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Wave Portable Power Pack/Battery

I'm considering getting one of these to give my mobile (& possibly my Sat Nav) a recharge on the go or for recharging a few devices if there's an extended power outage.


I'm looking at something like these:


Basic but ok for just a quick charge
Veho Pebble Smartstick 2200mAH Portable Battery Pack - Black 10.00 - Free Delivery


Limited number of connectors & more power
Supertempo 4400MAh Power Bank for Smart Phones and Tablets - Blue 14.00 - Free Delivery


Lots of connectors & more power
Veho Pebble Portable 5000mAH Battery Pack Charger for iPad/iPhone/iPod/Smartphones 21.24 - Free Delivery



Anyone got any recommendations or alternatives.
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I have one of these for my phone

Maplin Power Bank with Keyring 2200mAh | Maplin

Works fine and gives a full charge to a Galaxy S3
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I've been using one of these for a few years now :

Proporta USB TurboCharger 7000 Emergency charger | Proporta

Although it's more expensive than the ones above, it's very good. If you sign up for the website, then they often send out promotions so you can expect to pay less if you can wait a month or two.

I used it a lot in my friends old car. I used to plug an iPhone 4 into it from a car cradle on a heavy non-slip mat with the battery behind it on the mat on the dash. I've used it for 500 mile round trips running TomTom all the time on the iPhone and it had 100% charge all the time and the battery only started to run out at the end of the trip.

It's also got a high power port so you can charge an iPad up as well. You can use it for two devices at once as well. The only thing to note though, is that if you use one of the latest Apple lightning equipped devices, the included attachment won't work, you need another cable. I got some cracking ones from China.

It's actually a generic charger and I've seen identical ones on other websites.

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I have a 'newtrent' 12000mah pack. It's a couple of years old and has proven its worth many times. On holiday it's great if you are out all day and using your phone for photos, maps, internet searching etc. the phone battery can soon be all but used up. In a hotel where the mains socket is the other side of the room you can have your phone by the bed and have it charged overnight. Nothing worse than trying to conserve that last bit of battery in case you need to make a call. I often use the phone out walking the dog and if I haven't charged the phone all day I needn't worry. I don't need a phone charger by the sofa (which means trailing a wire in our house.) I am surprised just how often it gets used. After 2 years I notice its capacity is reduced. It was rated as 6 full iphone charges. I reckon it does 3 or 4 now. The unit I have is now branded 'mutec' on Amazon and is 38. I'd say get a high capacity one of decent quality. Cheap may mean lower quality battery inside which is slower to charge, less able to hold charge over days or weeks and more likely to 'wear out'. Also cheap can mean less robust sockets.
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Just get spare batteries?
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Just get spare batteries?
Depends how many devices you want the spares for... if multiple ones run off USB charging then they are ideal. If all you need is a phone battery, that's ok.
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Some good alternatives suggested to think about, thanks

As for batteries, less of an alternative these days due to sealed devices
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I have a slightly different model of the pebble charger. It's good and seems to charge fast. It's too big to keep in a pocket though. Might be better with a smart stick depending on the portability required. I think the will be alright as long as you stick with a decent brand like veho or anker
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As for batteries, less of an alternative these days due to sealed devices
Don't fall for the sealed device scam.

Two spares phone batteries and an usb charger:

Also many laptops will now power up their USB for charging even if the laptop
is off.


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Don't fall for the sealed device scam.

I was waiting for that reply
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I think I'll go with this one as for me it's probably the best compromise with a good capacity without being too big & bulky to carry around
Veho Pebble Portable 5000mAH Battery Pack Charger for iPad/iPhone/iPod/Smartphones 21.24 - Free Delivery
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I think I'll go with this one as for me it's probably the best compromise with a good capacity without being too big & bulky to carry around
Veho Pebble Portable 5000mAH Battery Pack Charger for iPad/iPhone/iPod/Smartphones 21.24 - Free Delivery
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