Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger. I have tried a lot of back up power packs and this one is my current favorite. This product has a great value to price ratio, coming in at 59.99 with free shipping on prime. It currently has over 840 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars overall.
Frankly, Anker is just a stellar company, they build high quality products and back them with a great 18 month warranty, though I have never had the need to use said warranty. Next is the power capacity of this particular power pack, 26800mAhs is enough power to charge a
- iPhone6s 10 times
- iPad Air 2.5 times
- iPad Mini 3 times
- Samsung S6 6.8 times
To put that in perspective I get an easy 24 hours of light use with my iPhone and it still has quite a bit of battery on it. And if you are in a grid down you minimize use to critical needs, that means this should keep your coms up with your iPhone for a good two weeks.
To me your phone is your lifeline. It brings you news, it lets you call for help, communicate with loved ones and more. While I have a generator and several battery banks in my home I am not always in my home. So I always keep one of these in my pack fully charged as a final back up on power needs. I recommend you consider the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger for your own needs.
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P.S. – Another option here is the Anker PowerCore 20100 which of course provides, 20,100 mAH of power, it is currently on sale for 34.99. As a stand alone I would personally spend the extra 25 bucks but there is a way to stack function here.
One could buy two Anker PowerCore 20100’s this would give a full reserve capacity of 40,200 mAH, or about 66% more reserve power than the single larger unit. The cost would be 70 vs. 60 dollars a cost increase of 8%.
Okay so follow this through, you get 66% more reserve power and you also get 2 is one and one is none. Math alone says buy 2 of the smaller models. Again though I would say make this decision based on your own needs. In the end I opted for the larger unit and one of the smaller units as well.
I keep the larger one in my kit and the smaller is for my wife’s kit. In the end both of these models are among the best available in the industry and you can’t go wrong with either of them.
I see it this way I am the one that takes long trips to remote areas, if she does so at all we are together and have both. So I erred to the side of greater caution on my individual reserve power. I have previously recommended the PowerCore 20,100 and from what I can see over 100 of you purchased it and no one has ever complained about it. That says something for the quality of Anker.