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I use a LOT of power. People praise the iPhone 6 Plus for its big battery, but I still need to charge mine during the day to last through to bedtime. Maybe it’s me working hard to beat Natt Garun at Two Dots, but whatever the reason, a portable battery is a must-carry accessory for me every day.
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There’s no shortage of batteries on the market, sold with the promise of giving your phone an extra charge or three on the go. What I learned the hard way is most of these are much more expensive than they need be.
If you’re looking for a brilliant stocking filler for the mobile phone or tablet addict in your life (or maybe even yourself), Anker has a range of batteries that offer potency without an eye-watering price tag.
Anker’s range includes models with faster charging of USB-C laptops like the 2015 MacBook, surge protection and built-in flashlights. They generally offer dual USB ports for charging two devices at once and you’ll find they tend to come in way better value than better-known brands.
For example, the PowerCore 16000 boasts a 16,000 mAh battery and costs £20 on Amazon UK, while the similar Mophie Powerstation Duo costs £70 and only packs 6,000 mAh.
Sure, these aren’t the sexiest-looking models on the block but they’re reliable, durable and great value. I carry two of the Second Generation Astro E4 13,000 mAh models in my bag whenever I go traveling and I know that each will give me an extra charge out of my iPad Air, or three extra charges of iPhone 6 Plus. And those numbers are typically higher if I don’t use my devices while the battery does its work.