result, also took a toll on the battery life.

Microsoft acknowledged the issue in December last year but noted that the fixes for them will only be available early this year. While it’s comforting to know that the company is working on them, it is disheartening for users that are still facing the issue. Chatter on the Web suggests that the issue stems from a flaw in Intel ‘Skylake’ Core processor, and affects other devices as well.

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iPhone SE Packs Display Identical to iPhone 5s, Larger Battery: iFixit

iPhone SE Packs Display Identical to iPhone 5s, Larger Battery: iFixit

Teardown experts at iFixit have cracked open the latest iPhone SE to reveal its innards. While folks at Chipworks already did a teardown on the iPhone SE revealing that it came with a number of parts from older iPhones, the new teardown gives some new details.

According to iFixit, the iPhone SE features a lot of similarities to the iPhone 5s when it comes to the parts. The teardown experts found that the new 4-inch iPhone shared an identical display to the iPhone 5s. It also experimented by interchanging the components of the iPhone SE with iPhone 5s. In particular, it interchanged the display, loudspeaker, SIM card tray, and vibration motor.

“Our testing confirms all these bits are interchangeable with their counterparts from the 5s-same form, same function. They bolt right up, and they work like a charm,” said the iFixit report.

iFixit also claimed that the iPhone SE packed a larger battery of 1624mAh capacity than the iPhone 5s which shipped with a 1560mAh one. Soon after the launch, Apple on its website rated the iPhone SE to deliver better battery backup than the bigger iPhone 6s. According to iFixit, the iPhone 6s packs a 1715mAh battery.The teardown also re-confirmed that the iPhone SE featured a similar camera module as the larger iPhone 6s.

iFixit reported that some components on the iPhone SE came with waterproofing seals. It said, “The front camera, volume controls, and rear camera connectors all get the fancy waterproofing treatment, while the LCD, digitizer, battery, and Lightning connector assembly all seemingly go without.”

The teardown also lists some of the modules used by Apple including Apple A9 APL1022 SoC; SK Hynix 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM; Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Modem; Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver; Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC; Skyworks SKY77611 Quad-band Power Amplifier Module; Toshiba THGBX5G7D2KLDXG 16 GB NAND Flash, and Broadcom BCM5976 Touchscreen Controller. iFixit gave iPhone SE 6 out of 10 score repair-ability.

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