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Whether it’s a long wait at the gate or the unwillingness to move all my bags just to hunker down next to an outlet hidden behind a trash can, the airport really saps the battery out of my phone.
That’s a problem because I board a majority of flights using a digital ticket and most of my navigation has been outsourced to Google Maps and Uber, making a fully charged phone my #1 insurer for pleasant traveling.
Although I know this, I’ve still woken up at 5 a.m. for an early morning flight and found my phone at 10%.
Ticketing and transportation aside, spending a three-hour flight without music or your new Kindle book is not enjoyable; it will more than likely feel like a big waste of time. Whether you travel often or only a few times a year, almost everyone can see the benefit to having their devices charged, which is why smart suitcases and external batteries have become popular recently.
If you’re about due for an upgrade or are looking for ways to make traveling more bearable (and maybe even smooth), invest in things that charge your gadgets for you.
Below are 7 travel accessories that will keep your gadgets charged when you’re on the go:
Away’s smart carry-ons come with a removable interior 10,000 mAh battery with two USB ports, so you can easily keep your stuff charged while you travel.
Insider Picks Editor Ellen Hoffman reviewed the luggage in 2016, and she says she hasn’t flown without it since. Founded by two Warby Parker alums, the direct-to-consumer startup sees itself as “first class luggage at a coach price,” which we’d have to agree with. Plus, a nylon laundry bag smartly separates the clean clothes from dirty.
It was also featured in our 36 favorite products we’ve ever covered.
Away Carry-On Suitcase, $225
This smart suitcase will do it all for you. You can locate it (with Bluetooth), weigh it (just by lifting it by the handle), and charge your tech with it. There’s a 7,800 mAh portable power bank and 2 external USB ports to charge devices.
Raden A22 Carry-On Suitcase, $295
With Bluesmart, you can charge, track, weigh, and lock your luggage. Like Raden and Away, there’s an internal battery with 2 USB charging ports that the company says can charge your devices up to six times over. 3G service + GPS tracking also let you locate your suitcase if it gets lost.
There’s a built-in scale in the handle like Raden to let you weigh it automatically, and there’s a remote digital lock so you can lock or unlock your luggage by phone.
Bluesmart One Carry-On Suitcase, $283. 73
The Anker 20,000 mAh portable charger will keep your devices charged no matter where you are. Besides its high capacity, this battery pack has the distinction of being “Amazon’s Choice” in the category.
Anker 20000 mAh Portable Charger PowerCore, $39.99
A smart wristlet
Whether you have to head directly to an event with an almost-dead phone or appreciate the back-up for a night out in a new city, this smart wristlet contains a rechargeable battery so you can keep your phone charged and ready on the go.