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As a person who travels frequently, runs around constantly, and is forever far away from a wall outlet, I can attest to the fact that a portable power bank is a life changer. Ever since I started carrying one in my purse everywhere I go, I haven't had to deal with a dead iPhone. My power bank is one of the most convenient things I own, hands down.
Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that there are plenty of duds on the market. One brand, however, is the clear standout, and every single tech geek, fellow traveler, and all-around busy person I've spoken to agrees.
Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger
The deal I'm particularly excited about is the Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger-one of the smallest, most lightweight power banks on the market that reliably provides up to three and a half charges to your iPhone or Android device while you're on the go. Right now, the Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger is 20 percent off on Amazon.
If I didn't already own (and swear by) this gadget, I'd jump on this deal myself. An Anker power bank is perfect for anyone who uses their phone way too much to deal with being a slave to power outlets and just needs a full, on-demand charge-and fast.
I used to have to dip into coffee shops between meetings if I wanted to arrive with a fully powered phone-and in my worst moments, I've covertly borrowed electricity from public power outlets in airport terminals, retail stores, supermarkets, and the foyers of offices that are not mine.
"First-world problem" as it may be, my life requires me to be constantly connected. My Anker has been going strong for more than a year, and honestly, I couldn't live without it at this point.
Almost over 25,400 five-star Amazon reviewers seem to agree. "This charger is amazing," wrote a five-star reviewer. "It does take a bit to charge, at least 12+ hours but when it does, even a heavy user like myself has juice for at least a week. I love the IQ feature which to me means, it knows when charging is needed so it turns on and off and you don't have to worry about turning it on or off or worrying about it losing its charge for nothing. That's peace of mind..."
Anker Quick Charge Car Charger
Constantly in your car? There's an Anker charging device that's just for you-and it's also part of Amazon's big Anker sale. Right now, the Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 is 20 percent off.
Hit the road with this double-USB device and it'll charge two devices at once up to 80 percent in just 35 minutes. In other words, get in the car with two dead cell phones or a dead iPad, for instance, and get out of the car with an almost fully charged one.
Plus, it doubles as a Bluetooth receiver to upgrade your dumb car into a smart car. Now you can sync your smartphone with your car's radio for instant music and podcast streaming. How handy!
Yes, this one also has thousands of rave reviews. One satisfied shopper called the device, "This little gadget works great in my 2001 super-duty truck. Connects to my iPhone 10XS max great every time I plug it in and streams music through my stereo with good quality..." The shopper continued, "This one is a real deal from Amazon."
The Anker fan club is coming out in droves for this charger, in fact. "Chromecast turned my old TV into a smart TV, now, Roav is changing that and made my 1994 car, into a modern car," wrote a delighted Amazon reviewer. "Yes, of course, it does not have all the bells and whistles found in today's connected cars, but it sure a wonder. Performs, exactly as advertised. It's far easier to connect Roav to my car and use the car's speakers for music and calls, than its to connect a mouse to my computer. Really, this little guy has impressed me so much I ended up buying a few more for some distracted drivers in my own family..."
Anker Power Strip Surge Protector
Traveling with a whole family's worth of digital gadgets? Anker has a handy little power strip that lets you charge up to 15 devices at once, too.
The Anker Power Strip Surge Protector has the power to charge up to 15 devices at the same time with 12 standard outlets and three USB-A ports. It also saves an hour of charging time compared to its peers.
"I never thought a power strip could be a game changer, but this one is," added another excited and clever shopper. "I was able to plug in 5 video game consoles, an external hard drive, a charger for game controllers, an Apple TV, a lightening charger, a Sonos sound bar, a Sonos sub and my Samsung TV. And it didn't require playing Tetris to determine how the plugs could all fit."
This lightweight little wonder is 21 percent off right now.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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