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Gear: Portable power for your devices

August 17, 2013|By Judi Dash
  • This palm-sized portable battery by New Trent can charge two devices at once.
This palm-sized portable battery by New Trent can charge two devices at… (New Trent )

The New Trent Travelpak Plus portable battery is both powerful and friendly. The oomph is in its high-capacity lithium innards, which power the two USB ports capable of handling 5 volts/3.1 amps max – enough to fully charge a hungry tablet and cellphone simultaneously.

What’s friendly is the integrated flip-open AC wall plug (that’s one less cable to worry about); it lets you charge your devices while the battery is getting juiced. Also welcome are the four LED indicators, which show the status of the battery, from weak to fully loaded. Press the power button for two seconds and the LED indicator doubles as a night light.

The palm-sized battery is on the chunky side, as high-capacity batteries tend to be, but it earned its keep when, during a hike, I grabbed it out of my bag to rescue my nearly drained cellphone. You’ll need to provide your own USB cable for IOS devices, but the Travelpak Plus comes with a micro USB cable for Android phones.

Travelpak Plus NT700C portable travel battery is $54.95. Info: www.newtrent.com

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