Gadgets to Keep You Powered Up

It’s hard to imagine how we’d live our lives without all of the electronic devices we’ve come to depend upon. I’m talking about everything from mobile phones to portable computers, tablets, MP3 players, fitness and GPS trackers; eReaders, too.

It’s not just an adult thing. My young grandsons have their own bevy of electronics that need to be powered including  LeapFrog LeapPad, LeapFrog LeapBand, and Kindle Fire Kids Edition (amazing learning devices, by the way).


The challenge is more than staying powered while on the run. The trick is to keep electronic devices fully charged and ready to go. The more people in the household, the greater the challenge and greater potential for a big fat mess.

The best way to make sure you’re always powered up and ready to go it to make charging convenient. Not necessarily expensive, but well-thought-out.

Today, I thought I’d give you a quick tour of the charging tools I depend on and wouldn’t want to be without.

1. USB WALL CHARGER. This charger requires only one electrical outlet, but charges five devices at the same time via USB connection. Most mobile phones, tablets, many laptop computers and various other devices are USB compatible. Love this little thing because I can take it with me on the road and no more fighting over a precious outlet. If your devices support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 you may want look at the slightly more expensive version here to get the quickest charge. 

2. BATTERY CHARGER. Panasonic’s Eneloop individual battery charger kit is fabulous. Just take a look. This starter kit comes with 20 rechargeable batteries in all four battery sizes that can be recharged up to 2,100 times! I’ve never been a fan of rechargeable batteries until now. These are the only batteries I need for remote controls devices and all the other things around the house that require batteries. It’s convenient and works like a champ. This set makes a great gift, too. About $55. 

3. PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER. This Anker PowerCore 10000 external battery bank is one of the smallest and lightest 10000maH portable chargers around. It’s like having an extra battery for my mobile phone, and can actually charge it from completely dead over 3 times (compatible with iPhone, Samsung, HTC and more). Just plug your phone into it, and you’ll be charged up in no time flat. I don’t have to search for a public electrical outlet in the conference room, restaurant or airport any more because now I carry my own power.

4. SURGE PROTECTOR. I’ve had to learn the hard way about electronic devices and power surges. I only had to fry a computer one time to gain a tremendous respect for a surge protector. Now that is all I use when charging devices at home and the office. This 7 outlet surge protector has a 1080 joule surge suppression rating which is more than adequate to protect your devices. They are so confident in their product they also include a lifetime warranty and $25,000 ultimate lifetime insurance for connected devices.

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4 replies
  1. MaryM says:

    Power strip? SO old school and bulky! Here’s the surge protector to go with #1, a single outlet plug:

    • Richard Waddell Jr. says:

      This item is also available as a 6 outlet protector, and still only costs 10 bucks and some change. For Amazon Prime members, the 2-day shipping is free, too!

    • maxhalberg says:

      Hi Mary,

      The reason behind the Tripp Lite recommendation over the Belkin is primarily customer service oriented. Many people have complained of Belkin not honoring the guarantee and warranty on their product. Tripp Lite has a stronger reputation in that regard, even though it may be a little bulkier of a product.

      • MaryM says:

        Always a good reason. I prefer the single outlet style,
        think mine is actually a Woods model.

        Sent from my iPad

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