Once you own a smartphone, you can never ever go back to a dumbed down version where a phone was basically........well, a phone. These days, phones are practically a multi-tasking gadget. It's a phone, camera, notepad, gaming/shopping/web-surfing device, book, doodling pad, map, travel guide etc etc. Got a cranky kid who's driving you insane? Hand over your phone. If you're a tiger mom (or aspire to be one), download maths apps and mentally flog your child until she or he is a genius.
For someone who didn't come equipped with a good sense of direction (it's one up from my parents have NO sense of direction whatsoever), that little arrow on my google map that indicates which direction I'm facing on a street is absolutely crucial for staying sane when I'm hopelessly lost.
With the advances in technology these days, you'd think that they'd design a battery that will last at the very least 24 hours. If you do all the above activities, your battery will drain faster than what it takes a vampire to empty your body of blood (okay, that's a rather gory example but you get my drift). My Samsung Galaxy Note phone is larger than the ordinary ones out in the market (size matters even if I'm a girl). I'm lucky if my battery lasts beyond 4 hours just doing basic emailing, googling, texting and instagramming. After a few frustrating moments, I decided I've had enough so I went hunting for an external battery pack.
I had a look at the reviews and this Anker battery pack came up tops. It's small and fits into the palm of your hand. It's actually heavier than I'd expected but given that it provides 2 to 4 full charges and has dual outlets meaning you can charge up to 2 gadgets at one time, I can see the reason why. It comes with 3 different connectors which should work on majority of the phones including iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy range. It took me a while to figure out how to charge the battery pack. If in doubt, read the instruction booklet. Doh! Just plug it to your laptop with the correct connector. It's as simple as that. There are tons of techie, gadgety, geeky details here, that is if you enjoy some bedtime reading.
p.s. this is NOT a sponsored post. It was purchased out of sheer desperation after several anxiety attacks due to my phone running out of juice.
What do you use to charge your phone if you're out and about?