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Travel charging is easy as 1 – 2 -3

There’s good news for travelers when it comes to backup batteries, chargers, and cables. On my recent trip to Argentina, I carried just three different products, totaling just over $100, that kept my devices charged all of the time: A UGREEN Power Bank, an Anker wall charger, and a portable battery charger for the phone. These are the only devices you need, in addition to the cables, of course.

With these three devices, you need not worry about being near an outlet on the plane, in a car, while hiking, or out to dinner. Together they give you freedom to travel without concern and cover essentially all eventualities.

There are similar products from other companies, but these are what I found provide the best value, especially with some on sale right now.

UGREEN Power Bank – The first product is the UGREEN 100W 20000mAh Power Bank, Nexode Portable Charger. It’s a hefty but svelte battery pack with three USB Ports. It’s close to the maximum capacity that you can carry past TSA, yet it’s less than half the size of a paperback book. What’s special about this model is it can charge any of your devices, from a watch to a phone to your computer, and do it very quickly. It’s very well made, nicely finished, and has a large clear display showing you its remaining capacity. It also charges an iPhone or Android at their maximum speed. In my use I was able to recharge my iPhone from under 20% to 80% in about a half-hour. It had enough capacity to recharge my MacBook completely. It comes with two short USB-C cables and a soft carry bag. $60 from Amazon.

Anker Wall Charger -The Anker 735 USB C Charger is a three-port portable charger that can charge a notebook, phone and third device from a single outlet. It’s about twice the size of a phone charger, yet can charge any notebook up to 65 watts in power. It’s the only charger you will need for all of your devices. It charges at high speed and adjusts the charge depending on how many devices are plugged in. I purchased it when it first came out at about $70, but it’s now on sale at Amazon for just over $30.

iPhone MagSafe Charger– The INIU 10000mAH charger snaps onto the back of an iPhone and will charge it fully up to two times. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket attached to the phone, or leave it in a purse or bag to charge. There are many products in this category, but this is one I’ve used and like a lot. The price keeps dropping and can now be purchased on sale at Amazon for $18. A similar product under a different name is just $14. It can also charge an Android phone or other deivce using a cable.


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