Our Top 5 Power Banks - Walks Around Britain

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Our Top 5 Power Banks
We're increasingly using our smartphones to do more and more - and now they can help us navigate, plot courses, play podcasts and of course take damn good photos and videos whilst out on our walks.  But this all has a big price in battery life.  And with most phones now having non-removeable batteries, now you can't swap them either.

The answer?  A power bank.  In essence another battery which you charge up in advance (very important that bit) and then use to charge / power your phone.  So here's our selection of the Top 5 Power Banks available now.


As we get to see new kit, we'll be updating this page, so keep popping back to stay up-to-date with our selection.

Solar Technology Freeloader iSIS

Once upon a time, solar charging was a bit of a joke... taking literally days to charge devices - especially here in Britain.  But now solar technology is starting to be a serious option for charging walkers' devices.  And leading the pack is the Freeloader iSIS.


Obviously, charging times depends on the sunlight available, but the solar cell on the iSIS is upto 50% more efficient than others, and can fully charge the average smart phone 3 times at full capacity.  Thanks to its' built-in charging arms, it will happily charge either Lightning or Micro USB devices, and a built-in stand allows you to angle the iSIS at the sun at all times - or you can even attach it to your backpack.


And if you have no sunlight at all, the iSIS can be charged back at base in the usual fashion by plugging it into a Mains USB charger - and will still provide charging for devices whilst out on the hill.


Was £58.50 now £43.88 - Buy Now

Powermonkey Explorer 2

If you need flexibility whilst on the hill, then the Powermonkey explorer 2 is difficult to beat.  The unit houses a powerful, dual-core, 6000mAh lithium-ion battery, capable of recharging an iPhone 5 up to three times, a GoPro Hero3+ four times and a Garmin Edge 1000 four times.  It is also compatible with a plethora of other 5V devices such as tablets (including iPad), iPods, digital cameras, sat phones and more.


But what's makes it different is the Explorer 2 is waterproof for 30 minutes in up to 1 metre of water when used with the supplied cable - and that's why it has an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 67.  The micro USB IN and micro USB OUT charging connectors include IP65- rated weatherproof caps to keep dust and splashes of water out when not in use, whilst the durable 80cm "Y" cable and powermonkey explorer 2 unit have been tested down to -30°C, ensuring both the cable and the unit will remain strong and waterproof.

And the ridged, anodised casing provides a secure grip, and appartantly the unit is so ultra-strong it would support the weight of a Land Rover Defender!

£79 - Buy Now


Aukey PB-T11 30000mAh Power Bank

So eagre are power experts Aukey to sell the virtues of their new 30,000mAh power bank they've sent it to us for review before it's even available in the UK.  This is only a matter of time, seeing as though the smaller capacity version is available in the UK via Amazon - see the link below.


This is a monster of a device - whereas some other power banks are 2,000mAh - meaning they'll charge the average smartphone once - this an outstanding 30,000mAh!  That's enough to charge the average phone around ten times on one charge.  And because it's equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, it can charge devices up to 4 times faster than normal chargers - providing you have a compatible device.  But even if you haven't, it can charge all 5V USB powered devices including Android and Apple phones faster too.


In addition, it will also happily charge up tablets, unlike other power banks, and you'll be able to charge 9.7-inch iPad Pro twice on one charge, with a bit left over for a phone too.  Also, it has a Lightning connector as well as a micro USB, so if you are an Apple geek, you don't need a micro USB cable to charge the power bank up.

If you're outdoors a lot and have several pieces of USB-chargable kit, then this is a must... when it comes to the UK...


$44.99 - Buy Now


20,000mAh version - £31.99 - Buy Now
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